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  • Dr.
    Bob Encinosa

    I was born and raised in Valrico, Florida and my family roots in Florida extend back to late 1800’s. I first remember wanting to be a veterinarian in 4th grade. I was strongly influenced by the memory of the farm vets who came to treat our livestock. I have always had a love of science and a soft spot for animals.

    I graduated from Brandon High School in 1980 and received my doctorate from UF College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. On November 5th, 1990, I founded Boyette Animal Hospital. Our first facility was a 900 square foot “hole in the wall” in the Winn Dixie shopping center. 8 years later we moved to our current facility.

    I was fortunate to have wonderful parents who expected a lot from me, and more importantly, taught me to expect a lot from myself. My beautiful wife Cheri and I have been married since 1988 and we have three great kids, Matthew, Sarah and Ellie, that we are very proud of. At home we have 3 dogs, 3 cats, and a chinchilla, all strays of course.

    Outside of work, I have more interests and hobbies than I have time. I enjoy just about anything I can do with family and together we enjoy snow skiing, mountain biking, mountain climbing, water sports and fishing. I have been involved in martial arts all my life but I also enjoy guitar, banjo, paleontology and history. One of my greatest pleasures is teaching kids and adults about the natural history of Florida. I have given numerous lectures on that topic to a variety of groups and at the Tampa Museum of History.

    I am proud to have served as the medical director for CARE in Ruskin for the last 8 years and also as the president and founding member of the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Foundation, since its inception 3 years ago.

    Everyday, I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given to help animals and their families and thankful for the wonderful, caring people I work with.

  • Dr.
    Lorraine Ellwood

    Veterinary medicine is not just a job, it is a passion for Dr. Lorraine Ellwood.  Even at a young age she had a love of science and animals.  She was the daughter of a naval officer and lived all over the United States and one year in Paris, France.  She grew up with dogs, cats, birds and small mammals.  She spent many summers with her grandparents in the Catskill Mountains of New York, where she was exposed to horses, farm animals and wildlife.  One summer she converted part of the barn into a small hospital for sick farm cats and injured wildlife.  After high school she attended The Ohio State University, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in science education and her Master’s of Science degree in physiology.  Lorraine spent the next four years studying veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University, graduating cum laude in 1980.  

    After graduation, Dr. Lorraine decided to stay in Columbus, Ohio and worked for two different clinics for three years.  With some experience under her belt, she purchased two veterinary practices in Columbus.  She spent the next eighteen years managing her clinics and taking care of all sorts of patients, from dogs and cats to birds, reptiles, pocket pets, pot belly pigs and even some pet monkeys.  The most unusual animal she worked on was a rhea with rickets.  She was also very involved with her community by sponsoring athletic functions, plus school and civic events.  She was president of her veterinary alumni fraternity and an active member of her local and state veterinary medical associations.

    She met her husband, Ron, a Columbus police officer, during this time and they welcomed the birth of their daughter, Ashley, in 1990.  When her husband decided to retire in 2001, after 31 years of service, she sold her practices and they moved with their daughter and menagerie of pets to Apollo Beach, Florida.  Dr. Lorraine wasn’t ready to retire from the job she loved, so she initially worked as an associate veterinarian for Ruskin Animal Hospital.  She joined Boyette Animal Hospital in 2006 and also worked as the medical director of the Animal Coalition of Tampa from 2006 to 2014.  She was very involved in ACT’s Spay Day and Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programs, performing thousands of surgeries - spays, neuters and special surgeries.

    Her work with animals came to an abrupt halt in 2013 when she was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoma.  After months of chemotherapy and treatment, including a stem cell transplant, at Moffitt Cancer Center, she went into remission.  However her battle was not over, she suffered three more years of graft versus host disease as a result of her transplant.  Finally last year, Dr. Lorraine was able to come back to the profession that she loves.  She is passionate about her work there and loves surgery and helping people take care of the pets they love - including dogs, cats and exotic pets.  

    When she is not working, she is usually with her family, her husband, Ron, and her two poodles, Penny and Bentley, three cats, Smokey, Leo and Missy and rescued turtle, Squirt. She enjoys reading, exercising, camping, traveling and spending time with her family, friends and beloved pets.  Her daughter, Ashley, is now a veterinarian and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Daniel, and  their pets.

  • Dr.
    Sarah Hilario

    Dr. Sarah Hilario joined Boyette Animal Hospital in 2008 after graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  After years of trudging through snow and ice, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to move to the beautiful Tampa Bay area.  

    Animals were a huge part of her life growing up, and after much begging and pleading, she was allowed to rescue a cat from the shelter on her seventh birthday and has been a passionate (some say crazy) cat lady ever since.  

    The opportunity to spend every day surrounded by animals and those that love them is her idea of the ideal career. Her favorite part of her job is the detective work that comes with trying to piece together symptoms and test results to reach a diagnosis. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and a board member of the Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Society. Her favorite rescue to support is C.A.R.E. animal rescue in Ruskin, Florida, where she was a volunteer surgeon for many years. She enjoys attending local and national continuing education events each year, and her clinical interests include preventative care, feline medicine, internal medicine, geriatric care, dermatology, and dentistry. Outside of the office, Dr. Sarah enjoys running, hiking, reading, going to the beach, being involved in her church, and spending time with her family. She shares her home in Riverview with her husband and three extremely spoiled pets, including two cats, Tommy Twigs and Mommy, and one Shih Tzu mix named Jasmine.

  • Dr.
    Geoff Gardner

    Dr. Geoff Gardner is a proud University of Florida alumni. In addition to small animal medicine, his interests include the care of swans, pocket pets, and other exotic animals.

    He is a past president of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and is the official swan veterinarian for the City of Orlando, caring for the swans on Lake Eola . He was chosen twice to help care for the Queen's swans in the United Kingdom, and pioneered the use of botulism vaccinations in the swan population.  He is the author of the first book on the care and feeding of captive swans.

    Dr. Geoff has been a Dachshund dad all his life, but is also a Poodle and Labradoodle parent as well. He, and his wife, Lisa, are proud parents and grandparents. He joined the Boyette family in 2011.

  • Dr.
    Luke Viramontes

    Originally from New York, I grew up in the Tampa area before moving to Gainesville, FL. As a kid, I knew I had an interest in science and realized I loved animals more than many of my friends at that age. I attended the University of Florida for undergraduate and veterinary school - my favorite colors are orange and blue and I am a die-hard Gators fan (GO GATORS!!!!!!!) While in college, I began shadowing and volunteering that paved the way to where I am now and haven't seen myself being in any other career. After graduating veterinary school in 2018, I lived in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area prior to returning to Tampa. 

    When away from work, I enjoy to travel and explore new cities and cultures, discover new music and artists, going to the beach or hiking through mountains, and most importantly, I love spending time with my three-legged coonhound, Daisy.

    While in practice, I have enjoyed learning more about veterinary dentistry, neurology, and ultrasound. I am very excited to be here at Boyette Animal Hospital, to continue to learn, and I am very honored to be a part of your pet's life.

  • Dr.
    Matt Encinosa

    Born and raised in Riverview, Florida, Matt had always had an interest in science. Throughout high school he had aspirations of becoming a pediatrician but those changed as he attended the University of South Florida and began working as a kennel technician right here at Boyette Animal Hospital. He realized his love for animals, their owners, and the bond they share.

    Matt graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and started veterinary school at Auburn University (WAR EAGLE!). Since then he has returned to his hometown to start his dream job.

    Dr. Matt looks forward to seeing all of you and your animals and is excited to be a part of the Boyette Animal Hospital staff again.

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    Nancy Moser


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    Sarah Trimble