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About Crystal River Animal Hospital

Here at Crystal River Animal Hospital we are a family owned and operated business.

Dr. Deby

Graduated with her DVM from University of Florida.  Outdoor personality, she enjoys air-boating, horseback riding and yard work in her spare time. Dr. Deby moved to Florida in 1980 to Suwannee county where she  has been owner /Dr. of a veterinary clinic in Live Oak.  She moved to Ozella with Fletch in  2014 and has  been following her dream ever since.   Her vision is owning a compassionate animal care facility and enjoying “the sunshine state” between appointments while taking care of your pets.

Fletcher AKA "Fletch"

Native Floridian, Native American, will be the first and last person you speak to when you call.  He is very knowlegeable about your pets’ needs as well as any personal questions you want to ask about the area.  Fletch enjoys the out doors including fishing, air-boating, and anything to do with animals. If he does not know the answer, he will quickly find it for you.

Dr Cheryl

I graduated with my DVM from the University of Georgia. For several years, I followed my Army husband and worked at various animal hospitals on the East Coast. In 2005, we settled in Northern Virginia where I worked at a 24 hour veterinary hospital (and raised our children) until recently moving to Homosassa to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. When not spending time with my amazing children and pets (2 boxers and 2 cats), my husband and I love biking, horseback riding, swimming with the manatees and most any outdoor activity.


Hey, I’m Chelsea. I have been a Vet Tech for 12 years and wouldn’t change it for anything. I have been with Crystal River Animal Hospital since 2016 and have found a home away from home. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my son Ashton or being on the water or in the woods. My passion is animals and I love that I make a difference everyday educating clients, helping, and saving animals!


Hello, my name is Carley Abernathy and I have been with Crystal River Animal Hospital since May 2018. Being part of the Crystal River Animal Hospital Team has led to so many great experiences and lifetime friendship of both coworkers and clients. I am the office manager here at our hospital, and I take in so much pride and joy when I can help our clients and patients. I was born and raised in Orlando Florida, and currently still going to college part time for business administration. During my free time I am usually out boating with my boyfriend. We live right on the water on Kings Bay. I have two fur babies, a pittie named Chloe, and Seymour, the office cat. When I am not working or out on the water, I try to travel to new places. Trying new things is very important to me.


Hello friends and family, my name is Seymour and they say I am the office cat. I am not completely sure what that means, but I am here to tell you that I will be the one trying to get your attention every chance I get. This is difficult as "The Elephant" also tries to steal attention and does a great job at that. My favorite snacks include strawberry cream cheeses, cheese-its, chicken wings, carrot cake and of course dry and wet cat food. My hobbies include laying on anything (including my friend the elephant) stealing pens, looking out the window, and watching You Tube fish videos. I have 6 peasants that work with me at Crystal River Animal Hospital, as well as this huge elephant. Come see all of us anytime!!!!

Beverly Hickman

Hello, My name is Dr. Beverly Hickman. I graduated with a DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. I had my own small animal practice in Dublin Georgia for eleven years. I recently moved down to Homosassa, Florida to enjoy the year round warmth and plethora of activities here in central west Florida. I enjoy walking, bike riding, beadweaving and hanging out with my cats. I’m so happy to be here to help take care of your special family member fur babies!

Beverly Brothers

Beverly was born in Houston, Texas. She has been married for 41 years. They have one son who lives in Chicago. Bev joined the US Army to work with military working dogs, which took her to Virginia Beach, Virginia. She and her husband stayed there for 25 years. After exiting the Army, Bev returned to school to become a Certified Vet Tech and graduated in 2003. Her career in Veterinary Medicine stated in 1992 and has continued to the present. Bev and her husband moved to Florida in 2018. They have 3 dogs named Cody, Bella, and Dixie. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and traveling. Her most exciting trips were to Israel and Ireland.


Hi, my name is Alicia and I have been a Vet Tech since 2017. I moved to Homosassa, Florida from Chicago, Illinois in April of 2020. I live with my boyfriend, Will, and our four cats Mitsy, Moo-moo, Molly and Polly. I absolutely love what I do and I look forward to coming to work every day. For fun I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, kayaking, horseback riding, and enjoying the many other outdoor activities Florida has to offer.


Hello! My name is Kathy, I am one of the Veterinary Technicians here at Crystal River Animal Hospital. I have been in the Veterinary field since 1996. I am a mom of 3 wonderful boys and have a bunch of fur babies. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. I look forward to helping you in caring for your fur babies!


Hello, my name is Alex and I have lived in Florida for most of my life. I graduated from Jacksonville University with my BS in Marine Biology with a minor in both Education and Photography in April 2020. While I went to college I worked at the Jacksonville Zoo as a Mammal Keeper and with their Marketing Department taking photographs. I came back to Citrus County after graduating and started here at Crystal River Animal Hospital as a receptionist in October 2020. In my free time I enjoy traveling to new places, going to Disney World, and hanging out with my boyfriend and many pets. I currently have one dog named Bruiser, one cat named Mayhem, and a total of 25 reptiles and amphibians!


My name is Izzy and I have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. I was born in Daytona Beach, Florida and returned to Florida to live in Citrus County in 2013. I’ve been working in the animal field for the past five and a half years and joined Crystal River Animal Hospital in October of 2020. I have a passion for helping animals and am always eager to learn new skills to continue to grow in the field of animal medicine. I’m a wife of 21 years, a mother to four amazing children and have four dogs and two cats of my own. In my free time I mostly enjoy doing anything that involves making memories with my family.


Hi, my name is Amanda and I moved to Florida in 2003 from Pennsylvania. I have been a technician for almost 29 years. Most of my experience comes from ER but I have worked with horses as well as dogs and cats. In my free time I like to be outdoors with my family. We love fishing, boating, camping, and rodeos. I have 4 cats and a dog. Our kids love to camp with us and my youngest daughter also wants to be a Veterinary Technician.


My name is Jennifer and I have worked at Crystal River Animal Hospital since September 2019. I work in the front office as the accountant/receptionist and absolutely love being able to work with animals and their parents. I have been married for 25 years; have 3 children and 2 grandchildren and another one on the way, whom I spend most of my off time with. I moved from Iowa to Crystal River 6 years ago and really love this area.

Come visit us with your fur babies at Crystal River Animal Hospital or Companion Animal Mobile.