Dogs with Dog Walker

Meet the Team

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Autumn

Vet Assistant

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Angela

Receptionist

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Brenna

Vet Assistant

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Brianna

Vet Technician

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Bryan

Vet Technician

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Christine

Receptionist

My husband and I moved to Florida from Ohio over 20 years ago but we are still Buckeyes at heart. We have 3 children and on the weekends you can find us boating, watching the Ohio State Buckeyes or hanging by the pool.

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Courtney

Vet Technician

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Eternity

Receptionist

Hi my name is Eternity & I have two mix breed dogs. I rescued one of them and just adore them both so much. I like to spend my spare time at the beach and relaxing with family.  

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Holly

Groomer

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Katie

Certified Vet Technician

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Kristin

Receptionist

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Marco

Behaviorist/ Trainer

Veterinarian graduated in Brazil, Master Degree in Animal Behavior, living and working in Florida since 2012. Dog trainer since 2005 and a dog agility handler since 2002. Competed representing Brazil 2 times and representing the USA National Team in 2015 at the Americas and Caribbean.

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Gaston

Owner

Hi there! I'm Gaston and I founded Orchid Springs Animal Hospital with Dr. Vargas in 1996.   We have enjoyed a myriad of pets over the years.   Our dogs are named Daisy, Puppy and Uli.   The feline family consists of Texas, Keanu and Charlie.  In my free time I like to travel, read books and play the guitar.  My main area of focus is in managing all of the hospital’s finances in order to sustain our mission of strengthening the human-animal bond.

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Jessica

Vet Technician

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Kevin

Kennel Technician

Kevin has been working part-time on and off at OSAH since 2010. He retired from the Polk County School Board after 33 years. He primarily works in the kennel walking dogs and keeping the place tour ready. He is married to our Hospital Administrator, Melissa, and together they own 4 cats, 3 dogs, a turtle, an iguana and many pond fish.  Kevin enjoys outdoor activities.

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Kim

Kennel/ Grooming Manager

Kim likes dogs, especially gold ones.

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Leticia

Receptionist

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Melissa CVPM

Hospital Administrator

I started working at OSAH in 1998 as the front desk receptionist. I live with my husband, 4 cats, 3 dogs, 1 turtle, and 1 iguana.  In my free time, I like to read and binge watch crime shows.

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Missy

Receptionist

Hello, my name is Missy. I have 6 dogs at home that are my children and hundreds of pups and animals that I love caring for at OSAH. I have an obsession and a huge place in my heart for those brachycephalic breeds. I can't seem to get enough of their smushed faces and snorts. I'm sure most of you know or have heard of our special needs Frenchie and spokes-pup, Dinky Doodle. I recently adopted this special girl  from OSAH which Dr. Vargas rescued and cared for until she found her forever home. She’s now part of our smushed face pack. I’ve learned so much from Dinky with her resilience with life itself and love for others. She doesn’t let her disability ever get in her way. I must say I am the lucky one....she found and adopted me. 

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Nydia

Certified Vet Technician

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Michaela

Kennel Technician

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Paige

Head Receptionist

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Shay

Vet Technician

Hi! My name is Paige Shay and I have two dogs, a black lab named Maggie and a Golden Retreiver named Stanley. I also have a fiesty orange kitty named Lola, she runs our house! I have been a Veterinary Technician for 5 years and love to work with exotic animals as well as cats & dogs! I assist in our Veterinarians needs by pulling up vaccines, running lab work, taking xrays, etc. In my free time I enjoy taking time to spend with family and taking the dogs to the lake for a swim on a hot day. 

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PaviElle

Certified Vet Technician

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Sam

Inventory/ Pharmacy Manager

Samantha has one dog, a Borzoi named Walter. He is her first Sighthound and she hopes to have more in the future. She has also helped raise three Golden Retrievers for New Horizons, a non-profit organization that places trained service dogs to those with disabilities.

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Shelby

Vet Technician

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Whitney

Marketing Specialist/ Kennel Technician

Hello! I'm Whitney and I have been working with animals professionally for 8 years. I have 3 dogs, 2 cats,  6 chickens and a husband that I care for at home. In my free time I enjoy traveling, hiking, and playing video games. I help care for the animals that visit our daycare/ boarding facility as well as take care of the technical side of OSAH, like building this website!

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Tracy

Practice Manager

I joined the OSAH family back in 2009 as the Kennel Manager. In less than two years I was given the role of Practice Manager which I truly enjoy. My husband and I share our home with many wonderful little beings. We have 2 dogs, 7 cats, a bunch of birds as well as numerous small exotic pets. I have a passion for animals but a special affinity for sloths, turtles and marine life.