Pedro Santiago, DVM
Dr. Santiago was born and raised in Puerto Rico with an early love of animals and an interest in veterinary medicine. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez in 2004 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After that, he headed to Alabama to study at the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, receiving his DVM (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine) in 2008. Following graduation, he relocated to Central Florida to begin his career, and has been practicing locally ever since. Dr. Santiago is an active member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA).
In the time since he settled in Central Florida, he has developed strong roots in the local community. He met his wife Luisa, a pediatrician, in Orlando and they are the proud parents of two children. The Santiagos round out their family with miniature schnauzer “daughter,” Havana. Dr. Santiago enjoys spending his free time with his family, running, and is an avid sports fan. His favorite teams are Orlando City SC and the Atlanta Braves.
The Santiago family loves Central Florida and all its activities. They can often be found at the Winter Garden Farmer’s Market and splash pad or spending time enjoying the wonderful local restaurants. He and Luisa look forward to continuing to raise their family in this vibrant area, and are excited about contributing to the surrounding communities by helping pets and families get healthy and stay healthy.
Carla grew up in a small town in Canada surrounded by her St. Bernard, Cat & 2 Welsh Ponies and so the love for animals began at a very young age.
In 2000, Carla became a graduate of a Grooming Academy. Shortly after, Carla founded Barks Avenue Pet Grooming Salon where she committed to provide professional service to all her customers. With her love to meet and bond with the pets and their owners, her business became a huge success and was highly recommended by the local Veterinarians and the SPCA.
In 2008, she left her career to raise her family. She later moved to a country property which was neighboring to a Arabian Horse Ranch. Carla spent many summer days hanging out in the horse pastures where she soon felt at home. She was approached for a position at the Ranch which she eagerly accepted. As Carla enjoyed working the Ranch, she continued to strive to learn more. One day, a on staff Veterinarian requested her assistance during a medical procedure and she then realized her true passion.
In 2015, with her husband Rocky and son Colton, they pursued their dream to move to Florida which allowed Carla to continue her passion to work with animals.
In her spare time, Carla enjoys spending time with her family and “Excessively Happy” dog, Storm.
Tabitha was born and raised in Florida. Since childhood, she has had a love for helping people and their pets. Growing up, her mother rescued shelter animals and strays, which inspired Tabitha to go into animal care. She began by working as a veterinary receptionist, then a kennel technician. She is now the newest member of our veterinary technician team.
In her spare time, Tabitha enjoys drawing, painting, paddle boarding, and Henna Tattoos. She is the loving owner of red patch tabby cat, Coraline and calico kitten, Gypsie.
Milica was born and raised in Orlando. She has had a passion for learning about animals for as long as she can remember. This led her to pursue a bachelor of science in Organismal Biology at Auburn University (War Eagle!). There, she has enjoyed experiences like playing trumpet in the marching band and conducting research on the aging of lizards. It was her research that opened up the possibility of a career in veterinary medicine.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her friends and family, including her cat, Tux.