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.
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.
Barbara, Reception Assistant
A native of Canada, Barbara moved to Florida in 2005. She is now an American citizen and the proud mother of three children and five and a half grandchildren – the sixth is due in October 2020. She also has a cat named Sheba.
Barbara spent 35 years in the medical field, 30 of those in transcription, before joining our team in 2019. Her professional interests are in medical records and surgery, and her favorite part of the job is being kind to the pets in our care.
When she’s not working, she loves to take walks, watch crime shows, visit different beaches, and be active on Facebook and TikTok. Her passion is home decorating and she also enjoys eating out by herself. She’s single now and loving it!
Lanie joined our team in 2020 after having worked as a lifeguard and a car AC specialist. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she is a diehard Browns, Cavs, and Indians fan – probably the most devoted you’ll ever meet!
She has a puppy and kitten at home. When she’s not working, she loves to watch sports, travel, and spend as much time as she can on the water, jet skiing, boating, wake boarding, and tubing. Her favorite part of her job are the kisses she gets from the doggos and kitties.
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
Tamara, Animal Care Attendant
Tamara, or Tammy as she’s known by our team, came to us in 2017, having worked for several years for the Pasco School System in food service.
Tammy has two daughters and four wonderful grandchildren. She also has three dogs (Hayze, Lilly, and Willow) and two cats (Long John and Rodeo).
When she’s not working, she likes to garden, cook, and spend time with her grandchildren.
Paige, Animal Care Attendant
Original from Long Island, New York, Paige joined our team in 2020. She has received recognition for her animal rescue work, which includes saving one dog when it was just seven days old and another from a dogfighting ring. Her furry family includes four dogs—Nyla, Athena, and Simba—one rabbit, Sebby, and one cat, Phoenix.
Paige is married and has a 20-year-old son. In her free time, she likes to garden, spend time with her pets, and volunteer at the Humane Society.
Jeremy, Animal Care Attendant
Jeremy joined our team in 2018. He has a chinchilla and a dog named Lewis at home. His hobbies include working on his cars and with his hands, going to the beach, and playing video games.
He hopes to someday go to school to earn his vet tech certification.
Madelyn, Kennel Assistant
Madelyn joined our team in August 2020. She grew up surrounded by animals on her family’s cattle ranch, often raising baby calves who had lost their mother. She has a dog named Tommiey and a cockatiel named Opie.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing golf, hunting, painting, cooking, and gardening. Her professional interests include dentistry and physical therapy. She hopes one day to go back to school to become a vet tech.
– 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.