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Our team of veterinary professionals is dedicated to delivering the best customer service and compassionate care to you and your pets.

Hospital Manager, Alexys Velez, with a canine friendAlexys recently graduated from the University of Florida with her bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences and Business. She has been a part of the Oaks family for five years. She plans to further her education and pursue a master’s degree at the University of Florida in Animal Shelter Medicine. Her ultimate goal is to start a boarding/adoption agency facility.

Alexys loves to run with her dogs, Carlos and Dobby, as well as cuddle at home on the couch with her cats, Neville, Bellatrix, Gimli, and Allen. She also enjoys dancing, traveling, going to the beach, and staying at home when she can.

Veterinary Technician, Hannah Child, with a canine friendOriginally from Florida Keys, Hannah moved to Gainesville to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She is currently attending the University of Florida to study Animal Science. She plans to earn a DVM degree from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and specialize in exotics. Her ultimate goal is to open a rehabilitation center for injured wildlife in South Africa.

Hannah loves to travel with her rescue pup, Calypso, and spend her free time at the beach.

Veterinary Technician, Jermia Holt, with a canine friendJermia is a technician whose compassion extends to all our patients and their families. She recently graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education and Communication. Jermia aspires to be a veterinarian for small animals, specializing in emergency medicine.

In her free time, she plays the saxophone and cuddles with her rescue animals, Daryl and O’Malley. Jermia is truly a wonderful asset to our team.

Veterinary Technician, Kim Berthier, with a canine friendKim joined our team in 2015 and has been an asset ever since! She started as a volunteer which is where she discovered her love for veterinary medicine. She was then hired as a client service representative and quickly became a veterinary technician, falling in love with our patients. She will be pursing her dreams of becoming a veterinarian this coming fall at the University College Dublin - and we will miss her dearly. Be sure to wish her luck!

When Kim isn't at Oaks, she enjoys traveling, throwing pottery, and spending time with her fur babies: Doug, Layla, and our previous adoptee, Macaroni!

Veterinary Technician, Paola Pardo, with a canine friendPaola was born in Colombia, grew up in Miami, and moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida where she earned her bachelor's degree in Animal Biology. Paola enjoys educating and working closely with all our Spanish speaking clients. She plans to attend veterinary school and specialize in small animal medicine.

In her spare time, Paola enjoys relaxing at home, trying out new vegetarian recipes, and going to music festivals. She is currently searching for her perfect fur-ever friend.

Client Care Specialist, De'Andre Dade, with a canine friendDe’Andre is a long time sales consultant who, after many years, decided that he wanted to take his passion for customer care to a new field. He pays great attention to client needs and loves making our guests smile when they come in.

When De’Andre is not working, he loves spending time with his family, especially his 4-year-old daughter who is his heart and soul. Other interests include going to the movies, going out to eat, playing video games, reading comics, and playing a good game of basketball when he can.

Client Care Specialist, Sarah Stewart, with a canine friendSarah is a long time animal lover who has lots of experience in the health care field. She has two adorable German Shepherds, Ruger and Zoey, as well as a cat named Alicia, a rat named Thunder, a leopard gecko named Sunshine, and a goat named Casper.

In her free time, Sarah loves to cook, go to the beach, and spend time with her husband, Daniel, and sons, Jacob and Logan.