Dr. Lassett is a native of Tampa. He attended the University of Florida receiving a bachelors degree in microbiology in 1978 and a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1982.
After completing a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey, Dr. Lassett returned to the Tampa Bay area. Dr. Lassett is Board Certified in Canine and Feline Practice and his areas of special interest include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, oncology, diagnostic ultrasound, endoscopy, dermatology and cardiology.
Dr. Lassett has held board positions with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Society. He enjoys fishing, boating, and spending time with his dog, Cheyenne, and cat, Dakota.
Dr. Borderieux was born in Cincinnati OH and grew up in Tampa (Leto H.S. class of ’93) and joined our practice in January 2007. She received her B.S. in biology from Florida State University before acquiring her DVM (magna cum laude) from University of Florida in 2003. Dr. Borderieux practiced small animal and exotic medicine for 4 years in California before moving back home to be closer to her family. Her medical interests are in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, oncology and exotic mammal and avian medicine. Her special interests is in rabbit medicine and surgery.
Dr. Borderieux has adopted rescue rabbits for over 15 years (starting as a foster with Gainesville Rabbit Rescue in vet school). She shares her home with her husband, Scott, her son, Jay, and her daughter, Phoebe. Her fuzzy family includes Briar, a pointer/border collie mix, her rabbits, Ariana, Jilly, and Lotte, and her guinea pigs, Coral, Garnet, and Ruby. During her free time she enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, and bird watching.
Dr. Garcia is from Valencia, Spain and attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University. He joined our practice in 2017 because he wanted to “work in a progressive practice”. His goals are to continue learning and becoming a better veterinarian every day. His dream is to own his own practice someday. He lives with his wife and two children. Dr. Garcia’s hobbies include sports, movies, music, family, and food.
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Dr. Martinez was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce. Dr. Martinez graduated with honors from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada. She completed her clinical training at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN, where she was exposed to various clinical specialties, including physical therapy. After her clinical training, Dr. Martinez completed a Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Hospital in Tampa, Florida.
Dr. Martinez’s special interests include surgery, neurology, and small animal medicine. She has a cat named Zeus. Her hobbies include scuba diving, painting, and salsa dancing.
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Dr. Chris Ludlow is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He established Veterinary Internal Medicine Diagnostics with a commitment to providing the highest quality internal medicine for pets and personalized service.
Dr. Ludlow earned his DVM with honors from Kansas State University in 1986. After graduation he worked in a busy small animal general practice in southern California for five years. He then returned to the KSU and completed a combined internal medicine/small animal clinical nutrition residency and Masters Degree program under Dr. David Williams.
Upon completion of his internal medicine residency, Dr. Ludlow then spent an additional year establishing a clinical nutrition service at KSU. After finishing his clinical nutrition training, Dr. Ludlow joined the internal medicine faculty at KSU for one and a half years before going into private specialty medicine at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Kansas City in where he served as a staff internist with this group of nine specialists for 6 years.
Dr. Ludlow has more than 16 years of experience in ultrasound and endoscopy in university and referral hospital settings. He practices at all 6 of our Tampa locations.
Dr. Kerrie Lewis is board certified in veterinary anesthesiology and is an expert on respiratory physiology and other areas. She has extensive clinical and teaching experience both with anesthesia and emergency/critical care. Dr. Lewis is a tremendous asset to our team and our patients.
Dr. Lewis attended Massey University and graduated from The Ohio State University.
The safety of your pet during anesthesia, along with effective pain management is Dr. Lewis’s top priority. Her objective is to master the art of veterinary medicine and anesthesia specialization by utilizing her specialized skills in a practical and educational environment.
Dr. Lewis has 2 cats, Ashton and Colton, and 2 dogs, Mr. Cole and Charlee.
Dr. Colby Burns, a board-certified surgeon at North Tampa Veterinary Specialists, provides specialized orthopedic, soft tissue, neurologic and emergency surgical services to small animal veterinary practitioners. This service allows our veterinarians the ability to offer advanced surgical services in the comfort of our own hospital while maintaining direct contact with our clients and primary care for patients. Mobile surgical services are available six days a week (Monday through Saturday). Emergency surgical services are available seven days a week, including evenings and weekends.
Dr. Laura Rasche is one of our wonderful Associate Veterinarians here at Pebble Creek Animal Hospital. She is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia where she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
After living in Georgia her entire life, Dr. Rasche wanted to live closer to the ocean. Because of this, we are lucky to have her here at our practice. She is especially interested in aquatic and exotic animals.
When Dr. Rasche is not caring for her patients, you can find her scuba diving and traveling.
She shares her home with her sweet Shih Tzu mix pup, Lila.
Her goal is to provide excellent care for all of her patients and become confident in treating all species.
Dr. Mario Vezza is an awesome addition to our team of Associate Veterinarians here at Pebble Creek Animal Hospital. He is originally from Long Island, New York.
Dr. Vezza joined our team to be a part of a team with a well-rounded knowledge base in small animal and exotic medicine.
He attended Ohio Wesleyan University where he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He went to Ross university school of veterinary medicine and UF for his clinical year.
When Dr. Vezza isn’t caring for your pets, you can find him playing a round of golf, fishing, or just relaxing with his cat.
Raised on a working horse ranch Cassy has always had a strong love for all animals and a desire to improve the human-animal bond. She began working in the veterinary field at the age of 15 as an assistant in a veterinary hospital in Plant City, FL, and from 1993 to 2000 worked as an emergency and day-time veterinary technician. Since 1995, she has served our six hospital group, as our Practice Administrator.
Cassy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida in 1998.
Cassy has been a member of the VHMA since 2001 and served on their Board of Directors for 2 years. Cassy earned her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) designation in 2005 and her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) designation in 2008. She was the co-chair of the Bay Area Managers Network Group in Tampa for 10 years and is a past adjunct professor for Webster Veterinary University.
Residing in Valrico, Florida, Cassy shares her home with her husband, her 2 children, her cat, Gordy and her dog, Dolly Brown. Her interests are client advocacy, team building, physical rehabilitation, communication, and compliance. Cassy’s hobbies include reading, outdoor activities and her family.