Our Staff


Dr. Melissa Walk has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from the University of South Florida and graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.  She has lived in the greater Tampa Bay area most of her life and has worked in Hillsborough and Pinellas county as a veterinarian for a number of years.  She believes that taking the time to get to know your pet and family is crucial in delivering consistent and effective medical care.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two and four-legged family, jogging, and gardening. Her family consists of her husband, twin girls, two domestic short hair cats, a German Shepherd dog, and a Husky/Shepherd mix. She resides in Clearwater and looks forward to getting to know your family.

Kimberly Garcia, DVM

Dr. Kimberly Garcia has a Bachelor’s of Arts from Connecticut College where she studied Cellular and Molecular biology as well as Mandarin Chinese.  She then went on to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian and acquired her DVM from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Kimberly was born and raised in Massachusetts, but recently moved to the Tampa Bay area to be with her husband who is also a veterinarian. She has special clinical interests in internal medicine and oncology.

Along with her passion for animals is her love for cooking and running. She and her husband currently own an energetic Doberman Pinscher named Wesson and Moo (who they rescued from Puerto Rico).Family is very important to Dr Garcia, and she wants to make sure the furry members of yours are healthy!



Visiting Veterinarian

On occasion, we may call in Dr. Garcia to perform surgeries for our patients. He provides our clients an additional option for those that are unable to pursue specialized care. We are able to offer with his assistance, advanced procedures such as TPLO’s, patella luxation repairs, fracture repairs, and a wide variety of soft tissue surgeries at a reduced cost. 

Dr. Carlos Garcia has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he studied Cellular and Molecular biology and is a 2015 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He worked as a general practitioner in Miami and Tampa Bay for three years. He then completed a Small Animal Surgery specialty internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialist. 

On his free time he enjoys the beach life, working with cars, cooking, weight lifting, and most importantly spending time with his wife and family.

He as well as Dr. Melissa Walk and Dr. Kimberly Garcia are fully bilingual.


Practice Manager, CVT

Heather is a certified veterinary technician and obtained her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from St Pete College. She has more than ten years of experience in the veterinary field.  She loves her job and is devoted to providing each patient and client with the highest quality of care and compassion. She has 3 spoiled pit bulls she rescued. Their names are Moochi, Carmen, and Neko.  Heather worked with Dr Walk at a previous clinic before Harborside Animal Hospital opened.  She has now worked at Harborside Animal Hospital since we opened in 2014.  She is ready to get to know you and your pets.


Assistant Manager

Kristi is a veterinary technician with over 10 years experience in the veterinary field.  She has worked in previous clinics as a practice manager and also in emergency veterinary clinics.  Kristi worked with Dr Walk at a previous clinic before Harborside Animal Hospital opened.  Kristi has now worked at Harborside Animal Hospital for more than one year.  She has 3 dogs and 2 cats.


Lead Veterinary Technician

Ashley is a dedicated veterinary technician who has over 8 years of experience.  Ashley worked with Dr Walk at a previous clinic before Harborside Animal Hospital opened.  She has now worked at Harborside Animal Hospital since we opened in 2014.  Ashley has 1 Shih Tzu named Bonnie and 3 cats named Warren, Bentley, and Porter.  She also enjoys watching movies in her spare time. She thoroughly enjoys helping all animals and can’t wait to meet you and your four legged family.


Veterinary Technician

Jackie has been with Harborside for over a year and has rescued Pitt mix named Bella. Jackie graduated from Tarpon High in the Vet Assistant program in 2014 and is currently in the Vet Tech program at SPC.  In her free time she loves watching sports, mainly the Red Sox or attending country concerts.


Veterinary Technician

Meghan is one of our veterinary technicians and has been with Harborside Animal Hospital for more than 2 years now.  She has just completed her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology at St. Pete College.  She will be a Certified Veterinary Technician in the next few months!  She will be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology over the next couple of years.  She enjoys being around family and playing with her German Shepard and Labrador dogs in the pool.  She is excited to have this opportunity and can’t wait to meet you and your fur-family!


Veterinary Assistant

Danielle is one of our veterinary assistants.  She has been at Harborside Animal Hospital for more than a year now.  She enjoys spending time outdoors with her two dogs.  Her free time usually consists of going hiking, swimming, and reading.  She attends St Pete College.  Danielle has always shared a strong passion for animals and hopes to pursue a life-long career spending her time with them.


Veterinary Assistant

Cameron is one of our veterinary assistants. He started out as a volunteer before becoming a part of our team. He is currently enrolled in Florida Virtual School and has about 4 years experience working or volunteering at veterinary hospitals. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing video games, and learning about veterinary related subjects. He looks forward to meeting you and your fur-family!


Veterinary Assistant

Vicky is a Florida native, in her free time she loves going to the beach and enjoy the sun with her two fur babies. Some of her hobbies include watching basketball games, reading, writing and spending time with her family and friends. She looks forward to meeting your fur babies!