Hospital Manager/HR Director
Laurie Colbert is the Hospital Manager/Human Resources Director at Florida Veterinary Referral Center & 24-hour Emergency Hospital (FVRC). Laurie received her bachelors’ degree from Assumption College in Worcester MA. After 10 years in the non-profit sector Laurie moved to Oregon where she was the Director of Production for a dot com, then to Conde Nast Publications in LA, working in sales and marketing. Most recently Laurie was the Human Resources Director for the largest privately owned health food store in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2013 Laurie earned her SPHR and in early 2015 her SHRM-SCP. Having recently relocated to Southwest Florida Laurie’s favorite pastimes are exploring this beautiful area and entertaining frozen friends visiting from the north.
After many years in the field of retail, Jessica decided it was time for a change and moved to Southwest Florida from New Jersey in August 2001. Motivated by her lifelong love of animals, she accepted a receptionist position at a veterinary clinic in Naples where she worked for over five years. In July 2007, Jessica joined the Florida Veterinary Referral Center front desk team. While continuing to work as a receptionist, she also took on the position of Office Manager in January 2008. Nothing pleases her more than having a career where she can make a difference in the lives of people and their pets!
Administrative & Marketing Coordinator
Sarah Benkstein received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a focus in Marketing Management and Communication Studies, in 2010 from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. After working in the charter bus industry as well as the logistics and transportation industry, Sarah moved to southwest Florida in November 2014. She joined the team at Florida Veterinary Referral Center in December 2014.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys going to the beach, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her two dogs, both pug/beagle mixes, Bugsy and Sully.
Alexandra first joined the team in 2007, just one year after FVRC first opened its doors. Initially, she worked with the reception team but shortly transitioned to working in ICU. She spent the next 8 years learning all she could about emergency and specialty care. In 2013, an opportunity arose for her to work on Florida’s east coast. She worked closely with two boarded Critical Care Specialists, both growing as an ER/ICU nurse and building upon what she learned from FVRC.
She returned to FVRC in 2014 to work in the ER/Critical Care department, and in the spring of 2016 was promoted to the role of Operations Assistant. A recent Barry University alumni, Alexandra majored in Business Administration and graduated Magma Cume. Her vast experience in ER/ICU and her studies in business administration are a perfect combination for her position. She focuses on operational protocol, organizational development and has a passion for strategic team building.
In her free time, she enjoys cinematography, reading and going to the beach. She and her fiancé have two Chihuahuas, and a cat named Seth.
Client Care Associate
Allie moved to the west coast of Florida in the fall of 2017 to be closer to family. She is experienced in the veterinary industry, having worked for both emergency hospitals and veterinary clinics. She has a passion for animals with two rescue dogs of her own, Carmine and Gianna, both American Staffordshire Terriers. In her free time she enjoys cooking, going to the beach, and watching Alabama football games (Roll Tide!). She is happy to assist you and your furry family members in all your veterinary care needs.