Staff

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...

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...
Employee Since: 1997
(Medical Director)

Christine Simon, DVM

Dr. Simon 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 Hollywood, Florida.  She spends her...
Employee Since: 2013

Susan Vaughn, DVM

Dr. Susan Vaughn is from Tampa, Florida. She received her undergrad (BA in Psychology) at University of Tampa and graduated from University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Her favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is preventive care — from puppy and kitty first visits to senior pet screening and improving...
Employee Since: 2017

Chris Smithson, DVM, DAVDC

Dr. Chris Smithson attended Auburn University, graduating with honors with a Bachelors Degree in Animal and Dairy Science in 1999. He stayed at Auburn University for veterinary school, and received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine with honors in 2002. Dr. Smithson spent several years in general small animal practice with
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

Kelly grew up in Michigan and moved to Florida in 1980.  Kelly joined our team in August of 2010.  She graduated from SPC with a Veterinary Technology Degree and obtained her CVT in June 1997, she has worked as a technician ever since.  She enjoy's her time mountain biking, reading,...
Employee Since: 1999

Crystal Michaud

Crystal, originally from Massachusetts, began working with animals in 1988. She moved to Florida in 1998 and joined the organization in 1999 as a technician at North Bay Animal & Bird Hospital. She went on to manage The Cat Doctors and now provides employee training for all four hospitals....
Employee Since: 2004

Amber Trammell, Hospital Manager

Amber is originally from Storm Lake, IA and moved to Florida in 2000.  She joined The Cat Doctors team in 2004 as a technician and became the hospital manager in 2008.  She has 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a turtle.  Her hobbies include going to the beach, fishing, and spending time with her family....
Employee Since: 2012

Gina Shaw

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 joined the practice in July of 2012 and has been with The Cat Doctor’s since September of...
Employee Since: 2014

Danni Tonnison

Danni is originally from England and has been with The Cat Doctors family since March 2014.  She is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree and in her free time enjoys playing with her two dogs, ballroom dancing, traveling, playing piano, skydiving, and of course giving extra love to her kitty!...
Employee Since: 2014

Joseph Oyola

Joseph Oyola - also known as Rey throughout the competitive gaming community - was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and raised in Bridgeport, CT. Has always had a passion working with animals and performed volunteer work at Bridgeport Animal Hospital for a year. He is new to the Sunshine State...
Employee Since: 2014

Jennifer Kapusta

Jennifer is originally from Michigan and moved to Florida in 2014. She has been a licensed technician since 2002. She has experience working in General veterinary medicine Emergency medicine, and Internal medicine....