Eastside Animal Clinic

4493 E. Tamiami Trail
Naples, FL 34112



Stacey Cox, CVT, Veterinary Practice Manager

Stacey was raised in Daytona Beach, FL.  She is a Florida "Gator" girl with a graduate degree from St Petersburg College as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 1992.  She began working for Eastside Animal Clinic in March, 1994.  She also took on the job as the Practice Manager in 1996.  Her free time is spent with her husband & son,  boating, fishing & playing sports (right now it's soccer, basketball, golf & swimming).  She has a young, black lab, Marlin, that is crazy about his family.


Joy Plamondon, Certified Veterinary Technician

Joy was born and raised in Northern Michigan. This is where she started her career as a Veterinary Technician in 1971.  She moved to Naples permanently in 1986. Joy was then grandfathered in to become a Certified Veterinary Technician in 1996. Continuing her passion of caring for animal, she joined Eastside Animal Clinic in 2005. Her true love is her church. She plays an active part in her church helping with worship and running the sound system for their performances and sermons.  She loves to sing in their choir and performs many solos.  Her home in the estates is shared with 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a bird.


Kristin Pickens, Registered Veterinary Technician

She was born in Mississippi, but grew up in many different states while keeping her southern roots. She worked for a Veterinarian in southwest Florida during high school, which fueled her passion to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.  She then  moved and attended Northwestern State University in Louisiana where she received her Associate in Vet Technology. Missing her family and gaining Vet Tech experience, she moved back to Naples & joined Eastside Animal Clinic in June 2014.  She keeps busy with her 3 dogs & 3 cats.  She is married to Nate & has a beautiful baby girl Mabry.  In her spare time (not much anymore with the baby) she enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her friends & family.

Sierra Franks,  Veterinary Technician 

Sierra was born and raised in Naples, FL. She graduated from Heritage College as a Veterinary Technician.  Sierra joined EAC in September, 2015.  She enjoys the beach with Gunner & Alibi - her Red Tick Coon Hounds & Gypsy her Australian Cattle Dog. She also shares her home with "Belle", her pot bellied pig!  She also enjoys spending time reading, shooting, archery, fishing and going to concerts with her friends.  


Julie Higginbotham, Veterinary Technician   

Julie is a native Floridian who began working for as a Veterinary Technician in 1989.  She came to Eastside in June 2002, but after a few years, took some time off to raise 2 beautiful girls, Landyn & Piper.  She came back to EAC in December 2013.  Julie & her husband, Tate, raise beef cattle and enjoy equine sports as a family.  She has a CMA degree, but prefers working with four-legged animals instead.  Besides caring for her human family, she has 5 horses, 4 dogs, and 2 cats (and, at any given time, an orphan calf or two).

Tracy Schilke, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Tracy was born in Florida & raised on Marco Island.  She moved away to Orlando, then on to Long Island,NY, where she studied Veterinary Technology. She earned her LVT in 2014 & is excited to have finally found her calling.  Being tired of the cold & away from family, she moved back to Marco Island in 2016.  Tracy quickly joined the EAC family & "loves being part of this amazing team".  She currently lives with her 2 Boston Terrier's Sophie & Sully.

Tammie Tadlock, Receptionist

Tammie was born and raised in Missouri.  Before moving to Florida, she worked as a receptionist at VSS Emergency Center in Manchester, MO.  Prior to working as a receptionist, she worked as a Veterinary Technician.  Tammie completed the Animal Science Program in 1994.  She also completed the Pet Behavioral Program and the Veterinary Nutritional Advocate Program in 2003.  She moved to Florida in April, 2014 to be with her daughter who was attending college here.  She started at Eastside Animal Clinic in May 2014.   

  Nadine Grifoni, Receptionist

Nadine was born and raised in Boston, MA.  She received a college degree in Criminal Justice in Ft Lauderdale.  After graduation, she lived the gypsy life & traveled the country.  With the love of wanting to be in the Vet field since a kid, she stumbled upon a Vet community while traveling through Phoenix, AZ.  Everything came full circle then with a love for traveling & learning.  Nadine later moved home to Marco to be closer to family & is happy to have landed at EAC in 2016. 

 Whitney Howell, Groomer

Whitney was born and raised in Ft Myers, FL. She began her career as a groomer in 1982.  Her favorite breed to groom is a Schnauzer, but she loves to groom almost any breed.  The best part is seeing the "finished product"!  She began grooming at Eastside Animal Clinic in December 1993.  She has adopted multiple cats from EAC over the years and also has 4 dogs to share her time with.  Whitney loves to surf the Internet and is a movie BUFF.  She also loves to bake (thank goodness, because it's all really great and we all love it!)  Her favorite passion is fishing whenever she can get a few moments to herself.


  Maggie Bailey, Animal Care Team Manager

Maggie was born and raised in Naples, FL.  She began working in the animal world to learn more about them and to better their lives.  She joined Eastside Animal Clinic in May 2013.  Animal Care/Kennel seems to be her calling.  She has a special way/love with the animals & their families.  Maggie shares her home with 2 dogs (Cody-mixed, & Maeby-Great Dane), 4 cats & 1 fiance!  She enjoys camping, reading and traveling in her spare time.





 Squish (AKA "Swiffer", "Squishy", "Squash")

"Squish" came in as an Emergency, May 2, 2007...She was saved by one of our clients who jumped a fence to save her & brought her to us immediately.  She was in the middle of a 3 dog fight (with her, a 7 month old kitten being the cause of it)!  She was severely wounded with punctures, bruising, swelling, & NO use of her back legs.  We x-rayed her for any internal damage, & she was lucky with none to be found (no broken bones & no internal organ damage).  We treated her with antibiotics, steroids, cortisone injections, & K-Laser treatments.  Our little survivor "purred" through every bit of it. We weren't sure what we were going to do with her, because she still did  not have use of her back legs.  We tested & vaccinated her in hopes of a bright future in a forever home...who knew it would be with us!  After trying to contemplate all options of a harness, wheels, cover-ups, etc to protect her useless hind end, we decided to remove her back legs in order to save her life & help her get around easier (hopefully). After we removed the sutures from the intricate, timely surgery, we let her out of her crate and....... WOW can she move around the clinic fast!  "Squish" can slide all over the place on our rolled floors. She can even get up the stairs & on fabric chairs. (She has a very strong upper body!) She has become "Ringo's" favorite playmate, boxing partner & love of his life.

After "Ringo's" death, "Squish"  has become our greeter, social butterfly, & "great beggar" of any and all attention available!  We love her greatly & couldn't have asked for a better friend to find & adopt us.