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Dr. Kanzler

James A. Kanzler, DVM

Dr. Kanzler founded the practice in 1980. He received his D.V.M. from Auburn University in 1978. He has been active in organized veterinary medicine, recently ending his term as president of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. He served in the U.S. Navy 1968-1972. He has two adult children and four grandchildren.




Dr. Alex Kanzler

Alex Kanzler, DVM

Dr. Alex Kanzler (the young Dr. Kanzler) earned his B.S. in Microbiology and his D.V.M. at Auburn University, graduating with honors. His wife Ashley is also a veterinarian. They have two children. They also share their home with two Boston Terriers, Penny and Charlotte.




Dr. Thompson

Ali Coan, DVM

Dr. Thompson graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and spent her final clinical and surgical year at The University of Florida. She grew up in Bradenton and is excited to serve her community. She and her husband, Matt, enjoy Gator football, spending time with family and friends, being outdoors and on the water. She has three rescue dogs, Cooper, Tibbs, Bunny, and rescue kitty, Leo.



Warren Harper, DVM

Dr. Harper grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and attended Florida State University where he was a member of the track and field team. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and earned a Certificate in Shelter Animal Medicine in addition to his DVM. He moved to the Bradenton/Sarasota area to be closer to his wife’s family. They do not currently have any pets, other than their two sons.



Alta Bujarski, DVM

Dr. Alta is a returning staff member, who previously worked as an assistant while doing her undergraduate studies and during veterinary school. She graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at the University of Florida. In her free time, she can be found playing soccer or at the beach. She has two Basenjis, Ramses and Athena, and a mixed breed named Daisy.

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Josie Hamilton, DVM

Dr. Hamilton graduated with a BS in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham before she earned her DVM from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  She then completed a year internship in veterinary medicine and surgery at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida.  Once in practice, she enrolled at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (based in Reddick, FL) to study small animal veterinary acupuncture.  Although western medicine is the backbone of her practice, Dr. Hamilton also offers an eastern medical (or integrated western and eastern) approach to her patients for various disease processes.

Dr. Hamilton’s special interests include Fear Free™ veterinary visits, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and acupuncture, animal behavior, soft tissue surgery, and dermatology.  Being Fear Free™ certified, Dr. Hamilton is acutely aware of the stress veterinary visits can cause for patients.  She takes extra time and care with your four-legged family members, as well as utilizing positive reinforcement and occasionally sedation (only if necessary), so that they have the most pleasant vet visits possible.