Our Veterinarians

Samantha Aumann
DVM
Critical Care
Dr. Samantha Aumann is a critical care resident and is particularly interested in feline medicine and surgery.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Aumann likes to backpack, hike, kayak and watch movies with her husband. They have three cats: Zelda, Gypsy and Cricket.
Terri Baldwin
DVM, MS, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Terri Baldwin
DVM, MS, DACVO
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.
Eduardo Benjamin
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Eduardo Benjamin
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Eduardo Benjamin is particularly interested in cardiovascular pathophysiology and likes managing cases of congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, and cardiac tamponade, or fluid around the heart.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Sacred Heart, Santurce, Puerto Rico
Dr. Benjamin likes dinners out with his wife, shopping and visiting parks. He also enjoys watching basketball, football, and track and field; managing his fantasy football and basketball teams; and playing sports video games. The family pets include cat Ryu Alejandro, and lab/beagle mix Pogo Emanuel.
Maxie Bowen
DVM
Critical Care
Dr. Maxie Bowen is a resident in our critical care service. Her particular interests include neonatal and pediatric medicine, wound management and trauma.
  • 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
Some of Dr. Bowen’s favorite pastimes include running, baking and crafting. She has four dogs and three cats.
Dr. Kristine Brown is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Kristine Brown
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Kristine Brown is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. Her clinical interests include surgery, avian and exotic medicine, and nutrition, especially discussing how it can be used as a therapeutic tool.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Dr. Brown is originally from Minnesota. She has two cats she calls the ying yang twins – Jiji is all black, and Rocky is all white.
Dr. Amanda Burke is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is in a wetsuit in a pool with a beluga whale.
Amanda Burke
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Amanda Burke is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. Prior to vet school, she was a zookeeper and worked with many different species to include giraffes, ostriches, zebras, gazelles and red river hogs.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Dr. Burke and her girlfriend keep a miniature zoo at home including dogs, cats, fish, snakes and a crested gecko.
Dr. Sarah Camlic is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Sarah Camlic
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Sarah Camlic is a small animal and medicine intern with an interest in surgery and exotic animal medicine.
  • Doctor of of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Binghamton University, NY
Dr. Camlic has two tuxedo cats, Duncan and Domino. Her hobbies include running, cooking, painting and Krav Maga, a type of self-defense training.
Rebecca Cassidy
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Dana Clark is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is with a tiger that is intubated and under anesthesia.
Dana Clark
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Dana Clark is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She enjoys toxicity cases and working with wildlife, in addition to small animals.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Clark and her husband have one dog, four cats, a rabbit and a tortoise. She loves the sunshine and observing wildlife.
Courtney Conklin
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Courtney Conklin
DVM
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
Trysta Dionne
DVM
Internal Medicine
Trysta Dionne
DVM
Internal Medicine
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Dr. Trysta Dionne is a resident in our internal medicine service. Her clinical interests include endocrine disorders, renal disease and gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, 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.
Kourtney Dowler
DVM
Ophthalmology
Kourtney Dowler
DVM
Ophthalmology
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Dr. Kourtney Dowler is an intern in our ophthalmology service. Her clinical interests include corneal and retinal diseases and all types of ophthalmic surgery.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia
Dr. Dowler enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and watching documentaries. She has a longhaired dachshund named Rumour and a cat named Isla who has cerebellar hypoplasia, a condition in which the cerebellum of the brain fails to develop properly.
Maura Faller
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Maura Faller
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
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Dr. Maura Faller is passionate about extending the lives of pets with cancer while maintaining their quality of their lives. She enjoys treating lymphoproliferative disorders and has an interest in multimodal therapy and novel therapeutic approaches like immunotherapy.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Veterinary Medical Oncology, MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets, Cincinnati OH
  • Internship, Veterinary Oncology, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Anthropology-Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Faller loves traveling with her husband. She also enjoys hiking, college football (especially Michigan) and watching the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals. Klu is the family cat, and Finn is their mixed breed dog.
Merrick Fultz
MA, DVM
Cardiology
Merrick Fultz
MA, DVM
Cardiology
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Prior to veterinary medicine, Dr. Merrick Fultz worked in the comparative medicine department at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a resident in our cardiology service.
  • 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. Merrick enjoys golf, tennis, assorted outdoor activities, any kind of international sporting event and spending time with his friends and his Mississippi shelter dog, Miss Wendy.
Kristin Gill
DVM
Avian & Exotics Medicine
Kristin Gill
DVM
Avian & Exotics Medicine
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Dr. Kristin Gill enjoys all aspects of avian and exotics medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Dr. Gill's favorite pastimes include knitting, reading, kayaking and bird training. Her pets include Juno, a mixed-breed rabbit; Pia, a moustached parakeet; Mai, a corn snake; and Cooper, a gargoyle gecko.
Chelsea Gyure
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Chelsea Gyure
DVM
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.
Dalal Hares
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dr. Dalal Hares' clinical interests include surgical emergencies, thoracic surgeries, trauma and critical care.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Detroit MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
A fan of outdoor activities like kayaking, horseback riding and scuba diving, Dr. Hares admits that her favorite pastime is traveling to new places around the world. She has a Manx cat named Cleopatra.
Lauren Harris
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Lauren Harris
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
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Dr. Lauren Harris' primary clinical interests include treatment of coagulation disorders and severe trauma. She also enjoys providing continuing education to the veterinary community.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Centre College, Danville KY
Dr. Harris is a self-described workaholic, but when possible she enjoys traveling, running along the Tampa Bay waters, reading, crafting and drinking a fine glass of wine.
Bradley Harris
DVM
Critical Care
Bradley Harris
DVM
Critical Care
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Dr. Bradley Harris is a resident in our critical care service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Tulsa, OK
An outdoorsmen, Dr. Harris can often be found running, camping and fishing. He also enjoys watching Cardinals baseball and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Peter Helmer
DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)
Avian & Exotics Medicine
Peter Helmer
DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)
Board Certified Veterinary Practitioner (Avian Practice)
Avian & Exotics Medicine
Servicing Locations
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 golden retriever Davis, 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.
Kelsey Human
DVM
Surgery
Dr. Kelsey Human is a resident in our surgery service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St Matthews University, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Human enjoys activities with her husband, especially training at the gym, hiking, rock climbing, rollerblading, watching documentaries and cooking. Fascinated by small ruminants and camelids, she hopes to have a hobby farm one day to raise them. The family has two Bengal cats, Bonsai and Koi.
Dr. Eleanor Itzkow is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Eleanor Itzkow
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Eleanor Itzkow is a small animal medicine and surgery intern with interests in avian and exotic medicine, internal medicine and dentistry.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Itzkow has two large fluffy dogs and an aged Amazon parrot.
Brittany Jaeger
BVSc, DACVECC
Critical Care
Brittany Jaeger
BVSc, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
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Dr. Brittany Jaeger's particular clinical interests include blood disorders, diabetic ketoacidosis, toxicities, trauma and postoperative management. Additionally, her research interests include blood-related topics, especially blood storage lesions, transfusion medicine and anemia in critical illness.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Bachelor of Science, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Jaeger likes to spend time with her fluffy black kitty, hiking, swimming and exploring the warm Florida beaches.
Curtis Kane
DVM
Oncology
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.
Kevin Kelley
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kevin Kelley
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
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. Michalina Kenig is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Michalina Kenig
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Michalina Kenig is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • 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. Danielle Lang is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Danielle Lang
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Danielle Lang is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. In addition to small animals, she is interested in zoo and exotic animals. Her clinical interests include internal medicine, emergency care and integrative medicine.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Lang spends time away from the hospital hiking, going to the beach, painting, and playing the violin and ukulele.
Melinda Larson
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Melinda Larson
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Melinda Larson is especially interested in endocrine diseases, as well as abdominal ultrasonography and endoscopic procedures such as gastroduodenoscopy, cystoscopy and rhinoscopy.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Dr. Larson enjoys running, reading or spending time with her Labrador retriever and two cats. She also enjoys traveling to Arkansas to visit her family.
Sylvia Lee
DVM
Surgery
Dr. Sylvia Lee sees surgeons as “fixers,” and the types of surgical cases she especially likes to “fix” include advanced orthopedics, oncology and regenerative medicine for chronic osteoarthritis. She also finds minimally invasive surgery gratifying.
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Surgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Physiology and Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Lee's favorite pastimes include trail running and cooking (but not baking). She has two animal companions, boxer mix Bailey and cat Slinky.
Andy Leung
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dr. Andy Leung likes trauma cases and wound care. He also finds diabetic ketoacidosis cases rewarding.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Charlotte NC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Dr. Leung’s favorite pastimes include traveling, recreational sports, and playing music and attending concerts.
Andrew Lichtig
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Melanie Madsen is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Melanie Madsen
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Melanie Madsen is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Clinical Rotation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, University of Tampa, FL
Dr. Madsen enjoys meditation, watching documentaries and geocaching. She has a Great Pyrenees named Bear and a Maine coon cat named Waylan.
Dr. Andrea Marquiss is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is holding a bird.
Andrea Marquiss
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Andrea Marquiss is a small animal medicine and surgery intern with an interest in surgery, wildlife and exotics.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Miami University, Miami OH
Dr. Marquiss has a variety of interests including outdoor sports, video games, art, foreign languages and horticulture. She has three rats for pets.
Dr. Kathy Martinez-Rodriguez is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Kathy Martinez-Rodriguez
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Kathy Martinez-Rodriguez
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
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Dr. Kathy Martinez-Rodriguez is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biodiversity, University of Puerto Rico, Ponce
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Martinez-Rodriguez is fluent in both Spanish and English. She enjoys the beach, yoga and sipping tea or wine. She adopted a cat in Grenada named Zeus.
Erick Mears
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Erick Mears
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Mears has been with BluePearl, and its predecessor, Florida Veterinary Specialists, since 1997.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Stanford University, Stanford CA
Erick enjoys spending time with his family and Bosco, the family cat.
Dr. Rachel Melvin is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Rachel Melvin
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Rachel Melvin is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She enjoys zoo and exotics medicine, surgery, and treating wounds and abscesses.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. Melvin taught herself to crochet, braid paracord and sew surgery caps. She has two cats, Smudge and Ouija.
Jennifer Mulz
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Jennifer Mulz
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jennifer Mulz has volunteered her board-certified veterinary skills for a number of years screening the breeding dogs at Southeastern Guide Dogs for the presence of cardiac disease. Her particular clinical interests include chronic degenerative valvular disease, feline cardiomyopathies and treatment of preclinical heart disease to delay the onset of clinical disease.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus NJ
  • Internship, Cardiology, Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus NJ
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Mulz and her husband enjoy any activities involving the water. They have a son and four pets. Komodo, Curry and Rosemary are the three cats, and Harris, a friendly chocolate lab, came to join the family after being diagnosed with heart disease during his guide dog screening at Southeastern Guide Dogs.
Laison Nguyen
DVM
Ophthalmology
Dr. Laison Nguyen is an intern in our ophthalmology service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Texas State University, San Marcos
A fan of the outdoors, Dr. Nguyen can often be found playing soccer or ultimate Frisbee. He has a German shepherd named Junior.
Dr. Nicholas Olson is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Nicholas Olson
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Nicholas Olson is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. He is particularly interested in surgery.
  • 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 son. Their furry family members include two cats, two dogs and a horse.
Cameron Owens
DVM
Ophthalmology
Dr. Cameron Owens is an intern in our ophthalmology service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Franklin TN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Auburn University, AL
Dr. Owens enjoys watching Auburn football, adding coffee mugs to his ever-growing collection, listening to old and new records on his record player and playing board games with friends. He has a lab/terrier mix named Izzie and a cat named Paddington.
Dr. Ashley Patterson is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is hugging her brown dog.
Ashley Patterson
MPH
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Ashley Patterson is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. Her particular interests include emergency triage and trauma.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Master of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Bachelor of Science, Emergency Administration and Planning, University of North Texas, Denton
Dr. Patterson spends her free time hiking and snowboarding. She has a cat and a dog who she loves to train.
Mallika Prabhakar
DVM
Internal Medicine
Dr. Mallika Prabhakar is an intern in our internal medicine service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham
Dr. Prabhakar is an avid tennis player and fan. She is trained in voice and piano and is learning to play the guitar. To unwind, she cooks and bakes. Cookie is her Rhodesian ridgeback/yellow lab mix.
Alejandra Príncipe Martínez
DVM
Internal Medicine
Alejandra Príncipe Martínez
DVM
Internal Medicine
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Dr. Alejandra Príncipe Martínez is an intern in our internal medicine service. She particularly enjoys treating gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Clinical Rotation, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
Dr. Príncipe Martínez considers the water her happy place, enjoying the beach, scuba diving and snorkeling. She also likes to hike and play video games. Carmelo is her island cat from Grenada.
Michael Reems
DVM, MS, DACVS
Surgery
Michael Reems
DVM, MS, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Michael Reems has particular interest in both surgical oncology, including cancer removal and reconstruction, and minimally invasive surgery arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy. He has performed urinary bladder stone, lung lobe tumor, adrenal gland/mass, cryptorchid retained testicle, and gall bladder removals minimally invasively, in addition to prophylactic gastropexy fixation of stomach for prevention of gastric-dilatation volvulus and laparoscopic liver biopsy. He has also completed specialized training in circular external skeletal fixation fracture repair, and tibial tuberosity advancement TTA and tibial plateau leveling osteotomy TPLO procedures for anterior cruciate ligament tears.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Master of Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Internship, Surgery, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Davidson College, North Carolina
Dr. Reems volunteers examinations and surgical treatments for service dogs. He enjoys spending time with his wife, a criticalist at BluePearl, cat Fat Bobby, and dogs, Emma and Maggie. His favorite pastimes include saltwater fishing, mountain biking, and fly fishing.
Dr. Rick Samu is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. He is holding a brown pelican with his hand over the beak.
Rick Samu
BVM&S, MRCVS
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Rick Samu is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Registered Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons – United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Cincinnati OH
Dr. Samu likes keeping fit with soccer and hockey and playing piano and drums for relaxation. He is also passionate about traveling and has been to over 20 countries.
Dr. Sherrie Satmary is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Sherrie Satmary
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Sherrie Satmary is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
Passionate about going to the gym, Dr. Satmary also likes outdoor activities with her dog Jack, like hiking, fishing and horseback riding.
Simone Schechtmann
MVB
Ophthalmology
Dr. Simone Schechtmann is an intern in our ophthalmology service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, Boston College, MA
A fan of travel, bilingual in Spanish and conversational in French, Dr. Schechtmann has studied in Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Paris and Dublin. She loves playing tennis and is interested in current events, foreign films and classical music.
Dr. Kali Sherman is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Kali Sherman
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Kali Sherman is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She enjoys treating toxicology cases and wound management.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal-Dairy-Poultry Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Away from the hospital, Dr. Sherman’s favorite pastimes include photography and time with her beagle.
Heather Siemon
BVM&S, BVSc
Surgery
Heather Siemon
BVM&S, BVSc
Surgery
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Dr. Heather Siemon is a resident in our surgery service. Her clinical interests include total hip arthroplasty, fracture repair and neurosurgery.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, San Antonio TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Animal Specialty Group, Los Angeles CA
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Siemon and her husband have a dachshund named Nico and a dachshund mix, Lulu. Her favorite pastimes include traveling, cooking and photography.
Dr. Will Smith is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Will Smith
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Will Smith is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. His particular interests include surgery and zoo/exotic medicine.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Smith relaxes by playing video games, ukulele and guitar. He grew up on a farm and gets a big dose of farm animals when he goes home.
Jessica Stine
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Jessica Stine
DVM, DACVO
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.
Steven Tutela
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Steven Tutela
DVM
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. Autumn Vetter is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Autumn Vetter
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Autumn Vetter is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. Particularly fond of cats, she likes treating feline chronic kidney disease. Endocrine disorders in both dogs and cats are also a special interest.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Arts, Magazine Journalism, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Vetter and her husband have seven cats, a Great Pyrenees mix (who thinks he's a cat) and a crested gecko named Ichabod. They love cheering on the Georgia Dawgs. Other favorite pastimes include running, cycling, hiking and crocheting sweaters for her pets.
Jessica Weeks
DVM
Critical Care
Jessica Weeks
DVM
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Weeks' special interests include ocular disease, dystocia, diabetic ketoacidosis, and gastrointestinal foreign bodies. Before vet school, she worked as a dolphin trainer at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon 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
A former NCAA division I All-American swimmer, Dr. Weeks enjoys any activity associated with water: scuba diving, spearfishing, surfing and underwater hockey. Dr. Weeks is also a concert pianist. She has a cat named Tamale.
Dr. Janine Wing is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Janine Wing
VMD
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Janine Wing is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She enjoys diagnosing and treating metabolic disorders like diabetes and Addison’s disease, and treating toxin ingestions.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, West Chester University, PA
Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Wing met her husband in college. She loves running and reading at the beach.

Technicians (VTS)

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.