Dr. Heatherly was born in Tampa, Florida, and graduated in 2000 from Tampa Prep. She attended college at Auburn University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2004, Summa Cum Laude. She continued at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2007, Summa Cum Laude. After graduating, Dr. Heatherly completed an internship in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Heatherly moved back to Florida and joined Bluffs Animal Hospital in 2008. She lives with her husband and two daughters. They live in Largo with their “furry family”, which consists of 2 dogs - Starswirl the Bearded and Telemachus, and 3 cats -- Ricky The Dragon Steamboat, Fourth of July, and Kingsley Shacklebolt. Dr. Heatherly is also an instructor at St. Petersburg College's Veterinary Technology program. In her free time Dr. Heatherly enjoys spending time with her family, running, playing the accordion and crafting.
Dr. Patrick Brady has always had a life-long fascination for and love of animals. Even growing up, while his neighbors watched cartoons and comedies, he would be watching Steve Irwin and National Geographic. He was lucky enough to have a family that would foster this ambition, particularly his mother for allowing a host of dogs, snakes, lizards, fish, and even tarantulas to reside in her home.
Dr. Patrick attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate education and majored in Animal Biology, with a minor in Zoology. While at UF, he volunteered with Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs with a focus on socializing dogs working with wounded veterans. He also became involved in avian research, earning multiple fellowships as a field technician with the Smithsonian Institution. His work involved the capture and release of backyard birds for banding and data collection while educating families on the importance of local wildlife. In 2013, Dr. Patrick was accepted into the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated in May of 2017, when he joined the Bluffs Animal Hospital family.
Dr. Patrick is a lifelong resident of Pinellas county, born and raised in Palm Harbor. Dr. Patrick’s free time is spent predominately outdoors. Any given weekend you can expect to find him on a local trail, with a bird guide in one hand and a pair of binoculars around his neck. When not on a trail, it is also possible to find him rock climbing in St. Pete or planning a new travel adventure. Despite the thrilling nature of these activities, nothing tops relaxing in his hammock reading a book with Bambi and Wham, his rescue pit bulls.
Dr. Gibson is a native of Largo, Florida, and attended Keswick Christian High School. He attended the University of Florida and graduated in 1986 with a degree in Microbiology. He continued at the University of Florida, earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.
A true example of working his way up the ladder, Dr. Gibson first began working at Bluffs Animal Hospital as a 10th grader, taking care of animals in the kennel. After completing school, he worked as a Veterinarian in Dunedin from 1990-1997 and then returned home to Bluffs as an Associate Veterinarian. In the spring of 2009, Dr. Gibson became a Partner and Co-Owner of the hospital. In May of 2019, Dr. Gibson sold his interest in the hospital but plans to stay on part-time for the foreseeable future.
Dr. Gibson is a member of several professional associations, which include the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association); FVMA (Florida Veterinary Medical Association); AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association); and the PCVMA (Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association).
Happily married to his wife Michele since 1996, Dr. Gibson has a stepson named Joseph and son named Hunter. In addition, members of the family include Ellie Mae and Mahi, two Golden Retrievers. Dr. Gibson was proud to coach youth baseball for 18 years. As an avid sportsman, he enjoys fishing and hunting, as well as gardening.
Dr. Aslyn Brandt grew up in Michigan before moving to Florida. She attended Eckerd College for her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology before completing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. Dr. Brandt completed a one-year internship in small animal and exotic medicine and surgery at VCA Valley Animal Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. She gained experience in a variety of species and her interests expanded to include small exotics. In her free time, she enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, and traveling up north with her Pitbull puppy Marlowe and fiance Matt! Dr. Brandt is looking forward to meeting all the furry and scaly critters that make up the Bluff's Animal Hospital family and she can’t wait to meet all of you
Dr. Ana Garcia
Dr. Ana Garcia is originally from the Tampa Bay area and is happy to be back home. She first dreamt of being a veterinarian when she was just five years old so she could care for her neighbor’s dog who she befriended through the chain-link fence. Throughout her life, she witnessed the importance of the bond between animals and the humans that love them, which reinforced her desire to contribute to the preservation of that connection. She received a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Animal Biology from the University of South Florida and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida.
Dr. Garcia lives with her fiancé and high-energy dachshund Ralphie. Her favorite way to spend her free time is staying home and snuggling with her dog but she also enjoys swimming, reading, and trying out new desserts.
Dr. Donald Morgan
Dr. Morgan received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 1964. From 1964-1967, he served as a Captain in the United States Air Force Veterinary Corps. For 38 years beginning in 1971 to 2009, Dr. Morgan was a partner and owner of Bluffs Animal Hospital, PA, in Belleair Bluffs. For 32 of those years, he helped ensure that the hospital maintained the highest standards by being a Certified AAHA Member Hospital. Dr. Morgan has since retired, however he remains an active member of the veterinary community.
Dr. Morgan is married to his lovely wife, Dianne, and together they have five children and eight grandchildren. Dr. Morgan has been a resident of Belleair for 39 years and lived in the area for 43 years.
Beth is a native of Florida, born in Tampa and raised in Pinellas County. Beth has been married to her best friend and soulmate, Casey, since 2003. Together they have 3 beautiful daughters. Beth has been an animal lover her entire life. She has passed this trait off to her children over the years. It is evident how much Beth and her family adore animals with their menagerie of different pets they own, which includes 6 dogs, 7 cats, 2 ducks and a squirrel. Beth has been an esteemed employee at Bluffs since 1998. She graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College in 1999 with an Associate of Science degree in veterinary technology. In 2009, Beth returned to SPC and received her BAS in Veterinary Technology, focusing on advanced clinical applications and hospital management. Beth was named the 2014 Florida Veterinary Technician of the Year for her dedication to the field. In her free time, Beth likes to spend time with her family and drink wine!
Jennifer is our Inventory Manager and Human Resources Director who has been a technician with Bluffs since 2018. She is passionate about veterinary medicine and has dedicated over 30 years of her life to helping pets and their human companions. She loves emergency and inpatient cases where critical care takes precedence. As a true Floridian, Jennifer loves exploring nature, taking in adventures as they come. Simply said, if the sun is out, so is she. She has a rescued spur-thighed tortoise named Kumi who will surely outlive her!
Maggie is one of our awesome Certified Veterinary Technicians and our Morning shift lead. Maggie was born and raised in Texas, but moved to Florida in 2012 to be closer to the beach. Maggie has been in the veterinary field for over twelve years and obtained her certification from McClennan Community College in Waco, TX. She has experience working in a large variety of animal hospitals, including emergency and surgery, which is why it is no surprise that her favorite part about animal medicine is critical care and emergency cases. Maggie has been a part of the Bluffs team for over eight years. On the weekends, she can be found cooking/baking new and delicious recipes or at the beach with her husband snorkeling, fishing, or collecting shells for a new craft project!
Julia is one of our Shift leaders and has been at Bluffs since 2010. She has been in veterinary medicine since 2008 and graduated from the SPC Veterinary Technology program in December 2019. She became certified in October 2020. She has always had a passion for caring for animals and being their advocate. She enjoys traveling and will go essentially anywhere to see the Backstreet Boys in concert. She is also a big sports fan as she loves to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning play, especially live. She also has two dogs, one dachshund named Sirius Black and a Basset Hound named Hagrid. By her animal names, you can easily see she enjoys all things Harry Potter.
Megan has been a veterinary assistant at Bluffs Animal Hospital since 2017. She has an AS degree in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. Megan’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is being part of hospitalized animals and seeing them go home. She enjoys reading a good book and traveling. She has 3 cats named Sassy, Abby, Milo and 2 cockatiels named Goldie and Peyton.
Neisa is one of our veterinary assistants and has been at Bluffs since July 2019. She is currently attending SPC to finish her degree in Veterinary Technology. Neisa decided to pursue animal care as a full time career after working at an animal rescue. Her favorite thing about animal medicine is getting to spend time with the patients and making sure they get the best care. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her adorable dog, Ellie, and two cats, Luna and Mia.
Bailey began her veterinary career in May of 2020, after becoming employed as a veterinary assistant at Bluffs. She is currently enrolled in St. Petersburg College's Veterinary Technology online program to obtain her associate's degree in veterinary nursing. Bailey was first introduced to veterinary medicine after volunteering at the Humane Society alongside technicians for over a year while attending high school in her hometown of Dunedin, Florida. Her favorite part of the job is working with cats and performing dental procedures. Outside of the workplace, you can find Bailey practicing Jiu Jitsu or hanging out with her fur babies: two cats named Potato and Gretchen and a bunny named Thor.
Bryna joined the Bluff's team in July of 2020. She was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, graduated high school in 2018, and plans to start her college career in the fall of 2021. Bryna has always had a love for animals and is excited to spend her time caring for all the adorable patients that come to Bluffs Animal Hospital. Bryna has three dogs, a lab-pointer mix named Carbo, a pug-bulldog mix named Brantley, and a Rottweiler named Tyson. During her free time, she loves taking her dogs out on the water to enjoy a nice boat ride or spending the day fishing.
Kilie is a Michigan native and moved to Florida in 2017. She is currently pursuing her degree in human nursing, but has been working with animals for many years including emergency medicine and general practice. She enjoys working with animals and will miss it when she graduates. She has two dogs and a cat: Rosalie, Nellie and Loki. In her free time, you can find Kilie paddle boarding or just being by the water, traveling, and watching scary movies with her fur babies.
Judy is one of our awesome receptionists. She has been at Bluffs since 2009, but also spent a few years with us in the late 90s. Judy has lived in Pinellas county since 1976. She graduated from Countryside H.S., attended The UF and SPC before serving in the Army for 5 years. Judy has worked in the veterinary field since 1989 as either a receptionist or veterinary assistant. She loves working here at Bluffs because it feels as if all of our clients and pets are her extended family. She is currently the proud mother of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and an aquarium full of fish. When she is not at Bluffs, she enjoys going to the beach, collecting shells, wine tasting and just hanging out with her four legged kids and husband.
Jennifer has been a local to the Pinellas County area her whole life. She graduated from Seminole High School in 2017. Jennifer started as a volunteer at Bluffs in 2015 and was officially hired in 2016. For 2 years, Jennifer worked as a kennel technician, caring for all of our boarding animals. In 2019, she made the switch to receptionist. In her free time, you can find her walking on the beach or spending time with her adorable adopted dog and cat, Piper and Okra!
Penny is one of our receptionists. She joined the U. S. Navy right out of High School then retired in 1995. After retiring from the Navy, Penny attended college and earned her degree in Early Childhood Education. During 2003, her family moved to Kennesaw Georgia to run a family restaurant. In the summer of 2019, Penny and her husband of 28 years, sold the restaurant and retired in Indian Rocks Beach. After being retired for 2 years she decided she wanted to fulfill a lifelong dream of working with animals. She has been at Bluffs since Fall 2021. She is currently the proud mother of 4 adult children, 4 beagles: Maverick, Magnum, Mako The Shark, Manta Ray and a Beagle mix rescue, Marlee. She also fosters for Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue. In her free time, she enjoys attending Tampa Bay Lightning games as an avid fan, spending time with her 3 boys (who also moved to the area), along with going to the beach.
Linda is our fabulous groomer who has been at Bluffs since 2001. Before joining our team, Linda owned her own grooming salon. Grooming has been Linda's passion for over 40 years! She has 4 beautiful daughters and 6 grandkids. More importantly, she has 2 awesome Frenchies and an adorable Pomeranian! In her free time, Linda loves to go shopping for her grandkids and spend time with her Quarter Horse named Buddy.
Kathy is our wonderful kennel manager. She has been at Bluffs since 2009. Before joining the Bluffs team, Kathy was a dog trainer teaching basic and advanced obedience. Her own Australian Shepherds competed in utility, confirmation, and obedience wining multiple best in show titles. She has been married to her husband since 1985 and together they have 2 sons. Kathy is also the mom to 6 dogs, including 2 Australian Shepherds and 4 Chihuahua mixes. In her free time, Kathy enjoys home improvement projects, spending time with her family and fur babies, and relaxing!
Renee is one of our kennel assistants that joined our team in January 2019. She has worked in animal care since 2003. Her favorite things about working at Bluffs are taking care of all of our boarders and interacting with clients. Renee lives in the Seminole area with her husband. She has one daughter and 3 cats (Holly, Allie, and Kista)! In her free time, Renee likes to cook and go for walks in the nice weather.
Mackenzie is a Florida native. She was born and raised in Pinellas County. She is enrolled at Seminole High School. Throughout her life, Mackenzie has always owned animals and taken wonderful care of them. She has been helping at Bluffs Animal Hospital since she was a young child. Mackenzie would like to become a Certified Veterinary Technician when she graduates. Mackenzie and her family have 6 dogs, 7 cats, 2 ducks and a squirrel. However, Mackenzie's favorite of all is her sweet little calico kitten named Penelope.