Dr. Larry Helm:
Dr. Larry grew up in New Port Richey, Florida. with Honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Microbiolgy in 1985 and then attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinary school, he served as Senior Class President, received the Laura and Clyde Spears Rural Animal Medicine Award and the Large and Small Animal Proficiency in Surgery Award. He received his DVM degree in 1989. While in school in Gainesville, his parents moved to the Quincy area and Dr. Larry took a job with Quincy Animal Hospital in 1989. In 1991, he and his wife Shari purchased the clinic.
Dr. Larry married his high school sweetheart, Shari in 1982. They had their first child, JT, 3 days before Dr. Larry's vet school graduation. Their second child Katy Jo arrived in 1993. JT graduated from Robert F Munroe Day School in 2007 and the University of Florida in 2012. Katy Jo graduated with an AA degree from TCC and now attends Flagler University at TCC. Shari graduated with her teaching degree from Flagler University, TCC Campus and teaches Third Grade at Robert F Munroe
Dr. Larry is an avid duck and turkey hunter. He is a member of Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, NWTF and is the Regional Director for United Waterfowlers of Florida. He serves on the Rabies Compendium Comittee for the State of Florida. Their family attends Woodland Presbyterian Church where both Shari and Larry are Elders.
The family has 3 dogs: Bonnie (Golden Retriever), Waylon (Labrador Retriever) and Ollie (Dachshund). They also have 2 cats: Bond, James Bond (Tabby) and Bellatrix LeStrange (black)
Dr. Beth May:
Dr. Beth (Rooks) was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. Allergic to all animals as a child, she had no pets until middle school. 'Watson', a Minauture Schnauzer mix was the key to turning her thoughts towards a career in the veterinary profession. Dr. Beth and her twin sister Amy attended HB Plantation High School. After graduating in 1993, she moved to Atlanta Georgia to attend Emory University and run Cross Country. With a BS in Biology four years later she moved to Cartersville, Georgia to work at Animal Medical Center by day and waitress/bartend at Taco Mac by night. One year and many wonderful experiences later, (thanks Dr. Moore!), she moved to Athens, Georgia to attend the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
Four years with little sleep later (and many palpated dairy cows in California and Wisconsin) she graduated and moved to Quincy, Florida to begin work at Quincy Animal Hospital.
In February of 2004, Beth Rooks became Beth May in Jackson Wyoming where she eloped with her husband, Ashley May. (Yes, he was the son of a client. Thanks 'Maggie' May for having skin problems!) In September of 2005, they welcomed Fountain David May to the menagerie and in 2010, Jesse Brinson May also joined the circus. Their own pets include 13 year old black Lab, 'Dublin';13 year old mixed breed, 'Lucky', a 4 year old black Lab, "Duke" and a 2 year old yellow Lab, "Ellie Mae" May. In her spare time (ha, ha, ha!), she enjoys cake decorating, canning, and cross stitching.