Dr. Dawn Figlio
Dr. Figlio was raised in Greenville, South Carolina, where she first discovered her love of animal medicine at the Greenville Humane Society while volunteering as a foster parent of abandoned kittens and puppies that were too small, weak, or unhealthy to be adopted. Before and while attending the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Figlio gained broad-ranging experience in a variety of veterinary settings, urban and rural, small and large animal, from north Georgia to Washington, D.C.
In 2004, she moved to Tallahassee to join Paws & Claws and its founder, Dr. Otfried Guhrt. Dr. Figlio has never lost the passion for community involvement through her local humane society and other non-profits, which inspired her career path. In 2008, she was awarded the Leon County Humane Society’s Purple Paw Award. Dr. Figlio has been married to her husband Rick since 1995. She currently has three cats, Roo, Rosie and Tabitha and a micro-Dane named Tinkerbell.
Dr. Jennifer Moser
Dr. Moser is originally from Shavertown, a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. She has always had a deep love for animals and she decided that she wanted to be a veterinarian as a little girl. Her love of veterinary medicine was rekindled while she was an undergraduate at George Washington University, as she watched the bonds people formed with their pets at the pet store where she worked to help pay for school.
While still at George Washington, Dr. Moser began working as a veterinary technician and also worked at the National Zoo, where she assisted with the Golden Tamarin exhibit. After graduation, she moved to Florida to be closer to her grandparents and to attend the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Moser has always had a special interest in internal medicine and exotics, including birds, reptiles, and all sorts of pocket pets. She has a daughter, Jovie, and also shares her home with Joshua, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Dr. Natalie Davidson
Dr. Natalie Davidson is a native Floridian who was born and raised in southern Florida, as well as Jamaica. She attended Florida State University for her undergraduate degree in biology in 2007. After working as a veterinary technician in Tallahassee for several years, she decided to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine, which she earned from The Ohio State University in 2016. Once she received her degree, she returned home to the sunshine state to begin her career.
Dr. Davidson is a world traveler having done veterinary work in Thailand, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Her interests include alternative medicine and she has a special place in her heart for older, small animals. Dr. Davidson has one chocolate ball python, Prince Louie III, two cats, Loki and Nocchi, a weaner named Kuzco and a bearded dragon named K.G.
Dr. Kim Kocel
Dr. Kocel grew up in Ohio where she first started working with animals at age sixteen. After working as a technician for a few years, she attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St Kitts. Dr. Kocel has a passion for surgery and exotic animal medicine. When not working, Dr. Kocel enjoys reading and exploring the outdoors, especially the beach. She lives with her two island rescue dogs, Todd and Margo.
Dr. Sharon Swift
Dr. Swift was born and raised in Jacksonville. Growing up, she was always surrounded by animals, especially rescue cats. She attended Florida State University for her undergraduate career, where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in English. During her time at FSU, Dr. Swift started working at Paws and Claws and volunteering at the local animal shelter.
After graduating from FSU, Dr. Swift went to veterinary school at the University of Florida. During her four years there, she completed extra classes to graduate with the Certificate in Shelter Medicine in addition to her veterinary degree. She is a two-time recipient of the Florida Veterinary Medicine Association Student Scholarship.
Dr. Swift is returning to Paws and Claws with her five cats: Nox, Scotch, Phineas, Neville, and Mo. She is particularly interested in rescue and shelter medicine, surgery, and feline medicine.