Dr. Mary Green
Dr. Green was born and raised in beautiful Miami Beach and though Miami is south of the Florida/Georgia border this gal aint no cracker! She graduated from the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. When she went home beautiful Miami Beach was treeless, paved, condo-ed and not-so-beautiful so her migration north ended at an exotics practice in Lutz Florida. From there she went to the wild world of Emergency Medicine and moonlighting at the local day practices (or is that daylighting at the day practices and moonlighting at the emergency clinic?) At any rate that's when she came to work part time for us at Westside in 2000 and we havent let her go since. She has become very adept at ultrasonography and has honed her surgical skills over the years to a 'sharp edge' if we can excuse the play on words. How she works so much yet taking care of two young kids and a couple critters to boot is beyond imagination. We think she never sleeps. That would explain alot!
Dr Howe joins us as our long lost 3rd 'permanent' associate. We have been through a lot of different scenarios and relief vets over the past 10 years or so but nothing really worked out right until Dr Howe came along. Now she is home. Graduating from Michigan State a few years back she bring some new Veterinary insights and ideas for Dr Hicks to try to digest (Dr Green seems to have kept up just fine). She is very personable and pleasant to work with and its easy to see that she cares about the pets and their owners just like the rest of us at Westside. Some folks make you feel you have known them forever when you first meet them and Dr Howe is one of those folks. We feel lucky to have her and her short legged shadow, Penelope on board, hopefully for a long time to come.
Christine was born in Edison, New Jersey (we try not to hold that against her) and has lived in Brooksville since 2001 and she joined the Westside crew in 2004. She enjoys working with Dr Green and her exotics and birds and other PETCO critters as well as dogs and cats. She earned her college degree in Veterinary Technology while working full time with us. That's a pretty terrific task to accomplish. She has two critters at home: Buddy, an 11 year old Terrier Poodle cross and Jade, a calico cat that she bottle fed as a kitten and couldn't let go of. If Westside was high school and we handed out superlatives Christine would be at the top of those running for 'easiest to get along with'.
Aka CJ was born in New England but its been so long ago she apparently cant remember which part. She started her veterinary career at age 16 but not at Westside. She came to work our front desk and to mother our young ladies in 1999. She is mom to a son and daughter, grandmother to one grandson and mom to 5 dogs, 3 horses, 1 bird and 1 very large fish. She needs to work just to feed that brood. CJ is yin to Josette's yang up front. They are the antithesis of each other and together do a great job taking care of clientele like the nurses take care of our patients. Always ready to give out coffee and hugs.
'Header' is the other half of the dynamic duo in the back. The kennel is the best place in the hospital to work when you want hands on with the pets but can't stand needles or blood! Heather has been with us since 2003 as our kennel manager. She says the best part of her job is 'adding the love' between chores. Heather loves to come to work in the morning but its a toss up as to whether it is the work she loves or getting away from girls scout troop at home that makes her happy! God save hubby, Mike.
Cheryl has been with since 2006. She is our Laboratory Technician, and a Certified Veterinary Technician way back. She has been employed in both the Laboratory world and the Veterinary world and now both at the same time here at Westside. Cheryl authored a manual on Veterinary Technology so must know something about it. We mostly keep her chained to the wall in our new Lab and ring her bell whenever she is needed. Her claim to fame is 'thinking outside the box' and I must say she comes up with new ideas all the time. The one about the drive through window didn't work out so well though really...
Oh how do we describe Tish? Quiet? Demur? I don't think so. I guess first you would have to ask 'is that with or with out caffeine?' Lets describe Tish this way: You know how awkward it is in an elevator when you get in and no one looks around or talks to the other person? Well lets just say Tish has never had that happen! Vivacious as she is hardworking, she buzzes around here with or without caffeine and occasionally gets something right. Tish is actually Dr Hicks' right arm helping in outpatient care but also as his little 'PA' making callbacks, running errands etc. She is our director of International Health Certification (now that is a fancy title) and also manages all our Home Again microchip registrations and communications. Dr Hicks says she cant leave the practice until he retires and he isn't retiring until he's cold and stiff so...she hopefully has a long tenure ahead!
Lisa came to us in 2011 with lots of experience especially in surgery. Of course we had her doing strictly outpatient with Dr Hicks at first. SHe was part of the famed 'Heckle and Jekyll' comedy duo with Tish. There was just no lag time for Lisa. She probably learned the ropes faster than anyone we have ever hired and just fits like a glove (Michael Jackson's not OJ's) Dr Hicks is still feeling phantom pains from her leaving to work in the peace and serenity of the front desk due to a back injury. Lisa is mother to two great kids and the usual all american dog and cat for pets. A tame household by comparison to some of our staff! Lisa has been a GREAT addition to the staff and we are really glad she's on board.
Aka Clippy (named after a clipboard) should tell some of Clippys job description. Yup she does the ordering around here though primarily she is our head surgical nurse. She is originally from Michigan which is where all the really nice people in Spring Hill are from. She has bragging rights to seniority around here having been here since 1990. That's not a typo! 'With 6 you get eggrolls' and with Clippy you get AL. Hubby, Al has designed and constructed all three of our add-ons here at the clinic. We are up to 3500 sq ft now but dont forsee any more coming while Dr Hicks is alive and breathing. We holler 'AL' when anything mechanical goes wrong and he can usually fix it. He is as much a part of this place as any of our employees. Al is a licensed Electrician and has his own Construction Company, AMW Construction so if you need...ooops sorry Clippy got off on a free plug and forgot this was your turn. Clippy is kind of our highest ranking noncommissioned officer around here and she is often above and beyond the call of duty staying late or coming in on weekends when needed. She is almost always first in come morning and last out at night. Clippy is there when you need a hand and all too ready to give it. We couldn't get along without her at Westside. She is a big part of the history and a big part of our future too. Clippy has vowed to live forever and so far so good!
Born in Illinois and moved to Florida in 1979, She started her career in Veterinary Medicine back in 1988 and like most of us started as kennel person and worked her way up the ladder. To show for it she owns 6 cats 2 dogs. We stole Judy from the Animal Emergency of Pasco clinic. She says there is nothing interesting about her so that’s what I am writing. She does enjoy fishing, racquetball, bowling and other redneck stuff.
Joanne is the strong silent type... kind of the Clint Eastwood of the receptionist set. She came to usafter years as a veterinary receptionist and, thank God, she is the quiet type. We have all the wild and crazy we need in one spot. She is more like CJ working her butt off up front not bothering anybody but make the wheels run smoothly the whole time. She caught on to the job amazingly fast and we are glad to have this newcomer in the fold. She's a keeper.
Bubbles has been working at Westside Animal Clinic off and on since 1998, almost as long as Clippy! While working all those years Life Happened and got in way of the work on occasion. She left once in 2006 to go long haul truck driving (one of only three girls to pass her trucking exam and one of only 50% of the class including the men to pass) After a couple years she retired from trucking and came back to us like a human boomerang. She left in 2010 with hubby, Carl to give Ohio a shot but that didn't pan out after a couple years so she moved back to Spring HIll and rejoined the family once again. Our gain!
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