Dr. Magaldino was raised in Key West, Florida. Growing up, she brought home stray and injured animals; blackbirds, box turtles, ducks and stray dogs, to name a few. As a child, Dr. Magaldino’s family always had a dog, but she got her first cat, Humphrey, while in college. It was during this time that she found she wanted to be medically knowledgeable and capable of caring for Humphrey during his life. She started to volunteer at vet clinics and realized the gratification of being able to help others with the same human/animal bond she had for her own pets. A career in veterinary medicine became her goal. Dr. Magaldino went to undergraduate at University of Florida and graduated from UF in 1992. She spent her first year of practice undergoing an intense year of specialized training during an internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital. She joined Sanlando in 1993, became a partner in the practice in 2002, and owner in 2007. She is married to Mike Magaldino, who is the Practice Manager, and they have a daughter, Alexandra. The Magaldinos share their home with Jasmine, a Chihuahua. Jasmine enjoys coming to work every day, and you can usually find her in the office, snuggled in her bed. Dr. Magaldino’s hobbies are paddle boarding, attending her daughter’s dance competitions, biking and RV camping.
Dr. Allison completed her Bachelors of Science degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta and relocated to the greater Miami area with the intention of doing her graduate work in shark immunology. This career goal began to shift when she stopped to rescue an abandoned dog and her puppies near a turnpike toll stop one afternoon. Several rescued dogs and cats later, she began work at a veterinary specialty group/emergency room for several years before deciding to apply to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 2006 and has been working in the Central Florida area since.
Having nursed two of her own dogs with terminal illnesses, both of whom exhausted treatment options in traditional Western medicine, she sought alternative treatment modalities to help keep them comfortable and improve their quality of life. Inspired by her experience, she wanted to be able to offer this medicine to her own patients. In 2015 she started her studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture and is currently studying Traditional Chinese herbal medicine. With this training she is excited to be able to offer her patients the best of what both Western and Eastern medicine can offer through integrative veterinary medicine.
Dr. Allison lives in Lake Mary with four cats, a rescued Chiweenie, Nuno, and chihuahuas, Shorty and Lucille. In her free time, Dr. Allison and her partner, Warren, like to socialize with friends while taking in the local music scene. She has recently taken up yoga and Tai Chi, and Halloween is her favorite season.
Dr. Michele Martinez was born in Kentucky but spent most of her childhood in Lake City, FL and Ormond Beach, FL. After graduating high school, she moved to North Carolina where she attended college. In 2015, she graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she returned to FL to be closer to her family and has been working in general practice. She is passionate about veterinary medicine and her clinical interests include dentistry and dermatology.
She lives in Winter Park with her husband and 8.5 year old German Shepherd, Sargeant. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, mountain biking, hiking with Sargeant, aerial silks, yoga, and travel.
Dr. Heath Donald: I was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi. I grew up with a female Golden Retriever named Sunny that was a big influence on my life in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, as through her I learned that I loved to help and care for all animals. I worked as a kennel technician and veterinary assistant during high school and also some during my undergraduate years of college at Till-Newell Animal Hospital in Meridian, MS. I attended Mississippi State University for my bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in 2013, and then I obtained my doctorate of veterinary medicine from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2016. I worked for one year in Fairfax, Virginia at Pender Veterinary Centre, which is a very large general veterinary practice that is open 24/7. During that year I saw regular appointments such as wellness/preventative medicine, was in charge of hospitalized patients that were post-op surgery care or critical hospitalized cases as a treatment doctor, and also saw emergencies that came in such as hit by cars, blocked cats, etc. as an emergency doctor. I have a strong interest in internal medicine and preventative/wellness care. After a year of great experience and learning in Virginia, I felt it was time to come back to the south to be closer to family.
Dr. Basso was born and raised (with only a brief time out of the state) in Florida. As a very young girl, she decided she wanted to be a veterinarian after rescuing a dove that flew into a glass window. Dr. Basso attended the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) and then the University of Florida (Go Gators!!) where she received her veterinary medicine degree in 1998. She then returned to Central Florida where she has practiced since. She practiced 8 years in a feline only practice and the remainder of the time in a feline and canine companion practice, which she loves. Her special veterinary interests include feline and canine internal medicine. Her outside interests include time with friends and family and an assorted list of activities such as theme parks, zoos, casinos, genealogy, scrap booking, art gardening and others. She shares her home with her two male tabby cats named Chewy and Joey.
Dr. Carolina Dijkhoffz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Growing up in a rural area of the island, surrounded by animals, she knew from an early age she wanted to be an advocate for the health and well-being of animals by becoming a veterinarian. After completing high school in Puerto Rico, she moved to Orlando, Florida. She graduated Cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry in 2014. She then attended Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2018. After graduation, Dr. Dijkhoffz moved back to Central Florida to be closer to family. Her veterinary interests include ophthalmology, radiology, preventative and internal medicine. She currently lives with her husband and their 3 dogs, Pocholo, Oliver and Diego. When not at work, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.