Dayna has been working at Westlake since 2004 after receiving her Veterinary Technician Certification from St. Petersburg College (SPC).
She enjoys spending time with her family and fur babies as well as staying active and doing anything outdoors. She has two cats, Sierra and Elsa, and two dogs Lucy and Lily. She feels she is lucky to have been able to fulfill her dream of working with animals here at Westlake Animal Hospital for over 15 years.
Joanna started at Westlake Animal Hospital in 2011.
She has 3 cats named Slippers, Gargamel and Lily and 2 dogs named Olive and Darcy. She grew up on a little farm in Michigan and someday hopes to have a small farm of her own. She has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1994 and was blessed with 3 beautiful children. She loves her church, family and friends, and she enjoys health and fitness (most of the time), and the beach. She loves fast cars, big trucks and music. She is thankful that God created animals as she truly loves them!
Rachel is a certified veterinary technician that joined the Westlake family in 2008. She received her A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology in 2010 and has been a member of the NAVTA since then. Rachel has a passion for making a difference within the veterinary industry and being there for pets and their owners during difficult times. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her 2 children, boating, and biking.
Katye was born and raised in Chicago and went to school in Chicago and Boston. She has been a veterinary technician for 13 years, joining Westlake in 2016. She managed an animal shelter in northern Chicago for many years before managing an emergency and exotic practice for 5 years. Her passion is volunteering for and running rescue organizations, which she has done for over 20 years. She always has foster pets available for adoption. Katye volunteers with various organizations such as Pasco and Pinellas Animal Control, Animal Luvers Dream Rescue, McGough Nature Park in Largo with large birds of prey and veterans with PTSD through the AVA program.
She has a special needs Chihuahua-dachshund mix and pitbull mix, senior Chihuahua mix, and 3 senior ca ts. She loves volunteering with animals and people with disabilities, kayaking, going on nature adventures and exploring new places.
Tracey grew up in Delaware, lived in Hawaii, and then moved to Florida in 2015 to be closer to her family. She has been a veterinary technician for over 7 years. She joined the Westlake family in September 2018 as a veterinary technician and enjoys being part of the team.
She strives to always help animals and their owners, and has a special place in her heart for senior pets. In her spare time, Tracey enjoys going to the beach, reading, and spending time with her family.
Sara has been working at Westlake Animal Hospital since 2017. She graduated from SPC's Veterinary Technician Program in 2015 and became a certified veterinary technician. She is studying to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology.
She has 2 cats at home named Minnie and Daisy. On her days off she loves paddle boarding or taking trips to Disney World.
Jeffrey has been at Westlake since 2017, and he is also currently volunteering with Mcgough Nature Park assisting in the care of injured birds, as well as with the Suncoast Animal League. Jeffrey was attending the Tarpon High Veterinary Program but left early in order to attend the early college program at SPC. Jeffrey hopes to become a veterinarian.
Megan was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio and has had a strong passion for animals since she was a little girl. She has been working in the veterinary industry for six years.
In her free time, she enjoys running with her Chihuahua mix Princess and fishing off the Dunedin Causeway.
Shari has worked in the medical field for the better part of a decade. She loves working with animals and has 2 cats of her own. Madeline and Esh are both rescues and her fur babies. On the weekends she teaches painting at Painting with a Twist. Some of her favorite subject matter to paint are: pet portraits, landscapes, and abstract figurative works. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors, either hiking, or camping.
Amy, Head Receptionist
Amy has worked as a receptionist with Westlake Animal Hospital since November 2015. She is dedicated to helping our clients and their pets. She moved from Indiana in 2010 and currently lives in Palm Harbor with her 2 sons, 2 dogs Maxx and Bailey, and her 2 cats Sterling and Delilah.
Amy enjoys traveling, going to the beach, reading, and spending time with her family.
Jen, Office Manager
Jen originally started at Westlake Animal Hospital and Inn in 2004. She managed the Animal Inn from 2004-2008. She has worked in every aspect of the business from receptionist, tech help, and management. She has a bachelors degree in literature from the University of South Florida, and a bachelors degree Exceptional Student Education from St. Petersburg College. Along with working at Westlake, Jen was a middle school social studies teacher for five years. Now she is the Practice Manager of Westlake Animal Hospital. In her free time, Jen loves to spend time with her daughter and many pets.
Amber, Head Technician
Amber is one of Westlake’s certified veterinary technicians and also the head technician. She has been at Westlake since 2015. Amber graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry in 2000. She then moved to St. Petersburg, FL in 2003 where she attended the St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technology program and graduated in 2005 with an associated degree in veterinary technology. She also became certified in 2005.
Amber enjoys spending her spare time with her husband Chris, her young son Jase and her 3 dogs Jeigo, Coconut, and Chesnut.
Gayle has worked in the office at Westlake Animal Hospital since 2014. She graduated from the University of South Florida and is married to Dr. Dennis Geagan, one of the Westlake veterinarians.
She and Dennis have two sons, three grandchildren, and three dogs. They are currently enjoying being empty nesters and doing more traveling.
Eunice (Our Hospital Cat):
On a cold day in January, 2017, a bedraggled long haired calico cat was found at The Long Center in Clearwater, by Dr. Waterman's husband and staff. No one knows her age for sure, but she is a wise and mature, and sometimes sassy, senior kitty. Eunice is often behind the scenes at Westlake, giving love to the staff and sleeping in the doctors' chairs.
We are sad to announce that Eunice passed away in March 2020.