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Loretta North, CVT

Loretta North, CVT

Practice Manager

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in August 2007

Loretta grew up riding and caring for horses in Michigan and showed for years on the hunter/jumper circuit. She has fond memories of riding her first pony Becky while wearing a dresssomething that she doesn’t often wear now. In 2005, Loretta graduated from Bel-Rae Institute in Denver, Colorado as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She then interned and later worked for Littleton Large Animal Hospital in Littleton, CO before relocating to Florida. She is experienced in ICU care, emergencies, radiology, and anesthesia and always greatly enjoyed patient care. Following the birth of her first child, Loretta focused on administrative work, and in 2016, she became the practice manager. Loretta lives with her husband Will (an awesome professional chef), sons Henry and Blake, and two thoroughbreds, Cherokee and Flash, aka “the boys.”

You may contact Loretta at lnorth@brandonequine.com.

Pamela Prysner

Pamela Prysner

Director of Marketing & Client Relations

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in September 2007

Pam performs a variety of project work for Brandon Equine, including maintaining the website, social networking, event planning, and client outreach. Pam is a Florida transplant who lived in Connecticut, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts before putting down roots in Florida in 1997. She had owned horses throughout her life but has given up her western saddle for a road bike saddle. Pam enjoys participating in charity bicycling events, including the annual SMART Ride, whose course covers 165 miles from Miami to Key West. She and her husband Dennis have three adult children and just recently welcomed their first grandchild.

You can contact Pam at pprysner@brandonequine.com.

Kristine Rusch

Kristine Rusch

Accounts Receivable Clerk/Receptionist

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in September 2018

A lifelong Floridian, Kristine began riding horses at the age of seven. Kristine is very much at home in the saddle and worked exercising racehorses before joining Brandon Equine. She currently owns three horses and travels throughout Florida as a competitive barrel racer. When not barrel racing, Kristine enjoys fishing with her boyfriend Austin and co-parenting their Australian Shepherd Chaz.

Heidi Irvin

Heidi Irvin

Administrative Assistant

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in September 2019

Animals have always been a passion of Heidi’s with horses being a big part of her life while growing up on Tappan Lake, Ohio. Along with her daughter (now a Gator at the University of Florida) and identical twin boys, Heidi relocated to Florida in 2007. Heidi enjoys spending time outdoors with her two horses, a donkey, three dogs, and three cats.

Donna Krasnansky

Donna Krasnansky

Bookkeeper

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in June 2018

Donna grew up in Utah and spent her summers in North Dakota on her grandparents’ farm. After high school, she joined the United States Navy where she met her husband Brian. Following their service, they moved to Florida, where Brian is from.  Donna received Bachelor of Science degrees in both accounting and finance in 2011 from the University of South Florida. She has been working in accounting since 2002. When not working, she spends her time with her husband and their three Chihuahuas, Ana, Lucy, and Eris.

Betty Lewis

Betty Lewis

Administrative Assistant & Ambulatory Technician/Nurse Assistant

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in December 2006

For those of you that don’t know me, I am the oldest living employee at Brandon Equine. I’ve been with Brandon Equine off and on since 2006. We’ve occasionally parted ways, but I just keep popping back up like a bad penny. I’ve held most positions here: barn technician, surgical technician, administrative assistant, and ambulatory technician. I am currently an administrative assistant to Dr. Richter and the ambulatory technician/nurse assistant to Dr. Young. My hobbies include keeping my walker upright and remembering how to dress myself. No, seriously, I barrel race and won a senior state championship in 2012. I enjoy fishing, kayaking, and working around my farm.

Trinity Shepherd

Trinity Shepherd

Inventory Supervisor

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in August 2010

Trinity’s first position at Brandon Equine was as a veterinary technician. She now holds the position of inventory supervisor. Trinity has been around horses her whole life, so joining the Brandon Equine team was a natural fit. She considers it a true honor to help alleviate the suffering of horses. One of her patients, Captain (an off-the-track thoroughbred), literally became her own several years ago and is her pride and joy. When not working with the horses, she is busy being a mom to her son Wyatt and taking care of their many critters. 

Mary Ann Zwirko

Mary Ann Zwirko

Technician Assistant & Client Care Coordinator

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in January 2014

Mary Ann grew up and spent the majority of her life in New Jersey. She was an elementary school teacher, as well as a high school and college coach. She earned two master’s degrees along the way before moving to Florida in 2014, when she began working at Brandon Equine. She currently lives in beautiful Clearwater and enjoys working with and learning from the incredible doctors here at Brandon Equine. Her well-behaved and much loved dog Pirate enjoys working here at Brandon Equine and makes a wonderful office dog as well.

Mariah Perez

Mariah Perez

Technician/Nurse Assistant

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in February 2015

When I was younger I lost my first horse to colic. Since that moment, I knew that I wanted to help save horses when I grew up so that no young boy or girl, or even bigger boys and girls, would have to go through that same pain! My love for all animals big and small has lead me to have a small zoo of my own with two of my own horses: my old retired mustang Bentley and my Chincoteague pony Spirit. I also have chickens, turkeys, rabbits, dogs, cats, pigs, and a few others! I have two beautiful daughters and an amazing husband that puts up with me bringing home all sorts of critters! I love teaching and watching my daughters love and care for all the animals!

Heather Visnov

Heather Visnov

Technician/Nurse Assistant

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in September 2016

Bio coming soon!

Lindsay Staffieri

Lindsay Staffieri

Technician/Nurse Assistant

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in November 2016

Bio coming soon!

Lauren Lanier

Lauren Lanier

Technician/Nurse Assistant

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in June 2017

Bio coming soon!

Jessica Hosegood

Jessica Hosegood

Certified Veterinary Technician

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in April 2019

Bio coming soon!

Addison Donnell

Addison Donnell

Technician/Nurse Assistant

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in April 2019

Addison Donnell grew up riding and showing western pleasure horses in Missouri. She decided to travel to Florida to earn her bachelor’s degree at the University of Tampa, where she is currently studying biology and chemistry in preparation to apply to veterinary school in Fall 2020. Addison started at Brandon Equine in Spring 2019. She quickly fell in love with the practice and the field of equine medicine, motivating her to focus on equine medicine when achieving her veterinary school dream. Outside of school, Addison enjoys hanging out with friends, exercising, and enjoying the Florida sun.

Alyssa Rodriguez

Alyssa Rodriguez

Ambulatory Technician/Nurse Assistant

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in September 2019

Bio coming soon!

Ashley Sabatino

Ashley Sabatino

Technician/Nurse Assistant

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in November 2019

Bio coming soon!

Eliza Cappello

Eliza Cappello

Technician/Nurse Assistant

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in March 2020

Eliza is a Florida native and is currently attending the SPC Veterinary Nursing program and is on track to earn her Veterinary Nursing A.S. Degree and become a Certified Veterinary Technician in December of 2020. She has been passionate about horses since the young age of 8 when she began riding and showing hunter jumpers. She later fell in love with eventing and, along with her beloved horse Piper, continued in that discipline throughout Piper’s younger years. Eliza and Piper no longer compete but continue to enjoy hunter paces and trail riding. Her other interests are in the circus arts where she specializes in aerial silks and trapeze. Eliza is excited to have found a place at Brandon Equine and is happy to be part of the team!

Julia Strickland

Julia Strickland

Technician/Nurse Assistant

Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in June 2020

Julia recently graduated from the University of Florida (UF) with a Bachelor’s of Science majoring in Animal Science. She is currently applying to UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine with the hopes of attending in the Fall of 2021. A native of Plant City, FL, Julia grew up riding horses and, while attending UF, worked for a veterinarian on a Morgan horse farm. Julia loves to spend her free time on her family’s Zebu cattle farm with her bottle calf Millie.

Expert equine care in Brandon, FL.

From our board-certified horse surgeons and board-certified internists to our professional and courteous staff, at Brandon Equine Medical Center, we are committed to the health and well-being of all breeds and sizes of horses. In the field, as an outpatient, or when admitted to the horse hospital, we treat every horse like our own and every client as the most important.

Contact Info

Phone: 813-643-7177
Fax: 
813-643-5877
Email: info@brandonequine.com

Hours

Monday – Friday: 8AM-5PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Emergency care available: 24/7/365

Location

605 E Bloomingdale Ave
Brandon, FL 33511
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