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Our Veterinarians

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Adriana Alfonso Castro
DVM
Adriana Alfonso Castro
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Adriana Alfonso Castro is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Technology, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan
Dr. Natali Almodovar is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Natali Almodovar
DVM
Natali Almodovar
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Natali Almodovar is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She enjoys working with orthopedic cases (cranial cruciate disease, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, and fractures) and any systemic disease that could lead to musculoskeletal diseases.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
Dr. Almodovar was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Her hobbies consist of going on adventures, road trips, and going to the beach with friends.
Dr. Cristina Aponte is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Cristina Aponte
DVM
Cristina Aponte
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Cristina Aponte is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She finds gastrointestinal and renal conditions the most gratifying to treat.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan
Dr. Aponte enjoys yoga and wine tasting. She has two perfect Yorkies, Lana and Mateo.
Dr. Terri Baldwin is board certified in veterinary ophthalmology. She is holding two small furry dogs in her arms.
Terri Baldwin
DVM, MS, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Terri Baldwin
DVM, MS, DACVO
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Terri Baldwin finds restoring vision through cataract removal surgery particularly rewarding. She also enjoys repairing eye injuries to save an eye, and diagnosing systemic disease by evaluating the eyes and helping to save an animal’s life.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Master of Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Residency, Comparative Ophthalmology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Dr. Baldwin and her husband have two children, one of whom has autism, so she stays active as an autism advocate. She enjoys playing in the hand bell choir at her church, swimming, needlepoint and playing Sudoku. The family has four dogs and five cats.
Dr. Dominique Barbosa is a rotating intern.
Dominique Barbosa
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dominique Barbosa
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
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
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Valeria Benitez-Vera
DVM
Ophthalmology
Valeria Benitez-Vera
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Valeria Benitez-Vera is an intern in our ophthalmology service. Dr. Benitez-Vera is particularly interested in the formation and characterization of cataracts and finds cataract surgery highly rewarding. She also has a growing interest in surgical modalities for the treatment of glaucoma in canine and feline patients.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Clinical Rotation, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
In her downtime, Dr. Benitez-Vera enjoys being outdoors (especially on the beach or along trails) with her dogs, Pippa and Henna. Food is her second passion (ophthalmology is her first!) and she plans most of her weekends around restaurant visits to discover hidden foodie gems. To make up for all the food and sweets, she enjoys exercising and playing tennis.
Dr. Jaclyn Bertorelli is a small animal medicine & surgery intern
Jaclyn Bertorelli
DVM
Jaclyn Bertorelli
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
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Dr. Jaclyn Bertorelli is a small animal medicine & surgery intern who has always had a passion for surgery; mostly orthopedics, but also soft tissue procedures. She is interested in treating lameness, postoperative recovery, and rehabilitation.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
  • Bachelor of Science, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Dr. Bertorelli enjoys hiking with her fiancé and three dogs (Kali, Kona, and Bud). She also enjoys baking desserts and going bowling in her free time.
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.
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Melissa Chow
DVM
Melissa Chow
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Melissa Chow particularly enjoys treating ophthalmology cases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, East Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency, Walnut Creek CA
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Chow’s furry family members include a dog and two cats.
Dr. Courtney Conklin is a doctor in our emergency medicine service.
Courtney Conklin
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Courtney Conklin
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George's University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Alabama, Birmingham
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. Merrick is board certified in veterinary cardiology. He is sitting with a large dog on his lap.
Merrick Fultz
MA, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Merrick Fultz
MA, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Merrick Fultz is particularly interested in treating active congestive heart failure. Prior to veterinary medicine, he worked in the comparative medicine department at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Cardiology, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Master of Arts, Literature, College of Charleston, Charleston SC
  • Bachelor of Arts, English and Economics, Elon University, Elon NC
Dr. Fultz enjoys golf, tennis, assorted outdoor activities and any kind of international sporting event. He has two dogs.
Dr. Sarah Gronsky is a resident in our avian & exotics service.
Sarah Gronsky
VMD
Avian & Exotics Medicine
Sarah Gronsky
VMD
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Avian & Exotics Medicine
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Dr. Sarah Gronsky is a resident in our avian & exotics service. She is most interested in raptor medicine and looking into the effects of Simbadol in rabbits.
  • Internship, Avian & Exotics, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Clearwater, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Animal Behavior, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Dr. Gronsky enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog, Goose, and reading a good book on the beach.
Dr. Chelsea Gyure is a doctor in our emergency medicine service. She is holding a long-haired puppy in her arms.
Chelsea Gyure
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Chelsea Gyure
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Chelsea Gyure enjoys the variety of cases, challenges, and fast-paced, organized chaos that is emergency veterinary medicine. She finds neurologic and toxicity cases to be particularly gratifying.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame IN
Dr. Gyure enjoys all types of outdoor exercise, traveling, singing in the shower, coloring, Netflix, cleaning, shopping and all things Disney. Her Dutch mix rabbit Beatrix is named after Beatrix Potter.
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
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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. Peter Helmer is a board-certified avian medicine veterinarian.
Peter Helmer
DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)
Avian & Exotics Medicine
Peter Helmer
DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified Veterinary Practitioner (Avian Practice)
Avian & Exotics Medicine
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Dr. Peter Helmer came to BluePearl with almost 20 years of experience in both small animal and avian and exotics medicine. He lectures at national conferences on topics such as avian orthopedics, radiology and physical exam. His special interests include senior pet care, especially long-lived birds, orthopedics, surgery and treatment of rabbit and rodent dental disease. Dr. Helmer treats birds of all types, including backyard poultry; non-venomous reptiles; amphibians; and small non-domestic mammals such as rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, sugar gliders, hamsters and rats.
  • Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian Practice)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario
Dr. Helmer’s home is filled with the kind of a menagerie of animals you might expect from an avian specialist: there is mixed breed dog Red, Shih Tzu Fergie, and cat Boots, plus a Derbyan parakeet named Big Bird and a yellow-naped Amazon parrot, Sonny, who is almost as old as Dr. Helmer is. His favorite pastimes include kayaking, fishing, growing orchids, cooking and enjoying fine wine.
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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. Kelsey is a resident in our surgery service.
Kelsey Human
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Kelsey Human
DVM, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
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Dr. Kelsey Human knew from the start of her veterinary career that she wanted to be a surgeon and finds it particularly gratifying. She has a strong interest in orthopedic and soft tissue procedures, postoperative pain management and physical rehabilitation.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York, NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York, NY
  • 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, rollerblading, watching documentaries and movies. Her relaxation time includes gardening and sewing. The family has two Bengal cats, Bonsai and Koi, and a wonderful tripod cat named Bento.
Dr. Curtis Kane is a doctor in our oncology service.
Curtis Kane
DVM
Oncology
Curtis Kane
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Curtis Kane enjoys all aspects of oncology.
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn AL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Boston MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Kane enjoys spending time with his family, which includes four dogs. He is also a soccer fanatic.
Dr. Kevin Kelley is a doctor in our emergency medicine service. He is cheek to cheek with a large, long-haired dog.
Kevin Kelley
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kevin Kelley
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
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Prior to emergency medicine, Dr. Kevin Kelley worked in private practice and as a zoo veterinarian, completing externships in zoos in Australia and Chicago. He is particularly fond of emergency surgery and complex internal medicine cases.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Kelley loves traveling with his three children to national parks, colonial Williamsburg, Disney and the beach. He enjoys swimming, reading, weight training and karate.
Dr. Michelle Kenig is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Michelle Kenig
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Michelle Kenig
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Michelle Kenig is a dedicated clinician and is especially interested in surgery and emergency & critical care.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa FL
  • Clinical Rotation, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
Dr. Kenig likes the outdoors, especially hiking or going to the beach. Other favorite pastimes include cooking, exploring new cities and cheering on the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team.
Dr. Kelly Kezer is board certified in veterinary oncology. She is sitting with a golden retriever.
Kelly Kezer
BVSc, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Kelly Kezer
BVSc, DACVIM (Oncology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
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. Cristina King is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Cristina King
DVM
Cristina King
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Cristina King is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is particularly interested in ophthalmology and how systemic diseases may manifest through the eye. She finds treatment and management of chronic ocular diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts, the most gratifying to perform.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Licentiate of Arts, Advertising Design, Universidad Veritas, San José, Costa Rica
Dr. King enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and playing the piano. She has two cats, Orchid and Lily Pad, and many freshwater fish.
Dr. Kyle Kline is a resident in the ophthalmology service at BluePearl Pet Hospital in Sarasota, Florida.
Kyle Kline
DVM
Ophthalmology
Kyle Kline
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kyle Kline is resident in our ophthalmology service. She is particularly interested in the diagnosis and treatment of corneal and retinal diseases.
  • Internship, Ophthalmology, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Hospital, Clearwater, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Molecular Environmental Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Kline is an avid runner and enjoys spending time near the ocean, kayaking, reading and live music. She has one cat named Summer.
Dr. Taylor Lashlee is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Taylor Lashlee
DVM
Taylor Lashlee
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
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Dr. Taylor Lashlee is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. Dr. Lashlee is interested in working with a wide range of cases to be the best doctor she can be, especially working with exotic animals.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Lashlee enjoys hiking, lake and beach days, movie and game nights, and spending time with her family, friends, and fuzz babies.
Dr. Stephanie Lo is an intern in our ophthalmology service.
Stephanie Lo
DVM
Ophthalmology
Stephanie Lo
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Stephanie Lo is a resident in our ophthalmology service. She is most interested in corneal diseases, especially treating corneal ulcers with medical or surgical therapy.
  • Internship, Ophthalmology, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Lo enjoys visiting the beach, going to concerts, traveling, rock climbing, playing tennis, taking her dog to the park and cuddling her cat.
Dr. Wilmer Lopez is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Wilmer Lopez
DVM
Wilmer Lopez
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Wilmer Lopez is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. He is particularly interested in the management of endocrine, renal, and other metabolic diseases.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Dr. Lopez enjoys going to the beach and listening to music.
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. Krista May is a veterinarian in Clearwater, FL
Krista May
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Krista May
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Krista May finds wound repair and management, cytology and treatment of cardiac diseases the most gratifying to perform. She prides herself on her compassion for her patients and empathy for their owners.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Sandy Springs, GA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Berry College, Mount Berry, GA
Dr. May enjoys reading, scuba diving, playing video games and spending time with her Labradors, Marley and Gracie.
Dr. Cristina Metral is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Cristina Metral
DVM
Cristina Metral
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Cristina Metral is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. Dr. Metral enjoys treating exotic animals, particularly metal toxicity in birds.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Metral enjoys going to zoos, aquariums, and beaches. She is a huge foodie and loves trying different types of restaurants and breweries. After work, she likes to wind down by watching Netflix with her cat, Zazu.
Dr. Brianna Miniter is a doctor in our surgery service. She is kneeling with a dog by her side and holding a dog and cat.
Brianna Miniter
MVB, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Brianna Miniter
MVB, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Fond of both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, Dr. Brianna Miniter particularly enjoys minimally invasive procedures, like arthroscopy, procedures within a joint, and laparoscopy, procedures within the abdomen. Her research has involved computed tomography (CT) diagnosis of gastrointestinal obstructions in dogs and cats, and infections in dogs and cats from embedded Cuterebra, or fly larva.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (BluePearl), Philadelphia PA
  • Internship, Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital, Ontario, Canada
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Science, California State University, Fresno
An outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Miniter likes water sports, hiking, snowboarding, horseback riding and sporting events. Other interests include live music, cooking, traveling, and her pets.
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. Nicholas Olson is a resident in our surgical service.
Nicholas Olson
DVM
Surgery
Nicholas Olson
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nicholas Olson is a resident in our surgical service. He is most interested in fracture repair, minimally invasive techniques, such as arthroscopy and laparoscopy, and cranial cruciate ligament disease.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Sport Management, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Olson enjoys camping and cheering on the Florida Gators with his wife and two children. Their furry family members include two cats, two dogs and a horse.
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. 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. Chani Rue is a small animal medicine & surgery intern with a special interest in exotic animal medicine.
Chani Rue
DVM
Chani Rue
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
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Dr. Chani Rue is a small animal medicine & surgery intern with a special interest in exotic animal medicine.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Dr. Rue enjoys beach days and has a cat named Ravyn.
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. Jessica Stine is board certified in veterinary ophthalmology.
Jessica Stine
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Jessica Stine
DVM, DACVO
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Stine has a special interest in microsurgery of the eye including endolaser for glaucoma treatment. She is especially fond of blepharoplastic procedures to correct problems with the eyelid and vision sparing procedures, such as corneal grafting and cataract surgery. One of the most rewarding parts of her job is returning vision to a pet with cataracts.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Ophthalmology, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Red Bank NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Dr. Stine happily volunteers her expertise with the Florida Aquarium, the SPCA Tampa Bay, The Narrows Raptor Center at George C. McGough Nature Park, and several other rescue organizations. She loves gardening, running, and paddle boarding with her husband. She has a one-eyed calico cat, Winks.
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. Steven Tutela is a doctor in our emergency medicine service.
Steven Tutela
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Steven Tutela
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Steven Tutela enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Garden State Veterinary Specialists NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
Dr. Tutela enjoys lifting weights and the endless outdoor activities found in Florida, although he admits to missing family and friends back in New Jersey.
Dr. Clarence Williams is part of our emergency medicine training program.
Clarence Williams
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Clarence Williams
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Clarence Williams is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Technology, Mercy College, NY
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.