Meet the Team

Sal Abbate, BS, DVM

Dr. Abbate was raised in New England. He attended Michigan State University as an undergraduate, and then transferred to Auburn University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Animal Nutrition, Growth and Physiology. He then went on to earn his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Abbate’s post-graduate studies are in Physiology, Nutrition, Growth and Body Composition, and most recently Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbology, Food Therapy, and Acupuncture. His special interests in veterinary practice are in Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery, Dermatology, Allergies, Integrative Medicine and Food Therapy.

Dr. Abbate has been the proud owner of the Tarpon Animal Hospital since 1990. Dr. Abbate, is an excellent surgeon and is an internationally published author on arthritis and hip dysplasia therapy, as well as on feline leukemia and cancer therapy.

Amélie Brindamour, DVM

Dr. Brindamour was raised in Quebec City, Canada. She graduated from the University of Montreal in 2001 with her doctorate in veterinary medicine. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Florida to start her career. She has been working in Pinellas and Pasco county since 2001.

Dr. Brindamour has an interest in dermatology, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. One of her veterinary passions is helping pets with chronic diseases maintain a high quality of life. She is compassionate and an advocate for preventive care.

Dr. Brindamour is a proud parent of a son and a daughter. She also shares her home with a cat named Simba and a rescued dog named Hazel. In her spare time, Dr. Brindamour enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, exercising, traveling and reading. Dr Brindamour is also fluent in French.

Linda Jack, DVM – Relief Veterinarian

“Compassionate and dedicated to service, Florida native Dr. Linda Jack practices relief veterinary medicine and travels between states across the Southeast. Her work with small animal and emergency clinics builds on half a dozen years practicing with the Adams Farm Animal Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dr. Linda Jack holds a DVM from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Jack also has a background as a music composer and teacher and plays a variety of instruments including guitar, drums, clarinet, piano, and saxophone. She has performed across the United States and internationally. From 2009 to 2011, she held responsibilities with Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greensboro as an assistant worship band director and guided youth band, adult choir, and contemporary worship services.

The daughter of a US Air Force pilot and a schoolteacher, Dr. Jack has an extensive volunteer background. In addition to taking part in American Cancer Society events she has contributed to World Vision and sponsored children through Compassion International, volunteered in nursing homes and hospitals and worked with animal rescue groups. Dr. Linda Jack is active with the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and has performed spay and neuter work as part of Operation Catnip and the Humane Society. In 2017 she launched a volunteer political activism group, Indivisible Pasco, which has grown from a few members to over 200. She is running for State Representative for District 36 because she believes the people should be represented by honest, hardworking, dedicated leaders who will listen to the needs of their constituents and be committed to finding sensible bipartisan solutions.”

Katy Lawrence, DVM 

Dr. Lawrence loves all animals and wanted to be a veterinarian since she was five years old. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and attended veterinary school at the Royal Veterinary College in England. She has been practicing for 10 years. Dr. Lawrence has a passion for preventive care, surgery and dermatology. She has two amazing dogs, a horse, and her family recently expanded as she had a little girl named Aria. Dr. Lawrence hopes she can help you keep your pet healthy for a long happy life together.

Courtney North, VMD, DACVIM 

Dr. North is our MOVES veterinary internal medicine partner in the Tampa region. She is available to perform consultations and advanced internal medicine procedures including ultrasound and endoscopy at Tarpon Animal Hospital. Dr. North has lived in many different locations and considers herself a Foreign Service “brat”. She has worked just about everywhere, from specialty medicine “Down Under” (Australia) to providing care for street cats, dogs, and even rescued elephants in Asia. Dr. North obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and proceeded to complete a year-long internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York, NY, followed by a 3-year residency in small animal internal medicine at Michigan State University. She became a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2010. When not helping patients or traveling, Courtney enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and relaxing with her dogs, Sasha and Birdie.

Dorinda, CVT
Hospital Administrator

Dorinda has been in the Veterinary field since 1994. She graduated from St. Petersburg College of Veterinary technology in 1997. Dorinda is a certified Veterinary Technician and the office manager at Tarpon Animal Hospital. She enjoys her job and considers the patients the best part of what she does. She enjoys working with her co-workers here at Tarpon Animal Hospital and could not ask for a better staff or work environment.

She was married to her best friend George in 1998. They have two children – a daughter Arron and a son Devin, and they enjoy being grandparents to their grandson Jayden and granddaughters Aria and Emma. Dorinda has a rescued German shepherd named Ellie and a German shepherd named Caspian and enjoys taking them to agility classes. She has 3 cats, a very silly cat named Buddy who was a Tarpon rescue and Henry and Slade who were also rescue cats.


Meaghan has been a receptionist at Tarpon Animal Hospital since 2013. She has 3 cats; Hazard, Pangea, and Sherlock, and also a dog; Miko. All three cats she had rescued from Tarpon Animal Hospital. Meaghan likes to hike and read books in her down time. She also enjoys spending time with her father and they attend NHRA Drag Races together.


Bailee joined the Tarpon Animal Hospital staff in March of 2020 as a receptionist. She currently attends St. Petersburg College for a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. When she’s not at work or studying for classes, Bailee likes to swim, read, and paint whether alone or with her grandmother.


At a very young age, Tammy was in love with animals and her passion for them continued to grow over the years. As a little girl, she often brought home stray animals of all kinds and set up obstacle courses for her dogs to run through. She has over thirty years of experience in the field of animal health care and training and has worked in the industry for over twenty-five years.

Through her experience, she has encountered numerous animals aside from everyday dogs and cats including reptiles, rodents, birds, horses and even a puma. Over the years she has fostered sick or injured animals and rescued numerous abandoned pets that went on to live healthy lives from kittens and puppies to tortoises, birds, horses, and opossums. With such a passion for animals, it is no surprise that she has owned numerous species of domestic and exotic pets.


Aimee has been a member of the Tarpon Animal Hospital staff since May 2011. She started in the clinic as a kennel technician, caring for every patient as if they were her own. She was always detail oriented and ensured each pet had equal, individualized care. After some time, she gained some knowledge and experience working the front desk. She enjoyed helping clients, but her passion lived with working one-on-one with the patients – so she now works as a veterinary technician. She actually grew up, thriving to one day, become a veterinarian.

Her home life includes the company of a husband and son, two cats (Hope and Remington) and a poodle (Jake) that have all been rescued through TAH. Her infatuation with perfection and drive to please makes her the perfect candidate to aid in the health of your pets!

Courtney, CVT

Courtney has been working with Tarpon Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician since March 2017. She graduated from Sinclair Community College in 2016 with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. Courtney moved here from Dayton, Ohio in 2017 after falling in love with Florida while on vacation. Courtney has 2 pit bulls named Diesel & Moe, and 3 cats named Vincenzo, Lil’ Orange & Patty Biscuit (TAH resucue). In her free time she enjoys kayaking the springs, going to the beach, archery and spending time reading.


Alex has been involved in the veterinary field since 2013, but his passion for animals has been lifelong. His strength is providing education and quality care to patients and clients alike. He currently has cats and two dogs along with a couple of scaly pets. In his free time, he enjoys walking and looking at nature, especially birds and reptiles.