Our Team

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.

Molly Pearson

DVM

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.

Kelly Berisha

DVM

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.

Laura Kotinsley

DVM
Bio Coming Soon…

Marcia Aufmuth

DVM
Bio Coming Soon…

Isis Sánchez

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.

Misty Tate

Office Manager

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.

Ginny

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.

Alidia

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.

Emily

Client Care Representative

Bio coming soon…

Lee

Client Care Representative

Lee is originally from Georgia and is a Veteran. He has always wanted to protect and save animals, which has lead him to his position here at MAH. He is currently enrolled in college to become a Certified Veterinary Technician, and is starting his career by helping clients at the front desk. He has three dogs at home; Blanca, Boots, and Lil Bit. He also has three cats; Blue, Duke, and Oscar. For fun he enjoys the outdoors by fishing and off-roading.

Kelli

Client Care Representative

Kelli is a Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo Alumni and has a special interest in great apes. Taking care of animals has always been a part of her life, and she wants to help make a positive difference in their healthcare. She has three dogs; Rainbow – a Whippet mix, Maze – a Florida Brown Dog/Black Mouth Cur Mix, and Ellis – a Chinese Crested Mix. Originally from Ohio, she enjoys Florida’s beautiful springs when she is not helping make a difference at MAH and loves photography.

Candice Tyson

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.

Victoria

Surgery Technician

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

Surgery Technician

Bio coming soon!

Lori

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.

Nicole

Veterinary Technician, Fear Free Certified Professional

Bio coming soon!

Kayla

Veterinary Technician

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.

Shannon

Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

Emily

Veterinary Technician

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 Munoz

Kennel Manager

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

Kennel Technician

Bio coming soon!