2004 – BS – Rutgers University – Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ
2009 – DVM – Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
2010 – Small Animal Rotating Internship – Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
2013 – Neurology and Neurosurgery Residency – Veterinary Neurological Center, Phoenix, AZ
2013 – Board Certification – ACVIM (Neurology)
2013 – ACVIM Advanced Neurosurgery Certification Course, Las Vegas, NV
2014 – Neurosurgical Certificate of Training
Dr. Chris Levine grew up in Hudson and Union Counties in New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University – Cook College and obtained his Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Sciences with a focus on Pre-Veterinary Medicine/Research. He then was accepted into veterinary school and graduated from Oregon State University. He continued to travel across the country and completed a rotating small animal internship at Oklahoma State University, and then a neurology and neurosurgery residency program at the Veterinary Neurological Center in Phoenix, AZ. Following residency, he became Board Certified in Neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He then went on to complete an advanced neurosurgical training course and obtained his Neurosurgical Certificate, as well.
Dr. Levine moved to Sarasota, Florida with his family and worked in the area for 4 and a half years before moving on to open his own neurology, neurosurgery, and imaging practice. Dr. Levine’s professional interests include surgical treatments for intracranial and spinal cord tumors, fibrocartilagenous emboli (spinal cord strokes), auto-immune conditions affecting the brain and spinal cord (GME), and acquisition and interpretation of advanced non-invasive diagnostic imaging modalities (MRI, MRA, CT).
When not at work, Dr. Levine enjoys photography, auto repair (sheet metal work and engine repair), woodworking, and most of all, spending time with his wonderful wife, Kristen, and their three beautiful children, Tyler, Xander, and Arabella.
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Dr. Kristen Levine
2004 – BS Biology – SUNY Fredonia – Fredonia, NY
2009 – DVM – Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
2010 – Small Animal Rotating Internship – Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Dr. Kristen Levine grew up south of Buffalo, NY between several farms. She has always loved and been fascinated by animals and knew by the age of 2 that she was going to become a veterinarian. She went to SUNY Fredonia where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology. She went on to Veterinary school at Oregon State University where she graduated in 2009 and received her DVM degree. It was there that she met and fell in love with Chris Levine and they had their first 2 children, Tyler and Xander. She was accepted to and successfully completed a small animal rotating internship at Oklahoma State University. She went into general practice and emergency medicine for a few years in Phoenix, Arizona where Chris did his residency. She then went on to find her permanent home in Sarasota, Florida where she spent 4 and a half years working alongside her husband in veterinary neurology while doing relief general practice and emergency veterinary work. They had another beautiful child, Arabella, since moving to Florida. Kristen plans to continue to work full time in neurology and to do general practice on a relief basis in the surrounding communities.
In her free time Kristen loves spending time with her human family, swimming, anything outdoors, her mini farm where she raises mini-cows, mini-goats, and ducks. She also loves her other furry and feathered family members including her Ecclectus “Beautiful”, her English Golden Retriever “Polar Bear” and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels “Hershey”, “Cadburry”, and “Godiva”.
2014 – Certified Veterinary Technician Certificate – Braden River High School
2017 – Associate in Arts and Sciences from the State College of Florida
Alexis is a dedicated professional with a passion for the veterinary field. Hailing from Michigan, she has spent the last decade immersed in the world of animal care, bringing her expertise and compassion to every aspect of her work. As the hospital administrator, Alexis plays a vital role in ensuring the smooth operation of the veterinary clinic, combining her organizational skills with a deep understanding of animal health and welfare.
With a genuine love for animals, Alexis has further solidified her commitment to improving the lives of furry companions. Whether it's managing administrative tasks, coordinating appointments, or lending a helping hand in the examination room, Alexis consistently demonstrates her dedication to providing the highest standard of care for both pets and their owners.
Through her years of experience, Alexis has developed a strong knowledge base in veterinary practices, enabling her to effectively communicate with staff, clients, and colleagues. Her ability to foster positive relationships and create a welcoming environment contributes to the overall success of the clinic. Alexis's unwavering passion for animals and her exceptional leadership skills make her a valued asset to the veterinary community.
Outside of her professional life, Alexis enjoys spending quality time with her Golden Retriever, Maple, exploring the great outdoors, and engaging in various activities that promote physical and mental well-being. With her expertise, compassion, and dedication, Alexis continues to make a significant impact in the veterinary field, leaving a lasting impression on the lives of animals and the people who cherish them.
Brooke's journey in the world of veterinary medicine has been nothing short of inspiring. For the past four years, she has devoted herself to caring for animals, finding purpose and fulfillment in each day she spends at the clinic.
Among all the joys life has to offer, one constant source of happiness for Brooke is her beloved canine companion, Athena.
In her profession as a veterinary nurse, Brooke's dedication and compassion shine through in every interaction with both animals and their owners. Her genuine care and expert knowledge have earned her the trust and gratitude of the community she serves. Every life she touches, whether furry or human, is forever touched by her kindness and expertise.
As Brooke continues to make a difference in the lives of animals and the people around her, she remains a true inspiration to her colleagues and a beacon of hope to the animals she cares for.
Charlie was born in Columbia, South Carolina and has since resided in Florida. He began working in animal medicine at a general practice for 19 years until he made his transition to Levine Veterinary Neurology.
In his free time, Charlie enjoys cruising around the Caribbean or even hiking through the mountains. Uniquely, he played the bagpipes for 12 years. When cooking, he prefers to use his smoker for that delicious BBQ taste.
He has a dachshund named Joker, and loves all animals. He shares a special interest in reptiles and aquariums, including freshwater and saltwater!
Aubrey was born in the picturesque town of Bellaire, Michigan. From a young age, she developed a deep passion for animals, particularly horses. Growing up in the serene countryside, she spent her days riding and training horses while honing her skills as a talented barrel racer.
After completing her education, Aubrey embarked on a rewarding career in veterinary medicine. For the past 12 years, she has been a dedicated and compassionate veterinary technician, tirelessly caring for animals in need. Her extensive experience has made her a valuable asset in the field, earning her the respect and admiration of colleagues and clients alike.
In 2018, Aubrey made a bold decision and relocated to the sunny state of Florida, eager to embrace new opportunities in her profession. Her dedication and natural affinity for animals quickly gained her recognition among colleagues and clients in her new community.
Beyond her work in veterinary care, Aubrey finds joy and relaxation in two other beloved activities: fishing and home improvement projects. Whether casting a line into the tranquil waters or tackling DIY endeavors, she embraces each challenge with enthusiasm and determination. Aubrey's home life is equally as fulfilling, as she shares her abode with three canine companions Dolly, Dozer and Deacon.
Kaila, a dedicated veterinary assistant, and self-proclaimed Disney expert, was born in the charming state of New Jersey. In the year 2000, she embarked on a new chapter in her life, relocating to the sunny shores of Florida. With a passion for animals and a compassionate heart, Kaila found her calling in veterinary medicine. For the past five years, she has been diligently serving and caring for countless furry companions, becoming a trusted and indispensable member of her veterinary team.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Kaila's love for animals knows no bounds. She has made a significant impact on the lives of many rescued animals by fostering and providing them with the love, care, and attention they need to find their forever homes.
But that's not all – Kaila has an enchanting flair for the theatrical. With a penchant for musicals, she delights in the magic of song and dance, finding inspiration in the captivating world of performance.
Kaila's love for animals extends to her personal life as well, where she shares her home with two furry companions – Miss Lady Ma'am and Zuko.
Veterinary Nursing Assistant
Alexandria, a proud native of Florida, has dedicated her career to the field of veterinary medicine. Her journey began in 2017, when she discovered her passion for animal care and welfare. Since then, she has continuously pursued excellence in her profession, making a positive impact on the lives of countless animals.
Driven by her desire to expand her knowledge and skills, Alexandria pursued her education at Penn Foster, where she earned her Associate's Degree in Applied Sciences. This milestone in her academic journey laid a solid foundation for her future success as a veterinary professional.
In November 2021, Alexandria achieved a significant milestone in her career by becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. This accomplishment represents her dedication to providing the highest quality of care for animals under her watch. With her expertise and technical proficiency, she plays a crucial role in supporting veterinarians and ensuring the well-being of furry companions.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Alexandria nurtures a variety of interests. She has a keen eye for photography, capturing the beauty of the world through her lens. She finds solace and inspiration in traveling, exploring new places, and immersing herself in different cultures. Additionally, she enjoys spending time at the beach, soaking up the sun and enjoying the soothing sounds of the ocean.
At home, Alexandria is accompanied by her loyal and energetic companion, Lunara, a Husky/Malamute. Through their bond, she experiences firsthand the joy and companionship that animals bring to our lives, further fueling her commitment to their well-being.
With her passion for veterinary medicine, her dedication to continuous learning, and her love for animals, Alexandria continues to make a significant impact in her field. Through her compassionate care, technical expertise, and commitment to excellence, she exemplifies the qualities of a true advocate for animal health and welfare.
Licensed Certified Veterinary Technician
Heather was born in Olympia, Washington and has since called many places “home.” In 2018 she relocated to Sarasota, FL from Bern, Switzerland. She began volunteering and job shadowing in local animal shelters, with the Red Cross, and veterinary hospitals at 8 years old. At 15 she accepted her first job as a kennel technician and worked until graduating high school. She then went on to study Evolutionary Biology and Ornithology at The Evergreen State College. In 2014 she returned to the veterinary field working various positions (receptionist, doctor’s assistant, surgical technician, outpatient nurse) in a large general practice hospital – with its own, on-site specialty holistic department – for the next four years. In 2019 she started her next journey here at Levine Veterinary Neurology.
Exotics and environmental conservation are her passions. Heather enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Collin, bird watching, kayaking, backpacking, research, being creative, cooking, and looking after her own pets (‘Deedle,’ the Amazon parrot; ‘Jhin,’ the banana morph ball python; ‘Cypress,’ the Brazilian rainbow boa; ‘Ember,’ the boa constrictor imperator).
Megan, a proud native of Ocala, Florida, has nurtured a lifelong passion for animals. With a deep-rooted love for our furry and scaly friends, she embarked on a journey to make a meaningful difference in their lives. In 2022, she enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program, driven by her unwavering commitment to animal welfare.
In February 2023, Megan's pursuit of her passion led her to join Levine Veterinary Neurology as a dedicated veterinary assistant. With each day that passes, she embraces the opportunity to expand her knowledge and hands-on experience in the veterinary field. Megan's insatiable thirst for learning allows her to stay updated with the latest advancements, ensuring that she provides the best possible care for the animals under her charge.
Megan's ultimate goal is to establish her own animal rescue as a certified veterinary technician. This aspiration reflects her deep empathy and desire to provide a safe haven for animals in need. Through her commitment and dedication, she aims to create a nurturing environment where every creature has the chance to thrive and find a loving home.
Outside of her veterinary pursuits, Megan indulges in various hobbies. She finds solace in the virtual realm of video games, where she can explore new worlds and embark on thrilling adventures. Additionally, her love for literature and writing allows her to immerse herself in captivating stories and express her creativity.
Megan's personal menagerie includes her beloved feline companions, Prince and Kane, and her loyal canine friend, Nikki. With her extensive experience caring for a range of animals, including bearded dragons, turtles, ferrets, and birds, Megan brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to her role.
With her compassion, dedication, and broad skill set, Megan continues to make a significant impact on the lives of animals. Through her commitment to ongoing learning, her unwavering love for her own pets, and her aspirations to create a safe haven for animals in need, she exemplifies the essence of a true animal advocate.
Veterinary Nursing Assistant
Deziree, a Florida native, embodies a passion for animals, creativity, and excellent client service. With a career in the veterinary field that began in 2015, she has honed her skills as a client service representative, making a positive impact on both pet owners and their beloved companions.
Born and raised in Florida, Deziree has always had a deep appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds her. She finds solace and inspiration in the great outdoors, where she can often be found exploring and immersing herself in nature's wonders. This love for the environment has cultivated her strong commitment to animal welfare and conservation.
Alongside her dedication to the veterinary field, Deziree is also a talented artist and creator. Her passion for craftsmanship led her to develop her own company called "Delphinus Souls," specializing in unique and handcrafted jewelry and sun catchers. Through her creations, she infuses her artistic talents with her love for nature, capturing the essence of the natural world in each piece.
Deziree's role as a client service representative showcases her exceptional interpersonal skills and commitment to teamwork. She understands the importance of fostering strong relationships with clients, ensuring that their needs are met with care and efficiency. Her warm and friendly demeanor creates a welcoming environment for both pets and their owners, establishing trust and rapport within the veterinary practice.
When she's not assisting clients or crafting beautiful pieces of art, Deziree cherishes her time with her beloved Antaolian Shepherd, Odie. Their bond is a testament to Deziree's deep love and understanding of animals, further fueling her desire to provide exceptional care and support to all creatures.
With her combined passion for animals, artistic creativity, and exceptional client service skills, Deziree continues to make a significant impact in her field. Her dedication, warm personality, and commitment to teamwork make her an invaluable asset to the veterinary community. Client Service Representative