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Our Veterinarians

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Danielle Auzenne
DVM
Danielle Auzenne
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Danielle Auzenne is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. Dr. Auzenne is particularly interested in small animal surgery and behavior.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Nevada, Reno
Dr. Auzenne enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and crafting.
Dr. Barbara Avalos Cavero is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a white dog.
Barbara Avalos Cavero
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Barbara Avalos Cavero
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Barbara Avalos Cavero is particularly interested in treating gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, endocrine disorders, toxicities and feline urinary tract diseases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Pet Hospital, Virginia Beach VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan
In her spare time, Dr. Avalos Cavero enjoys exercising at the gym, salsa dancing, painting and traveling. She loves to spoil her dog, Koko Puff.
Dr. Alex Barnett is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Alex Barnett
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Alex Barnett
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Entrepreneurship, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Dr. Caitlin Bowen is a clinician in our critical care service.
Maxie Bowen
DVM
Critical Care
Maxie Bowen
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Maxie Bowen is particularly interested in treating respiratory emergencies, mechanical ventilation, toxicities and polytrauma.
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Arts, International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Bowen has a mini farm with six chickens, two tortoises, one snake, three cats and four dogs. She enjoys working with rescue organizations and almost always has a foster pet in her home. In her free time, she likes being in nature, going to the beach and visiting her 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. Kaitlyn Cassel is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Kaitlyn Cassel
VMD
Kaitlyn Cassel
VMD
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kaitlyn Cassel is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. Dr. Cassel finds soft tissue surgery and emergency surgical procedures particularly gratifying.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Toxicology, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, State College
Dr. Cassel enjoys spending time with her friends and family trying new restaurants around the city, keeping a house full of plants, and getting outdoors in the beautiful Florida weather.
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, 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. Cody Cragnolin is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Cody Cragnolin
DVM
Cody Cragnolin
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Cody Cragnolin is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. Dr. Cragnolin’s clinical interests include diabetic ketoacidosis, pneumothorax, and pleural effusion taps.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
Dr. Cragnolin skydives whenever she can and has been licensed for two years. She has one cat named Mustache.
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. Trysta Dionne is a resident in our internal medicine service.
Trysta Dionne
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Trysta Dionne
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Trysta Dionne’s clinical interests include endocrine disorders, renal disease and gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Dionne enjoys working out and going to the beach. She has a dog named Benson.
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. Kristin Habegger is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is sitting on the ground with two dogs.
Kristin Habegger
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kristin Habegger
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kristin Habegger has a background in working with wildlife and in zoological institutions and enjoys bringing her knowledge of exotic animal medicine into clinical practice. She finds triaging and managing trauma and metabolic derangement cases the most interesting to address.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • 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. Dana Haimovitz is a small animal medicine & surgery intern
Dana Haimovitz
DVM
Dana Haimovitz
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Dana Haimovitz is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. Dr. Haimovitz’s special interests include cardiology – especially interventional procedures and congenital anomalies.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Haimovitz has two cats (Quesadilla and Olive) and a hedgehog (Dill Prickle).
Dr. David Hoch is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
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.
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Elizabeth Howerton
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Elizabeth Howerton
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, Auburn University, AL
Dr. Da’Ne Irvin is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Da’Ne Irvin
DVM
Da’Ne Irvin
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Da’Ne Irvin is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. Dr. Irvin’s professional interests include surgery, emergency medicine, and critical care.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
  • Bachelor of Science, Tennessee State University, Nashville
Dr. Irvin has two dogs, Preston and Lincoln, and enjoys hanging out with friends and family, trying new food/restaurants, exploring Tampa, and going to the beach.
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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. Sydney Johnson is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Sydney Johnson
DVM
Sydney Johnson
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sydney Johnson is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She enjoys treating chronic conditions such as kidney disease and GI disorders.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Auburn University, AL
In her spare time, Dr. Johnson loves swimming in the pool or the gulf, kayaking, and reading a good book. She also enjoys hiking with her chihuahua mix, Bodie.
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
Ophthalmology
Crystal King
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Crystal King is an intern in our ophthalmology service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Clearwater, 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. 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. Cassie Mancari is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Cassandra Mancari
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Cassandra Mancari
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Cassandra Mancari is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She finds helping animals in respiratory distress, treating feline urinary obstructions and repairing lacerations particularly gratifying.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Dr. Mancari and her fiancé have two cats who they enjoy spoiling to no end. She enjoys being outside (hiking, walking and beach trips), working out (Pilates and Yoga) and lazy mornings playing video games with her cats.
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. Elena Pfisterer is a clinician in our surgery service.
Elena Pfisterer
DVM
Surgery
Elena Pfisterer
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elena Pfisterer is a resident in our surgery service. Dr. Pfisterer’s professional interests include complex fracture repair, angular limb deformities, total hip replacements, and thoracic surgery.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Charlotte, NC
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Nashville Veterinary Specialists, TN
  • Clinical Rotation, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
Dr. Pfisterer has a fiancé who is also a veterinarian, and two cats at the head of the household: Fetty and Savannah.
Dr. Tessa Phillips is Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Tessa Phillips
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Tessa Phillips
DVM, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Tessa Phillips’ particular clinical interests include all soft tissue procedures, minimally invasive techniques (arthroscopy/laparoscopy) and wound and skin reconstruction.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Centre, Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Southfield, MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Dr. Phillips' hobbies include cycling, hiking, traveling, motorcycles and playing guitar.
Dr. Lindsey Ramirez is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She has her arm around a brown dog.
Lindsey Ramirez
MS, DVM
Surgery
Lindsey Ramirez
MS, DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lindsey Ramirez is an intern in our surgery service. She has a passion for zoological medicine and scientific research, and she has contributed to the field of veterinary education by assisting in the development and construction of veterinary teaching models utilized at her university.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Clearwater, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
  • Master of Science, Marine Biology, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, Texas State University, San Marcos
Dr. Ramirez enjoys outdoor jeep adventures, gardening, crafty DIY projects and spending time with her partner, their Weimaraner named Emmett and two cats, Moose and Ducky.
Dr. Jessica Rhodes is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Jessica Rhodes
BVetMed
Emergency Medicine
Jessica Rhodes
BVetMed
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Rhodes is most interested in endocrinology and emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, England
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology and Biomedical Sciences, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
  • Associate of Arts, Fulton Montgomery Community College, Johnstown, NY
Dr. Rhodes shares her home with reef tanks, dart frogs, and a ball python. In her free time, she enjoys diving.
Dr. Kelsey Schaul is a veterinary intern in our surgery service. She is kneeling beside a Husky.
Kelsey Schaul
DVM
Surgery
Kelsey Schaul
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kelsey Schaul is a resident in our surgery service. She finds fracture repairs and treating cranial cruciate ligament disease particularly gratifying.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Kirkland, WA
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Center, Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Schaul enjoys hiking and camping (when it's not too hot!) and getting out on the water for boating and swimming. She lives with her husky, Kira, and cat, Tippy.
Dr. Nicole Tomasso is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Nicole Tomasso
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Nicole Tomasso
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nicole Tomasso’s special interests include foreign body removal as well as treating diabetic ketoacidosis (especially in cats), soft tissue injuries and fractures.
  • Clinical Rotation, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Dr. Tomasso enjoys walking outside on trails, playing tennis, eating sushi and visiting her family for Sunday dinners. She has two cats: one named Manny, who was adopted in St. Kitts during her time at veterinary school, and one named Dominik, who was adopted in Indiana during her clinical rotation.
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
Surgery
Jessica Williams
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Williams is an intern in our surgery service. 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.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • 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.

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.