Meet Our Team

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  • DR. WM. STEVE KOCH, DVM
    Dr. Koch graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a degree in Animal Sciences. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University in Alabama in 1975. He has been practicing in Sarasota for over three decades and he is the owner of the brand new facility of Animal Medical Clinic of Rosmary. Dr. Koch is a member of the Complementary & Alternative Veterinary Medicine Discussion List.

    The discussion list includes Human Doctors and Veterinarians world wide that are interested in combining the best of conventional and alternative medicine (Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine & Nutritional Supplements). Members constantly share their knowledge and experience with other doctors in the network, communicating via email.Dr. Kochs specialty is treating breeds such as Boston Terriers and English Bulldogs. He has performed many c-sections and other breed specific surgeries over the years.

    His clinic hosts the Annual English Bulldog Parade in Sarasota since 2004, which benefits the Tampa Bay Bulldog Club. In his spare time, Dr. Koch is a Formula 1 fan and the proud owner of a 1989 Porsche. Dr. Koch is FEMA certified in DART - Disaster Area Response Team - and received a series of certifications in ICS courses for disaster relief.

  • Dr. Andrew Abshier

    Dr. Andrew Abshier was born and raised in Houston, Texas and started his career with animals in a dog boarding and grooming facility as a teenager, and continued as a keeper/trainer at a studio ranch in California. After serving 6 1/2 years in the U.S. Navy where he earned Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification, Dr. Abshier realized his dream of working with dolphins and sea lions, and trained both for three years in Mississippi and Oklahoma. During his time as an animal trainer he became interested in the clinical sciences, and left animal training to return to university, leading to his admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University, where he completed his DVM in 1998. 

    Dr. Abshier has practiced in Oklahoma, Illinois, and Florida for over twenty years. His special interests are internal medicine, animal behavior, ophthalmology, feline medicine, and gastrointestinal medicine. He places a particular premium on gentle patient handling and restraint in the veterinary clinic setting. 

    In his free time, Dr. Abshier teaches Kundalini Yoga, dances Argentine tango, and plays the ukulele. He is also a traveler who has visited all five inhabited continents and he usually undertakes at least one journey a year.

  • Dr. Joanna D. 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 15 years, she has been practicing in exclusively small animal hospitals in the beautiful Sarasota area.

    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.

    At home, Dr. Maza takes care of four dachshunds: 'Shakti', 'Anubis', 'Hoagie', 'Frankie von Frankfruter' and two Main Coon cats: 'Trichobezoar' (medical term for hairball) and 'Handsome Jack'.

    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.

  • Caroline Wilson

    Caroline Wilson; Prior to joining the team in June 2016, I was a client of Dr. Koch’s for over 20 years. One of my fondest memories with Dr. Koch was I got a phone call from him about 10 PM.  He said he had an emergency C-section to do on a bulldog and none of his staff was available.  I was thrilled to assist him with delivering puppies.  This was about 15 years ago. 

    I have owned bulldogs for over 40 years.  Currently I show/exhibit and breed Bulldogs and French Bulldogs. 
    Also, I have judged Sweepstakes for specialty shows for bulldogs at American Kennel Club (AKC) events.  I
    have been an active member of Tampa Bay Bulldog Club since 1993.  I was club President from 2005 – 2015, and currently, I am the Secretary.

    My passion is helping dogs and cats and making their trip to the vet “not so scary”.

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Animal Medical Clinic at Rosemary

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-1:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed