At the Front End

Miranda

Miranda was born and raised in Macungie, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, until her move to Palm Harbor, Florida in the fall of 2021. Though all animals have a place in her heart, her greatest passion is marine animals. She has worked with animals over the last decade and she graduated with her bachelor’s in marine sciences in 2018 from Kutztown University. She then completed her internship hours with Clearwater Marine Aquarium in the summer of 2018 before planning the move to Florida.

Miranda has been a family member of Country Oaks Animal Hospital & Steele Pain Center since 2021, where she has flourished ever since. She started in the kennel and has moved to excel as a customer service representative, as her relationship with her clients is just as important as her bond with her patients. Miranda married the love of her life Drew in October of 2023. When she is not working in the clinic, she can be found reading, going to the beach, or exploring the sunshine state with Drew.

Dee

Denia, who often goes by Dee, moved from San Francisco, California to the Sunshine State over 15 years ago. She began working with animals as a kennel technician while attending high school in San Bruno, California. Dee graduated from Skyline College and received an associate degree in Small Business. She later earned a certificate in medical billing and coding, but her passion and fulfillment always came from working with animals. She has been a dedicated veterinary receptionist for over 20 years, with Country Oaks Animal Hospital being her home since 2015.

Dee is owned by two cats, Remi and Rosie, and has three children, Frankie, Gianna, and Luca. When she’s not caring for her children, you can find Dee cheering on her favorite San Francisco sports teams, from college ball to pro leagues. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, whether it’s hiking, swimming, or soaking up the sun at the beach. Her favorite pastime is reading a good book, which she still enjoys on rare occasions!

Betty

Customer Service Representative

Betty is a customer service representative at Country Oaks Animal Hospital & Steele Pain Center. She recently moved to Florida from Indiana/Michigan. Betty has over 8 years of experience working in various animal environments, including small and large animal practice, animal rescue, wild animal rescue, and horse rescues. She found it rewarding to see the rescued animals recover and find their forever homes. Four of the canines she rescued now serve in service-oriented environments, while two of her horses are used in Equine Assisted Learning Programs with children aged 5-18.

In her free time, Betty enjoys reading, working in the yard, and spending time at the beach. She has a very independent calico cat named Jada.

Rebecca

Rebecca is from Cooper City, Florida. She has been working with animals for the past 6 years and has been working in customer service in veterinary medicine for four years before joining us as a CSR and Office Manager. She is rapidly enhancing her managerial skill set working with Country Oaks & Steele Pain Center! She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2018. Her ultimate goal is to study veterinary practice management and obtain her certification as a veterinary practice manager (CVPM).

She has 2 dogs. Riley, a chihuahua mix and Moose a 2 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and hiking.


The Medical Staff and Handlers/Helpers

Elizabeth “Libby” Lyttle-Bryant, CVT, BASVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

Libby is a certified veterinary technician who has always had a love for all types of animals. She completed her associate degree in veterinary nursing at St. Petersburg College in 2013 and went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in a combined track of both clinical veterinary medicine and veterinary management in 2015. During her time at St. Petersburg College, she developed many lasting relationships with her mentors. In the fall of 2021, she accepted an adjunct professorship with St. Petersburg College to foster relationships with fellow colleagues who are just beginning their careers in veterinary medicine.

Libby first started working at Country Oaks Animal Hospital in 2011. After seven years of working in general private practice with us, she transitioned to a referral multi-specialty hospital to gain a more advanced skillset. During her time away, she fell in love with the critical care and internal medicine settings, but her passion to support her team overshadowed anything else. In 2021, she began her official career in leadership as the sole emergency technician supervisor for a local emergency and referral practice. The following year, she took over as clinical manager. Libby returned to Country Oaks Animal Hospital & Steele Pain Center as our clinical manager and will be actively pursuing her goals of becoming certified in canine rehabilitation alongside Dr. Baird, followed by her goal to become a certified veterinary practice manager.

In addition to her passion for veterinary medicine, Libby enjoys spending time with her immediate family – her father and her three dogs, Sebastien, Derry, and Trinket. Derry and Trinket are both sports performance dogs, and most weekends you can find Libby handling them in obedience, dock diving, field work, FastCAT, or conformation. When she needs to escape from animal central, she heads off to the mountains to visit her best friend in North Carolina before popping over to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

Brooke Sharpe, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

Brooke is a native Floridian and one of the credentialed veterinary technicians employed at Country Oaks Animal Hospital & Steele Pain Center. She earned her associate degree in veterinary nursing from St. Petersburg College and briefly worked at the University of Florida where she rotated through all their specialty services. She later returned to the Tampa Bay Area to work in specialty and emergency medicine.

Currently, Brooke is working full-time while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in veterinary nursing with a focus on management and clinical medicine from St. Petersburg College. She has decided to return to a specialty practice focused on neurology, and we wish her all the best. Brooke’s gentle touch and compassion with our rehabilitation patients will be sorely missed.

In her free time, Brooke likes to hang out on the boat and take her four dogs for nature trail walks. Her dogs include Ellie, a Lab/Pit mix, Jax, a Husky/Shepherd mix, and two French bulldogs named Lucy and Louie. She is very excited to become a proud aunt to a handsome baby boy!

Keagan Prevatt

Keagan is another of our native Floridians and enjoys working at Country Oaks Animal Hospital as well as helping with patients of Steele Pain Center. Keagan has always been passionate about animal care and is a Certified Veterinary Assistant. His has a special fondness for cats and he enjoys getting to know our rehab patients and helping during acupuncture, Laser and hydrotherapy treatments. He is currently studying cyber security at St Petersburg Community College. In Keagan’s free time he enjoys gaming, going for walks and watching action movies. Keagan brings great energy every day!

Megan

Veterinary Assistant

Megan is a veterinary assistant at Country Oaks Animal Hospital. She graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in May of 2023. She hopes to attend veterinary school in the next few years. She started working in the veterinary field in Tallahassee in 2022 and has been enjoying working at Country Oaks since moving back home to Pinellas County after college. When she’s not at work, Megan enjoys taking long walks with her husky, Kiba. She also enjoys photography and baking.

Sam

Veterinary Assistant

Sam is one of our veterinary assistants at Country Oaks Animal Hospital. She came to us with previous experience from another veterinary hospital, but she was eager to learn more. Sam made the switch to veterinary medicine during the first few semesters of her nursing school. As a child, Sam’s parents moved around a lot, from the Virgin Islands to Utah. However, she has been living in Florida for over fifteen years now.

Sam is one of the most artistic members of our crew. We like to say that she adds color to our team! Her favorite part of the job is spending time with dogs and stealing kisses from them. When she is not at work, Sam enjoys creative craft projects with her husband, AJ. They both have two dogs – Chutney and Gnocchi – and several plants and fish that need their attention.