Our Veterinarians

Dr. Christine Boss is a veterinarian in our Ophthalmology service.
Christine Boss
DVM, MS
Ophthalmology
Christine Boss
DVM, MS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Christine Boss is especially interested in exotic animal ophthalmology, corneal and eyelid reconstructive surgery and ocular manifestation of system diseases.
  • Residency, Comparative Ophthalmology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Ophthalmology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Internship, Ophthalmology, Auburn University, AL
  • Internship, Ophthalmology, Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, West Islip, NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, West Islip, NY
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Boss enjoys being creative, specifically in illustrations, photography and ceramics. When exploring new places or relaxing at home, she is dedicated to spending quality time with her large, multi-species family.
Dr. Alyxandra Brady is a veterinarian in our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Alyxandra Brady
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Alyxandra Brady
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alyxandra Brady is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She finds critical care cases the most gratifying to treat.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa
Dr. Brady has a dog named Totem and a cat named Edgar.
Dr. Casey Braginton is an emergency medicine. He is holding a black and white cat.
Casey Braginton
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Casey Braginton
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
A dedicated emergency clinician, Dr. Casey Braginton’s interests include urethral obstruction, diabetic ketoacidosis and toxicities. He has also worked with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA SouthPaws, Fairfax VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg VA
When not working, Dr. Braginton enjoys reading, visiting breweries and board games. He has two cats, Frodo and Dart, and a pit bull mix named Roo.
Dr. Kylee Bush is a veterinarian in our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Kylee Bush
MS, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kylee Bush
MS, DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kylee Bush is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She is most interested in soft tissue cases, specifically lacerations, foreign body, gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), orthopedics, specifically fracture stabilization, and cardiology. Dr. Bush is certified in basic and advanced life support through the Recover initiative.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Master of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Bush enjoys running to help de-stress after a long day or catching up on the latest documentary series on Netflix with her couch potato dog, Murphy.
Dr. Emma Byers is a veterinarian in our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Emma Byers
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Emma Byers
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Emma Byers is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. Her particular clinical interests include ophthalmic cases, Addison’s disease, diabetic ketoacidosis and toxicities.
  • Clinical Rotation, Royal Veterinary College, London, England
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Organismal Biology, Christopher Newport University, Newport News VA
Dr. Byers loves travel, yoga, reading, paddle boarding and watching football. She has two cats, Alice and Minion, and a hound mix dog.
Dr. Nicole Corrao is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Nicole Corrao
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Nicole Corrao
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nicole Corrao is passionate about emergency medicine because every day is different. She enjoys treating anaphylaxis, feline lower urinary tract disease and dystocia cases.
  • Clinical Rotation, Royal Veterinary College, London, England
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, California State University, Chico
Dr. Corrao enjoys spending time with her husband Luke, bipedal dog Benjamen and three cats Peaches, Winston and Myrtle. She loves being by the water and enjoying a relaxing sunset on the beach.
Dr. Jen Coyle is board certified in veterinary oncology. She is sitting with a golden retriever.
Jen Coyle
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Jen Coyle
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
Dr. Alexa Crise is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Alexa Crise
MS, DVM
Alexa Crise
MS, DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alexa Crise is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in avian and exotic medicine, dermatology, neurology and soft tissue surgery.
  • Clinical Rotations, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Master of Science, Biology, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary and Biomedical Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Dr. Crise enjoys playing videogames and spending time with her fiancé, friends and family.
Dr. Dee Ann Dugger is a doctor in our emergency medicine service. She is holding a small dog in her arms.
Dee Dugger
MS, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dee Dugger
MS, DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Dugger enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Masters of Science, University of New Hampshire, Durham
  • Bachelor of Arts, Graceland University, Lamoni IA
Dr. Dugger’s hobbies include spending time with her pugs, sailing and photography.
Dr. Destinee Gardiner is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is crouched next to a brown dog.
Destinee Gardiner
DVM
Destinee Gardiner
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Destinee Gardiner is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She has been working in veterinary medicine for over 10 years, and she finds septic patients the most gratifying to treat.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indie
  • Bachelor of Science, Pure Mathematics, University of South Florida, Tampa
Dr. Gardiner’s fiancé is an ECC resident, and together they have three dogs and a cat. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking, sewing, dancing, working out and martial arts.
Dr. Kristin Habegger is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is sitting on the ground with two dogs.
Kristin Habegger
DVM
Kristin Habegger
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kristin Habegger is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She has a background in working with wildlife and in zoological institutions, so she is excited to bring her knowledge of exotic animal medicine into clinical practice at BluePearl. Dr. Habegger finds triaging and managing trauma and metabolic derangement cases the most interesting to address.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Kristin Habegger lives with her boyfriend and their two Australian shepherds, Khali and Arya. They all enjoy spending time outdoors together or staying in and watching movies.
Dr. Shantavia Hayes is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Shantavia Hayes
DVM
Shantavia Hayes
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Shantavia Hayes is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in orthopedic surgery.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne
Dr. Hayes enjoys drawing, reading and exercising. She has a Yorkie, Mr. Peanut, and a cat, Cashew.
Dr. Tatiana Henry is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Tatiana Henry
DVM
Tatiana Henry
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Tatiana Henry is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She prides herself on her diversity and inclusion initiatives, and she finds working with wildlife and exotic species the most gratifying.
  • International Veterinary Medicine Post-Graduate Certificate, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC
Dr. Henry enjoys traveling, dancing, reading and hanging out with her dog, Albus.
Dr. David Hoch is a doctor in our emergency medicine service. He is holding a small dog.
David Hoch
DVM
Emergency Medicine
David Hoch
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
Illustration of a silhouette of a figure with a stethoscope draped around their neck.
Megan Johnson
VMD
Emergency Medicine
Megan Johnson
VMD
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Megan Johnson's particular clinical interests include feline medicine, urethral obstructions, renal failure, trauma and shock.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia PA
A diehard sports fan, Dr. Johnson’s favorite teams are the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Mets. Favorite activities include biking, running and working out on her elliptical. She and her husband have three cats: grumpy Siamese mix Caleb and two naughty orange kitties, William Alexander and JT.
Dr. Tara Keaney is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is kneeling next to a brown and white dog.
Tara Keaney
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Tara Keaney
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Tara Keaney is an emergency clinician. She is particularly interested in the role of ultrasound in an emergency setting.
  • Clinical Rotation, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Stony Brook University, NY
The proud mom of rescued pup Zahra, Dr. Keaney is a fitness advocate and enjoys travel and going to the beach.
Dr. Crystal King is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Crystal King
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Crystal King
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Crystal King has a special interest in cardiology, specifically arrythmias and inherited heart defects.
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Findlay, OH
Dr. King enjoys exploring each new city she calls home with her two pups, Harley and Autumn.
Dr. Francesca Lerner is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Francesca Lerner
DVM
Francesca Lerner
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Francesca Lerner is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
As a Florida native, Dr. Lerner enjoys spending time on the water and soaking up the sunshine with family, friends and her Labrador mix, Charley. She also loves to travel and is always on the lookout for a new adventure.
Dr. Alexandria LoPrinzi is a veterinarian in our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Alexandria LoPrinzi
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Alexandria LoPrinzi
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alexandria LoPrinzi is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She finds trauma cases and autoimmune diseases, such as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) and diabetes presenting as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), the most gratifying to treat.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Asbury University, Wilmore, KY
Dr. LoPrinzi enjoys hiking, kayaking, playing sports, especially tennis, board games and watching movies. She is quite fond of her three family dogs, all of which are English setters.
Dr. Rachel Lucas is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Rachel Lucas
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Rachel Lucas
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rachel Lucas is most interested in exotic and wildlife emergencies and gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Lucas enjoys spending time with her husband and their foster-failure feline, Aslan, and serving their church and the Tampa Bay community.
Dr. Rachel Lucia is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a black cat.
Rachel Lucia
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Rachel Lucia
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rachel Lucia loves building relationships with clients and considers them team players in the effort of determining the best outcome of their pets’ lives. She loves the wide variety of cases she manages as an emergency clinician.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, East Greenwich RI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville
In her spare time, Dr. Rachel Lucia loves reading, kayaking, hiking, visiting the beach, playing board games, and spending time with family. She has two dogs and a cat, Kapu, who enjoys hogging the couch space, asking for food after he has already been fed, purring, bossing around the dogs, and playing with catnip.
Dr. Thao Nguyen is a doctor in our emergency medicine service.
Thao Nguyen
MVB
Emergency Medicine
Thao Nguyen
MVB
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
An experienced clinician, Dr. Thao Nguyen finds emergency medicine especially gratifying. Her particular areas of interest are toxicology, wound care and treating trauma cases.
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville
In her free time, Dr. Nguyen enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors and rock climbing. She has two dogs: Rua (her "Irish souvenir" from living in Dublin) and Archie (a mutt who is half-amazing and half-terrific).
Dr. Melanie Otte is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. She is sitting with a large mixed breed dog.
Melanie Otte
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Melanie Otte
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
Dr. Kathryn Paskoff is a surgery resident at our Monterey hospital.
Kathryn Paskoff
MVB
Surgery
Kathryn Paskoff
MVB
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kathryn Paskoff is a resident in our surgery service. She is most interested in surgical oncology, wound management, cardiothoracic surgery, fracture management and minimally invasive procedures.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Pet Specialists of Monterey, CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Mission Vet Specialty & Emergency, San Antonio TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Advanced Veterinary Care, Fishers IN
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Dr. Paskoff enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, Finnegan. Family favorite pastimes include beach walks, travel, hiking, gourmet dining and relaxing at home together.
Dr. Alysha Reis is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Alysha Reis
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Alysha Reis
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alysha Reis finds eye-related emergencies the most gratifying to treat and has a special interest in ophthalmology.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Clinical Rotation, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Reis lives with her two black cats, Panther and U-turn, and enjoys playing video games in her free time.
Dr. Gabriel Sanchez is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Gabriel Sánchez
DVM
Gabriel Sánchez
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Gabriel Sánchez is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. He is interested in all things related to veterinary ophthalmology and surgery.
  • Clinical Rotation, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
Dr. Sánchez enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, playing sports, going to the beach and watching movies and sports.
Dr. Eric Schneck is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Eric Schneck
DVM
Eric Schneck
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Eric Schneck is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. He finds endocrine and cardiac diseases the most gratifying to treat.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Schneck has a fiancé who is also a veterinarian, and together they have two dogs and a cat, all of whom keep them busy with their abundant energy.
Dr. Riley Shugg is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is holding a black dog.
Riley Shugg
DVM, MS
Riley Shugg
DVM, MS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Riley Shugg is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She finds infectious diseases, toxicities and gastrointestinal diseases the most gratifying to treat.
  • Master of Science, Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Dr. Shugg enjoys biking, exploring local coffee shops and breweries, and reading. She has a dog named Karoo and two cats named Frodo and D'artagnan.
Dr. Cassidy Soehnlein is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Cassidy Soehnlein
DVM
Cassidy Soehnlein
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Cassidy Soehnlein is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in cardiology, internal medicine and exotic and zoo animal medicine.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Stetson University, DeLand, FL
Dr. Soehnlein enjoys rock climbing, kayaking and spending time with her dog, cat and two red footed tortoises.
Dr. Hannah Stone is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is holding a small tan dog.
Hannah Stone
Hannah Stone
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Hannah Stone is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is passionate about client and patient quality of life and mobility, veterinary research and congestive heart failure.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Stone enjoys classical music, yoga and snow sports. She has an old, grumpy Shih Tzu, a spunky Maltipoo and a naughty Australian shepherd.
Dr. Michelle Untch is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She has her arms around a brown puppy.
Michelle Untch
DVM
Michelle Untch
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Michelle Untch is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She finds surgery the most gratifying to perform.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
In her free time, Dr. Untch enjoys hiking, geocaching, kayaking and traveling domestically and abroad. She has a cat named Angel.
Dr. Jessica Weeks is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. She is holding a cat in her arms.
Jessica Weeks
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Jessica Weeks
DVM, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Weeks' special interests include trauma, sepsis, blood transfusions and mechanical ventilation.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospitals, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Valley Animal Hospital, Tucson AZ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, University of California, Davis
Dr. Weeks enjoys time with her husband, ornery cats and her one-eyed dog.
Dr. Robert Were is board certified in veterinary surgery.
F. Robert Weeren
DVM, MS, DACVS
Surgery
F. Robert Weeren
DVM, MS, DACVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
Dr. Jessica Williams is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Jessica Williams
DVM
Jessica Williams
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Williams is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in total hip replacements, soft tissue procedures and orthopedic surgeries, especially complex fracture repairs that require some extra imagination or patience. It is rewarding to her to see all the “pieces of the puzzle” come together.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Auburn University, AL
Dr. Williams enjoys painting and relaxing with friends and family. She has a mini-Australian shepherd named Rue.
Dr. Maxwell practices veterinary medicine in Tampa, FL
Maxwell Yim
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Maxwell Yim
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Eager to work in a fast-paced emergency room environment, Dr. Maxwell Yim’s clinical interests include trauma and toxicity cases.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Yim enjoys hiking, reading, watching sci-fi movies, playing video games, and visiting breweries during his travels. He has a rescued chocolate Labrador retriever.

Technicians (VTS)

Melissa Siekanic is a certified veterinary technician with additional board certification in emergency and critical care medicine.
Melissa Siekaniec
CVT, VTS (ECC)
Critical Care
Melissa Siekaniec
CVT, VTS (ECC)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency & Critical Care)
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Melissa cites the wide range – and often unexpected nature – of cases in emergency and critical care as the best part of her work. “I find it extremely exciting, not knowing what is going to walk through the door,” she says.
Karen Wiley is a certified veterinary technician with additional board certification in cardiology.
Karen Wiley
CVT, VTS (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Karen Wiley
CVT, VTS (Cardiology)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Karen enjoys interventional procedures to correct defects that cause congenital heart diseases. She also enjoys helping patients with acquired heart disease live longer and more comfortably. Her family includes a pug, Chihuahua and four cats, and she loves traveling and watching her son play baseball.