Dr. Prather graduated cum laude from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She also obtained her undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Florida in 1996. She is a native of Florida and grew up in Tallahassee.
Dr. Prather enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. Her hobbies include traveling, spending time with family and friends, and of course, Gator football! She has 3 feline companions; Darth Kitty, Handicat, and Henry.
Dr. Prather has been at our hospital since 2001. She is the current secretary of the CFVMA, a member of the FVMA and the AVMA.
Dr. Benbassat is a 2006 magna cum laude graduate from University of Florida. She was awarded many honors beginning as a high school senior with her acceptance into the University’s Early Admissions Program for Veterinary Medicine. Before becoming a veterinarian, she also worked as a veterinary technician. Dr. Benbassat has a special interest in surgery, oncology, and emergency medicine.
Dr. Benbassat shares her home with her husband, Jacques and three kids, Ava, Brock and Claire. They have 2 cats J.C. and Monster. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, CrossFit, traveling and reading.
Dr. Kuester obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in animal sciences from the University of Florida in 2000. She went on to graduate from the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. In between undergrad and veterinary school, she completed an internship at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, researching African elephant behavior and reproduction. Dr. Kuester has previously worked as a veterinarian in Kissimmee, Fl. and Charlotte, NC.
Her professional interests include ophthalmology, dentistry, and surgery. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her cat Pip and dog Dublin, scuba diving, and she is an avid Gator football and basketball fan.
Dr. Velez was born and raised in Ocoee, Florida. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida in 2016. She went on to graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Dr. Velez has a special interest in emergency and internal medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, and baking.
Dr. Cappleman is originally from Charleston, SC. She attended Sewanee: The University of the South where she played 4 years of collegiate basketball and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She also earned a Masters in Biomedical Professions at Lincoln Memorial University before graduating from The University of Tennessee: College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Dr. Cappleman enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine, especially surgery and preventative medicine. She loves spending time with her husband, Sam, and their two French Bulldogs, Gus and Edna! She also enjoys traveling, cooking, and anything outdoors!
Kelley has been with us as a veterinary technician since 1999 and is our practice manager. She has worked in the animal care field as a technician for over 20 years and originally hails from East Tennessee. She enjoys reading, horseback riding, the beach, and raising two rambunctious boys and her beautiful little girl with her wonderful husband, Paul. They share their home with the family cats, Dumplin and Peaches, two dogs Shelby and Lana, and bearded dragons Lala and Citrus.
Cathy has been a technician at the Winter Garden Animal Hospital since 1984 and has been in the animal care profession for over 26 years. She is the mother of two beautiful grown daughters and she shares her home with many pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, geese, and even a few goats!
Tonia has been working at our practice since 2006 as our kennel manager and has become one of our technicians. Tonia’s hobbies include going to the beach, reading, finding new music, and spending time with her wonderful husband and two sons. She has three dogs, Oscar, Moe Moe, Copper, and two cats, Bermuda, and her three legged wonder cat Kit. Tonia plans to follow her interest in veterinary medicine.
Cachet worked in the kennel after she graduated high school and then left the team to start a family and go to school. She has since returned and is now a technician. Cachet is interested in surgery and may work to get into Vet school in the future. At home, Cachet looks after her son, daughter, and 3 furry kids.
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Lauren has been with WGAH since July of 2013, but has been working in veterinary clinics since 2003. She graduated with a Diploma of Excellence in the Veterinary Assistant Program at Florida Institute of Animal Arts in 2004, with a special interest in pharmacology & chemotherapy. She loves interacting with clients and studying veterinary medicine, with a special place in her heart for cats and ferrets. In her free time, Lauren enjoys comic books, special effects make-up, and spending time with her husband Ric and four cats.
An animal lover all her life, Kelsey began volunteering in animal care right out of high school, which segued into a career as a vet tech. Although she enjoys spending time with all animals, Kelsey has a soft spot for cats – especially her three fur babies Alex, Piper, and Stella. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, movies, and adventuring in Orlando’s many theme parks. Kelsey is proud of her career and is looking forward to many more years helping animals as well as their owners.
Deleted: For as long as I can remember I have always had a passion, or as some will call an obsession with animals, and I’m proud to say it’s a shared passion with my daughter. I have a soft spot in my heart for big dogs, and I’m proud to share our home with 17 amazing fur babies (Boss, Mia, Tank, Dexter, and Xena) just to name a few. But my love isn’t just for dogs, I love snakes, lizards and other exotics, and am proud to have a few of these amazing critters in my home as well. Being able to teach my daughter that all animals are amazing and to be respected is an honor and a privilege.
Having been an animal lover her whole life, Ashley began working at WGAH as a kennel tech. With the help of her amazing team, she learned all the skills she needed to become a compassionate veterinary technician. Ashley feels so fortunate to be able to spend her days helping animals. When she’s not busy cuddling her four kitties, she is usually finding new recipes to cook with her boyfriend or spending time with family and friends.
Wanda has worked with us since 2005 and has a degree in business from Baker College in Michigan. She has 3 dogs; Shep and Pirate, and cat; Spencer James. In her spare time, Wanda enjoys marksmanship, spending time with her family, and redecorating her home. She also has special interests in politics, travel, history and earth science. Wanda’s future plans include finishing a couple of books she started reading, getting into a routine of bathing her dogs more than twice a year, starting a business of her own and becoming an inventor.
Jody has been with WGAH since August 2014, she has been in the veterinary field since 1988 and received her associate degree in Health Information Technology in 2008. Jody has worked in all areas of an animal hospital but currently enjoys the role of receptionist, which allows her to focus on client education. Jody shares her life with her husband and 4 dogs: Lilo, Teeny, Star, and Littles. In her downtime, she enjoys pet sitting.
Jennifer joined out team in July of 2016, she graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring and minoring in both Chemistry & Music. With goals to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine herself, Jennifer plans to continue gaining experience in the veterinary field before pursuing the next step in her educational journey – vet school! Jennifer is originally from Scotland and has many hobbies including singing, DIY pinterest projects, traveling, fostering kittens, watching Jeopardy, reading scientific articles, playing the piano and guitar and taking her dogs – Mia, Yogi Bear & Bobby – to the beach.
Nikki joined WGAH in March of 2017. She has been a technician for 13 years and has worked for large nonprofit organizations as well as small private practices. During her 13 years she has worked with all types of animals form cats, dogs, birds, skunks and reptiles. Aside from her love for animals and veterinary medicine she is a proud mommy of three beautiful children.
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Lexy has been with WGAH since 2018 and she enjoys helping her doctors and coworkers. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, marine life, and the beach. She is always up for fun adventures such as traveling, swimming, movies, and theme parks. Lexy was raised with animals her whole life and enjoys every minute of it, she currently shares her home with her cat Hiccup and dog Sophie.
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Aida has been in the veterinary field since 2011. She has worked all aspects of the field; from traveling with mobile veterinarians to late nights of emergency medicine but found her passion for client communication; such as canine pregnancy (ultrasound/radiology)and puppy/kitten education. In her free time, Aida enjoys spending quality time with her spouse, weekends poolside and going on walks with her Dalmatian; Kennedy, Lab/Pit; Katy and Maltese; Benjamin. Aida aspires to continue her education and progress in the medical field.