Our Veterinarians

Dr. Terry Clekis

Dr. Terry Clekis
Medical Director and Co-Owner

At an early age, Dr. Terry Clekis always knew he wanted to become a veterinarian. After completing his undergraduate studies at the College of Charleston and graduate studies in reproductive physiology at the University of Georgia, Dr. Clekis went on to attend and graduate from the prestigious University of Georgia’s veterinary school in 1983. Upon graduation, Dr. Clekis knew he wanted to make a positive impact on the veterinary industry as it related to pets, pet owners, and his professional colleagues. After gaining experience as an associate veterinarian and hospital owner in the Charleston, South Carolina area and St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Clekis purchased Braden River Animal Hospital in 2002 and built the current, state-of-the art 5000sqft facility behind the original building on State Road 64 East in 2007. After many successful years at Braden River Animal Hospital, Dr. Clekis further expanded the grounds by building a new, 5000sqft boarding and grooming center adjacent to Braden River Animal Hospital. read more

 

Dr. Crystal Berarducci
Dr. Crystal Berarducci, Co-Owner

Dr. Berarducci was first introduced to our clients over 13 years ago when she worked at Braden River Animal Hospital dually as a front office receptionist and veterinary technician.  At the time, Dr. Berarducci was preparing for her studies to one day enter the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduating from veterinary school in 2011, Dr. Berarducci first worked at a local practice in the Bradenton area. Soon thereafter, we were incredibly fortunate to have her return to Braden River Animal Hospital as one of our Associate Veterinarians.

Originally from Walnut Creek, California, Dr. Berarducci and her family have developed strong ties to the Bradenton community which also parallels the strong relationships she formulated with our Braden River clientele and patients. Having a strong interest in developing her career as a veterinarian, Dr. Berarducci has continuously fortified these bonds by practicing quality companion animal medicine and surgery while educating clients on the well-being of their pets. Over the years, she has…read more

 
Dr. Johnathan Pierce
Dr. Johnathan Pierce
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Johnathan Pierce joined Braden River Animal Hospital after practicing in the Midwest for six years. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Dr. Pierce graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from Ohio State University. With the intention of always becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Pierce then fulfilled his lifelong dream by graduating in 2009 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. While in graduate school, Dr. Pierce met his wife Danielle who is also a practicing veterinarian. In order to escape the frigid winters and to be closer to family, the Pierce family with their two young children, Evie and Lucas, moved to sunny St Petersburg in 2015 where Dr. Pierce also joined our practice in Bradenton. The Pierce family immensely enjoys their additional four-legged family members which includes…read more

 

Dr. Barbara Lewis
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Barbara Lewis is a well-seasoned and highly respected veterinarian in the Bradenton area. Known as being incredibly warm-hearted and compassionate, Dr. Lewis is a wonderful “people person” and phenomenal clinician. With over 18 years of veterinary experience, we were thrilled to have her join our teams at both Braden River Animal Hospital and North River Animal Hospital in 2017.

Originally from Miami, FL, Dr. Lewis earned her doctorate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Shortly thereafter, she made Bradenton her permanent home in 2004 where she has been practicing small animal companion medicine. She is also active with the local veterinary medical associations and member of the FVMA (Florida Veterinary Medical Association and AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association).

Dr. Lewis has special interests in primary and geriatric care as well as dermatology. She truly enjoys…read more

 

 
Dr. Ana Maria Cepeda
Dr. Ana Maria Cepeda
Associate Veterinarian

We are proud to have Dr. Ana Maria Cepeda join our veterinary team where she will be seeing clients at both Braden River Animal and North River Animal Hospital. Originally from Port St. Lucia, Florida, Dr. Cepeda is a resident of the Parrish area where she has been practicing companion medicine as an Associate Veterinarian in our local area for many years. She is well-versed in small animal medicine and surgery with special interests in Dermatology, Internal Medicine and Animal Behavior.

An alumna of the University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL, Dr. Cepeda received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences as the recipient of the Bright Futures Scholarship. Next, Dr. Cepeda pursued herprofessional studies at St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grand Cayman where she matriculated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. In conjunction with her graduate studies…read more

Dr. Tania Mahinda
Dr. Tania Mahinda
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Tania Mahinda joins our veterinary team from California. She moved to Sarasota, FL in July 2017 with her husband, two dogs (Sasha and Fiona), and a cat (Q-Tip) to be closer to her family after having spent over a decade living in California. She has been practicing small companion animal medicine in the Sarasota area since she moved here.

As a child Dr. Mahinda grew up surrounded by dogs and cats. They all held a special place in her heart and, today, continue to be her steadfast companions and are a source of joy and comfort to her. Growing up, Dr. Mahinda was always fascinated with the inner workings of the human body and seemed to be naturally drawn to the sciences. This interest led her to pursue a degree in Biology. She graduated from from Cornell College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Following graduation, Dr. Mahinda started what would become a 15-year career in the pharmaceutical industry working on clinical trials for new drug development.

During her career in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Mahinda took a 3-year break to pursue a graduate degree. She received a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with emphasis in pharmacology from the University of Missouri in 2003 following which she continued her career in the pharmaceutical industry. Towards the end of her career in the pharmaceutical industry, one of her beloved pets…read more

 

Dr. Tyrene Fellman
Dr. Tyrene Fellman
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Tyrene Fellman and her family have long been established in the Sarasota-Bradenton community since 1980 when they moved to the warm, sunny shores of our Gulf Coast region from Buffalo, New York. A graduate of Bayshore High School, Dr. Fellman’s interest in care giving was quite apparent when she graduated with an RN degree from Manatee Community College. Also, an ardent lover of animals, her desire to remain in patient care eventually morphed into the very strong passion to become a veterinarian. Dr. Fellman pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in both Animal Science and Biology.

Remaining in Gainesville, FL, to fulfill her ultimate career goals, Dr. Fellman next graduated with honors from the highly-acclaimed, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Now, twenty-three years later, she has established longevity and many connections in our local community as a highly-respected veterinarian practicing…read more

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