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!

-Dr. Kitz

Lisa Jannetti, Customer Service Representative

Lisa was born and raised in Seminole Florida. She lived in Lexington Kentucky for several years and earned a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science and Agriculture from Eastern Kentucky University. She currently has two “cat kids” Clark and Vivian. In her free time, Lisa loves teaching women how to be independent boaters.

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.

Christine Swoboda, Customer Service Representative

Most days, when you walk through our doors you will see Christine’s smiling face! She has been a staple at Woodlands Animal Hospital for over 15 years. Needless to say, she loves her work. Christine and her husband enjoy the beautiful Florida sunshine with activities such as hiking and boating. She is very involved with St. Francis Rescue and has fostered many kittens over the years. Her household has gone to the cats and they are in charge (of course!).

Cris Miller

Cris has always been passionate about animals. Her first job was a groomer back in Brazil, where she was born and raised.

She holds a degree in international business but knew that she needed to do what she liked the most, which was work with animals. Upon moving to Florida she had the opportunity to get back into the animal field and embraced it fully; loving every aspect of being a vet tech.

Some of her hobbies include going to the gym, running, paddle boarding, mud runs, painting, and horses. But what she enjoys most is just being at home with her dogs; Boxer Emma and Boston Terrier Jack.

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!