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: 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.
Diane Yazji was born in California, however, she moved to Syria with her family before she was a year old. They moved back to the United States by the time she was two years old, and she has lived primarily in Miami ever since. Diane is a fluent Arabic speaker and is proud of her Arab heritage. Diane has a love for animals that is beyond what she is able to explain. She loves what she does for a living. She recently graduated from Miami-Dade College with an AA from the Nurse Anesthetist program. Being able to help all pets and animals is an amazing feeling for Diane. She has a pet beta fish of her own named Zane. Besides her love for animals, she enjoys doing various activities such as skydiving, going to the movies, and reading.