Dr. Ashley Lab (Owner)
Dr. Ashley Lab is the owner, and practicing veterinarian, of Paws and Perches Animal Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Being a vet and moving to Florida were two things that she always new she wanted. Dr. Lab had an early start in this career, starting to volunteer at the age of 13 at the practice where her family took their pets. Dr. Jeaneyl Hazlett, was the owner of that practice and gave her the first opportunity to learn and observe. The two still keep in touch! However, it wasn’t veterinary medicine that brought Dr. Lab to Florida, it was Disney. One of her most exciting experiences was completing both and internship and preceptorship at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital, working with diplomats of the American College of Zoological Medicine.
In 2012, Dr. Lab found a place to call home in Lake Wales. It reminds her of the small town feel that she grew up in. She strives for Paws and Perches Animal Hospital to keep that personal touch that one expects in a small town. It is important to her that she knows her clients and patients by name. She also enjoys taking the time to educate both clients and staff. Explaining diagnostics, diseases and treatment options is important, in help clients make informed decisions.
While Dr. Lab can be found at the hospital 6-7 days per week, she still makes plenty of time for family and fun. Her 4-year-old daughter, Aubrey, is a bundle of energy, entertainment and laughter. They enjoy going to Disney and seeking out the thrill rides- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Slinky Dog Dash and Splash Mountain are a few of their favorites. The thrill seeking doesn’t end there; Dr. Lab is also an amateur flowrider (surf simulator), competing on the US FLOWTour! The staff says, don’t getting her talking about Aubrey, Disney, food or flowriding; or she’ll never stop!
Tina (Veterinary Technician)
Tina is an original member of the Paws and Perches Animal Hospital team, after working for Dr. Swango (now retired) since July of 2002. Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Tina was inspired by her Aunt and wanted to be a pediatric nurse. Her career path did not stray far from that dream. Tina can always be heard fawning over every cute puppy or kitten that comes through the door. As a veterinary technician, Tina excels in her nursing skills every day. In her nearly 20 years in this profession, she as become an invaluable asset to the practice. Her colleagues appreciate her reliability, punctuality and positive attitude. But, don’t let your guard down on this puppy snuggling, kind-hearted woman; she is also a black belt in Ju Jitsu! Aside from training, Tina enjoys spending as time her family, especially watching her son thrive and mature. And don’t forget to say “hi” to her and her family every Sunday morning at Bob Evans!
Keahau (Veterinary Technician)
Keahau joined the Paws and Perches team in March 2015. She has worked in all facets of the hospital; including receptionist, kennel attendant and veterinary technician. As a child, she aspired to be a veterinarian. She began working for Dr. Swango, now retired, in 2000. Keahau considers Dr. Swango to one the greatest influences on her life. She has come and gone from the practice over the years, but always comes back home. Most recently, she took a leave of absence in 2018 after a brain aneurysm. It was the scariest moment of her life, but also her greatest accomplishment to have made a full recovery. Since returning, she continues to work hard at being a versatile team member and always ready, willing and capable of helping where ever she is needed. When she is not a work, you can find Keahau sipping a sweet tea and working in her yard; all while keeping tabs on her two teenage daughters…her greatest pride and joy!
Jessica has been the receptionist at Paws and Perches Animal Hospital since 2019. She is often complimented on being a great listener. She has a lot of practice listening, as she comes of a family of 5 children. She is also the mother to 2 young children, whom she is always gushing about! Her nurturing attitude come across as she greats the patients coming in with kisses and hugs. The dog patients love to come around the side of her desk and jump on her lap to give kisses! Jessica is also our resident foodie. We love when she tests out something new in the kitchen and brings us samples!