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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Sidney Bannister is a clinician in our internal medicine service.
Sidney V. Bannister
DVM
Internal Medicine
Sidney V. Bannister
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sidney Bannister is a resident in our internal medicine service. She is particularly interested in diabetic ketoacidosis, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, and immune-mediated thrombocytopenia.
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, VCA Animal Specialty Group, Los Angeles, CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Charlotte, NC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. Bannister loves to go hiking, especially with her two dogs, Dixie and Pyper. She also enjoys cooking and cuddling with her two cats, Raymond and Joey.
Dr. Theresa Blakey is a resident in our neurology service.
Theresa Blakey
DVM
Neurology
Theresa Blakey
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Neurology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Theresa Blakey is a resident in our neurology service. She has special interests in spinal surgery and managing seizure disorders.
  • Internship, Neurology, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Maitland, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery Auburn University, AL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Outside of work, Dr. Blakey enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter doing outdoor activities, watching movies and making crafts. She has a dog named Chloe and a cat named Luna.
Dr. Luiz Bolfer is a veterinarian in our cardiology service.
Luiz Bolfer
MV, DBCVECC, PhD
Cardiology
Luiz Bolfer
MV, DBCVECC, PhD
BluePearl Veterinarian
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Luiz Bolfer’s special interests include hemodialysis, emergency and critical care, clinical cardiology and cardiology interventional procedures and surgery.
  • Residency, Cardiology, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Sarasota, FL
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Veterinary Cardiology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Diplomate, Brazilian College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná, Brazil
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Medicine, Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná, Brazil
Dr. Bolfer is married with two young children. He has two dogs, a golden retriever and Lab mix. Outside of work, he is a private pilot for an animal rescue organization.
Dr. Christina Chan is board certified in veterinary internal medicine.
Christina Chan
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Christina Chan
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
As a board-certified veterinary internist, Dr. Christina Chan is especially interested in endoscopy and gastroenterology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Memphis, TN
In her spare time, Dr. Chan enjoys reading, hiking and traveling.
Dr. Christina Cramer is a veterinarian in our surgery service.
Christina Cramer
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Christina Cramer
DVM, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Christina Cramer is professionally interested in soft tissue, emergency and laparoscopic procedures.
  • 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
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.
Dr. Eric Ferrell is board certified in veterinary radiology.
Eric Ferrell
DVM, DACVR
Diagnostic Imaging
Eric Ferrell
DVM, DACVR
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
Servicing Locations
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, Radiology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Lauren Fout is a clinician in our radiation oncology service.
Lauren Fout
MVB
Radiation Oncology
Lauren Fout
MVB
BluePearl Veterinarian
Radiation Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lauren Fout is excited about the new developments in veterinary radiation therapy to include stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) protocols, both of which are types of nonsurgical radiation therapy that can deliver precisely targeted radiation in fewer high-dose treatments than traditional therapy. She also has an interest in the use of both traditional western medicine and support therapy with integrated/nontraditional medicine for overall patient well-being.
  • Residency, Radiation Oncology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Internship, Medical Oncology, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Medical Oncology, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Atlanta, GA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Nashville Veterinary Specialists, TN
  • Master of Veterinary Biology, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture (Animal Health Technology), Murray State University, Murray, KY
Dr. Fout loves traveling internationally as well as exploring locally. Other interests include reading and baking. She has two rescue dogs, Sprockey and Muppet.
Dr. Jean Frazho is board certified in small animal surgery. She is standing next to a tan French bulldog.
Jean Frazho
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Jean Frazho
DVM, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jean Frazho is experienced in all areas of veterinary surgery, and her special interests include cruciate repair, and reconstructive and soft tissue surgeries. She has performed many tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO), brachycephalic correction, hernia repair, cancer resection and rectal surgeries.

Dr. Frazho enjoys a team-based approach to veterinary care. She often incorporates physical therapy, internal medicine, radiation oncology and medical oncology services into her care plans to provide less invasive treatment options for patients. She has completed advanced training in laparoscopy, arthroscopy and oral surgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-SA
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Garden State Veterinary Specialists, Tinton Falls, NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Frazho appreciates the wonderful city of Orlando and nearby beaches. Her cat named Patty wakes her up for breakfast just before the alarm clock is set to ring.
Dr. Jennifer Freeman is certified veterinary acupuncturist and certified canine rehabilitation therapist. She is hugging a brown and white dog.
Jennifer Freeman
DVM, CVA, CVCH, CCRT
Acupuncture, Rehabilitation
Jennifer Freeman
DVM, CVA, CVCH, CCRT
BluePearl Veterinarian
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
Acupuncture, Rehabilitation
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jennifer Freeman has over a decade of experience practicing traditional Chinese veterinary medicine. She integrates acupuncture and herbals with physical rehabilitation, internal medicine and oncology treatment plans to promote the best outcomes for her patients. She is particularly interested in geriatric medicine and giving senior pets and their owners more quality time together.
  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Coral Springs, FL
  • Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist, Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine, Reddick, FL
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine, Reddick, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Freeman spends a lot of her free time with her horse, Caesar. She and Caesar have competed in dressage for over nine years. She also has two dogs, Luna, a Brittany and Ziva, a pit bull.
Dr. Teresa Goodson is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. She is holding a Pomeranian.
Teresa Goodson
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Internal Medicine
Teresa Goodson
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Teresa Goodson treats cancer in pets with improving quality of life as her primary goal. She uses conventional chemotherapy, immunotherapy, metronomic chemotherapy and palliative measures to ensure her patients have as many good days as possible. She is particularly interested in lymphoma, mast cell tumor, hemangiosarcoma, osteosarcoma and melanoma cases.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Outside of work, Dr. Goodson enjoys reading, traveling and gardening. Her Pomeranian, Birdie Rose, rules her house and her heart.
Dr. Jessica Miller is board certified in veterinary neurology. She is holding a small white dog.
Jessica Kmiecik
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology
Jessica Kmiecik
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Kmiecik enjoys treating a variety of neurologic conditions. Her special interests include spinal surgery and management of inflammatory central nervous system (CNS) disease.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland, FL
  • Internship, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Cincinnati, OH
Outside of work, Dr. Kmiecik likes running, rowing and spending time at the beach or pool. She has two dogs, named Poppy and Pete, and two cats, named Brutus and Sue.
Dr. Kara Knight is board certified in veterinary neurology. She is hugging a black and gray dog.
Kara Knight
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology
Kara Knight
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology
Servicing Locations
As an experienced veterinary neurologist, Dr. Kara Knight has trained many interns and residents. Her special interests in neurology are meningitis, encephalitis and seizures. She also enjoys neurosurgery cases that involve IVDD, fractures and luxations. A fun fact about Dr. Knight? She’s performed spinal surgery on several otters.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Maitland, FL
  • Clinical Rotation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Wildlife Management, The Ohio State University, Columbus
In her spare time, Dr. Knight enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her Australian shepherd, Cutter, and cat, Hondo.
Dr. Kristin Olsen is board certified in veterinary internal medicine.
Kristin Olsen
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Kristin Olsen
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kristin Olsen’s special interests include infectious and immune-mediated diseases, as well as feline medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Mariana Quina is board certified in small animal surgery.
Mariana Quina
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Mariana Quina
DVM, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Mariana Quina’s professional interests include surgical oncology and wound management. She specializes in soft tissue surgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-SA
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Medical Center, Boston MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, Medford MA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, Wellesley College, MA
Dr. Quina and her husband share their home with a dog and two cats. Outside of work, she enjoys running, photography and scuba diving.
Dr. Pamela Smyth is board certified in veterinary internal medicine.
Pamela Smyth
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Pamela Smyth
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Pamela Smyth has many years of experience performing upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy and bronchoscopy procedures. She is particularly interested in GI diseases, immune-mediated diseases and endoscopies.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Clinic, PA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Pennsylvania State University, State College
In her spare time, Dr. Smyth enjoys traveling, running and finding moments of peace and quiet. She likes spending time with the two- and four-legged members of her home, which include two children, a cranky geriatric Italian greyhound, the “world’s best” Florida brown dog, a cantankerous tabby cat and a one-eyed cat.
Dr. Tara Starek in an emergency veterinarian in the critical care service at BluePearl pet hospital.
Tara Starek
DVM
Tara Starek
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Tara Starek is interested in all aspects of emergency medicine, but finds Addison’s disease and diabetic ketoacidosis particularly gratifying to treat.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Central Florida, Orlando
Dr. Starek is a foodie and loves to explore fun restaurants. Her pets include her chihuahua mix, Nugget, and cats, Peter and Piper.
Dr. Amy Stark is a veterinarian in our neurology service.
Amy Stark
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Amy Stark
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Amy Stark is dedicated to helping clients understand the medical and surgical interventions available for their pets’ specific conditions, so they can make informed decisions.
As a clinician in the neurology department, Dr. Stark is particularly interested in the role of physical therapy in maximizing postoperative recovery for patients with spinal cord injuries. She also enjoys cases involving the management of seizures or inflammatory central nervous system (CNS) disease.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Internship, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Outside of work, Dr. Stark and her wife enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. They have a corgi, Harrison, and a domestic longhaired cat, Madison.
Dr. April Summers is a clinician in our critical care service.
April Summers
PhD, DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
April Summers
PhD, DVM, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. April Summers has special interests in sepsis, sirs, polytrauma and coagulopathies.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care, Cornell University Hospital for Animals, Ithaca, NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Cancer Biology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Dr. Summers enjoys cycling, hiking and spending time with her 10-year-old collie, Merlin.
Dr. Teiko Takedai is a resident in our surgical service.
Teiko Takedai
VMD
Surgery
Teiko Takedai
VMD
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Teiko Takedai is a resident in our surgical service. She is particularly interested in orthopedic, emergency soft tissue and minimally invasive procedures.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Maitland, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Long Island Veterinary Specialists, Plainview, NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Animal Medical Center, New York City, NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Missouri, Columbia
Outside of work, Dr. Takedai enjoys spending time with family and friends and exploring new Florida parks and restaurants.
Dr. Cheryl Tano is board certified in veterinary surgery.
Cheryl Tano
DVM, DVSc, DACVS, CCRT
Surgery
Cheryl Tano
DVM, DVSc, DACVS, CCRT
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Cheryl Tano has over 20 years of experience in veterinary surgery and she primarily performs orthopedic procedures. She also serves on the board of directors of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. Her special interests include TPLO and TTA surgeries for cranial cruciate ligament disease, arthroscopy and fracture repair.
  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Wellington, FL
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Veterinary Surgery, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Doctor of Veterinary Science, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Trenton State College, NJ
Dr. Tano and her wife, who is also a veterinarian, have four dogs. She is passionate about running and has completed several full and half marathons, as well as Ironman and shorter distance triathlons.
Dr. Jenny Taylor is an intern in our internal medicine service.
Jenny Taylor
DVM
Internal Medicine
Jenny Taylor
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jenny Taylor is a resident in our internal medicine service. She is most interested in minimally invasive procedures and advanced imaging, including ultrasound.
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Maitland, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center, Albuquerque, NM
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center, Albuquerque, NM
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Dr. Taylor enjoys cooking and baking, reading, theater and improv, ballroom and Latin dancing and spending time with her cats, Oscar the Grouch and Felix, who have moved with her across the country many times.
Dr. Katelyn Walraven is a clinician in our surgery service
Katelyn Walraven
VMD
Surgery
Katelyn Walraven
VMD
BluePearl Veterinarian
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Katelyn Walraven finds minimally invasive procedures including laparoscopic gastropexy, liver biopsies and cholecystectomies the most gratifying to perform. She is also interested in managing trauma causes and fracture repair.
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services, Rochester, NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services, Rochester, NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital, San Diego, CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Animal Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, The College of New Jersey, Ewing
Dr. Walraven enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding and is looking forward to getting SCUBA certified. At home, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two cats, chihuahua and chiweenie.
Dr. Sara Wilkes is a resident in our internal medicine service.
Sara Wilkes
DVM
Internal Medicine
Sara Wilkes
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sara Wilkes is a resident in our internal medicine service. Her clinical interests include acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) and Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Denison University, Granville, OH
Dr. Wilkes enjoys watching movies with her cat, Gabby, and exploring the great outdoors.