Patrick Scardina: Practice Manager
Patrick Scardina has expressed his passion of animal health and care since a very young age. He attended Robert Morgan Educational Center (High School) from 2007 to 2011. While studying at Robert Morgan, Patrick began working with Dixie Animal Hospital the summer prior to his senior year, in June of 2006. Since then he has taken positions as both Assistant Supervisor to the Laboratory and Kennel in January 2013 and then as Supervisor to the Laboratory and Kennel in March of 2013. In May of 2015, Patrick Scardina served as Office Manager, before again being promoted to Practice Manager in August of 2016. He has one dog named Raymond and a cat named Ginger who he adopted from Dixie Animal Hospital in 2012. Outside of his commitment to the clinic Patrick lives a physically active life, partaking in activities such as the Orlando Sling Shot® (much like a reverse bungee jump), skydiving, and a daily CrossFit regimen.
Jeffrey Goya: Office Manager
Jeffrey Goya was born in Ecuador, but has been living in Miami since he was a child. Jeff has been working in the animal industry for over 5 years and began his journey with Dixie Animal Hospital in January of 2018. When he is not working you can find him at your local dog park playing with his daughter Elly! He also enjoys spending time kayaking, swimming and traveling. Jeffrey began working for a rescue in Palm Beach back in 2010 which blossomed his love for animals and the animal industry. He is passionate, loving and most of all caring.
Ashley Rivera: Assistant Office Manager
Ashley Rivera is of Cuban descent, but was born and raised in Miami. She grew up with a variety of animals in her households ranging from cats to iguanas. Having so many species crawling around at home led her to want to pursue veterinary medicine. Ashley has been working in and out of the veterinary field for ten years now. She is currently attending Florida Int'l University finalizing a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and when she completes that degree she will work hard to pursue her dream of attending veterinary school. Ashley has seven cats and one chihuahua. When she is not caring for all of her critters, she is spending time with family, painting, drawing and traveling.
Shara Pegelow is a Speech-Language Pathologist and has practiced at the Miami Veterans Affairs Hospital for over 10 years. She has joined Dixie Animal Hospital part time in order to participate in the family business. Shara graduated with her Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2002 and with her Master's in Speech-Language Pathology from FIU in 2006. She grew up in a household with a large variety of animals and has always had a special place in her heart for rescued pets. Shara enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Dr. Pegelow, their daughter and son, and their four legged children; a terrier mix, Chewie and a cat, Rocky.
Lindsey Rugg began working with Dixie Animal Hospital in July of 2017. Lindsey received her Bachelor's in English and Sociology from the University of Central Florida. She has begun writing many stories that she would love to finish at some point. Lindsey has two cats; Olivia and Jackson. When she is not writing stories, she is traveling, reading or enjoying some good wine with a beautiful sunset. Eventually, Lindsey hopes to return to school to pursue family and substance abuse counseling.
Trai-Leigh's passion has always been to take care of and nurse to health all animals. She was always taking care of the animals that roamed her home town neighborhoods. Trai has worked in the Veterinary field for ten years including working in General Practices, Emergency Care, Humane Societies and even owning her own rescue for many years. She has been working with the Dixie Animal Hospital team since May of 2018. Trai currently is attending college to obtain her Pre-Veterinary Science degree in hopes to one day be a Veterinarian. She has many fur children including her dogs, cats and mini pigs. With her free time, when she isn’t studying or working, Trai enjoys spending quality time with her family and fur babies.