Our Team

Timothy Lassett, DVM, ABVP

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...

Link V Welborn , DVM, ABVP

Dr. Welborn was the valedictorian of his 1976 graduating class from King High School here in Tampa and as a President's Scholar, he earned an undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida. Dr. Welborn graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. He...
Employee Since: 1997
(Medical Director)

Christine Simon, DVM (Medical Director)

Dr. Simon is our Medical Director who joined our team in 1997. Dr. Simon is originally from the south Florida area and graduated with high honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Simon went on to complete an internship with Hollywood Animal and Emergency Hospital in...
Employee Since: 2015

Laura Savarese, DVM

Dr. Savarese grew up in the Clearwater, Florida area. She was a Certified Veterinary Technician for many years before her passion for excellence in patient care led her to further her veterinary education. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Animal Science from the University of Florida and graduated...
Employee Since: 2018

Mike Haworth, DVM

More info coming soon....
Employee Since: 2012

Chris Ludlow, DVM, DACVIM

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...
Employee Since: 2018

Colby Burns, DVM

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...
Employee Since: 1995

Cassandra Allbritton, CVPM, CCRA

Raised on a working horse ranch, Cassy began working in the veterinary field at the age of 15 as an assistant. From 1993 to 2000, she worked as an emergency and day-time veterinary technician. Since 1995, she has served our four hospital group, and is our Practice Administrator. Cassy...
Employee Since: 2010

Kelly Bennardo, CVT – Hospital Manager

Kelly is originally from Altamonte Springs, Florida. She has a husband named John and two brothers and one sister. Kelly has been a veterinary technician for over 15 years. She has been with The Cat Doctors since August of 2010. Kelly worked in an all cat veterinary hospital prior to...
Employee Since: 2013

Gina Shaw, CVT

Gina was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She graduated from Hillsborough Community College in May of 2012 earning an A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology. She achieved her certification soon after graduating. She is currently pursuing a B.A.S. in Veterinary Technology at St. Petersburg College. Gina joined the Tampa Bay...
Employee Since: 2015

Jay Contes – Client Care Coordinator

Jay has worked at The Cat Doctors since March of 2015. She is married and lives in Seminole Heights. She has attended the University of South Florida. She joined The Cat Doctors team because of her love of cats. She really enjoys spending time with her very large family and...
Employee Since: 2015

Alayna Macintosh-Pet Resort Coordinator

Alayna is one of our wonderful technicians that has been working with Cat Doctors since October 2015. She has always lived in Tampa. She loves animals and working at The Cat Doctors. She has attended Hillsborough Community College and the Tampa Police Department Academy. She is a certified dog trainer....
Employee Since: 2015

Samantha Schmitt – Patient Care Coordinator

Samantha is one of our Veterinary Technicians. She is from Tampa, Florida. Sam loves working with cats and making connections with people. Sam has attended Hillsborough Community College. She enjoys reading, hiking, watching shows, playing video games and sleeping. She has four cats: Otter, Moo Moo, Quincy and Link. She...
Employee Since: 2016

Laura Hencoski

Laura is one of our fabulous veterinary technicians. She is originally from Seminole, Florida but she lives in Tampa. She chose to work at the Cat Doctors because “Cats are life”. Laura has attended Saint Petersburg College. She would like to return to school to become a certified Veterinary Technician....
Employee Since: 2016

Jessica Laird

Jessica is one of our wonderful Veterinary technicians. She is originally from New Jersey but she lives in Tampa now. Jessica attended the University of Tampa and she has a B.S. in Biology and Psychology. She enjoys comic books, bowling, shopping, going to the movies, and playing video games. She...
Employee Since: 2017

Patience Grodotz

Patience is one of our awesome Veterinary Technicians. She was born in Florida, but she lived most of her life in Arizona. She moved back to Florida when she was 21. She has worked in an all cat hospital before and she really enjoys working at The Cat Doctors. She...
Employee Since: 2017

Jasmine Pierola

Jasmine is one of our awesome Client Care team members. She is originally from Tampa, Florida. She began working at The Cat Doctors for the experience. She is currently attending Hillsborough Community College and will make her transition to University of South Florida in the fall. She will obtain her...
Employee Since: 2017

Amanda Eighinger

Amanda is one of our fabulous Client Care team Members. She was born in Alamogordo, New Mexico. She loves animals and helping people. She is currently enrolled at Hillsborough Community College working on her Associates degree. Amanda enjoys watching movies and spending time with her family. She has two dogs...
Employee Since: 2017

Christina Sheckler

Christina is one of our wonderful Client Care team members. She is originally from Boston. She used to work at a pet shelter and she loves cats. She has attended Pitzer College and Boston University. She has her B.A. in Economics. She enjoys baking, skiing, and biking. Her favorite TV...
Employee Since: 2017

Holly Foster

Holly is one of our amazing Pet Resort team members. She is originally from Tampa, Florida. Holly is just beginning her long career with animals. She enjoys camping, reading, and obstacle course 5Ks. She has one hound mix dog named Leia and one handsome silver kitty named Pip. She is...
Employee Since: 2017

Dawn Desiano

Dawn is one of our amesome Pet Resort Team members. She is originally from New Hampshire. She really enjoys caring for cats. Her hobbies include going for rides on one of her husband’s motorcycles and reading. She has one very special kitty named Speedy and her husband Lee....