Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Brandon Lakes Animal Hospital in Riverview, Florida! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us at 813-689-2207 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Mark R. Woodside, DVM

Owner/ Chief Of Staff

Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Dr. Woodside moved to Florida in 1985. He met his wife Kathy of 25 years at the University of South Florida, where he graduated from in 1992. After working several years in retail he entered veterinary school at Ross University in 1997. He went on to graduate from Ross in 2000 after completing his clinical rotations at Purdue University.

Dr. Woodside and his wife have enjoyed their many animals over the years. Currently at their home is Fred a 3 legged tabby, Russell a 3-year-old malti-poo, and Jasmine a 7-year-old white terrier mix. They dearly miss Heidi & Zeus the Weimaraners, Harry the tabby, Otto the grey Persian, and their 11-year-old daughter Hannah’s best friend and watchdog for 7 years Gunner a black and tan Doberman who lived to be 13. And lastly Stella, the office cat that gladly ignores you until it is treat time.

Dr. Woodside’s passion for veterinary medicine has led him to consider the human-animal bond as his reason for practicing medicine. “It is the cement by which we learn to love, teach, care for, and in some cases tolerate, our pets”. It is the reason we call our furry pals “family members”, and do almost anything for them. Dr. Woodside takes pride in being well-read and current in his field and consistently strives for a diagnosis. He has a special interest in orthopedics and surgery. He is thankful on a daily basis for a caring, professional, and conscientious staff, all of whom are dedicated to the best patient care and client satisfaction.

Kathryn Heppner, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Heppner was born in Tampa, Florida and raised in the Brandon area. After graduating from Bloomingdale High in 1995 she began her undergraduate studies at Clemson University. She went on to graduate with a BA in Animal Sciences in 1998 from the University of Florida. Dr. Heppner then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her clinical year at Kansas State University and a Small Animal Internship at North Carolina State University. She then returned to the Tampa area as an Emergency Veterinary at Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialist for 6 years. Dr. Heppner performed post-doctorate training at the Chi Institute at University of Florida, and is certified in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Her interests are in Veterinary Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Pain management, and exotic medicine to include birds, and small mammals.

Dr. Heppner and Dr. Woodside have known each other for over 10 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the hospital and is a complement to our already outstanding group of staff members. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters and two dogs.

Jose Rodriguez, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Rodriguez was born in Madrid Spain and raised on the west coast of Puerto Rico. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Florida. He then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where he met Dr. Woodside in 1997 and graduated in 2000. He completed his clinical year at Purdue University along with Dr. Woodside. He then went on to attend an additional clinical year in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Rodriguez was chief of staff for Banfield Pet Hospital in St. Petersburg Florida for 10 years, where he was named as one of the nation’s top 10 Banfiield doctors in 2007. He became a part of the Brandon Lakes team in 2016 and has known Dr. Woodside for close to 20 years. Dr. Rodriguez has a special interest in small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery. He is also proud to be fluent in Spanish.

Jennifer Taggart, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Taggart was born in Denver, Colorado but grew up in Florida. She obtained her biology degree from the University of South Florida in 1997 and graduated from the University of Florida veterinary school in 2001. Dr. Taggart began her career as an associate DVM in a practice owned hospital and became a partner there in 2004. During her time there, she was appointed Chief of Staff for Banfield Pet Hospital for 16 years. She joined the Brandon Lakes Animal Hospital family in August 2017.

Areas of Interest: Dermatology (skin and ear disease, wound care), Internal medicine, Soft tissue surgery, General Surgery, General Dentistry, small animal medicine.

Ashley Craver, DVM

Charlotte Haire, DVM

Office Manager

Onya, CVT