Drs. Paul & Jen Sikoski, veterinarians and owners
Both Dr. Paul and Dr. Jen graduated from North Carolina State University – College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Paul was a native North Carolinian, raised in Cary, NC and a proud fan of the NC State Wolfpack, where he also attended undergraduate school. Dr. Jen had traveled from the northeast, growing up in Toms River NJ and obtaining her undergraduate degree in Biology from The George Washington University in Washington DC.
After veterinary school, Dr. Paul went on to a residency program at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem NC and Dr. Jen worked in a busy small animal practice in the area. Two years later, they moved to Nashville Tennessee where Dr. Paul worked at Vanderbilt University and Dr. Jen worked as a relief veterinarian in several local veterinary clinics, including the local emergency clinic.
Ready for their next challenge, and ready to trade the mountains for the beach, they came to Florida to become the new owners of Palm Bay Animal Clinic in 2009. They brought with them their Lab Mix “Tommy”, and cats “Famous”, “Majesty”, and “Lilo”. Then, shortly after settling in, they added an Old English Mastiff “Bocephus” to their family. It wasn’t until October 2013 that they welcomed their daughter, Ashley Elizabeth Sikoski, and are excited to pass on their veterinary knowledge and love of animals to her.
Drs. Paul and Jen are proud to be a part of the Brevard County community, and in the time since they began offering veterinary services to the Palm Bay area they realized they could fill a need in other parts of the county as well. With the veterinary industry moving toward large, multi-doctor facilities, the Sikoski’s focused on keeping the personalized, family doctor, “small-town” environment that gives clients the opportunity to build closer relationships with the staff members. Also, they want clients to understand that maintaining a good quality of life for their animals can be made possible, even on a budget. Eager to share their style of veterinary care, they became the new owners of Clearlake Animal Hospital in July 2012, followed by Coquina Ridge Animal Clinic in January 2014, and most recently of Oakview Animal Hospital in April 2016. Their vision is to create a family of clinics that each practice similar styles of veterinary medicine, while still bringing what they believe is a unique and hard-to-find personal touch and bond between the doctor and the patient. All locations provide full service veterinary care and are united by the idea of “Quality Pet Care, Affordable Choices.”
Palm Bay Animal Clinic Employees
In Cape Town, South Africa, Franchel’s house was known as the local zoo. Franchel’s love of animals came from her mother who never said “NO” to any critter she brought home. She came to USA in 1993 as an Au Pair in order to support her night time studies. Her career in veterinary medicine started in 1997. Franchel graduated with a BS in Biology in 1999 and a Veterinary technology degree in 2004. After focusing on being an involved mom for a while, she spent a few years in the grooming field until she moved to FL in 2015. Pursuing her first love, veterinary technology, brought her to the Palm Bay Animal Clinic family in 2016. When she is not in the clinic you will find her gardening with her husband Colin, biking with Liefie her shi-poo, scouting with and cheering for her sons, Colben and Chris, at their sports events.
Christopher is extremely passionate about the field of veterinary medicine and have been a technician since 2004. His desire is to ensure that each pet that is in his care leaves the clinic happy and healthy. He has a fun loving dachshund by the name of Shilo that he loves to play with. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, fishing, listening to music and playing basketball. Chris recently relocated to Palm Bay from Miami with his girlfriend Renae. He is extremely dedicated to his family and enjoys spending time with his loved ones, especially his baby girl born July 29,2016 . He feels extremely blessed to be a member of this team and is looking forward to growing and enhancing his skills at the Palm Bay Animal Clinic.
Jennifer grew up in South Georgia, living on a dirt road deep in a pine forest. She has always loved and cared for all animals. She started volunteering at the local shelter in high school and her first job was working with a farm vet. Jennifer is an avid tennis player who spends as much time as possible on the courts teaching her children to play. When at home she enjoys working in her garden growing all the veggies she can. She has 2 dogs, Tucker and Angel, 2 cats, Beauty and Charming and a beautiful opossum, Sid. Jennifer has been a vegetarian since she was 14 and is also raising her 3 children vegetarian.
A recent addition to Palm Bay from New Jersey, Melissa fell in love with the veterinary field while working at a local animal shelter. From that point on, helping animals has been her passion. In her down time Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband Justin and their four sons at the beach or local parks. Melissa also has 4 fur babies, a boxer/bulldog named Rosie and 3 cats- Mr. Snuggles, Emma, and Olive.
Meet Virginia, the official crazy cat lady of our team. It is her Cuban heritage that brings out the “Spanglish” at times, or even some other foreign accent, perhaps from her years in the travel industry. Her passion for animals started at a young age and life circled back around to where she is today. Virginia joined us almost from the beginning of our adventure in 2009 and brought with her years of experience in the veterinary field. Currently she is acquiring her Veterinary Technician certification. Her love for living beings inspired her to become vegetarian, although a work in progress. Virginia enjoys visits to her brother’s ranch, quiet beach time, and has found yoga and meditation to be very helpful. She appreciates loyalty and good work ethic, combined with humor. Although she finds leading people a challenge she enjoys, being a beloved pet’s nurse is for her the most fulfilling.
Although originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Baylee did most of her growing up at the animal shelter right here in Brevard County. From this, she developed a love for animals and a passion for caring for them. She graduated from Florida Tech with a BS in Premedical Biology in the spring of 2016 and has been a veterinary assistant at Palm Bay Animal Clinic since May 2016. She is currently applying to a bunch of vet schools with hopes to someday become a vet herself. When she is not at the clinic, Baylee enjoys playing the guitar and hanging out with friends over a hot cup of coffee.