Talented. Experienced. Driven. The team at Boggy Creek Animal Hospital believes in a singular vision: that we exist to change lives, and that your pet deserves truly world-class health care.

Doctors

Manuel Lima, DVM

Owner and Veterinarian

Dr. Lima was born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba. While growing up there, he realized his love for veterinary medicine after his dog Rocky needed medical help for a broken tail. At the age of 15, his veterinary dream had to be put on hold when his family decided to move to the United States in 2003. After settling in Orlando with his parents and little brother; Dr. Lima received a Bachelors in Biology from the University of Central Florida. Shortly afterwards, he was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida where he received his Doctorate in May, 2017 and a certificate in Veterinary Business Management. Dr. Lima’s special interests include Dentistry and Surgery, as well as Radiology and Ultrasonography. He is also very passionate about minimizing the stress of hospital visits on his patients. He is currently becoming Fear free certified through Dr. Marty Becker’s Fear Free initiative. Dr. Lima lives in Lake Nona with his wife Kaity and recently added Oso; an amazing new pup to their family.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

-Steve Jobs

Client Care

Judy Tatum

Client Services

Judy started in the veterinary field in 1993 with the Army 19th Detachment Unit in the Netherlands. She worked at Pet Center Animal Hospital in Virginia from 1996 to 1999. In 2002 Judy moved to Florida and started at Boggy Creek Animal Hospital. Her passion is bonding with the clients and their pets. She has three children and four grandchildren, one grand-dog and loves spending time with her family. Judy also enjoys reading and listens to jazz on Sunday mornings.

Marilia Bracero

Client Services

Marilia Bracero was born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico and holds a degree in Business Administration that she obtained from Sacred Hearts University. She was raised on a farm where her passion for animals began. As she grew up, she realized the importance of educating people and became an advocate for all animals. She became a volunteer for various local non-profit organizations and was active in rescues, fosters, adoptions processes in and out of Puerto Rico (USA), and also as an advocate in court when needed. She even founded her own small organization called “Bienestar Pro Mascotas” focused on helping street cats and owned a small boarding hotel in her town. In 2017 after Hurricane Maria, Marilia and her husband decided to move to Florida with all of their pets: 3 dogs and a cat. For her, the distance is not an excuse, that’s why she is still active helping homeless and mistreated animals in need in her country. Marilia became a vegan almost 15 years ago in her dedication to helping animals. She comes to us with 3 years of experience as a Client Service Representative in the veterinary field, enjoys the beach, the gym and traveling. You will always find Marilia smiling as she greets the families of BCAH. She is excited to be a part of the Boggy Creek Animal Hospital and grow with us.

Cyndi Montalbano

Social Media Coordinator

Cynthia Montalbano has had a passion for veterinary medicine, pet health and education. She knew that one day she would find a job that blended all of those rewarding components…and she did! After graduating from The University of Central Florida with her Bachelors Degree in Biology, Cyndi worked as a zoological educator with the Species Education and Conservation Department at SeaWorld. Her focus was on the captive breeding program of the threatened leafy sea dragon. Years later, Cyndi found her place at Boggy Creek Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician and eventually also took on the role of the Social Media Coordinator. In her spare time, she enjoys creating memories with her amazing husband and son, reading, shopping and spoiling her pomeranian pup rotten!

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

-Albert Einstein

Patient Care

Lissete Caillahua

Veterinary Assistant

Lissete is a Florida native who started to work with animals in 2013 when she became a Certified Pet Groomer. She worked in the grooming field and in a boarding facility for a few years before deciding to shift her interest to providing hands on care for people’s pets. At home Lissete has her very own “mini farm” where she lives with her big family! She has dogs, chickens and ducks, birds and a cat. If she’s not tending to the needs of all those animals you can find her watching a movie, painting or having a game night with friends. If you visit BCAH you might see Lissete in our kennel, working in client services or helping our medical staff in rooms. She has decided to wear many hats here and we love it!

Gabriel Sanchez

Team Lead

Gabriel was born and raised in Puerto Rico, then moved with his family to Orlando when he was 13 years old. He always dreamed of working in the veterinary field. Soon after obtaining his certification as a Veterinary Assistant and working in the field; he learned the importance of providing quality preventative care for pets and their parents. Gabe came to Boggy Creek Animal Hospital with 8 years of experience and is eager to continue his education further so that he can always provide the highest level of veterinary care. When Gabe isn’t hard at work he enjoys spending time at Bass Pro Shop stocking up on fishing gear and spending time with the family.

Cyd Marie Gonzalez

Team Lead

Cyd Marie was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Orlando, Florida. Since a small child she has always been passionate about providing the nest care for our furry companions. In 2012 she became a Certified Veterinary Assistant and then continued her education by graduating with a Bachelors in Biology in 2017. In her spare time you can find her at Baldwin Park with her pup Romeo or snuggling on her couch with her kitty Smokey. Cyd’s favorite part about working at Boggy Creek Animal Hospital is working with her team and the comradery they have built. She also values the advanced equipment the hospital has and her opportunities to create long term relationships with our clients.

Debbie Finenco

Kennel Manager

Debbie has been the kennel manager at Boggy Creek Animal Hospital since 1997. Prior to joining BCAH, Debbie was a preschool teacher for 10 years. She is not only a mother of three, but also a grandmother and a fur mother to her dogs, horses and birds. In her spare time, she can be found on a trail riding her horse, walking her dogs or kayaking.

Lisa Ruscio

Kennel Technician

Lisa is originally from Indiana and moved to Central Florida when she was very young. She has a passion and interest in, not only domesticated pets, but also reptiles and exotic animals. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is helping the animals and seeing them at all stages of their life. She shares her household with her teenage son, five adopted cats, fish, and birds. Lisa loves the outdoors, martial arts, fitness, and expanding her knowledge of the different cultures of the world. Her passion outside of veterinary medicine is entrepreneurship of her start-up company where she acquires and sells items online!

Miranda Yeager

Kennel Technician

Miranda is originally from Kentucky and moved to Florida when she was three years old. Ever since she was little, she has always had a love for animals. She enjoys learning about veterinary medicine and interacting with the different pets that come in. She has two dogs of her own: Rose, a Miniature Schnauzer and Oakley, a Shih-poo. Miranda is currently enrolled at Valencia College aspiring to pursue a career in the medical field. In her free time she enjoys concerts, jet skiing, and driving her Jeep.

Kathy Smith

Groomer

Kathy is an animal lover and her lifestyle and career centers around animal care! She has been a “pet stylist” at Boggy Creek Animal Hospital since 2003. Kathleen is involved with training, showing, grooming, and playing with all kinds of pets. She loves to groom and make pets look cute and “comfy.” Her favorite part of working at BCAH is it’s fun and caring culture.

Savannah Wierda

Veterinary Assistant

Savannah is a Florida native and found her love for animals at a young age. She grew up around horses and dogs before later deciding to spend her spare time volunteering at a local animal shelter. Her animal career started at a dog boarding facility where she worked for several years prior to joining us at Boggy Creek Animal Hospital. Savannah is attending college towards a degree in Agriscience. She has a love for plants and all animals. In her spare time you can find her camping, traveling and spending time with her dogs.

Jennifer Stockton

Veterinary Assistant

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