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. Alyxandra Brady is a veterinarian in our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Alyxandra Brady
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Alyxandra Brady
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alyxandra Brady is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She finds critical care cases the most gratifying to treat.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa
Dr. Brady has a dog named Totem and a cat named Edgar.
Dr. Casey Braginton is an emergency medicine. He is holding a black and white cat.
Casey Braginton
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Casey Braginton
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
A dedicated emergency clinician, Dr. Casey Braginton’s interests include urethral obstruction, diabetic ketoacidosis and toxicities. He has also worked with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA SouthPaws, Fairfax VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg VA
When not working, Dr. Braginton enjoys reading, visiting breweries and board games. He has two cats, Frodo and Dart, and a pit bull mix named Roo.
Dr. 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. Kylee Bush is a veterinarian in our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Kylee Bush
MS, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kylee Bush
MS, DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kylee Bush is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She is most interested in soft tissue cases, specifically lacerations, foreign body, gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), orthopedics, specifically fracture stabilization, and cardiology. Dr. Bush is certified in basic and advanced life support through the Recover initiative.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Master of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Bush enjoys running to help de-stress after a long day or catching up on the latest documentary series on Netflix with her couch potato dog, Murphy.
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. 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, 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.
Dr. Alexa Crise is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Alexa Crise
MS, DVM
Alexa Crise
MS, DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alexa Crise is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in avian and exotic medicine, dermatology, neurology and soft tissue surgery.
  • Clinical Rotations, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Master of Science, Biology, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary and Biomedical Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Dr. Crise enjoys playing videogames and spending time with her fiancé, friends and family.
Dr. Nadine Cross is part of our emergency medicine training program.
Nadine Cross
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Nadine Cross
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nadine Cross finds all aspects of emergency medicine rewarding. She especially enjoys working with feline patients.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Elmira College, NY
  • Associate of Applied Science, Veterinary Technology, Alfred State College, NY
Dr. Cross admits her life is run by two very special tabby cats and a big fluffy mixed-breed dog. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors.
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. Meghan Johnson is a veterinarian in our critical care service. She is sitting with a brown, white and black dog.
Meghan Johnson
DVM, CVA
Critical Care
Meghan Johnson
DVM, CVA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Meghan Johnson is a resident in our critical care service. Her particular clinical interests include liver diseases, sepsis and trauma.
  • Internship, Emergency & Critical Care, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • 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 their two mutts. Her favorite pastimes include kayaking and exploring the city looking for quality caffeinated beverages and curry.
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. Sylvia Lee is a doctor in our surgery service. She is holding a large dog in her arms.
Sylvia Lee
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Sylvia Lee
DVM, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
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.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • 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.
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. Alexandria LoPrinzi is a veterinarian in our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Alexandria LoPrinzi
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Alexandria LoPrinzi
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alexandria LoPrinzi is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She finds trauma cases and autoimmune diseases, such as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) and diabetes presenting as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), the most gratifying to treat.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Asbury University, Wilmore, KY
Dr. LoPrinzi enjoys hiking, kayaking, playing sports, especially tennis, board games and watching movies. She is quite fond of her three family dogs, all of which are English setters.
Dr. Rachel Lucas is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Rachel Lucas
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Rachel Lucas
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rachel Lucas is most interested in exotic and wildlife emergencies and gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Lucas enjoys spending time with her husband and their foster-failure feline, Aslan, and serving their church and the Tampa Bay community.
Dr. Rachel Lucia is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a black cat.
Rachel Lucia
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Rachel Lucia
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rachel Lucia loves building relationships with clients and considers them team players in the effort of determining the best outcome of their pets’ lives. She loves the wide variety of cases she manages as an emergency clinician.
  • 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. 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. 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. Pedro Olivencia is an intern in our surgical service.
Pedro Olivencia-Morell
DVM
Surgery
Pedro Olivencia-Morell
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Pedro Olivencia is an intern in our surgical service. He is interested in all aspects of soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Atlanta, GA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Science, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
Dr. Olivencia enjoys playing sports, spending time outdoors and going to the beach. He has a wife, daughter and bulldog named Kai Malu.
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. Alysha Reis is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Alysha Reis
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Alysha Reis
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alysha Reis finds eye-related emergencies the most gratifying to treat and has a special interest in ophthalmology.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Clinical Rotation, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Reis lives with her two black cats, Panther and U-turn, and enjoys playing video games in her free time.
Dr. Jessica Rhodes is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Jessica Rhodes
BVetMed
Jessica Rhodes
BVetMed
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Rhodes is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in endocrinology and emergency medicine.
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, London, England
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology and Biomedical Sciences, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
  • Associate of Arts, Fulton Montgomery Community College, Johnstown, NY
Dr. Rhodes shares her home with reef tanks, dart frogs and a ball python. In her free time, she enjoys diving.
Dr. 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. Heather Siemon is a resident in our surgery service.
Heather Siemon
BVM&S, BVSc
Surgery
Heather Siemon
BVM&S, BVSc
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Heather Siemon is a resident in our surgery service. Her clinical interests include total hip arthroplasty, fracture repair and neurosurgery.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, San Antonio TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Animal Specialty Group, Los Angeles CA
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Siemon and her husband have a dachshund named Nico and a dachshund mix, Lulu. Her favorite pastimes include traveling, cooking and photography.
Dr. 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
Hannah Stone
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. 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.
Dr. Laura Wilson is a board certified veterinary dermatologist. She is seen her with her two dogs, one on her lap and a larger one by her side.
Laura Wilson
DVM, DACVD
Dermatology
Laura Wilson
DVM, DACVD
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Dermatology
Dermatology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Laura Wilson loves to work closely with pet owners to determine the underlying condition(s) affecting their pet and creating the best treatment plan for both the pet and owner. Her particular clinical interests include auto-immune conditions, ear infections and surgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology
  • Residency, Dermatology, Animal Dermatology Clinic, Tustin CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Florida Veterinary Specialists, Tampa
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, William & Mary, Williamsburg VA
Dr. Wilson enjoys riding mountain and road bikes and taking on DIY projects. She even overhauled a 1914 house in California. Dog walks and paddle boarding are two other favorite pastimes.
Dr. Maxwell practices veterinary medicine in Tampa, FL
Maxwell Yim
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Maxwell Yim
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Eager to work in a fast-paced emergency room environment, Dr. Maxwell Yim’s clinical interests include trauma and toxicity cases.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Yim enjoys hiking, reading, watching sci-fi movies, playing video games, and visiting breweries during his travels. He has a rescued chocolate Labrador retriever.
Dr. Kelli Zimmerman is a clinician in our ophthalmology service.
Kelli Zimmerman
DVM
Ophthalmology
Kelli Zimmerman
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kelli Zimmerman is particularly interested in vision-sparing microsurgery, especially corneal repair and cataract surgery.
  • Residency, Comparative Ophthalmology, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Fellowship, Comparative Ophthalmology, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Internship, Ophthalmology, Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center, Fishers, IN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Dr. Zimmerman enjoys spending time with her husband, gardening and hiking. Her first love was the arts, especially painting. Brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds hold a special place in her heart!

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.