Joanna, Practice Manager
Joanna began working at Animal Care Center in 2000 as a veterinary technician. She has a special interest in canine and feline behavior and before becoming manager at Best Care Animal Hospital she ran puppy kindergarten classes at Country Oaks Animal Hopsital for 5 years. Joanna also enjoyed teaching humans and pets how to overcome separation anxiety and fear-based behaviors through positive reinforcement and owner education.
These days she enjoys fostering a positive work environment for the team at Best Care Animal Hospital and providing continued education opportunities to all team members.
Joanna is married and has three wonderful children at home and one rescue dog named Coolee.
Laura, Assistant Administrator
A native of Chicago, Laura moved to Florida in 1993 and joined our team in 2007. She has four dogs and one cat at home and is the proud mother to four children and one grandchild.
In her free time, Laura enjoys boating, fishing, reading, and lazing around on the couch watching LMN.
Beata, Lead Veterinary Technician
Beata came to us from Hungary in 2001. Her four-legged family includes a French bulldog, two cats, two tortoises, and two turtles.
When she’s not at Best Care, tending to your pets, she can be found spending time with her family and relaxing at the beach. Her main professional interest is emergency medicine.
Lacey, Lead Technician
Lacey joined our team as a volunteer in 2014. When she graduated from SPC two years later, she became a technician here, and then, in 2020, having earned her CVT, she was promoted to lead technician.
Her furry family consists of Zeena, Dewey, Lydia, George, and Mikey, and, in her free time, she enjoys gardening. Her professional interests include dentistry and nurturing the human-animal bond.
Brooke, Veterinary Technician/Physical Therapy Technician
Having lived in the Port Richey area for 30 years, Brooke joined our team in August 1999. In 2019, she graduated magna cum laude, earning her MBA with a concentration in human resources.
Brooke is a proud wife and mother, and she’s caretaker to a furry family that includes dogs, one cat, and one chinchilla.
Her favorite part of her job is bonding with the pet parents she meets through her work in physical rehabilitation. In her free time, you’ll find her crocheting, gardening, spending time with her children, going to the beach with friends, and floating in her pool at home.
Anna, Veterinary Technician
Anna joined our team in 2004. She is married with two children and two grandchildren. Her furry family consists of Gizzy and Chopper.
When she’s not tending to animals at Best Care, she likes to travel, kayak, and go to the beach.
Alex, Veterinary Technician
Alex is a born and raised country girl. She has fostered and rescued countless animals over the years, including cats, dogs, doves, squirrels, raccoons, hedgehogs, and baby possums. Quirky and adventurous, she always knew from a very young age that animals would be her future, and her work here, as well as her pets Mannee, Willow, Blair, and Dixie, are proof of that.
In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, going to the beach, and hanging out at home with her dogs. She loves the fact that veterinary work provides her the opportunity to learn something new every day, and her professional interests include dog and cat behavior.
Felicia, Certified Veterinary Technician
Felicia joined our team in 2019 as a graduate of St. Petersburg College’s Veterinary Technology Center. She has always had a passion for animals and is grateful that her job at Best Care gives her the opportunity to put that passion to good use and expand on her skills. She has a special interest in lab work and enjoys providing excellent care to all of our patients.
Her furry family includes a dog named Athena and three cats – Jade, Tornado, and Charles. In her spare time, Felicia likes to hike, shop, and visit different theme parks.
Joanna, Certified Veterinary Technician
Chelsea, Veterinary Technician
Chelsea joined our team in 2017, having moved here from Kansas.
She is cat mom to Simba, and orange domestic shorthair, and Donut, a black domestic shorthair and loves anything high adrenaline and having to do with water and the outdoors, including paddleboarding. Chelsea’s professional interest is exotic pet care, and she hopes to someday earn her CVT.
Megan, Veterinary Technician
Megan is currently in school studying to become a small animal veterinarian. She earned her CVT in 2014 and particularly enjoys assisting our veterinarians, preventative medicine, and client education. Her work at COAH has made her determined to serve her community as a full-time vet.
Megan has four dogs and one cat. In her free time, she enjoys being with family and freewheeling/four-wheeling.
Sandra, Veterinary Technician
Sandra joined our team in 2018 as an animal care attendant and worked her way up to technician. Originally from Virginia, she grew up surrounded by pets and entered the veterinary field as a kennel attendant in 2013.
Sandra’s professional interests include interpreting radiographs, monitoring surgeries, and reading cytologies. She has two cats at home – a tabby domestic shorthair named Dinah and a gray domestic medium hair named Zoey.
Veterinary Technician Assistant
Ryan, Veterinary Technician
Ryan joined our team in 2018 fresh out of high school. He began his work here as a kennel attendant and was soon promoted to kennel lead. He became a vet tech in mid-2019 and has loved every minute of it. He’s returning to school soon to pursue his CVT.
A native Floridian, Ryan’s pets include Roxie and Torti. In his free time, he likes to tend to his aquarium and play guitar and video games.
Megan, Veterinary Technician
Megan joined our Best Care team in 2019. Prior to serving as one of our valued vet techs, she worked in a kennel, a doggy daycare, a pet store, a shelter, and other clinics. She eats, sleeps, and breathes animals and animal-related causes.
Her furry family consists of Jordee, CeCee, Maizy, Myeli, Nugget, Peaches, and Cream. In her spare time, she enjoys running, biking, kayaking, reading, spending time with her pets, and fostering animals in need. She’s very interested in animal rescue.
Katie, Veterinary Technician Assistant
Katie came to Best Care May of 2017. She started as our client care coordinator, she showed a special interest in the medical aspect and is also going to school to be a veterinary technician so she was moved into the technician area. Katie helps with our adoption program and is in charge of making sure all our kitties go onto our Petfinder account. Katie has a strong interest in our adoption program and has helped adopt out many kitties to their furever homes.
Marsha has been with Best Care for over 15 years. Marsha works in the technician area, the kennel area and also helps in reception! She does it all!
Marsha has a soft heart and does most of our kitten fostering and socialization for our adoption program in her own home. She also has multiple rescue furbabies at her home that she will keep forever.
Lilly, Veterinary Technician Assistant
Lilly joined our team as an animal care attendant in 2019. She then asked to be promoted to Veterinary Technician Assistant so that she would be able to expand on her passions of pet care and client education. Her main professional interest is preventative care.
Lilly loves spending time with her furry family, which includes Zack, Sam, Bruiser, and Diesel. In her free time, you can find her horseback riding and hanging out with her pets.
Gary, Veterinary Technician Assistant
Gary joined our team in 2019. He’s currently training to be a technician assistant. He’s actually allergic to dogs and cats, which shows you just how dedicated he is as a worker and animal lover.
He has one cat at home. An accomplished baseball player, he loves sports, video games, and his job. It makes him happy to see an animal that has arrived at our hospital sick and in pain leave happy and healthy.
Anthony became our receptionist extraordinaire in 2012. He has a dog named Chance and a cat named Theo at home, as well as a beautiful family that gives him joy and purpose.
His favorite part of his job is working with a team of fellow animal lovers. When he’s not at Best Care interacting with clients and patients, he loves listening to music, cooking, and spending time outdoors.
Millie, Pet Stylist
Millie is Best Care Animal Hospital’s Pet Stylist and has been for the past 19 years! Millie works in every aspect of veterinary medicine, she works as a receptionist and animal care attendant.
Millie has been called the “shear whisperer” by some of her clients because their dogs and cats look so beautiful when they go home. Millie is one of the few groomers that will style cats. Cats can be difficult to groom, but Millie has a way with her cat clients, a calming effect. Her “spa” guests go home feeling refreshed and clean.
In her free time, Millie enjoys cooking very much and has made some amazing dishes for company functions.
Animal Care Attendant
– In Memory Of – Highway
Highway was our “house cat.” He lived at Best Care for 10 years. He has made his home in Joanna’s office and was affectionately called the assistant manager. Highway had a disability but you would never have known. A car accident left him with only two front legs. Even though he only had two legs, he “ran” around Best Care as if he owned the place, which in his mind he did! The Best Care Family lost Highway June of 2018 to an illness. It broke everyone’s heart but we were so glad to have had him in our lives.
Tibby is our fiesty little house cat. Tibby has lived at Best Care since she was 8 weeks old. She can to us as a stray and had visible deformities in both of her rear legs. She still had limited use of her rear legs but was unable to walk normally. She has come so far since the first day she came to Best Care! Dr. Channell and Dr. Parenton diagnosed Tibby with Tibial agenesis. This disorder is when the bones in an animal rear legs do not form or do not grow properly. In Tibby’s case her Tibia bones did not develop at all. But that does not stop her from jumping and racing around the hospital. She lives in Joanna’s office and has her own stroller that she sits in and is able to go and be with the technicians in the treatment area.