Dr. Christy Layton / Veterinarian & Owner
Dr. Christy Layton grew up in Plant City, FL with her parents Ron & Barbara Layton
and her sisters Renee’ & Leisa. Dr. Layton always knew that she wanted to return to open a state of the
art veterinary and boarding facility in her home town. After working her way through high school and college
as a veterinary technician, she graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Animal Biology, minor in Agribusiness Management and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
Since graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Layton initially worked at Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital in Valrico,
and she is now finally able to visualize her long term dream of serving the Plant City community as a
veterinarian. She opened Timberlane Pet Hospital & Resort in October 2006. She lives in Plant City with
her large menagerie of dearly loved pets including the rescue dogs that she shows in Agility competition and
the Appaloosa horses that she shows in competition during her time off work. She is currently the President of
the Hillsborough Veterinary Medical Society (HCVMS) as well as the Chairman of the Animal Welfare Committee
for the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA). Dr. Layton won the Gold Star award from the FVMA in
2013 for Outstanding Contributions in Veterinary Medicine in Florida.
Dr. Miranda Knight/Veterinarian
Knight comes to us from the north Georgia Mountains. She graduated from the University of Georgia with her animal
science degree in 1999. She received her veterinary
medical degree from Texas A&M University in 2003 followed by an internship at the University
of Georgia. She has practiced in Georgia in both
the large and small animal fields until July 2012 when her Husband’s career moved the family to
Hillsborough County. She lives with her husband,
Travis and their two daughters, Hannah and Caroline who they keep her very busy outside of her
career. Her four legged family includes two cats
named Samantha and Murray and a horse named Roscoe. She is excited to begin her career in Florida with
Dave Goodyear/ Head Veterinary Technician
after graduation from high school, Dave was looking for alternatives to the future in computers that he had
been planning for years. An ad in the paper caught his attention. The local Animal Hospital was looking for a
Vet Tech/Assistant, and they were willing to train! What started out as what he thought would be a short
diversion from a "serious career", ended up being a 13 year stint at that local Animal Hospital. Over those 13
years he also provided a pet-sitting service for a good many of their clientele, caring for their pets in
their homes while their parents were away. He has now moved from Pennsylvania to continue his career here.
Doing what he has been told countless times by clients, he was meant to do, help people and their pets. His
father David Sr. and his grandparents live in this area, so that certainly swayed him a bit on the move. The
weather doesn't hurt. He has come with his 2 dogs and 3 cats, all but one are rescues from different
situations in PA. He was Dr. Layton's only technician when she opened Timberlane in 2006. In his spare time
away from work, he enjoys golf, and fishing with his family and friends. He is also a Miami Hurricanes
Football season ticket holder. Go Canes!
Chelsea Gorham/ Veterinary Technician
Chelsea was born
and raised in Seffner, Florida
. She has had a deep passion for animals since she was very young. Growing up, she fostered and
cared for many animals including orphan squirrels. While in girl scouts she began volunteering at a
local veterinary clinic where she volunteered for 4 years. Once she was old enough to work, she
began her career as a veterinary technician. She has been a veterinary technician since 2006. She
lives with her husband, step-son, son, mother, 3 dogs, 5 cats, and various geckos in the Plant City
Kristen Morten/Veterinary Technician-Client Care
Kristin grew up in Plant City. Finding it hard
to leave her hometown she continued her education at Hillsborough Community College to become
a Certified Veterinary Technician and get an AA degree in business. Throughout her schooling
Kristin has volunteered at many different veterinary hospitals, including Timberlane, and she
is now a part of our team. Her love for animals started at a very young age when she would
use FFA projects as a way to bring home new pets. Now that she is married she is trying to
find a new excuse to bring home more animals! She currently has one dog, a blue tick coonhound named Jake, that she
and her husband take out on the airboat in their spare time; Jake loves the wind blowing in
his hair and all of the good smells on the lake!
Patti Leonard/ Client Care
Patti was born & raised
in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating she worked in the field of banking & for one of
the top 10 accounting firms in Center City Philadelphia for several years.
Her love for animals
started many years ago when she acquired her first Basset Hound. She has volunteered at
several animal shelters & been involved with Rescue Organizations. S
with her Husband, Dave and their two Basset Hounds, Stickers & Darla. In her spare
time she enjoys cooking & baking for her family & friends.
Billi Floyd/ Pet Resort Manager
Billi was raised in Plant City since the age of two. She started her career in
the animal field when she moved to Gainesville at the age of 18 to pursue a degree in zoology. During her time
in Gainesville, she lived and worked at a local non-profit primate sanctuary which also allowed her to rescue
and foster dogs and cats that needed her help. She has always surrounded herself with animals, whether exotics
or domesticated, and she can’t imagine it any other way. Billi moved back home to Plant City and started
working at a large pet resort in Tampa as a supervisor. She is now working in our pet resort full-time taking
care of all of the “kids” that come to stay in the resort and those that come for the day to play in doggy
daycare. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at local zoos and spending time with her husband, Mike,
and their four dogs.
Jessica Jenkins/ Pet Resort Care
is from Lakeland, Fl, but everything she is involved in is based in Plant City. She graduated
from Plant City High School in 2011 and recently entered into the Hillsborough Community College
Veterinary Technology program where she plans to become a certified veterinary technician.
Animals have always been a very major and influential part of her life. She has been riding
horses since she was a little girl and she owns a quarter horse named Dazzle. Along
with her horse, she also owns two dogs… a Sheltie named Sadie and a Labrador named
Kaylee. She has been involved in the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, 4-H, FFA, and
several horse show circuits. She still loves all of those activities and in her free time still
participates in many of them.
Toni Wazelle/ Groomer
After graduating from high school, Toni
moved from Punxsutawney, PA to Plant City. She was fortunate enough to get a job with her mother at a local kennel.
She worked there for 6 years until she decided that she wanted to further her education, so she took a two year
course in computer networking. After graduating she learned that for her, working with animals was more fulfilling
then working with computers. Toni has lived with animals all her life and is currently living with her husband,
Don, their son, 2 dogs, 5 cats, and a 55 gallon aquarium full of fish. As you can see her life is rich with
animals and she wouldn’t want it any other way.
Barbara Layton/ Office Manager
Barbara Layton has been with Timberlane Pet Hospital and Resort since its
inception in October of 2006. As Office Manager she handles the accounting and also helps with Client Care.
Barbara started out doing programming and system analysist work prior to raising her three girls, Leisa, Renee
and Christy. Her oldest daughter, Leisa is in accounting with Southeastern Guide Dogs; Renee is with Manheim
Auto Auction as Florida Marketing Manager, and of course we all know Dr. Christy. After moving to Plant City
in 1983, from Bradenton, with her husband Ron, dealer/owner of Community Buick and Pontiac, she worked with
him. Later went to work as a Realtor for Walden Lake Homes and finally Coldwell Banker as a referral agent.
She enjoys riding her Appaloosa horses, has a cat named Boo Boo and showing her dog, Brie in agility and K9
Nose Training. In her spare time she has started photographing and painting animals.
Adrienne Swisher/ Practice Manager
Adrienne Swisher relocated from Chicago , IL to Brandon , Fl to further her career in the veterinary field. She
has 13 years of experience working in veterinary hospitals and 10 years of practice management experience. She
lives with her husband Russ, step-son Jake, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and various reptiles & chickens. In her
spare time she works with local animal rescue groups and has started agility with her sheltie, Brogan.
1704 Walden Village Ct. Plant City, FL 33566
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