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, son, domestic short hair cat (Nermal), 3 German Shepherd dogs (Tango, Cash, Renegade), and a Husky/Shepherd mix (Brandy). She resides in Clearwater and looks forward to getting to know your family.


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 surgery 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 a domestic short hair cat named Moo (who they rescued from Puerto Rico). Family is very important to Dr. Garcia, and she wants to make sure the furry members of your family 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.  For more info go to affordableTPLO.com

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 15 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. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughter, crafting, and going to the beach. 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.


Assistant Manager

Kristi is a veterinary technician with over 15 years experience in the veterinary field.  She has worked in previous clinics as a practice manager and also in emergency & specialty veterinary clinics.  She has a wide array of technical and managerial skills. Kristi worked with Dr. Walk at a previous clinic before Harborside Animal Hospital opened. She has 2 pitbulls named Bruce Wayne & Penelope along with 2 domestic short hair cats named Bobita Billie Jean and Junipurr. She is awaiting graduation from Galen College of Nursing and will be transitioning into an RN by April 2021.


Veterinary Technician & Inventory Manager

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 a rescue chihuahua named Clyde. She also has 2 domestic short hair cats named Bentley and Porter.  She enjoys watching movies, crafting, and listening to music in her spare time. She thoroughly enjoys helping all animals and can’t wait to meet you and your four legged family members.


Veterinary Technician

Samantha came to us from Jacksonville, Fl and grew up on a farm. She has over 5 years of technical experience. She is full of smiles, skills and a southern accent. In her free time she enjoys kayaking and spending time with her four year old pitbull, Maverick, and her domestic short hair cat named Marlin. Sam is great at handling any aggressive or fearful pet and has a very calming demeanor.


Veterinary Technician

Meghan started her veterinary technician career out with Harborside initially as a volunteer. She has been a technician with our hospital for over 3 years.  She has just completed her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology at St. Pete College. She will be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology over the next couple of years.  She enjoys spending time with her family, watching and reading the Harry Potter series, and spending time in the pool.


Veterinary Assistant

Danielle is one of our veterinary assistants but is cross-trained and can be seen assisting at the reception desk or in the back taking care of the patients.  She has been at Harborside Animal Hospital for more than 3 years.  She enjoys spending time outdoors with her three dogs. She has a belgian malinois named Levi, a german shepherd mix named Roo, a rottweiler named Nitro, and a domestic short hair cat named Midnight.  Her free time usually consists of going hiking, swimming, and reading.  She currently attends St Pete College with the aspiration of transferring to UF.  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!



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!


Veterinary Technician

Chrissy is a Veterinary Assistant who started off volunteering here at Harborside.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Coastal Environmental Science and is currently in her last semester of an associate degree in Veterinary Technology at St. Petersburg College.  She has been in the field for the last 2 years with previous experience working with many different types of aquatic and land turtles.  In her free time, she loves swimming and going for hikes with her 2 labs and Australian cattle dog. She is excited to be adopting Iris (featured in photo) within the next couple weeks from SPC!


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