Sunshine Animal Hospital

Dr. Twilla, Dr. Simpson and our entire staff are proud to provide quality, compassionate, innovative veterinary care. We are confident that you and your pets will feel right at home in our office as we welcome all clients and patients as if they were family.

Dr. James Barrie founded Sunshine Animal Hospital in January, 1980. After expanding the practice Sunshine Animal Hospital moved to the current location on Waters Ave in June, 1990.

In 2016,  Dr. Barrie retired and Dr. Mark Twilla, having been the Associate Veterinarian for 16 years, purchased the practice.  Having completed a top to bottom renovation/remodel, along with an upgrade to state-of-the-art the medical equipment, Sunshine Animal Hospital currently employ two full-time veterinarians and thirteen staff members:  nurses, kennel technicians and reception staff. We are here to help with any health issues your pets may have. With expanded hours until 6pm Monday through Friday and Saturday hours from 8 am to 5 pm we're here to serve you!

We look forward to seeing you soon!
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 8 am to 5 pm
  • After Hours Emergency? Call: 813-885-7071
  • Dr. Mark Twilla, D.V.M. Owner

    Dr. Twilla is a 1999 Graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.  After completing a one-year internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists Dr. Twilla joined Sunshine Animal Hospital as Associate Veterinarian in 2000.

    In 2016, after many successful years as an Associate Veterinarian, Dr. Twilla, purchased Sunshine Animal Hospital from the original owner and founder, Dr. James Barrie, who is now retired.

    Dr. Twilla's special interests in Veterinary Medicine include cytology, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.

    When he is not caring for his patients at Sunshine Animal Hospital, Dr. Twilla enjoys spending time with his wife and son.  He also enjoys playing tennis, fishing, hiking and golf and caring for his own pets, 2 dogs and 3 cats.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2000
    Education:
    Doctorate Veterinary Medicine University of Florida
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    Dr. Aileen Simpson D.V.M.

    Dr. K. Aileen Simpson is a 2015 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation she worked at Banfield Pet Hospital for 1 1/2 years, then joined Sunshine Animal Hospital in January 2017.  Dr. Simpson is especially interested in soft tissue surgery and will take great care of your pocket pets (rabbits, ferrets, small mammals and reptiles), too!

    In her spare time, Dr. Simpson loves traveling, reading and spending time with her husband and 8 pets (2 dogs, 5 cats and a guinea pig).
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    Doctorate Veterinary Medicine - University of Florida
  • Julie Warshaw

    Employed at Sunshine Animal Hospital since 2000, Julie has worked as receptionist, technician, and as Hospital Manager.  In 2016, she and her husband Larry, in partnership with Dr. Twilla purchased Sunshine Animal Hospital.  She has continued her work in her position as Owner-Hospital Manager.

    Her professional career includes working as a Purchasing Manager for a large optical chain, owning and operating a pet store, and working on a cattle ranch.  She is a licensed Real Estate Agent and she and her husband operate their own Real Estate Brokerage, New Horizon Realty.

    An accomplished equestrienne, Julie also teaches English riding instruction. When not at Sunshine, or at the barn with her horse, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs and three cats, along with reading and watching professional football and baseball.
  • Jessica Alicia-Kortright

    Reception Staff Member
    Jessica joined Sunshine Animal Hospital in 2017 and has almost 30 years experience working in the Customer Service field.  She enjoys welcoming customers as they walk in the door as well as over the phone.  She considers herself a Tampa native having lived here since she was 9.  

    Jessica has an Associate Degree in Business Administration.  She is happily married and has two awesome stepchildren.  During her spare time, she works in the children's ministry with her local church.  Jessica is the proud dog mom to to girls, Lucy and Lily.
    Education:
    Associates Business Administration
  • Estela Castillo

    Veterinary Technician
    Estela arrived from Cuba in 2000 where she was a teacher for over 10 years.  She has over 17 years as an animal and veterinary technician.  She is very passionate about her line of work and enjoys building relationships with our customers.

    Estela is currently engaged to her fiance, Jim.  She loves hockey, music and watching movies.  She has two Shih Tzus, Che and Manny as well as two cats, Betelgeuse and Lydia whom she shares with her daughter Camila.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2000
  • Margie Chase

    Reception Staff Member
    Margie has been a part of the Sunshine family since the Fall of 2013.  Previously, she volunteered for Wildlife Federation rescuing injured animals.  Currently she is the owner of two fur-babies - one kitty and one dog. 

    In her free time she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, whom she loves dearly.
  • Cailee Cinko

    Kennel Technician.
    I am currently enrolled at the University of South Florida St. Pete Campus studying Biology.  Next year I will be applying to veterinary school to pursue my dreams of becoming a veterinarian.  I have been a part of Sunshine Animal Hospital since June 2017 working as a Kennel Technician. 

    When I am not working, volunteering or going to school I enjoy going to the beach or relaxing at home.

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 30, 2017
    Education:
    Currently working Bachelor's Degree in Biology
  • Camila deArmas

    Kennel Technician
    Camila was born in Cuba and has been living in Florida since she was 18 months old.  She has been working at Sunshine since 2016.  She is a recent high school graduate and is currently enrolled at Hillsborough Community College.  Her goal is to become a Psychologist.

    Camila's favorite hobby is makeup artistry.  She owns two cats, Betelgeuse and Lydia, and Randall, the gecko.  She loves working in the Kennel and loving on all the pets being boarded.  Because of her love of pets, if allowed, she would continue to adopt animals.  However, her Mom, Estela, has prohibited it!
    Education:
    Currently enrolled at HCC
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    Alex Guida

    Veterinary Technician.
    Alex is from Tampa, Florida. She is currently enrolled at USF and is working toward a Bachelor's Degree in Integrative Animal Biology.  She is currently in her final semester and will be applying to Vet School within the next couple of months.  She has worked with animal for several years and has 2 dogs and 3 cats.

    In her spare time she enjoys being outside.  She takes her dogs everywhere with her! 

    She has past experience in dog training, kennel operations and fostering and has worked for the last 3 and 1/2 years as a veterinary technician.
    Education:
    Currently working on Bachelor's Degree in Biology
  • Karen King

    Reception Staff Member
    Karen initially started working at Sunshine Animal Hospital as a member of the reception staff in 2000, after moving to Tampa from Denver Colorado. 

    In Denver, she worked with the hearing impaired program and helped establish the first telephone relay operating system.  She also chaired a committee for hearing impaired women who were victims of domestic violence.  

    After 13 years of service behind the reception desk at Sunshine Animal Hospital, she took an early retirement and then rejoined the Sunshine staff in 2016 as a part-timer and filling in on vacations and sick days.  We are so glad to have her back with us!!

    When not at Sunshine, she helps her husband with his Jazz band, helps corral her 17 grandchildren and plans holidays and parties for her family.   It's always a party at the King house!
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    Anastasia Muino

    Kennel Technician.
    Anastasia has been with Sunshine Animal Hospital since 2013, having started as a volunteer/intern while enrolled in the Veterinary Technician Assistant program through her High School, then being hired as  Kennel Technician in 2016.  She is currently in her Junior year at USF pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Integrative Animal Biology. 

    She is the loving owner of two dogs and four cats.  She hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine by attending Vet School
    Education:
    Currently working toward Bachelor's Degree in Biology
  • LeAnne Meyer

    Veterinary Technician
    Leanne came to Florida in 2016 from Chicago, where she lived for almost 20 years.  She is quickly becoming a Tampa Bay Rays fan!  She has over 25 years experience working in the veterinary medical field ranging from emergency to shelter medicine.

    She is the proud owner of a Beagle, who is still in Illinois with her daughter Jessica, and a 9 year old American Shorthair cat, Oscar.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2000
  • Hannah Parker

    I was born and raised in St. Petersburg but most of my life I've lived in Maderia Beach.  I am currently working on my Bachelor's Degree in Biology at St. Petersburg College.  I have been in the veterinary field since 2010, starting off as an assistant.  Helping animals has always been my passion and I don't see my self doing anything else.

    My long-term goal is to become a Veterinarian, possible specializing in surgery.  Currently I have one dog and one snake at home..

    During high school I raised show Swine and showed at the Florida State Fair every year.  Animals have always been more to me than just a pet - they truly are family and some of the best friends we ever have!


    Education:
    Currently working on Bachelor's Degree in Biology
  • Jennifer Rosado

    Veterinary Technician.
    Jennifer graduated in 2016 from Sanford-Brown College with an A.S. and a Veterinary Technician Degree in Veterinary Medicine.  She has been a technician at Sunshine since 2016. 

    When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her son and two fur babies, and going to the gym.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    Associates Degree-Veterinary Technology
  • Shawn Salyers

    Kennel Technician - Kennel Team Leader

    I've been with Sunshine Animal Hospital since February of 2017.  I've worked as a Kennel Technician at various clinics across central Florida since 2007.

    In 2006, after working for 8 years at the Delphi Break Plant in Ohio, I got a chance to move to Florida with my girlfriend.  That gave me the chance for a fresh start at my career!  In March of 2007, I got the opportunity to start as a Kennel tech at Timberlane Animal Hospital in Tallahassee and I haven't looked back since!

    My wife, Jessica and I have now been married since Halloween of 2015. We live in Town and Country with our 3 dogs, Milton the Pug, Cecil the Boston Terrier and Renee, our French Bulldog.   Rounding out the group is our chinchilla Munzy and two cats Pola and Shatze.

    I couldn't love taking care of your animals more, here at Sunshine Animal Hospital.


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    Alicia Valverde

    Certified Veterinary Technician Assistant.
    Alicia started her journey with Sunshine Animal Hospital back in 2012, working unpaid in-service hours toward becoming a Certified Veterinary Assistant.  She completed that program through her local high school and was then hired as a Kennel Technician.  She worked in the kennel for a couple of years and was then promoted to Veterinary Technician Assistant and then to Veterinary Technician.

    Alicia loves all animals.  She is the proud owner of 5 dogs and 3 cats and hopes to one day become a veterinarian. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    Currently a student at HCC
  • Bryan Wyatt

    Reception Staff Member
    Bryan has been with Sunshine Animal Hospital since early 2015.  When he's not at work manning the front desk, he enjoys playing tabletop RPGs, spending quality time with his wife and trying to herd his four crazy cats.
    Education:
    Working toward Accounting Degree