Dr. Panzarella received her bachelor’s degree in 1997 from Colorado State University, with a major in microbiology and a minor in music. She spent her senior year abroad at Swansea University in Swansea, Wales. Dr. Panzarella attended Ross School of Veterinary Medicine, with her fourth year clinical rotation at University of Missouri. To further her education she completed a one year medical and surgical internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron, Ohio.
In addition to general practice, Dr. Panzarella worked in emergency and critical care from 2001-2013 at 24 hour referral and specialty hospitals in Colorado, Atlanta and Ventura, California. Dr. Panzarella also spent 3 years as a staff veterinarian at a feline specialty practice in California and loves cats! She served as a board member for the Santa Barbara and Ventura Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Panzarella joined Bayshore Animal Clinic as a veterinarian and owner in 2013.
In September 2012, Dr. Panzarella moved with her husband, Dr. Jacob Drewes, from southern California to South Tampa. Dr. Panzarella and Dr. Drewes have two sons, Noah, age 9, and Luca, age 7. Their door revolves for many needy pets, from rabbits and cats to hedgehogs!
When she is not at Bayshore Animal Clinic, Dr. Panzarella enjoys exploring Florida, spending time with her family, marathon running, international travel, scuba diving, playing piano and is learning to play the guitar. She contributes her time to Veterinarians Without Borders and volunteers internationally for animals in need. Dr. Panzarella assisted in the design of footwear worn by the rescue dogs in the 911 aftermath and founded “Paws For Peace”, a non-profit organization that raised money for abandoned pets post 911.
Outside of Bayshore Animal Clinic, Dr. Panzarella is active in the education of children and enjoys speaking to children about veterinary medicine. She is active in the PTA at Gorrie Elementary. She is also a board member for the HAHF (Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation).