Dr. Danielle Kitz
I grew up on a farm in a small town about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, PA. There were always animals around, from farm animals to stray dogs and cats that would often show up in need of a good home.
From the time I was old enough to do chores, mine always involved caring for the multitude of animals; though I can’t ever remember it feeling like work to me. I was probably 8 or 9 when I told my parents that I wanted to be a vet when I grew up. I can’t remember a time that I ever wavered from that. I truly believe that I am fulfilling my purpose in life.
I attended Cornell University in Ithaca NY and received my B.S. in Biochemistry. From there I went on to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a V.M.D. degree.
I spent the first six years of my clinical practice working with both farm and companion animals. The next decade was spent working as an associate at a high-quality, progressive dog and cat practice in the heart of Dallas. The desire to make even more of a positive impact in the health of our pets brought me here to Pinellas County in 2017 when I purchased Woodlands.
Veterinary medicine has come so far since the beginning of my career and continues to advance every year. The advances in medicine and ways in which we can improve the quality and quantity of our pets’ lives are astounding. I’m amazed and proud that our pets- who we often view as members of our family can get a level of medical care that mirrors that of our own.
My professional interests include ultrasound, internal medicine, and dentistry. The best part of my day is meeting all of the wonderful animals, and talking to the immense melting pot of people who all seem to end up here in beautiful Florida.
I am lucky enough to have four pets of my own, all of whom are rescues. You will likely meet Hope who has settled in to her new life as the clinic cat. She also loves to be in front of the camera, so you will likely see her feisty photos on our social media sites.
Bean is my 12 year old Bull Terrier/Pointer mix. She is a true survivor. I amputated her leg as a young dog due to a gunshot wound. She’s slowed down quite a bit over the years but still rules the roost at the house. Spot is my shy Beagle mix with a loud Beagle yell. He struggles with anxiety but is a sweet and loving soul. Stella is my Malti-Poo who is a complete social butterfly and just absolutely loves everyone.
She was brought into my clinic in Dallas when some Good Samaritans found her in a ditch after being hit by a car. Her pelvis was shattered, but after six weeks of rest and performing a surgery on her hip, you’d never know that she’d had that severe of an injury.
Animals have always amazed me. Their resilience, spirit and their unconditional love bring comfort to all of us. We could all take some lessons in life from our furry friends. I’m truly blessed to have a career that allows me to return the care and affection that they give to us each day.
I hope to meet you and your pets soon at Woodlands!
Kimberly Berensci, Vet Assistant
Kim has been in the veterinary field for 4 years and we are so lucky to have her. She has always had a dedication to helping all animals. Her household is run by her 8 year old son and his crew that consists of an African Grey Parrot, a Toy Poodle and Stitch the cat! Like most Floridians, Kim enjoys the great outdoors hiking and exploring with her family.
Jayme Benedict, Practice Manager
Jayme has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. Starting out in Cleveland, Ohio as a kennel technician, working her way to veterinary assistant and eventually practice management. She has a true love for the field and devotion to caring for our furry or feathered family members. Jayme’s true “bosses” consist of 5 crazy Chihuahua’s, a Pitbull and 2 cats. They are all special needs rescue animals that determine her every move!
Kira Sokol, Veterinary Assistant
Kira is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at St. Pete College. She has always loved animals. In her free time she loves boating and hanging with her friends and family. She is also a Tampa Bay Lightning fan! She loves her little rescue buddy Toto.
Kathy Stines, Veterinary Technician
Kathy attended school at the Medical Institute of Minnesota. She graduated top in her class in 1993 with a degree from the Veterinary Technology Program. While in Minnesota, Kathy worked with large and small animals as well as exotics and wildlife. She also ran a Racoon rescue.
In 2007 Kathy moved to North Carolina and worked in a small animal practice and worked in an emergency hospital where she was able to expand her knowledge, especially with exotics. She relocated to Oldsmar in April of this year to be closer to her parents.
Kathy and her husband love all the outdoor activities that Florida has to offer. They also love to re-purpose discarded items they find and transform them into fun pieces of art or home décor.