Dr. Kristi Rhodes is originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated as Salutatorian from Flowing Wells High School where she was highly active in the National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Organization. Dr. Rhodes graduated with honors from the University of Arizona in 2009 with a degree in Pre-Veterinary Science along with minors in Chemistry and Wildlife Management and Conservation.
Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Rhodes moved to Orlando, Florida in order to work at both Disney’s Animal Kingdom and SeaWorld Orlando in the animal education departments. She then continued her education at the University of Florida where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and served as president of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Zoological and Wildlife Medicine Club.
After veterinary school, Dr. Rhodes completed a 1-year internship in general practice and emergency medicine for both small and exotic animals at VCA Valley Animal Hospital in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. This internship included extensive work at the local zoo (Reid Park Zoo) and the Tucson Wildlife Center.
Dr. Rhodes’ primary veterinary interests include exotic and wildlife medicine, and she is hoping to pursue board certification in exotic medicine while practicing at North Bay Animal Hospital.
Dr. Rhodes moved to Tampa in 2017 with her fiancé, 2 dogs, and 3 cats. In her spare time. Dr. Rhodes enjoys spending time at the beach, theme parks, and Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey games. She also loves to travel, especially to Disney parks, and enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on (especially the Harry Potter books).