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  • Dr. Kimberly Tyson
    CVA, Veterinarian, Owner

    Dr. Kimberly Tyson, CVA grew up in Brandon, FL with her parents Joe and Theresa Wehinger and brother, Joe. Dr. Tyson developed an early interest in medicine and a deep love for animals as a child. She graduated from Brandon High School in 1985, and started her studies at the University of South Florida. After 2 years she transferred to the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Microbiology in 1989 and later her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1993. Dr. Tyson now has 20 years of experience working as a veterinarian and enjoying the wonderful relationships developed throughout the years with clients and their pets. She has practiced 16 of those 20 years locally and is now able to serve the Riverview area where she lives with her husband and twin daughters. Dr. Tyson has additional certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute. Dr. Tyson was Business Person finalist for the Riverview Chamber of Commerce for 2009 and 2010, as well as Business of the Year Finalist in 2010. Then in 2011, Four Paws Veterinary Hospital won Business of the Year. Contact - NOTE: Email communication is for non medical questions only. Please call the hospital at 813-672-3687 for medical questions or concerns regarding your pet so we can address them immediately.

  • Dr. Heather Smithson
    Associate Veterinarian

    I was born in Florida and grew up in Tampa. My mother will tell you that I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was four. I graduated from the Academy of the Holy Names High School in Tampa in 1991, and started my undergraduate studies at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama the same year. I continued my education at Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine after three years of undergraduate work in zoology. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 1995, and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1998. During veterinary school I had the pleasure of carrying out internships at both Sea World of San Antonio, and the Navy Base in San Diego working with marine mammals. Although I have a great love for marine animals, I realized my heart is really in helping people and their pets. After graduating from Auburn, I practiced for a few years in Alabama before getting married and dragging my Alabama born husband back to Florida. I practiced full time in Englewood, Florida and then finally back home in Tampa before having our first child. After Emma was born, I decided to work outside the home only part time and began working as a relief veterinarian. I currently live in Tampa with my husband Chris, who is also a veterinarian, and my two daughters Emma and Aubrey. Practicing with the staff and clientele here in Riverview has been a pleasure. Dr. Tyson has a great practice, excellent staff, and I am grateful to have found such an enjoyable place to work! (Even if she is a Gator.) War Eagle!

  • Dr. Rubinstein
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Rubinstein completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami, and then attended veterinary school at Tufts University in Grafton, Massachusetts. After graduation he worked for two years as a mixed animal veterinarian outside Atlanta, Georgia. He completed a rotating internship at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Darien, Connecticut followed by two years working as an overnight emergency doctor in a busy New York City referral hospital. During this time he also volunteered his time at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ. He then accepted a position in a dual residency in Avian and Reptile/Amphibian Medicine at Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital in Tampa, Florida. He has lectured at both state and national conferences on exotic pet health issues. When not working at Four Paws, Dr. Rubinstein enjoys spending time with his daughter, cooking, gardening, and volunteering his time to local wildlife rehabilitation organizations. He is a member of: Association of Avian Veterinarians Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians

  • Kristina Farfante
    Hospital Manager & Certified Veterinary Technician

    Born in Ohio and raised in Myakka City, FL, I started my love of animals with our family puppy, Tara, a Doberman Pinscher. Soon after I got a breeding stock horse, Dallas who proved to be a lot of work and taught me responsibility. In my junior year of high school, I got my first job as a kennel assistant. I quickly started learning technical skills and fell in love with the medical field. In 2002 I was given an American Bulldog puppy named Beau who became one of my BEST friends. Upon graduating high school in 2003, I moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida. I quickly decided to pursue my Associates degree in Veterinary Technology, which I achieved at St. Petersburg College in the spring of 2012. After I earned my Certification with the state of Florida, I began pursuing my Bachelors degree of combined Clinical and Hospital Management. I met Dr. Tyson through her relief work and started working at Four Paws upon opening in November 2007. I love spending time with pets everyday. I feel that making sure owners are educated on patient health and prevention is one of the most important parts of my job. Owning a pet is a big responsibility which brings many joys to our lives. We are here to help you through that journey and solve problems along the way. Contact -

  • Stefanie
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    I am originally from a small town in Western Michigan, but have lived in Hawaii, Washington state, and Upstate New York before relocating to Florida last September. During my time in Washington, I attended the Veterinary Technology program at Pierce College and obtained my Associates in Veterinary Technology in 2001. After graduation, I worked in an Internal Medicine clinic for about a year before moving to Upstate New York, where I spent nine and a half years at a busy small animal practice, and was a part of its growth from a four to a nine Doctor practice. Since coming to Florida, most of my first year was spent out of the work force, but I am happy to finally be back in the field that I love. I moved to the area with my daughter so she could attend the Art Institute in Tampa to pursue her dreams, and along with our three Akitas, we have been adjusting to the Florida lifestyle … and temperatures! I look forward to continuing to learn about the area, as well as furthering my career and love of animals as a part of the Four Paws family.

  • Rhonda
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    I have lived in Florida all of my life, born and raised. In high school I met one of my best friends, Mark, who is now my wonderful, loving husband. We’re currently enjoying our time as newlyweds and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the both of us. I’ve always loved animals and growing up; have always had a furry friend in the household. I currently have a cat named Zeek and hopefully in the near future will get a dog. In August 2012, I started the Veterinary Technology program at Hillsborough Community College in Plant City. With lots of hard work and dedication, help from great friends and family, I graduated in May 2014 and received my A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology. In July 2014, I passed the Veterinary Technology National Exam and officially became a Certified Veterinary Technician. While still in school, I started my career as a Vet Tech at Sierra Animal Hospital in October 2013. I was there for a little over a year and am now a current employee at Four Paws Veterinary Hospital. I started my time here in January 2015 and love my new position. The doctors, staff, clients and patients are wonderful and I’m excited to further my journey here with them.

  • LaDonna
    Veterinary Nurse

    I have been in the Animal Health industry since 2003. Originally from the Midwest, I have been lucky enough to have lived all over the world. Most recently, I returned “home” after living in the Central Australian Outback. While there, I began my training and education as a veterinary nurse where I had the great pleasure to work in a large hospital that catered to all types of domestic pets and indigenous wildlife. I joined Four Paws Veterinary Hospital in January of 2010 where I continue to strive to perform the very best of compassionate nursing care.

  • Holly
    Veterinary Nurse

    A true Floridian, I started my Vet Tech career at Cypress Creek in Lutz, FL where I met Dr. Tyson. Afterwards, I spent 3 years with Hillsborough County Animal Services and further continued at Santa Cruz Animal Clinic in Brandon, FL. In April of 2012, I was offered a part-time position here at Four Paws and that’s my story and I am stickin’ to it.

  • Desiree
    Veterinary Nurse

    I was born and raised in California. I am new to Florida. I moved here in March of 2014 with my family, our 85 pound mixed poodle Savannah Marie, who shares the house with Stitch a three legged orange tabby and his side kick Lilo who is also an orange tabby. Ever since I was a young child I have had a deep love for animals. I lived every moment I could in the equestrian world showing horses and competing in all the different categories. My favorite was Eventing! I was able to pursue this all the way into adult hood. I absolutely loved riding through the arena on my horse so in tune to each other’s movements, it was as if we were one. During my life I have had many opportunities to engage and learn about animals. When my husband and I got married we got a once in a lifetime chance to live and raise our girls on a 50,000 acre cattle ranch. It was amazing to be able to guide and watch my children share the same love for animals that I have. In the last 10 years I have been working in veterinary hospitals. I have been thriving and pushing to learn and gain knowledge on a daily basis so that in return I can guide, and educate with compassion and knowledge. I always look for the opportunities to continue to obtain knowledge so that I am always able to give the most to everyone around me. One of the many rewards from this job is observing the love that is shared between people and their furry family members. To be able to see the light in their eyes when you witness life changing experiences.

  • Sparks
    Resident Feline

    Sparks was abandoned in a retirement community in Dade City at about 9 months of age. She was being temporarily fed by several ladies in the park, but unfortunately no one was able to take full responsibility for her and she was in need of medical care. She came to our attention through the parents of one of the employees of Four Paws Veterinary Hospital. She was in need of a home and we were looking for a “Hospital Kitty”. Our only criteria was that she was friendly and given that she kept trying to get in everyone’s house that did not seem to be an issue. She came to us thin, infested with fleas, intestinal parasites and a nasty stomach worm that took several treatments to clear up. We also vaccinated and spayed her shortly after she came to live with us. We have grown to love her and can’t imagine a day here in the hospital without her. As you can see in the picture, she is right at home on her “Queen’s” throne!