OUR TEAM

Veterinarians

Dr. Jacob Drewes, DVM, Owner

Dr. Jacob Drewes graduated in 1996 from the University of Findlay with a double major in biology and pre-veterinary medicine and a minor in chemistry. He attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in pursuit of a diverse education offering more surgical experience. It was there that he met Dr. Panzarella. At Ross University, Drs. Drewes and Panzarella won the small animal surgery award that is bestowed upon the top team of surgeons in each graduating class. Dr. Drewes completed his clinical year at the University of Missouri and also completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron, Ohio.

Dr. Drewes practiced from 2001-2013 as an emergency and critical care clinician and in general practice in Atlanta, Georgia, Ventura, California, and Sarasota, Florida, before joining Bayshore Animal Clinic. He worked closely with board-certified specialists in diverse fields such as internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, and surgery. This brings diverse experience to Bayshore Animal Clinic with exposure and treatment modalities for a wide variety of cases. His special interests are critical care, emergency, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, pain management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. He is certified in bone plating and TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy). Dr. Drewes is a veterinarian for FEMA and was deployed twice to assist in the recovery following Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Drewes grew up in the Tampa area and enjoys the beauty of the gulf and the outdoors. He is a private pilot and enjoys boating, fishing, camping, scuba diving and most of all, spending time with his family.

Dr. Drewes is an active board member for the HAHF (Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation).

Dr. Meegan Panzarella, DVM, Owner

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 the 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 has worked in emergency and critical care for 12 years at 24-hour referral and specialty hospitals. She also spent the last 3 years as a staff veterinarian at a feline specialty practice and loves cats! She served as a board member for the Santa Barbara and Ventura Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Panzarella’s areas of interest include feline medicine, pain management, soft tissue surgery, geriatric care, and general wellness. 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. She strives to treat every patient as if it was her own.

Drs. Panzarella and Drewes have owned Bayshore Animal Clinic since 2012. They have two sons who love animals and nature. In 2015, they rescued two yellow labs from Southeast Guide Dogs, AJ, and Cotton, that had medical issues. They share their home with “Oz”, a bearded dragon, and Luciana “the poodle”.  The poodle is up front helping in reception at BAC almost every day. Come say hi!

When she is not at Bayshore Animal Clinic, Dr. Panzarella enjoys spending time with her family, running, yoga, international travel, snowboarding and is learning to play the guitar.

Dr. Panzarella is active in the education of children and enjoys speaking to children about veterinary medicine. She is also a board member for the HAHF (Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation). She is passionate about Vets4pets, a local non-profit created by the HAHF, that helps low income and indigent families with low-cost veterinary care.

Dr. Eric Bucki, DVM

Dr. Eric Bucki graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 2000 and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Additionally, he received training in acupuncture from the Chi Institute of Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, Florida. After graduation, Dr. Bucki moved to South Florida where he worked as an associate in general practice in Boca Raton for 1 year and Royal Palm Beach for 11 years. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but his passions include internal medicine, dentistry, soft tissue and reconstructive skin surgery. He is a member of the AVMA, FVMA and UF Alumni Association.Dr. Bucki was born and raised in Miami. He is an admirer of the sunshine and the warm weather. Whenever he gets a chance, Dr. Bucki enjoys spending his time in the outdoors. His activities include kayaking, going to the beach and exploring the natural beauty of Florida. He also enjoys cooking, playing the piano, going to the gym and spending time with his dog Mirko.

Dr. Serena Bloom, DVM

Dr. Serena Bloom is a Florida native from the east coast who moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2015. She joined the Bayshore Animal Clinic team in May 2018. She is excited to meet new furry friends and their families.

Dr. Bloom is a two-time Gator Graduate, earning her undergraduate degrees and doctorate from the University of Florida. She finished her undergraduate career with a Summa Cum Laude degree in Art History, a Cum Laude degree in Zoology and a minor in International Studies. She pursued multiple interests including animal behavior, conservation, non-western body arts, 18th-century European painting, alligator overwintering behavior, and Italian high Renaissance painting, before eventually finding her passion in Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Bloom is dedicated to treating every pet like family and providing the best possible care for her patients. Her special interests include preventative medicine, the human-animal bond, behavior, dentistry and hospice care; although she is always finding more.

In her spare time, Dr. Bloom enjoys playtime with her own pets: Chewbacca, a Catahoula/American Bulldog mix, Yeti “The Abominable Snowman”, a furry white cat and Thumper “The Pirate Bunny,” a one-eyed, bob-tailed cat. Her hobbies also include cooking, art, reading, traveling and discovering new adventures and restaurants in the Tampa Bay area.

Dr. Andrea Nall, DVM
Dr. Andrea Nall grew up in Atmore, Alabama where she held her first position in veterinary medicine as a technician and kennel assistant. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Nutrition Science cum laude from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. After college she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for two years of further education while working as a veterinary technician. She earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 2019 and began working as a general practice associate in Plant City, FL.

Dr. Nall is focused on keeping your furry family members healthy while ensuring you feel comfortable and knowledgeable about your pets’ health. Areas of primary interest include nutrition, soft tissue surgery and endocrine disease management. She is a member of the AVMA and FVMA and is USDA accredited.

Outside of work, Dr. Nall enjoys spending time with her husband on the water, running, biking, gardening, reading, cooking and traveling [to new places]. She and her husband have three fabulous felines: Ms. Money Penny, Gypsie Danger and Aubie.

Dr. Tori Rhoads, DVM
Dr. Tori Rhoads grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Bethany College and, after college, she worked as a veterinary assistant in both small animal and equine practices. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University and completed her clinic year at the University of Tennessee.

Her areas of interest include the human-animal bond as well as small animal rehabilitation and alternative therapies. She was awarded the 2019 CARES Excellence in Rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee and is currently completing her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Professional certificate. She hopes to add acupuncture as well as chiropractic work to her services in the future.

Dr. Rhoads is the proud owner of two oversized animals; an Irish Wolfhound named Rudy and horse named Ham. Dr. Rhoads hobbies include horse-back riding, going to the beach, and trying new food. She cannot wait to start meeting all of your fur babies and getting to know each of you as clients!

Dr. Kelin Libretti, DVM

Dr. Kelin Libretti is a proud Florida native who recently returned to Tampa Bay. Dr. Libretti attended the University of Florida and graduated with honors with a major in Animal Science in 2011. She continued her love for the Gators by earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to her doctorate in veterinary medicine, she completed two certificate programs in Veterinary Business Management and Maddie’s Shelter Medicine.

After graduating from vet school, Dr. Libretti worked in private practice in Tampa Bay for about 2 years until she and her husband relocated to Connecticut where she spent her time practicing shelter medicine. Dr. Libretti and her husband missed the sun and warmth and recently returned to Tampa.

Dr. Libretti enjoys numerous aspects of veterinary medicine but is excited to continue to pursue her passion in dermatology, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry by frequently attending continuing education conferences. She also believes in treating her patients with honesty and compassion and views all animals as part of the family.

In her free time, Dr. Libretti enjoys attending Gators football games, kayaking, and spending time with her husband, Brian, and dog, Paris. She is also an avid runner and is a proud member of the Run Tampa running club.

Management

Ashley Trizna, Practice Manager, CVT

Ashley has always had a passion for animals throughout her life and decided to go to school to fulfill her dream. Ashley graduated from Fox College Veterinary Technician Institute in Illinois in 2012 and has been working as a Certified Veterinary Technician ever since. She enjoys helping animals of all shapes and sizes.  Ashley has an interest in animal behavior and one day hopes to be a Certified Animal Behaviorist. When Ashley is away from work, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Ginger.  She also loves being in the outdoors, going to the beach to soak up the sun’s rays and splash in the water.

Laura, Assistant Practice Manager, CVT

Laura graduated from the Hillsborough Community College Veterinary Technology program in 2017 and is now a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has always had a passion to care for animals and treats them as if they were her own pets. Laura currently shares her home with Carmella, a veiled chameleon, Alice, a crazy feline, and her old pup, Roxy. Laura enjoys spending time with her family, especially her niece, Lily. On the weekends, she can be found at one of the Walt Disney World Parks!

Emily, Certified Veterinary Technician Supervisor

Emily is recently new to Tampa after growing up in the Midwest. Emily graduated with honors from Purdue University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. While only being in the veterinary field for a few years, Emily has worked with all sizes of animals from tiny harvest mice to elephants and whales. After interning at an aquarium and a zoo, plus working her first year in large animal, Emily has finally found where she belongs. Emily has 2 beloved cats and guinea pig. In her free time, she likes to act and perform at her local community theatre.

Patient Care Team

Mellissa, Certified Veterinary Technician

Mellissa has been an animal lover her whole life.  Growing up with German Shepherds, she has always felt the need to make sure their health care needs were always met.  Before graduating high school in 2010, she spent a day at the University of California, Davis at their School of Veterinary Medicine and she knew that this was the career she wanted to spend the rest of her life in.  In 2011, Mellissa had to put her dreams on hold and move to Florida to be closer with family. She is now able to put her dreams into gear as she is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology Program at Hillsborough Community College and hopes to certify after Spring of 2019. During Mellissa’s free time, she loves to spend time with her husband, their two cats Cece and Figaro, Sunny the Siberian Husky, and most importantly Knight, her German Shepherd.  Mellissa enjoys paddle boarding with Knight whenever the opportunity arises.

Diana, Veterinary Technician

Diana was raised in Brandon, Florida and spent her adult life in Southern California. She has recently returned to Tampa to be closer to family. Diana has been working as a veterinary technician for 15 years. She started out in a large animal practice and transitioned to a small animal practice and has worked with many rescues and spay/neuter programs both in Florida and California. Diana enjoys paddle boarding, fishing, camping, and spending time with her human and animal families. Diana has an Associates Degree in Medical Administration from Keiser University and is currently enrolled in the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program. Diana has two dogs, Stone Man and Chief, and a cat named Oreo.

Kendyl, Veterinary Technician Assistant
Kendyl has always had a passion for helping animals for as long as she can remember. She started her vet tech career working with her large animal veterinarian and switched to small animal after volunteering for Pasco animal shelter. Kendyl attends the University of Florida to obtain her bachelors in Agricultural education with a minor in communication. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors and loving on her three dogs, Jozie the cat, Sunny the leopard gecko, two ducks, six chickens, two fainting goats, and her three cows.
Aleks, Veterinary Technician Assistant
Aleks grew up in Chicago, IL. and has been a resident of Tampa since 2002. She has been riding and show jumping horses since age six. In 2011, Aleks became a veterinary technician and has been working steadily in the field ever since. She joined the BAC in May 2020 and absolutely loves working with this amazing group of people. Aleks shares her home with one cat and two dogs. When she is not working, she loves being outdoors, riding horses, and going to the beach.
Aiden, Veterinary Technician Assistant
Aiden has been in VetMed since April of 2018, beginning as a kennel tech/hospital assistant. He fell in love with the field and has decided to pursue a career as a veterinary technician. After joining BAC in early 2020, he has found a passion for surgery through aiding in dental procedures and soon hopes to assist in bigger surgical procedures. He plans on going to school to become a certified veterinary technician but is also considering vet school in the future.
Annabelle, Veterinary Technician Assistant

Annabelle has always had a passion for animals big and small. She grew up in the Bahamas and moved to the Tampa Bay Area after attending Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Fl.). where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. Her background is in the marine animal field having worked at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for 5 years. She studied wild bottlenose dolphins and had the opportunity to work with rescue and resident animals including dolphins, manatees and sea turtles. She joined the Bayshore Team as a Veterinary Assistant in February 2019 to gain more experience in the veterinary field. On the weekends you can find her spending time near the water!

Client Care Team

Megan V., Client Care Supervisor

Megan grew up in New Jersey, moved to Orlando in 2017, and then to the Tampa area last July. She graduated from Wilson College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Equestrian Studies and a Minor in Animal Studies. Megan began her post college career working at a dressage barn in Orlando helping with the daily care and medical care of the horses. Since moving to Tampa, she has decided to pursue her passion of working in the veterinary field and is going back to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has been working in the Veterinary field for a little over a year and is very excited to have recently joined the Bayshore Animal Clinic team.

During her free time, Megan enjoys horseback riding and competing in horse shows. She and her fiancé also enjoy spending time with friends and doing outdoor activities such as hiking. At home she has four fur babies; two cats, Belle and Penguin, whom she adopted from a shelter in Orlando, as well as two chinchillas, Abby and Chernobyl.

Poodle, Greeter

Luciana “aka the poodle” is our resident greeter and can be found at the front desk welcoming new and existing families. The Panzarella-Drewes family shared their home with “Dagmar”, a Great Dane, and “AJ” and “Cotton”, two Southeast guide dogs with medical issues, prior to Poodle’s addition.

Our son, Luca, chose her name, Luciana, which is similar to his name. She was so tiny when they got her that he would say, “Where’s the poodle?”. So, she responds now to “Poodle”!

She loves being up front and spending the day with her coworkers whom she adores. She can be found at home in the evenings stealing and playing with socks and running around with one of her stuffies in her mouth. She has been known to eat a lego or nerf bullet on occasion. Come say hello to “the poodle”! She just might give you a kiss.