Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Redland Animal Hospital in Homestead! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 305-245-5553 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

G. Maureen Bushnell, DVM, Practice Owner

Education: University of Georgia

Georgia Maureen Bushnell was born in New Iberia, Louisiana, the youngest of five daughters. She grew up on the bank of the Bayou Teche in an area known for its love of family, good food and the beauty of nature. While older sisters were away at school, Maureen’s playmates were the family pets. Patient cats were dressed as babies and pushed in doll carriages and loyal dogs were willing companions in many exciting adventures.

College life brought Maureen to Nashville, Tennessee where she graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1979. As a resident of Tennessee, she attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1983.

Having been taught that a veterinarian’s first year of practice sets the standards for the rest of her professional life, the new Dr. Bushnell desired to further her veterinary education and hone her skills in an academic environment. She applied for and was fortunate enough to be awarded an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia. The year was spent rotating through the medicine, surgical and emergency services leading a team of senior veterinary students while learning from Georgia’s outstanding small animal faculty and staff.

Finally ready for the “real world” of veterinary practice, Maureen moved first to Ft. Myers, Florida then finally to Miami in 1986. In Miami she met and married her wonderful husband, Miami native Gary Haskin. Their daughter, Taylor, is currently a college student.

Maureen took a bit of time off from the practice of veterinary medicine during her pregnancy and Taylor’s early years. During this time the family moved to Redland, five months before Hurricane Andrew paid it a call.

Arriving at Redland Animal Hospital in January 1993, Maureen worked only one day a week for the first two years. She then worked part time for another two years before purchasing the practice in 1997.

Maureen currently divides her time between the demands of veterinary practice and practice management, her family and friends, and activities ranging from boating and fishing to dog training and horses. She is on the board of the South Florida Horse Show Association and is a member of the Miami-Dade County School’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth Novy, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

Education: Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth Novy, a Dallas native, graduated from Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After graduation Dr. Novy moved to the west coast of Florida with her husband, working for four years in a small animal practice in Port Charlotte. In 2008, Dr. Novy moved to Miami and began providing relief veterinary services so she could care for her growing family. Dr. Novy’s family consists of her three young children, an eight year old Boxer mix, a 2 year old Field Terrier and three cats.

Dr. Luis Alvarez- Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Luis Alvarez earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from U.N.L.P, Argentina and did an internship at Tuskegee School of Veterinary Medicine. He has been working in the Miami area since 2003 and is fluent in English and Spanish. His special interests include internal medicine, surgery, and dentistry. Dr. Luis Alvarez has completed multiple dentistry training seminars and labs. He is married, has 2 daughter, and many pets. On his time off he enjoys to travel with his family.

Kym Graham- Practice Manager

Kym grew up on the west coast of Florida in the small town of Punta Gorda. Her love of animals and the outdoors was obvious from a young age. Whenever she was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up she enthusiastically replied a veterinarian!

Redland Animal Hospital became a part of Kym’s life when she was searching for a veterinarian that she could entrust with the care of her pets and knew from the first time that she met Dr. Bushnell that her animals were in great hands. She was offered a job in 2004 as a technician and was guided into a management position. Caring for the animals and educating their owners is where her passion remains.

When Kym is not working her main source of entertainment is her son, Bryland. In between all their outdoor activities they have fun with their three dogs, Mr. Nubbs, Shrek, and Dixie, their cat Man Man. They also do what they can to help foster stray dogs and find them forever homes with the help from This Is The Dog, a local rescue group.

Melissa Wilson-Management

Melissa and her 4 siblings spent their childhood growing up in Winston-Salem, N.C. During her early adulthood she moved to Cutler Ridge and has been a Floridian since 1996. Her lifetime love and passion for animals lead Melissa to obtain her Certified Veterinary assistant Accreditation in 1997. Through her journey in the field of Veterinary medicine she has made it a well declared one, including previously working at RAH from 2001 to 2006 as their head technician. Family is her priority as she loves and enjoys her husband and 8 year old son D.J. The furry and feathered family members are Rocky (Belgian Malanois), Merry (K9 mixed), Sparch (Shepherd-mix), Cloud (umbrella cockatoo), Mija (green winged macaw), and last but not least Zazu (African-grey). All of her animals were rescues that needed someone to love.

Jamie Accursio-Account Manager

Jamie has lived in Homestead, Florida most of her life. She graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Family and Child Development. When she moved back to Homestead after finishing college, she found a growing passion for animals. She began working with a rescue organization called This is the Dog, which led her to become a client at Redland Animal Hospital. In 2013 she became an employee at RAH. She started off as a receptionist, then began working as a veterinary technician/assistant and now is our office manager. She has one fur-baby, Abby, that she rescued in 2012. In September 2016, she welcomed her new pride and joy into her family, her daughter, Madison.

Jessie Canizares-Technician/Multi-media Director

Jessie is a Miami native, born and bred in Kendall. She’s been a veterinary technician since the tender age of 16. She shares her life with her partner and 2 cats; her black cat named Mouse and the love of her life her brown tabby named Chicken. She has various exotic animals from avian to reptiles. Jessie has a tender and special way with felines as they are her passion. She also worked in a specialty vet for felines for 2 years while living in georgia. She volunteers at various rescue organizations.

Saray Diaz- Veterinary Technician

I was born in Havana, Cuba. I dreamed to be a vet since I was kid. In July 2006, I graduated as a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine at the Agrarian University of Havana. I migrated to USA in 2011 and I have been working as a vet tech since then. Now I am studying to get my board and make my dream to become a veterinarian in USA true. During my spare time, I enjoy reading and dancing. I have a beautiful family with my husband Rolando, I have one daughter Amanda, and my pets Gordi, Roxy and Leo.

Alex Bischoff – Veterinary Technician

Alex was born and raised in Miami to a family of animal lovers. She graduated from Robert Morgan Educational Center as a Certified Veterinary Assistant and is currently in school following her dreams to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. The loves of her life include a calico cat named Maggie Mae, a tortoiseshell cat named Rosalina Rae, and a Cockatiel named Gracie Lou. She also shares her life with her parent’s three dogs, her sister’s three cats, and an outdoor cat colony of ten.

Matthew Garcia- Veterinary Technician

Matthew has been working in the veterinary field since 2004 and as a technician with Redland Animal Hospital since 2015. A south-dade native and proud Redlander he enjoys serving the local community by providing exceptional and thoughtful care to their four legged companions.

Nicole Chavez- Receptionist

Nicole joined the Redland Animal team in February 2017, she was born and raised in Miami and is fairly new to the Homestead/Redland area. Nicole and her fiancé have a beautiful baby boy and their beloved pooch Coco, who they rescued. In her spare time Nicole loves to spend time with her family, ride ATV’s and relax. Nicole has a deep love for animals and that is what brought her to Redland Animal Hospital.

Savannah Perez – Receptionist

She graduated from Felix Varela High School as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She grew up on a farm raising animals since a young age, this first triggered her passion for animals. Some of her crazy critters include dogs, cats, goats, chickens, pigs and rabbits. Savannah has been working in the Veterinary field for the past five years, and has been enjoying every minute of it. Savannah is currently enrolled at Miami Dade College pursuing her education further towards her dreams of one day being able to help not only pets, but pet owners as well by incorporating her want to help those in need.

Maggie Gonzalez- Receptionist

Maggie was born and raised in Homestead, FL on a little farm. Her passion for animals was seen at a young age. Being surrounded by all types of animals made her interested in working in veterinary medicine. On her journey she came across to Redland Animal Hospital who opened the doors to her. As a receptionist she enjoys greeting all the patients that come in on a daily basis. On her time off she enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her family.

Liany Rodriguez- Veterinary Assistant

Liany was born and raised in Cuba. She studied veterinary medicine in Cuba and obtained her doctoral degree. She moved to the United States in 2014 with hopes of having a better life for her and her family. She has been part of the Redland Animal Hospital family, as an assistant, since February 2016. She loves animals and working with them. She spends her time off with her two kids, Jonathan and Emily.

Sany Gonzalez – Veterinary Technician

Born in Havana, Cuba and at 4 years old came to Miami, FL. Growing up I had an obsession with animals. I have had a rabbit, an iguana, several hamsters, and several dogs. I now have a 6 month old French Bulldog named Bruno. Bruno, occasionally, greets customers at Redland Animal Hospital with tons of kisses. Graduated from Felix Varela Senior high, currently attending MDC for my AA. I have been working in the veterinary field over 6 years.