Dr. Amgad Basta Jr.
It is great to be back in beautiful, sunny South Florida. My journey began in 1993 when I first entered college at Florida International University. I just graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School and was excited to start my college career. I worked part-time with my father, Dr. Basta Sr., helping out at various animal hospitals around the city. I had aspirations of becoming a human physician. Well, that all changed one hot summer night in 1995 at approximately 11 PM. I was helping out at the emergency clinic my father was working in at the time and I suddenly heard my name being screamed out. The voice was telling me to “.hurry, rush to the OR, move it…” In a state of panic, I ran to the OR as fast as I could, and as I entered the room there placed in my hand suddenly was a newborn Labrador Retriever puppy that had just been born via c-section.
My father ever so diligently working to free the rest of the pups, “told” me, more like screamed at me, “Don’t just stand there, rub him down with the towel and suction the mucus out of his airway.” I was in a state of disbelief, standing there with a blank stare on my face but I heard my dad’s voice again, “..hurry up-here comes another one.” Suddenly, I came to my senses and started working that pup, determined that he would survive and breathe. As I was suctioning the mucus and fluid from his airway, the sweetest cry and whine came from the little pup’s mouth. “I did it!!!!” I exclaimed. “I really, really did it!!!” As soon as I set down the pup with his previously delivered siblings, there came another one. At the end of the day the mom and pups all survived and I looked at my dad sweating and exhausted from the delivery and just marveled. I admired him so much for bringing these precious creatures safely to life and allowing me the experience of a lifetime, at least in my eyes at that moment. From that one fateful previously uneventful night a veterinarian was in the making.
I soon thereafter graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and pursued a post-baccalaureate at the University of Florida in animal science and graduated with honors. I then pursued my veterinary career attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine for my clinical year.
Graduating in January of 2004, I moved to NYC and practiced general medicine and surgery in Queens, Long Island and Manhattan. I then started doing emergency medicine and surgery in Queens, New York for about one year as part of a ten doctor practice. In January of 2006 I received a phone call from my dad, my very inspiration, telling me he needed my help; he was overworked and ready to semi-retire. So here I am, loving every moment of my journey with its ups and downs and dedicated to my profession, family and home. I am here to stay and with one goal in mind to serve my patients, clients and community to the best of my abilities with care and compassion. Whether you come from Aventura, Broward, Miami Beach, Hialeah or any other part of Florida I hope to see you soon.
Dr. Erica Balzano
I was born in Long Island and grew up in northern New Jersey. I took interest in medicine early on and knew I wanted to be a veterinarian at a very young age even before I had my own pet. When I was old enough, I became involved in multiple rescues and spent my free time volunteering at the humane society, which only strengthened my passion for animals. I moved to Florida to attend the University of Miami and graduated with my Bachelors degree in Chemistry. I then attended the University of Florida and earned my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine before moving back to Miami. Now I am excited to be a part of the Kind Animal Hospital team where I can practice quality medicine and care for your four legged, furry, family members!
I am originally from the Bronx, New York. I started working at a young age with my father and have had a variety of jobs. At 16, I was hired to work in an animal hospital as a maintenance worker. Wanting to make a career for myself, I spent as much time as I could with the veterinarians as well as the technicians. Within a year I became a veterinary technician. I have been a veterinary technician since 1997. I love my job. I became acquainted professionally with Dr. Amgad Basta in New York City in 2004. We have an excellent professional relationship. In April 2006, I was given the opportunity to move to Florida to work with Dr. Basta at Kind Animal Hospital. It has been a great experience.
I've always had a love for animals and a passion for helping people so it's no surprise my life brought me to Kind Animal Hospital. I was born and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida where I attended West Broward High School, which at the time, had the only Veterinary Assisting Program in South Florida. After 4 years in the program, I graduated in 2016 as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. From there, I began working at another animal clinic until I moved to Hallandale and found Kind Animal Hospital. I currently attend Florida International University as Business major with the dream of one day owning a large animal hospital.
I am a Florida native, born and raised in Broward County with a life long passion for animals and their wellbeing. At 14, I volunteered at a clinic in Deerfield Beach and have been in love and proud of the field ever since. After working a two private clinics in Deerfield and Pompano, I now find myself here in Miami at Kind Animal Hospital. Alongside Dr. Basta, I have grown tremendously with his guidance, wit and professionalism. From the exam rooms to the front desk, to surgery and many tasks in between, I'm there! I am currently taking online classes to attain my veterinary certification and continue moving forward. Outside of work, I'm an avid photographer and use those skills to create the clinic's posts on Instagram.
In my free time, I enjoy working out, cooking, the "occasional" glass of wine, and good live music. The most rewarding part of my day is coming home to my boys: my two cats Xavier and Yuuki, and of course my handsome boyfriend Aletse.
Maria Camila Salazar
My father told me that since I was 5 years old, I have always wanted to become a vet and help animals. My passion and love for them must have come from my 1st pet, Conan. He was a male, Golden Labrador that my Godmother gave me for my 3rd birthday.
I am from Colombia and this is my last school year before I become a Veterinary Doctor and Zoo-technician. Kind Animal Hospital, and its well-known professional staff have embraced me and given me the opportunity to do my internship with them. They have become an important part of this journey and dream that I have had since I was a little girl; and now, 20 years later, can soon come true.