Our Staff

Ronald Hamilton, DVM, BSc, ASSc

Ronald Hamilton, DVM, BSc, ASSc

Medical Director

Ronald is a Jamaican native and despite his laid back attitude, his passion has always been medicine. He obtained an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Public Health and Animal Health in Guyana, a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Health in Texas, and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the famous Tuskegee University in Alabama. His passions are internal and rescue medicine. In his spare time, he reads fiction and non-fiction and listens to music (of which his favorite is reggae).

Colby Burns, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

Colby Burns, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

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.

Chris Ludlow, DVM, DACVIM

Chris Ludlow, DVM, DACVIM

Veterinarian

Dr. Chris Ludlow earned his DVM with honors from Kansas State University in 1986, and he is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He worked in a busy small animal general practice in southern California for five years then returned to KSU to complete a combined internal medicine/small animal clinical nutrition residency and master’s degree program under Dr. David Williams.

After finishing his clinical nutrition training, Dr. Ludlow joined the internal medicine faculty at KSU before going into private specialty medicine at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Kansas City. In 2001, Dr. Ludlow took a position with Royal Canin, where he served in the Scientific Communications division, lecturing nationally and internationally in internal medicine and nutrition. Dr. Ludlow was a staff internist at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital in Rockledge, Florida, for six years before starting Veterinary Internal Medicine Diagnostics.

Dr. Ludlow has over 15 years of experience in ultrasound and endoscopy. He has lectured in gastroenterology and has taught endoscopy wet labs at national meetings. An active member of the Comparative Gastroenterology Society, he has also been a fellow at the Mark Morris Institute for Clinical Nutrition. He has taught clinical nutrition at veterinary schools all over the U.S. and abroad. When not busy consulting with veterinarians or lecturing, Dr. Ludlow enjoys cycling, hiking, nearly all types of music and the occasional bottle of good wine.

Brittany Wilson-Mathes, DVM

Brittany Wilson-Mathes, DVM

DVM

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Shelby Hixon, DVM

Shelby Hixon, DVM

Relief Veterinarian

Dr. Shelby Hixon completed her undergraduate studies as a student-athlete at the University of Alabama in 2012. There, she split her time between Division I NCAA Swimming and her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then moved on to complete my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2016. During vet school, she enjoyed the weeks she worked with military working dogs most. The passion and drive of these magnificent soldiers created a sense of gratitude and respect. After graduation, she continued working with her county’s police dogs, and over the last five years, she has found that her love for working dogs has expanded to working with all canine athletes, both in their prime and in their later years. After hearing of the wonders of acupuncture for aging pets and after helping an anorexic cat to eat using only a needle, she decided to explore alternative methods of medicine to work in conjunction with my modern veterinary medical knowledge. She became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2019 after graduating from what is now internationally recognized as Chi University. In 2020, she became Fear Free Certified because she was already practicing with Fear Free ideals at the forefront of her thoughts.

Michelle Newkirk, DVM

Michelle Newkirk, DVM

Relief Veterinarian

Dr. Michelle Newkirk was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  She attended The Ohio State University for both her undergraduate and veterinary medicine degrees.  Dr. Newkirk graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999 with a BS in Zoology and Magna Cum Laude in 2006 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduation, Dr. Newkirk stayed a few years in Ohio working in both general practice and emergency.  She then grew tired of living in the “snow belt” and wanted to find some sunny weather, which led her to move to St. Petersburg in 2012.  She continues to practice in both general practice and emergency medicine, along with working for non-profit organizations.

Dr. Newkirk is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Florida Veterinary Medical Association.  In her free time, she enjoys the beach and taking her dog “Newman” to the dog friendly restaurants in St. Pete.  She also loves to bicycle, cook, and travel.  Her favorite activity in the fall is watching her Ohio State Buckeyes win in football.  O-H!!

Steve

Steve

Hospital Administrator

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Amanda

Amanda

Veterinary Technician

I have worked in the veterinary field for over 15 years. I currently have 3 cats Spyder (15), Muddi (14) and Albi (1y). I moved back to Florida from Ohio in 2015 to start at Gulf Coast Vet Center and have worked here ever since!

Sarah

Sarah

Receptionist

I started in the veterinary industry in 2009 after I got my diploma as a Veterinary Technician. I have done it all: kennel, technician, and front desk. I started at Gulf Coast Veterinary Center on February 24, 2020. I worked at the Spring Hill office for my first 3 months before Dr. Hamilton brought me to join the Tampa team. My love for animals started at birth. My parents were jockeys and I was raised around horses all my life. I have 3 cats, Mina who is 13 years old and wishes she was the only cat. Pot Hole is just over a year old that someone found at about 7wks old who was hit by a car. She does need surgery to fix a diaphragmatic hernia but she is doing awesome. Then there is my daughter’s best friend Porthos the Pirate he is just over a year also. He was found by the neighbors a month or so after I got Pot Hole. He was only about 5 wks old and being attacked by crows. Hoping to add a dog to the family in the future! I’m so excited to meet and help all our clients at GCVC Tampa.

Leslie

Leslie

Veterinary Technician

Hi there! I’m Leslie, a receptionist in the loving family of Gulf Coast Veterinary Center. My love for animals began at a young age. I moved to Florida from Ohio in 2006 and have been caring for pets every day since. Through the years, I have developed the knowledge to speak for the pets because they cannot speak for themselves. My goal is to see that every companion receives the best care they deserve. I am so fortunate to do what I’ve always wanted to do. Animals are my love and passion. They are our family.

Arianna

Arianna

Receptionist

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Maria

Maria

Assistant

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Ty

Ty

Veterinary Technician

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Haley

Veterinary Assistant

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Shelby

Receptionist

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Jessy

Veterinary Technician

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