Dr. Tonya Curtis

Practice Owner/Doctor

Welcome to PAHC! We are so happy you stopped by. Dr. Curtis came to Mt. Dora for the love of family and made the decision to build the practice in 2006. We have a combined 30 years of Veterinarian experience.

When asked about her profession, her response is as follows: “I am in the veterinary profession because I believe it has the heart of goodness in people and innocent creatures in the palm of its hand. The first veterinarian I worked with at the age of 19 was the most intelligent, compassionate person I had ever met, and that drove my influence and life’s work.”

“Palmetto is here because we have the skill, humanity, and visible passion to go above and beyond for the pets and the pet’s people (you). We are a partner, constantly learning, growing and adjusting to create a superior experience for our patients. Not just better, longer, and stronger, but making each day better for the patrons and the fur kids we treat.”

Dr. Curtis’ special interests include Endocrinology, Neurology, feline medicine, critical care medicine and a fear-free experience for all pets. She is a true “cat lady”, living with 5 adorable kitties, including two Maine Coon cats. She also shares a home with 4 Jack Russell Terriers.

Palmetto Animal Health Center is her passion. We welcome you and want to share health and healing with you.

Dr. Dustin Borth


Dr. Dustin Borth recently joined Palmetto Animal Health Center in early 2017. As young as 3 years old Dr. Borth knew he wanted to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. He attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate studies and completed his clinical training at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated with highest honors from Ross School of Veterinary Medicine in January of 2017.

Dr. Borth was born and raised in Marion County. He loves all things animals. His primary area of interest is small animal surgery and internal medicine. On a personal note, Dustin is currently building a 30-acre farm in Ft. McCoy with his family. He recently became engaged in March, to Anna, the love of his life! The Borth family includes: 6 dogs; Franklin-Theodore, Sir Quinn Knightly, Count Reid Kingsley, Griffin, Benjamin-Hill, and Hamilton-Theodore. Come in today to meet the newest doctor of the Palmetto family!


Office Manager

Rachelle has been our Office Manager at Palmetto Animal Health Center since it opened in 2006. What a drastic change. She went from living in New York (brr) where she worked for many years for a plastic surgeon, to locate here in sunny Florida. With over 15 years in the medical profession, Rachelle is delighted to be part of such a wonderful hospital that really cares. Rachelle enjoys many outdoor activities such as golfing, boating and playing tennis in the warm Florida sun. Rachelle also has an interest in cars; she truly loves cars. She resides here with her son and enjoys having family close by.


Veterinary Technician

Jesse is our head veterinary technician here at PAHC. He has 10 years of experience as a Veterinary Technician in both emergency and small animal veterinary practices. He joined our team almost 2 years ago when he and his wife moved form Louisville, KY. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Health from Murray State University, and is also certified for the K-Laser therapy and Oncura ultrasound. He recently completed a Leadership program at the University of Denver specifically geared towards people in the same industry. Growing up Jesse always knew he wanted to work with animals. He participated in 4-H and shadowed at several animal hospitals with the hopes of going to vet school. Those plans changed in college and instead decided to become a technician instead. Now he strives to continue the growth of PAHC for employees, clients, and most importantly the pets so their experience here can be as enjoyable as possible. In his free time, Jesse enjoys fishing, woodworking, and home brewing beer and wine. He and his wife have a chocolate lab named Kobe, two cats named Brat and Daisy, and a horse named Eeyore.


Veterinary Technician

Kristen has been a part of our team for 3 years. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at the Institute of Technical Arts. She also has an Associate in Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been a Certified Veterinary Assistant since 2013. She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Kristen was born and raised in Florida and has lived locally for 6 years. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and on the water. She is an avid equestrian and loves to compete in barrel racing. She has a variety of animals which include two cats, named Paisley and Emerald, a dog named Harley, and two horses, Devils Dance and Azure.


Veterinary Technician

Sonya recently joined our team after she and her husband moved here from Georgia. She has been a veterinary technician for 20+ years. She is married and has two sons. Her family also includes lots of fur babies such as dogs, guinea pigs, a bird, a squirrel, and a pot-bellied pig. In her spare time Sonya likes to fish and loves going to Disney World.


Veterinary Technician

Marie began working in the field of veterinary medicine in 2005 just after she graduated from high school. She has been a technician at the local emergency clinic for 10 years, where she enjoys taking care of critically ill and injured patients. She joined out team a year ago and enjoys seeing healthy patients in addition to bringing her skills in emergency medicine to help provide exemplary care for our sick patients. Marie has three dogs, Jayda, Snoop, and Honey, and a hamster, Oddie.


Veterinary Technician

Tiffany joined our team a year ago as a patient care coordinator and has swiftly moved into a veterinary assistant role. She began her career as a kennel technician at boarding facilities that lead her to the path she desired to care for animals. She enjoys the complexity of emergency and critical care and is currently focusing on anesthesia and laboratory skills. She has quickly adapted to the fast-paced environment of being a technician and the variety of tasks that are performed with each patient. She enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of not only the animals but also the owners. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, and cooking.


Client Service Representative

Giulia recently joined our team after she and her fiancé moved to Florida from Chicago. She has her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Animal Science from the University of Illinois. She joined the veterinary field immediately after she graduated in 2014. She has 10 years of customer service experience and has been a veterinary technician for 3 years, with her passion being in rescue and veterinary medicine. She’s the proud pet parent of a little hound mix named Tink, and when she’s not working she loves to spend time at Disney World with her fiancé and cheer on her hometown Chicago Blackhawks!


Client Service Representative

Molly recently joined our team earlier this year as a client service representative. This is the first time she has held a position like this. Having lived here in Mount Dora her whole life, she is always close to her sisters Golden Retriever, Pepe and enjoys dog sitting when he needs a night out! She shares her home with two cats, Lola and Lacee. Molly is about to embark on her first semester at Seminole State College and will be working towards a degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Management. In her spare time, Molly owns her own business, Mol’s Photo Booth, where she attends events like birthday parties, corporate events, and weddings, taking fun pictures of guests and printing immediate photos.


Client Service Representative

Randi joined our team in 2011 after spending many weeks at our hospital with a very sick dog. She admired the compassion and dedication of the Doctors and staff and decided this was the animal hospital in which she would enjoy being a part of the team. She and her husband moved to Florida in 2008 with their 3 dogs and a cat. Since then her furry family has grown leaps and bounds. In her spare time, Randi enjoys riding her recumbent trike with her husband and dogs. She also loves visiting friends and family.


Client Service Representative

Brittany is a life long resident of Lake County and is currently attending Lake-Sumter State College to complete her AA degree. Her love of animals is what drove her to join our team earlier this year. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys horses (specifically dressage), fishing and spending time at the beach.


Patient Care

Valerie is a new addition to the Palmetto team! She has one fur kid of her own named Frank. She has always loved animals since she was young, but never thought of turning her love into a career… until she worked at a boarding facility for two years. She’s currently working on becoming a veterinary technician.

Valerie’s a movie buff, and in her free time, also loves listening to music.

By far the best team I've ever worked with. They truly care about the wellbeing of Jojo and make sure she's comfortable and taken care of. Her knee surgery recovery was a breeze thanks to the cold laser therapy!

Greg RossLeesburg

Cats aren't the easiest patients to deal with... however the staff is calm and gentile, ensuring Molly's visit is stress-free. I have all of my pets vaccinated, spayed/neutered and buy prescription food here.

Clif JenneyEustis

Mimi is always so nervous to visit the vet. Not here! She loved Denise and is happy to receive a treat every time she comes through the door. I've been seeing Dr. Curtis since the practice opened and couldn't be happier. She and her staff go above and beyond!

Sally FranklinMount Dora