Louis Whalin – Technician
Louis has been an animal lover since childhood. Growing up in Willingboro, his favorite companion was a German shepherd named Lisa. After attending and graduating from BCIT in 2004 for automotive, Louis became a professional groomer where he honed his skills in animal behavior (he enjoys working with the more aggressive and unwilling dogs). In his early 20’s he began doing foster work for BCAA and took on many foster dogs including one named Princess who worked her way into his heart becoming a permanent member of his family. He also became a certified ACO in 2008. Louis has worked as a veterinary technician for 7 years, starting out as a kennel technician than moving up to a vet tech position at a local emergency practice and now at Housepaws. He enjoys learning new things about his field and went on to complete a dental training course in 2013 and a course on stem cell therapy in 2014.
Louis, along with his girlfriend Krista and their two daughters Lillyana, born in 2012 and Layla born in 2014, reside In Browns Mills on 2.5 acres with their 4 dogs: Babs, Boots, Bruiser, and Skye, a pot belly pig named Nash, a sheep named Perry, a goat named George, and several ducks and chickens. They also own a horse named Jolene who is boarded close by.
Kaitlyn O’Hara – Technician
Kaitlyn O’Hara, one of our veterinary technicians, was born and raised in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Ever since she can remember, there have been pets in her life. Her very first pet, a bunny named BunBun, had seizures almost regularly. This made her aware at an early age the responsibilities of owning animals – and the realization that she wanted to help as many animals as she could. In 8th grade she was given the option of staying in her sending district or attending a vocational school in Medford for high school where she’d be able to major in veterinary assistance.
With the help of her supportive and loving parents she was able to apply to BCIT Medford, take the required tests – and was able to begin the veterinary assistant program which lasted the entire course of high school. During that time she took in stray kittens and found homes for them (which ended in keeping three for herself ) , while trying to educate the neighborhood on the importance of spaying/neutering animals. During that time she also helped nurse orphaned puppies back to help for her disabled neighbor. Once she graduated, she became a certified veterinary assistant.
After high school, Kaitlyn realized she wanted to move forward with her education and enrolled in the veterinary technician program at Camden County College. It was there that all of the information she previously learned really came into perspective. It allowed her the hands on experience she needed as well as the book smarts required to work in the field. After three years she was able to graduate with a degree in Animal Technology. During December of 2014 she took the VTNE (the veterinary technician national exam), and passed; officially becoming a certified veterinary technician.
In July of 2015 she was sent to Dental school in Maryland for Veterinary Technicians through HousePaws, where she studied and practiced the techniques of dental x-rays, cleaning, polishing, scaling and looking for signs of disease. In the fall of 2015 she started school again at Delaware Valley University, where she is getting a degree in Small Animal Science and finishing her pre-requisites to apply to Veterinary School. In her spare time between work, school and studying, you can find her enjoying quality time at home with her Chihuahua, six cats and boyfriend of five years.
Emily Palmieri – Technician
Emily has always had a love for animals and has worked with them in many different capacities throughout her life. Her passion for animals began at age 5, when her family welcomed her first dog, Belle, a Golden Retriever, into their home. She has since worked in various animal shelters as a volunteer, interned with Adventure Aquarium, and worked in the veterinary field as a veterinary technician and at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge since May 2013, upon graduating with a major in Zoo Science from Delaware Valley College. She is new to the HousePaws team but is very excited to expand upon her new career with them!
Emily currently lives in Lumberton, New Jersey with her husband, Matt, and their beloved rescue, Olive, a German Shepherd mix. Still being new to the veterinary world, Emily is hoping to find her niche in the veterinary field, while also helping many other families raise their own happy and healthy pets!
Elizabeth Turowski – Technician
Lizzie’s love of animals has been a life-long passion that began with her very first stray cat named Midnight. Though she grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ with her parents and sister, she always believed she should have been raised on a farm. This was evident from her two cats, a dog, hamster, fish, bird and oh yea…horse back riding lessons in Medford at 8 years old! Luckily for her parents, the horse stayed in Medford…
She attended Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, majoring in veterinary sciences. She graduated in 2010 with an associates degree in veterinary science and a bachelors degree in veterinary technology. While at LMU, she volunteered locally in Kentucky at the Bell County Animal Shelter taking pictures of adoptable pets and posting them to Petfinder.com. She also volunteered her time at low cost spay and neuter clinics held by the veterinary technology program.
In October 2010 she married her husband David who’s as goofy as she is and they happily reside in Palmyra, NJ. And while David seems to be better at saying no than Lizzie’s parents, they currently rent their home from 3 cats, 2 snakes and a quarter horse. They were recently blessed in October 2013 with a 2-legged eating machine named John Michael and the love of animals must be contagious in this family because John loves all the fuzzy roommates as well!
Lizzie is always open to speaking with clients and her love of animals shines through in all the work she does. She can be found primarily in surgery or giving your pet back its pearly whites! If you don’t see her, you shouldn’t have any issue hearing her as her mouth might just be bigger than her heart. As part of the Housepaws family, Lizzie prides herself on giving your family member the best care they deserve and giving you the peace of mind to know your loved one is in caring, competent hands.
Krista Lofink – Technician/Receptionist
Krista grew up in Clayton, NJ with her parents and 3 sisters. From an early age she was in love with animals. At the age of 11 she started working at a horse farm across the street from her parents home, cleaning stalls and feeding horses both morning and night. Here is where she learned how to ride and purchased her first horse with her own money at the age of 14. After training another horse to run barrels, she competed at several National Barrel Horse Shows in Mississippi and Georgia. At the age of 16 she began working at Pitman Animal Hospital where she worked for 5 years, moving quickly from kennel attendant to technician. Taking the technical skills she learned, Krista then worked for an emergency practice for 4 years where she became a certified weight loss coach for dogs and cats while working as a technician and receptionist. At the end of 2014 Krista came to work with HousePaws as a transporter for PETS as well as a receptionist and technician.
Krista and her boyfriend, Louis (yes the same Louis that works for HousePaws), live in Browns Mills with their 2 daughters Lillyana and Layla, 4 dogs, pot belly pig, and bearded dragon. Not far up the street is their horse Jolene who Krista has had for over 15 years and still occasionally barrel races, runs at game shows, and trail rides.
After moving from Maryland to Mt Laurel with my husband and fur babies and having to find a new vet- I stumbled across HousePaws. Coming into the office with my “not so friendly towards other people” dog I was anxious how the staff would treat him. The vets and techs treated him like every other dog and made our journey there both comfortable and memorable. At that moment I KNEW that I had to be apart of such an amazing team.
Since becoming a “HousePaws Homie” my outlook on what customer service and compassion has been totally changed. I couldn’t be happier to see the amazing pups, cats, bunnies, hamsters, rats, and of course the rockin owners that I get to see on a day to day basis. And I feel totally blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing family like the HousePaws crew.
Nancy Winkelspecht — Technician
Nancy grew up near the bay in Ocean County, NJ. Having a love for animals, she “bunny sat” for neighbors while they were on vacation and accompanied her senior neighbor on long walks in the summer, to help with her poodle. She has spent most of her life caring for animals, having dogs growing up and hamsters, dogs and cats as an adult.
After many years in the mortgage industry, Nancy lost her job. With her husband encouraging her to chase her passion, she returned to school at Camden County College. The path began, to pursue a career in a field that she had always dreamed of.
Nancy’s instructor gave her great guidance when job hunting, “You have to really believe in the place you work for.” Those words were what led Nancy to become part of the HousePaws Homies.
“Being a part of an awesome team that treats our patients like our own fur babies, is what it is all about.”, says Nancy.
Nancy lives near our Atco office with her husband, Emil and her two dogs Obi (Nigerian meaning “heart”) and Dabi (Hebrew meaning “dearly loved”).