We have five doctors on staff, servicing scheduled appointments, walk-ins, and emergencies six days a week. We also have a support staff that includes technicians, client services staff, and management, all waiting to welcome you and your pet!
John Kacoyanis, DVM
Dr. Kacoyanis originally came from Winchester, Massachusetts. Pursuing a carreer in electrical engineering, he received a Bachelors of Science degree from Worchester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Kacoyanis lived in New Hampshire and Maine where he worked for Raytheon as an engineer designing communications components. It was later in life that he realized the joy of helping animals and changed careers to veterinary medicine. He went to The University of Prince Edward Island and attended the Atlantic Veterinary College to receive a Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine.
After graduation, Dr. Kacoyanis practiced in Norway and Naples, Maine. He then moved to Cape Coral, Florida, where he worked at Chiquita Animal Hospital in 1998. In 1999 Dr. Kacoyanis acquired the animal hospital from Dr. Robert Dunton. Dr. Kacoyanis has a special interest in surgery, orthopedics and physical rehabilitation.
Dr. Kacoyanis is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and the Caloosa Veterinary Medical Association. He is married to Cynthia and has two children, George and Maria. When not working on animals Dr. Kacoyanis enjoys his three dogs (Bee, Wild E. Coyote, and Rambo) and three cats (Nana, Ihop, and Sulyn) . In his spare time he enjoys fishing, boating, and building furniture.
Diane Hollenbeck, DVM
Dr. Diane Hollenbeck originally came from Auburn, New York. Her passion for helping animals lead her to pursue a degree in animal science at Cornell University. After achieving her Bachelor of Science degree, she continued her passion of helping animals and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Hollenbeck practiced veterinary medicine in Geneva, New York, for four years before moving down to Tampa, Florida, where she practiced for four years. She found a home at Chiquita Animal Hospital and has been a valued member since 1995. Her passion is feline and canine behavior as well as feline internal medicine.
Dr. Hollenbeck is a member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and Caloosa Veterinary Medical Association. She is married to Michael and has a daughter, Caitlin, who attends the University of Florida. When not working on animals, Dr. Hollenbeck enjoys her two dogs, and eight cats. In her spare time she also refinishes furniture, reads, and gardens.
Shane Ludwig, DVM
Dr. Shane Ludwig originally came from Corwith, Iowa. He was raised on his family’s 1000-acre farm and, growing up, he dreamed of going into farming. As Dr. Ludwig got older, he found joy in helping people with their animals. This lead him on a path to Iowa State College where he earned his Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine.
Utilizing his farming background and enjoying the connection with local farmers, Dr. Ludwig had practiced in Remsen, Iowa.
For 12 years he practiced mixed animal veterinary medicine doing farm calls and seeing small animal patient in hospital. Because Dr. Ludwig had unfortunately developed allergies to grasses, his practice exceedingly became directed toward cats and dogs, particularly in the latter years of his practice in Iowa. Dr. Ludwig decided to move to Florida, where he has practiced at Chiquita Animal Hospital since 2005. He has a special interest in Veterinary Dermatology and controlling allergies.
Dr. Ludwig is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and the Caloosa Veterinary Medical Association. He is married to Sherri and has a son Kevin. When not working on animals Dr. Ludwig enjoys his dog. In his spare time he also enjoys yard work and cruising on his motorcycle.
Lisa Tuttle, DVM
Dr. Tuttle grew up in Connecticut, and then moved to Indiana, attending Purdue University, receiving a B.S. in Biology.
She then participated in a post-grad fellowship at the Center for Brain Research at the University of Rochester in New York state. She graduated from Iowa State University with a D.V.M. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine).
Upon graduation, she practiced mixed animal medicine in Winslow, Maine. In 1999, she moved to Virginia, and has been practicing small animal medicine since then. She joined our veterinary team here at Chiquita Animal Hospital in 2013. Her current interests in veterinary medicine are acupuncture and Chinese medicine (certified in 2007), internal medicine, and nutrition.
Her hobbies include hiking, kayaking, gardening, baking and reading when indoors. Having recently moved to the state of Florida to be with us at Chiquita Animal Hospital, she is looking forward to exploring Florida! She currently has a matching cat and dog; Ollie, her Golden Retriever, and Chester, her orange tabby cat.
Sharon Lomnicki, DVM
Dr. Sharon Rae (Allen) Lomnicki was born in New Hampshire and raised here in Cape Coral where she graduated from Cape Coral High School.
After earning her Bachelors and Masters degrees in education from Henderson State University in Arkansas, Dr. Lomnicki taught at Mariner High School for 2 years. During that time, she decided to pursue her life’s dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Upon graduating with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from St. Matthew’s University on Grand Cayman in 2009, Dr. Lomnicki began practicing in Western New York. While living and working in NY, she met her husband, Brett. After “snowvember” in the fall of 2014 followed by “snowmageddon” and “snowapocalypse” in 2015, they decided to head back south to the sunshine state!
Dr. Lomnicki enjoys the challenges presented by tough medical cases. She has a passion for dentistry and educating clients about the general health and well being of their furry family members.
During her time off, Dr. Lomnicki enjoys reading, stand-up paddle boarding and swimming. One of her favorite ways to enjoy Florida life is to go deep sea fishing with her husband and her brother, Nicholas.
Her fur family consists of two dogs (Buddy and Captain Jack) and two cats (Artemis and CayLee). Buddy is a “Caribbean Coconut Retriever” who loves the water and surfs. Captain Jack is a spirited chihuahua. Artemis is from St. Kitts and CayLee is a Cayman kitty. An adventurous, well traveled crew!