Although the holidays may be an exciting time of the year for you, your pets may find the festivities a little overwhelming. Even normally well-behaved pets can experience a little anxiety when th ...View Article
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Dr. Holly Brown-Tabbenor, owner
Dr. Tabbenor graduated from UCF and later earned her DVM from University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 1993. She has been working in emergency medicine since graduation. She also has been a member of the International Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society since graduation. She opened the Animal Emergency Center in April 2006 to offer Central Florida residents a choice in emergency care. She enjoys seeing exotics pets including small birds and pocket pets. Her special interests are in diabetics, soft tissue surgery and GDV's. She has 4 beautiful daughters, and is the proud owner of a German Shepard Dog named Wotan, two unruly schnauzers- Sparky and Snowy, and Linus the cat.
Dr. Andrew Wester
Dr. Wester joined our team as a full time associate in fall 2009. Originally from New York, he received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University in 1996. He went on the earn his DVM from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. He moved to Florida in 2006 and spent his time working in a small animal day practice before joining Animal Emergency Center. He has particular interests in emergency medicine, dentistry and acupuncture. He is the proud owner of Ping Ping the pug, Casper the chug, and Violet the cat.
Dr. Heather Palmer
Dr. Heather Palmer graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 – WAR EAGLE! She was born and raised on the Treasure Coast of Florida and is excited to be practicing close to her home town. Her special interests include emergency medicine and surgery. On her time off she enjoys the outdoors with her fiancé, family, friends and dog pack – Kassie, Belle, Blue and Rocky.
Hi, I'm Ariana, and I was born and raised in Boston, MA. I moved to Orlando in 1999. I graduated from Florida Institute of Animal Arts as a veterinary technician in 2003. I worked at a daytime veterinary hospital for 3 years before I started my adventures in The Animal Emergency Center in December 2009. I have always wanted to work with animals and have a particular interest in emergency medicine. I have 3 cats: Baby is a 14 year old persian, Reggae and Cheetohs are both 2 year old domestic short haired cats. I also have a crazy 1 1/2 year old blue pit bull named Na'Ji.
My name is Savannah. Growing up, I've always had an interest in veterinary medicine and never really had the opportunity to get hands-on experience until my senior year of high school doing my senior project with Dr. Lawrence Pultz, DVM, at Town and Country. I graduated from Oviedo High School in May of 2013 and continue to pursue my Biology degree. I have 5 amazing fur babies: 2 dogs, Kodi and Oakley, a cat named Molly, a horse named Hunter and my newest addition is my mini pig, Pearl. I have a particular interest in equine and large animal husbandry. I started working at the Animal Emergency Center in September of 2014 as the first patient care nurse at the facility and fell in love with emergency medicine. I’m so happy to be a part of this amazing team.
My name is Justin, and I've been part of the Animal Emergency Center team since 2009. I have had the pleasure of working with animals for almost my whole life. I am originally from the the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. I started working with horses at an elementary age, and as I grew older I invested my time in the development of raising chickens. This was a community project with a local 4-H Club that I was a member of. We would raise them to adulthood, and auction off the chickens for charity money for the club. I had usually grown so attached to the animals that I had my mother set up someone at the auction that would buy them and give them back to me. I couldn't handle the thought of giving them away since I had raised them since before they had feathers. Time went on and I was later interested in shelter medicine. I worked with the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley for about a year. I have a huge passion for shelter medicine because its where I learned I had a talent with animals. I expanded my knowledge after working with Humane Society in Tennessee by working with a private practice for about a year before I moved to Florida. I moved to Jacksonville, FL and worked with the Jacksonville Humane Society for about 2 years. This was an amazing experience for me because we did a lot for the community. I became a certified member of the medical team D.A.R.T. (Disaster Animal Response Team) of the Humane Society of the United States. I was part of the Katrina relief, where 50 or so dogs were transported out of the devastated area and into a safe environment. We helped medically assess each pet, and treat accordingly. Some the pets were even re-united with their families. I eventually grew more interested in emergency situations, and that lead me to an Animal ER in Jacksonville where I was a nurse for three years. This was great experience because I was trained to work in intense situations. I continued my education going to lectures at Universities and conferences around the United States. I moved to Orlando in 2009, and started working for the Animal Emergency Center. I love my job and I enjoy being there for you and your loved one in a time of need.
Hello, my Name is Sara. I moved to Florida from New York around 4 years ago. I have always had a passion for Veterinary Medicine since I was around 5 years old. My house has always been filled with presence of animals. Currently I, myself, own two dogs, a German shepherd mix and a Rottweiler. My parents own our other four animals; a golden doodle, puggle, yorkie, and a domestic shorthair cat. I am currently pursuing my Biomedical Sciences degree for pre-veterinary studies, and hope to soon attend the University of Florida for my Veterinary degree. I began working for the Animal Emergency Center June of 2016 as a Patient Care Nurse. I couldn’t have found a better experience than this!
My name is Nicole and I am one of the overnight veterinary nurses at this fine establishment! I started my career in the animal healthcare/welfare fields back in 2003 as an animal care specialist at a local humane society in Englewood, Florida. Then a year later I got hired at a small animal practice as a veterinary technician and that is what I have been doing ever since. I did work at the SPCA of Central Florida in Sanford (now Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando) as an Assistant Shelter Manager for a couple of years in 2007, but realized that I missed being a veterinary technician and went back to working in day practice. I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life! I love helping animals in need and I love when I can give back a healthy pet to a happy owner! This is my second time working at the Animal Emergency Center and I can honestly say that I enjoy coming to work every day and being the best vet tech that I can be. I thrive on the hustle and bustle of working in em ergency medicine and I welcome the challenges that I face every day at work! I have worked at many day practices over the years, but nothing compares to working in emergency medicine. When I’m not working, I’m usually watching movies, screaming my head off on a rollercoaster at a theme park or watching the Washington Redskins play. I enjoy spending time with my fiancée of 15 years and my cat, Pipple.
My name is Heather and I am originally from Pennsylvania, but spent most of my life here in Florida. My parents are big animal lovers and they have passed that down to me. We grew up having a menagerie of animals – dogs, cats, mice/rats, turtles, a chinchilla, a rabbit, and you can’t leave out the rotating fish! I currently have a spoiled Old English sheepdog (Riley), a mischievous Manx cat (Henry), and, the resident old man, Red-eared Slider turtle (Oscar). Animals have always been an area that I greatly cared about but it wasn’t until 2007 when I got my first job at a veterinary clinic that I truly found my passion in veterinary medicine. I am currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology Program at St. Petersburg College. It is through this program I will be getting my nursing, certification and Bachelors in Veterinary Technology. Since 2007 I have worked as a receptionist, a kennel technician, an assistant, and most recently a veterinary nurse. During this time I have
worked in day practice as well as a couple years in emergency medicine. While I do like the client/patient bond that day practice brings, it is emergency medicine that brings unpredictability to the every day. I enjoy creating that bond with the client and their pet, to make every situation as comforting as possible - even in an emergency. I joined the Animal Emergency Center team in October of 2016, and I could not have found a more impressive group of people to help me be there for you and your pet.