Dr. Dutton was born and raised in Tampa, FL. He earned his Bachelor of Science in zoology from Auburn University in 2010. His education continued at Ross University where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and he completed his clinical and surgical year at the University of Florida. While pursuing his doctorate, Dr. Dutton conducted research on the prevalence of salmonella in leatherback sea turtles. He presented his findings at the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine conference and his research was published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine in 2013. Over the years Dr. Dutton has also spent a great deal of time volunteering at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. While there he assisted in the care of the wild bird population.
Dr. Dutton returned to Tampa and joined Tampa Bay Vets group in 2014. His professional interests include ultrasound, endoscopy, oncology, internal medicine and exotic animal medicine. He possesses certifications in endoscopy from the University of Georgia and Ultrasound from the NAVC institute.
Dr. Dutton’s wife, Holly, is also a veterinarian. Together they have three children (Pierce, Luke, and Adeline). In his spare time Dr. Dutton is an avid outdoorsman, who enjoys fishing, scuba diving, and surfing with his family.
Dr. Riley was born in St.Petersburg and raised in the Clearwater area. Her first veterinary job was in high school cleaning kennels and working in client services. While working, she earned an Associate’s degree at St. Petersburg Junior College. She went on to the University of Florida where she earned dual Bachelors degrees in Microbiology and Cell Science as well as Animal Sciences, and then a Masters of Agriculture in Cell and Molecular Biology with a focus in animal reproduction. She has varied research experience with horses, cows and alligators.
Dr. Riley earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UF in 2007. She began working at All Creatures in 2009, and joined the Cheval team in 2020.
Her professional interests include general medicine and surgery, and reproduction. She lives in Hudson with her husband and son her dogs, Loki, Hugo, and Black Jack, her cats, Porkchop and Pecan, and some chickens! She is passionate about her volunteer work with Italian Greyhound Rescue, and outside of work, spends time quilting and boating. Her whole family are Gator sports enthusiasts, but her favorite sport is watching her son play baseball.
Dr. Rivera is one of the newest members to our awesome team of Veterinarians. She attended St. George’s University College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Florida for her clinical year. She lives here in Tampa, FL with many of her family members in the area as well.
Dr. Rivera shares her home with her 12-year-old Rat Terrier named Tyler – He is her heart dog and means the world to her. She believes that there is such a close bond between people and their pets. The bond with her dog is no different and she would do anything for him.
Dr. Rivera has worked in the Veterinary field for 11+ years – most of which she has gained her experience as a Certified Veterinary Technician before attaining her DVM.
She is especially interested in Dermatology and is a big advocate for mental health in the Veterinary industry.
Always having lots of pets that she has cared for from a very young age, her love for animals has paved the way to her career as a Veterinarian. She loves this career and all of its challenges, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
She acts as an advocate for each and every one of her patients, every single visit. She always wants the best for her furry friends and their pet parents.
Dr. Cristen Nichols earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Lincoln Memorial University. She has had an interest and passion for medicine her whole life, and at an early age she knew she wanted to be able to give a voice to animals in need through her passion for medicine.
Dr. Nichols does her very best to make each client and patient feel as comfortable as possible, knowing that everyone faces different challenges from day to day.
She and her partner share their home with their two dogs (Tutsi and Mia) and their three cats (Piper, Timothy, and Noodle). Tutsi is her “soul dog” who she has had for ten years. She doesn’t have any human kids, so her pets are all her babies.
Dr. Nichols is very interested in conservation, zoo medicine, and non-human primates ,who she would one day love to volunteer as a conservation vet for.
Dr. Lindsay McLean earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida, graduating with certifications in both Shelter Animal Medicine and Business Management. She was also awarded the “Angel Dogs Scholarship” for her passion relating to the human-animal bond. There, she spent much of her time as the president of a student-run veterinary clinic which provided free veterinary care for families living with medical disabilities. Also, while in school, she elected to take extracurricular coursework to learn traditional Chinese medical acupuncture.
Prior to veterinary school, Dr. McLean graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida. Before deciding to join the veterinary field, Dr. McLean explored her passion for advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves. She worked in an Alzheimer’s unit of a nursing home, in a psychiatrist’s office, and as an operations analyst for a human hospital. It was sitting in her office at the hospital where she decided that she should combine her love for both people and animals and become a veterinarian.
Dr. McLean grew up in both Brandon, FL and St. Augustine, FL. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time exploring nature with her husband who is a high school biology and astronomy teacher. Together they have 2 dogs, Ernie and Lemon, a cat, Leeloo, and an Alexandrine parakeet, Juno.
Pets are a physical representation of unconditional love. It is important for the health and wellbeing of both people and pets to have one another. The human-animal bond is unparalleled and one of the most beautiful aspects of life.
Dr. McLean is Fear-Free Certified and is passionate about reducing fear and anxiety associated with veterinary appointments. Her goal is to provide a gold-standard of care for her patients through partnership with their owners.
In the words of philosopher Seneca the Younger Dr. McLean believes that “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness”. She strives to live by this mantra in both her personal life and her professional life.
Her professional interests include preventive medicine, internal medicine, dermatology, acupuncture, and avian/exotic medicine.
Dr. Norden is one of our Associate Veterinarians here at Cheval Animal Hospital. She was previously at our Cat Doctors location. She is originally from Hilliard, Florida. She joined our team because she loved our client-focused care and the quality of medicine practiced. She loves pets and enjoys being around other pet lovers.
Dr. Norden received a Biology degree at Berry College in Rome, Georgia and graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also Fear-Free certified.
In her free-time she enjoys cooking for her friends and family, gardening, trying our new restaurants, golfing, and watching the Bucs or Lightning play. She loves fitness and worked throughout college at her campus fitness center and used to be a Zumba instructor.
Dr. Norden is interested in Primary Care, Ultrasonography, and Internal medicine.
She and her husband Mitchell married in October 2019. They share their home with her four cats. Mako is a 5-year-old red tabby who loves modeling for photos. Remora is a 6-year-old long haired brown tabby who is obsessed with feather wand toys. Marlin is a 3-year-old red tabby, and Marcel a 1-year-old domestic short hair are her foster fails who love getting into trouble together.
She looks forward to working with this amazing company, joining the Tampa community, and building client relationships. In her next few years, she hopes to advance her knowledge in dentistry, ultrasound, and endoscopy.
My name is Laura and I’m a certified veterinary technician and have worked with the Tampa Bay Veterinary Hospital group since 2010. I was born and raised in Florida but I love traveling up north when I can. I love working with animals and wouldn’t change what I do for anything! I have 2 cats of my own and their names are Banksy and Griffin. In my free time I enjoy working out, yoga and going to the beach.
Lyndi’s career in the veterinary field began in 1999 at a small animal practice. She became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2003 after graduating from Tri County Technical College in South Carolina with a Veterinary Technology degree and passing national and state exams. Along with her husband Chad, their home is shared with their two highly active children, Hayden and Peyton, two dogs Kanowa (corgi/shiba inu) and Rousey (boxer), two cats and Hurley a turtle. Lyndi is a sports fanatic, enjoys daily cardio workouts, MMA, any outdoor activities and relaxes by spending time with her family.
Tasha is one of our awesome Veterinary Technicians here at Cheval Animal Hospital. She joined our team because she loves the culture and the type of medicine that is practiced.
Tasha has attended Saint Petersburg College where she earned her Associates Degree in Animal Science. In her free time she enjoys crafting with her Cricut, reading, going to Disney World, and growing her pet sitting business.
Tasha shares her home with her husband Anthony, her daughter Harper, her three dogs (A Pitty named Bella, a Yorkie named Kaluha, a Lab named Baily), her two cats (Sake and Cupcake), and her Bearded Dragon (Dobby). Tasha is working towards earning her CVT license.
Kristina is one of our wonderful Veterinary Technicians here at Cheval Animal Hospital. She has always wanted to help animals and their pet parents. She could not imagine doing anything else. She has worked with animals for over 8 years.
She attended Saint Pete College, where she earned her A.S. in Veterinary Technology.
When Kristina isn’t working, you can find her at Disney, enjoying a concert, fishing, or practicing photography.
She shares her home with Khaleesi Marie (her 3 year old Whippet Mix), Jameson Bond (her 2 year old Aussie Chihuahua mix), and Haley (her 5 year old cat).
Morris is one of our awesome Veterinary Assistants here at Cheval Animal Hospital. He is originally from Tampa, FL. He joined our team to learn more about animals, gain experience, and to improve himself.
He attended Southern Technical College.
Morris, his mom, and brother share their home with their two cats (Clipper and Tempest).
When Morris is not caring for your pets, you can find him reading a good book, playing games, or practicing his origami.
Joining the Cheval Animal Hospital team was Nicole’s first step towards her life goal career as a veterinarian. She received her AA at Hillsborough Community College in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and attends UCF, where she is working towards her Bachelors.
Nicole, her mom, and her sister share their home with their big family of cats. They are huge cat lovers. All shapes, all sizes.
When Nicole is not taking great care if you and your pets, you can find her fishing, roller blading, and watching horror movies.
Her goal is to grow in the veterinary industry and help animals.
Erika is part of our awesome Client Care team. She is attending Hillsborough Community College, where she is studying to become a Veterinary Technician. Her lifelong goal is to earn her DVM.
Erika has a big family made up of her three brothers, and her niece and nephew. She shares her home with her five-year-old Cairn Terrier named Archibald (Pictured).
When Erika isn’t helping our clients you can find her playing her clarinet, playing baseball, or writing.