Ryan Walczak, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Ryan Walczak (pronounced "Wall-Zack," but we just call him "Dr. Ryan"), our Chief of Staff, obtained his DVM degree from Virginia Tech in 2014. He is a "second-career" veterinarian; previously he was a scientist with over 12 years of research and development experience. Dr. Ryan originally co-founded and worked for a technology firm as the Chief Technical Officer and has several patents and scientific publications for chemical processes. When asked why he changed fields and went into veterinary medicine, Dr. Ryan told an interesting story.
An old boss of his was running four different technology companies, however, he always made time to help with extracurricular activities with his son. Finally, one day Dr. Ryan asked him, how he worked so many hours and yet still found time to participate in volunteer activities with his kids and his community. He replied, "If you want to be successful in life, you have to give back to your community."
Amanda Williams, DVM
Dr. Amanda Williams came to Kindness Animal Hospital fresh out of veterinary school in 2005. She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and earned a DVM degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Williams moved to south Florida to be near her family and to practice small animal medicine.
At home she cares for three dogs, four cats, and one rabbit. One of her dogs came from an Indian Reservation in Arizona. Dr. Williams started out fostering the dog and of course, decided to keep him.
Much of her spare time is spent with her animals, where she especially enjoys taking her dogs to the beach.
Christine Platt, DVM
Dr. Christine Platt grew up in Sebring and currently resides in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She received an undergraduate degree from St. Leo University and received her DVM degree from Lincoln Memorial University - College of Veterinary Medicine.
Outside of work, Dr. Platt enjoys camping, FSU games, gardening, and riding bicycles. She also has fish and three dogs; Daisy, a black-mouth cur, Max, her first neuter/chihuahua mix, and Reco, a Pomeranian/Cocker Spaniel mix.