Dr. Linda Register is a native Floridian. She received her DVM degree from the University of Florida in 1996 and her acupuncture certification from the Chi Institute in 2009.
She opened up East West Animal Hospital in Lutz, Florida in 2010, which specializes integrative medicine. Her holistic medicine interests include behavior, nutriceutical, Western herbs, Chinese medicine and Nutrition.
She has been married for several years, and has a tween daughter. She also has 2 cats and one dog.
Dr. Register enjoys classic cars, Gator football games, crafting & DIY projects.
Dr Adriana Odachowski grew up in Bogota Colombia. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Following her father’s steps, she decided to get into the best veterinary school in Colombia to make her dreams come true.
Graduate from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Soon after she moved to the US in 2001, met her husband Jeff and got married in 2003. Dr Odachowski earned her ECFVG certificate from the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2005 after successfully completing an intense certification process; a privilege very few foreign veterinarians are able to attain. Dr. Odachowski spent some time at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine as part of her clinical evaluation program. She has been in private practice for the past 5 years. Her areas of interest are small animal medicine and surgery, bird, exotic and reptile medicine and surgery. She is an active member of AVMA, FVMA, AAV, ARAV, HCVMS, and the American Heartworm Association and is a Board Member of the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation.
Doctor Odachoswki resides in Lutz Florida with her husband Jeff, her three parrots Lucas, Paco and Elvis and her two dogs Coco and Mc Gee. She speaks fluently three languages: English, Spanish and French. Dr Odachowski enjoys scuba diving, road biking, hiking, piano playing, reading and giving back to the community any way she can. She particularly enjoys inspiring future generations to pursue their dreams and participates in a radio show (Talkin’ Pets) periodically, educating the public in medical and behavioral issues all over the Country.
“I came to this world to be a veterinarian, I cannot imagine my life doing anything different, animals are my passion in life” Adriana Odachowski.
Dr Lampru graduated from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. She came to the Tampa Bay area to practice small and exotic animal medicine in 1980. She began her studies in alternative medicine in 1984 through the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association annual meetings and home study. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1987. She further studied acupuncture under Dr Su Liang Ku and the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She received certification as a human acupuncturist in the state of Florida in 1990 but does not currently treat people. Her studies in classical homeopathy have been with Christopher Day, MRCVS; Dr Jeff Levy, Dr Christina Chambreau and Dr Richard Pitcairn. Dr Lampru, her husband Ed Greene and their children, Lillian and Paul, live in Land O’Lakes with Precious, a rescue dog and their tortoiseshell cat, Jessica. Dr Lampru’s hobbies are dancing, yoga, Thai Chi, listening to live music and swimming.
Dr. Jarrod Lazarus, DVM - Member AVMA, Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV)
--- Medicine and Surgery – Dogs, Cats, Birds, Exotics/Small Mammals (Ferrets, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, etc) and Luxury Boarding/Doggie Exercise and Daycare
Owner, Bay Area Veterinary Care Center
18821 North Dale Mabry Highway
Lutz, Florida 33549
(Two Miles North of Idlewild Baptist Church on Dale Mabry)
Dr Lazarus received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University where he graduated with High Honors in 1989. He went on to graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, and followed up with additional training in Veterinary Internal Medicine, Surgery and Ophthalmology at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Later, in private practice, he received additional residency training in Veterinary Ophthalmology in Tampa, Florida. In 2002, Dr Lazarus had the unique opportunity to serve as a veterinarian for the 2002 running of the Iditarod in Alaska, overseeing the health and welfare of the dogs under his care.
Dr Lazarus has been a member of the Hillsborough County Veterinary Community for the past 14 years. His new 5000 square foot veterinary hospital boasts advanced medical and surgical treatment and care for dogs, cats, birds and exotic mammals, with a large Luxury Boarding Resort and Doggie Daycare Park / Outdoor Exercise Facility.
Dr. Meyer is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society as well as the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. A graduate of the Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr Meyer is the founder of our hospital.
Throughout her career she has been instrumental in building strong referral relationships with veterinary day practices as well as board certified veterinary specialists.
Dr. Meyer is also an instructor for the Veterinary Technology program at St. Petersburg College. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her pets.
Dr. Lisa Centonze is a veterinarian at Hillsborough County Animal Services, one of the largest animal shelters in Florida. Dr. Lisa earned her undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida, where she graduated with honors. She has practiced small animal medicine and surgery in private practice, as co-owner of a house-call practice, and at high volume spay/neuter clinics. She has also worked and volunteered for many humane and animal rescue organizations. Currently she enjoys working as a shelter veterinarian, where she treats many abused and neglected animals, and testifies for abuse cases in court. She is a member of the International Veterinary Forensice Science Association and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, as well as other national and local veterinary organizations. She also teaches veterinary technology students. In her free time she enjoys running half marathons, travel, vegetarian cooking, and spending time with her husband and cats.
Dr. Suzanne Topor was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian at the age of 11 and never wavered from that goal. She grew up with many different pets including dogs, birds, reptiles and fish. Dr. Topor graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. After practicing in the Chicago area for a year, she decided to make the big move to Florida in order to include more birds and other exotic species in her caseload (and escaping the cold winters didn’t hurt either). After working at a practice in Tampa for almost 10 years honing her skills and building up a clientele of birds and exotic pets, Dr. Topor struck out on her own and opened Livingston Animal and Avian Hospital in Lutz. She says, “My clientele is about 30% dogs, 30% cats, and 40% avian, small mammal and reptile species which is a nice mixture of all the animals I love and that most people have as pets. I find that treating all of these different species keeps me sharp because I am able to apply comparative anatomy and physiology across species while learning and respecting their differences”. In 1994, Dr. Topor became an avian specialist when she passed the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners exam to be certified in avian practice. She re-certified in 2004 as ABVP requires their diplomats to go through a rigorous process to maintain their skills and credentials.
Dr. Topor has been active in many professional organizations and community service projects during her career. She served as president of both the Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Society and the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation which is the community service and education arm of our veterinary family. She also served on the board of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (an international organization) starting as Public Relations chair in 1995 and was elected President of AAV for the year of 1999. As AAV conference chair in 2000, Dr. Topor maintained her commitment to helping educate other veterinarians about birds and decided to stay on as AAV Lab Coordinator for the conference committee. She held this position for 10 years, helping to plan conferences from 2000-2009. She was awarded the AAV President’s Award in 1996 for her work on the PR committee and again in 2010 for her work as Lab Coordinator for AAV. “My years serving AAV taught me so much about education and conferences and also afforded me the opportunity to meet lifelong friends with whom I can network for my entire career”, says Dr. T. Dr. Topor also continues to do her share of local community service by supporting several rescue organizations for dogs and birds. She has participated in the Great American Teach-In every single year since moving to Florida in 1983 by bringing in animals to school and talking to the kids about careers in veterinary medicine. She says, “If we can teach children to love, respect and care for animals appropriately at a young age, then we can help make them into responsible adults no matter what field they choose to pursue”. Dr Topor has an 12 year old daughter and has also been a Girl Scout Leader for the past 5 years, again demonstrating her commitment to raising a generation of confident, courageous and compassionate women.
Dr. Topor does try to find some time for recreational pursuits and enjoys boating, scuba diving, skiing (both water and snow), reading and crafts. To sum it up, she says, “It has been a privilege to be a veterinarian and get to work with animals every day as well as get to know their families. Our pets provide us with so much and ask so little in return. It truly is unconditional love and they do things that make me smile every day. You can never stop learning about them. I know I will never be bored!”
Dr. Vincent Centonze is director of the Hillsborough Community College (HCC) Veterinary Technology Program in Plant City, FL.Dr. Centonze earned his undergraduate degree from the United States Air Force Academy and was a career officer in the Air Force. After retirement, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.He has practiced veterinary medicine in the Tampa, FL, area as an associate veterinarian and owner of his own house call practice prior to directing the veterinary technician program at HCC. Dr. Centonze has also performed relief veterinary services throughout the Tampa area, at many local private practices, spay and neuter clinics, humane organizations, military facilities, and vaccination clinics. He frequently volunteers his veterinary services at Hillsborough County Animal Services and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Jay Stutz, host of Animal Planet's Good Dog U., is a nationally acclaimed animal trainer and one of America's newest "animal" personalities. In addition to hosting Good Dog U., Jay appears on television, stage, and radio providing people with a fresh perspective on how to exist happily with all animals; especially the ones in our homes.
A familiar face on Animal Planet (Good Dog U., Petsburgh U.S.A., Eukanuba National Dog Championships, and Animal Planet's Dog Olympics), Jay has also appeared on The Discovery Channel, America’s Health Network, and Nickelodeon TV.
On stage, Jay has performed for audiences in Orlando, New York, Hollywood, and Japan, alongside animal stars like "Benji", "Lassie", "Beethoven", "Babe", "Mr. Ed", and "Curious George". On the other side of the camera, Jay has trained and interacted with animal stars from movies like Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Dr. Doolittle, George of the Jungle, Homeward Bound, and 101 Dalmatians and television shows like Frazier.
Jay frequently co-hosts Talkin’ Pets, a nationwide radio show, and appears at pet related events for organizations like Paws for Applause, Canine Companions for Independence, the American Humane Society, and the ASPCA.
Jillyn (aka Jilly/Rottigirl) has been training animals all her life. She grew up on a small ranch style setting in Florida riding the rodeo's with her champion barrel racer Buddy and showing and breeding dogs with her family until she started her own kennel in 1992 in Ca. 'Celestial Custom Rottweilers'.
Bachelors degree in Under Water Archeology with a minor in Computer Science and Psychology. She moved back to Fl in 2000 to continue showing her own champion Rotties and having Rotts as working SR dogs, she's been a writer and photographer for The New Barker Magazine of Fl. for the past 10 years. She works the eastern seaboard of all Dog Shows, including the Westminster Kennel Club Show in NYC and Eukanuba Nationals in Orlando Fl. She is well versed in organic nutrition for dogs which has become an one going education for all of her dog clients. She opened Celestial Custom Dog Services of Tampa Bay six years ago incorporating Handling for Confirmation and Show, Basic Obedience , Private Boarding, Family Training with Dog (s), Doggy Day Care and all around animal care for families with pets of all kinds.
The love of her life is currently XerXex Kaillias Keiran. He's an ICE Champion and AKC competitor for championships. He is a certified service dog and hoping to finish his National Search and Rescue license this year.
Celestial Custom Dog Services
of Tampa Bay
The New Barker Magazine
LifeVantage Canine Health
St. Frances Dog Rescue Temperament Testing
Karen's first official obedience class as a student was in January 1985. Her black Lab, "Winchester" won fourth place in the graduation match. She decided to go on to advanced work to be able to earn AKC titles on her dog.
February 23, 1987 the Dog Training Club of Tampa welcomed her as a member. She became an assistant puppy instructor shortly thereafter. Today's trainers recommend puppies begin training at eight weeks of age. The myths that dogs should be six months or one year old before training are indeed myths.
September and October 1987 brought the first two CD titles, 1 for "Venus" (black female) and 1 for "Bear". By April 1989 Karen earned her first CDX obedience title with the help of "Bear", a chocolate Labrador retriever. In 1989, she earned her first instructors award from the Dog Training Club of Tampa.
By 1990, Karen was teaching classes for a private school, Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation, and her own club. In 1991 "Bear" helped her earn the Utility Dog Obedience Title (UD). She and her dogs represent the Dog Training Club of Tampa at the Florida State Fair's purebred dog tent annually. After the club voted to stop doing demonstrations at the Fair, she teamed up with Peggy Manker to make sure the crowd had exciting dogs to see. Many club members still help but they do it own their own and not as representatives of the club. They've done demonstrations for schools, pet charity events and special events at the Tampa Public Library.
After coordinating scent hurdle races at the Florida State Fair, she got permission to change the races to flyball races. More people and dogs can participate in flyball since the dogs don't need advanced scent training.
While continuing to train and title dogs Karen strives to read the latest magazines and literature and attend every possible seminar to improve her skills as an instructor.
In 1993, Karen applied to and was accepted as an endorsed member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. Please click on NADOI <http://www.nadoi.org/about.htm>to learn more about this special organization.
Karen & other DTCT members trained agility obstacles before agility was a sanctioned event in the United States. They could demonstrate agility but not earn titles.
Karen demonstrated musical freestyle at the Gaines National Obedience Competition in Orlando, in 1995 before freestyle was a sanctioned event.
In 2000, "Odie" a yellow Labrador, joyously earned his first official AKC agility title at the age of 10 years. In one of those competitions he was first place in his class, completing a perfect score faster than all the other dogs in every height & age range."Conan", another chocolate, trained for both obedience (he earned his AKC CD on June 26, 1999) and agility titles.
On December 30th, 2001, Odie was thrilled to get his second AKC agility title with two first places and one second place score.
October 13th, 2002, Odie completed his second UKC Agility Title. His U AG II.
By January of 2004, Conan earned his NAP and NJP AKC agility titles with 5 first place and 2 second place scores at 9 years of age!
In the Autumn of 2002, our friend Anita "found" a dog that needed a home. Her husband, David, had adopted "Boo" from Karen after Boo found himself slightly homeless but living with Karen. The Labrador retriever that Anita found was a small yellow female called "Biloxi". Biloxi was paper trained, much to our surprise, so although "wee wee pads" were necessary for a while, she was and is very politely behaved. Her house manners were so wonderful she could start the fun of training right away, while Conan was busy with his trials.
January 2nd 2005, Biloxi got her first qualifying AKC Agility score (a second place in Novice JWW). She earned her Novice Standard (NA) title (Jan.8th she won third place; Jan. 9th she won 4th place and Mar. 12th won first place). Biloxi finished her Novice Jumpers (NAJ) title winning first place March 20 (preceded by a second place on Jan. 2nd and another second place Jan. 22nd). She began collecting Open scores the very same day, taking first place in Open Standard. Biloxi was called upon by Team Lightning Captain Bonnie McDonald (an AKC Agility Judge and much more) to represent the Dog Training Club of Tampa again at DACOF July 2005. This time she was in the Open class on the team. Biloxi came in second place in her class, competing against the very best dogs of the schools and clubs participating. Second place in the State of Florida was almost too good to be true! The next day's competition was even better because her team, "Lightning" won FIRST place in the State of Florida!
Biloxi continued to amazed us by earning her OA with 2 first places and 1 second place, her OAJ with 2 second places and 1 first place and then earning her Rally Novice title during the summer. She also earned a qualifying score towards her Rally Advanced title, and has two qualifying scores (winning a first place and a fourth place) in Excellent "A" Agility Standard. She has managed 5 AKC titles and three other qualifying scores in one calendar year!
During Biloxi's awesome year, a new little lady joined the "all rescue" dog household, a chocolate cutie that has accomplished ... the ability to be quiet! It took close to a year to reduce "Hyena's" loud, high pitched barking (sometimes more like screaming) to some gentle whining. She very well may show Biloxi what "fast" really means.
By the summer of 2006, Biloxi had finished her Rally Advanced title and has now earned her AX & AXJ (Excellent Level Agility titles). She is also working on her obedience training and hopes to be earning scores toward her CD soon. She finished her Rally Excellent title in the fall of 2006.
Hyena earned her Novice Agility Jumper (NAJ) Title on September 23, 2007 with a third place. The other two required qualifying runs were March 10, 2007 (second place) and March 24, 2007 (fourth place). Hyena earned her Novice Standard Agility (NA) Title March 11, 2007 with a second place. Hyena has earned her OA, OAJ, AX & AXJ as of the Spring of 2011. She has great potential and we are headed for higher titles than ever.
I would like to take a moment to THANK Daniel McDonald of Bonjon Training Ranch for his excellent coaching, teaching, and showing me what I should have seen myself. His ability to see the sensitivity Biloxi has, and to make me see it too, has taken us beyond what I thought was possible. I trust he will teach me how to handle a very different and fast dog (Hyena) to the best of my abilities. THANK YOU, DANIEL! I thank Bonnie McDonald for giving Kizzie & I such a good start.
They took a short break in 2009 due to an injury. 2010 started slowly due to a death in the family.
Spring of 2011 update: Hyena now has her AX and AXJ and is only 1 score short of her MXJ. She is not having problems with speed and is gaining MACH points. We have a new little girl (Kizzie) we love to work with. She is a Cairn Terrier owned by Charlotte Anderson that has brought in several ribbons and made us all very proud. There are only a handful of Cairns that run in agility.
May 2011 Karen became the trainer for the South Tampa Puppy Palace. This is a wonderful facility (even if we don't consider the special training center) for daycare, grooming and boarding.The dogs just love it!Come by and take a tour. 4313 Pearl Ave in Tampa. The training center is indoors with professional matting and high ceilings. It's perfect for training year round.
Above all, Karen believes training should be fun and kind for the owner and the dog. Force training (as we were taught 27 years ago using choke chains) is not necessary ....smiles & wagging tails are!
Karen Vance, BA, BS
Endorsed Member: National Association Of Dog Obedience Instructors Certified Trainer: Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers Charter Member: Association of Pet Dog Trainers Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator: American Kennel Club Clicker Assessed Proficiency Level 2 With Distinction: Competency Assessment Program
Maria Ryan, CPDT, has been training pets and people since 1996. Animal behavior became a strong interest for her. She comes highly recommended by veterinarians, clients, and colleagues. She uses all positive and science based methods to help pets and people learn the most effective way to solve behavior and training issues. Maria is a professional member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She attends conferences directed at research based methods and attends continuing education courses and schools. Studying with top world-renowned trainers and animal behaviorists, Maria has made a commitment to herself, pets, and their owners to serve them and educate them with the knowledge she obtains and will continue to gain in the future.
Maria wants to help you and your pet have a positive relationship! The best way to accomplish that is through training. So, don’t give up on your pets or yourself. Knowledge is power and with that power and a Dog Gone Positive attitude you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with yourself and your pets!
Cornell University Certified Canine Behavior
Certified Pet Dog Trainer
Solving Canine Behavior Problems
Humane Society of the United States Certified
Animal Behavior & Effective Adoptions
Pet First Aid & CPR Certified
Behavior Modification Certified
D.A.R.T. ( Disaster Animal Response Team)
Certified Canine Behavior Counselor & Trainer
Certified Shelter Dog Behavior & Temperament Screening
Advanced Clicker Training Certification
Member Association of Pet Dog Trainers