The personal service at Van Dyke begins with their family like staff setting. Dr. Kahl has dedicated her efforts to finding just the right fit for the clinic as evidenced by her two full time staff members.

The standard of care at Van Dyke Animal Clinic is second to none and we are dedicated to knowing you, your pet and both of your needs. From the moment you are greeted by Cyndi and Rachel to the expert veterinary care given by Dr. Kahl, you and your loved one are treated exactly how we would want to be treated.

Dr. Kahl built Van Dyke on principles that foster personal relationships with clients and patients. She and her staff understand the key to the best veterinary care, is listening to you. You know your pet best, you know when something just isn’t right, or when things are going much better. We’re here to listen and by listening we can provide the best veterinary care possible!


Michele Kahl, DVM

Dr. Kahl was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a BS in Animal Sciences, and is a 1994 graduate of the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from K-State, she spent 5 years practicing in the Chicago area, and in 1999, moved to the Tampa area where she practiced as a relief Veterinarian working in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

Dr. Kahl quickly learned the importance of the relationship between veterinarian and client. To better serve pets and their owners, Dr. Kahl began her own practice in 2008. She believes strongly in making a personal connection with each client to better understand the needs of her patients. At Van Dyke, she established a culture that appreciates and respects the input of each client and carefully communicates the best care plan for you and your pet. We challenge you to find a more caring vet that is more invested in each and every pet’s health.

When not at the clinic, Dr. Kahl enjoys traveling, going to concerts and spending time with her family.


Cindy Root

Cindy was born and raised in Highland Falls , NY. After too many years in the cold and snow she moved to Florida in 2014 and eventually settled in New Port Richey, to enjoy the sunshine.

She joined Van Dyke Animal Clinic in January of 2017 , bringing over 19 years of experience in the animal field having been a trainer, a doggy daycare manager and working as a veterinary technician.

While she currently has no pets of her own, she is an amazing “doggie auntie” to her friend’s dogs and she has a passion for learning new things and sharing her animal knowledge with our clients

In her spare time Cindy enjoys our beautiful beaches, firing up the grill and cheering the New York Giants during football season!


Rachel Leeman

Rachel was born in San Diego, CA and raised in Lakeland, Fl. She graduated from Lake Gibson High School as a Certified Medical Assistant and Veterinary Assistant.

Her aspirations are to eventually go to Vet school, but in the meantime she enjoys being a Veterinary technician and educating our clients about their pets and making sure that owners and patients alike have the best possible experience while receiving the medical attention they need.

Rachel’s passion for working with animals shows in the way she bonds with humans and animals alike, and she lives by the quote “I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am”. She currently shares her home with 3 dogs and 1 cat, all rescues, and she enjoys walking trails, kayaking and musical events – with her pets , of course!