I lived in the Sanford, Florida area as a young child, and then moved to Michigan. My first winter there I almost got lost in a snow drift. I am a 2000 Michigan State Graduate, Go Spartans! For the first two years I practiced in rural Michigan. During this time I gained experience in all aspects of veterinary medicine. The most unusual pet I worked on was a skunk, she did well. I had a Holstein convince me I was not interested in being a cow doctor. On a very cold 5:30am Michigan morning I had an emergency call for a down cow. She had a problem that usually they are very sick from and will just lay there while you treat them. I fixed the problem, went to get some antibiotics for her. She stood up, looked at me, and then started chasing me around the stall. The bull in the barn became upset and begun posturing outside the stall. I realized as I was running around the stall that I still could not feel my feet they were so cold. The cow did great, however ever since I have been a cat/dog vet ever since.
I have taken a round about way to make it back to Florida. Dr. Zagrocki describes me a nomad following family. I am no longer a nomad I am staying for years to come. However, I did choose to come back here to practice since my family is back here again. Prior to purchasing All Care Animal Hospital, I managed a veterinary clinic for a corporation for 6 years. I miss my clients, hopefully they will retire here and I will get to see them again. Dr. Zagrocki grew All Care Animal Hospital into a great clinic with great clientele. I will be continuing his traditions of good client service and practicing quality medicine.
What have I been up to…..
The first year was equivalent to having a newborn with colic. I was so proud and excited to be an owner yet could not find sleep and it was trial and error to see what worked for the hospital. I can not give enough praise to my team, many of whom stayed with me after the purchase and the clients for taking the opportunity to get to know me. Since everyone seems to be enjoying coming to the hospital, I believe we are on the right track. We became proud supporters of Building Blocks which provides support and training for people with developmental and other disabilities. We keep a position available just for someone from Building Blocks. In addition we had two high school volunteers for the summer. A couple of teenagers kept the team hopping.
The second year has been tweaking and oiling the machine. This would inherently seem less challenging, however, when people are functioning well, making subtle changes can be difficult to institute. The best description is the new communication board. I enclosed the surgery window and had whiteboards mounted. It serves as a means of knowing what is going on in the hospital with all pets. You should have seen everyone’s faces when the window disappeared. Today they love the board using in ways I did not anticipate. Of course I am already thinking of what I will tweak next. Leaving that as a surprise for the team next year.
For me personally, I started Hapkido. Hapkido is the art of coordinated power. It is a culmination of multiple martial arts that are utilized for self-defense. Grandmaster Billy Burchett, a 9th degree black belt, and all the club black belts are teaching me. Hapkido allows me to focus on improving my self both physically and mentally. Believe me, this is a great way to forget a days troubles. Either focus on the art or get punched (they don’t swing hard) in the nose. If interested in learning here is the website: http://www.hapkido-brothers.co...
Local volunteerism was what I was looking to be able to do as an owner. Working for other doctors was too time restrictive to allow for volunteerism. I have continued on with All Care’s history of supporting Minneola Kiwanis. Kiwanis focuses on children encouraging studious behavior and community outreach programs. I am sure you have seen the Terrific Kids bumper stickers that are the Kiwanis club’s support. The high school Key Club is fully supported by the local Kiwanis club. Our local club is focused on growing the annual Bark in the Park. It is our means of fund raising for college scholarships and rewards for the elementary students programs. If interested here is the website: http://kiwanisofminneola.org
Most recently I started cross fit with Chris from Mean Genes Machine. He is well organized; light hearted, and knowledgeable with his routines. Beats the heck out of the mind numbing routine of weight lifting in a gym.
I am thoroughly enjoying living and practicing in the area. People here are pleasure. The more I am here the more I look forward to the next 20 years.
I was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. I received my DVM from Michigan State in 1983. I then practiced mixed animal medicine in central Michigan for several years, prior to moving to Florida. I have practiced emergency medicine for over 18 years before associating with ACAH. I have many interests, however, my passions are SCUBA diving and photography.
I was born and raised in New York City, and then I moved to Florida with my family when I was in high school. I attended Edison College in Fort Myers, FL for three years and then moved to Gainesville, FL in 2006, where I started working as a veterinary technician. In 2008, I graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences, and in that same year, I married my high school sweetheart. I received a Certificate in Public Health from UF in 2009, and then I graduated from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Since that time, I have worked in a corporate-run small animal hospital that cares for dogs, cats, and the occasional “pocket pet” (my favorite would have to be the Guinea Pig).
I am interested in many aspects of veterinary medicine, especially cardiology, dermatology, and dentistry. While I was in veterinary school, I took additional courses and clerkships beyond the school’s curriculum in order to gain more experience with tooth extractions, dental radiography, and oral surgery. I also had lots of practice after graduation and attended additional courses on extraction technique during the North American Veterinary Conference in January 2015. In the near future, I plan on taking acupuncture courses because acupuncture can be utilized for many illnesses in pets. I love so much about my job, but what I really enjoy is my interaction with pets and their families!My interests outside of veterinary medicine include reading, cooking/baking, world history, and astronomy. I also love ballet and have been taking ballet classes since 2007. Performing on stage is scary but fun! I once had to go straight to a recital following a 26 hour shift at my vet school. I was so exhausted that I don’t remember much about the performance except my wondering what my dance-classmates thought about me wearing scrubs in the costume changing room. My friends who attended the performance, however, assured me that I appeared quite graceful on stage.
Dr. Rojas was raised mainly as a Florida kid. After graduating from the University of Florida she decided to attend vet school in the great state of Ohio! Four years of the cold was long enough and she thankfully returned back to the sunshine state. Her focus has been with dogs and cats as she has spent years refining her surgical and medical skills while continuing to learn everyday!
Tanya RichardHospital Manager
Tanya was born and raised in Lafayette, IN. She graduated from Purdue University with a BS in agriculture in 1995. After graduating from Purdue Tanya lived and worked in Charlotte, NC. In 2003 she moved to Tampa FL. For the past two years she has worked for a veterinary corporation managing their full service multi-doctor practice. She is looking forward to the country doctor atmosphere, where she will be able to get to know clients. Tanya is the proud parent of Buddy, Dutch and Penelope. Feel free to ask her about them, she has pictures on her phone. Tanya enjoys reading, golfing, cooking, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog babies.
Thank you for taking a moment to get to know Tanya, she looks forward to meeting with you and your pet (s).