Our Veterinarians

The Westchase Veterinary Center and Emergency team of skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice. We are proudly serving the Tampa area. At Westchase Veterinary Center and Emergency, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished pet, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, pet owners and the local community.

Dr. Reyes, Managing D.V.M. at Tampa Animal Hospital

Nichole Reyes, Co-Managing DVM

My name is Dr. Nichole Reyes. I am originally from Northern California but grew up in Pinellas County. I received a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University and my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary medicine. Following graduation, I moved to Tampa and joined the Westchase Veterinary team in 2011. I believe in taking a compassionate approach to veterinary medicine, and will take the time to develop a treatment plan best suited for both you and your pets needs. I currently sit on the board of the Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Society, and was recently appointed to the Hillsborough County Animal Advisory Committee.

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Drew and our many pets. As well as watching college football (Go Noles!, War Eagle!), failing at learning the piano and traveling. 

Dr. Hillary Maedel at Westchase Veterinary Center and Emergency

Hillary Maedel, Co-Managing DVM

Dr. Hillary Maedel joined the Westchase Veterinary Center and Emergency team in May 2019. Dr. Maedel received her BS in Biology from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia before earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama in 2012. She practiced in Kentucky and Indiana prior to moving to Florida in 2015. Dr. Maedel currently serves as President elect of the Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association (PCVMA) and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Pinellas Animal Foundation (PAF).

Dr. Maedel excels at internal medicine, infectious disease management, dermatology and dentistry. When Dr. Maedel isn’t spending time ogling slides under the microscope or scrubbed up in surgery, she enjoys the great outdoors with her husband, Andrew, and their two goldendoodles, Leeloo, the Supreme Being and Lizzie Q. Nugget.

Molly Barr, D.V.M. at Tampa Animal Hospital

Molly Barr, DVM

Hello Westchase, Florida! I am Doctor Molly Barr and I just recently moved here from sunny Buffalo, New York. I grew up in New York, but attended the University of Connecticut for my undergraduate degree in Pathobiology. After undergrad, I moved to Buffalo to begin working on a Master's degree in pathobiology, and I also applied to veterinary school. I had the opportunity to attend Ross University on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean to work on my Doctorate and so I left my Master's program in Buffalo. I finished my clinical year at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

After graduation, I moved back to Buffalo and worked for 4.5 years at a small animal clinic before relocating to Florida. Leaving my family, my home, and all my clients and their pets was difficult, but I am very excited to have joined the team here at Westchase Veterinary Center! I moved to Tampa with my dog Hank, who has been with me since January 2007 after being rescued on St. Kitts. When I am not working, I like to spend my free time enjoying the outdoors and any physical activities, especially playing volleyball. Between Hank and the family pets we had growing up, I know and understand how much a part of the family our pets are. I look forward to continuing your pets care and making their quality of life the best it can be!

Dr. Megan McGlothin, D.V.M. at Tampa Animal Hospital

Megan McGlothin, DVM

My name is Dr. Megan McGlothin and I am from Northwest Indiana. I attended Purdue University North Central where I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology. I then attended Purdue University for veterinary school. Boiler up! After graduating I moved back to Northwest Indiana and worked in the Chicagoland area at a small animal clinic for a year. In an effort to escape the Midwest winters, I relocated to sunny Tampa! By my side are my two loving dogs, Tes and Teaco. Some of my professional interests include internal medicine and critical care. I also have a love for geriatric pets and enjoy making sure they have the best quality of life possible.

Billy and Sam at Tampa Animal Hospital

William (Billy) Kowalski, DVM

Hey Westchase! I am Dr. Billy Kowalski. I just moved to the area from Las Vegas, Nevada. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois before attending the University of Missouri for undergraduate studies and veterinary school.

After graduation, I moved to Las Vegas and worked in a small animal hospital for just over two years. My desire to live close to the water prompted my move to Florida. My professional interests include, but are not limited to: dentistry, dermatology, surgery, and endoscopy. When out of the office, I love to spend my time at the beach, playing sports, fishing, boating and off-roading in my Jeep. I also love going on adventures with my Labrador named Sam. She has traveled across much of the country with me.

Dr. Hixon of Westchase Veterinary Center and Emergency

Dr. Shelby Hixon, DVM

I am Dr. Shelby Hixon, and I grew up in Woodstock, GA, just north of Atlanta. I swam competitively my entire life and continued to swim in college at the University of Alabama, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biology. (Roll Tide Roll!) Four years later, I received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. Immediately after school and for just over two years, I’ve been practicing small animal medicine and surgery in Cumming, GA. My husband, Fernando, and I have decided to relocate to beautiful, sunny Tampa to be close to the water and lead the active lifestyle that we love with our beloved dogs, Ayla and Sasha.

My professional interests include dentistry, dermatology, and ophthalmology. I also have a passion for our nation’s military working and police dogs, and I hold a special interest in the surgical and medical treatment of these and other canine athletes. In my free time, I enjoy doing Crossfit with my husband, taking our dogs on hikes and swims, and scuba.

Dr. DeStefano, D.V.M. at Tampa Animal Hospital

Jennifer DeStefano, DVM

Dr. DeStefano has been a relief veterinarian for Westchase Veterinary for over a year and half and it has been great to have her on board. She will continue providing us with relief work and we are so grateful to have her at our clinic.

Dr. Colby, D.V.M. at Tampa Animal Hospital


Dr. Burns graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a minor in Chemistry and is a 2006 graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Tufts Cummings College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Burns completed her small animal surgery residency at The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also received a Master’s of Science Degree. In 2012 and 2013, Dr. Burns became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, respectfully.

Dr. Burns is an active member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, AO Foundation, American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology and Veterinary Wound Management Society. Dr. Burns has received certificates of completion for AO ASIF Advance Techniques in Small Animal Fracture Management, AO ASIF Principles of Small Animal Fracture Management and BioMedtrix Total Hip Replacement courses. Dr. Burns has also published research articles in peer reviewed veterinary journals including Veterinary Surgery, VCOT, JAVMA, AJVR and Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Burns received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s national Teaching Excellence Award in the Clinical Sciences in 2009 and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Teaching Excellence Award for Clinical Sciences in 2009 and 2010. Dr. Burns’s clinical interests include joint replacement, sports medicine and rehabilitation, surgical oncology and wound management.