Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!
We are proud to offer personalized pet care for the residents of Micanopy, Gainesville, Ocala, and the surrounding communities.
Dr. Molly Pearson has been caring for Gainesville area pets since graduating from the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. During that time, she worked at Gainesville Animal Hospital for 4 years and Magnolia Animal Hospital in Ocala for 8 years. In 2000, she opened her own practice in scenic Micanopy, FL, and has been enjoying the clientele and their animals ever since. Dr. Pearson has a special interest in rabbits, reptiles, and canine reproduction. At home, she lives with 2 dogs, 3 cats, and several tortoises. With ties to both Alachua and Marion counties, she feels strongly about supporting local businesses and looks forward to furthering that relationship with the community and their pets for many years to come.
Dr. Kelly Berisha moved from Sarasota, FL to Gainesville in 2001 to attend the University of Florida. She earned her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences with honors in 2004 and graduated from UF veterinary school with honors in 2008. She has practiced in the Gainesville area since that time. Dr. Berisha enjoys all aspects of private practice, but her areas of special interest include dentistry and feline medicine.
She lives in Gainesville with her husband Mark, her two young children, Kol (age 4) and Kira (age 2), as well a pair of sweet old cats (Sissy and Pod Cat). Her favorite things about living in this area are the wide open spaces, the friendly local culture, and being at the heart of the Gator Nation. In her free time she enjoys gardening, traveling to historic cities, local festivals, and doing anything outdoors.
Dr. Kotinsley graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a Master’s Degree in Public Health. She and her husband have two young boys, a rescued Pit Bull named Duffy, and two red footed tortoises. In her spare time, Dr. Kotinsley enjoys crafting, cooking, listening to music, and going to the beach with family and friends.
Dr. Marcia Aufmuth, a resident of Micanopy for over 30 years, graduated with honors from the UF Veterinary School in 1994. She then returned to her home state of Illinois for a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Returning to Micanopy, she practiced in Ocala where she and Dr. Pearson were associate colleagues. Dr. Marcia happily joined the Micanopy Animal Hospital staff in 2019. She has a special interest in oncology, cytology, and internal medicine.
Marcia and her husband of 35 years, Joe who is currently Micanopy’s Mayor, have had many pets that included boa constrictors, ferrets, cats and dogs (many of them at the same time!). Currently they have one pet, an adopted tuxedo kitty named Leo. In their free time they enjoy trips to Disney World, gardening, cooking, and spending time in their pool.
DVM, MS, DACVS, cVMA, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Dr. Sanchez is pleased to perform specialty surgery at Micanopy Animal Hospital. She enjoys all aspects of surgery. Her chief areas of interest are plastics and reconstruction, oncologic surgery, wound management, urologic surgery, and cardio-thoracic surgery. Dr. Sánchez is certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture and has extensive training in rehabilitation therapy and therapeutic massage.
Dr. Sánchez enjoys hiking, backpacking, reading, fencing, swimming, and rowing. She has hiked on all the major mountains along the Cascade Range.
As she was growing up, taking care of companion and farm animals has given Misty the passion for animals and their welfare. She rescued her dog named Comet through MAH and also has a cat named Ember Moon at home. She has been an employee of MAH for 7 years as of 2020 and is working towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, currently earning her degree at Florida Gateway College majoring in Business Management. When Misty isn’t taking care of the needs of clients, their pets, and the staff at MAH, she is busy at home as a mother of one toddler. She is a licensed Full Specialist and enjoys doing nails as a creative outlet in her spare time.
Lead Client Care Representative
Growing up as a local in Jonesville, Ginny has always had an interest in the wellbeing of animals. She grew up caring for dogs, cats, chickens, parrots, and even had a squirrel to take care of. She came to MAH from a long history of being in law enforcement as a dispatch supervisor. During that time, she volunteered as a rescue foster and was a coordinator for local rescues.
Currently, she has quite the variety of pets at home; mini goats, an aquatic turtle, mini donkeys, 6 chickens, two dogs, two inside cats, and she tends to a colony of feral cats. Needless to say, Ginny loves spending time with her pets during her spare time, but you will also catch her traveling and hiking.
Client Care Representative
Alidia has been professionally involved with the care of animals since 2015, and strongly feels that animals bring so much joy not only to her, but the lives of others and wants to nurture that bond. She has two cats; a Tortoiseshell named Beans and a deaf, but spunky Persian named Tofu. She also has two dogs; a Jack Russell Mix named Lily-Kins and a
three-legged ‘tripod’ named Lt. Dan. Aside from the great client care service she provides to the clients at MAH, at home she loves to spend time with her husband and pets, reading and going on adventures – like traveling to Iceland.
Client Care Representative
Grace came to work for us after spending most of her life on the other side of the country; California! She was raised on a small farm full of chickens, cats, dogs, and birds. Currently enrolled at Santa Fe pursuing her Animal Sciences AA, she plans on transferring to UF to become a DVM and specialize in marine mammals. Since she has always felt a special connection with all animals large and small, she has decided to take any and all opportunities she can to increase the quality of care they receive – which lead her to her role here at MAH! She has a small but spunky Betta Fish named Piggy and a Mini Dachshund named Oslo. When you do not see her at MAH multitasking at the front desk to save lives and educate clients, she is volunteering at rescues or going to the beach.
Head Technician, Fear Free Certified Technician
Originally from Florida, Candice moved into the area to be closer to the University of Florida to attend school. She now resides in Hawthorne with her two dogs (Skillet and Jenna), two cats (Tim and David), and a turtle named Amarillo. Although she does not currently own a horse, she greatly enjoys working with them. Her interests include reading and working with animals, large and small, whether they slither or crawl. In the future, she hopes to pursue a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with a specialization in mixed animal practice.
Before Victoria came to MAH she lived in Colorado for 10 years, graduating from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. She knew since growing up in California and going to the World Famous San Diego Zoo that she wanted to be involved in animal welfare as a profession. She has three cats; one named Anya adopted through MAH, Khola and Edmund. She also has a Crested Gecko named Stubbs and is a foster mom of kittens. When Victoria is not at MAH helping with surgeries or exam room visits, she is enjoying her spare time singing, listening to music, reading, continuing to go to zoos and furthering her education at museums.
April has had a career in Veterinary Medicine since 2011, working almost every floor position. She volunteered and had an internship at an emergency clinic before coming to MAH and is now one of our most depended on surgery technicians. She has always had numerous pets her whole life. Her mother was also in Veterinary Medicine, now retired, and has a rescue for geriatric dogs – this inspires April to take the time and patience to each of our patient’s care. At home she has two rescued Chihuahuas named Chibi and Sweetie; also a cat named Mileena that was rescued. When she is not here at MAH, she is at home with her husband and either cooking, crafting, sewing, and crocheting.
Lead Surgery Technician
Before joining our team, Lori had a background in canine rehabilitation with knowledge in animal surgery and anesthesia. She has become one of our expert Surgery Technicians, connecting and caring for our patients as she has done throughout her life with other animals. She has a farm at home with three horses, two dogs, eight cats, seven chickens, and two goats. She enjoys volunteering at horse shows while watching her daughter compete, and you will also catch her riding horses to relax when she is not at MAH comforting patients out of surgery.
Veterinary Technician, Fear Free Certified Professional
Nicole moved to Florida from New York before High School. She attended UF where she studied Animal Sciences and grew a passion for Veterinary Medicine, eventually wanting to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She is currently attending St. Petersburg College to become certified! She has always been connected with animals because of their innocence and unconditional love. She has a soft spot for black cats and currently has five at home. When she is not studying or at MAH cuddling patients and helping doctors in exam rooms, she is spending time outside hiking, bike riding, swimming, horseback riding, or baking in the kitchen.
Kayla loves helping others and has always wanted to be involved with the healthcare of animals. She describes herself as a very nurturing person; being able to further the bond of pets with their owners brings her joy. She has one dog at home – a very spoiled and loved Pit Bull Terrier Mix named Uma. Kayla loves being creative by painting, cooking and doing make up when she is not here making a difference for pets and their owners at MAH.
A native of Florida, Shannon has grown up taking care of animals throughout her life. She is here at MAH because she feels it is incredibly rewarding to make a change in both the animal’s and owner’s lives. She started studying Animal Science at UF in 2017. She will graduate soon and is looking forward to attending UF’s Vet School. She has a Golden Retriever at home named Noelle. Raised on the coast of Florida, she loves being near the waves and playing beach volleyball with friends. She also enjoys dancing!
Emily is a Florida native. She received her B.S. in Animal Biology from the University of Florida. She believes what all of us at MAH do – pets give unconditional love, and we are to be their voice and give that love back in return. This is why she’s come to MAH to help as many pets as she can. She has a cat named Cotton, a rabbit named Bambi, and a rat named Gideon at home. When she is not on a mission to help pets and educate clients about pet care here at MAH, she enjoys painting, piano, and reading.
Kim has many years of experience as a professional kennelman. She has raised AKC White German Shepherds and Registered Rat Terriers. Kim’s spare time is spent training and working with a pack of 50 American Foxhounds that she helps to care for as well as kayaking, jewelry making, and painting. She loves being outside and traveling and has had the chance to live in 9 different states. Kim has been working for MAH as our Kennel Manager for over 3 years now and has really taken ownership of making sure that your pets feel like our hospital is their second home. Kim says, “My goal as Kennel Manager is to make sure that every pet that stays here fells safe, secure, and loved while in our care. I take their well-being very seriously just as I do for my own dogs and cats.”
Sandralee grew up in Naples, Florida. She had to take care of a variety of animals from horses, cows, dogs, and cats. She knew that having a career in Veterinary Medicine was her passion because of her upbringing with the nurturing of animals. Currently she has a cat named Simba and two dogs; Reba and Belle. She also has one horse named Grace! When she is not at MAH taking care of boarding pets at the clinic, she likes to paddleboard, swim and spend time outside with her pets or in nature.
Laramie joined our team after recently moving to Gainesville and volunteering with us. She feels being in Vet Med gives her a voice to speak for animals since they can’t speak for themselves. She has a cat named Shilo at home. When she is not at MAH making all the boarding dogs and cats feel at home here, she is reading, gardening, or listening to music.