Dr. Felz, graduated Veterinary School in 2000 from the University of Florida, having completed an externship at the Santa Barbara Zoo as well two externships at the prestigious Angell Memorial Veterinary Hospital in Boston, MA. The first was in cardiology and the second in wildlife & zoo medicine.
Dr. Felz also completed a rigorous Small Animal Medicine, Surgery & Emergency Medicine internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital in South Florida. Over her 16 months, she was an integral part of their 17 doctor team. This internship also included regular rotations at Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists here in West Palm Beach.
Dr. Felz has spent many years in veterinary practices around Palm Beach County. In 2012, Dr. Felz accepted the opportunity to purchase Ibis Animal Hospital from the previous owner who was leaving the state.
Some of Dr. Felz’s professional interests include emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgery, dentistry, dermatology and sports medicine. She still works regular shifts at local Emergency Practices because she is passionate about helping pets in crisis. Dr. Felz also believes in giving back and is a strong supporter of local rescues.
In her private life she has many interests including her many pets, playing golf, traveling with her family and cheering on her children at their sporting events.
Dr. Forrest “Woody” Hayes is a experienced veterinarian & seasoned ultrasonographer. Prior to specializing in ultrasounds and endoscopy, Dr. Hayes also owned a small animal practice for 16 years.
Dr. Hayes provides the clients & patients of Ibis Animal Hospital with his additional 16 years of experience in the use of ultrasonography for advanced diagnostics. He's passionate about medicine, compassionate, and tireless in the pursuit of a diagnosis.
Dr. Evans is a board-certified surgeon and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2008. She received her Bachelor of Science (Sc.B.) degree from Brown University, then her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University (‘01).
She completed a Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Tennessee and a Surgical Internship at the Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, FL. From there she matched for the Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. After completing her residency, Dr. Evans returned to South Florida to continue to polish her surgical skills.
Through Dr. Evans, Ibis Animal Hospital is able to offer in-house orthopedic surgeres, advanced soft-tissue surgeries, and neurosurgical procedures.
She's also certified to perform the previously-patented TPLO procedure for cranial cruciate ligament (ACL) deficient stifles in dogs. We're alo able to offer laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures in addition to traditional laparotomies/thoracotomies.
Brachycephalic surgery, extrahepatic portosystemic liver shunt ligations, perineal urethrostomies (PUs), cholecystectomies, and arytenoid lateralizations (“tie-backs”) are a few of her favorite soft tissue procedures; TPLOs, medial patellar luxation (MPLs), toy breed radius/ulna fractures, and hemilaminectomies top the list of her favorite orthopedic and neurological surgeries.
Dr. Spranklin attended veterinary school at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, he pursued an internship at Mississippi State University which he completed in 2003. He was then accepted into Washington State University’s Veterinary School for a surgical residency which he completed in 2006. He received his surgical board certification in 2007.
Dr. Sprainklin's successfully performed thousands of advanced soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. Between himself & Dr. Evans, we're able to provide numerous advanced procedures to our patients right here at their familiar Ibis Anima; Hospital including corrective orthopedic surgeries for knee and hip injuries, complicated soft tissue tumor removals, amongst many others.
As a CVT with nearly 25 years of experience, Dani is an invaluable member of the Ibis team. Over the years, she's worked in Emergency Medicine, General Practice, & alongside board-certified veterinarians in specialty practices including Dentistry, Surgical Specialty, and Reproductive Vet Medicine. She’s also a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator with a heart of gold.
At Ibis, her days often include directly assisting the doctors during exams, doing cytologies under the microscope, completing diagnostic lab work in our in-house laboratory, performing routine dental cleanings, monitoring patients & anesthesia during surgeries, and more.
Dr. Felz has known Dani since the early 2000’s; working together in various practices during that time, so it’s amazing to have her on board at IAH.
Her free time is spent with baking, gardening, & riding motorcycles with her partner Shannon. Together, they have 2 beautiful children; a goofy American Bully named Linus, a Staffy named Beretta, a rescued raccoon named Egg, & two cats; Dab & Mr. Burns.
A CVT with nearly a decade of experience, Tara is a former staff member who we’re excited to have back home. She’s spent most of her career in General Practice, but she’s also spent years working with Exotics & even with Wildlife. You may have recognized her from NatGeo TV’s “Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER” where she worked alongside Dr. K for 4 seasons.
We’re fortunate to have Tara our team as she completes diagnostic lab work in our in-house laboratory, monitors patients during routine dental cleanings and surgeries, taking x-rays, and more. She also does many of our initial triage conversations by phone, so you may have spoken to her at the beginning of your visits. She’s also tremendous asset when it comes to client education; ensuring that pet parents fully understand their fur babies’ medical conditions and related treatments as well as the importance of comprehensive preventative care.
She loves to spend her free time paddle boarding & being in the outdoors whenever possible. She also has a family that includes her husband & daughter as well as Corellia, Luna, & Lando; (a trio of Mini Sharpeis), her cat Church; (a Spynx), Erika, (the American Bully), & an American Cooter Turtle named Squirt.
After working in customer service for nearly a decade, including a brief period in human medicine, Kaitlyn decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. In addition to her on-the-job training here at the hospital, she’s also currently pursuing a degree & a Veterinary Assistant certification.
Some of Kaitlyn’s daily tasks include correctly positioning & holding patients during their exams, vaccines, & certain treatments. She also helps us maintain our high levels of cleanliness throughout the hospital; cleaning exam rooms and kennels between patients. Every day, Kaitlyn is working on improving her knowledge base, learning new techniques, & better understanding our patients. She also helps expedite getting patients in & out of the hospital during curbside care, helps our administrative staff as needed, and more.
We look forward to helping her continue to grow & hope to eventually add her to our team as a CVT. Between her work ethic & her consistently positive attitude, she’s an absolute blessing to work alongside.
Leigh has been with the Ibis family since 2009 and has worked in the Veterinary field for over 22 years. She has been married 18 years and has three beautiful, talented daughters.
Leigh also shares her home with two wonderful rescue dogs, Bailey and Hanleigh. Bailey, is a Lab mix with the best personality. Her sister, Hanleigh, is extremely loving with just a touch of crazy mixed in.
Leigh prides herself in her work. She really enjoys helping people and their four legged babies alike. Leigh is thankful that the Veterinary field allows her to do what she loves and grateful that she gets to work with amazing people every day.
Cat has been working in various veterinary roles since 2013 ranging from being a vet assistant, to a tech, to a receptionist. Early on, she even spent time volunteering at a Wolf Sanctuary.
We’re ecstatic to have her on the team working the front desk. She spends most of her time helping our clients schedule an appointment, interacting with other veterinary offices for records, helping us with day to day administrative needs, and more. Thanks to her years of experience, Cat’s also able to step up & help us out in the back at times.
When she’s not at IAH, she loves spending time with her kids, her parent’s, & her grandfather. She also has 3 adorable children, 8 dogs, and 2 cats.
Jeff has a diverse background having owned & managed a number of businesses ranging from education to medical sales. His focus is ensuring that patients get the best care possible, we attract & retain the best staff possible, making sure that our beloved clients always get the best experience possible.
He‘s always looking for suggestions, new ideas, & striving to ensure that our clients feel that they're taken care of in every way.
When he's not working in the office, Jeff loves riding his motorcycle and traveling internationally. He's currently planning a trip that'll involve shipping his bike to South Africa and riding it all the way to London.
If there's anything you'd like us to consider to improve the patient or client experience, or if there's an issue that needs to be addressed please don't hesitat to contact Jeff.
Katie has had a great love for animals her entire life. She grew up in West Palm Beach and graduated from Wellington High school’s Pre-Veterinary Program in 2011.
After graduation, she started her career in veterinary medicine and joined Ibis Animal Hospital in 2015. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has certifications for both Equine & Canine Massage Therapy.
In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, paddleboarding and spending time with family and friends. Katie lives happily with her dog, Fancy, two cats, Charlie and Finn, and their very big brother, Moonshine, a 10 year old Quarter horse.