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Dr. Scot Trefz
Owner/Medical Director

Hi, I’m Dr. Scot Trefz.  I am the Veterinarian/Medical Director and sole owner of Bay Moorings Animal Hospital that I purchased on May 6, 2013.  I look forward to meeting you and your furry children very soon!  I am committed to providing the very best veterinary care at affordable prices for your four legged family members in a compassionate, warm and family oriented environment while exceeding clients’ expectations of customer service; just as I and my team have done in Northern Pinellas for over 24 years at Gulf Bay Animal Hospital in Clearwater, a practice I recently sold to return to St. Pete.

I was born in Lakeland and my family moved to St. Petersburg where I grew up.  I graduated from Canterbury High School where my name is proudly the first to be adorned on Canterbury’s gymnasium wall recognizing past top scholar athletes.  I then went directly to UF for my undergraduate study where I was accepted early into UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In recognition ranking in the top 5% of my veterinary class, I was admitted as a junior into the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Honor Society, Phi Zeta, in 1984.  I was bestowed the surgical excellence award for my senior veterinary class and graduated with honors on June 1, 1985.

I had the privilege and honor to have had the late Dr. Bill Goldston as a mentor.  Dr. Goldston hired me as a teenager to assist at his veterinary clinic.  He is the reason I am a veterinarian today.  I owe quite a lot to Bill.

I recently relocated to Tierra Verde with my fiancée’, Karen who helps on the admin and marketing side of our clinic, and our 2 cats, Chappy and Munchkin.  Over the last few years, we lost our 3 canine sons, an American Bull, a Doberman and a Lab, all to old age. A puppy may be in our near future!

Dr. Jennifer DeStefano
Associate Veterinarian

Hi, I'm Dr. Jennifer DeStefano and I graduated from the University of Florida in 1998. Since that time I have worked in Pinellas County and have immensely enjoyed taking care of many family pets from puppy/kittenhood until their older days.

I enjoy bonding with my clients and patients, and I am very excited to be with the team here at Bay Moorings Animal Hospital! I enjoy wellness care and preventative medicine and am dedicated to helping my clients do all they can to prevent problems and keep their furry family members as healthy as possible.

On a personal front, I am the proud mother of 12 year old boy-girl twins and a 5 year old daughter. My 3 kiddos keep me so busy that currently we do not have a pet, but we are in the process of looking for a special dog to adopt - and my kids are very excited! 

I also love finding new fun places to eat out and live here in St. Pete - I think it's a great little city! My kids and I also love going to the beach and shopping (well, the girls do!). They also enjoy spending time with my folks, their grandparents who live on Tierra Verde! I look forward to meeting the clientele of BMAH and again, am thrilled to be a part of Dr. Trefz's team!

Dr. Austin Plummer
Associate Veterinarian

Hello, I’m Dr. Austin Plummer. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida where I attended St. Petersburg Catholic High School. I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida where I graduated in 2012. I am a new graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where I graduated at the top of my class and am very excited to begin practice in my hometown!

My passion is for all things animal related and I love every facet of Veterinary Medicine, but I have a special interest in radiology and internal medicine. In addition to the standard veterinary education, I am specially trained in shelter medicine, disaster relief, and business management. I feel that educating my clients is incredibly important that we can work together as a team to ensure the best care possible is given to your animal.

My wife and I have recently moved back to St. Petersburg from Gainesville and just moved into our first house. We have a dwarf bunny rabbit, several freshwater and saltwater fish, two dogs; a St. Bernard named Olivia and a mixed breed dog named Ajax, and our newest additions are our two pet goats! Our pets are our children and we love taking them out around the town to events and restaurants,

I look forward to officially beginning my Veterinary career at Bay Moorings Animal Hospital on Monday, June 5!

Veterinary Assistant

Hello, my name is Brenda and I have been a veterinary technician for over 20 years.  I began my career in Orlando and moved to Clearwater in 1989.  I’ve worked at several animal hospitals in the area and joined Dr. Trefz’s team in 2005 at his former practice, Gulf Bay Animal Hospital.  I enjoy working with small animals and helping to educate owners about the care of their pets.  Over the years, I have learned a great deal from Dr. Trefz.

In my spare time, you can most often find me at the beach with my family and my Chocolate Lab, Clementine.  Clementine also gets to go to the dog park, and you may see her at the clinic being a blood donor when we need her to help other sick pets.  My house has a variety of other animals who call it home, too:  4 snakes, 1 bearded dragon, 1 African Grey parrot, a turtle, frogs, and tarantulas (even though I hate other spiders).  My two lovely children, Troy (12) and Jessica (17) help me take care of them.

I look forward to meeting all of our clientele and being a big part of your pets health!  I reside in Clearwater and am a native of Altamonte Springs.

Veterinary Assistant

Hello, I’m Robin and I came to Bay Moorings Animal Hospital a short time ago.  I worked with Dr. Trefz for several years at his old practice and have been a technician for 11 years.  I am also a certified dog trainer, I work with Pug Rescue and do squirrel rescue and rehab.  I have three beautiful little girls who share my passion for fuzzy (and not so fuzzy) creatures, such as the two baby squirrels who were found without a mother or a home (pictures will be posted soon and before they are ready to be freed into nature)!

We are family to a pit bull terrier and a kitty for now, and we will be adding a pug to our family soon!  I am very glad to say that I am happy to work with such an experienced veterinarian as Dr. Trefz, and look forward to coming to work every day knowing that I am helping pets and their owners.

I reside in St. Petersburg and am a native of Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

Veterinary Assistant

Hi, I'm Gwen and I recently joined BMAH as a Veterinary Assistant.  I grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which is on the eastern part of the state.  I attended college in Massachusetts and came to Florida in 1988 where I started my career at Southeastern Guide Dogs.  I became a certified guide dog trainer/instructor and head of the breeding program and the medical program for the adult dogs in training.

In 2009 I shifted my career to work in the veterinary field and began working at a veterinary hospital in Manatee County.  After crossing the Skyway bridge for 5 years, today I am enjoying work at Bay Moorings Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant.

I share my home in St. Petersburg with three Labradors, a Hungarian Vizsla and a cat that figured out how to use the doggie door and rules the roost!

Veterinary Technician

Hi, I'm Lisa and I am delighted to be on board BMAH as a Veterinary Assistant.  I have over 20 years of experience in the veterinary field as a veterinary technician and a practice manager. I have extensive experience across general medical care, surgical assistance and critical care.

I am a native of Chicago, Illinois and left there for Nashville in 1998 where I worked in the emergency room for a large veterinary hospital and was a Technician Supervisor. I then relocated to Manatee County in 2008 and just moved to St. Petersburg to be close to BMAH.

I share my home with my friend Les and our rescue dog, Clyde.  I look forward to working with you and your pet to ensure the longest and highest quality life we can give our furry children!

Veterinary Technician

Hi, I'm Nick and I am delighted to have just joined BMAH as a Veterinary Technician.  I recently relocated to Florida from New York.

I am a graduate of SUNY Delhi and have many years of experience as a Technician. Clients have relied on me in the past not just for medical and nutritional care, but also training pets whether from the puppy stage or to remedy bad habits that our 4 legged friends can develop from time to time.

I am a certified scuba diver and love exploring new areas in the ocean. My home is full of many animals - 7 total! I have a dog named Henry, a cat named Oliver, a rabbit named Herman, a bearded dragon named Spyro, a leopard gecko named Bender and last but not least, 2 dumbo rats named April and Andie. As you can see, I love all kinds of animals!

I look forward to meeting all of the clients and your pets very soon and getting established in the St. Petersburg area!

Hospital Manager

Hi, my name is Karen and I handle the Administrative, Finance, Marketing, and PR/Community communication functions for Dr. Trefz and the team at Bay Moorings Animal Hospital.  When not at the front desk or in my accounting office, you’re most likely to find me in the kennel or sick ward brushing and playing with our visiting patients and boarders while they are away from their families and homes.

I held controller positions in the construction and manufacturing industries and spent the last 15 years in the software technology field prior to joining Bay Moorings upon Dr. Trefz’s purchase of the clinic.

I reside in Tierra Verde with Dr. Trefz who is also my fiancee’, and our 2 cats Chappy, a medium hair Orange boy and Munchkin, a beautiful male Ragdoll.  I relocated to Clearwater, Florida in 1977 from my hometown of Dayton, Ohio.  I believe that makes me a semi-native!


Hi, I'm Carol, and I am fairly new to Bay Moorings Animal Hospital, but not new to being on Dr.Trefz's veterinary team.  Actually, I guess I could say I'm an original since I have worked with him since he graduated from vet school.  I was working part time at a vet clinic in Largo when he came to work there as a new and very enthusiastic young veterinarian.  After he purchased Gulf Bay Animal Hospital in Clearwater, I did relief work for his new clinic and in 1998, I agreed to fill in for a technician who was going on maternity leave for 2 months. Those 2 months turned into over 20 years working full time for him until I retired in 2008. After a few years, I discovered that retirement was not all it was cracked up to be! As Bay Moorings Animal Hospital has grown, I am thrilled to be back with Dr.Trefz part time. (I often refer to him as my "brother" since I have known him for so long!). 

I have a degree in education and taught kindergarten in my younger days. Over the course of many years, I have raised 4 children and a multitude of cats!  Every stray cat that entered my world at Dr. Trefz's previous clinic, well, I always made room for them at my home. I'm now down to two senior cats, Baby, 14 and Sienna, 17.  I also enjoy 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren! In my spare time, you will find me at the gym, on a golf course or home reading or working on a variety of puzzles, from crossword to jigsaw!  Sometimes, my son Fred flies into town and I spend the day with him! 


My name is Lori and I am new to Bay Moorings Animal Hospital. I moved to St. Petersburg from the Chicago area in December 2015. I have worked in the animal welfare field since 1984 when I began working as a manager for a large, open admission animal shelter for 12 years. I then became the owner of  "Bowser's Beck and Call", a dog walking/pet sitting service and was also an animal control officer with a suburban police department for 11 years. All aspects of animal care are appealing to me, but the privilege of being able to develop relationships with clients and their pets is something very special. Working with Dr. Trefz and Dr. DeStefano has been interesting and educational for me.

Music is also a passion of mine, and I sang in a folk/country/bluegrass band for 19 years before moving to Florida. Two retired Greyhounds and 2 cool cats share my home with me. I look forward to many more years working with the fantastic staff at BMAH !


Hi, my name is Melissa and I am a front desk receptionist and a technician assistant furthering my training in the veterinary field.  After a 16 year career with Publix, I followed my heart and pursued a career in the veterinary field and joined Dr. Trefz’s former practice in 2007.  My furry family includes Chloe, a Chihuahua, and two cats named Storm and PeeWee.  I was born with a love for animals that brought me into this profession to begin with and keeps me always anxious to get to work to see what the new day brings!

On my days off, I’m usually curled up reading a novel, working in my garden or relaxing at the beach.

I have 3 human teen age children, Alison, Jeremy and Matthew.  I moved to Florida from my hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut when I was 8 years old and reside in Largo.

Kennel Assistant

Hi, my name is Nicole and I work full-time for BMAH as a Kennel Technician and Vet Tech assistant. For the last 6 years, I have been working hands on with all kinds of animals as part of my duties to manage and oversee all aspects of kennel operations and boarding facilities across the Tampa Bay area.

I am originally from Syracuse, New York and relocated to the area in 2003. I'm happily married to my high school sweetheart with no children yet except our Chorkie, Bella. In my free time you can always find me anywhere outdoors or having fun with my family and friends.

I am delighted to be part of the incredible team here at Bay Moorings Animal Hospital and look forward to meeting all of you and your furry children.


Hi, my name is Bonnie and I am the groomer at Bay Moorings Animal Hospital.  I also assist in the kennel when needed.  At a young age, I developed a passion for animals and that blossomed into a professional career path.  I now enjoy my days grooming your pets and have been at Bay Moorings for over 6 years.  I love to get to know each pet, especially the mature ones who need additional “TLC”.  You can count on me to always take the time with you and your pet to ensure your pet’s groom is to your specific desires.

My leisure time is usually spent boating or at the beach. I've lived on St. Pete Beach since relocating from my native New York in the late 1970′s.


Hi, I'm Patti and you will find me providing exceptional grooming services on Thursdays at BMAH.  I previously worked at Dr. Trefz's animal hospital in Clearwater for several years and am pleased to be part of his team again.

I enjoy working with your furry children to make sure they leave the clinic looking their best to be shown off to friends, family and neighbors! I also do show cuts.

I'm a proud mother of two beautiful daughters, "Glammy" to my adorable grandchildren and reside in Clearwater with my fiance', Pat, our Australian Shepherd puppy, Tallulah, a Morkie, London and our senior Dachshund, Bitty.

I enjoy being semi-retired to spend time with my family and friends at the beach. I am a native of Muskegon, Michigan and came to Florida a long time ago for the beaches!