Sunshine Animal Hospital

We are open and seeing patients for all veterinary medical services.  Social Distancing and face protection guidelines for employees and clients are mandatory.  You may wait in your car, or come in to an exam room for their pets to be seen.  Whichever option makes you most comfortable.  We're here to help!

  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 8 am to 5 pm
  • Sundays 10 am to 2 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 children.  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
    Doctorate Veterinary Medicine University of Florida
  • Dr. Allison Bodnar

    Dr. Bodnar is a Tampa native, growing up in South Tampa and attending Tampa Bay Technical High School.  After graduating from the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, she practice for 3 years in St. Petersburg, Florida  She is an avid Disney fan and can be found there frequently.  At home, she has two manx cats and 2 dogs.  Dentistry and high quality preventative care are her favorite points of practice.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Doctorate Veterinary Medicine-University of Florida
    Bowling, Baking
  • Dr. Alphons VandenBrand

    Dr. Alphons VandenBrand is an independent practitioner serving veterinary clinics like ours, so that we may offer our patients access to a wide variety of specialty surgical services.   Surgeries are performed here at Sunshine Animal Hospital with our staff veterinarians providing pre and post operative care in an environment that our patients and their owners are familiar and comfortable with.

    We are very pleased to have Dr. VandenBrand available for specialty surgical services including Orthopedic surgeries (cruciate surgeries) TTA, MPL w/TTT,  FHO and certain fracture repairs.  He also performs  a variety of soft tissue surgery such splenectomy, hepatic lobectomy, exploratory surgery and gastrotomy/enterotomy/foreign body removal.

    Dr. VandenBrand has been practicing in the greater Tampa Bay Area for over 20 years.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1994
  • Julie Warshaw, Practice Manager, Owner

    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.

     When not at Sunshine, or at the barn with her horse, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three dogs and three cats, along with reading and watching professional football and baseball and playing piano.
  • 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 recently married.  She likes hockey, music and watching movies with her hubby, Jim.  She has two Shih Tzus, Che and Manny as well as Kiki, the cat.
  • Cailee Cinko

    Technician Assistant

    I am a 2019 Graduate of 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.  I have recently been promoted to Technician Assistant and enjoy learning about caring for animals every day at work!

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

    Currently working Bachelor's Degree in Biology
  • Carlos Santos

    Veterinary Technician

     I was born and raised in Puerto Rico where I practiced as a veterinary technician for the past 20 years. I enjoy providing animals with the care they need and helping clients with their pets. I also enjoy learning something new every day. When I am not working, I enjoy working out, spending time at the beach or outdoors with my partner and with my pets.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2001
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    Anastasia Muino

    Veterinary Technician Assistant.
    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 a 2019 graduate at USF with 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
    Bachelor's Degree in Biology
  • Jennifer Rosado

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

    When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her children and two fur babies, and going to the gym.
    Associates Degree-Veterinary Technology
  • Kirena Snyders

    I graduated a veterinary medicine program in 2016 in Maryland. I have experience with exotic animals, animal research, private practice, and shelter medicine. I moved to Florida almost two years ago to be closer with my dad. I moved with 1 dog and 2 cats and then ended up adopting 2 more cats and another dog since I’ve been living here. In the future my goal is to own a sanctuary to help animals in need. 
    Years in Practice:
    May 06, 2020
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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 2 dogs and 3 cats and hopes to one day become a veterinarian. 
    Currently a student at HCC
  • Shannon Flaherty


    Shannon was born and raised in Hammond, Indiana, and has since slowly moved her way down south. After moving from Indiana, she spent 14 years in a town near Cincinnati, where she made her dream of working with animals come true. In 2011 Shannon graduated from Brown Mackle College with an associate degree in Veterinary Technology. For the next 4 years she worked at a 3 Doctor small animal hospital in Kentucky. Finally Shannon moved to Florida with her 3 cats Captain, Dexter and Tinsel. In her free time you can find her lounging by the pool,playing fetch with Dexter and Tinsel , baking and crafting, or even napping with her kitties on the couch. 


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    Nicole Infante

    Hi.  My name is Nicole.  I was born and raised in Miami, Florida and have been here in Tampa for the past 2 years.  I have worked in many Emergency/Speciality animal hospitals in Miami as a tech/receptionist.

    I have dedicated myself to working with animals for the past 7 years.  On my days off  I spend time at home with my dog, Roxy, watching movies or going on spontaneous trips to Disney.
  • Sharon Honoret


    Hello! My Name is Sharon Honoret. I am Dominican and born in New York City but raised for most of my life here in Tampa.  I am currently enrolled at HCC, and will be transferring to USF in the Fall of 2020. I am pursuing my degree in Broadcasting and Journalism.  I do love all kinds of animals, and I have been happy member of the Sunshine Team since April 2018

     When I’m not at work, I’m either playing football, learning new makeup techniques or in church.   I’m an active member of the worship team of my church, and there is nothing I enjoy more than singing my heart out for God!

    Currently enrolled at HCC
  • Karen King

    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!
  • Charlotte Gardner

    Kennel Technician/Technician Assistant

    Hi!  My name in Charlotte. I am a kennel technician at Sunshine Animal Hospital.  I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, but now call Tampa my home.  I have always had a love for animals and have worked in various veterinary and boarding facilities.

    My finace and I have 4 cats at home and plan on adopting a Golden Retriever and a Welsh Corgi, at some point in the future.

    I am currently completing my last semester at HCC and I will graduate with my AA degree in May, 2019.  I have applied and I hope to be accepted to the Veterinary Technology Program at HCC to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.

    In my spare time, I enjoy planning for my wedding in March, hanging out with friends and going to music concerts and festivals.
    Currently enrolled at HCC
  • Natasha Infante

    Kennel Technician/Veterinary Technician Assistant

    Natasha is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's in Biology. She has always been interested in working with animals and has experience working with rescue and rehabilitation. She has worked with animals from dogs and cats to sea turtles and penguins. She has an interest in wildlife and zoo animals as well as conservation. Her main goal is to become a veterinarian.

    She enjoys theater and the performing arts and is involved in community theatre when not caring for animals.

    Bachelor's Degree Biology
  • 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 2 dogs, Renee, our French Bulldog and our new chihuahua puppy.   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.

  • Angela Tepetate

    Kennel Technician

    After 4 years of Veterinary Technician Assistant classes in high school, and a year of volunteering at Sunshine Animal Hospital, I am very proud to be a part of a this practice to begin my career and the your best ever kennel technician!
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 10, 2020