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. Tai Curry
ER Veterinarian

Dr. Curry joined the Parkway family in December of 2018. She attended Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She had also received a certification in Acupuncture from the Chi Institute in December of 2008. Dr. Curry has enjoyed watching the many advancements of veterinary medicine over the last thirteen years. She is proud to serve and make a difference in our community, providing after-hours veterinary emergency care. Dr. Curry does not leave her love for animals at the end of a workday though. She is is a pet mom to a quarter horse, a donkey, a pony, two miniature horses, and a barn kitty. After all that she is also a lover of all things Harry Potter. As family is an important part of our teams’ lives, Dr. Curry's proudest life accomplishment is the birth of her son Gray.

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Dr. Aimee L. Smith

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Tuskegee University's Center for Veterinary Medicine in Alabama. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Smith was a veterinary technician in her home state of Kentucky for thirteen years. Dr. Smith’s first adventure into veterinary medicine was in a small animal ER in her hometown where she spent four and a half years with that practice before moving to general practice. Dr. Smith has also worked with horses in and outside of veterinary medicine. Her final veterinary technician position led her to exotic animals, which she enjoyed very much. Dr. Smith is dedicated, reliable, trustworthy, and committed to her patients and their care veterinary technician. Dr. Smith also takes pride in constantly learning.

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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.

Practice Manager

Will came to us by way of Plano, TX, and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Collin College. Will loves the veterinary field because he feels there’s nothing more satisfying than assisting in the recovery of an injured or ill fury-family member and reuniting them after treatment with their loved ones. Will strives to provide our community with the highest level of veterinary medical care. Will joined our practice because he saw a unique culture that promotes a high quality of medical care for its patients and a family atmosphere for its staff. Will spends his free time with his wife and son enjoying all that Florida has to offer. Their family also includes a seven-year-old boxer. Will is also an avid comic book collector.


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 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 with her boyfield and their children. Danielle hamster, Peaches, is happy to have a veterinarian technician as her pet mom.


Client Patient Coordinator

Hannah is from our wonderful city of Lakeland, FL. She is one of the friendly voices you hear when you call our clinic. Hannah joined us because she wanted to be a part of a team that loved what they do for animals. Hannah loves animals and her seven-year-old Calico cat, Cali, can attest to that. Hannah hopes to one day become a veterinarian technician. She also loves doing yoga in her free time.


Client Patient Coordinator

Ashley is from the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York. Ashley joined our team because she wanted to continue gaining experience in emergency medicine. She likes the fast-paced working environment and has a passion for helping others. Ashley has an Associate’s Degree in Office Technologies, A Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Health Services Administration. Ashley enjoys spending time with family, her daughter, and her rescued Chihuahua Squeaky.


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.


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.


Veterinary Technician and Team Leader

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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Veterinary Technician

Melissa is from right here in Lakeland, FL. Melissa has an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Hillsborough Community College. She joined our Parkway team to learn more about emergency medicine. Like most of our team members, Melissa is a pet mom. She has two dogs and two cats. Melissa’s favorite things to do are hike, read, and paint. She’s also used to being on a team, being from a large family. Melissa aspires to get her Bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology.

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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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Veterinary Technician

Christina is from Mullica Hill, NJ. She loves being an ER veterinarian technician and helping our community’s pets. She is certified in BLS/ALS and Recover CPR. Christina is also working on her Bachelor’s Degree. She hopes to one day attend Veterinary School specializing in exotic and wildlife animal medicine. Christina is engaged to be married and loves spending time with her parents and siblings. Christina’s love for animals extends to her home where she has two bearded dragons, one crested gecko, one dog, and two cats.


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.


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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Client Patient Coordinator

Olivia is from and lives in Winter Haven, Florida with her grandparents. She enjoys life and continuously aims to live a happy one! Oliva strives to provide comfort and reassurance to our patients and clients during what can be a difficult time. Olivia’s two biggest interests are antique tea sets and video games. If she’s not working, you will probably find Olivia at the thrift or antique store. Just like Olivia’s colleagues, the animal love doesn’t end at work. Olivia is a pet parent to five cats and one dog. When you call us, Olivia is one of the friendly voices on the other end of the phone and a smiling face at the front desk.