Most Valuable Player of the Month for June 2017 – Michelle Fernandez

Franklin taking a snooze and the late Tabitha, sporting her doggles.



Michelle Fernandez was awarded Family Pet Animal Hospital’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for June of 2017 by last month’s winner, Sandy Gerstung.  Many of our longtime clients have seen Michelle’s face around here or at least felt her care of their pets for many, many years.  Back in 1993, Michelle answered the “Help Wanted” sign in Family Pet’s window and she’s been here ever since.  Starting as a Kennel Assistant, her hard work, dedication, and love for animals led her to her current position of Technician and Inventory Manager.  More than anything, she contributes immensely to maintaining the foundation of Family Pet’s “soul.”  She is incredibly committed to our patients, clients, and every member of our team.  She is thoughtful, compassionate, and truly dedicated to her work.  In short, WE LOVE HER!




Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

“I have 4 cats, Pixel, Sullivan, Willow and Waffles.”

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

“I am so privileged to work at a practice that has such a wonderful group of people to work alongside.  Everyone is so great from the owners of the practice to the kennel employees and what makes it even better is that everyone has the same goal – excellent patient care!!!”

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud?

“I have worked at Family Pet for many, many years and have had several proud moments of my own as well as having moments of pride for my team mates.  I can’t really distinguish one moment that is the greatest.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“I enjoy going to the movies, reading and going on vacation to enjoy our wonderful National Parks.”

If you could communicate with our patients, what would you most want them to know?

“I would want the patients to know that we have their best interests in mind and are doing our best to help them, whether it be an annual check-up or in a dire situation.  Most of all, I would want them to know that we are here for them and to not be frightened.”

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

“Telekinesis, how great would it be to move things with your mind?”

How would you spend one million dollars?

“I would purchase a house in Bar Harbor, Maine to be closer to my favorite National Park, Acadia and I would donate some money to an animal care organization.”

If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest and why?

“Maynard James Keenan of the band Tool.  I find him so interesting, not to mention that Tool is absolutely one of my favorite bands.”

What would you choose for your last meal?

“Some type Mexican meal, probably tacos of some sort.”

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

“I once was tricked and ate shark nuggets, it really did taste like dry chicken, I was scarred by this event.”


Congratulations, Michelle!  Michelle will get to choose next month’s MVP, so stay tuned…


Sandy Gerstung (May 2017)

Lilly Lam (April 2017)

Annika Hoffman, D.V.M. (March 2017)

Frank Fiacchino (February 2017)

Tony Tramultola (January 2017)

Emily Olvera (December 2016)

Janet Laz (November 2016)

Kate Van Eck (October 2016)

Jim Dinan (September 2016)

Katie Doan (August 2016)


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