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: 2021

Mekayla Norden, DVM

Dr. Norden is one of our Associate Veterinarians here at The Cat Doctors. She is originally from Hilliard, Florida. She joined our team because she loved our client focused care, the quality of medicine practiced, because she loves cats, and enjoys being around other cat lovers. Dr. Farrow received a Biology...
Employee Since: 2018

Mike Haworth, DVM

Dr. Haworth is originally from the Orlando area. He enjoys working with The Tampa Bay Vets family because of the awesome Doctors and staff. He attended Florida State University and University of Florida. He minored in Math and Chemistry. He received his B.S. in Biology and a Doctorate in Veterinary...

Abigail Farrow, DVM

Dr. Farrow is one of our Associate Veterinarians here at The Cat Doctors. She is originally from Auburn, Alabama. She has always loved cats and realized her passion for feline medicine during her clinical year. Dr. Farrow completed her undergrad at Florida Southern College. She then moved on to Veterinary...
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: 2020

Samantha Connolly, DVM

Dr. Connolly is one of wonderful Veterinarians here at The Cat Doctors. She is originally from Orlando, Florida. Dr. Connolly received her BS in Biochemistry from the University of South Florida in 2015. She graduated from Ross University of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. She really enjoys animal behavior, animal nutrition,...
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 Timken, CVPM, CCRA

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...
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: 2004

Amber Trammell – Human Resources

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: 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 – Marketing 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 – Patient Care 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

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

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

Amanda Eighinger, Client Care Coordinator

Amanda is our fabulous Client Care Coordinator at The Cat Doctors. She is originally from New Mexico. She loves animals and helping people. She earned her associates degree in Business Administration and has transferred to St. Petersburg College to start her Bachelors program. Amanda enjoys watching movies and spending time...
Employee Since: 2017

Holly Foster

Holly is one of our wonderful technicians here at The cat Doctors. Working with animals is her passion. When she is not at work, Holly enjoys reading, camping, discussing memes, and playing Pokemon. She shares her home with her handsome kitty Pip and her beautiful pup Leia. Her goal is...
Employee Since: 2018

Jennifer Guinan

Jennifer is one of our awesome client care team members here at The Cat Doctors. She is originally from Palm Beach Florida. She loves caring for cats. She enjoys helping clients feel at ease when they are entrusting us with the care of their loved ones. She attended Palm Beach...
Employee Since: 2019

Joanne Sheridan

Joanne is one of our wonderful technicians here at The Cat Doctors. She grew up in Missouri, and moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She loves working with all animals, but has a special love and gentle touch for cats. She is especially interested in dental imaging, ultrasounds, and surgeries. She...
Employee Since: 2021

Patricia Young

Patricia Young is a fantastic addition to our Cat Doctors family. She wears many hats at our practice. Patty is a Certified Veterinary Technician, as well as one of our awesome Client Care Team Members. She was born in Illinois, but has spent the last 34 years living in the beautiful...
Employee Since: 2020

Jill Tremblay

Jill Tremblay is one of our wonderful veterinary Technicians here at The Cat Doctors. She was born in Anaheim, California and raised in Portland, Oregon. She moved to Florida for the sunshine, beaches, and palm trees. She recently spent her time working at The Pet Resource Center where she fell in love...