Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Austin Plummer, Owner, Elite Fear Free Certified

Dr. Austin Plummer was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida and has had a lifelong passion for everything animal-related. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.  

Dr. Plummer has always loved St. Petersburg and upon graduation from veterinary school knew he wanted to move back to his hometown and begin practicing medicine. After several years in private practice, he was able to obtain his goal of practice ownership by opening his own veterinary hospital. “I have a passion for all aspects of veterinary medicine, but I have a special interest in radiology and internal medicine.” 

In addition to the DVM curriculum, Dr. Plummer received a certificate in business management and shelter medicine. He is proficient in abdominal ultrasonography and is a skilled soft tissue surgeon. Dr. Plummer finds client education extremely important and always takes the extra time to explain disease processes and test results to his clients.  

Dr. Plummer and his wife Samantha have 3 dogs, 2 goats, 6 chickens, and numerous aquatic pets at their home in St. Petersburg.

“My wife and I both really love animals, it’s one of the biggest things we share and we have made our home reflective of that. We are both extremely passionate about rescue animals and always try to have a foster dog in our home.” 

Dr. Michael Dibler

Dr. Michael Dibler was born and raised on the east coast of Florida. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology and his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Florida. He is currently pursuing certification in canine and feline rehabilitation and physical therapy from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Dibler is passionate about all aspects of veterinary medicine. His special interests include internal medicine, dentistry, soft tissue surgery, canine and feline rehabilitation, as well as geriatric medicine and palliative care. Like Dr. Plummer, Dr. Dibler also makes client education a top priority. “Taking that extra time to explain the how’s and why’s with regard to your pets health and medical needs is, in my mind, a standard of care.”

Dr. Dibler is an active member of the Alumni Executive Board at University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (UF CVM). He serves as a co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is an administrator for the UF CVM Alumni Facebook group. Dr. Dibler is a transgender man who is active in the veterinary LGBTQ+ community. He frequently attends speaking engagements across the country to provide education on LGBTQ+ diversity for the veterinary community.

In his free time, Dr. Dibler likes to spend time with his wife, Nicky and their elderly chihuahua, Chloe, and their young cat, Rey. Dr. Dibler is an avid trumpet player who plays with the Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Colorguard in Orlando and Brass Hysteria here in St. Pete.

Meet Our Technicians

Michelle Werden, CVT, Office Manager, and Fear Free Certified

I am married to my husband Andy, a mother to Abby, a 7-year-old rescued Cocker Spaniel, and a business owner. As a young child, I gravitated towards animals due to their unassuming, non-judgmental, and honest personalities. Their resiliency and forgiving nature have been a continuing life lesson for me. After a 20-year career as a staff accountant, I made the decision to step outside of my comfort zone and retire. I left a job that I excelled at and that I was very comfortable in to pursue my passion for animal care. I was accepted into the Veterinary Nursing program at SPC in June of 2017. I graduated with honors in May of 2019 and subsequently became a CVT bypassing the VTNE in August of that same year. I began my veterinary career in May of 2017 with a small single veterinarian practice, which I continue to do relief work for. In May of 2018, I also began working at Pet Pal Veterinary Clinic. I have been an active volunteer with Pet Pal Animal Shelter since 2016 and have been a hospice foster with Florida Cocker Spaniel Rescue since 2013. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Andy, Abby, and my family, working in my organic garden, and volunteering with the shelter.

Rebecca Johnson, CVT, Lead Tech, Inventory Manager, and Fear Free Certified

Hi! My Name is Rebecca. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Fl. I currently live in Largo with my husband, our 4 dogs (Roxy, Neo, Apollo, and Bubba), 3 bearded dragons, ball python, and a turtle. My pets are my kids. I graduated from the SPC Veterinary Technology Program in 2012 and have over 14 years of experience working with animals. I treat every patient as if he/she were my own. In my free time, I like to do ceramics, go kayaking, watch Netflix and spend time with family.

Soraya Baz Fahad

Hey! My name is Soraya. I was born in the United States, raised in Egypt, and moved to the UK for work. I started my career in animal care there, earning a Level 2 NVQ in Horse Care and Management. I moved back to Florida to continue my education, graduating from the University of Tampa with a BSC in Biology with a Chemistry minor. My passion for the veterinary field grew as I worked as a technician in an equine hospital, doing ER shifts, and then in a daytime small animal clinic. I love to help all my patients, big and small, feel better so they can live their best lives! In the future, I hope to pursue this goal further by going to vet school myself. My furbabies are my long-haired German Shepherd, Tegan, my foster fail mixed breed pup Styx, and my rescue kitty, Nugget. Outside of work, I love to foster animals through local rescues, play board games with friends, and enjoy outdoor activities like kayaking and camping.

Sarah Groendyke

Hi! My name is Sarah, I was born and raised in Miami, FL but moved to St Pete 2 years ago. I live with my boyfriend and our pets, a dog named Charles Barkley and a cat named Gigi. It has been my dream to work with animals since I was a child watching Emergency Vets and Steve Irwin on TV, and I feel very lucky to be able to follow that passion. In my free time I enjoy crochet, spending time at the beach, and playing DND.

Kim Hackett, CVT, Fear Free Certified

Hi everyone! My name is Kim and although I was born in West Palm Beach, FL I grew up in Long Island, NY. After high school I went on to receive my BS in Environmental Science with a minor in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont and then followed my passion for traveling to many states across the nation. I have always desired a career where I worked closely with animals and in 2017 I entered SPC to finally realize that goal and became a veterinary nurse, receiving my official certification 2 years later. I have two dogs, Orion and Cake and I try to spend as much time with them as possible. When I’m not working I enjoy painting, reading and exploring outdoors.

Meet Our Client Service Representatives

Breanna Rougerio, Front Desk Manager

My name is Bre Rougerio. I am originally from a small town in West Virginia and have recently moved to the St. Petersburg area. Being a military spouse I have lived in multiple states and I am excited to finally make Florida my home.

I knew from a young age I wanted to work with animals as I have always had love and compassion for them. I have been in the veterinary field for over 5 years now as a receptionist as well as a veterinarian assistant.

I have a German Shepherd named Remi, a Golden Retriever named Deuxbee, and a cat named Bailey that rules the house. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors and doing activities with my pets.
I look forward to meeting you and providing you with the most positive and comforting experience here at PPH!

Mary Casillo

Hi! My name is Mary. I was born and raised in N.E. Ohio, that’s where I started my 18-year veterinary receptionist career. I currently live in Clearwater with my husband Bobby and our 5 furbabies. Bruno is a pug/chihuahua mix, Beetle is a pug mix, Pebbles is a terrier mix, Flash is a terrier/chihuahua mix and Cassie is a lab/mountain cur mix. They are all rescues and make me laugh every day!

Outside of work I enjoy spending time at home with my hubby and our pups. I love going to the beach, bike riding, doing landscaping around the house and we recently got a kayak to help us enjoy this beautiful Florida weather.

I truly enjoy working in this field and it makes me happy to be able to be here for you and your furbabies. I love animals and will treat yours like they are my own. I look forward to meeting all of you!

Lori Penetar

Hi, my name is Lori and I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. Tired of the cold weather, we moved south and I now live in St Petersburg with my husband, Mike, and our large rescue family of fur babies; including, our American Staffordshire Terrier, Maximus; our little Shi Tzu, Dallas; our newest and largest, Cooper, the Labradane; Paulix and Sage our Tabbies, our grey cat, Luci-Furr; and last but not least our 3 turtles; Darwin, Charley, and Sheldon. We also have two human children, a son, Mikey (28), and a daughter, Jordan (32), and a granddaughter, Addison (9).

In my spare time, I love spending time with my babies, my granddaughter, and my husband, hanging out at the beach, boating, and riding my motorcycle with my husband.

My passion has always been caring for animals of all kinds and my dream would be for every pet to find it forever home. I look forward to meeting you and your fur baby!

Meet Our Veterinary Assistant

Jasmine Miles

Hi, my name is Jasmine. I just recently moved to St. Pete with my boyfriend and two dogs, Stormy and Rosie. I’m currently attending USF to finish my bachelor’s in Integrative Animal Biology. I love being in nature especially when hiking and exploring new areas. One of my goals in life is to go to South Africa and work with lions and cheetahs. I can’t wait to meet you and your fur babies!