Preston is a long time resident of Florida and graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program at St. Petersburg College in 2004. She worked for many years as a Certified Veterinary Technician before joining HPVC in December 2013. Preston is currently in the last year of the bachelor’s program at St. Petersburg College for Veterinary Technology and Practice Management. When she isn’t busy managing our team, she spends her time rehabilitating and fostering rescue dogs, and caring for her dog, Dottie, and her cat, Stephen Colbert.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Sara earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of the South and has been working at HPVC since the practice opened in 2002. She earned her CVT from the St. Petersburg Veterinary Technology Program in 2004. Her dedication to her profession is evident through the continuing education she pursues and she recently achieved her Low Stress Handling Certification. Sara is one of our lead surgery and dental technicians. She shares her home with her two cats, Maizy and Milly.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Natasha is originally from Ohio and moved to Florida in November 2013 to join the HPVC team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communications from Bowling Green University in 2007 and went on to earn an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Stautzenberger College in 2009. Natasha is a highly skilled Certified Veterinary Technician working in all areas of our hospital and recently earned her certification in Low Stress Handling. Natasha shares her home with her two cats, Roxy and Saroo.
Head Technician, Certified Veterinary Technician
Sarah became a Certified Vet Technician in 2010 after completing the Veterinary Technology Program at Hillsborough Community College. During her time at a large referral hospital, Sarah worked in a variety of specialty departments including emergency, intensive care and surgery, and she pursued advanced training in veterinary anesthesia. Sarah joined HPVC in May 2015 and recently accepted the position as our head technician. She has volunteered internationally a number of times with World Vets, an NGO that provides veterinary care to underserved areas in the world. She recently earned her certification in Low Stress Handling. Sarah spends her free time volunteering for Passion for Pits Rescue and hopes to one day expand upon her childhood passion for horses and become involved in equine rehabilitation.
Keleigh earned an Associate of Arts from Jacksonville Community College in 1992, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from FSU in 1994, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from USF in 1996. She has worked in the veterinary field since 1991 including positions in zoos, private practices and emergency clinics. She joined HPVC in April 2008 and currently holds the position of medical scribe. Keleigh shares her home with her Chihuahua, Phillie.
After moving to Tampa from Wisconsin in 2004, Amanda completed an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. She worked as a technician for a number of years before joining our team in August 2012. She is cross trained to help in all areas of the hospital and we rely on her expertise in multi-tasking, as well as her ability to assist with our most anxious canine and feline patients. Amanda is certified in Low Stress Handling and she continues to educate herself on recent advancements in veterinary medicine. She shares her home with her 2 cats, Momma Kitty and Pixie.
Jorel is a native Floridian and had worked in the hospitality industry before switching careers and joining our team in 2012. He works as a veterinary technician and as our inventory manager. His willingness to go above and beyond for both his co-workers and patients is a huge asset to the HPVC team. Jorel recently earned his certification in Low Stress Handling. He is involved in wildlife rehabilitation and often takes on the duties of caring for orphaned baby squirrels, which has resulted in many saved lives and successful releases. His backyard is home to a large tortoise, a koi pond, and he is often visited by the adult squirrels whose lives he helped save. He shares his home with his three dogs, Mason, Brody and Penny, and his cat, Millie.
Jason moved to Tampa from Ireland when he was 8 years old and began working in the veterinary field at the age of 17. Jason joined the HPVC team in early 2015 and has excelled in client education as a lead exam room technician. He is our resident photographer and his “pet of the day” posts on our Facebook page have quickly become a favorite of clients. He shares his home with two cats, Reba and Rupert.
Cory is a native to Florida and has been working in the veterinary field since 2003. In addition to his many valuable contributions as a veterinary technician, he also manages the clinic’s website and operates his own business selling custom made collectible toys. He shares his home with 2 cats and 2 dogs.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Alicia spent 10 years in the US Air Force before pursuing a career focused on animals. She has a master’s degree in Human Resources, a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, and Associates in Science in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. Alicia both volunteered and worked part time at HPVC while earning her CVT, and then joined us full time in July of 2016. She is certified in Low Stress Handling and has a special interest in feline medicine. Alicia shares her home with five indoor cats as well as 2 rescued outdoor cats, who live in a custom made outdoor enclosure.
Alex spent a number of years caring for animals through volunteer work with local animal shelters and rescues before coming to work at our clinic. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology Program at St. Petersburg College and has been a member of the HPVC team since November 2015. Alex is very skilled assisting with our more anxious feline and canine patients, and we look forward to her continued growth and development as she completes her education and earns her CVT. She shares her home with her 2 dogs, Lulu and Cece.
Front Desk Manager
Tessa is originally from Michigan and moved to Tampa Bay in 2008 after spending 5 years in the Washington D.C. area. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2004 and joined HPVC in April 2015. Tessa is currently our front desk manager and her invaluable experience on the front lines of veterinary medicine allows our doctors to successfully accommodate as many of our patients as possible each day. Tessa’s furry family includes her 3 cats, Bella, Chino and Daysie.
Chantel is a native of St. Petersburg and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from USF in 2010. We were fortunate to welcome her to our front desk team in August 2015. Her previous experience in the veterinary field, as well as her attention to detail in addressing client concerns, enables our staff to maintain a seamless line of communication with our clients. Chantel is our front desk staff member certified in Low Stress Handling. Chantel’s furry family includes 4 dogs and 2 cats.
Mai was born in Japan, and lived in Atlanta before moving to Tampa in 2016. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University and hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She joined our team in November 2016 and has been a quick study in navigating the responsibilities of the front desk staff. She shares her home with 2 dogs, 4 cats and a turtle.
Gina earned her bachelor’s degree from USF in 2015 and is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology Program at St. Petersburg College. She joined our team in September 2016 and is planning to apply to veterinary school in the near future. Her work ethic and obvious love for animals has been a great addition to our group, and we look forward to her continued growth in the veterinary field. She lives with her family, her dog named Swiper, and 3 cats.