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."
Brittany Caramico, DVM
Dr. Brittany Caramico grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey and currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida. She received an undergraduate degree from Ramapo College and received her DVM degree from the Ross University - College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Caramico also completed her clinical year at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include oncology, ophthalmology surgery, and feline geriatric medicine.
In her spare time, Dr. Caramico enjoys being outdoors, traveling, reading on the beach, and spending time with her family. She has two cats, Cheddar and Rosie.
Karen Patterson, DVM
Dr. Karen Patterson grew up in Kansas City, MO and currently resides in the Treasure Coast. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri Columbia and earned a DVM degree from University of Missouri. In addition to preventive care, Dr. Patterson is interested in client education, soft tissue surgery, and advanced diagnostics.
Dr. Patterson has a dog named Pepper and a cockatiel named Buddy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the outdoors, and baking.
Amy Porter, DVM
Dr. Amy Porter grew up in Macomb, Michigan and currently resides in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She received an undergraduate degree from Wayne State University, and earned a DVM degree from Louisiana State University. Prior to joining the Kindness Animal Hospital team, Dr. Porter practiced in Las Vegas, NV; Lake Mary, FL; Palm City, FL; and Vero Beach, FL. In addition to preventive care, Dr. Porter is interested in soft tissue surgery.
In her free time, Dr. Porter enjoys spending time with her 7 furry companions, traveling, kayaking, and spending time with family.