Heron Creek Animal Hospital

The doctors and staff at Heron Creek Animal Hospital provide the highest quality care in a friendly, professional and family oriented setting. We are prepared to handle your pet's needs, from routine spaying and neutering to soft tissue and emergency procedures. We offer the most up-to-date information and advice on all aspects of pet care, from choosing the best wellness programs to making important decisions about medical treatment for illness or injury. We use the safest anesthesia and monitoring equipment, and prescribe the most effective forms of pain relief medications. Should the condition require highly specialized surgery, we have a board-certified surgeon who will visit our clinic, so that your pet receives the best care available. We will work with you to ensure that you are aware of every option available to you and your pet. We are proud of what our practice offers clients and the community. To ensure that we continue to serve you with the best our profession can offer, our hospital philosophy includes an ongoing commitment to training and continuing education. We provide our technical and clerical staff with regular seminars on critical issues in veterinary medicine and customer service.
AAHA Accredited
  • Mon: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tue: 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wed, Thu: 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Dr. Cynthia Fiore

    Dr. Cynthia Fiore, DVM, Owner

    Dr. Cynthia Fiore, originally from Harrison, NY, attended Boston College then went on to Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine where she received her DVM. Dr. Fiore completed a small animal medicine internship at South Shore Veterinary Associates in Weymouth, MA, then worked 3 years in emergency and critical care at a veterinary emergency clinic in Wakefield, MA. Dr. Fiore moved to Southwest Florida in 1990 where she has worked and had ownerships in 3 American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Hospitals.

    Dr. Fiore has also been involved with the Peace River Wildlife center in Punta Gorda, Florida as managing medical director.

    Besides taking over the ownership and operating of Heron Creek Animal Hospital, Dr. Fiore also presently works with Specialized Veterinary Services in Fort Myers Florida as a member of the Emergency and Critical Care Services where 24 hour Emergency and Critical care is available as well as access to Specialists in the area of Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Cardiology.

    Dr. Fiore has a special interest in Emergency and Critical Care Services, Dentistry , Ultrasound and Advance Imaging, Internal Medicine and , Avian and Exotics.Dr. Fiore manages and helps operate a small goat farm and is active with cycling, kayaking, boating and snorkeling.
    Education:
    Fear Free Certified
  • Dr. Teresa Smith

    Dr. Teresa Smith, DVM

    Dr. Teresa Smith graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College, in Guelph, Ontario, in 1997.  She is both a Canadian and American citizen but moved to Florida to escape the cold Canadian winters.  After a tough year working with cows and horses at a mixed animal practice in South Carolina, she moved to West Palm Beach, Florida. The fast paced, high tech clinic offered lots of learning experiences, but  Dr. Smith found that she wanted to practice the same high quality medicine at a slower pace, and moved to the west coast.  Her areas of veterinary interest include; endocrinology, dentistry and critical care.  
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2006
    Education:
    Fear Free Certified
  • Dr. Anita Holt, VMD

    Dr. Anita Holt, VMD  joined the Heron Creek Animal Hospital in August of 2013 after closing my AAHA accredited practice, Pampered Pet Health Center, in Port Charlotte . I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical School in 1990 making this year my 25th year in practice. I consider myself fortunate to have been a resident of Charlotte County for 24 years. Since 2000 I have practiced Integrative veterinary medicine for small animals incorporating acupuncture, homotoxicology , Chinese herbal therapies and western medicinal herbs into their treatment which I have found improves the quality of their lives and extends their lives. I am very happy to be a part of an excellent, friendly, dedicated team at Heron Creek Animal Hospital and bring alternative therapy options to our clients for their pets. However I am especially grateful for those clients and their pets that I took care of in Port Charlotte who chose to follow me to Heron Creek Animal Hospital. Although my veterinary degree is from the University of Pennsylvania I am a diehard Florida Gator! I received my undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters degree from the University of Florida prior to starting veterinary school there. After my first year I transferred to the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. Go Gators!

    In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my pets Paulie, Gabriel, and Frito. I also enjoy watching College Football, playing in a women’s dart league, swimming, boating, spending time with good friends and traveling to new places.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Christina Angelini, Practice Manager

    Hello, my name is Christina. I joined the Heron Creek Animal Hospital team in 2016, but have known and worked with Dr. Cindy for a long time. I started as a receptionist in 2003 and apprenticed to technician and management. If I am not here at the hospital, you can find me spending time with my children, Lexi and Nick, and our fur babies Kate and Snowflake. I am always happy to help you and look forward to seeing you at the clinic.
    Education:
    Fear Free Certified: Level 2
  • Jennifer, Technician/ Patient Care Coordinator

    Hi there! My name is Jen. I am a Veterinary Technician at Heron Creek Animal Hospital. I have lived in North Port my entire life and I joined Heron Creeks team back in 2011 as an intern while I was still in high school. As I was interning I earned my certification as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. I started at the clinic as an assistant and have worked my way up to technician. A little over a year ago I decided to go back to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician at St. Petersburg College, I continue to work my way through the program. My family has been bringing their pets to Heron Creek Animal Hospital since they opened their doors in 2006, so I just knew this was the right place for me. I have loved working with animals since I was a little girl so I always new that this was the career field I wanted to be in.

    In addition to my wonderful parents, my family includes three dogs (Sidney, Sophie and Sam), and two goats (Remington and Daisy).

    In my free time you can find me reading, biking, and spending time with my family and friends.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Education:
    Fear Free Certified
  • Jessica, Technician

    Hello! I am living my childhood dream, as veterinary technician. Animals have always been my passion. I was born and raised in Melbourne,Fl, moved to Fort Myers 4 years ago. I have worked with everything from farm animals, to working at Seaworld, and have full-filled my dreams by working in emergency animal medicine. My mom used to tell me "I was made to save animals". I have 5 animals of my own, two weimariners named Sadie, and Bailey. One beagle named Peggy, and two cats, Lulu, and Maui. They are my world and are spoiled rotten. My favorite quote is "I may not be able to save them all, but I will never stop trying".
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 11, 2018
  • Cayla, Technician

    Hi ! My name is Cayla and I am a technician here at Heron Creek Animal Hospital. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, paddle boarding, surfing, kickboxing, power-lifting, and being around cats. Ever since I was a child I have always had a keen interest in animals- I would regularly visit animal shelters to love on cats and dogs.  I am currently interested in going to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician and possibly even furthering my education through the University of Florida to become a veterinarian. The staff here has become like family to me and it is my greatest wish that you feel that too !
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 11, 2018
  • Pam, Technician- CVT

    Hi my name is Pam.  I am a Certified Veterinary Technician where I received my degree from St. Petersburg College.   I have been in the veterinary field since 1992 but received my degree in 2008.  I am a member of FVTA (Florida Veterinary Technician Association) and NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technician Association).  

    I am originally from Syracuse, NY and have been in Florida since 1989.  I am happily married and blessed with 2 great children.  We have 2 dogs and 2 cats.  I love kayaking, trailer camping, gardening and spending whatever time possible with my family.

    What I love most about veterinary medicine is not only the ability to help animals but educating people.  My other interests are emergency medicine, anesthesia and dentistry.  I have a LOVE for school so I hope to start school again to specialize within the veterinary technology field.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    Certified Veterinary Technician, Fear Free Certified
  • Kathleen, Technician-CVT

    Hello, my name is Kathleen. I joined the Heron Creek team as a Certified Veterinary Technician in July 2018. I recently moved from Illinois with my husband, three daughters and three dogs. I have been in veterinary medicine since 2003 and became a certified technician in 2011. I then graduated from St. Petersburg College in 2016 with my bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology. I have a special interest in surgery. I thoroughly love working with animals and getting them the care they need.

    When not at the clinic, you can find me at home with my three dogs, Josh, Murphy and Billie or running around with my three daughters, Abigail, Kaitlyn and Charlotte. We enjoy being outdoors, exploring new playgrounds and swimming in our pool.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 12, 2018
    Education:
    Certified Veterinary Technician, Bachelors of Science in Veterinary Medicine
  • Heather, Technician

    Hello, 
    I'm Heather I'm a Veterinary Technician at Heron Creek Animal Hospital. I joined Heron Creek Animal Hospitals team back in 2014 as an assistant and have worked my way to being a technician. So a little bit about me: I was born in Long Island New York and raised in Florida. I have 5 pets of my own. Three dogs, two German Shepherds, a chiweenie, and two cats. My main goal right now is to start school to become a certified technician and perhaps eventually further my education to become a veterinarian. I've always known that I wanted to work with animals since I was a little girl. I would always tell my parents it was my dream to become a veterinarian.  I was about 10 years old when I volunteered during the summer for Dr. Holt at Pampered Pet. That's when it all started. After volunteering there, I knew that working with animals was my calling. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    Fear Free Certified
  • Ashley, Technician

    Hi! My name is Ashley and I’m a Veterinary Technician at Heron Creek Animal Hospital. I am currently attending St. Petersburg College to become a Certified Veterinary Technician, and I plan to graduate in December of 2018. I have always had a passion for working with animals. I am also a member of the FVTA (Florida Veterinary Technician Association) and NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technician Association). I have experience with preventative medicine, emergency and critical care, and surgery. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, being outdoors, and trying new things. I have three dogs: Bandit, a 6 year-old Chihuahua, Ethel, a 12 year- old Papillion and Cooper, an 11 month old Labradoodle.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 12, 2018
  • Debbie, Client Care Coordinator

    Hi! I'm Debbie.  I've been part of the Heron Creek Animal Hospital family since March 2007.  Being a people person and animal lover, I couldn't have started my endeavor into the animal world at a better place.  Working with this team has been a wonderful experience.  My interest in this field stemmed from my daughter who has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was three years old.  The knowledge and support I have gained while working at HCAH is priceless.

    The best thing about my job would have to be the clients.  They are truly an awesome group of people that I have had the pleasure to meet and get to know.

    When not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband Al, and our two children Tai (daughter) and AJ (son), as well as our dogs: Kyra, Brooklyn, Kodak and our cat Sly Cooper.

    If I were an animal, I would be a puppy - playful, energetic, and full of life. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2007
    Education:
    Fear Free Certified
  • Jess, Client Relations Specialist

    Hi, my name is Jess Johnson. I am a client care specialist here at Heron Creek Animal Hospital. I was born and raised in Rhode Island. I received my BS in Animal Science and Husbandry from the University of Rhode Island in 2009. Shortly after graduation, my husband, Matt, and I moved to North Carolina to pursue experience in Research Triangle  Park. We lived there until 2016, when we settled here in North Port, Florida. I was a client for several years before I joined the team at Heron Creek in April 2018. I loved the care that my dogs received and wanted to be able to help provide that same care for others in our community.


    I have a two year old son named Gabriel and two dogs, Storm and Gambit. We enjoy camping, kayaking, fishing and hiking as a family. I also love to play volleyball and racquetball

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 12, 2018
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Animal Science
  • Anna, Client Relations Specialist

    My name is Annamarie, and I am a Client Relations Specialist for Heron Creek Animal Hospital. I was born and raised here in North Port, Florida, and I am currently a senior pursuing a BS degree in English education at The University of South Florida. Being an avid animal lover since I was a little girl, I have always dreamed of somehow being able to incorporate the fast paced, personable experience of the people world, with the delight and rewarding nature of the animal world. This goal has held the inspiration to accompany my Education degree with the credentials needed for Veterinary Practice Management.

    In my spare time I enjoy being anywhere near the water, reading, traveling, going to football games, and spending time with my fur babies- Zeus (German Shepherd), Lily (cat), Sammie (cat), and Gaston (yes, another cat). 

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 17, 2018
  • Laura, Pharmacy Technician

    Hi my name is Laura, I have been a part of the Heron Creek Animal Hospital team since April 2008.  I grew up right here in Florida and have lived the past 24 years in Port Charlotte.  I attended University of South Florida were I obtained my Bachelors Degree in Criminology.

    I have a true love for all animals and have been in the Veterinary field for well over 10 years.  The best thing about my job would have to be our clients and their pets.  They are a great group of people and I enjoy taking the time to get to know them.

    I enjoy reading, computers and anything involving horses.  I share my home with my husband Greg, 2 beagles Luke and Kayla, and 1 cat Ruggles and our newest addition, Kiwi the bird.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2008
  • Jenna, Technician

    Hi, my name is Jenna and I am a technician here at Heron Creek Animal Hospital. I have been working the veterinary field since 2016, but have been working with animals my entire life. I managed a veterinary practice in Illinois until moving to North Port in March of 2018, when I was welcomed into this practice. In my spare time I am usually found writing or reading, or attempting to finish an art piece. I currently live in Cape Coral with my three dogs; Leonidas( Borzoi), Sampson (bald Chihuahua), and Penelope (Dachshund/ Jack Russel Mix) and two cats; Erebus and Nyx. I will be moving on in December to follow my husband wherever the Army places us. 
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 19, 2018