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Candy has been with DeSoto Animal Clinic for over 25 years. During her time here she has filled many roles, including working as an assistant and in reception. Candy currently manages our annex where we sell pet foods and some pet supplies. Candy and Joe have two adult sons, and when she’s not working Candy loves to spend time with her grandkids.


Vicki has been with us over 20 years. She has a background in accounting and an Associate Degree in Business. Vicki won Best of Breed Westminster (Breeder/Owner/Handler) in 2009 and had the #1 Owner-Handled Mastiff, 2014.

Chelsea, CVT

Chelsea is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College in 1996 and came to work with us in 1997. She’s originally from Massachusetts and is a huge Red Sox fan! She has several cats, including Grace, Mazie, Sooner, Jack, and Junior!



Ashley has been with our office since 2000. Ashley and her fiance, Wes, share their home with two cats, Ichabod and Greta; a German Shepherd, Rambo; two Dachshunds, Stella and Marshall; a tortoise, Hank; and a rabbit, Louise. Ashley completed the EMT program and is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. She and Wes welcomed their first child in 2014, Connor.

Michaela, CVT

Michaela joined our staff after moving to Florida from New York in 2005. She attended Adirondack Community College and SUNY-Canton where she received her certification as a Veterinary Technician. Michaela shares her home with a wacky, but sweet, Catahoula mix, Tessie.

rachel1Rachel, CVT

Rachel has been a member of our staff since 2006. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. She and her husband share their home with a sweet Carolina Dog, Roo and a rescued mutt, Harvey.


Kristy has been a part of our reception staff for 10 years. She and her husband share their home with a little dog, Archer.

jillJill, CVT

Jill has been working in the veterinary field since 1998. She received her degree from St. Petersburg College in 2004 and joined DeSoto Animal Clinic in 2012. She and her husband have 3 children and 2 cats, Hoagie and Slider. When not at work, Jill enjoys hiking and road trips.


Lis has been a member of our veterinary assistant staff since March of 2014. She is from Lima, Peru and moved to Florida in 2006. Lis has two children, Nathan and Reagan. They share their home with a Siberian Husky, Marshall.

Stacy, CVT

Stacy began working at DeSoto Animal Clinic when she was in high school. She continued with us during college and worked as an assistant after graduating from Mars Hill University with a BS in Zoology. She decided to further pursue veterinary medicine and moved to Denver, Colorado to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. Upon graduating she took a position at an animal hospital there and worked for 7 years before returning to the Bradenton area to be closer to her family.  In her free time, Stacy enjoys kickboxing and spending time with friends and family.


Crystal joined our practice in 2017 and is dual trained as an assistant and receptionist. Crystal was born and raised in Bradenton, and both of her parents are from Mexico. She shares her home with her boyfriend, 5 kids, a little Aussie mix named Ivy, and 2 birds, Peri and Keeton. Crystal hopes to attend school and become a Certified Veterinary Technician!


Nancy is a returning member of our reception staff. Nancy and her husband, Bryan live with a crazy Jack Russell Terrier, Libby and a Rat Terrier, Flash.

Colleen, CVT

Colleen joined our staff as a Certified Veterinary Technician in January 2018. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2013. She shares her home with a Dachshund mix, Pico, and a Cairn Terrier, Polo.


Megan joined our reception staff in April 2018. She attended the Veterinary Technology Program at Saint Petersburg College in 1999 and worked in large and small animal practice until becoming a Registered Nurse (for humans!) in 2007. After 10 years of nursing, she decided to return to her passion of working with animals in veterinary medicine. She has two playful Papillons she adores and spends much of her free time with her 2 horses.


Tori is a returning member of our staff. She recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with degrees in Biology and Health Sciences. She is currently pursuing her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse and was recently accepted to Keiser University’s fast-track B.S.N. program. She and her boyfriend, Kevin, have a cat named Fenway, and a Hound mix named Sullivan, and are huge Boston Red Sox fans!


John joined our team in March of 2019. He thoroughly enjoys working with animals and has experience in other veterinary facilities and zoos! He is currently in school at the University of the Cumberlands, working towards a degree in business administration. He moved to Florida from Kentucky in 2018 with his wife, son, two dogs, and a cat. It’s a full house!


Zoey joined our practice in May 2019 and is currently attending St. Petersburg College for Veterinary Nursing. She shares her home with her boyfriend, Colton, and their cat, Eva the Diva. Zoey is originally from New Jersey and moved to Florida in 2004. Her favorite football team is the Chicago Bears and she’s a huge fan of scary movies!


Virginia joined our team in May 2019, shortly after graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. She hopes to attend veterinary school next year. She thoroughly enjoys horseback riding, boating, and spending time outside.