Doctors & Staff
David Tollon, DVM, Owner
Dr. David Tollon is a co-owner of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. He graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in veterinary medicine and M.S. in Business Administration. Dr. Tollon describes a day at Oakhurst as fun and enjoyable because he truly enjoys interacting with clients and ensuring they have a great client experience. Supportive of students and continuing education, Dr. Tollon is also an instructor in the Veterinary Technology program at St. Petersburg College.
In his free time, he enjoys running, swimming, exercising, and spending time with his family. He’s even ran in the Boston and New York Marathons! At home, Dr. Tollon has one pet, a Dachshund named Abby.
Autumn McKenzie, DVM, Owner
Originally from Hong Kong, Dr. Autumn McKenzie always had an interest in science and medicine, and focused her energy on animal medicine after being inspired by an equine veterinarian. Dr. McKenzie earned her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Florida in 2007. She enjoys developing strong doctor, client, patient relationships and uses these bonds to keep pets feeling their best. Dr. McKenzie’s areas of professional interest include preventive medicine, dentistry, and soft-tissue surgery.
When Dr. McKenzie is not practicing high-quality medicine, she savors time horseback riding, reading, playing tennis, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two children. At home, Dr. McKenzie has three pugs, Auggie, Rocco, Pickle, and a yellow-belly turtle, Turbo.
Dr. McKenzie became a partner and owner at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in April of 2017.
Cheryl Ayscue, DVM
Dr. Cheryl Ayscue graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She followed an unusual path, beginning her career as a teacher, and later obtaining a master’s degree in counseling in order to work with children and their families. Dr. Ayscue finds that being a veterinarian is a perfect blend of her previous careers, as every day involves teaching families how best to care for their pets and helping to counsel them through decisions involving their pets’ health. She currently has a cat named Chico.
Karen Tyndall, DVM
Born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Dr. Karen Tyndall wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College (now St. Andrew’s University), and went on to earn to her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. In 2009, Dr. Tyndall joined the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Tyndall enjoys just about every aspect of veterinary medicine—internal medicine, surgery, behavioral counseling, and the relationships she forms with clients and their pets. She primarily cares for dogs and cats, and will occasionally see pocket pets like guinea pigs, rats, and mice. She has professional interest in feline medicine and is happy to provide care for even the feistiest of kitties.
Dr. Tyndall also has two furry children at home; Riley, a sweet and handsome hunk of a kitty, and Stevie Ray, a silly, adorable, and mischievous little boy kitten. Though she doesn’t have any dogs at this time, she plans to add to her pet family soon.
In her free time, Dr. Tyndall likes to make jewelry, meditate, kayak, listen to music, and sing. In fact, Dr. Tyndall used to have a second job as the female singer of a pop, rock, and blues band but left the group once she became a mother. She shares a home in Madeira Beach with her husband, Peter, and elementary-aged daughter, Sara, and has an adult stepdaughter who lives in Hollywood, California.
Kim Donovan, DVM
Dr. Kimberly Donovan, Veterinarian and Medical Director, received her degree in veterinary medicine from Ross University in 1997. Her path to becoming a veterinarian began as a child, and she describes her experience growing up with cats and dogs as an important part of her happiness and wellbeing. She learned many valuable lessons caring for her own family pets: forgiveness, unconditional love, patience, responsibility, and determination. These valuable lessons and the bonds she developed with her own pets encouraged her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Dr. Donovan feels that helping other pet owners maintain and cherish the irreplaceable bonds they have with their pets is a vital part of her veterinary ideology. In addition, Dr. Donovan volunteers her time to teach pet CPR training to first responder students and anesthesia at SPC to veterinary technology students. Her areas of professional interest include feline medicine and dermatology.
At home, Dr. Donovan has three cats named Smokey, Onyx, and Momma. In her free time, Dr. Donovan enjoys dancing, horseback riding, and indulging in Italian cuisines.
Lynn Buonasera, DVM
Dr. Buonasera graduated from the University of Florida with her veterinary degree in 1987. She joined Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in 1989. Lynn says that when she was three or four, her mom took her to her god-parent’s house. She made the statement that she wanted to be a doggie doctor and has never changed her mind. Lynn currently has three cats: May-Li, Tuxie and Sophie. Her favorite part of the job is seeing her clients and their pets, helping sick pets get better, surgery and dentistry. She also likes seeing her occasional exotic pets.
Marie Raver, DVM
Dr. Marie Raver obtained her degree in veterinary medicine from Ohio State University in May 2014, and joined the medical team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in January 2017. Driven to become the best veterinarian for clients and their pets, Dr. Raver was a member of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Dental Society, and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society while earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Raver practiced high-quality animal medicine in the St. Petersburg area. A valued member of the veterinary community, Dr. Raver has been an active member of the Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association. She also teaches anesthesia lab at SPC. Dr. Raver’s areas of professional interest include dentistry and surgery.
When Dr. Raver is not caring for pets at Oakhurst, she volunteers with her favorite rescue group that supports dogs with special needs, LoveyLoaves Sanctuary. At home, Dr. Raver has eight rescue dogs of her own, two of which are wheelchair bound. In her free time, she enjoys playing indoor volleyball, running, watching Harry Potter, and spending time with her many dogs and cats.
Christy White, Hospital Administrator, CVT, CVPM
Christy White graduated from St. Petersburg College with an associate degree in Veterinary Technology. Since, she has completed a rigorous multi-year program to become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. She is one of only 153 in the nation! As Hospital Administrator, Christy is a natural leader who provides direct support to all of the veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, and receptionists at Oakhurst so the highest standards of care are always delivered and clients have a great, welcoming client experience. She has worked in the veterinary field since she graduated high school, and finds helping pets and the owners who love them rewarding. Christy especially enjoys working with birds and exotic pets.
Christy is a true Floridian who was born at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. She enjoys reading, traveling, and cooking, and is a huge Queen fan! In addition, Christy loves spending time with her kitty, Hooper, her Goldendoodle, Chum, and her blue and gold Macaw, Skyler.
Tiffany Colton, Operations Manager, CVT, BASVT, CVPM
Tiffany Colton is an Operations Manager with expertise in inventory management, hospital operations, marketing and phlebotomy. In addition, she is a Certified Veterinary Technician and a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology from Saint Petersburg College. She maintains her accreditations by attending numerous continuing education meetings throughout the year. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys reading, shopping, painting rocks, going to the gym, and spending time with her daughter and husband. She is a Florida native and loves being outdoors in the sunshine. She also has a soft spot for puppies! At home, Tiffany has a large pet family including a Great Dane, Tiller, Bull Terrier, Cinderella, Pitt Bull Terrier, Snow White, bearded dragon, Mushu, sulcata tortoise, Dozer, love bird, Cuddles, and a crested gecko, Thor.
Jane Day, Assistant Hospital Manager
Jane Day is Assistant Hospital Manager at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. With over 30 years of experience working in the veterinary field and exceptional client communication skills, Jane ensures every client has a fantastic experience at Oakhurst. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and photography. Her first pet was a dachshund named Dolly, and she currently has three feline friends, Jenny, Wila, and JJ.
Elise Korica, Client Care Specialist
Elise Korica is a Client Care Specialist with expertise in communication and customer service. Her favorite parts about working at Oakhurst are the amazing staff, meeting new people, and puppy kisses. In her free time, Elise enjoys camping, kayaking, and ATVing. Rescued is her favorite breed. At home, she has two dogs, Tucker and Malibu, two cats, Yeti and Nautica, and two bunnies, Moonshine and Chewie.
Stephanie Fergenbaum, Client Care Specialist
Stephanie Fergenbaum is a Receptionist with specialization in customer care. At home, Stephanie has a Lab mix named Oliver who gives hugs! In her free time, Stephanie likes to read, watch pro football, and go to bible studies. She also works as a Kidmin leader at a local church.
Lindsay Michal, CVT
Lindsay Michal is a Certified Veterinary Technician with an associate degree in Veterinary Technology from Saint Petersburg College. At home, Lindsay has one cat, Muffin, who came to Oakhurst as a stray and a sweet Husky, Akira. On Lindsay’s days off, she enjoys horseback riding, playing soccer, and drawing and painting.
Tina Mears, CVT
Tina Mears obtained an associate degree in Veterinary Technology from Saint Petersburg College. She currently works as a Certified Veterinary Technician at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital.
Marcie Daly, CVT
Marcie Daly is a Certified Veterinary Technician with an associate degree in Veterinary Technology from Saint Petersburg College. Truly passionate about caring for animals, Marcie also fosters adoptable pets from Pet Pal Animal Shelter. She enjoys camping, going to the beach, and spending time with her spouse and daughter. Marcie has a big pet family at home, including six dogs and one cat.
Katie Povec, CVT
Katie Povec graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Saint Petersburg College and currently works as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She is proud of the quality of care provided at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, and views the hospital staff as family. At home, Katie is a pet parent to Baloo, a Schipperke, Leia, a Catahoula mix, Nala, a Labrador mix, and Daisy, a hedgehog. In her free time, Katie likes to go to the beach, go boating, and make crafts.
Sam Spoto, CVT
Sam Spoto is a Certified Veterinary Technician with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology and a certificate in veterinary practice management. Sam has shared her love for helping animals since she started working in the veterinary field at 16 years old. She also volunteers as a foster parent for adoptable kittens at the Humane Society of Pinellas. At home, Sam is a pet parent to three dogs, one cat, a Green-cheeked Conure, and a Red Roan Quarter Horse. In her free time, Sam enjoys horseback riding, cake decorating, and going to the beach.
Madison Sweet, CVT
Bio Coming Soon!
Jennifer Burke, Veterinary Technician
Jennifer Burke graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Saint Petersburg College in 2015. She is certified in laser therapy and has professional interest in surgery. At home, Jennifer has a scruffy terrier mix, Birdie. She was adopted at a Tampa Bay Rays game through Pet Pal Rescue.
Paige Padavic, Veterinary Technician
Paige Padavic is a Veterinary Technician and 2016 graduate of the Veterinary Technology Institute at Hickey College in St. Louis. She has special interests in lab work and radiology, and especially loves using diagnostic tools and technology to make diagnoses that are not possible with the naked eye. In her free time, Paige enjoys spending time outdoors and creating arts and crafts. At home, she has a lovable Boxer, LeRoy.
Savannah Walters, Veterinary Assistant
Savannah Walters is a Veterinary Assistant and currently attending St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technology program. She has professional interests in exotic animals and marine life. In her free time, Savannah enjoys painting, hula hoop dancing, and spending time with those she loves. At home, Savannah has a feline friend named TJ, a Jack Russel Terrier mix named Rita, and a Blood parrot cichlid fish named Fabio.
Brittany Szumowski, Veterinary Assistant
Brittany Szumowski is a Veterinary Assistant with superior communication skills and a genuine love for helping pets. Prior to joining the veterinary industry, Brittany earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Psychology from the University of South Florida. On her days off, she enjoys being on the water and spending time with her senior hound mix, Lucy.
Debbie Rasmussin, Veterinary Assistant
Debbie Rasmussin is a Veterinary Assistant dedicated to serving clients and their pets with high quality care and compassion. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at Saint Petersburg College and expects to graduate in December 2017. She has special interests in behavior counseling and training.
Michelle Treu, Veterinary Assistant
Michelle Treu is a Veterinary Assistant at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. In December 2017, Michelle will graduate from St. Petersburg College as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She is certified in laser therapy and has professional interests in surgery and dentistry. In her free time, Michelle enjoys surfing, paddle boarding, and being at the beach. She is a pet parent to Shaka, a cattle dog aussie mix.
Madelyn Gabel, Veterinary Assistant
Madelyn Gabel is a Veterinary Assistant at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital and current student at the University of South Florida. She specializes in phlebotomy and has professional interest in large animal medicine. In her free time, Madelyn enjoys horseback riding and has two horses of her own. She also three cats and two dogs.
Chanler McCaffrey, Veterinary Assistant
Chanler McCaffrey is a Veterinary Assistant with special interests in wellness care, patient care, and surgery. She is also currently enrolled at St. Petersburg College. At home, she has a German Shepherd, Ziggy, and a Chihuahua, Bezz.
Brittney Dailey, Veterinary Assistant
Brittney Dailey is a Veterinary Assistant and currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at Saint Petersburg College. She has special interests in radiology and exotics, and loves being able to help animals alongside the passionate team at Oakhurst. Outside of veterinary medicine, Brittney is interested in longboarding, photography, and art. At home, Brittney has a feline friend named Peanut.
Kelly Willey, Lab & Exam Room Supervisor, CVT
Kelly Willey is a Lab & Exam Room Specialist with a degree in veterinary technology from Saint Petersburg College. Kelly specializes in laboratory services and has special interest in dog training. At home, Kelly has two Golden Retrievers, two feline friends, and a beautiful Amazon parrot.
Lisa Banks, Receptionist & Kennel Assistant
Lisa Banks is a Receptionist and Kennel Assistant at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. She expresses that her co-workers are like a second family, and she’s proud to work at a practice where the animals are always loved and well taken care of. In her free time, Lisa enjoys cooking and Italian and sushi are her cuisines of choice. She also enjoys volunteering at her church, especially in the nursery. At home, Lisa has a menagerie of pets including a hound mix, two cats, a veiled chameleon, a bearded dragon, a sulcata tortoise, and glo fish.
Alexis Wrede, Kennel Assistant
Alexis Wrede is Kennel Assistant who loves spending her days with dogs. She is currently studying pharmaceuticals at St. Petersburg College. In her free time, Alexis enjoys rooting for her favorite hockey team, Tampa Bay Lightning. Her favorite breed is Bull Mastiff, and she has a Bull mastiff at home named Brewster.
Chad Maynard, Doggie Daycare Worker
Chad Maynard is a Doggie Daycare Worker at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. Working with dogs everyday inspires Chad, and he finds fulfillment through the love and happiness of the dogs in his care. When Chad is not caring for dogs at Oakhurst, he enjoys writing and creating digital and traditional paintings. He has a Jack Russel Terrier at home named Dolly who he describes as a little ball of fire!
Stacey Novoa, Kennel Assistant & Groomer
Stacey Novoa keeps pets happy and beautiful as a Kennel Assistant and Pet Groomer. Working with animals is her passion, and she’s grateful to be doing what she loves every day. When she’s not working at Oakhurst, she enjoys painting, ice skating, and sewing. At home, Stacey has a Lab Pointer mix, Midnight, and two cats, Nemo and Oliver.
Michele Beggs, Kennel Manager
Bio coming soon!