Dr. Tom Carlos
Thomas Carlos, DVM MS, otherwise known as “Dr. Tom” graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1985, then obtained his Masters Degree in Surgery and Medicine from Auburn University. Dr. Carlos did an internship at the American Animal Hospital in Chicago. In 1990, he opened his first veterinary practice in the Florida panhandle and has since opened and maintained several veterinary hospitals throughout the state. He is Dog Dad to “Darla” and “Zoe”.
Dr. Angela Bentley
Dr. Angela Bentley was born and raised in the cold North – Ontario, Canada. She graduated in 2001 from the Ontario Veterinary College on the University of Guelph campus in Guelph, Ontario. The cold winters and multiple feet of snow pushed her South and she began her veterinary career in North Carolina. She has had experience with multiple species in different hospitals caring for everything from snakes, lizards, turtles, birds, ferrets, rabbits, hedgehogs, goats, pot-bellied pigs, sheep, and wildlife, as well as cats and dogs. She has worked in emergency medicine, as well as, with many medical and surgical cases.
Dr. Bentley’s husband accepted a promotion and brought her even further south to Florida where she has made a home. She has a human son, Preston, as well as 3 four-legged “kids” – a Jack Russell Terrier named Polly, a Duck Toller mix, Lucy, and 1 kitty named “Simon.” When Dr. Bentley is not being a “mom” or “doc”, she enjoys photography, gardening and crafts.
Dr. Tracy Millhouse
Dr. Tracy Millhouse grew up in a small town in central upstate New York. She earned her AAS degree in Agricultural Science at Morrisville State College, followed by her BS degree in Animal Science at Cornell University. She then relocated to Baton Rouge to earn her DVM at Louisiana State University graduating in 2008. She has been a part of the veterinary community since 1999. After Veterinary school, she spent two years working at a small animal general practice and local shelter in Rochester, NY, before she and her husband, Zack, decided to move back down south in late 2010. She joined team AHOP in April 2011 and loves getting to know her furry patients and their families. Educating pet owners is one of the most enjoyable (and most important) parts of her job – the more questions, the better! Professional interests include abdominal ultrasonography and behavior disorders in dogs and cats.
When she’s not caring for other people’s pets, Dr. Millhouse enjoys spending time with her husband, Zack, and their motley crew of 4 dogs, 3 cats, and a corn snake. She also dabbles in several hobbies like crafting, sewing, and home-brewing when time allows.
Dr. Diana Heath
Dr. Diana Heath grew up in a small town in northeastern Mississippi. She graduated from Mississippi State University and moved to Florida to further her career as a veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Pensacola. She loves being a veterinarian and especially enjoys getting to know her patients and their families. She is excited to see animals of all shapes and sizes, from furry critters to scaly ones, and her special interests include ophthalmology and internal medicine.
She is mom to the silliest, most wild pup, Odin, his fluffy brother, Remy, and one purrrfect princess kitty, Puddintain. When not caring for the wonderful patients at AHOP, Dr. Heath loves to hang out with her pups at the beach and spend time with her family, especially the newest addition – a beautiful baby girl!
Dr. Marlene Baumeister
Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Dr. Baumeister was raised on a small farm where she developed her love of animals. She started a family first and raised 4 children (started Veterinary College when they were ages 16, 15, 12, and 6). With the help and support of her husband Jim and family, she graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 as President of her class. The first five years after graduation she worked for a small mixed animal practice and worked with mostly dogs, cats, horses, cattle and some wildlife.
In 2003 she opened her own practice in Shelby Michigan. Her patients included everything from dogs and cats to exotics such as camels, wallabies, llamas, alpacas, and even an elephant (the only one in the state). After making the decision to move south, she sold her practice to an associate and accepted a position at a local hospital in Pensacola.
She also worked as a relief veterinarian at several other local practices until accepting a position with our hospital. She currently lives in Milton with her husband of over 30 years and 5 fur babies (ages 15, 14, 9, 2 and 1), a Jack Russell named GusGus, a Poodle named Hallie, a Bichon named Dollie and 2 Chihuahuas named Honey and Penny.
In her spare time, she loves to visit family (she has 14 grandchildren), go fishing, snorkeling and swimming.
Dr. Katherine Sternitzke
Dr. Katherine Sternitzke is a 2018 graduate of Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She is the proud mom of 2 poodles and 3 mischievous black cats. On her days off she is a sun worshipper at the nearest beach, usually with her pups. Dr. Sternitzke has spent a total of 6 months in West Africa working at primate sanctuaries. Zoo and exotic medicine is her passion and she would love to treat your furred, feathered, scaled, and slimy friends!
Susie was born and raised primarily in Florida. Growing up as a military child, she traveled a bit when she was younger but has lived in Pensacola since 1989. She joined the Animal Hospital of Pensacola on May 5, 1999, and considers the Animal Hospital of Pensacola her “second home”. She and her husband, Bryann have made Pensacola their home since marrying in 1998 and have an amazing little girl, Skylah. The favorite part of her job is the trusting relationships made with the clients and of course, their pets! She is also a Mom to her two dogs M.B and Bam, and four cats Ham, Squeakers, Yoki, and Lava(all rescues or strays). When she is not busy at work, she enjoys bootcamp and spending as much time as she can with her daughter, husband and fur babies. Their new family adventure is Foster Care (for humans that is).
Trisha Merchant, CVPM
Trisha has been in the veterinary industry since 2000. She joined our team in September 2014. Trisha is native to the Pensacola/Alabama area; born and raised in Alabama! Trisha’s favorite part of the job is working with the public and having the opportunity to educate clients on the best care for their beloved pets. When she is not working, she enjoys watching football (Roll Tide) and spending time with her family. Trisha is very excited to bring some of her knowledge and experience to the clients of Animal Hospital of Pensacola!
Stacy was raised in Connecticut before moving to Florida in 2003. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Florida State University and has been in the veterinary industry since 2006. She moved to Pensacola and joined the team in February 2011. She has a wonderful son, Jack, that is always excited to come to work and see the kitties. She is also mom to her 3 dogs, Lucy, Molly, and Hoover.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Kelly has been in the veterinary industry since 2005. She joined our team in August of 2010. Kelly’s favorite parts of her job are emergency care, critical care, patient care, chemotherapy, laboratory and the list goes on and on. This is why she serves as our Technician Medical Supervisor. She has a unique mix of pets. A Husky Arwyn, Hound mix Ranger, Pot Belly Pig Wilma, Sulcata Tortoise Rigby, two cats Bobber and Conroy, and her mix of chickens (2 Yellow Sex Link, 1 Black Australorp, and 1 Light Brahma). “In my years of practice I have worked with a LOT of doctors and a few hospitals and Animal Hospital of Pensacola is by far the BEST PLACE for veterinary care of any kind. I know this because if it weren’t for this hospital, my sweet girl “Arwyn” would not be here today”!
Certified Veterinary Technician and Supervisor
Katherine, aka ‘Kat”, has been in the veterinary industry (and part of the AHOP Team) since 2007. She loved her technician job so much that she went to school and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. She loves being involved in the community and leads our Relay for Life Team each year. The love of her life Emma, is a brindle Pit Bull and she will talk about her any time you ask. She also has two cats, Timmy and Fiona. All of her pets have been “found” animals that wormed their way into her heart. She is excited to share her knowledge with you and take care of your pets.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Amanda was introduced into the field in early 2008 as a volunteer in a local veterinary clinic. When the owners offered her a position as a technician, she jumped on the opportunity and has never looked back. She entered into the first ever class of the Veterinary Technology program at Pensacola State College, and graduated alongside her friends and coworkers, Kat and Kelly, in May of 2013. Two months later, after passing the Veterinary Technician National Examination, she received certification. She has been with our company since April of 2013, and “couldn’t be happier”! Her favorite parts of the job are caring for all the wonderful pets, taking on new challenges, and learning new things every day. She is especially interested in reptiles and anesthesia. Her own pets include 2 dogs- a Chocolate Lab mix and a Staffordshire Terrier, an orange tabby cat named Clive, a Ball Python she calls Phil, and a Dumeril Boa named Cupcake.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Jenni has been in the industry since 2004, before taking time off to raise her daughter. She graduated from PSC in May 2017. Since she was a little girl she has always wanted to work with animals. She shares her home with 2 dogs, a toy poodle and a great dane mix, and 2 cats, a tuxedo and a 3 legged black cat.
Certified Veterinary Technician / Supervisor
Courtney has been in the veterinary industry for over 6 years. She first joined us in 2006 and then spent some time traveling before returning to us once again in January 2012. She just couldn’t stay away. Courtney’s favorite part of her job is educating pet owners. She is currently Pet Mom to her rats Laverne and Shirley and Elsa the hedgehog. When she is not working, she enjoys watching football and baseball, but more importantly, she spends most of her free time with her beautiful daughter Brooklyn.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Meet Mari, she’s one of our veterinary technicians that is currently in school working to gain knowledge and become certified in her position. Mari has always had a natural love for all animals and she incorporates that passion in her patient care here at the hospital. One of her favorite parts about the job is giving sick patients the care they deserve and making them as comfortable as possible. At the end of the day she goes home to her husband Chris and her two daughters (Kaylee and Skylet). She also has three fur babies Diamond (the sweetest pitbull EVER), Kat (a sweet hound mix adopted from the Pensacola Humane Society) and Ember (a fancy Bengal cat).
Certified Veterinary Technician
Mary is also known to many as Mo. She graduated from Pensacola State College in 2016. She currently own’s 3 dogs. When she is not at work you can find her outdoors enjoying nature.
I developed a love for animals as a young child. I fostered every stray animal I ran across from lizards to baby squirrels. While in high school, my animal family consisted of 3 dogs, 3 cats, a rabbit, and a horse. I have been a pet sitter for numerous years and have worked as a veterinary technician approximately a year and a half while working on my bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of West Florida. After graduation in 2019, I plan to continue my education and become a certified veterinary technician and explore specializations such as ultrasound and acupuncture. My ultimate career goal is to eventually work with exotic animals either in a zoo or rehabilitation center.
I currently have two fur babies (Jack and Leo) who are my life. I also have a wonderful fiancé who thankfully tolerates my passion for animals. If I am not working, you will usually find me at the beach or hanging out with friends.
I have been working in the vet industry for 3.5 years. I will attend Pensacola State College to become a CVT. My girlfriend and I have 6 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 rats. Our kiddos names are Cheeto (Orange kitty), Scout (Boykin spaniel), Duke (black lab), London (he’s questionable), Buttercup (Pit), Winston (weiner dog), and Jackson (Golden retriever). Jackson is our special boy. He was a rescue from Alaqua Animal Rescue. He is our paralyzed handsom man! With my free time, my girlfriend and I travel, hike, go to the beach, or spend our time with the kiddos on the couch.
My name is Kendall. I was born and raised in Florida. I found my passion for working with animals while volunteering for an animal shelter in Mississippi. I started my first veterinary job as a kennel technician in 2013 and haven’t looked back. I worked my way up to technician, and then eventually settled into reception due to my love for customer service. I have 5 pets—3 cats and 2 dogs, all of which I have rescued from various shelters. When I am not at work, you can find me exploring downtown with my friends and family or enjoying the outdoors!
My name is Ashley, I was born in Germany thanks to the US Army, but have resided in Florida for long enough that it technically counts as my hailing place. I have gone back and forth on career ideas from Animal Control to Kennel Technician to Veterinary Technician which I actually started going to school at PSC for. Thanks to a push from my loving husband Josh, I somehow landed in reception two years ago and have so far decided that is where I belong. I love being able to help people and their furred/scaled/feathered/etc. children, which makes this a great starting point if nothing else. Someday I may go back to school to advance to the back, but we will see. When not at work I spend every moment with my greatest achievement, my son Halvor. We love exploring the outdoors, taking trips to the zoo, reading, and playing with our own crew of four-legged critters. Among those are two dogs; an energetic Pitt/Curr mix named Lira and a psycho Beagle named Amy Lee, and three cats; a one-eyed pirate tuxedo named Romeo, a sweet silver tabby named Lilith, and a mischievous dilute calico named Lucyfur.
Hey friends, my name is Shelby. I was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico & moved to the United States in 2014. Puerto Rico is known for its high population of stray animals & as a child I was always on a mission to help them all. I recall feeding every stray cat or dog I found on the road & bringing it home to the point that I once owned 9 cats & 4 dogs at once. I am currently enrolled in the University of West Florida where I am majoring in Biomedical Sciences with the concentration of Veterinary Medicine. After I graduate from UWF I will be attending Vet School & once I attain my residency I will be going back to school to specialize in Veterinary Ophthalmology.
I couldn’t be more grateful to be here at the Animal Hospital of Pensacola, alongside my tripod, polydactyl kitty Punch Buggy. I am so thankful to be here working in the industry I’ve always dreamt to be a part of.
My name is Tyra. I was born and raised in Norway and moved to the United States in 2016 where I started my journey working with animals. I have always had a passion for animals, and find a huge interest in working with dogs and horses.
During my free time, I enjoy training and playing with my personal pets, spending time with family and being adventurous.
My name is Savannah. I am 19 years old. I just recently got into the Vet industry. I am currently going to Pensacola State College for the Veterinary Technology Program. I have 1 dog (Roxie), a cat (Convict) and 2 bearded dragons (Diablo and Little Rascal). The ones pictured with me are a part of the family, we have Aries, Blue, and Lucy (left to right). We also have two Chiweenies named Tinkerbell and Jake. I’ve been wanting to get into Veterinary since I was 5 years old. I promised my father before he passed that I would complete school and follow my dreams. So here I am!
Natalie Williams, from Little Rock Arkansas, has been grooming for 10 years. Her passion for animals led her to apprentice under one of the top professionals in the industry, who then hired her as her second hand. She regularly attends professional grooming seminars and is passionate about continuing her education. She shows poodles and English Setters in the American Kennel Club and is owned by 3 poodles, one of each variety.
Jessica Hockemeier, from Richmond, Missouri, has been grooming over 10 years. She is a graduate of Starwood Arts of Dog Grooming in Thailand. She has done work for television and print ads both nationally and internationally. She takes pride in her career and enjoys traveling to teach and attend grooming seminars. She shows poodles in The American Kennel Club and is owned by two Standard Poodles and a Yorkie.