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.
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.
Dr. Erin Rothrock
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Natasha joined our emergency veterinary team as part of our very first assistant apprenticeship program. She has always dreamed of working with animals so this career opportunity to learn and grow with our team was perfect. And she also hopes to one day work with exotic animals. Natasha is from Port Huron, Michigan but now calls Lakeland home. She enjoys any activities that involve being outdoors. Natasha has a wonderful large family which includes animal family members as well. She has three dogs, four cats, and two birds.