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.
Kristin has been grooming for thirteen years. She began as a bather at PetSmart and from there she went to a grooming academy where she was certified as a pet stylist. The FloridaWild & Funky Mutt clients and pets love her! Kristin is very patient with her grooming, which is great because sometimes that includes grooming cats. Kristin said grooming cats is a great experience because her previous job did not have cat grooming as an option. “I think it’s really interesting here. I see a lot more types of dogs here than I would at a grooming salon.”
Kristin has two dogs, Louie and Benji, and a fish named Bubbles. Both Louie and Benji were rescues – “I’d never do anything but a rescue.” Louie loves dog parks and getting to see others whereas Benji is more reserved and a “less is more” kind of guy. Kristin’s soft spot is for older dogs. One day, her goal is to have a geriatric rescue.
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.”
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.
Jenna was born in Upstate New York but eventually decided to trade her New York snow for sun. After moving down south, Jenna attended the University of South Carolina Beaufort. There she received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Human Services.
Jenna has always had a special connection with animals so she decided to venture out into working with them here at The Funky Mutt Market. One day she hopes to run a non-profit shelter for all kinds of animals. Jenna loves making a difference in individuals’ lives and always being positive!
At home she has a fur baby of her own, a tabby cat named Tiller (who she loves dearly). Tiller was rescued from a South Carolina shelter when he was only a month old. He went from being found in a dirty alley with his brother to being a loved kitty!
Teresa was born and raised in New Jersey by her mother, who has been a vet tech for over 20 years! Because of this, Teresa has been learning about the well-being of animals her whole life.
Never living in a house with less than two animals at a time, she was taught from a young age that pets are family, not props, who are worth the same as you or me! She currently lives with three kitties – Cinder, Blaise and Sushi – and one very eccentric puppy, Butter.
Teresa loves your animals as much as she loves her own, and is constantly striving to make them as happy as possible during their time at the Funky Mutt! She thanks you for giving her the privilege of meeting them!
Ocean is one of our new Funky Mutt kennel technicians. Being the son of a Versace Model and a Cowgirl, Ocean has developed many qualities that made him into the young lad he is today. Ocean has been a thespian for over 5 years – this has helped build up his social skills and being a talented artist has enhanced his creative thinking. But, an adolescent dream of his has been to raise and take care of exotic animals. While dogs and the occasional house cat may not be defined as “exotic”, Ocean shares his love for animals to all the lovely critters that stay at The Funky Mutt Market. It is his dream to become a multi-talented renaissance man, as well as raise tigers!
“The biggest aspirations come from those with the biggest hearts.”
FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital
115 East Euclid Avenue
DeLand, FL 32724
Phone: (386) 734-9899
Fax: (386) 734-1960
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