The staff at Circle of Life Animal Hospital is made of dedicated animal lovers who care for your pets as if they were our own! We invite you to meet our veterinary hospital team below:
Melissa has been a Credentialed Veterinary Technician at Circle of Life Animal Hospital since 1999. She has been a part of the Veterinary Team for over 30 years. Melissa graduated with Honors from St Petersburg College in 1991 with an Associate in Science degree in Veterinary Technology now known as the Veterinary Nursing Program. Upon passing the Veterinary Technician National and State Board Exams in 1991 she became a Credentialed Veterinary Technician. She maintained her Credentials for 28 years by attending National Veterinary Conferences annually as well as attending Webinars. Melissa has always been committed to continuing education and is constantly learning new skills and protocols in Veterinary Medicine. She is one of our hospital’s Critical Care Coordinators and is in charge of advanced dental training/continuing education. Melissa excels in anesthesia and dentistry and has a special interest in pain management, emergency medicine and preventive care. (Melissa is also on staff at Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Hospital in Tampa where she is a Level 3 Technician with the Emergency Service.) She has been instrumental in developing our state-of-the-art in-house laboratory and advocating for advances in pain management and nursing care of our patients. Her own pets include Noodle, a miniature Dachshund; Petunia, a pug mix; Popit, a Yorkie poo; Butternut, a pygmy goat; and Squash, a pygmy goat. Melissa is married with 2 children. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys scuba diving, underwater photography, kayaking and wildlife observation.
Lisa has been a veterinary technician since 1981 and a Registered Veterinary Nurse since 1983. She is also our hospital’s Nursing Care Coordinator and technical “cat whisperer!” Lisa’s patience and ability to calm, medicate, and pull blood from unwilling cats is truly amazing! She was nominated for Technician of the Year and was on the cover of Veterinary Technician Magazine in January of 1995. She enjoys giving extra nursing care to our hospitalized patients so that they can get better quickly, and she also loves being able to assure owners that their pets are receiving the best care that can be provided. Lisa has a son who is an Eagle scout who graduated from FSU with a master’s degree in accounting. He is a graduate of Jesuit High School. Her pets include Stitch, Chloe and Pogo, three Chihuahua rescues. When she isn’t working, Lisa enjoys golfing, cruising, walking around flea markets, most pro-sports, college football, and traveling.
Kelly graduated from Sanford-Brown Institute with a veterinary technology degree. She has always wanted to work in the veterinary industry since she was 5-years-old. When she was in 7th grade, she would pore over veterinary books and online articles. The thought of being able to work with animals and help them makes her so happy! In fact, helping animals in need is the most rewarding part of her career.
At home, Kelly has four pets: a Catahoula mix named Lexi and three ferrets named Fuzzbutt, a silver mitt, Teddy Bear, a chocolate mitt, and Aang, a white and beige black-eyed ferret. She’s had her ferrets since they were babies and loves taking care of them. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her pets and going to different places with her boyfriend.
As a child, Jamie always played with the animals on her farm. Her experience working in the veterinary field started in 2003 and has continued ever since. During her time in the field, she has owned her own dog kennel, her own pet-sitting business, as well as a walking and training business. The most rewarding part of her position is learning and gaining experience in animal medicine while helping and watching animals be saved by the miracles of her veterinary family.
She has three children: Preston, Sicily, and Silas, and a step-son as well named Luis. Her pets include a puppy named Luigi, as well as Lady, a Shih-tzu who brings sass to the family. When she has free time, Jamie enjoys the beach, being in the pool with the kids, going to Busch Gardens with the family, and attending church. She also enjoys seafood, Christian books, and spending time with her family.
Ibram graduated from veterinary school in Egypt in 2012. He loves wildlife, which is the reason he chose this career path. While in Egypt, he had his own veterinary clinic where he worked as a vet for 4 years before he and his family came to the US.
At home, he and his wife, Amany, have two children, Emma and Marco. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music and fishing.
Amani recently joined our team in May 2017, and she is loving it! She enjoys the behind the scenes work dynamic that ensures the safety and care for all of our furry patients that come in to our practice. Amani graduated from Tampa Bay Technical High School with a certification in Veterinary Assisting, and is currently attending the University of South Florida to pursue her veterinary education. When she isn’t working she enjoys late night gaming with friends, delving into the world of makeup, and binge watching TV shows with her mom.
Brenda has been in the veterinary field for more than 20 years, and she has been with Circle of Life Animal Hospital since the beginning. She has helped in all aspects of building and advancing our clinic for over 15 years and she loves the camaraderie that the employees and doctors share at the hospital.
Shannon joined our team in December 2015 after attending ATA and earning her education as an X-ray technician. She loves animals, enjoys working with them, and is excited to pursue a career that is all about them! She has 3 cats, Creepy, Itty Bitty Kitty, and Formula One, Jackson a mini horse, and of course Halo, the new Great Dane in her life. When she isn’t working, Shannon loves horseback riding, boating, and spending time with family.
Sylvia’s background includes a degree in child care management, but it was her deep love for animals that led her to use her skill in the veterinary field. She finds her career to be most rewarding, particularly the connection and bond shared between owners and pets—and her role in strengthening that bond! You can regularly hear her laughing and interacting up front with all our clients!!!
She is married to Eric Miller and has two beautiful children and two wonderful step children. Her four-legged children include a Pitbull, Gaia; a Boston-Terrier, Maynard; and a Chihuahua, Maya. She loves being with her family and is proud to be a wife and mother. When she’s not at the hospital, you can find her enjoying the outdoors, whether at the beach, by the pool, in parks, or traveling.
Cynthia has always had a passion for animals, and it’s the main reason she chose the career she did! Her ambition is to become a veterinarian, and she’s started college to reach that goal.
At home, Cynthia has a DSH cat named Penny, and she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, watching movies, and being outdoors. Her favorite sport is hockey, GO BOLTS!
Isbi joined our team in April 2019. She graduated from Keiser University in October of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences, with magna cum laude honors. Isbi has been in the veterinary field for 6 years and has always had a strong interest in medicine. She loves working with all kinds of animals whether big or small, domestic or exotic. She also enjoys being a part of her patients’ medical journeys, whether for wellness care or a sick pet, as well as building great client relationships. Throughout her years in the veterinary field, she discovered she has a strong passion for anesthesia, with special interests in dentistry and orthopedic surgeries. In fact, she plans to go back to school to earn a Master of Science in anesthesiology at Nova Southeast University here in Tampa. Her goal is to become an anesthesiologist assistant. In addition to her veterinary schooling, she is currently enrolled in an online class to learn American Sign Language.
At home, Isbi has a rescued Golden Retriever/Cattle dog mix named Royalty aka “Cookie Dough.” She certainly lives up to her name! If she’s not in the clinic, you can always find Isbi by the water; she loves any outdoor water activity including jet-skiing, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, etc. She also loves movies, arcade games, baseball, volleyball, traveling, learning about different cultures, and spending time with her friends and family.