Dr. Holder earned a B.S. in Biology in 1997 from Stetson University in DeLand FL. In 2002 she graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where she concentrated her studies in avian, exotic and wildlife medicine.
At the University of Florida, Dr. Holder received the prestigious Lerner Family Wildlife Conservation Award, the Bird Fanciers Scholarship and was inducted into Phi Zeta, the veterinary school honor society. She placed 1st in the United States in the National American Association for Zoo Veterinarians Manuscript Competition and presented her research at the International Zoo Convention.
Dr. Holder furthered her studies at the Houston Zoo in Texas, the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, the Exotic Bird Hospital, Lubee Bat Foundation and White Oak Plantation in Florida. Her medical articles have been published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and Exotic DVM.
Dr. Holder is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Audubon Society. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in the Zoo and Wildlife Department.
In 2004, Dr. Holder attended the Chi Institute to gain knowledge in the art of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. She has successfully integrated this into her busy practice. In 2012, she continued her training with certification in Tui-na, Chinese massage and manipulation therapy.
“There is nothing more rewarding than watching an animal walk out that was carried in, seeing my staff grow with knowledge, giving an owner a diagnosis with hope, releasing a raptor back into the wild, or holding the owner’s hand while we say goodbye to their beloved pets. I truly have the greatest job in the world. I thank my clients as they are some of the best people I know.”
Dr. Pamela Schrager graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with High Honors in 1995, winning the Upjohn Award for Proficiency in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, the W.B. Saunders Small Animal Surgery Award, the Charlie Bild Clinical Proficiency Award in Small and Large Animal Medicine, and the Merck Veterinary Manual Award.
She completed a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine, Emergency and Surgery at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she continued to work for almost 2 years as an Assistant Clinical Specialist in Emergency Medicine. At the University of Minnesota, she co-developed and co-taught the clinical emergency rotation for senior veterinary students and won the University Students’ Teaching Award.
She was the Chief of Emergency and Medical Services and Intern Coordinator at a large referral hospital in Washington D.C. for almost 10 years, where she continued to focus on small animal ultrasound,surgery, and critical care, while providing the foundational internship training for many small animal,wildlife, zoo, and marine mammal veterinarians with whom she continues to collaborate and consult.
She has worked and lectured on advances in emergency care, emergency protocols for working canines,field triage, and animal cruelty prosecution.As she moved on to work at primary care veterinary hospitals, her focus further emphasized nutrition and thorough patient-specific preventive care through all stages of life. She believes that attentive deliberate communication with her clients is essential provide them the best possible care,understanding, and peace of mind.
“I love what I do! I continue to be humbled by the trust that my clients place in me, and work every day to deserve that trust. I am thrilled to be part of a team at Florida Wild that shares my commitment enthusiasm, and with whom I can collaborate to provide the best comprehensive care for our patients.”
Dr. Jessica Lallier Hathaway was born and raised in the small town of Dolgeville, New York in the foothills of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. There she fostered a life long love of nature and outdoor activity. She had many pets beginning with gerbils at the tender age of 8 and eventually adding guinea pigs, rabbits, iguanas, snakes, cats, and dogs. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian for most of her life.
Dr. Hathaway left New York State to study pre-professional biology in Melbourne, Florida at the Florida Institute of Technology. She spent three years there and was admitted to the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. While completing her veterinary degree, Dr. Hathaway worked nights and weekends in the Small Animal Critical Care Unit where she helped the sickest patients recover from procedures and illnesses so that they could make their way home to their families.
After graduation in 2000 Dr. Hathaway explored many Central Florida towns and decided to move to DeLand. Since then she has worked in multiple clinics, primarily on the East side of Volusia County, and also spent some time doing relief work at multiple clinics after the birth of her sons. She enjoys soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, ultrasonography, and helping pets recover when illness strikes. She is delighted to be working in her home town, especially at an integrative practice. Dr. Hathaway is working toward a certification in traditional Chinese Veterinary Acupuncture at the Chi Institute. She has served as Member at Large, Secretary, and President of the Volusia Flagler Veterinary Medical Association.
In her free time, Dr. Hathaway can be found out and about with her husband Jeff and their three boys. She enjoys outdoor activity and also runs half marathons. They currently share their home with three cats, two dogs, a small flock of chickens, a leopard gecko and four beehives.
“I am so blessed to have found a career where I know I will be challenged every day. The most rewarding part of my job is helping a sick pet feel better so that he or she can go home and rejoin the family. Getting to know my clients and their pets brings me great joy every day. I am humbled by the opportunity to improve the quality of life for my patients and their families.”
Dr. Sarina A. Barbara graduated from Stetson University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Health Science. She then spent a year working as a small animal vet tech in her home state of Massachusetts before enrolling in veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada. Dr. Barbara completed her clinical veterinary training at University of Georgia and graduated with honors in June 2018. Dr. Barbara enjoys all fields of veterinary medicine, but she does have a passion for geriatric pet care and well-being. She herself has collected a small pack of senior dogs, all over the age of 10. Dr. Barbara also enjoys working with the rescue animals of FloridaWild Rescue. Rescue has always been a big part of her life and she ran her own organization throughout vet school called Misfit Mutts Rescue. In her free time, Dr. Barbara enjoys riding her horse (Bo Jangles), kickboxing and watching Friends on Netflix.
Kevin Adrian Leroy was born in Hollywood, Florida and raised in Miramar, Florida. At 15 years old Kevin got the opportunity to work with puppies at a breeder/puppy store. That is where he learned the basics of animal care and training. While working there, Kevin met his mentor and future employer Dr. Jan Bellows, a respected Boarded Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. His passion for veterinary dental care was awaken through his year of volunteering, – he learned the ropes and his eyes were opened to the importance of veterinary dentistry. In 1994, Kevin was qualified by examination from the ASVDT (American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians). After a few years, Kevin was teaching courses at continuing educational laboratories – he even got the chance to teach faculty at Auburn University. After 15 years of clinical experience, Kevin decided teaching others was where he could make the most difference. He began consulting with other practices and corporations on the importance of veterinary dentistry as well as the technical use of the radiograph equipment scarcely known in the veterinary community.
Kevin spent several years traveling to trade shows and veterinary hospitals across the country, teaching proper techniques and spreading the word of veterinary dentistry. He moved from South Florida and took an opportunity at a practice in Port Orange, Florida where he spent a few years helping furry friends feel better through oral care. After that, he decided to establish his own consulting company. Kevin worked hard at this for a few years but realized the rigorous travel and time taken away from away from his family and pets was not ideal.
Kevin was first introduced to FloridaWild by Dr. Schrager and Dr. Hathaway. He came to install and train the staff on their new equipment acquisition. Kevin was in awe at the quality of medicine, professionalism, services offered, and was blown away at the fusion of Eastern and Western medicine. After realizing what a great addition he was to the FloridaWild team, employment was offered and Kevin is now officially a part of the FloridaWild family!
In Kevin’s free time he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Rebecca, son and three little girls on their 40 acre farm in Pierson. There family also consists of five horses, eight goats, nine cats and three dogs.
“Veterinary Dentistry found me at a young age; it continually fascinates and challenges me every day. In Veterinary Dentistry, 99% of patients will benefit and feel better from treatment. The stories about pets eating better, having more energy and overall having a happier life experience is what makes me love what I do.”
Teresa Cardenas RDH, has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1985. She has her A.S. in Dental Hygiene and her B.S. in Science. Teresa has worked in research, many specialty branches of dentistry (Pedodontist, Prosthodontist, General and Periodontics) and has taught at NYU and Daytona Community College. She currently works at a dental office with human patients three days a week – the rest of the week she works on her canine clients.
In her spare time she volunteers her services at two of Orlando’s Greyhound rescue groups and is active with her Miniature Pinscher, Niko.
Cindy grew up in Colorado, where in high school she was introduced to veterinary medicine and earned her veterinary assistant certification. Cindy moved to Florida in 1980 to continue her career in veterinary medicine. Her passion has always been with furry friends and their humans, and to also educate them. She is currently seeking her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager Certification (CVPM). Cindy has 26 plus years of veterinary experience, whether it is as a manager, technician, receptionist, or trainer.
Cindy joined the FloridaWild team in May of 2015, where she can further her education in eastern and western veterinary medicine, as well as rehabilitation. She has a great passion to see our patients improve and heal. You never know what you will be doing at FloridaWild each day. It is very exciting.
In her spare time she enjoys spending as much time on or near the water, as well as golf carting. She also loves spending time with her crew at home, Ryley, Shelby, Allie, Jessie, Taz, and 5 birds.
Hannah was born in Georgia but did a lot of moving around when she married a military officer. Now she and her family are permanently in Florida. Hannah has her Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from Liberty University. Her passion and love for animals led her here. She has always had such an indescribable connection with animals. “Nonhuman animals can teach us humans SO MUCH! We just have to be patient and willing to listen and learn.”
At home, her babies mostly consists of felines – she affectionately calls them “The Pride.” One of her purring babies is actually from Indonesia! He went from dying on the streets of Indonesia as a sick and unwanted stray to living in a 5-star home in America.
Recently Hannah and her husband adopted a rescue puppy – they call him the “weird kitten.” “Rescuing an animal is such a blessing for both the rescuer and the rescued. Having worked with rescues in the past, you get to know the heart-wrenching truth behind the closed doors of “shelters.” Our country’s kill rate is unbelievably high – that is why I firmly believe more good comes out of rescuing than purchasing.” Hannah’s furry babies consists of death row rescues, strays and shelter rescues.
Over the past year and a half, Hannah has loved her time and experience here. “I feel like I found my dream job. I get to come to work knowing I work with some of the best in the veterinary industry. The compassion and desire to learn more is something I constantly admire about our veterinarians and team here at FloridaWild.”
Chelsea was born and raised in Massachusetts. Her family moved to Florida in 2006. She has always been an avid animal lover and has enjoyed volunteering her free time at local animal shelters. Chelsea graduated from Daytona State College in 2012 and has plans to further her education in the future. She has three spoiled dogs. Chelsea enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to live music, and trekking through nature.
Katrina has been in the veterinary field since 2001. Her passion has always been with animals since she was little. “Being able to go to work everyday and love what you do is truly amazing.” She has three fur babies at home named Roxy (Shiba Inu), Rocky (Shiba Inu) and Luke (Chihuahua). On her time off she enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach.
“I look forward to helping you and your fur baby in the future.”
Taylor was born and raised right here in Florida. She has always had a love for animals and began working in the veterinary field four years ago. Working with animals is truly her passion!
When she is not at work you can usually find her on an adventure with her dog, Jack – particularly hiking or kayaking. They have traveled to a total of 10 states together and plan to add many more in the future.
Shannon has been in the animal industry for eleven years. She has been a veterinary technician and is currently working as a kennel technician. Shannon has a knack for communicating with animals and she loves working at The Funky Mutt Market – where she has the opportunity to interact with the patients and clients on a personal and fun level.
Shannon has three kids, five cats, and one dog. She loves spending time with her children, going to the park, fishing, and just enjoying what life has to offer.
Judy is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She moved down to Florida in 1987. At that time she began her veterinary career as a kennel technician. She then worked her way up and worked as a veterinary technician for 25 years.
In her spare time, she enjoys riding motorcycles. She is owned by three cats (Willie, Spike and Patches), 1 African Grey named Groucho and a dog named Ophelia, who also loves to ride motorcycles.
Tasha joined the FloridaWild team in August 2012 and has been working in the Veterinary field since 2008. She graduated with her AA degree in December 2017 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Information.
She has always had a passion for animals since she was a child and knew one day she would make a career of caring for them. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her furry four-legged kids. Her hobbies include yoga, kayaking, fishing and pirating.
Kerry was born and raised right here in beautiful Deland, Florida and has been with FloridaWild since 2016. She grew up in an environment that allowed her passion for animals of all species to flourish and knew from a very young age that she wanted to work professionally to help take care of them.
She has an Associate’s of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. Kerry loves learning and is constantly taking continuing education classes and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in this profession a year or twenty years – there is always more to learn! I want to know everything I can about providing the best care for my patients.
She is committed to giving you and your pet the highest quality of care and loves every patient like they were her own. When Kerry isn’t working, she spends most of her time with her husband, her three children and her furry and feathered children: two dogs, a cat, a potbelly pig and a bird.
Karah is originally from Florida – more specifically, Daytona Beach. She has been working in the veterinary field for over five years. At first she worked as a kennel technician but with hands-on experience she quickly started working her way up. She loved working in the veterinary field and decided she wanted to continue her education through the Veterinary Technician program at St. Petersburg College. Karah is now a CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician).
Surprisingly enough, Karah did not grow up with pets. However, her life experiences allowed her to integrate into different animal groups – that is when something in her sparked! Once she got older, she got her first pet, a dog name Lila… “Lila is my life. I love her so much!” If you asked Karah if she grew up with pets, she would tell you she didn’t but at the same time it feels like she always has. “I can’t imagine life without pets.”
She has a special interest in wildlife and enjoys helping out with wildlife rehabilitation when able to do so. In her down time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her gorgeous fur-child, Lila.
“Coming to work every day and being able to take pride in what I do creates such meaning – for me, my patients and the families of those patients.”
Lizzy was born and raised in a small town in Mississippi until 2000 when her family moved to Florida. Ever since she was young, Lizzy has loved the idea of working with animals. She graduated from the Florida Institute of Animal Arts in 2010 and has been working in the veterinary field ever since.
When Lizzy is not at the clinic she is at home with her daughter, dog and three cats.
Kristen joined the FloridaWild team in September 2016. She is originally from New Jersey and has been a Deland resident for two years now – “I love it here!” Her vet tech career began in 2000 in New Jersey. “I couldn’t imagine a more rewarding job than caring for animals.”
She’s a single mom to three teenagers, passionate about butterflies and monkeys, and would love to start her own business as a pet photographer.
Emily was born and raised in Port Orange, Florida. From a very young age, she knew her passion was to work with animals. Starting off, she mainly dealt with equine and livestock husbandry but soon found her passion in small animal and exotic medicine.
Emily currently is in the process of earning her bachelors degree and plans to continue on in her education to graduate as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in the future. When she is not working, Emily spends most of her time studying, spending time with family and friends, working with film photography, and enjoying nature with her adorable Labrador Retriever Abbey!
Justin is originally from New England and moved here in 2014 to pursue his dream of becoming a Marine Animal Veterinarian. Back home he cared for many different animals from pigs, chickens, goats, ducks, bunnies, two dogs and multiple cats. He always had a passion for exotic animals like reptiles and small furrier friends like chinchillas and gerbils; he loves all animals.
Growing up in beautiful and scenic New Hampshire, he developed a love for the great outdoors and the many activities that can be had while outside. From hiking and kayaking in the summer to snowshoeing and snowboarding in the winter, he loved being outside and developed a passion for photographing the beauty that is nature.
Throughout his Veterinary career while here in Florida, he really found his passion for the care of animals. While volunteering at a sea turtle rehabilitation center, and working at the veterinary hospitals that he has, he has loved caring for the array of animals that he has met. He is currently in school working on his Bachelor’s degree of Biomedical Sciences and will then be applying for Veterinary School to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He loves small animals and exotic medicine but really wants to become a Veterinarian for sea animals and large animals in zoos and rescue centers. When he isn’t caring for your animals he is in school or home with his dog and two cats; Riley, Dylan and Tia.
Ever since Alicia was a little girl, she always knew she wanted to work with animals. That journey officially started in 2006 when she joined the Veterinary field. “I truly love our patient’s fur babies, as if they were my very own.”
When Alicia isn’t taking care of your furry babies, she is spending time with her twelve year-old daughter, Emma. They enjoy going to the beach, shopping, and simply just hanging out.
“I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies!”
Madison was born and raised in Florida. She graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program from Spruce Creek High School in 2016, and is currently enrolled in a program where she is seeking to obtain her Associates of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology.
Madison knew she wanted to be involved in the veterinary field at a young age. Her love for animals inspired her to become a Halifax Humane Society Volunteer at the age of 10. All of her life she has been surrounded by animals from dogs to bearded dragons. Over the years, she has rescued numerous amounts of animals providing them a warm and happy home. She currently resides with 3 goofy dogs, 3 bubbly cats, and 1 bunny! Madison loves to spend her free time with her animals whom she calls “The Zoo”, hiking, volunteering, and adventuring with her boyfriend.
She has a true passion for animals and believes that they deserve the world and more. Her role at FloridaWild is to make the animals her #1 priority, whether it may be just cleaning up after them or offering a helping hand to the lovely staff of doctors and technicians whose sole mission is to care for all of the animals encountered. She is always cheerful and is always willing to learn more about the well-being of the amazing creatures we all call are “Fur Babies”.
Elizabeth has recently graduated from Daytona State College. She will be continuing her education at St. Petersburg College to become a Certified Veterinary Technician – she wants to learn how to better care for your babies. She has always felt the most comfortable around animals so when she decided to become a Veterinary Technician, it felt like someone was finally calling her home.
She was raised by parents that always taught her to help the souls who may not be able to help themselves. She has grown up around cats and dogs, and has even owned four rats (fun fact… they are extremely intelligent, loving and clean!). She would happily rescue all walks of animal life. She often enjoys taking long walks on the beach with her two Pitty babies, Baby and Raven.
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