At the Animal Hospital of Northwood, we’re proud of our veterinarians and staff, who work day in and day out to provide the standard in veterinary pet care. Our animal clinic is the proud home of a veterinary team that exceeds expectations and maintains a steadfast dedication to excellence at all times!
Pet owners from our local Safety Harbor community and across the greater Sunshine State visit us when they want expert veterinarians with decades of proven experience in the field.
Don Woodman, DVM
Don knew he wanted to be a veterinarian even when he was in middle school. He had read all of the James Herriott books several times by the time he was just 12 years old. He got his first job at a cat clinic when he was 15, and this confirmed that this was the career he wanted to pursue. He did his undergraduate work at New College, Sarasota Florida. He was accepted to Virginia Tech’s School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1995. After graduation, he relocated to the Clearwater area and began his career. On March 1, 2001, he became the owner of the Animal Hospital of Northwood. Dr. Woodman is married, has 2 boys and shares his home with 5 cats, 1 black lab, Shirley (she failed seeing eye dog school), Hermes (the Eurasian Eagle Owl), and a variety of other temporary house guests.
Dave Slaby, DVM
Dr. Slaby graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978, and took a position in a small animal medicine and surgery hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. Within 6 years there came an opportunity to start the Animal Hospital of Northwood in Safety Harbor in 1984. Along the way the Slabys were blessed to have a handsome son, Chris, who unfortunately chose to move to Texas for greener pastures. After seventeen years of practicing as a sole practitioner, Dr. Slaby decided to sell the practice to Don and Susan Woodman. “I must say the change was good for my family, the practice and my extended family; my clients. Not only has their enthusiasm and new ideas with Dr. Woodman stepping in as the new director and owner of the Animal Hospital of Northwood, but I found a new joy in just practicing veterinary medicine. Technology and medical care advancements have exploded exponentially and I find it stimulating to have the time to soak it all in. I thank Dr. Woodman for allowing me to continue practicing where those extended family members still come in after 25-30 years. We work well together and pet owners know their family pets will be treated with the same care and concerns as our own pets.” Since transferring ownership of The Animal Hospital of Northwood in 2001, Dr Slaby continues to provide relief services in the hospital.
Renee Boyajan, DVM
Dr. Renee Boyajan, or Dr. B, is a relief veterinarian that works with us on a regular basis. She is a rare Florida native! Dr. Boyajan graduated from University of Florida veterinary school and continued to work in the Gainesville area before moving to Pinellas County in 2012. Animal dentistry is her area of interest and expertise and she has completed many hours of additional training in this area. In Dr. Boyajan’s spare time, she enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her husband and son. The rest of her family includes a Jack Russell and two cats. Dr. Boyajan is excited to work with everyone at Animal Hospital of Northwood!
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; dentistry, surgery, and ultrasound.
Susan Woodman, CVT, Business Manager
Susan originally is from Long Island, New York. While her roots can sometimes be heard in her speech; she has lived in the Safety Harbor area since she was in middle school. She graduated as a Veterinary Technician in 1992 from St. Petersburg College. Her mother still likes to tell the story of when she was 5 years old she wanted an elephant as a pet and could not understand why this was not possible. Susan enjoys working with all animals, both domestic and exotic. She has raised several tiger cubs, a lion, leopard and cougar. Both she and her husband have a Raptor Education program they take to Pinellas County Public Schools to teach children about wildlife and conservation. In addition, she pursues her interest in Falconry, and is a certified Florida Wildlife Rehabilitator.
April Allen, Office Manager
April grew up in Ohio, but attended college in Gainesville, Florida. She is an alumnus of Santa Fe Community College and has an Associate Degree in Zoo Animal Technology. She worked as a zookeeper for several years with a variety of animals before finding her way into the veterinary field. April has worked at the Animal Hospital of Northwood for 9 years, starting as a technician and then being promoted to office manager. In her spare time, she is an avid Buckeye football fan, enjoys visiting zoos and aquariums and spending time in the pool. She has 3 cats: Smokey, Bruno, and JJ Swat. She likes to play games with her family and take her little girl to Disney!
Kate Cooper, Head Receptionist
Kate recently moved here from Alaska with her husband and 3 dogs; Lady is a Shepherd/Husky Mix and Cesar is a Lab/Husky Mix, and Gunner a chocolate lab. While living in Alaska, Kate enjoyed the outdoor activities and the colder climate. Since her husband’s job requires traveling, her family is spread throughout the states. In her spare time, she enjoys catching up with her family, relaxing at home and decorating/organizing their new house. Animals have always brought her joy, so she decided to pursue a career in the veterinary field. Even though she is new to the field, she is very eager to learn and develop new skills.
Susie Watson, Receptionist
Susie was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. She graduated St. Petersburg College’s Veterinary Technology Program and passed state and national certifications in 1985. Following graduation, Dr. Slaby (who established the Animal Hospital of Northwood) hired Susie as a technician, a position she thoroughly enjoyed due to the variety of skills utilized, the level of responsibility placed on her, the friendship of her co-workers, and the wonderful interactions that take place with clients and their pets. Susie and her husband, Tom, have been married since 1985, have two children, and numerous pets. After the birth of her children she transitioned into the receptionist position so she could work part-time. Outside of work, Susie loves being with her family. She is active in her church and looks forward to opportunities to travel.
Amanda Sinewe, Receptionist
Amanda grew up in Florida and even attended Pinellas County Schools where she graduated from Palm Harbor University. When not at work she enjoys adventurous activities like visiting Busch Gardens, white water rafting and zip lining. She also plays lacrosse. Amanda has a new rescue dog, and she likes to treat Xena by taking her to the dog park and the beach whenever she can.
Debora Zarr, Head Technician
Deb was born in Argentina and moved to the United States 19 years ago. She has been a veterinary technician for 16 years and recently celebrated 6 years with the Animal Hospital of Northwood. Deb is married, has a daughter and a son, a Chihuahua (Coco), a cat (Tiggy), and a rabbit Simba. In her free time, she enjoys working out, cooking and exercising her artistic abilities with her daughter. She is extremely passionate about caring and providing for animals.
Wendy Sinclair, CVT, Technician
Wendy grew up in Louisville Kentucky. In 2004 she graduated with an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Brevard Community College. Wendy has always had a heart for animals, and has worked in small animal medicine since 2004. She moved to the Safety Harbor area with her husband and son, they love to spend time with their three dogs (she has one of every size)!
Erin Moore, Technician
Erin was born in New York, but grew up in the Sunshine State with her family by her side. She kindled her love of animals early on and received her Certified Veterinary Assistant, Level 1 certification from Tarpon Springs High School. Erin enjoys rescuing geriatric dogs and giving them a good home for their last few years. She currently has Dunkel a rescue dog, Molly the maltese, Minion the cat, two baby tortoises, and a cockatiel named Zazu. She is an avid sports fan; you can find her at all the home games for the Dunedin Blue Jays or watching the Indianapolis Colts on TV. She also loves to visit the Orlando theme parks.
Nicole Evers, CVT, Technician
Nicole was born in Illinois but spent most of her childhood here in Florida. She has always had a big heart for animals and knew she wanted to work in the veterinary field. Nicole graduated from Hillsborough Community College Veterinary Technology Program in the spring of 2017, a few months later she then passed her national exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Her and her boyfriend currently have two dogs; a pitbull mix named Sosa and a beagle puppy Eich, and a cat named Oliver. When she is not taking care of animals, Nicole enjoys going to concerts and music festivals and spending time on the water.
Catharine Gordon, Lead Kennel Technicain
Catharine grew up in Iowa. After graduating high school she decided to move South Carolina where she attended Coastal Carolina University and received her Bachelors of Science in Marine Science with a focus on marine biology. After graduating in 2016, she moved to Florida still searching for that warmer weather year round. Catharine has worked in a number of animal facilities including the Myrtle Beach State Park Nature Center, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and the Florida Aquarium. She has a passion for all animals whether they live on land or in the ocean. Catharine has a border collie/lab mix named Holly. In her spare time, Catharine enjoys attending any and all sporting events, visiting Mickey Mouse at Disney, cooking, and patrolling Pinellas County beaches for sea turtles nest and their hatchlings.
Helen Krayer, Kennel Technician
Helen is new to veterinary medicine but is currently on track to become a certified Veterinary Technician. She is attending SPC and working full time as an animal care attendant towards that achievement. Helen has a sweet bichon named Georgie who loves to go to the beach, and growing up in Florida Helen knows just the place to go! She also enjoys seeing stage shows and playing a variety of instruments. After being in the band in high school, music stuck with her. Helen can play flute, clarinet, and the ukulele.
Destiny Boothe, Kennel Technician
Destiny has grown up living in Florida. She is a student at Palm Harbor University High School and is in the medical program. After high school she plans on attending college in order to pursue a career in the human medical field. Destiny has a border collie mix named Lola and enjoys spending time with her family. You might also find her with friends at the Dunedin causeway catching a sunset. Destiny is a volunteer for the Pinellas Education Foundation.