Our Staff

MELISSA WALK, DVM

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. Her family consists of her husband, twin girls, a domestic short hair cat, and a German shepherd dog. 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 a cat they rescued from the Caribbean and are looking to adopt a dog soon. Family is very important to Kimberly, and she wants to make sure the furry members of yours are healthy!

COLBY BURNS, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR;

Visiting Veterinarian

On occasion, we may call in Dr. Burns to perform more specialized surgeries for our patients.

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.

HEATHER

Practice Manager, CVT

Heather is a certified veterinary technician and obtained her degree from Veterinary Technology College program. 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 2 spoiled pit bulls she rescued. Their names are Moochi and Neko. Heather is ready to get to know you and your pets.

ASHLEY

Lead Veterinary Technician

Ashley is a dedicated veterinary technician who has over 7 years of experience. Ashley has 1 Shih Tzu named Bonnie and 2 cats named Warren and Bentley. 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.

BETHANY

Certified Vet Technician

Bethany is a certified veterinary technician and graduated from St. Pete College from the Veterinary Technology Program. She’s passionate about her job and loves showering patients with affection and treats. She and her husband share their home with 3 cats: Ayashi, Milo and Dexter. When she’s not working or studying, Bethany loves many hobbies such as video games, baking, crafts, and traveling. She also fosters kittens for the Humane Society of Pinellas. She really enjoys what she does here at Harborside and cannot wait to meet you and your fur-babies!

KATLYN

Veterinary Technician

Katlyn has been in the Veterinary field for over 4 years. I have always had a love for animals and graduated from Tarpon Springs High School, Veterinary Science Academy. My goal is to become an aquatic veterinarian and to work at an aquarium. My free time is normally filled up with my daughter, her husband Kyle, and with my German Shepherd, Tiberius. She loves to go fishing, reading, and binge watching “Doctor Who”. She is looking forward to meet you and your munchkins!

LINDSAY

Veterinary Technician

Lindsay is a devoted veterinary technician and graduate of Animal Behavior College. She shares a home with her cat Tag. When not working, Lindsay is either studying or relaxing with her boyfriend and Tag. She enjoys painting, running, and loves any pet that she crosses paths with. Harborside Animal Hospital has become her second home and family.

SARA

Veterinary Technician

Sara has been in the veterinary field for over 10 years and enjoys every aspect of this area of work. She loved animals of all shapes, sizes and breeds. Her little pitbull mix, Zuli, and hound dog Ranger are her constant companions. She also shares her home with her boyfriend, brother, her cat Squid and sulcata tortoise. Her favorite past-times are gardening, kayaking and listening to music. She is looking forward to meeting you and your fur-baby!

HUNTER

Veterinary Assistant

Hunter is one of our veterinary assistants. He is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Academy at Tarpon Springs High School. He enjoys being on the swim/diving team and spending time with his hedgehog. He hopes to pursue a life-long career in the veterinary field.

LISA

Veterinary Assistant

Lisa moved to the area in 2014 from Chicago to study to be a veterinary technician. She started as a volunteer and is now a member of our team. In her free time she likes to be outside, watch Blackhawks hockey games and spend time with her 3 kitty cats.

MEGHAN

Veterinary Assistant

Meghan is one of our veterinary assistants. She started out as a volunteer before being a part of the team. She is currently attending school at St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technology Center, where she will finish with an Associate’s degree and become a CVT. Her dream is to get her Bachelor’s degree as a veterinary technician. 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!

DANIELLE

Veterinary Assistant

Danielle is one of our Assistants. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her two dogs Nitro and Riley. Her free time usually consists of going hiking, swimming, and reading. Danielle has always shared a strong passion for animals and hopes to pursue a life long career spending her time with them.