Meet Our Team
The Paws and Claws team is dedicated to making every visit a personalized, educational experience for pet parents in Dunedin. Get to know our team, including our amazing veterinarian, by reading their bios below! And if you want to meet them in person, call us at (727) 953-6588 to make an appointment.
Dr. Cindy Culpepper Practice Owner, Veterinarian
Dr. Culpepper received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina in 2002, and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University in 2006. Immediately after graduation she spent some time working at Bienville Animal Medical Center, a multi-veterinarian practice in Ocean Springs, MS. Dr. Culpepper is a native of Dunedin, and she returned to Florida to practice veterinary medicine in 2010. After being an associate veterinarian at the Animal and Bird Hospital in Clearwater for eight years, she decided to open her own practice. In September 2018, Paws and Claws Animal Medical Center, a “mom and pop”-style practice, was born.
Dr. Culpepper enjoys the challenges of general practice, imaging, soft tissue surgeries, and internal medicine. She also enjoys the relationships she shares with her many wonderful patients and their human family members. Dr. Culpepper and her husband Jonathan have two daughters and many furry family members too, including two dogs, Izzy Belle and Ella Mae; two cats, Tonks and Willy; four guinea pigs, and fish!
Dr. Culpepper is a member of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, the Dunedin Downtown Merchants Association (DDMA), the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA), and Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association (PCVMA).
Sheila Green Practice Manager, Certified Veterinary Technician
Sheila has more than 23 years of experience in the veterinary field. She graduated from St. Petersburg College with a Bachelor of Science in animal science, and became a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in 2000. Sheila has participated in numerous community events over the years, including an outreach trip to the Bahamas to help provide medical care to animals in need free of charge.
Sheila has considerable experience working with exotic species, including birds and small mammals, and various wildlife, bringing a wealth of knowledge to our team. She also has vast knowledge regarding the use of the latest medical equipment and procedures.
Sheila’s passion for veterinary medicine and love for animals drive her to deliver the very best care. Her love for animals spills over into her love for people. In her free time, Sheila enjoys physical fitness on all levels, reading, hiking, playing sports, and spending time with her family. She lives in Clearwater with her son Dylan, husband Gabriel, and their furry family members Moo Moo a rescue dog from Suncoast Animal League and Ellie Nugget our cat.
Erin Head Receptionist, Technician
Erin is a graduate of St. Petersburg College and a full-time veterinary technician here at Paws and Claws. She was born in Atlanta, GA and moved to Clearwater, FL when she was five. Her love for animals started with her family’s cat, Mr. Chicken, and her life working with animals started when she took the opportunity to foster kittens as a young girl for Save Our Strays. The gratification she felt when placing a kitten with a loving family sparked her interest in pursuing a career that involved caring for animals.
At 15, Erin applied to work at a boarding facility where she spent the next 10 years. She has also worked in local animal hospitals, gaining professional knowledge in caring for cats, dogs, and exotic animals. She has been a technician, head receptionist, and kennel technician. Paws and Claws is a place that Erin is happy to call home, because she is able to express her love for and interest in animals while working with some of the best people in the business.
Erin’s pet family includes two cats and four dogs. Outside of work, she enjoys staying active and furthering her education in veterinary science.
Haily Vet Tech Assistant
Hello my name is Haily! I have been working at Paws and Claws since 2021. I have always had a passion for working with animals. I grew up in Covington Louisiana, were we had a “ Mini Farm”. I had chickens, ducks, rabbits, parrots, dogs, cats and a hamster. I currently live in tarpon springs with three cats named May, Bugsy and Trevita.
Megan Receptionist, Technician Assistant
Megan Marvin is the receptionist and vet tech assistant at Paws and Claws Animal Medical Center. She has been passionate about animal care since she was old enough to ride around with her dad on the family farm in Iowa helping with chores. She started with bottle feeding orphan kittens and calves, and expanded into exotics with zoo and aquarium internships working with multiple different species of animals including fish, penguins, and seals. During college, Megan volunteered and worked at the Wildlife Care Clinic where she gained experience in the veterinary field rehabbing and caring for Iowa wildlife. In 2019, she graduated Iowa State University with her B.S. degree in Biology and Animal Ecology with an option of PreVet and Wildlife Care. After she graduated, she moved down to Florida to also work at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium as a Marine Life Educator on the days she is not at Paws and Claws. In her free time she enjoys relaxing with her family and friends, spoiling her cat, and spending time at the beach enjoying the ocean breeze.
Kristin Wagner has been in the veterinary industry for almost 20 years. Starting as a receptionist in 2003, she has cultivated a deep passion for building interpersonal relationships between clients, patients and their doctor through the years. Kristin has worked at veterinary clinics on both the east and west coasts of Florida.
A true Florida native, Kristin was born right here in delightful Dunedin at Mease Countryside Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, being on the water and most outdoor activities.
Kristin lives in Dunedin with her boyfriend Grant and their two rescue pets, Waffle a Chihuahua and Millie a very sassy feline.
Sarah Simmers has a long, diverse history in the animal care field. She is a graduate of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford Connecticut with a degree in biology, minor in chemistry with an emphasis in the pre-veterinary program. Sarah moved to the Bay Area in 2006 from Massachusetts and spent 15 years in the zoological department at Busch Gardens, Tampa Florida. Specializing in giraffes, she spent her career working with numerous taxa including large and small African mammals, cheetahs, rhinos, gorillas, tigers, orangutans, and many birds and reptiles.
She has vast experience with operant conditioning training, animal husbandry, and media outreach events - including presenting at the national convention for Future Farmers of America, participating in live and recorded educational shows with Jack Hanna, conservation research with the Dolphin Health and Environmental Risk Assessment project with Jeff Corwin and multiple interview spotlights for the nationally syndicated and Emmy nominated television show “The Wildlife Docs”.
With a drive to diversify and expand on her skillsets, Sarah came to Paws and Claws in 2021. She wanted to be more involved in the city she loves and have a direct impact in her local community while still being involved in the human-animal connection.
Sarah has quite the green thumb and spends a lot her free time in her garden. She loves the outdoors, kayaking, camping, and off-roading in her Jeep or enjoying many of the local craft breweries. Sarah lives in Dunedin with her husband Eric and their two cats, Kai and Leila.
What People Say About Us
"We are so grateful to Paws and Claws, especially, Dr. Culpepper and her entire awesome staff for their kind, compassionate, conscientious and professional care they always give."
- Betty K.