Our Team Overview

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Sheeler Road Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who make it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to this mission, the hospital team relies on many individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet.

Teamwork is a constant in our daily practice. From the friendly staff at the front desk to the talented and dedicated technicians and doctors, to the fun-loving kennel and day-care staff, our team works cohesively to create a warm and welcoming experience for both you and your pet.

Our team provides exceptional veterinary care of the highest quality, including the care and dedication that make a difference. Explore our staff biographies and learn about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.

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Kyla Garrels
DVM Medical Director

Dr. Kyla Garrels graduated from Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in 2008. Dr. Garrels treats dogs and cats, but also treats rabbits, pocket pets, birds and reptiles. She enjoys dermatology, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Garrels is a native to Oklahoma City, but has called Apopka home since 2008.

Dr. Garrels shares her home with 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 rabbits, 1 iguana, and a 90lb tortoise. In her spare time, she is kept busy by her husband, Andrew, and 2 young daughters. She enjoys reading, spending time at the beach, and going to Disney with her girls.

Hospital Manager

Tara has been a dedicated member of the VCA team since 2005 and graduated with her bachelor's degree in business organization and leadership. She enjoys spending her free time with her nineteen-year-old daughter, going hiking, camping, river rafting, or to the beach. She also enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with friends and family. Tara has rescued many furbabies over the years and currently has a black lab-shepherd mix named Porter, a kitty named Grady, a yellow belly slider named Sheldon, and a bearded dragon named Norbert.  

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Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.


The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.

Pet Care Specialists

Just as we emphasize health, we also understand the value of providing a full line of care to our clients, which may include boarding and/or grooming services. Our team of caring and compassionate staff are here to offer your pets exceptional services that keep them feeling and looking their best while you're away.
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