Lauren Prather


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.

Katie Benbassat


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.

Lindsay Kuester


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.

Alexandria Velez


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.

Elizabeth Cappleman


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!

Jennifer MacDonald


Dr. Jennifer MacDonald was born and raised in Scotland prior to moving to Winter Garden with her family in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Leo University and graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2023 after completing her clinical year at University of Florida. Her most memorable veterinary school experiences include working with Rhinos in South Africa, assisting in surgery on a tiger and helping with research on leatherback turtles in Grenada!

Dr. MacDonald has a special interest in internal medicine, emergency, anesthesia/pain management, and preventative care. She is also fear-free certified and working towards becoming a certified veterinary acupuncturist through Chi University.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. MacDonald loves singing, DIY/craft projects, traveling, Jeopardy, family time and enjoying her own furry crew: her dogs, Yogi, Billie, and Bambi and her cats, Ronald and Quinty.

Dr. MacDonald has been a part of the WGAH family since 2016 when she first started as a kennel technician, then veterinary technician before going to vet school. She is proud to return to the team as a veterinarian!


Practice Manager

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.


Veterinary Technician

Cathy has been a technician at the Winter Garden Animal Hospital since 1984 and has been in the animal care profession for over 36 years. She is the mother of two beautiful grown daughters and she shares her home with many pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, and even a few goats!


Veterinary Technician

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 two dogs, Moe Moe, Copper, and two cats, Bermuda, and her three-legged wonder cat Kit. Tonia plans to follow her interest in veterinary medicine.


Veterinary Technician

A lifelong animal enthusiast and vet tech for 10 years, Kelsey has been a proud member of the Winter Garden Animal Hospital team since 2015. She is originally from Munford, Alabama (Roll Tide!) and loves exploring Orlando’s theme parks as well as movies and spending time with her own herd of fur babies that includes six cats, her Golden Retriever Kiara, and Hazel, a longhaired chihuahua. You can also find her counting down to Halloween, no matter what time of year it is.


Veterinary Technician

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.



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, Littles and Tootsie.



Missy joined WGAH in early 2021. She has always had a soft spot in her heart for animals. She began her Vet Med journey in 1998, fresh out of high school where she became a member of a small clinic in Ohio. Over the course of 25 years she has had the pleasure helping fur babies and clients in clinics in Ohio, Michigan, Georgia and now with us. In her free time Missy can be found spending time with her 4 children, exploring Orlando or taking photos of nature. Missy currently has 3 dogs and a hamster of her own.



Nikki joined WGAH in March of 2017. She has been a technician since 2004 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 from 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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Kennel Technician

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 has raised with animals her whole life and enjoys every minute of it, she currently shares her home with her cat Hiccup and dog Sophie.


Kennel Technician

Catherine has always been interested in the veterinary field and has been working with WGAH since 2019. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at UCF in Biology. Catherine enjoys spending her time painting, figure skating, snowboarding, and traveling.



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 and everything in between. In her free time, Aida enjoys traveling with her spouse, volunteering as a Search and Rescue K9 handler with her chocolate lab and sewing different crafts. Aida aspires to continue her education and progress in the medical field.


Mandy has been in the veterinary field since 1994. She is a Florida native. She joined our staff in late 2021, after working in Veterinary Ophthalmology for 19 years. Mandy is a crazy cat lover, she would take them all if she could. She has 5 cats and 2 dogs (one with no eyes). Mandy loves watching her 3 boys play sports.