Eastside Animal Clinic

4493 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112



Meet our staff!


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 4 dogs, 1cat, a bird.



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.  She also enjoys spending time reading, shooting, archery & fishing with her fiance 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).

Shannon,  Client Service Representative

Shannon was born & raised in Washington DC, Maryland  before moving to Naples in 2013, to attend Ave Maria University with a basketball scholarship.  She graduated with a B.S. in Biology & minor in Environmental Science.  During her senior year, Shannon interned here at Eastside Animal Clinic, as she aspired to become a Veterinarian.  She then joined EAC in 2017.  In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach and lounging with her boyfriend, their Siberian Husky "Stoli" & her EAC adopted cat "Beverly".

Dani,  Client Service Representative

Dani was born in Overland Park, Kansas & raised in West Des Moines, Iowa.  She moved to Naples when she was 17 years old & graduated from Estero High School.  Her passion to eventually become a Veterinary Technician brought her from a kennel tech at a boarding facility to Eastside in October 2017.  Her menagerie includes (but not limited to...)              2 geckos, 3 cats, 4 large snakes & 1 amazing retriever mix "Baron" who has the biggest personality ever!  Dani's hobbies are spending time with her boyfriend & playing tons of video games (it what keeps her sharp)!

Kaycee,  Client Service Represntative

Kaycee is the middle of 3 daughters born & raised in Naples, FL.  She graduated from University of Central Florida in Orlando with a BS in Pre-Clinical Health Sciences & a BS in Psychology.  She moved back to Naples to raise her son near family & rejoined Eastside in November 2017.  Kaycee shares her fathers love for animals but prefers human medicine overall.  When Kaycee is not at EAC, she is spending most of her time with her son Billy, doing any outdoor activity (especially theme parks, the beach, or the pool).  She has a passion for pharmacology & hopes to eventually continue her education in the health field.


Leslie, Kennel Team

Leslie was born & raised in Tennessee, then traveled the country living in 5 other states as she grew up.  She hopes to travel to Europe some day!  Over 10 years ago, Leslie found her calling with the animal care industry.  She moved to Florida & joined EAC's family in April, 2018.  Her favorite past-time is being outside hiking, camping, swimming & playing with her 2 mixed breed dogs, Eva & Oliver.  She also enjoys playing video games & hanging out with friends.


Whitney Howell


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 bike ride, 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.



(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.