Front Office Team

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.

Ashley Rivera: 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

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

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. 

Alaycia Maness

Alaycia Maness is one of our new faces here at Dixie Animal Hospital. She is currently studying to become a Certified Veterinary Technician and hopes to continue her education in the Veterinary Medicine field specializing in small animals. Her love for animals spans far back to when she was just a young child, growing up with both dogs & cats. Over the last few years Alaycia has also gained experience in the equine field, with her family having a few horses of their own. Alaycia also has three dogs: Rosco, a 2-year old American Bulldog; Buster Bear, a 9-year old Jack Russell; Darla, an 8-year old Terrier Mix. On her free time, she enjoys boating, horseback riding, and dancing. 

Arianna Fuentes

Arianna Fuentes began working in the veterinary field in 2015. She attended FIU for Psychology & Biology before switching to MDC. She eventually wants to attend Veterinary School at the University of Florida and become a Veterinarian specializing in Wildlife. When she is not studying, she enjoys drawing, painting, writing (fiction & comics), Kayaking, and baking. She has four cats Kokoro, Yeager, Jambalaya, and Shiva and two dogs Buddy a Labrador and Snow an American Bulldog mix.

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