Villa Rosa Veterinary Hospital will be closed October 6th - October 10th. We will reopen on Monday, October 11th. For emergencies, please contact Veterinary Emergency Group at (813) 265-4043.

About Wesley Chapel's Best Vet Clinic

About Us

Villa Rosa Veterinary Hospital was founded by Dr. Amanda Esposito Cruz in June of 2020. She developed a wonderful team that is just as passionate about their patients as the owners are for them. This is Wesley Chapel's best veterinary clinic, located just north of Tampa, offering comprehensive, compassionate, and affordable care. This team will be by your side every step of the way as you journey through the lifetime of your beloved family members. Choosing Villa Rosa for your veterinary care is the best decision you can make for your pet!

Dr. Amanda Esposito

Dr. Amanda Esposito Cruz

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Esposito found her love for animals early in life. “As a kid, I had an obsession with Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. I begged my parents, Santa, and anyone that would listen to me, for a Dalmatian puppy. I carried around a stuffed one everywhere, until the day my parents let me pick out “Lucky”. Best day ever of my 9 year old life! Fortunately, my parents also indulged in my desire (read: incessant begging) for hamsters, birds, and of course my “heart cat” Spartacus, that we rescued from a box outside Walmart."

Dr. Esposito was raised in Tampa Bay. She attended the University of South Florida for undergraduate education, majoring in Biomedical Science, while also working as a veterinary assistant at a local hospital. She is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical training at the University of Florida.

Dr. Esposito is a proud member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and American Association of Feline Practitioners. She is also Fear Free Certified and is passionate about providing low-stress handling for her patients.

In 2018, Dr. Esposito joined a committee to begin the Tampa International Airport Police Dog Guardians, a board of members dedicated to providing training and medical care to current and retired police dogs, as well as community education.

Prior to opening Villa Rosa Veterinary Hospital in 2020, Dr. Esposito worked in general practice, emergency medicine, shelter medicine, and provided in home euthanasia and hospice care where she was a cat vet and a dog vet.

Dr. Esposito enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her dog, Dezi, water sports, and Orangetheory. This veterinarian is a big cat lover and embraces the title of crazy cat lady.

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Dr. Rochelle Mester

Veterinarian

Dr. Mester is a Tampa native and has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine for almost 20 years.  She wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember and has had a variety of pets growing up, including dogs, cats, ducks, frogs, fish, an Australian Bearded Dragon named Reptar and a three-legged hamster affectionately called "Tri-pod".

After graduating high school, Dr. Mester attended Auburn University (War Eagle!), where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Zoology and continued on to attend veterinary school there.  She loves all things Auburn and it goes without saying that Dr. Mester is an Auburn tiger through and through!

Dr. Mester is a current member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and is a past president of the Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Society (HCVMS).  She also still currently serves as an HCVMS board member.

In her free time, Dr. Mester stays busy spending time with her husband, two kids, 3 dogs (Charlie, Ella and Bear) and a guinea pig (Fredrick).  As a family, they enjoy travelling and exploring new places, boating and are avid theme park-goers!  Dr. Mester has worked with Dr. Esposito in the past and is very happy to be a part of the Villa Rosa family!

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Tanya Richard

Office Manager

I guess you could say it all started when I was 5 years old. My grandparents got me beagle puppy for Christmas. I was a huge Chipmunks fan and I named him Dale Chip Chambers. I was so in love! I even told my parents I wasn’t going to have children, I was going to have puppies!

Fast forward to 1995 and I graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Agriculture. I moved to Charlotte, NC and worked for a landscape company. After 8 years there and also where I met and married my husband, we decided to move to Tampa, FL. I decided on a career change in 2008 with the encouragement of my best friend and my husband’s blessing with the condition I wouldn’t bring home any pets (yea, right!), I was hired to be the office manager of a brand new pet hospital where I met Dr Amanda. I watched her grow as a technician to the great veterinarian she has become. We both embrace the same values and want what’s best for you and your furbaby!

I am currently the fur mom to Maxwell (a yellow lab) and Duke (chocolate lab). I also have 11 chickens who I adore and love all of their antics! I can’t wait to meet our new clients and get to know each and every one of you. We look forward to adding you to our family!

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Laura

Veterinary Technician

Laura graduated from St. Pete College in 2015 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and has spent the last four years working at a nonprofit veterinary hospital in Tampa. Prior to becoming a veterinary technician, Laura was a special education teacher. She graduated from University of West Florida with her BA degree in education and from University of Southern Mississippi with her Master's of education. Laura taught for many years while traveling and living in Pennsylvania, Korea, Alaska and finally settled down in Tampa. Laura has been married for 11 years and has one son and one dog. Laura enjoys walking her dog, spending time with family and friends, the beach, and being outside when the weather is cooler. When not at work, Laura wishes she was at work! She loves being a veterinary technician and is very happy to be working with Dr. Amanda Esposito.

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Macy

Veterinary Technician

Macy is originally from a small town in northern Iowa; she moved to the Tampa area a little over 3 years ago. In 2015, she graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Wildlife Care. After graduation, Macy worked at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa as a Large Mammal Keeper. Her favorite animal to care for was a male Eastern Black Rhino named “Keanu”. In 2018, she followed family down to central Florida and began working at a small animal hospital; there she found her niche of caring for dogs and cats.

Macy recently moved to the Wesley Chapel area with her fiancé. You can find them spending time at the beach, exploring the state, and hanging out with their two pups and cat. Macy is excited to continue working with Dr. Esposito and be a part of the Wesley Chapel community.

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Julie

Veterinary Technician

Julie graduated from The University of South Florida with a BS in Health Sciences and The University of Memphis with a Master’s in Public Health in 2018. Julie has worked in a shelter, emergency, and general veterinary practices. Over time she has found personalized general veterinary care the most rewarding. Julie’s passion in life is to be an advocate for those who can not speak for themselves.

Julie has been married for 9 years and will have two children by the end of 2021. Her fur baby is a chihuahua mixed named Benny and he enjoys being the king of the house.

Julie's hobbies include making holiday gnomes, hands-on crafts with her daughter, watching movies and traveling to a new place each year for vacation.

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Kelsey

Certified Veterinary Technician

I wanted to work with animals from the beginning. Growing up here in Florida on a dairy farm run by my father, grandparents, and uncle, I always wanted to help with the care of the animals and that sparked my interest in animal medicine. I graduated from Hillsborough County Community College with an Associate in Science in Veterinary Technology and became a Certified Veterinary Nurse. Over the last 8 years, I’ve had experience in Emergency and General Practice and I spend time at a local animal shelter assisting with spay and neuter surgeries. Several years ago, I was able to work with Dr. Amanda Esposito and I was eager to join her team here at Villa Rosa.

My house is full of fur with three dogs and one rabbit. Free time is spent with my large family (some of whom still own beef cattle) and camping/hiking/skating/fishing out of a conversion van with my fiancé.

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Morgan

Veterinary Technician

Morgan graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a BS in Animal Science with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine in 2017.  Her journey in veterinary medicine began when she worked for an emergency veterinary clinic in Louisiana for 5 years throughout college. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Gulfport, Mississippi to work as a vet tech for a general practice clinic and then, The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. This is where she learned she had a love for animals under the sea, especially sea turtles. She holds a special place in her heart for rehabilitation and conservation of marine animals. Her husband and she ultimately decided to settle down in Florida to start their future where she found her way back to caring for cats and dogs by working for Dr. Esposito.

Morgan has two Doberman Pinschers, Bodhi and Bindi, that she is absolutely crazy about. She also has two not-so-furry friends, Bojax and Bean the chameleons. You can find her listening to live music, soaking up the sun, and spending time with her pets and husband in her free time.

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Summer

Veterinary Technician

Summer graduated from Valencia College with her Associate in Science in 2020. She’s continuing her education at the University of South Florida where she is pursuing a BS in Marine Biology, while also working on her Veterinary Technician certification at Penn Foster.

Summer started with a love of marine animals. She has worked at various aquariums, including The Florida Aquarium, Sea Life, and SeaWorld in the education field. She had the opportunity to work in the Rescue and Rehabilitation side at SeaWorld, where she discovered her love for helping animals hands-on. Summer also volunteered with The Marine Science Center to help rehabilitate sea turtles. After meeting her fiancé, who has two golden retrievers that are now her fur babies as well, she fell in love with them and wanted to start working with dogs and cats. She is excited to be working with Dr. Esposito and is happy to work somewhere that she loves. In her free time, she likes to go hiking with her fiancé and two dogs, go to the beach, surf, and scuba dive.

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Dezi

Hospital Greeter and Certified Staff Snuggler

Dezi enjoys greeting clients, napping in mom's office, and protecting the team from the UPS man. Outside of work, he loves the beach, belly rubs, long walks, and always enjoys a good BarkBox.

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