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.
Christa Barrett
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Christa Barrett 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
Given her interest in aquatic animals, it’s no surprise that Dr. Barrett loves just about anything on the water. She also enjoys hiking, rock climbing and traveling. She has three cats, orange tabby Jack, Onix who’s black, and calico Mae who acts like a dog.
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.
Sarah Binkerd
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Sarah Binkerd is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Central Florida, Orlando
Dr. Binkerd’s favorite hobby is wildlife photography. She also likes to hike and explore the outdoors. Bailey is her pit bull.
Tony Blanco
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Tony Blanco is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Blanco spends time outside kayaking, cycling and playing tennis. He also enjoys horror shows or movies, cooking, and listening to music. Leia is his miniature Australian Shepherd who befriends everyone and gets all the attention.
Helga Bleyaert
VMD, DACVS
Surgery
Helga Bleyaert
VMD, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Helga Bleyaert has extensive experience and specialized training in minimally invasive surgical procedures such as arthroscopy and laparoscopy. She also has completed specialized training in total hip replacement, tibial tuberosity advancement procedure for anterior cruciate ligament tears, and external skeletal fixation.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Marion DuPont Equine Center, Leesburg VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Dr. Bleyaert enjoys horseback riding, hunting small sea creatures at the beach with her children and woodworking in her garage.
Alyson Bradshaw
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Alyson Bradshaw is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Bradshaw enjoys sunshine and the water. She also likes to travel, hike and read. She has a cat named Clover.
Nicholas Buscaglia
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Nicholas Buscaglia is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Dr. Buscaglia enjoys playing and refereeing soccer, hiking, fishing and skiing. He is willing to try pretty much any type of food (especially if seafood is involved).
Lauren Cochran
DVM
Internal Medicine
Lauren Cochran
DVM
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lauren Cochran’s research experience includes boxer colitis, pancreatitis, and nutritional management (including effects of esophageal feeding tube placement) in cats with chronic kidney disease. Her primary clinical interests include gastroenterology, renal and lower urinary tract disease and immune-mediated disease.
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, CA
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, Biological Science & Animal Science, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Cochran enjoys riding horses, as well as traveling, hiking, biking, kayaking and cheering on Georgia and Auburn. Her mixed breed dog is named Tater.
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
Jen Coyle
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Jen Coyle
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Coyle manages a large caseload of pets with cancer, with the goal of extending their lives while providing a good quality of life.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Oncology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Florida Veterinary Specialists, Tampa
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Auburn University, Auburn AL
Dr. Coyle loves her all-orange family: a golden retriever named Murphy and two cats, Aubie and Ellie. She loves college football and is an avid Auburn fan.
Devon Diaz
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Devon Diaz is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Dr. Diaz enjoys traveling with his wife, cheering on the Florida State Seminoles and relaxing days at the beach. He has two golden retriever brothers, Moose and Sammy.
Trysta Dionne
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Trysta Dionne is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Dionne’s favorite pastimes include working out, exploring new restaurants and new cities, sleeping, and playing with her dogs, Benson and Elle Jae (aka Ellie).
Evan Ducker
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Evan Ducker is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture - Biological Science, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Ducker is a huge soccer fan. He and his wife, also a veterinarian, have two dogs: Nala, a Chesapeake Bay retriever/mountain feist mix, and Sir Isaac, a beagle mix.
Dee Dugger
MS, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dee Dugger
MS, DVM
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.
Sloane Everett
DVM
Cardiology
Sloane Everett
DVM
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sloane Everett is a resident in our cardiology service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Classics, University of Missouri, Columbia
Dr. Everett likes to cook, travel and spend time with friends. Her cat is named McLemore.
Lucia Fleischmann
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Lucia Fleischmann is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Dr. Fleischmann loves to travel, explore nature, watch reality TV and read novels. Her favorite food is cheese, and she can't survive without coffee. Her pets include cats Jezebel and Pinti and golden retriever Sadie.
Merrick Fultz
MA, DVM
Cardiology
Merrick Fultz
MA, DVM
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
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.
John Gicking
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
John Gicking
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. John Gicking enjoys all aspects of critical care medicine and can often be found training others and presenting 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, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of South Florida, Tampa
Dr. Gicking enjoys K9 sports, including agility and obedience. He also spends time outdoors, scuba diving, and participating in competitive chili cooking.
Kristin Gill
DVM
Avian & Exotics Medicine
Kristin Gill
DVM
Avian & Exotics Medicine
Servicing Locations
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.
Natalie Goolik
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Natalie Goolik
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nat Goolik enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine and has a particular interest in diagnostic imaging.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Clinical Rotation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Indiana University
An avid runner and sports fan, Dr. Goolik faithfully cheers on the Hoosiers. She loves cooking but admits that when she cooks, she tends to use every dish in the kitchen. She has an Australian shepherd named Brody.
Wendy Gwin
DVM, DACVR
Diagnostic Imaging
Wendy Gwin
DVM, DACVR
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
Servicing Locations
Dr. Wendy Gwin enjoys all aspects of diagnostic imaging.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn AL
Dr. Gwin’s family includes four dogs named Pup, Dino, Siman and Jake. Her interests include exercising, music and art.
Chelsea Gyure
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Chelsea Gyure
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
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.
Bradley Harris
DVM
Critical Care
Bradley Harris
DVM
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
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.
Kyra Hartog
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Kyra Hartog is asmall animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Science and Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL
Dr. Hartog enjoys cycling, hiking and water-sports. Music is another favorite pastime, both playing guitar and attending festivals. Jesse is Dr. Hartog’s golden retriever.
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.
Aubrey Hnatusko
DVM
Critical Care
The fast pace of emergency and critical care medicine, as well as the diversity and complexity of the cases, are Dr. Aubrey Hnatusko's favorite aspects of the field. Sepsis, diabetic ketoacidosis, hypoadrenocorticism, and fluid therapy are some of her particular clinical interests.
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Illinois
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Dr. Hnatusko loves country music, two steppin’ and cheering on the OSU Cowboys. She also enjoys running, reading, and trying new restaurants for brunch. Cade and Kenzie are her two West Highland white terriers, who are in charge of the household and keep her on her toes with their terrier antics.
David Hoch
DVM
Emergency Medicine
David Hoch
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. David Hoch's special interests include transfusion medicine; metabolic disorders like diabetic ketoacidosis, pancreatitis, disseminated intravascular coagulation and systemic inflammatory response syndrome DIC/SIRS; and surgery involving foreign bodies, splenectomies, gastric dilatation volvulus GDV, and C-sections.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Eckerd College, St Petersburg FL
Dr. Hoch and his family share their house with a variety of pets: dachshund Paxton, Chihuahua Lola, a Pacman frog, two pythons and three African cichlid fish tanks. An avid golfer, Dr. Hoch hopes to one day finish 18 holes using only one golf ball.
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.
Anthony Ishak
DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Anthony Ishak
DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVIM (Cardiology)
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Cardiology
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Anthony Ishak enjoys all aspects of cardiology and internal medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Master of Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Dr. Ishak’s family includes two dogs named Stanley and Pumba, and two cats named Ramses and Siptah.
Rachel Jansen
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Rachel Jansen
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Oakland University, Rochester MI
Meghan Johnson
DVM, CVA
Critical Care
Meghan Johnson
DVM, CVA
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Case variety is what drew Dr. Meghan Johnson to emergency medicine, and within the field, she especially enjoys treating toxicities, hepatopathies and neurologic cases. She also likes working with exotics and wildlife.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center, Fairfax VA
  • Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, Chi Institute, Reddick, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Arts, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and her two mutts. Her favorite pastimes include kayaking and scouring the city looking for quality caffeinated beverages and curry.
Martha Julien
MVB
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Martha Julien is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Geosciences, Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA
Having grown up on a farm in Nebraska showing quarter horses competitively, Dr. Julien still enjoys riding. Other favorite pastimes include running, hiking and traveling.
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.
Kelly Kezer
BVSc, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Kelly Kezer
BVSc, DACVIM (Oncology)
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.
Michael Kimura
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Michael Kimura
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Servicing Locations
After veterinary school, Dr. Michael Kimura worked in his native Japan as a family veterinarian for two years. He enjoys all aspects of neurology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Internship, Neurology, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, Dallas TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery University of Georgia, Athens
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Dr. Kimura enjoys fresh water fly-fishing, hiking, camping, tennis and cooking Japanese cuisine.
Ashley Lackey
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Ashley Lackey is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa
Dr. Lackey enjoys being outdoors going to the beach, fishing, hiking and running. She also likes to travel and is always looking for a new adventure.
Kristen LaCroix
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Kristen LaCroix is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Dr. LaCroix has visited every continent except Antarctica. She loves working with wildlife and has been fortunate to be able to do so during some of her travels. Loki is her cat from St. Kitts.
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.
Katie Lee
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Katie Lee is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Lee has been an Irish dancer since she was 4 years old, and in addition to dance, she enjoys knitting, kayaking, taking care of her freshwater fish tank and cheering on the Michigan State football team. Her pets include Dyna, a great Dane mix and Diego, an Oriental fire-bellied toad.
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.
Kathy Martinez Rodriguez
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Kathy Martinez Rodriguez
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
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. Martin 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.
Tammy Michau
DVM, MS, MSpVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Tammy Michau
DVM, MS, MSpVM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Before joining BluePearl, Dr. Miller Michau was assistant professor of ophthalmology at North Carolina State University, where she was awarded the Bayer Faculty Teaching Award. She currently is on the Board of the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Comparative Ophthalmology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Master of Specialized Veterinary Medicine in Ophthalmology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Master of Science in Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with her shih tzus and competes in dressage with her Dutch warmblood horse, Wodan.
Megan Minchin
VMD
Emergency Medicine
Megan Minchin
VMD
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Megan Minchin's particular clinical interests include feline urethral obstructions, renal failure, trauma and shock.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia PA
A diehard sports fan, Dr. Minchin’s favorite teams are the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Lightning. She loves biking and hiking and enjoys playing cards, reading biographies and watching World War II movies. Caleb is her Siamese cat mix.
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.
Thao Nguyen
MVB
Veterinarian Associate
Thao Nguyen
MVB
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Thao Nguyen is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Nguyen enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, baking and cheering on the Florida Gators. She is a proud dog mom of Cakeiyo, a Maltese, and Rua, the “golden Irish” she brought back from vet school in Ireland.
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.
Corinna Palko
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Corinna Palko
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Corinna Palko particularly enjoys surgery and critical care.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa
  • Clinical Rotation, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Gannon University, Erie PA
Dr. Palko likes playing basketball, working out and spending time with her two dogs, Pixie and Sven, who she adopted while in vet school in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Michael Pawenski
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Michael Pawenski is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Pawenski enjoys the ocean and most things related to it, including scuba diving, boating and documentaries. He even considers himself an amateur shark biologist. He also likes napping and spending time with his dog Astro.
Tessa Phillips
DVM
Surgery
Tessa Phillips
DVM
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Tessa Phillips is a resident in our surgery service. Her particular clinical interests include all soft tissue procedures, minimally invasive techniques (arthroscopy/laparoscopy) and wound and skin reconstruction.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Centre, Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Southfield MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Dr. Phillips' hobbies include cycling, hiking, traveling, motorcycles and playing guitar.
Taylor Poppell
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Taylor Poppell is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee
An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Poppell enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time on the water.
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
Veterinarian Associate
Alejandra Príncipe Martínez
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alejandra Príncipe Martínez is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • 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.
Miryam Reems
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Miryam Reems
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Miryam Seems enjoys all aspects of emergency and critical care.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, Florida Veterinary Specialists, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Reems’ family includes cats named Fat Bobby and Sagan as well as a dog named Emma.
Jennifer Ringenberg
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Jennifer Ringenberg is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Auburn University, AL
Dr. Ringenberg donates her time to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles. She also enjoys bowling, going to concerts and spending time outdoors. Diesel is her mixed breed dog, Luna her cat, and Daenerys her bearded dragon.
Tierra Rose
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Tierra Rose is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Spelman College, Atlanta GA
Dr. Rose likes outdoor activities, such as hiking, amusement parks and anything involving a beach. She is also a Netflix enthusiast and likes to pretend that she’s a top chef and food critic.
Elise Sanchez
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Elise Sanchez is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Finance, California State University, Long Beach
Dr. Sanchez loves the beach and sushi. She also enjoys hiking and painting. Her three cats are Logan James Catlet (James), Anna Marie Roogue (Roux) and, Boux Jean Grey (Boux).
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.
Alan Spier
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Alan Spier
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Before coming to BluePearl, Dr. Alan Spier was an assistant professor at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He enjoys all aspects of cardiology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Texas, Austin
An avid — and vocal — Green Bay Packer fan, Dr. Spier enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
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.
Eric Van Eerde
DVM
Diagnostic Imaging
Eric Van Eerde
DVM
Diagnostic Imaging
Servicing Locations
Dr. Eric van Eerde’s particular interests include hand-on modalities such as ultrasound, as well as building relationships with referring veterinarians through telemedicine. He also enjoys working with a variety of animals and feels fortunate to have been able to take images of a number of species at the local zoo during his residency.
  • Residency, Diagnostic Imaging, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. van Eerde enjoys travel, woodworking and Florida Gator sports. He and his wife have two sons, and a number of pets: miniature schnauzer Daisy, Florida brown dog Demodexter, Havanese Boo, and a green-cheeked conure bird named Kiwi.
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.
Clarence Williams
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Clarence Williams
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
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
Zoe Williams
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Zoe Williams is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Berry College, Rome GA
Dr. Williams likes cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers, shopping, traveling and spending time hiking with her dog Bonnie, a mixed breed shelter dog who likes to carry her toys around.
Whitney Wyatt
DVM
Oncology
Dr. Whitney Wyatt is an intern in our oncology service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Dr. Wyatt is an avid Florida State football fan. She enjoys going to the beach and pool, kayaking, traveling and spending time outdoors with her dogs, Tiger Lily and Bella Blue. She also has two cats, Captain and Rumpel.
Jessica Yousif
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jessica Yousif
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Yousif enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Monroe Veterinary Associates, Rochester NY
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Ecology, Iowa State University, Ames
Dr. Yousif’s favorite pastimes include photography, soccer, weight lifting and creative writing. She is also an avid Chicago sports fan. Her pets include greyhound Shandy and cat Roti.
Nadine Znajda
DVM
Dermatology
Nadine Znajda
DVM
Dermatology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nadine Znajda enjoys all aspects of dermatology.
  • Residency, Dermatology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Canada
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
In addition to spending time with friends and family, like so many of us in the veterinary world, Dr. Znajda enjoys her many pets.

Technicians (VTS)

Melissa Siekaniec
CVT, VTS (ECC)
Critical Care
Melissa Siekaniec
CVT, VTS (ECC)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency & Critical Care)
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Melissa cites the wide range – and often unexpected nature – of cases in emergency and critical care as the best part of her work. “I find it extremely exciting, not knowing what is going to walk through the door,” she says.
Karen Wiley
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.