Westlake Animal Hospital

39564 US Hwy. 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

(727)938-1575

www.westlakeanimalhospital.net

Meet Our Team at Westlake Animal Hospital in Tarpon Springs, FL


Our Doctors

Dr. Hassel, DVM welcomes you and your pet to Westlake Animal Hospital!

Dr. Byron Hassell:

Dr. Byron Hassell is a Clearwater native who attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Once gaining his degree, he then started his internship with Hollywood Animal Hospital, a 15-doctor practice in Hollywood Florida.

Dr. Hassell joined our team in 1990, and has since gained special interest in dermatology, internal medicine, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He is a member of the FVMA, PCVMA, and AVMA and is also currently on the advising board at Tarpon Springs High School Veterinary Academy. 

During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his two beautiful daughters, taking care of his 2 dogs, and working on his small farm with his cows.


Dr. Erin Morgan, DVM welcomes you and your pet to Westlake Animal Hospital!

Dr. Erin Morgan:

Erin Morgan moved to Florida in 2008 from her hometown of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland.  She received an Animal Science degree from the University of Maryland, and her doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Tech. She is a member of AVMA and FMVA. She enjoys all of veterinary medicine, but has particular interests in internal medicine and dentistry. 

She resides in Tarpon Springs with her husband, 2 young daughters, son, and 2 dogs. In her free time she enjoys playing with her children outdoors and doing anything that involves the warm Florida sun, sand and water. 


Dr. Nyurka Ojeda, DVM welcomes you and your pet to Westlake Animal Hospital!

Dr. Nyurka Ojeda:

Dr. Nyurka Ojeda was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and grew up in Winter Park, FL. 

Upon completion of her internship in 2007, she began working at Westkale Animal Hospital. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and completed a general rotating internship at Cornell University Hospital for Animals in 2007. 

She is a member of FVMA and AVMA. Along with preventative care, she has a special interest in dermatology and hospice care.

Outside of work she enjoys boating, going to the beach, and walking nature trails with her husband, French Bulldog Monty, and Rhodesian Ridgeback Memphis.


Dr. Felicite Waterman, DVM welcomes you and your pet to Westlake Animal Hospital!

Dr. Felicite Waterman:

Dr. Felicite Waterman is originally from Southern Illinois, and attended University of Georgia where she earned her degree in Veterinary Medicine. 

After graduation in 2007 she then relocated to Florida and began her career with Westlake Animal Hospital. 

She lives with her husband, daughter, son, and two dogs. During her free time she enjoys reading and spending time outside. She is a member of the AVMA and FVMA.


Dr. AJ Dunn

Dr. Dunn grew up in a very small town in New Hampshire. He served 6 years in the Marine Corps before heading off to college to get a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science for University of New Hampshire, and then his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. 

He practiced veterinary medicine in Upstate NY for 15 years prior to relocating to FL. He is a member of the AVMA, FVMA, and AABP.

In his spare time he enjoys kayaking, skydiving, and never having to shovel snow again. He lost his last Border Collie 'Randi' to liver cancer, but is greeted at the door nightly by his cat 'TK'. 


Dr. Colby Burns, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

Dr. Burns graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a minor in Chemistry and is a 2006 graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Tufts Cummings College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Burns completed her small animal surgery residency at The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also received a Master’s of Science Degree.

In 2012 and 2013, Dr. Burns became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, respectfully.

Dr. Burns is an active member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, AO Foundation, American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology and Veterinary Wound Management Society. Dr. Burns has received certificates of completion for AO ASIF Advance Techniques in Small Animal Fracture Management, AO ASIF Principles of Small Animal Fracture Management and BioMedtrix Total Hip Replacement courses. Dr. Burns has also published research articles in peer reviewed veterinary journals including Veterinary Surgery, VCOT, JAVMA, AJVR and Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Burns received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s national Teaching Excellence Award in the Clinical Sciences in 2009 and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Teaching Excellence Award for Clinical Sciences in 2009 and 2010. Dr. Burns’s clinical interests include joint replacement, sports medicine and rehabilitation, surgical oncology and wound management.


Dr. Geagan DVM welcomes you and your pet to Westlake Animal Hospital!

Dr. Dennis Geagan

Dr. Geagan has recently retired as of August 2nd 2019. We will miss him and wish him well!

Dennis Geagan, DVM was originally born in New Orleans but has lived in the Tampa Bay area for over 50 years. After graduating from USF with a Bachelors in Zoology and Chemistry he then attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida.

He is a member of the PCVMA, FVMA, and AVMA. He also achieved accreditation with IVAS for veterinary acupuncture in 2001.

He has been at Westlake since 1986, and he and his wife have three dogs, two grown sons, and three grandchildren. 


Receptionists

Laura W.

Laura has worked with Westlake Animal Hosital since March of 1998. She currently lives in Hudson with her husband along with 4 German Shepherds, 3 horses, and 1 cat. In her spare time she and her husband enjoy horseback riding, diving, and anything to do with the outdoors. 


Laura L.

Laura has been a Tarpon Springs resident since moving here with her family in 1985. She has worked at Westlake Animal Hospital for 30 years, although she has been semi-retired for the last 2 years.

She is an avid reader and also enjoys music. However, she and her husband's most enjoyment comes in spending time with their grown children and grandchildren.


Kathy 

Kathy is originally from Long Island New York. She moved to Florida in 2005 with her husband Rich. She has been a receptionist at Westlake since 2006.

Kathy lives in Holiday with her 2 German Shepherd dogs Hitch and Kona and her 2 cats Chip and Shadow. In her spare time she enjoys scuba diving and boating.

 


Theresa 

Theresa came to Westlake Animal Hospital after one and a half years at the Humane Society of Pinellas County.  She has one cat and one dog.  She spends most of her free time reading, listening to music, and watching movies.


Cindy

Cindy has been working in the veterinary field since 1992. She has worked as a receptionist and a technician at two other small hospitals, and joined our team in February 2016. 

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her seven grandchildren. 


Collette

Bio coming soon!


Eileen

Eileen has been a native to Pinellas county since she was three years old. She started as a receptionist with Westlake Animal Hospital in 2010. She has been the office manager since 2015. She obtained a bachelor of science in financial management from Bob Jones University.

In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family and her German Shepherd Sadie, her cat, and volunteering at her local church.


Aidan

Aidan has been working and volunteering at Westlake since July 2016. He is a student at Palm Harbor University High School in the International Baccalaureate Program. Aidan intends to attend John Hopkins Medical School and attain a PhD in Neurology. He has 3 dogs of his own. 


Karlie

Karlie has worked at Westlake Animal Hospital since 2017. She loves being a receptionist and working with out clients. She is trying to get into veterinary school and is very dedicated to her studies. 


Savanna


Technicians

Dayna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.



Managers


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

Eileen has been a native to Pinellas county since she was three years old. She started as a receptionist with Westlake Animal Hospital in 2010. She has been the office manager since 2015. She obtained a bachelor of science in financial management from Bob Jones University.

In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family and her German Shepherd Sadie, her cat, and volunteering at her local church.


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, Bookkeeper

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.