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Providing the very best healthcare
for your
furry family members, since 1961

Don Morgan, DVM  -  Guy Gibson, DVM
Doug Spiker, DVM  -  Kristin Heatherly, DVM
Patricia Futoma, DVM  -  Annie Gintert, DVM

7am-5:30pm Monday-Friday, 7am-12pm Saturday

Veterinarians on duty starting at 8am each day

Walk-in anytime - No appointments necessary!





 

 
320 N. Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770

Phone: 727-585-5682; Fax: 727-585-0525; Email: info@bluffsanimal.com

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The Bluffs Family

VETERINARIANS

DONALD H. MORGAN, DVM

Dr. Morgan grew up in a small Alabama town called Luverne.  He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 1964.  From 1964-1967, he served as a Captain in the United States Air Force Veterinary Corps.  For 38 years beginning in 1971 to 2009, Dr. Morgan was a partner and owner of Bluffs Animal Hospital, PA, in Belleair Bluffs.  For 32 of those years, he helped ensure that the hospital maintained the highest standards by being a Certified AAHA Member Hospital.


Dr. Morgan is a member of several professional organizations, which include: AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) -- 46 years; FVMA (Florida Veterinary Medical Association) -- 43 years; AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) -- 32 years; PAF (Pinellas Animal Foundation) -- 20 years; and the PCVMA (Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association) -- 43 years.  As a very active member of the veterinary community, Dr. Morgan has held numerous offices which include: PAF - Board of Directors, Secretary and President (2009-2010); PCVMA - Board of Directors, Secretary (five times) and President (1997); Grievance Chairman, PCVMA (1998-1999); Political Action Committee of Florida for the FVMA since 2000; and member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors since 2007.  As a highly respected member of the veterinary community, Dr. Morgan received the Gold Star Awards from the FVMA in both 2000 & 2001 and was named the Florida Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year in 2007.  In 2011, Dr. Morgan was honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the FVMA.


Throughout his career, Dr. Morgan has placed great importance on civic and community activities.  He was a Past Chairman (1996) and served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Largo Chamber of Commerce for ten years.  He Chaired the Government, Beautification, Golf Tournament, Educational and Annual Banquet Committees as Vice-President for the Largo Chamber of Commerce.  He was the Regional Director and Member of the Board of Directors of the Miss Florida Pageant (1983-1994), member of the Pinellas County Junior Miss Committee (1974-1988), Past President of the Largo Jaycees for two terms, JCI Senator and US Jaycees Ambassador Awards, Chaired the first 4th of July Fireworks display for the City of Largo in 1977, and served two terms as President of South Ward Elementary PTA.  Dr. Morgan was also on the Board of Trustees at Largo Medical Center, an HCA Hospital, for six years, and Chairman of the Board for three years (2002-2005).   He served as Chairman of the Professional committee for the Largo Library Capital Campaign Steering Committee (2003-2005).  With his numerous leadership positions in the community, Dr. Morgan was honored by being named Citizen of the Year for the City of Largo, by the Greater Largo Chamber of Commerce in 1977.  Last but certainly not least, Dr. Morgan is a member and vocalist in the St. Paul United Methodist Church Choir and Men's Chorus.


Dr. Morgan is married to his lovely wife, Dianne, and together they have five children and eight grandchildren.  Dr. Morgan has been a resident of Belleair for 39 years and lived in the area for 43 years.


GUY GIBSON, DVM

Dr. Gibson is a native of Largo, Florida, and attended Keswick Christian High School.  He attended the University of Florida and graduated in 1986 with a degree in Microbiology.  He continued at the University of Florida, earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.

 

A true example of working his way up the ladder, Dr. Gibson first began working at Bluffs Animal Hospital as a 10th grader, taking care of animals in the kennel.  After completing school, he worked as a Veterinarian in Dunedin from 1990-1997 and then returned home to Bluffs as an Associate Veterinarian.  In the spring of 2009, Dr. Gibson became a Partner and Co-Owner of the hospital.

 

Dr. Gibson is a member of several professional associations, which include the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association); FVMA (Florida Veterinary Medical Association); AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association); and the PCVMA (Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association).

 

Happily married to his wife Michele since 1996, Dr. Gibson has a stepson named Joseph and son named Hunter.  In addition, members of the family include "Duke", a black Lab, and "Vielula", a Golden Retriever.  Dr. Gibson was proud to coach youth baseball for 18 years.  As an avid sportsman, he enjoys fishing and hunting, as well as gardening.


DOUGLAS J. SPIKER, DVM

Originally born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dr. Spiker moved to Florida at the age of three.  He spent his childhood in New Port Richey, Florida, and was a graduate of Gulf High School.  He then attended Florida State University on a Bright Futures Scholarship and majored in Biology.  In 2001, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree.  While at Florida State, Dr. Spiker was on the Dean's List, a member of several honor societies, and served as Treasurer of the FSU Ballroom Dance Club from 1998-2001.


Dr. Spiker continued his education at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, Alabama.  Dr. Spiker was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and was honored with several awards for academic achievement and clinical studies, including: Tyler and Fran Young Scholarship; American College of Veterinary Surgeons Small Animal Surgery Clinical Proficiency Award; Kodak Radiology Clinical Proficiency Award; and the Deborah J. Harrington Memorial Overall Clinical Proficiency Award.  He served as a Small Animal Student Resident from Fall 2004-Spring 2005 and his leadership roles included: Treasurer, Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2005, (2001-present); Treasurer, Alpha Psi National Veterinary Fraternity (2003-2004); Finance Chair for the College of Veterinary Medicine Open House (2003); Alternate Justice to the Student Board of Ethical Relations (2001, 2003-2005); Rush Chairman (2002), National Convention Delegate, and Sergeant at Arms for Alpha Psi National Veterinary Fraternity.  During his studies, he completed an externship at Florida Veterinary Specialists (FVS) in Tampa, FL (2003); an externship at the Southwest Equine Medical & Surgical Center in Scottsdale, AZ (2003); and a Preceptorship at North Florida Animal Hospital in Tallahassee, FL (2005).  Dr. Spiker graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Magna Cum Laude, in 2005.

 

The beginning of Dr. Spiker's veterinary career was during 1998-2000, when he worked part-time during school breaks as a Kennel Technician at Hidden Oaks Animal Hospital in Tarpon Springs, FL.  In June of 2005, Dr. Spiker joined Bluffs Animal Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian.  In the spring of 2009, he became a Partner and Co-Owner of the hospital.

 

Dr. Spiker is a member of several professional associations, including: AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association); FVMA (Florida Veterinary Medical Association); AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association); and the PCVMA (Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association).  His veterinary leadership roles include: serving on the Board of Directors for the Pinellas Animal Foundation (2009-2011); being an Educational Advisor for the Tarpon High School Veterinary Assistant curriculum; and serving on the Board of Directors (2007-2009) and as President (2010) of the PCVMA.  In 2011, Dr. Spiker was honored with a Gold Star Award from the FVMA for his commitment to the veterinary profession and the local community.
 

Married in 2005, Dr. Spiker resides in Belleair Bluffs with his loving wife, Christine Battista, his high school sweetheart.  They have two furry kids - "Madison", a Boston Terrier, and "Annie", an All-American rescue dog.  He enjoys many outdoor hobbies including biking, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, and gardening.  When confined inside, he enjoys reading, going to the theatre and ballroom dancing.  Dr. Spiker and his wife are also very passionate about travel in the U.S. and abroad. Since 2008, they have been particularly devoted to being a "Big Couple" in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  In 2012, Dr. Spiker and Christine were named "Big Couple of the Year" for Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus Counties for their commitment to Little Brother, Gary.


KRISTIN HEATHERLY, DVM

Dr. Heatherly was born in Tampa, Florida, and graduated in 2000 from Tampa Prep.  She attended college at Auburn University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2004, Summa Cum Laude.  She continued at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2007, Summa Cum Laude.  Dr. Heatherly completed an internship at Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Northbrook Illinois, with rotations in neurology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery and cardiology.


Dr. Heatherly is a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), the FVMA (Florida Veterinary Medical Association), AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) and the PCVMA (Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association).


Dr. Heatherly and her husband, Jay, a high school teacher at Gaither High in Hillsborough County, were married in July of 2006.  They reside in Largo with their “furry family”, which consists of 2 dogs -- “Annabelle” and "Tucker", and 2 cats -- “Miles” and “Ricky The Dragon Steamboat”, all of which are rescued animals.  Dr. Heatherly is an avid runner and has participated in several marathons.  She also enjoys doing crafts.


PATRICIA FUTOMA, DVM

Dr. Patricia Futoma grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science.  She received the Kirklyn M. Kerr Veterinary Scholarship and went on to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University.

 

During veterinary school, Dr. Futoma worked for the Center of Food Security and Public Health, where she co-authored a chapter in the book Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets.  Dr. Futoma was a volunteer coordinator for Feral Cat Alliance, an organization that provided spay and neuter services for the general public.  She also completed preceptorships at the Nebraska Humane Society, The Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics, and a wildlife immobilization course in South Africa. 

 

After graduation, Dr. Futoma first practiced in central Florida.  A few of her interests in veterinary medicine include preventative medicine, internal medicine and oncology.  She is currently a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), and the FVMA (Florida Veterinary Medical Association).

 

When not working, Dr. Futoma can be found spending time with her rescued dogs, PJ, a pug mix, and Kuma, a pit bull cross.  Her outdoor interests include stand up paddle boarding, running and spending time at the beach.  She loves to travel and has previously volunteered with World Vets, an organization that provides free spay and neuter services overseas.  Dr. Futoma is excited to be in the Belleair area and is devoted to the health and well-being of your pet!



ANNIE GINTERT, DVM

Originally born in San Diego, California, Dr. Gintert moved to Florida at the age of eight.  She spent her childhood in Palm Harbor, Florida, and was a graduate of Palm Harbor University High School.  She then attended Florida State University on a Bright Futures Scholarship and majored in Biology.  In 2007, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree.  While at Florida State, Dr. Gintert was on the Dean's List and she was the Vice President of the Pre-Veterinary Club.

 

Dr. Gintert continued her education at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, Alabama.  Dr. Gintert was a member of several student organizations and held leadership roles including: Treasurer of the Behavior Club, and Senior Standards Officer of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  During her studies, she completed an externship at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, Florida (2015); an externship at the Illinois Shelter Medicine Program (2015); and a Preceptorship at Bluffs Animal Hospital (2016).  Dr. Gintert graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cum Laude, in 2016.


The beginning of Dr. Gintert’s veterinary career was during 2014, when she worked part-time during school breaks as a Veterinary Assistant at Foothills Animal Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.  In May of 2016, Dr. Gintert joined Bluffs Animal Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian.  She is a member of several professional associations, including: AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association); FVMA (Florida Veterinary Medical Association); and the PCVMA (Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association).

 

Dr. Gintert’s family includes “Mr. Davis” and “Trina,” two all American black domestic shorthaired cats.  She enjoys many outdoor hobbies including running, soccer, kayaking, and fishing. 


HOSPITAL STAFF


CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIANS (CVT)

Beth

Head CVT, BAS-VT

Beth has been an esteemed employee at Bluffs since 1998.  She graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College in 1999 with an Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology.  Beth also graduated with honors from SPC in December 2011 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.  Beth was named the 2014 Florida Veterinary Technician of the Year for her dedication to the field. 


Beth is a native of Florida, born and raised in Pinellas County.  She has been married since 2003 and has 3 children -- all girls.  It is obvious Beth is an animal lover, as her family includes dogs, cats, fish, a squirrel, and even a rat!


*Beth is certified to provide Class IV Laser Therapy*



Lori

CVT

Lori has more than 15 years of experience in the Veterinary field.  She received her A.S. in Veterinary Technology in 2003.  Upon completion she took a position at Surgicare-A Center for Horses in Brandon.  In 2005 she became a Surgical Tech at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists where she stayed for 7 years.  After a brief position at a 24-hour Neurology/Critical Care Specialty in Sarasota, Lori joined the Bluffs team in November of 2014.

 

Lori is an avid equestrian and has been competing in the Hunter/Jumpers since the age of 10.  In her spare time you will find her with family and friends, at the beach or pool, or preparing her 18 hand Dutch Warmblood for the next show. 

 

Lori lives in Palm Harbor with her boyfriend Steve, their two Chihuahuas, Tia and Frodo, and their three cats, Beamer, Kraken, and Kumar. 


Sydney

CVT

Sydney was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida.  She attended Florida State University on a Bright Futures Scholarship and obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in biology in 2010.  As an undergrad, she rode for the Florida State Equestrian Team and also worked in a veterinary clinic.  After working in a clinic for 6 years and loving every minute of it, she then decided to become a certified technician.  Sydney moved to Pinellas County to attend the St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technician program from which she graduated in May 2015 and officially became certified in July 2015.

 

In her free time, Sydney is an avid runner, cyclist, and swimmer; she loves to train for half marathons, duathlons and triathlons.  After living without any animals for a year, Sydney finally was able to move her Australian Cattle Dog, “Aubry”, to Pinellas County and she goes almost everywhere with her.

 


VETERINARY ASSISTANTS

Julia

Julia was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. She lived in Gainesville for about 3 years, where she attended Santa Fe College's Zoo Animal Technology program. Currently, Julia is attending SPC where she is working on her AA degree. Julia has been working in the veterinary field for six years. She has always had a passion for animals and says she would never want to do anything else. While being surrounded by animals all day, Julia has fought the temptation of bringing home more animals - she currently only has 2 dogs of her own.


*Julia is certified to provide Class IV Laser Therapy*



Maggie

Maggie was born and raised in Sherman, Texas.  She relocated to Clearwater, Florida after graduating with her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from McClennan Community College in Waco, Texas.  Maggie has more than 10 years of experience in both day practice and emergency medicine.


When Maggie is not working she enjoys expanding her culinary skills, reading, hiking, and fishing.  She has become an avid snorkeler since moving to the area in 2013 and is forever on the hunt for the Florida Horse Conch Shell.  Maggie and her boyfriend Rob have two dogs.  Joey is an Australian Cattle Dog mix whose is almost 15 years old, but still has enough gusto to tree a squirrel in the backyard.  Then there's Coraline, an 8 year old Bull Mastiff mix who spends more time snoozing away on the couch and thinking about dinner time, rather than going outside to be a real dog for five minutes.


*Maggie is certified to provide Class IV Laser Therapy*




RECEPTIONISTS

Terri

Born in the Buckeye State of Ohio, Terri moved to Florida in 1976.  She graduated from Osceola High, and then Tampa Business College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.  She joined the Bluffs team in 2007.  Her family includes 2 children and 4 dogs.


Judy

Judy has lived in the St. Pete/Clearwater area since 1976 and was a graduate of Countryside High School.  She attended St. Pete Junior College, the University of Florida, and also served as a Medic in the Army for 5 years.  Judy has been a Veterinary Technician and worked as a receptionist since 1989.  An animal lover, Judy is the proud parent of 4 dogs, 4 cats, and a bird.  Her hobbies include collecting shells, walking on the beach, bike riding, and wine tasting.


Tara
Tara's bio coming soon!

Christine

Christine was born and raised in Pinellas County.  She graduated from Tarpon Springs High School in 2004, after being a member of the Agriscience Academy and leadership and Music Conservatory.  After high school, Christine attended the University of South Florida and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  She now teaches 5th grade at Orange Grove Elementary, in addition to working part-time at Bluffs. Christine joined the Bluffs family in 2005 as a kennel employee and has also worked as a bather, receptionist, and veterinary assistant.  Her furry family consists of two mischievous Chihuahuas, “Boris” and “Sophia”, aka “Uggers”, and a lazy cat, “Natasha”.


GROOMER

Linda


ANIMAL CARE SPECIALISTS & ASSISTANTS

Jane

Kennel Supervisor

Jane moved to Florida from Manchester, NH in 1972 and graduated from Dunedin High School in 1984. She has been married to her husband, Terry, for more than 25 years. They have 1 daughter, Penny, who is a senior at USF. Having pets all her life, it came natural to Jane to want to work in the animal care field. Her chance to care for pets came in 1991 at a clinic in Dunedin. She left the animal care field in the early 2000's, but was eager to join the Bluff's team in 2012. Jane is a big sports fan – her favorites include the Gators and Bulls and her family has been lifelong fans of the Buccaneers and Rays. They currently have 4 cats named Blue, Vader, Harry, Graycee and 1 goldfish named Fatfish.


Kathy

Kathy grew up in the local area and graduated from Boca Ceiga High.  In addition to her position at Bluffs, she also teaches basic and advanced obedience classes at the Dog Training Club of St. Petersburg.  Married since 1985, Kathy has 2 children and 4 dogs, all Australian Shepherds.  Her main hobby is showing her dogs in both the Obedience Ring and Confirmation Ring.  “Blaze” has a CD Title and is working towards a CDX, while “Nikki” is almost a Champion and just needs one more major.  The newest puppy, “Tett”, is starting in the Confirmation Ring, while “Flash” struggles with keeping his feet on the ground in the Confirmation Ring, but is well suited for the Agility Ring.  Clearly, Kathy is an animal-lover!


Lexi
Lexi has been a lifelong resident of Largo and attends Largo High School.  She plans to enter the Army after her high school graduation.  Lexi loves guinea pigs, rabbits and eventually would like to become a veterinarian specializing in exotic breeds.