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 clinical 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 resides with her husband, CJ, their Irish Wolfhound Rudy, and she also has a horse named Ham. Dr. Rhoads hobbies include horseback 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. Alexandra Higgins, DVM
Dr. Alex Higgins was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area. She is a huge Florida Gator fan, having earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and DVM degrees at the University of Florida. 

Her interest in veterinary medicine was sparked by her love of horses. She started riding lessons when she was only 5 years old and competed in both hunters and jumpers. She loves being a small animal veterinarian and is so happy to be at Bayshore Animal Clinic to take care of your fur family.  Dr. Higgins takes a special interest in preventative care, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. In her spare time, Dr. Higgins enjoys playing fetch with her athletic shepherd mix, Lily. She also has a toothless cat named Ryder, who enjoys going for leash walks so he can chase lizards. She still tries to spend as much time in the saddle as possible and also enjoys running, cycling, and beach volleyball.

Dr. Colby Burns, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

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.

Dr. Burns received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s national Teaching Excellence Award in the Clinical Sciences in 2009 and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Teaching Excellence Award for Clinical Sciences in 2009 and 2010. Dr. Burns’s clinical interests include joint replacement, sports medicine and rehabilitation, surgical oncology and wound management.

Dr. Courtney North, DVM
Dr. North is our MOVES veterinary internal medicine partner in the Tampa region. She is available to perform consultations and advanced internal medicine procedures including ultrasound and endoscopy at Bayshore Animal Clinic. Dr. North has lived in many different locations and considers herself a Foreign Service “brat”. She has worked just about everywhere, from specialty medicine “Down Under” (Australia) to providing care for street cats, dogs, and even rescued elephants in Asia. Dr. North obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and proceeded to complete a year-long internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York, NY, followed by a 3 year residency in small animal internal medicine at Michigan State University. She became a board certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2010. When not helping patients or traveling, Courtney enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and relaxing with her dogs, Sasha and Birdie.


Philip Wass, Practice Manager

Philip graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. After college, he moved to Manhattan after accepting an internship at 42 West, a public relations firm that worked on various film and music projects. After completing the internship, Philip accepted the Guest Services Agent position at the luxurious Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa. It was here that he really developed a love for customer service and a love for training his fellow team members.

In 2013, Philip made the move to Florida where he accepted a position with the Walt Disney Travel Company, the reservations department within Disney responsible for assisting UK guests with their trips to Disney World. After his time at Disney, Philip took a position as the Customer Service Manager in C-Store Specialists in Bartow Florida. A year later, life lead Philip and his husband to Tampa, where Philip embarked on a new adventure: pursuing his love for animals and caring pet owners.

Since June of 2015, Philip has been a proud member of the BAC team. Philip started as a receptionist, then as a veterinary technician, excelling to the customer service supervisor, then office manager, and onward. Philip’s agreeable nature and fierce work ethic led him to his current role as Bayshore Animal Clinic’s esteemed Practice Manager. BAC and our staff members are one of Philip’s biggest passions in life. Philip enjoys being able to lead them and help them grow in their field. He is very proud of the success of our team and the care we provide our BAC families!

Ashley Trizna, Lead Veterinary Technician, 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.

Jeanette, Certified Veterinary Technician Supervisor

Jeanette has been a Tampa resident since 2005. She grew up in Ireland riding and showing horses and she has always had a passion for animals. She is the proud mother of two teenage daughters, McKenzie and Sydney, and four dogs named Bailey Bits, Spirit, Willow, and Nugget. She has recently returned to the veterinary field fulfilling a lifelong dream to work for the well-being of all animals. A recent graduate from Hillsborough Community College with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology, Jeanette has called Bayshore Animal Clinic her home since March 2018.

Laura, Certified Veterinary Technician Supervisor

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

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.

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.

Lucia, Veterinary Technician

Lucia has had a passion for animals her entire life. She has been in the veterinary industry since she graduated from high school in 2005 where she worked in general practice for two years and spent the last ten years working in an intensive care unit. She recently relocated from Coral Springs, Florida, to the west coast to pursue her dream of becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) and has started the Veterinary Technology Program at St. Petersburg College. Lucia joined the Bayshore Animal Clinic team in 2018 and is glad to have found a new home where she can thrive and continue to be of service to both animals and their parents.

Meghan, Veterinary Technician

Meghan has been in the animal care field for nearly 12 years. She went to school for Environmental Science and she spent the last 11 years in the zoo field working mainly with reptiles. Her passion for animals extends far beyond her career as she also volunteers her time with several conservation initiatives doing fundraisers. She recently moved to the Tampa area to be closer to family and joined the Bayshore Team as a Veterinary Assistant.

Jose, Veterinary Technician

Jose was born in Paterson, NJ, and recently moved to Palm Harbor in 2017. Jose loves all types of sports. Growing up, he played volleyball, soccer, and baseball and he is a hardcore NY Yankees and Pittsburgh Steelers fan! Jose has a 13-year-old son named Giovanni who, like his dad, is currently involved in playing Soccer in Greece, New York, and also enjoys skiing. He has gotten really great at it these past few years! Jose is a former member of the United States Marine Corps where, during his time, he was a TOW gunner and Scout Recon. Jose joined the veterinary field in 2009 where he stared as a kennel worker and worked his way up to a nursing assistant position until eventually earning his position as an ICU/ECC nurse.

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

Dee, Client Care Coordinator

Dee has been working in the veterinary field since 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida International University and recently moved to Tampa. Her interest in veterinary medicine started in Miami working at a local animal clinic as a summer job and has never left the veterinary field. She loves working with animals! When she is not working, she is at Disney pursuing her other passion.

Megan V., Client Care Coordinator

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.

Chrissy, Client Care Coordinator

Chrissy grew up in South Tampa before moving to Cleveland where she has lived for the past 15 years. She has recently moved back to Tampa and could not be more excited to be working for Bayshore Animal Clinic. While in Cleveland, she received her Medical Assistant diploma and became certified in the field.

She made the decision to utilize her skills in the veterinary field due to her passion for animals. She loves spending time with her fur babies Luna “Bill” Bean and Swiffer, along with her gazillion pet snails. She enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her daughters, Brie and Nichole. In her free time, she also enjoys visiting Walt Disney World to spend time with her favorite character, Goofy.

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.