Our Staff


Dr. Melissa Walk has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from the University of South Florida and graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.  She has lived in the greater Tampa Bay area most of her life and has worked in Hillsborough and Pinellas county as a veterinarian for a number of years.  She believes that taking the time to get to know your pet and family is crucial in delivering consistent and effective medical care.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two and four-legged family, jogging, and gardening. Her family consists of her husband, twin girls, son, domestic short hair cat (Nermal), 3 German Shepherd dogs (Tango, Cash, Renegade), and a Husky/Shepherd mix (Brandy). She resides in Clearwater and looks forward to getting to know your family.


Dr. Kimberly Garcia has a Bachelor’s of Arts from Connecticut College where she studied Cellular and Molecular biology as well as Mandarin Chinese.  She then went on to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian and acquired her DVM from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Kimberly was born and raised in Massachusetts, but recently moved to the Tampa Bay area to be with her husband who is also a veterinarian. She has special clinical interests in surgery and oncology.

Along with her passion for animals is her love for cooking and running. She and her husband currently own an energetic Doberman Pinscher named Wesson and a domestic short hair cat named Moo (who they rescued from Puerto Rico). Family is very important to Dr. Garcia, and she wants to make sure the furry members of your family are healthy!



Dr. Jaclyn Bertorelli (Dr. B) was born in New York and later moved to South Florida where she acquired dual Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration with a major in accounting and in Biology from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. She continued on to acquire her DVM from Midwestern University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in the beautiful valley of Glendale, Arizona and is a proud member of Phi Zeta Honors Society.

She recently relocated back to Florida with her long term boyfriend and 3 rescue shepherd mixes (Kali, Kona, and Bud) to be closer to family. Since she no longer hikes the red rocks in Sedona, she now spends her free time discovering scenic nature walks and enjoying a waterfront view. Her passion is ensuring every animal is healthy and cared for. She looks forward to becoming a part of your beloved pets’ life.


Visiting Veterinarian

On occasion, we may call in Dr. Garcia to perform surgeries for our patients. He provides our clients an additional option for those that are unable to pursue specialized care. We are able to offer with his assistance, advanced procedures such as TPLO’s, patella luxation repairs, fracture repairs, and a wide variety of soft tissue surgeries at a reduced cost.  For more info go to affordableTPLO.com

Dr. Carlos Garcia has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he studied Cellular and Molecular biology and is a 2015 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He worked as a general practitioner in Miami and Tampa Bay for three years. He then completed a Small Animal Surgery specialty internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialist.

On his free time he enjoys the beach life, working with cars, cooking, weight lifting, and most importantly spending time with his wife and family.

He as well as Dr. Melissa Walk and Dr. Kimberly Garcia are fully bilingual.


Visiting Veterinarian

Dr. North is our MOVES veterinary internal medicine partner in the Tampa region. She is available to perform consultations and advanced internal medicine procedures including ultrasound and endoscopy at Harborside Animal Hospital. Dr. North has lived in many different locations and considers herself a Foreign Service “brat”. She has worked just about everywhere, from specialty medicine “Down Under” (Australia) to providing care for street cats, dogs, and even rescued elephants in Asia. Dr. North obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and proceeded to complete a year-long internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York, NY, followed by a 3-year residency in small animal internal medicine at Michigan State University. She became a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2010. When not helping patients or traveling, Courtney enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and relaxing with her dogs, Sasha and Birdie.


Practice Manager, CVT

Heather is a certified veterinary technician and obtained her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from St Pete College. She has more than 15 years of experience in the veterinary field.  She loves her job and is devoted to providing each patient and client with the highest quality of care and compassion. She has 3 spoiled pit bulls she rescued. Their names are Moochi, Carmen, and Neko. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughter, crafting, and going to the beach. Heather worked with Dr Walk at a previous clinic before Harborside Animal Hospital opened.  She has now worked at Harborside Animal Hospital since we opened in 2014.


Reception Manager

Deziree, our lead receptionist, has been in the veterinary field since 2015.  She enjoys working with both people and pets, so working in the veterinary clinic is a natural fit. Animals and their well being have always been a strong passion in her life.  She is originally from the Venice, FL area.  When not at work Deziree spends her free time with her spouse, traveling, going to the beach, and with her loving dogs Riley and Saydie and Pink.


Veterinary Technician & Inventory Manager

Ashley is a dedicated veterinary technician who has over 11 years of experience.  Ashley worked with Dr. Walk at a previous clinic before Harborside Animal Hospital opened.  She has now worked at Harborside Animal Hospital since we opened in 2014.  Ashley has 1 Shih Tzu named Bonnie and a rescue chihuahua named Clyde. She also has Porter a rescued domestic long hair cat and Bentley a rescued domestic shorthair cat.  She enjoys crafting and listening to music in her spare time. She thoroughly enjoys helping all animals and can’t wait to meet you and your four legged family members.


Veterinary Assistant

Danielle is a dedicated veterinary assistant whom has been with Harborside Animal Hospital for almost 4 years now.  She enjoys spending her time outdoors with her three dogs. Their names are Levi, Roo, and Nitro. Her free time usually consists of being outdoors running, tubing, or reading. Danielle is currently attending St Petersburg college in hopes of one day becoming a Veterinarian herself.  Danielle has always shared a strong passion for animals from a young age & she cannot wait to meet you and your four legged family members.


Veterinary Assistant

Cameron is one of our veterinary assistants. He started out as a volunteer before becoming a part of our team. He is currently enrolled at SPC. He has about 4 years experience working and/or volunteering at veterinary hospitals. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing video games, and learning about veterinary related subjects (especially surgery). He looks forward to meeting you and your fur-family!



Vicky is a Florida native, in her free time she loves going to the beach and enjoy the sun with her two fur babies. Some of her hobbies include watching basketball games, reading, writing and spending time with her family and friends. She looks forward to meeting your fur babies!


Certified Veterinary Technician

Chrissy is a Veterinary Assistant who started off volunteering here at Harborside.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Coastal Environmental Science and associate degree in Veterinary Technology at St. Petersburg College.  She has been in the field for the last 2 years with previous experience working with many different types of aquatic and land turtles.  In her free time, she loves swimming and going for hikes with her 2 labs and Australian cattle dog. She is excited to be adopting Iris (featured in photo) within the next couple weeks from SPC!


Veterinary Assistant

She graduated as a veterinarian in 2010 from the University of Zulia Maracaibo, Venezuela.  She has 8 years of experience in the clinical area.  She is also dedicated to the protection and welfare of animals, which is why she carried out spay days for stray dogs and cats.  She worked as a medic with a group called “Mangle” dedicated to wildlife rescue.  She came to the United States in 2018 and began working at Harborside Animal Hospital in 2020 as a surgical assistant specifically monitoring anesthetized patients.  Her family is made up of her husband and her 7-year-old son.  She currently does not have pets, since her 2 dogs and her cat stayed in Venezuela and they do not feel sentimentally ready to adopt yet… She is fully bilingual.


Receptionist and Veterinary Technican

Jessica loves spending time with her family and boyfriend when she is not working. She loves being outside and doing outdoor activities. She has always had a passion for animals for as long as she can remember. She cannot wait to further her education and go to SPC to become a certified vet tech. Animals are one of the main things that make her happy and she thinks they give the best sloppy kisses!


Veterinary Assistant

Ariyana is a kennel technician in school pursuing her associates in Biology at St. Petersburg College. From that point onward, she will move over to UCF to get her bachelors in Zoology and Pre-Veterinarian Science. She desires to effectively finish the entirety of this to advance into vet school and become a veterinarian. In her spare time, she cherishes going on bicycle rides and traveling with her family.


Certified Veterinary Technician

Bethany is a certified veterinary technician who has been working in the field for about 8 years.  She graduated with her associates in science of veterinary technology from SPC in 2015 and passed her certification exam soon after. She originally joined the Harborside team in late 2014, but took a small break 4 years later to focus on starting her family and rejoined us last year.  Bethany loves surgery, dental cleaning, and teaching,  and really enjoys working with her furry patients and their families.  She has an especially soft spot for orange cats.

She shares her home with her husband,  their daughter, and 4 cats named Ayashi, Dexter, Kaitou Kidd, and Cubby. Although many of her passions have recently taken a back seat to her new role as a parent, Bethany enjoys baking, dabbling in various crafts, playing video and tabletop games, and reading comics.



Christine started her care of animals at a clinic in Florida after graduating college in Vermont. She was lead kennel technician with experience helping the doctors and techs in various tasks as well as taking care of all the boarding pets. She has 4 cats Mow Mow, Charlie, Cazadore, and Thor all of whom are adopted. She also has a puppy named Lorelai who she enjoys spending time with outside. In her spare time she enjoys shooting her bow and home projects.


Veterinary Asssitant

He is currently enrolled at St. Petersburg College pursuing a bachelor of science degree in biology. Afterwards, he plans to apply to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Outside of school, he spends his time working or in the company of friends and family, including the four-legged ones.


Veterinary Technician

Originally she was born and raised in Indiana. Leanne fell in love with medicine at an early age. She started in veterinary medicine and then transitioned to the human side. She then decided to transition back into veterinary medicine, as she was flooded with love for those with 4 paws. She has experience in multiple veterinary settings such as general medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, practicing yoga, and frequenting theme parks. She has a daughter and a recently rescued senegal parrot, named Wally.


Veterinary Assistant 

Krista is a certified Veterinary Assistant. She is from Indianapolis, Indiana. She moved to Clearwater, Fl at the beginning of 2021. Her free time consists of going to the beach and gardening. She has an 8 year old chihuahua named Luna. Krista loves doing her part in helping animals and educating pet owners on how to care for their fur babies more effectively .


Relief Technician, RN

Kristi is now a registered nurse but has over 15 years experience in the veterinary field.  She has worked in previous clinics as a practice manager and also in emergency & specialty veterinary clinics.  She has a wide array of technical and managerial skills. Kristi worked with Dr. Walk at a previous clinic before Harborside Animal Hospital opened. She has 2 pitbulls named Bruce Wayne & Penelope along with 2 domestic short hair cats named Bobita Billie Jean and Junipurr. Because of her love and passion for veterinary medicine, she will continue to work at Harborside part-time.