Dr. Holder opened FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital May 2004. She first studied at Stetson University in Deland, Florida and earned her B.S. in Biology in 1997. In 2002 she graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where she concentrated her studies in avian, exotic and integrative 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 American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in the Zoo and Wildlife Department.
In 2005, Dr. Holder became a certified acupuncturist. She has completed extensive training in Chinese Herbals, Tui-na, Food Therapy and Palliative Care in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Holder is a teaching assistant at Chi University and loves to help others gain the knowledge that helps so many lives.
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.
As she moved on to work at primary care veterinary hospitals, her focus over the past several years has been on whole nutrition and holistic therapies to not only improve outcomes with critical patients, but to help to achieve balance to prevent disease and better manage chronic disease at all stages of life.
In 2018 she studied Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at the Chi Institute and became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.
She believes that attentive, deliberate communication with her clients is essential in providing 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 FloridaWild that shares my commitment 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. In 2018 she studied Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at the Chi Institute and became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. 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, aka “Dr. B” 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 veterinary assistant in her home state of Massachusetts before enrolling in veterinary school at St. George’s University. Dr. B completed her clinical veterinary training at University of Georgia and graduated with honors in June 2018. Dr. B enjoys all fields of veterinary medicine, but she does have a passion for geriatric pet care and well-being. She herself has rescued and owned many senior pets.
Here at FloridaWild, we take in hundreds of injured and sick wildlife per year who are in need of medical assistance. Dr. B oversees the wildlife program and finds great value in helping the local tortoises, birds, squirrels, opossums, and raccoons of Volusia County.
Dr. B is Animal Neuro-Myofacial Release (ANMR) Certified and performs body alignment techniques on her patients in need. All mammal species are eligible for ANMR such as dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits and even rats! Misalignments in the vertebrae can lead to chronic sources of pain as well as decreased function in certain organ systems. Dr. B is able to perform ANMR on patients to align the spine which decreases pain and promotes optimal body function.
Dr. B is also a Fellow Member of the American Academy of Ozonotherapy (FAAO). She is the second veterinarian in the United States to become a FAAO. Ozonotherapy has been practiced and well researched for many years on human patients and is widely used throughout the world as an alternative therapy for infection, inflammation, and immune dysregulation. Ozonotherapy has started to make its way into veterinary medicine and we have seen very exciting promising results.
During her free time, Dr. B enjoys riding her horse Bo Jangles, volunteering for DeLand/Sanford Indie Market, and fitness training.
Growing up with parents in the human medical field, caring for others, and in this case animals, was in my blood. The ability to do so as a profession is both an honor and a pleasure. My philosophy is to treat the patient as a whole, not just focusing on a disease. Our pets’ quality of life is of the utmost importance and my goal is to improve this to the fullest.
I have a sweet, but wild crew: Tess, my 14 year old lab, still thinks she’s a puppy. Teagan, my mini aussie, is a fireball who thinks that the world was made to serve and entertain her. Lilliana, my wild rescue kitten keeps everyone on their toes and gives Teagan a run for her money. These three add immeasurable joy and color to my life. My horse and pony: Cherub & Brilliante are the loves of my life. They are both in their late twenties to early thirties and I’ve had them since childhood. They taught me strength, compassion, and humility. These wonderful creatures are the reason that I became a veterinarian. The bond that you form with your pets is truly one of unconditional love that will last long after they leave us.
I was born in Ormond Beach and raised throughout Central Florida. I attended the University of Florida for both undergraduate and veterinary studies. After graduating veterinary school, I married my best friend and the other love of my life, then moved to Houston to follow his career. There, we had two adorable, brilliant, and wild little boys. My four and two legged children are the epitome of energy and joy, and remind me of why I love my profession every day.
My primary interests include diagnostic imaging, geriatric care, pain management, and soft tissue surgery, but my true joy is the variety of care that we are able to provide as veterinary professionals. Therefore, nothing is excluded.
It is truly my honor to be here at Florida Wild, caring for our pets and their families.
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 horse.
Megan was born and raised in Longwood, Florida and attended the University of Central Florida. She has always had a passion for animals and can’t remember a time in her life when they didn’t play a leading role. Megan has a special interest in Canine and Feline nutrition as well as reproductive medicine.
Megan lives in DeLand with her husband, Chris and their two daughters, Emily and Isobel. On weekends you can find Megan at AKC dog shows with her family, friends and her dogs. Megan has been breeding golden retrievers under the Cloud9 kennel name for the past 9 years and is incredibly dedicated to preserving the health and function of the golden retriever. She is a member in good standing of the Golden Retriever Club of America, The West Volusia Kennel Club and The Florida Gulf Coast Golden Retriever Club. Megan is also one of the Founders and serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid Florida Sporting Dog Association.
Becki a native Floridian, born and raised in the Orlando, Daytona Beach area. She has been a Certified Veterinary nurse for the last 10 years, working in the field for 15. Becki lived in Colorado for a few years where she was lucky enough to work with a wonderful veterinarian who was the doctor for a wildlife sanctuary. She was able to work with some of the most fascinating animals in the areas of surgery and dentistry. Lions, tigers and bears, Oh my!!
Becki currently lives in Longwood with her husband of 20 years, her two children Amanda and Robert and she has the best boy, a Rottweiler named Ghost. She also has 6 cats, a pitbull- Farley, and a rescue hound dog named Wags.
Kevin 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 began teaching courses at continuing education laboratories – he even got the chance to teach faculty at Auburn University. 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. Kevin was in awe at the quality of medicine, professionalism, services offered, and was blown away at the fusion of Eastern and Western medicine. Kevin plays a vital role at FloridaWild as our Director of Dentistry.
In Kevin’s free time he enjoys spending time with his family 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.”
Emily was born and raised in Port Orange, Florida. From a very young age, she knew her passion was to work with animals. When entering the field, 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 to Vet School in the future. When she is not working or in school, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and traveling. She is usually accompanied by her Labrador Retriever Abbey and her French Bull Dog Sophie
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.”
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.
Derek was born and raised in DeLand, Florida. He graduated from DeLand High School in 2016 and is on track to graduate from Stetson University with his Bachelor’s in Health Science in December of 2018. His aspirations include attending vet school so he can further his knowledge and help save animals’ lives. “I’ve wanted to be a Veterinarian ever since I was a little kid – I have always had a strong passion for animals.” He always grew up with at least two dogs in his house at any given time. He has raised everything from squirrels to chickens to pigs to turkeys. He was in 4-H growing up – he says this only made his passion for animals stronger.
“When I’m not at FloridaWild caring for your pets I am with my Golden, Yahtzee, either at home or out doing something fun such as swimming at the beach.”
Ashley is a Florida native! She began working in animal medicine as a kennel tech when she was 17. At one point she left the veterinary medicine field for a few years. However, in 2012 she went back – leaving the veterinary medicine field made her realize how much passion she has for it!
For the last five years she was a veterinary technician at a day practice. She also worked as a critical care nurse with a veterinary emergency clinic for a little over a year. Ashley graduated with her Associates Degree from Seminole State College in 2017. She is currently a student at St. Petersburg College in the veterinary technology program – only 5 more classes until she’s done!! Her goal is to attend The University of Florida when she graduates from St. Petersburg – studying for a Bachelors in Biology. Once she graduates UF she would like to pursue something with FWC, research or conservation.
“I have an amazing daughter who is my pride and joy. She keeps me on my toes with her extracurricular activities (tumbling/cheer). I have the most handsome weenie (dachshund) named Brownie, I fell in love with him when I walked past his kennel at Orange County Animal Services 12 years ago!! I knew in that moment I just had to be his furever mom.” When Ashley isn’t at work, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts, the beach or simply hanging out with her friends and family.
Rebecca is passionate about ethical animal care and has a strong appreciation for FloridaWild’s holistic philosophy. She is proud to be a part of a veterinary team which provides medical excellence and superior client education in a warm, compassionate, and service-oriented atmosphere. To further her knowledge in the field of veterinary medicine, she is currently enrolled in St. Petersburg College’s School of Veterinary Technology to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. A Florida native, when she isn’t caring for your family at FloridaWild, or her family at home, she can be found somewhere out in the Florida wilderness. Her appreciation for the natural world is what drives her dedication to animal care.
Sarah is currently a student with St. Petersburg college gaining her vet tech certification. She currently holds one degree in computer networking but realized that was not much fun. She is an avid animal lover and advocate who will give everything to help them. She calls herself mom to 2 cats (Skitz and Maggie) and a sugar glider (PopTart). “Since I started at FloridaWild I have learned so much and look forward to continuing my journey here!”
Omar was born and raised in Florida. He has traveled outside Florida many times but has never lived anywhere outside the state of Florida.
Omar has helped care for a large array of animals – ranging from tiny Dwarf Hamsters to 120-lb pit bulls. “I have never lived without animals as part of my family and I would never want to!” As a little kid, Omar wanted to be a zookeeper when he grew up. As he got older, that desire grew into wanting to actually own his very own zoo. Even though owning his own zoo is no longer his focus, it’s still a dream of his.
Outside of his love for animals, Omar likes casual gaming, electrical engineering and his two lovely dogs (Baby and Raven). Electrical engineering is his current focus, however since it is a broad field, he is undecided in just where he would like to continue. “I am extremely fascinated with the world and how it works – the electronic field is growing daily, with an astronomical amount to still uncover.” Omar will be continuing his education in electrical engineering in the near future but wants to help with animals in the meantime, in any way he can.
Jennalyn grew up in Melbourne, FL and have always had a passion for animals. She started her animal career volunteering as a zookeeper aid at Brevard Zoo for 2 years, and studied to be a zookeeper in Gainesville. She fell in love with the medical side of animal care during that time and received her A.S. Veterinary Technician Degree. Exotic animals and wildlife hold a special place in her heart and she knew FloridaWild is where she wanted to plant her roots after graduation. Jennalyn has a Husky Dingo mix named Cami and three cats named Checkers, Auggie, and Ash. When not working she enjoys going on trails or parks with her dog, going to amusement parks, and watching movies.
Christina was born in DeLand, Florida, but grew up in Deltona. She and her fiancé have two dogs (Turbo and Blue), two cats (Camber and Doug) and two Sulcata Tortoises. “There was never a moment in my life where I didn’t have animals.” Ever since Christina was little, she has yearned to help animals. As a kid, Christina did horseback riding – including barrel racing. Her first job was at Pet Supermarket, but after years of working there, she decided to take things a step further into the field she really wanted: the veterinary field. She has always wanted to work in a vet office and says she is so grateful to FloridaWild for giving her that opportunity. “
Amanda grew up in NYC and spent a lot of time at The Bronx Zoo where she developed her interests in animals. She has always had pets growing up ranging from snakes, lizards, rodents, frogs, crabs, cats and dogs. Amanda spends her time outside of work writing, reading and caring for her senior yorkie, Tyson and rescue King Pigeon, Eldy. She obtained her bachelors of science in wildlife ecology and worked on forest ecosystems and plankton communities in Lake Champlain. After moving to Florida in 2019, she worked as an avian technician and educator at a wildlife rehab and is now further exploring the veterinary side of animal care here at FloridaWild. Amanda is incredibly grateful to be working at a place where she can continue wildlife care, but also help people with the care of their own pets. She loves that FloridaWild is holistic, innovative and passionate about patient care.
Jalen was born and raised in Florida. For the last ten years his family has owned and operated a registered Beefmaster ranch. Prior to starting a ranch his family had owned pets ranging from cats and dogs to ferrets and even a pet skunk.
Jalen aspires to have a career in some sort of medical profession, but is enjoying learning and growing within FloridaWild.
Emily is affectionately known as “Little Em” here at FloridaWild. From the time she can remember she has been interested in Veterinary Medicine and plans on pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Emily is dual enrolled at DeLand High School and Daytona State College. She is currently the Sophomore class Vice President, a member of the FFA, and DeLand High Leadership. Emily enjoys spending time with her horse, Rio
and her family’s golden retrievers.
Justin was born and raised right here in sunny Central Florida. While Justin has had a love for, and has helped care for, animals all his life, joining the Funky Mutt team is his first official foray into the animal care industry. He has a certain affinity for the outdoors and nature in general, visiting the beach, hiking, and/or biking whenever the chance arises. Justin also enjoys building and making all sorts of things in his spare time – “a jack of all trades, a master of none,” if you will. He loves being able to help others, human or otherwise, in any way he can.
Kindness, patience (with yourself and others), and gratitude are some of the things that Justin strives for on a daily basis. He believes that part of healing the world we see outside of ourselves should start with first healing the world within ourselves, and practicing patience, having a greater sense of compassion for, and having a better understanding of our relationships to, animals (human or otherwise) is one of the things that can help us to achieve that.
For as long as Jade can remember, she wanted to go into the medical field. As years went by, she realized her true love for science. She plans on studying Marine Biology or Anthropology in college. On the side, Jade loves art and wants to continue to pursue that passion, as well. “Art is one of my favorite things about FloridaWild and Downtown DeLand; their love for art and allowing individuals to express themselves through it!”
Jade has always had a love for animals. Currently she has two dogs, two cats and a sweet little bunny. In all her pet past, she has owned dogs, cats, rabbits, snakes, hamsters, birds, fish, turtles and even frogs!
FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital
115 East Euclid Avenue
DeLand, FL 32724
Phone: (386) 734-9899
Fax: (386) 734-1960
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