Charlotte Animal Hospital - Veterinarians & Vet Team

Charlotte Harbor Veterinarians - Port Charlotte Veterinarians

Charlotte Animal Hospital is a full-service state-of-the-art veterinary hospital in Port Charlotte, FL. Our 5 veterinarians and vet team can provide your pet with preventative care plus medical, surgical, and dental care.

Get to know our Port Charlotte veterinarians and vet team. Our Charlotte Harbor animal clinic has an exceptional staff of talented veterinarians, vet technicians, vet assistants, pet nutritional counselors and client care employees who look forward to welcoming you and your four-legged friends to our Charlotte Animal Hospital family!

As active members of the Charlotte Harbor and Port Charlotte community, we look forward to meeting you soon!

  • 4200 Kings Highway
  • Charlotte Harbor
  • Port Charlotte, FL 33980
  • Phone: (941) 625-6111
  • Fax: (941) 625-6112
  • After Hours: (941) 255-5222
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  • Vet Hospital M-F, 8am-6pm
  • (Vet Hours M-F, 9am-11:30am & 2pm-5:30pm)
  • Vet Hospital Sat, 8am-1pm
  • (Vet Hours Sat, 8:30am-12:30pm)
  • Sun, Closed
  • Dennis M McDonough, Veterinarian

    Dr. McDonough studied Biology at the University of Kentucky and then attended Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985.  He moved to southwest Florida in 1986, loved the Charlotte Harbor area and and has been here ever since.  Outside the vet hosital, Dr. McDonough enjoys golfing, fishing, and playing tennis.  He and his wife Laurie have two Papillons named Stella and Tenielle.

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 07, 1985
    Education:
    Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Kevin T Cronin, Veterinarian

    Dr. Cronin is a Florida native and received his B.S. in Biochemistry at Florida State University and his D.V.M. from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a supporter of the local Animal Welfare League. He has two sons named Mason and Maxwell and a boston terrier named Cecelia, and 2 cats named Shades and Fraidy. Outside the vet clinic, Dr. Cronin enjoys time with his girlfriend and family and loves fishing, boating and traveling.

    Years in Practice:
    May 24, 1997
    Education:
    Florida State University, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
    Interests:
    B.S. in Biochemistry
  • Leah Kimbler, Veterinarian

    Originally from West Virginia, Dr. Kimbler holds a Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. She went on to earn her Doctorate's degree in Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She then moved to southwest Florida where she has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2009. Dr. Kimbler's professional interests are pet dermatology and pet internal medicine. Outside the vet hospital, she enjoys gardening, kayaking, and hiking with her husband Kris. She has two dogs, Stout and Harry, and a Quaker Parrot.

    Years in Practice:
    May 09, 2009
    Education:
    Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Rafael Cartelli, Veterinarian

    Dr. Cartelli earned his Veterinary Degree at the Federal University of Parana' (Brazil) in 1997 and a Master of Veterinary Sciences Degree in 2000 right before he moved to the United States. He lived in the Cape Cod area for several years and worked in different animal hospitals. He moved to Fort Myers, FL in 2007. Dr. Cartelli main professional interests are pet endocrinology, pet dentistry, exotic animals and pocket pets and pet soft tissue surgery. Outside the animal clinic, he enjoys spending time with his wife Sandra and two sons Leo and Gabe at the beautiful Florida beaches and parks, cooking Italian and listening to European Rock'n'Roll. He has 2 dogs and 2 cats.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1997
    Education:
    Federal University of Parana' (Brazil) Veterinary Sciences
  • Rachel Norris, Veterinarian

    Dr. Norris started here at Charlotte Animal Hospital in February 2014. She graduated with highest honors from Ross School of Veterinary Medicine in January 2014. She completed her clinicals at the University of Florida. She likes being challenged with new and exciting things at work and meeting wonderful pets in Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and the surrounding areas.  She has two dogs named Chance and Cricket, a Boa Constrictor named Sassy, and a cat named Professor Chaos. In her spare time she enjoys her dogs, traveling, exploring state parks, photography, and lounging in the pool.

    Years in Practice:
    Feb 19, 2014
    Education:
    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Clinicals at Univeristy of Florida
  • Tonya Yeager - Practice Manager

    Tonya was born in Ft. Myers, FL and moved to Charlotte County in 1976. She began working at Charlotte Animal Hospital as a kennel technician in 1992, worked her way around the vet hospital and is now Practice Manager. Her favorite part of the job is dealing with personnel and clients. Because of her love for animals, she has two Boxer's named "Roxy" and "Lucy". Tonya and her husband, Ron, have two children, Kelsey and Kyle, and an adorable grandson, Easton. Outside the vet hospital, Tonya enjoys boating, fishing, and spending time with family and friends, and Rays baseball games. Tonya's future plans are to win the lottery so she can spend more time with her family.

    Years in Practice:
    Mar 17, 1992
  • Joan Coleman - Practice Administrator

    Joan was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Duquesne University with a BS in Education. She attended Edinboro University for Post Graduate Studies. She taught Business Education in Pittsburgh, Erie and Stoneboro, Pennsylvania. Joan owned Silver Shores Restaurant in Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania for 30 years. She moved to Florida in November of 2006 and began working at Charlotte Animal Hospital. Joan has a daughter, a son,a son-in-law and a granddaughter who all live in Punta Gorda. She also has two cats named Smokey and Lilly. Outside the animal clinic, she enjoys working in the yard and spending time with family and friends. Joan enjoys every aspect of her work at Charlotte Animal Hospital.

    Years in Practice:
    Nov 15, 2006
    Education:
    Edinboro University for Post Graduate Studies
  • Michelle F Cox - VeterinaryTechnologist/Surgical Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Nutritional Counselor, Practice Safety Manager, Food Manager, Website Administrator, Client Communications Specialist

    Michelle was born in Detroit Michigan, and grew up in North Fort Myers Florida. She has been working at Charlotte Animal Hospital since early 2005.

    Her favorite part of the job is her involvement in the animal's healthcare and nutrition and assisting in the treatment and surgical procedures of animals, including dentistry. She earned her Certified Veterinary Assistant Degree in 1992. She currently is a student of San Juan College acquiring her Associate of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology to become a Certified Veterinary Technologist. She is also a Veterinary Nutritional Counselor. In 2010 she was inducted as a presidential member of the National Society of Leadership and Success through her college for high GPA and academic excellence. In 2011, she received her Presidential Honors Certificate in Veterinary Technology from her college as well. Her future plans include continuing her education to further her career in the Veterinary Field and to obtain numerous Certifications in such. Michelle also enjoys writing and specializes in advanced technical communications.

    Outside of work she spends time enjoying life and nature with her fiance' JR, her awesome little Dachshund/Chihuahua mix named Dapple Dan, and her family.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2002
    Education:
    San Juan College of Veterinary Technology
    Interests:
    Veterinary Nutritional Advocacy, Technical Communications, Advanced Writing
  • Dawn Legg - Senior Surgical Veterinary Technician

    Dawn was born in Germany. She has been working at Charlotte Animal Hospital since 1996. Dawn enjoys helping the doctors and taking care of the animals, but her favorite job is helping in surgery. Dawn's personal intersts include swimming, reading, and being outdoors. She has a Chihuahua named Maximillion.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 17, 1996
  • Meagan S Lehew - Surgical Veterinary Technician

    Meagan has been working at Charlotte Animal Hospital since January 2004. She enjoys assisting with surgeries and emergency medicine. In her spare time, Meagan enjoys fishing with her husband and spending time with her two sons. She has a Jack Russell named Jack and a Brittany named Hank. 

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 14, 2004
  • Nicole Sandling - Veterinary Technician/Pharmacy Manager

    Nicole has been with Charlotte Animal Hospital since April 2006. She enjoys interacting with clients and their pets, assisting doctors during examinations, surgeries, and helping with diagnostic lab procedures and radiography. She enjoys the continual learning experiences each day brings. In her spare time Nicole likes cooking, and exploring her artistic creativity with drawing, construction and wall mosaics. Nicole has a cat called Yoda.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 06, 2006
  • Jonathon Aronson - Veterinary Technician, Assistant Food Manager

    Jon started working here at Charlotte Animal Hospital in November 2011. He enjoys assisting the doctors and interacting with the animals. He has two cats named Franklin and Noodles, in which he loves very much. In his spare time he enjoys spending with his beautiful fiance' Jennifer and his Pops. His favorite hobby is building and maintaining his Saltwater Fish Aquariums.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Education:
    Miami Dade College
  • Amanda Timberman - Veterinary Technician

    Amanda has been working at Charlotte Animal Hospital since November 2013. She enjoys the diversity of the cases she sees each day and interacting with the clients. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and two beautiful daughters. She has a cat she rescued named Sketch.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Tracey Hamilton - Veterinary Technician

    Tracey has been working at Charlotte Animal Hospital since October 2014. She is a certified pet groomer and also is certified in animal CPR. She has worked with animals since 1998. Tracey also attended a veterinary technician program 1998. She has many awards for exceptional animal care. In her spare time, Tracey enjoys traveling, going to music festivals.   She also enjoys spending time with her 5 year old Pit Bull named Shelby, her 18 year old Himalayan named Simon, and her 9 year old Double-Dapple Dachshund with disabilities named Snoopy.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 21, 2015
  • Cindy Groves - Veterinary Technician

    Cindy started working at Charlotte Animal Hospital in 2015. She has been in the veterinary field since 2004. She spent her first 5 years in the field working in emergency and critical care. Since then she worked in surgery and general practice. She has two cats named Augustus and Louie, and a Miniature Poodle named Stanley. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, outdoors, and the beach.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 21, 2015
  • Kaitlyn Drag - Veterinary Technician

    Kaitlyn started working at Charlotte Animal Hospital in November 2015.  She loves every second of it!  After high school she attended a veterinary technician program at a technical college in Orlando, Florida. She earned many certifications and awards. She loves assisting the doctors in treating our patients. She also loves radiology and learning new things. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, boating, being outdoors, and spending time with the fiancĂ© Tyler, family, and friends. She has two fur babies. A cat named Otis, and a dog named Kahli.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
  • Amanda Burch - Kennel Manager

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 11, 2016
  • Katie Tipton - Veterinary Assitant

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 11, 2016
  • Kayla Alberts - Veterinary Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 19, 2017
  • Susan Malone - Receptionist

    Susan Malone brings over 5 years of experience to her position with Charlotte Animal Hospital. Before joining our staff in 2005, Susan worked as Senior Veterinarian Assistant and Office Manager for Bradford Animal Hospital in Nashville, TN. Susan is married to John (everyone's favorite FEDEX man), and has 2 handsome and successful sons, 4 beautiful granddaughters, and 1 very handsome grandson. All this and she's Mom to two fabulous Boxers, Junior & Little.

    Years in Practice:
    Mar 10, 2005
    Education:
    Sante Fe Community College
  • Jodi Smith - Receptionist

    Jodi has been working at Charlotte Animal Hospital since April 2014 and loves every day she is here. She loves assisting the doctors with diagnostics to help treat patients. She also enjoys working with her coworkers here at Charlotte Animal Hospital. In her spare time, Jodi enjoys going to concerts, boating, and hanging out with her husband Kevin. She has two Boston terriers named Bud and Keystone. Boston Terriers are her favorite breed of dogs.

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 30, 2014
  • Amy Newkirk - Receptionist

    Amy has been working at Charlotte Animal Hospital since April 2014. She loves animals and enjoys working with her coworkers here at Charlotte Animal Hospital. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She has an American Staffordshire Terrier named Mercedes.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014