At Forest Lakes Animal Clinics, we take great pride in our team of highly trained veterinarians and veterinary professionals. Our team delivers stellar, compassionate and comprehensive care to your pet every time you visit. Our animal clinic feels a distinct sense of pride that comes with serving pets and patients in the great state of Florida!
Our veterinary hospital is committed to high quality care, and an individualized approach to the exact needs and wants of your pet.
Dr. Howard Small
Dr. Small is a native of Philadelphia and a proud graduate of The Penn State University (1988) and The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (1992). Dr Small’s passion, love, and respect for animals began at an early age when his Dad exposed him to the sport of sled dog racing. Learning to breed and treat his Siberian Husky dogs further nurtured his interest to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. In 1996, Dr Small followed his family to Sarasota, and he has been a member of the community ever since.
Most recently, Dr. Small realized his dream of practice ownership with the purchase of Forest Lakes Animal Clinics (FLAC) after 10 years of employment at his Lakewood Ranch practice.
Dr. Small is an accomplished veterinary surgeon and enjoys treating challenging cases such as cancer and tumor management, dentistry services, allergic skin diseases, and diseases of the urinary tract.
Dr. Small also enjoys research and is the consulting veterinarian for The Roskamp Institute in Sarasota; a world leader in drug discovery and Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition, Dr. Small is the medical director for Donte’s Den Foundation; the premier canine pet sanctuary caring for homeless dogs.
Dr. Small is happily married and resides in Lakewood Ranch with his wife Alli and daughters Sophia (17) and Ava (13). His pet family includes 2 Shetland Sheepdogs (Sadie and Carmine), a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit (Mr. Bun), a Chinchilla (Ms. Chin), and Freddy the Betta fish.
He is looking forward to meeting all of Dr “K’s” wonderful clients and pets and also welcomes his previous Lakewood Ranch clients.
Dr. Ashley Gillett
Dr. Gillett was born and raised in Sarasota, FL. She received her A.S. in nursing where she became a registered nurse in 2010. She then went on to pursue higher education and received a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences in 2013 from the University of South Florida and her DVM degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA in 2017.
During veterinary school, Dr. Gillett was involved in many activities including being the treasurer of the surgery club and completing a summer research project. Her research project focused on the effects of a bisphosphonate drug, Tildren, on the bones of young horses. Since then, Dr. Gillett has gained one publication and one pending publication as a co-author related to her research project. In addition, Dr. Gillett was in the top 10 of her class all years of veterinary school.
Dr. Gillett previously worked with Dr. Kurzydlo at FLAC when she was in high school as a veterinary assistant, fueling her passion for veterinary medicine. While in her 4th year of veterinary school she returned to FLAC where she completed two externships with Dr. Small, which inspired her to practice small animal veterinary medicine. Some of Dr. Gillett’s particular interests include surgery, ultrasonography and preventative medicine. She also plans to become a certified veterinary acupuncturist for both small and large animals in the near future.
Dr. Gillett resides in Myakka Valley Ranches with her high school sweetheart and husband Mason, along with their three dogs (Jazzie, Camie and Lucy), four cats (Honey, Lily, Bud and Lou), and three horses (Flash, Smokey and Cowboy). In her free time she enjoys horseback riding and competing in Dressage competitions, being outdoors and the beautiful Sarasota beaches.
Dr. Olga Oliver
Dr. Oliver is originally from Madrid Spain. She graduated in 1996 from Murcia University of Spain, where she obtained her degree in Veterinary Medicine. Dr.Oliver has been in Sarasota since 1997. She has been practicing as a relief veterinarian in Sarasota since 2003. She resides on Siesta Key with her husband Andy, sons Alex and Nico, and their long hair mini Dachshund, Sofia.
Dr. Joanna Maza
Dr. Maza was born in Poland. She received her BS degree in 1997 from DePaul University in Chicago, IL and her DVM degree in 2001 from Tufts Veterinary School in Boston, MA. Following graduation from vet school, she interned at Fairfield Equine Hospital in Newton, CT. While there, she was sponsored by the USDA to go abroad to the UK to learn about and help eradicate the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak. Once the disease was eradicated, she was hired by the British MInisty’s DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to examine animals for signs of disease and do epidemiological surveillance. Thereafter, she became a member of the MRCVS (Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) and worked in a busy small animal Veterinary Surgery in Newport, Wales. Since her return back to the US, for the past 10+++ years, she has been practicing in exclusively small animal hospitals in the beautiful Sarasota area with Dr. Small.
She is a Veterinary Medical Officer for the National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps, which is a group of veterinarians willing to volunteer in response to animal health emergencies.
Dr. Maza is also an instructor at Saint Petersburg College where she teaches anesthesia, surgery and medicine in the Veterinary Technology Program.
After experiencing a plethora of health challenges following shoulder surgery, she is interested in everything that promotes health and well being. She loves animals and nature. Her interest include travel, arts, yoga, meditation and spirituality.