Our vets.

Barbara Avalos Cavero

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Barbara Avalos Cavero is particularly interested in treating gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, endocrine disorders, toxicities and feline urinary tract diseases.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

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.

Alex Barnett

DVM
Education
  • 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

Helga Bleyaert

VMD, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery

Surgery
On the job

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 Plateau Leveling Osteotomy procedure for anterior cruciate ligament tears, as well as numerous other orthopedic and soft tissue procedures.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

Dr. Bleyaert enjoys horseback riding, boating and woodworking in her garage.

Maxie Bowen

DVM

Critical Care
On the job

Dr. Maxie Bowen is particularly interested in treating respiratory emergencies, mechanical ventilation, toxicities and polytrauma.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

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.

Alyxandra Brady

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Alyxandra Brady is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She finds critical care cases the most gratifying to treat.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa
Off duty

Dr. Brady has a dog named Totem and a cat named Edgar.

Casey Braginton

DVM
On the job

A dedicated emergency clinician, Dr. Casey Braginton’s interests include urethral obstruction, diabetic ketoacidosis and toxicities. He has also worked with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

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.

Kylee Bush

MS, DVM
On the job

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.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

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.

Emma Byers

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

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.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

Dr. Byers loves travel, yoga, reading, paddle boarding and watching football. She has two cats, Alice and Minion, and a hound mix dog.

Jen Coyle

DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology

Oncology
On the job

Dr. Coyle manages a large caseload of pets with cancer, with the goal of extending their lives while providing a good quality of life.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

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.

Christina Cramer

DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal

Surgery
On the job

Dr. Christina Cramer is professionally interested in soft tissue, emergency and laparoscopic procedures.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, New England Animal Medical Center, West Bridgewater MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, New England Animal Medical Center, West Bridgewater MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, New England Animal Medical Center, West Bridgewater MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Smith College, Northampton MA
Off duty

In her spare time, Dr. Cramer enjoys spending time at home with her husband, four dogs and three cats. She also enjoys paddle boarding, playing piano and practicing rugby.

Patrick Donegan

DVM

Emergency Medicine
Education
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Youngstown State University, OH

Dee Dugger

MS, DVM
On the job

Dr. Dugger enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

Dr. Dugger’s hobbies include spending time with her pugs, sailing and photography.

Kristin Habegger

DVM
On the job

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.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

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.

David Hoch

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

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.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Eckerd College, St Petersburg FL
Off duty

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.

Elizabeth Howerton

DVM

Emergency Medicine
Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, Auburn University, AL

Jennifer Irizarry

DVM
On the job

Dr. Jennifer Irizarry is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale, WI
  • Bachelor of Science, Integrative Animal Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa
Off duty

Dr. Irizarry’s hobbies include fencing, watching 80s movies, checking out new restaurants and breweries, and longboarding. Her pets include a cat named Holly and a German shepherd mix named Orchid.

Megan Johnson

VMD

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Megan Johnson’s particular clinical interests include feline medicine, urethral obstructions, renal failure, trauma and shock.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

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.

Tara Keaney

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Tara Keaney is an emergency clinician. She is particularly interested in the role of ultrasound in an emergency setting.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

The proud mom of rescued pup Zahra, Dr. Keaney is a fitness advocate and enjoys travel and going to the beach.

Amanda Kordenbrock

DVM
On the job

Dr. Amanda Kordenbrock is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. Her clinical interests include autoimmune, neurologic and behavioral disorders.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
Off duty

Dr. Kordenbrock has two golden retrievers – father and son – who were part of a research study at the University of Florida. Outside of work, she enjoys music, poetry, painting, making jewelry and interior design.

Zachary Lembersky

DVM
On the job

Dr. Zachary Lembersky is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. His clinical interests include anesthesia, sedation and pain control.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Publications and articles

Rachel Lucas

DVM
On the job

Dr. Rachel Lucas is most interested in exotic and wildlife emergencies and gastrointestinal diseases.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

Dr. Lucas enjoys spending time with her husband and their foster-failure feline, Aslan, and serving their church and the Tampa Bay community.

Cassandra Mancari

DVM
On the job

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.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Off duty

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.

Sidney Rouse

DVM
On the job

Dr. Sidney Rouse is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. Dr. Rouse particularly enjoys emergency cases that allow her to provide immediate support and relief to animals in need and critical anesthetic cases. She is passionate about helping patients who can benefit from a nutrition standpoint in health, wellness, and specific disease management through diet.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
Off duty

Dr. Rouse enjoys exploring local breweries, cheering for the Gators and Buckeyes in sports, cooking and grilling, scuba diving and water activities, and most importantly, spending time with her little family, including her husband and their two cats: Uno and Dusty.

Nicole Tomasso

DVM
On the job

Dr. Nicole Tomasso’s special interests include foreign body removal as well as treating diabetic ketoacidosis (especially in cats), soft tissue injuries and fractures.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

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.

Jeffrey Toraason

DVM

Avian & Exotics Medicine
Education
  • Residency, Avian & Exotics, Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic of Indianapolis, IN
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, East Greenwich, RI
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington
Off duty

Outside of work, Dr. Toraason enjoys long walks with his wife and their four dogs: Ollie, Huey, Tiger and Petey. He also enjoys a variety of sports, hiking and cooking.

Jessica Weeks

DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

Critical Care
On the job

Dr. Jessica Weeks’ special interests include trauma, sepsis, blood transfusions and mechanical ventilation.

Education
  • 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
Off duty

Dr. Weeks enjoys time with her husband, ornery cats and her one-eyed dog.