Our Veterinarians

Samantha Aumann
DVM
Critical Care
Dr. Samantha Aumann is a critical care resident and is particularly interested in feline medicine and surgery.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Aumann likes to backpack, hike, kayak and watch movies with her husband. They have three cats: Zelda, Gypsy and Cricket.
Christa Barrett
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Christa Barrett is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
Given her interest in aquatic animals, it’s no surprise that Dr. Barrett loves just about anything on the water. She also enjoys hiking, rock climbing and traveling. She has three cats, orange tabby Jack, Onix who’s black, and calico Mae who acts like a dog.
Sarah Binkerd
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Sarah Binkerd is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Central Florida, Orlando
Dr. Binkerd’s favorite hobby is wildlife photography. She also likes to hike and explore the outdoors. Bailey is her pit bull.
Tony Blanco
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Tony Blanco is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Blanco spends time outside kayaking, cycling and playing tennis. He also enjoys horror shows or movies, cooking, and listening to music. Leia is his miniature Australian Shepherd who befriends everyone and gets all the attention.
Helga Bleyaert
VMD, DACVS
Surgery
Helga Bleyaert
VMD, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Helga Bleyaert has extensive experience and specialized training in minimally invasive surgical procedures such as arthroscopy and laparoscopy. She also has completed specialized training in total hip replacement, tibial tuberosity advancement procedure for anterior cruciate ligament tears, and external skeletal fixation.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Marion DuPont Equine Center, Leesburg VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Dr. Bleyaert enjoys horseback riding, hunting small sea creatures at the beach with her children and woodworking in her garage.
Alyson Bradshaw
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Alyson Bradshaw is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Bradshaw enjoys sunshine and the water. She also likes to travel, hike and read. She has a cat named Clover.
Nicholas Buscaglia
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Nicholas Buscaglia is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Dr. Buscaglia enjoys playing and refereeing soccer, hiking, fishing and skiing. He is willing to try pretty much any type of food (especially if seafood is involved).
Jen Coyle
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Jen Coyle
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Coyle manages a large caseload of pets with cancer, with the goal of extending their lives while providing a good quality of life.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Oncology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Florida Veterinary Specialists, Tampa
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Auburn University, Auburn AL
Dr. Coyle loves her all-orange family: a golden retriever named Murphy and two cats, Aubie and Ellie. She loves college football and is an avid Auburn fan.
Devon Diaz
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Devon Diaz is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Dr. Diaz enjoys traveling with his wife, cheering on the Florida State Seminoles and relaxing days at the beach. He has two golden retriever brothers, Moose and Sammy.
Trysta Dionne
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Trysta Dionne is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Dionne’s favorite pastimes include working out, exploring new restaurants and new cities, sleeping, and playing with her dogs, Benson and Elle Jae (aka Ellie).
Evan Ducker
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Evan Ducker is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture - Biological Science, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Ducker is a huge soccer fan. He and his wife, also a veterinarian, have two dogs: Nala, a Chesapeake Bay retriever/mountain feist mix, and Sir Isaac, a beagle mix.
Lucia Fleischmann
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Lucia Fleischmann is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Dr. Fleischmann loves to travel, explore nature, watch reality TV and read novels. Her favorite food is cheese, and she can't survive without coffee. Her pets include cats Jezebel and Pinti and golden retriever Sadie.
Dalal Hares
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dr. Dalal Hares' clinical interests include surgical emergencies, thoracic surgeries, trauma and critical care.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Detroit MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
A fan of outdoor activities like kayaking, horseback riding and scuba diving, Dr. Hares admits that her favorite pastime is traveling to new places around the world. She has a Manx cat named Cleopatra.
Kyra Hartog
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Kyra Hartog is asmall animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Science and Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL
Dr. Hartog enjoys cycling, hiking and water-sports. Music is another favorite pastime, both playing guitar and attending festivals. Jesse is Dr. Hartog’s golden retriever.
David Hoch
DVM
Emergency Medicine
David Hoch
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. David Hoch's special interests include transfusion medicine; metabolic disorders like diabetic ketoacidosis, pancreatitis, disseminated intravascular coagulation and systemic inflammatory response syndrome DIC/SIRS; and surgery involving foreign bodies, splenectomies, gastric dilatation volvulus GDV, and C-sections.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Eckerd College, St Petersburg FL
Dr. Hoch and his family share their house with a variety of pets: dachshund Paxton, Chihuahua Lola, a Pacman frog, two pythons and three African cichlid fish tanks. An avid golfer, Dr. Hoch hopes to one day finish 18 holes using only one golf ball.
Kelsey Human
DVM
Surgery
Dr. Kelsey Human is a resident in our surgery service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St Matthews University, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Human enjoys activities with her husband, especially training at the gym, hiking, rock climbing, rollerblading, watching documentaries and cooking. Fascinated by small ruminants and camelids, she hopes to have a hobby farm one day to raise them. The family has two Bengal cats, Bonsai and Koi.
Martha Julien
MVB
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Martha Julien is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Geosciences, Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA
Having grown up on a farm in Nebraska showing quarter horses competitively, Dr. Julien still enjoys riding. Other favorite pastimes include running, hiking and traveling.
Kelly Kezer
BVSc, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Kelly Kezer
BVSc, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kelly Kezer’s clinical interests include lymphoma, osteosarcoma and histiocytic sarcoma, and she is excited about new treatment options, to include targeted and combination therapy and immunotherapy.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Medical Oncology, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Haverford College, PA
Dr. Kezer enjoys traveling, cooking and hiking with her dogs – a golden retriever named Charlie and Eddie, a Labrador.
Ashley Lackey
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Ashley Lackey is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa
Dr. Lackey enjoys being outdoors going to the beach, fishing, hiking and running. She also likes to travel and is always looking for a new adventure.
Kristen LaCroix
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Kristen LaCroix is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Dr. LaCroix has visited every continent except Antarctica. She loves working with wildlife and has been fortunate to be able to do so during some of her travels. Loki is her cat from St. Kitts.
Katie Lee
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Katie Lee is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Lee has been an Irish dancer since she was 4 years old, and in addition to dance, she enjoys knitting, kayaking, taking care of her freshwater fish tank and cheering on the Michigan State football team. Her pets include Dyna, a great Dane mix and Diego, an Oriental fire-bellied toad.
Andy Leung
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dr. Andy Leung likes trauma cases and wound care. He also finds diabetic ketoacidosis cases rewarding.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Charlotte NC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Dr. Leung’s favorite pastimes include traveling, recreational sports, and playing music and attending concerts.
Laison Nguyen
DVM
Ophthalmology
Dr. Laison Nguyen is an intern in our ophthalmology service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Texas State University, San Marcos
A fan of the outdoors, Dr. Nguyen can often be found playing soccer or ultimate Frisbee. He has a German shepherd named Junior.
Melanie Otte
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Melanie Otte
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Melanie enjoys all aspects of internal medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Otte’s family includes two dogs and three cats.
Cameron Owens
DVM
Ophthalmology
Dr. Cameron Owens is an intern in our ophthalmology service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Franklin TN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Auburn University, AL
Dr. Owens enjoys watching Auburn football, adding coffee mugs to his ever-growing collection, listening to old and new records on his record player and playing board games with friends. He has a lab/terrier mix named Izzie and a cat named Paddington.
Michael Pawenski
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Michael Pawenski is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Pawenski enjoys the ocean and most things related to it, including scuba diving, boating and documentaries. He even considers himself an amateur shark biologist. He also likes napping and spending time with his dog Astro.
Taylor Poppell
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Taylor Poppell is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee
An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Poppell enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time on the water.
Mallika Prabhakar
DVM
Internal Medicine
Dr. Mallika Prabhakar is an intern in our internal medicine service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham
Dr. Prabhakar is an avid tennis player and fan. She is trained in voice and piano and is learning to play the guitar. To unwind, she cooks and bakes. Cookie is her Rhodesian ridgeback/yellow lab mix.
Alejandra Príncipe Martínez
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Alejandra Príncipe Martínez
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alejandra Príncipe Martínez is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Clinical Rotation, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
Dr. Príncipe Martínez considers the water her happy place, enjoying the beach, scuba diving and snorkeling. She also likes to hike and play video games. Carmelo is her island cat from Grenada.
Jennifer Ringenberg
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Jennifer Ringenberg is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Auburn University, AL
Dr. Ringenberg donates her time to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles. She also enjoys bowling, going to concerts and spending time outdoors. Diesel is her mixed breed dog, Luna her cat, and Daenerys her bearded dragon.
Tierra Rose
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Tierra Rose is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Spelman College, Atlanta GA
Dr. Rose likes outdoor activities, such as hiking, amusement parks and anything involving a beach. She is also a Netflix enthusiast and likes to pretend that she’s a top chef and food critic.
Elise Sanchez
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Elise Sanchez is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Finance, California State University, Long Beach
Dr. Sanchez loves the beach and sushi. She also enjoys hiking and painting. Her three cats are Logan James Catlet (James), Anna Marie Roogue (Roux) and, Boux Jean Grey (Boux).
Simone Schechtmann
MVB
Ophthalmology
Dr. Simone Schechtmann is an intern in our ophthalmology service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, Boston College, MA
A fan of travel, bilingual in Spanish and conversational in French, Dr. Schechtmann has studied in Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Paris and Dublin. She loves playing tennis and is interested in current events, foreign films and classical music.
F. Robert Weeren
DVM, MS, DACVS
Surgery
F. Robert Weeren
DVM, MS, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Robert Weeren has been a surgeon in a specialty hospital setting for over 20 years and was the chief of surgery for the majority of that time. He is skilled in all aspects of the field to include orthopedic, thoracic, soft tissue and reconstructive surgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Friendship Hospital for Animals, Washington D.C.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL
Married with two daughters, Dr. Weeren loves traveling with his family. He’s also an avid SCUBA diver and instructor and a saltwater fishing fanatic. The family has three French bulldogs, Dexter, Fiona and Bridgette, and a cat named Sophia.
Zoe Williams
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Zoe Williams is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Berry College, Rome GA
Dr. Williams likes cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers, shopping, traveling and spending time hiking with her dog Bonnie, a mixed breed shelter dog who likes to carry her toys around.
Whitney Wyatt
DVM
Oncology
Dr. Whitney Wyatt is an intern in our oncology service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Dr. Wyatt is an avid Florida State football fan. She enjoys going to the beach and pool, kayaking, traveling and spending time outdoors with her dogs, Tiger Lily and Bella Blue. She also has two cats, Captain and Rumpel.