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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Barbara Avalos Cavero is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a white dog.
Barbara Avalos Cavero
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Barbara Avalos Cavero
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Barbara Avalos Cavero is particularly interested in treating gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, endocrine disorders, toxicities and feline urinary tract diseases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Pet Hospital, Virginia Beach VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan
In her spare time, Dr. Avalos Cavero enjoys exercising at the gym, salsa dancing, painting and traveling. She loves to spoil her dog, Koko Puff.
Dr. Anthony Blanco is a resident in our internal medicine service.
Tony Blanco
DVM
Internal Medicine
Tony Blanco
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Anthony Blanco is a resident in our internal medicine service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. 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.
Dr. Helga Bleyaert is board certified in veterinary surgery. She is holding a small tan and white dog in her arms.
Helga Bleyaert
VMD, DACVS
Surgery
Helga Bleyaert
VMD, DACVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
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 Plateau Leveling Osteotomy procedure for anterior cruciate ligament tears, as well as numerous other orthopedic and soft tissue procedures.
  • 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, boating and woodworking in her garage.
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Maxie Bowen
DVM
Critical Care
Maxie Bowen
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
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. Amanda Burke is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Amanda Burke
DVM
Critical Care
Amanda Burke
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Amanda Burke is a resident in our critical care service. Prior to vet school, she was a zookeeper and worked with many different species to include giraffes, ostriches, zebras, gazelles and red river hogs.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • 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. Rebecca Cassidy is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Rebecca Cassidy
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Rebecca Cassidy
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rebecca Cassidy brings her talents to our emergency medicine service. Her interests include avian and exotics, neurology and endocrine disorders.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
Dr. Cassidy enjoys painting and drawing. She has three dogs, a leopard gecko and a snake.
Dr. Dana Clark is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Dana Clark
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dana Clark
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Dana Clark is an emergency clinician. Her interests include zoo, exotic, and wildlife species and nutritional management.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Clark and her husband share their home with a pit bull, five cats, a rabbit and a turtle. In her free time, Dr. Clark enjoys opportunities to observe wildlife and spend time outdoors.
Dr. Lauren Cochran is a doctor in our internal medicine service.
Lauren Cochran
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Lauren Cochran
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
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.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • 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.
Dr. Courtney Conklin is a doctor in our emergency medicine service.
Courtney Conklin
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Courtney Conklin
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George's University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Dr. Nicole Corrao is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Nicole Corrao
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Nicole Corrao
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nicole Corrao is passionate about emergency medicine because every day is different. She enjoys treating anaphylaxis, feline lower urinary tract disease and dystocia cases.
  • Clinical Rotation, Royal Veterinary College, London, England
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, California State University, Chico
Dr. Corrao enjoys spending time with her husband Luke, bipedal dog Benjamen and three cats Peaches, Winston and Myrtle. She loves being by the water and enjoying a relaxing sunset on the beach.
Dr. Jen Coyle is board certified in veterinary oncology. She is sitting with a golden retriever.
Jen Coyle
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Jen Coyle
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
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, 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.
Dr. Trysta Dionne is a resident in our internal medicine service.
Trysta Dionne
DVM
Internal Medicine
Trysta Dionne
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
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.
Dr. Pedro Dominguez is board certified in both veterinary oncology and veterinary radiation oncology.
Pedro Dominguez
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), DACVR-RO
Radiation Oncology
Pedro Dominguez
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), DACVR-RO
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology-Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Pedro Dominguez has over 12 years of radiation oncology experience. He has a special interest in treating brain tumors and intracavitary tumors using intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT).
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology-Radiation Oncology
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Veterinary Radiation Oncology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Residency, Small Animal Medical Oncology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bachelor of Science, Poultry Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
In his free time, Dr. Dominguez enjoys fishing, CrossFit and spending time with his wife and four dogs.
Dr. Dee Ann Dugger is a doctor in our emergency medicine service. She is holding a small dog in her arms.
Dee Dugger
MS, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dee Dugger
MS, DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Dugger enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Masters of Science, University of New Hampshire, Durham
  • Bachelor of Arts, Graceland University, Lamoni IA
Dr. Dugger’s hobbies include spending time with her pugs, sailing and photography.
Dr. Destinee Gardiner is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is crouched next to a brown dog.
Destinee Gardiner
DVM
Destinee Gardiner
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Destinee Gardiner is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She has been working in veterinary medicine for over 10 years, and she finds septic patients the most gratifying to treat.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indie
  • Bachelor of Science, Pure Mathematics, University of South Florida, Tampa
Dr. Gardiner’s fiancé is an ECC resident, and together they have three dogs and a cat. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking, sewing, dancing, working out and martial arts.
Dr. John Gicking is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. He is sitting with a black and tan dog.
John Gicking
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
John Gicking
DVM, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
Dr. Wendy Gwin is board certified in veterinary radiology. She is holding two small dogs.
Wendy Gwin
DVM, DACVR
Diagnostic Imaging
Wendy Gwin
DVM, DACVR
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
Dr. Chelsea Gyure is a doctor in our emergency medicine service. She is holding a long-haired puppy in her arms.
Chelsea Gyure
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Chelsea Gyure
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
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.
Dr. Kristin Habegger is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is sitting on the ground with two dogs.
Kristin Habegger
DVM
Kristin Habegger
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kristin Habegger is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She has a background in working with wildlife and in zoological institutions, so she is excited to bring her knowledge of exotic animal medicine into clinical practice at BluePearl. Dr. Habegger finds triaging and managing trauma and metabolic derangement cases the most interesting to address.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Kristin Habegger lives with her boyfriend and their two Australian shepherds, Khali and Arya. They all enjoy spending time outdoors together or staying in and watching movies.
Dr. Bradley Harris is a resident in our critical care service. He is sitting with a large dog.
Bradley Harris
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care, Cardiology
Bradley Harris
DVM, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care and Cardiology Resident
Critical Care, Cardiology
Servicing Locations
As a veterinary critical care specialist and a cardiology resident, Dr. Bradley Harris is particularly interested in congestive heart failure, pericardial effusion, respiratory disorders, sepsis and coagulation disorders. He has pioneered pilot studies using a novel bedside viscoelastic coagulation monitors to better assess patients’ coagulation statuses in real time.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
  • Residency, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Tulsa, OK
Outside of work, Dr. Harris enjoys spending time with his young child. He likes to participate in outdoor activities like running, hiking, hunting and coaching youth cross country and track. He also watches baseball and cheers on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dr. Shantavia Hayes is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Shantavia Hayes
DVM
Shantavia Hayes
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Shantavia Hayes is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in orthopedic surgery.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne
Dr. Hayes enjoys drawing, reading and exercising. She has a Yorkie, Mr. Peanut, and a cat, Cashew.
Dr. Tatiana Henry is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Tatiana Henry
DVM
Tatiana Henry
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Tatiana Henry is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She prides herself on her diversity and inclusion initiatives, and she finds working with wildlife and exotic species the most gratifying.
  • International Veterinary Medicine Post-Graduate Certificate, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC
Dr. Henry enjoys traveling, dancing, reading and hanging out with her dog, Albus.
Dr. Anthony Ishak is board certified in both veterinary cardiology and internal medicine. He is sitting next to a very large brown dog.
Anthony Ishak
DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Anthony Ishak
DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVIM (Cardiology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
Dr. Tara Keaney is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is kneeling next to a brown and white dog.
Tara Keaney
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Tara Keaney
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Tara Keaney is an emergency clinician. She is particularly interested in the role of ultrasound in an emergency setting.
  • Clinical Rotation, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Stony Brook University, NY
The proud mom of rescued pup Zahra, Dr. Keaney is a fitness advocate and enjoys travel and going to the beach.
Dr. Michalina Kenig is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Michelle Kenig
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Michelle Kenig
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Michelle Kenig is a dedicated clinician and is especially interested in surgery and emergency & critical care.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa FL
  • Clinical Rotation, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
Dr. Kenig likes the outdoors, especially hiking or going to the beach. Other favorite pastimes include cooking, exploring new cities and cheering on the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team.
Dr. Kelly Kezer is board certified in veterinary oncology. She is sitting with a golden retriever.
Kelly Kezer
BVSc, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Kelly Kezer
BVSc, DACVIM (Oncology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kelly Kezer’s clinical interests include lymphoma, osteosarcoma and histiocytic sarcoma, and she is excited about new treatment options, to include targeted and combination therapy and immunotherapy.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Medical Oncology, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa, FL
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Haverford College, PA
Dr. Kezer enjoys traveling, cooking and hiking with her dogs – a golden retriever named Charlie and Eddie, a Labrador.
Dr. Michael Kimura is board certified in veterinary neurology. He is sitting with a large black and white dog.
Michael Kimura
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Michael Kimura
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
Dr. Crystal King is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Crystal King
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Crystal King
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Crystal King has a special interest in cardiology, specifically arrythmias and inherited heart defects.
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Findlay, OH
Dr. King enjoys exploring each new city she calls home with her two pups, Harley and Autumn.
Dr. Andrew Lacqua is an intern in our surgery service.
Andrew Lacqua
DVM
Surgery
Andrew Lacqua
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Andrew Lacqua is an intern in our surgery service. He has published multiple case reports in small animal and exotics journals and continues exploring the diverse field of veterinary medicine and surgery. Dr. Lacqua finds reconstructive surgery, laparoscopy and surgical oncology the most gratifying to perform.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Boston University, MA
Dr. Lacqua is the president of the Animal Awareness Abroad Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide underserved communities worldwide with low-cost veterinary medical and surgical care. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, rock climbing, paddle-boarding and the great Florida outdoors.
Dr. Danielle Lang is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Danielle Lang
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Danielle Lang
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Danielle Lang is an emergency clinician. In addition to small animals, she is interested in zoo and exotic animals. Her clinical interests include internal medicine, emergency care and integrative medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa FL
  • 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
In her free time, Dr. Lang enjoys being hiking, biking, traveling, and painting.
Dr. Francesca Lerner is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Francesca Lerner
DVM
Francesca Lerner
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Francesca Lerner is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
As a Florida native, Dr. Lerner enjoys spending time on the water and soaking up the sunshine with family, friends and her Labrador mix, Charley. She also loves to travel and is always on the lookout for a new adventure.
Dr. Stephanie Lo is an intern in our ophthalmology service.
Stephanie Lo
DVM
Ophthalmology
Stephanie Lo
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Stephanie Lo is an intern in our ophthalmology service. She is most interested in corneal diseases, especially treating corneal ulcers with medical or surgical therapy.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Lo enjoys visiting the beach, going to concerts, traveling, rock climbing, playing tennis, taking her dog to the park and cuddling her cat.
Dr. Rachel Lucas is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Rachel Lucas
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Rachel Lucas
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rachel Lucas is most interested in exotic and wildlife emergencies and gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Lucas enjoys spending time with her husband and their foster-failure feline, Aslan, and serving their church and the Tampa Bay community.
Dr. Rachel Lucia is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a black cat.
Rachel Lucia
DVM
Critical Care
Rachel Lucia
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rachel Lucia is a resident in our critical care service. She loves building relationships with clients and considers them team players in the effort of determining the best outcome of their pets’ lives.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, East Greenwich, RI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville
In her spare time, Dr. Rachel Lucia loves reading, kayaking, hiking, visiting the beach, playing board games, and spending time with family. She has two dogs and a cat, Kapu, who enjoys hogging the couch space, asking for food after he has already been fed, purring, bossing around the dogs, and playing with catnip.
Dr. Cassie Mancari is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Cassandra Mancari
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Cassandra Mancari
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Cassandra Mancari is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She finds helping animals in respiratory distress, treating feline urinary obstructions and repairing lacerations particularly gratifying.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Dr. Mancari and her fiancé have two cats who they enjoy spoiling to no end. She enjoys being outside (hiking, walking and beach trips), working out (Pilates and Yoga) and lazy mornings playing video games with her cats.
Dr. Erick is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. He is sitting next to a large white dog.
Erick Mears
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Erick Mears
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
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. Laison Nguyen is a resident in our ophthalmology service. He is kneeling next to a large tan and black dog.
Laison Nguyen
DVM
Ophthalmology
Laison Nguyen
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Laison Nguyen is a resident in our ophthalmology service.
  • Internship, Ophthalmology, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • 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. Thao Nguyen is a doctor in our emergency medicine service.
Thao Nguyen
MVB
Emergency Medicine
Thao Nguyen
MVB
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
An experienced clinician, Dr. Thao Nguyen finds emergency medicine especially gratifying. Her particular areas of interest are toxicology, wound care and treating trauma cases.
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville
In her free time, Dr. Nguyen enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors and rock climbing. She has two dogs: Rua (her "Irish souvenir" from living in Dublin) and Archie (a mutt who is half-amazing and half-terrific).
Dr. Nicholas Olson is a resident in our surgical service.
Nicholas Olson
DVM
Surgery
Nicholas Olson
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nicholas Olson is a resident in our surgical service. He is most interested in fracture repair, minimally invasive techniques, such as arthroscopy and laparoscopy, and cranial cruciate ligament disease.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Sport Management, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Olson enjoys camping and cheering on the Florida Gators with his wife and two children. Their furry family members include two cats, two dogs and a horse.
Mallika Prabhakar, DVM, is a veterinary internist at BluePearl Clearwater and Tampa hospitals.
Mallika Prabhakar
DVM
Internal Medicine
Mallika Prabhakar
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Mallika Prabhakar is a resident with our internal medicine service. She particularly enjoys the management of gastrointestinal (GI) disease.
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa FL
  • 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 has a kitten named Chikki, who loves playing, cuddling and eating treats.
Dr. Alejandra Principe Martinez is an intern in our internal medicine service.
Alejandra Príncipe Martínez
DVM
Internal Medicine
Alejandra Príncipe Martínez
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alejandra Príncipe Martínez is a resident in our internal medicine service. She particularly enjoys treating gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders.
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa FL
  • 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.
Dr. Michael Reems is a board certified veterinary surgeon. He is sitting with a long-haired dog.
Michael Reems
DVM, MS, DACVS
Surgery
Michael Reems
DVM, MS, DACVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
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. Miryam Reems is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. She is sitting with a chocolate lab.
Miryam Reems
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Miryam Reems
DVM, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
Dr. Gabriel Sanchez is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Gabriel Sánchez
DVM
Gabriel Sánchez
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Gabriel Sánchez is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. He is interested in all things related to veterinary ophthalmology and surgery.
  • Clinical Rotation, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
Dr. Sánchez enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, playing sports, going to the beach and watching movies and sports.
Dr. Sherrie Satmary is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Sherrie Satmary
DVM
Critical Care
Sherrie Satmary
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sherrie Satmary is an emergency & critical care resident.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa FL
  • 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.
Dr. Eric Schneck is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Eric Schneck
DVM
Eric Schneck
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Eric Schneck is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. He finds endocrine and cardiac diseases the most gratifying to treat.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Schneck has a fiancé who is also a veterinarian, and together they have two dogs and a cat, all of whom keep them busy with their abundant energy.
Dr. Riley Shugg is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is holding a black dog.
Riley Shugg
DVM, MS
Riley Shugg
DVM, MS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Riley Shugg is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She finds infectious diseases, toxicities and gastrointestinal diseases the most gratifying to treat.
  • Master of Science, Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Dr. Shugg enjoys biking, exploring local coffee shops and breweries, and reading. She has a dog named Karoo and two cats named Frodo and D'artagnan.
Dr. Cassidy Soehnlein is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Cassidy Soehnlein
DVM
Cassidy Soehnlein
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Cassidy Soehnlein is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in cardiology, internal medicine and exotic and zoo animal medicine.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Stetson University, DeLand, FL
Dr. Soehnlein enjoys rock climbing, kayaking and spending time with her dog, cat and two red footed tortoises.
Dr. Alan Spier is board certified in veterinary cardiology. He is sitting with an almost white Labrador retriever.
Alan Spier
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Alan Spier
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
Dr. Hannah Stone is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is holding a small tan dog.
Hannah Stone
DVM
Hannah Stone
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Hannah Stone is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is passionate about client and patient quality of life and mobility, veterinary research and congestive heart failure.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Stone enjoys classical music, yoga and snow sports. She has an old, grumpy Shih Tzu, a spunky Maltipoo and a naughty Australian shepherd.
Dr. Michelle Untch is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She has her arms around a brown puppy.
Michelle Untch
DVM
Michelle Untch
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Michelle Untch is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She finds surgery the most gratifying to perform.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
In her free time, Dr. Untch enjoys hiking, geocaching, kayaking and traveling domestically and abroad. She has a cat named Angel.
Dr. Eric Van Eerde is a doctor in our radiology service.
Eric Van Eerde
DVM, DACVR
Diagnostic Imaging
Eric Van Eerde
DVM, DACVR
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology
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.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • 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.
Dr. Clarence Williams is part of our emergency medicine training program.
Clarence Williams
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Clarence Williams
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Clarence Williams is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Technology, Mercy College, NY
Dr. Jessica Williams is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Jessica Williams
DVM
Jessica Williams
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Williams is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in total hip replacements, soft tissue procedures and orthopedic surgeries, especially complex fracture repairs that require some extra imagination or patience. It is rewarding to her to see all the “pieces of the puzzle” come together.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Auburn University, AL
Dr. Williams enjoys painting and relaxing with friends and family. She has a mini-Australian shepherd named Rue.

Technicians (VTS)

Melissa Siekanic is a certified veterinary technician with additional board certification in emergency and critical care medicine.
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 is a certified veterinary technician with additional board certification in cardiology.
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.