Meet Our Team in Lakeland, FL

At Parkway Veterinary Emergency Clinic, our team consists of experienced veterinarians and veterinary professionals dedicated to providing exceptional after-hours emergency vet care to the pet community of Lakeland. Each member has been hand-selected for their role and brings a wealth of experience and skills unique to them. We are proud of each of our veterinary staff members! Learn more about the team that is taking care of your pet throughout the night. If you have any questions, give us a call today.

our team in lakeland, fl
rachel pratt

Rachel Pratt, DVM, MBA, MS (Nutrition), MS (Genetics)
Regional Medical Director

Dr. Rachel Pratt received her undergraduate degree in animal biology and first master’s degree in animal nutrition at the University of Florida. She received an additional master’s degree and advanced to candidacy for her doctorate degree in genetics/proteomics at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Pratt went to veterinary school at Ross University and did her clinical year at North Carolina State University. She then received an MBA in international business summa cum laude from Louisiana State University- Shreveport and started her own nonprofit merging human and animal medicine while helping those less fortunate to receive proper medical care. Her clinical interests include both feline and canine internal medicine and surgery as well as “pocket pet” exotic species such as rodents, rabbits, reptiles, and birds. The only animals she will not see are primates. Dr. Pratt lives with her husband and two children. When she isn’t busy practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Pratt enjoys spending time with her family, participating in triathlons, and traveling around the world.

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Dr. Erin Rothrock
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Rothrock came to Lakeland by way of Corydon, Indiana. An experienced and long serving veterinarian in Polk County, Dr. Rothrock joined the Parkway team out of a passion for emergency and critical care veterinary medicine. Dr. Rothrock received a Bachelor's Degree with honors from the Ohio State University and then graduated from the University of Illinois with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. Dr. Rothrock enjoys and has participated in five Ironman Triathlons, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Woodworking, gardening, arts and crafts, and learning the ukulele are just a few of Dr. Rothrock’s hobbies and interests. If you want to know if Dr. Rothrock loves animals; you'll have to ask his two dogs, four cats, three parrots, four snakes, two geckos, and two tortoises. We think they’ll say YES! When not taking care of the pets in our community, Dr. Rothrock also enjoys spending time with his wife and four sons.
Dr. Suarez

Jorge Suarez-Llanes
Veterinarian

Dr. Suarez is originally from Cuba. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University Agrarian of Havana. Dr. Suarez joined the Parkway team because he loves emergency, critical care, and emergency surgeries. You can find him fishing or playing the guitar when he’s not taking care of emergency cases. He has no pets at this time, but his favorites are German Shorthair Pointers. His goals are to do good medicine and improve his surgical skills to one day become a board-certified surgeon.

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Rissa
Practice Manager

Rissa is an absolute animal lover from Lakeland, FL.  Originally joining our team in 2017, Rissa’s goal was to gain better knowledge of veterinary emergency services. Rissa has definitely grown that knowledge and is a dedicated and hard-working member of our team. Rissa is used to working as a team being one of five children. Just like most of our team members, Rissa loves animals outside of work as well, having three dogs, seven cats, and usually fostering any number of rescue pets.

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Kristy
Client Patient Coordinator

Kristy is one of the friendly voices you hear when you call our clinic. She is originally from Central Virginia but now calls Winter Haven home. She has over twenty years of experience in the veterinary field. She brings with her knowledge in veterinary customer service management and a broad range of clinical skills. Kristy earned her Bachelor of Science in Business and Marking from Averett University. She began her post-grad career in sales and marketing but quickly learned where her heart truly lies – in veterinary medicine. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, antiquing, and spending time with her long-time boyfriend, family, and their large menagerie of pets which includes six dogs, one cat, a horse, and several reptiles.

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Katie
Client Patient Coordinator

Katie joined our clinic because of her love for animals and her joy for helping people. Katie a definite local from our very own Lakeland, FL. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of South Florida. Katie is one of the friendly voices you hear when you call our clinic. When she’s not being one of our helpful hands, Katie molds young minds as a 4th Grade Math and Science teacher. Katie also joins her fellow teammates by having a home full of animal love. She has two dogs, one gecko, one bearded dragon, and one fish. Katie loves the beach and spending time with her family.

Casey

Casey
Client Patient Coordinator

Casey is one of the friendly voices you hear when you call our clinic. Originally from New York, Casey chose this field to learn and make this field her career. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, especially if it’s a new recipe, and dressing up for Renaissance fairs. Casey has two cats named Triss and Alastair.

Leanna

Leanna
Client Patient Coordinator

Leanna comes to us from right here in Lakeland. She has always loved being around animals and love being able to help them and their families. Leanna has two GSPs named Miller and Rhett. She enjoys working out, exercising, and spending time outdoors when she isn’t working.

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Danielle
Veterinary Technician

Danielle came to Lakeland by way of Jacksonville, FL. She has been in the veterinary field since she was eighteen years old. She loves animals and joined the Parkway team in 2014 to learn more about ER Medicine. Danielle loves to travel and scuba dive. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their children. Danielle also has a hamster named Peaches that is very happy to have a veterinary technician for a pet mom.

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Ariell
Veterinary Technician

Ariell is from right here in Polk County, being originally from Lake Wales, FL. She truly loves veterinary emergency care. Ariell’s veterinary interests include exotic medicine, mostly birds, and animal rehabilitation. Ariell has a collection of wonderful pets of her own, having three dogs, three cats, and one parrot. When she’s not being an incredible contribution to our Parkway team, Ariell enjoys reading and painting.

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Jess
Veterinary Technician

Jess has been working with animals for over a decade but was really drawn into the field upon moving to Florida from her childhood home in Long Island, New York. Jess graduated Cum Laude from St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technician Program. While in the program, Jess quickly developed a passion for emergency medicine and has been practicing in this area of the field ever since. Jess loves growing as a veterinary technician and hopes to play an active role in manifesting the profession as a whole. Jess currently has one dog, a hound mix named Eragon, who has been her companion since the onset of her journey as a credentialed technician! Jess enjoys studying, hula-hooping, gardening, and hiking. She also gives her time by volunteering in communities in need. Jess is even furthering herself more in the veterinary field as she attends vet school at the University of Florida starting this summer.

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Renay
Veterinary Technician

Renay is a newer member to our Parkway team. She is excited to grow and learn in her role in our clinic. Renay is originally from Prestonsburg, KY, and enjoys spending time with her fiance and son. Because life is always more fun with pets in your life, Renay has two dogs. A Catahoula named Arrow and an American Bulldog named Lady.

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Taryn
Veterinary Technician

Taryn has brought her general veterinary practice knowledge with her as she helps the emergency pet cases here at Parkway Veterinary Emergency Clinic. Helping animals and working in the veterinary field started early for Taryn when she shadowed veterinarians back when she was in middle school. Taryn looks forward to any new knowledge and experience that she can gain on the job, so she can improve her veterinary technician skills to help the pets in our community. Taryn describes the pets she has as a home as a herd of German Shepherds and working/field Cocker Spaniels. Taryn also enjoys participating in AKC sports with some of the dogs in her herd.

Fernanda

Fernanda
Veterinary Technician

Fernanda brings her veterinary knowledge from the countryside of Sao Paulo state in Brazil. She is currently working to transfer her Brazilian DVM diploma to the United States to help provide the best care to animals. Fernanda is a people person and believes in kindness and that together we can always achieve the greater good. The key to her heart is Elvis Presley, English Bulldogs, and Glazed donuts.

Isaiah

Isaiah
Veterinary Technician

Isaiah comes to us from Orlando earning his CVA in just three years during high school, and starting his career in veterinary medicine shortly after graduation. Photography, Video Games, Paddleboarding, and food are just a few of Isaiah’s favorite things but nothing compares to his love for his pets Wendy, Bailey, and Billie. His next goals? Complete his college degree while gaining as much emergency vet experience as possible.

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Nina
Veterinary Assistant

Excited to learn as much as she can about the veterinary field and emergency medicine, Nina was part of our very first assistant apprenticeship program. She loved being a part of an incredible program and enjoys being on the emergency team. Outside of work, having fun at the beach and going for a hike are activities that Nina enjoys. And of course, Nina is an animal lover so her pet family includes tropical fish, a four year old pitbull named Dakota, and a one year old shepherd mix named Charlotte.

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Jeannie
Veterinary Assistant

Jeannie comes to us from Rhode Island. She loves lego building, meditating, painting, and exploring Florida’s sunny beaches, parks, and museums. When she’s not here making a difference in the lives of our pet families, you can find her loving on her own pet Shorkie named Teddy.

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Victoria
Veterinary Assistant

Victoria is from Lakeland, Florida, and joins our team for her love of animals. When she’s not running or spending time at the beach, you can find her enjoying the company of her friends; humans and animals! Victoria has several reptiles and a five-year-old Savannah cat named Africa. When asked about her goals, Victoria says “My goals are to be able to learn so much and be able to do everything…”

Makayla

Makayla
Veterinary Assistant

Makayla joins our team to continue to grow in the veterinary field. She is working on finishing veterinary technician school and becoming certified to pursue her dream job. In her free time, Makayla enjoys spending time in the pool and with her two fur babies, Ivy and Janda.

Meredith

Meredith
Veterinary Assistant

Meredith comes to us from Virginia. Working in the veterinary field allows her to be happy while doing something she loves. Meredith enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her brother, whom she is very close with. As part of the pet community, she has a dog named Koda that she loves very much. She is excited to continue to learn as much as possible throughout her career.