PRACTICE OWNER – Dr. Azza Diasti, DVM, CVA
Dr. Diasti graduated from Cornell Veterinary College 2001 and also completed a one year externship in internal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in NY. She joined Lakeside Animal Hospital in 2001, and has been practicing here ever since!
Dr. Diasti purchased Lakeside Animal Hospital in 2003, and with the continuing success of the practice she had to expand to a new state of the art facility just south of her former location.
Dr. Diasti is committed to continuing education, and considers it indispensable in remaining current and developing specific skills. She enjoys working with companion animals and their owners, including a special interest in: dentistry, medicine, soft tissue surgery and acupuncture.
She is married to Jim Kennedy, a Tampa Attorney, and has a son and daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family including the furry ones and also enjoys reading and traveling.
Associate Veterinarian – Dr. Colleen Elligott, DVM
Dr. Elligott graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a B.S. in Foreign Service in 1993. Following graduation, and for the next 5 years, she worked for US Assist Inc. researching and coordinating international emergency medical services ranging from care referrals to full organization of international air ambulance evacuations. She completed her science pre-requisites for application to veterinary school at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, while working as a veterinary technician assistant for Alexandria Veterinary Emergency Service in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Elligott attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University, where she was active in the student veterinary emergency and critical care society and the student AVMA.
Dr. Elligott graduated from veterinary school in 2005. She then completed a year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Florida Veterinary Specialists, now Blue Pearl, in Tampa, followed by an additional year of training in ophthalmology at The Ohio State University. She practiced emergency medicine at Blue Pearl from 2007 through 2011, and has been in family practice since. Prior to joining Lakeside Animal Hospital in May, 2014, she had the opportunity to work alongside a boarded-dermatologist. This extra exposure to dermatology has been very useful in managing challenging skin conditions.
Dr. Elligott maintains an active interest in all aspects of veterinary care, especially emergency and internal medicine, ophthalmology and dermatology. In daily practice, she particularly focuses on preventative care, especially emphasizing the importance of nutrition, weight management, and preventative dentistry as a means of ensuring optimum health and longevity. She also has a h3 interest in arthritis care and pain management through nutritional and exercise intervention. Dr. Elligott is also fluent in Spanish and is happy to serve families in their native language. She and her son share their home with a cat, an English Pointer, a Chihuahua, a Catahoula, and two cockatiels. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, indoor rowing and dragon boat paddling. Dr. Elligott looks forward to exceeding your expectations and providing superb care for you and your family.
In Loving Memory of our friend & colleague, Dr. Rosalyn Randall
Cindy Chelena- Practice Manager
Cindy joined Lakeside as the Office Manager in 2014. She brings over 30 yrs of Customer Service, HR experience to our hospital along with Inventory Management Control and System IT experience. She is often quoted saying , “I absolutely love coming to work everyday”. “Where else can you go to work & meet sweet, loving pets and their families?” We build amazing relationships with our clients and pride ourselves on the personal touch getting to know our patients and clients like family. As a small girl in Chicago, she would often bring stray pets home and find homes for them. As an adult she realized that veterinary medicine is where her passion and heart makes her the happiest. Our Lakeside Family is outstanding, providing the highest level of care because we treat all of our amazing patients as if they were our very own. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends, husband, two children and her jack Russell enjoying activities like camping, cooking , crafts and continuing her education.
FRONT OFFICE STAFF
Stef, Client Service Coordinator/Veterinary Assistant
Jackie Client Service Coordinator
CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIANS
Jen, CVT -Certified Vet Technician
Christa, Veterinary Technician
ANIMAL CARE TECHNICIANS
Kristen, Animal Care Technician/Veterinary Technician
Kristen Wilson grew up in Auburn, New York and prior to coming to Lakeside, she traveled across the country with her partner for 2 years while she cared for their two pets Faith and Ferdinand. Kristen and her partner are writing a children’s book series called “Faith and Ferdinand’s Excellent Adventures” which chronicle their travels across the country with their pets. Currently she is living in Tampa FL with Faith (mini schnauzer) diabetic cat, Ferdinand, and new addition Luka (mini schnauzer). In her former life, Kristen was a bartender, camp counselor, and did volunteer work to benefit animals. Her work as a bartender and camp counselor has provided her with patience, a sense of humor, and the ability to provide excellent customer service to both humans and pets. Kristen has also participated in Hogs for Dogs which is a motorcycle ride to raise money for the SPCA and participated in the Susan G Comen Walk to raise awareness for breast cancer. As an Animal Care Technician/Veterinarian assistant , Kristen enjoys interacting with her canine and feline clients, creating play groups and enriching environments to keep your pets happy and active during their stay at Lakeside. Kristen will be in touch with you via emails updates which describe your pets stay with us, what they engaged in that day, and pictures of your pet playing with their friends!