Charles Whitford, DVM and Whitney Whitford, DVM

Charles Whitford, DVM and Whitney Whitford, DVM, have worked in Southwest Florida since graduating from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. In 2003, they purchased the Animal Medical Center of Lehigh Acres. Dr. Charley’s special interests include surgery and preventative care. Dr. Whitney’s special interests are pain management, dental care and senior care.

Outside of work they enjoy camping, running, mountain biking and spending time with family – both human and 4-legged.




Gene A. Rinderknecht, DVM

Dr. Gene Rinderknecht was born and raised on a family farm in Eastern Iowa. After high school in 1965, he attended Iowa State University in pre-veterinary studies, then graduated from veterinary school at Iowa State University in 1972. He has worked in the Chicago and Iowa areas. Since moving to Florida in 1994 he has worked in a variety of practice settings; including private practice and chief of staff in corporate practices.

Dr. Rinderknecht enjoys practicing veterinary medicine and feels very fortunate he has been able to practice in a variety of situations. He is married to Sandi and they have many grandchildren which are scattered over the U.S. He enjoys visiting their grandchildren and love to take cruises. He also enjoys volunteering for a variety of community organizations. Dr. Rinderknecht also enjoys gardening and history, especially when it pertains to World War II. He feels very fortunate to be part of the Animal Medical Center of Lehigh Acres team.



Marie – Certified Veterinary Technician

Marie graduated from St. Petersburg College as a Certified Veterinary Technician in June 2001, and joined our team in July 2003. She has been involved in veterinary medicine all of her life and followed in her mothers footsteps by becoming a CVT. She began volunteering at a veterinary hospital when she was in sixth grade. Marie has one dog named Mocha and two cats names Mayhem and Havoc.


Regina – Technician

Regina is a Fort Myers native and started with AMC March of 2019. She has been a vet tech since 2004. She enjoys living with her 7 cats and 2 dogs. When she is not working she likes spending time with her family and taking every opportunity to enjoy beautiful Southwest Florida.


Brittany – Exam Room Technician & Assistant

Brittany joined our AMC team in June of 2016. She has three dogs named Bella, Claire, and Spawn and a rescue cat named Gina. Brittany is currently enrolled in school to become a certified veterinary technician. She enjoys photography and the beach in her free time.


Erica – Exam Room Technician

Originally from Massachusetts Erica moved to Fort Myers in 2005. She has been a vet tech since 2001. She enjoys helping clients learn how to be the best pet owners that they can be. She lives with her daughter one dog and two cats.


Kyle – Technician

Kyle joined AMC in December 2019. He has a background in emergency veterinary medicine. Kyle’s skill set is a great addition to our already extraordinary technician team. We are very excited to have him.


Veterinary Assistants


Cyndy – Surgery Assistant, Exam Room Assistant

Cyndy was a long-term client and joined our team in 2005 to help care for all of our four-legged guests. She has five daughters and six grandchildren. She grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania. After marrying, she worked in a nursing home as a nurse assistant, then a physical therapy assistant, then finally in medical records. She loves cooking (and does an awesome job at it), sewing, crocheting, and chocolate. She takes amazing care of all our four-legged guests. Cyndy makes hand-made quilts and dog beds-raffle tickets are available and proceeds go to our AMC rescue fund.


Jared – Surgery Assistant & Exam Room Assistant

Jared joined AMC August of 2019. He has attended Cape Coral Technical College to become a certified veterinary assistant. He was born in Miami and has lived here since he was 4 years old. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and TV shows.


Sue – Exam Room Assistant, Hospital Assistant

Sue first joined the AMC team August 2019 as a receptionist and has worked in all areas of the hospital assisting where she is needed. She enjoys horseback riding and spending time with family. As a lifelong animal lover, Sue currently has 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 horses. One of her favorite things about Animal Medical Center of Lehigh Acres is interacting with the animals we care for.


Robin – Exam Room Assistant, Hospital Assistant

Robin has been with AMC since July of 2018. She enjoys making pets feel refreshed after a relaxing day of pampering. She also enjoys spending time with her family in the many adventures they go on.


Skylynn – Exam Room Assistant & Hospital Assistant

Skylynn graduated from Veterinary Technical Institute in 2020 with hopes to further her studies to become a Veterinary Technician. She has 3 cats and 2 dogs and loves spending time with them.

When she’s not at work, she enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend, working on her cars and going to all sorts of car shows and events.


Kalib – Exam Room Assistant, Hospital Assistant

Kalib joined AMC August of 2019. He was born and raised in Fort Myers. He has been working with dogs since 2013 and loves every minute of it. He has 4 dogs and 2 sheep currently, but there is always room for more!


Administration and Receptionists


Dawn – Inventory Manager, Bookkeeper, Adoption Coordinator

Dawn has been with AMC since March of 2006. She has worked in all areas of the hospital, started out as a receptionist, learned, and moved on to be a veterinary technician. She has a daughter who is a Veterinarian here at AMC. Currently, she has 2 dogs,  Nikki and Scarface, 1 cat Fergus, but has been known to take in a stray or two. Dawn is currently working in the Administrative area.


Shannon – Lead Receptionist

Shannon joined our AMC team in September 2015. She was born and raised in Miami and recently moved to Fort Myers. Shannon has a Pit Bull named Choppa. Shannon enjoys working out and traveling.


Vicki – Receptionist

Vicki joined the AMC team in June of 2003. She has a wonderful husband, 3 children, and 6 grandchildren. Vicki has 1 dog named Pinky, 2 cats named Cookie and Sunny, and 1 Pot Belly pig named Baby.


Wendy – Receptionist

Wendy, having many years experience as a veterinary receptionist, has her Associates in Science majoring in Medical Administration, and joined our AMC team in 2008. She has a soft spot for senior pets, but senior Pugs have a special place in her heart. Wendy and her husband of 30 years enjoy hanging out at home with their 3 senior Pugs, senior Cocker Spaniel, and their adult Pug who keeps the household jumping. Both Wendy and her husband are also Disney fans and enjoy the occasional trip to Orlando, visiting the Walt Disney World Resort area.


Lacy – Receptionist

Lacy joined the AMC team in March of 2016. She grew up in Indiana until she was 17, then moved to Southwest Florida to be closer to her family. Her love of all animals brought her to the veterinary industry. She enjoys spending her free time with her fiance, son, and their boxer, Queenie.


Alexis – Receptionist

Alexis joined AMC in January of this year. Her background is in customer service. Her passion for animals and makes her a great addition to our team.


Emily – Receptionist

Emily has been with AMC since July of 2017. She currently has a Corgi named Cooper and a cat she adopted through AMC named Dunkin. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and family.


Amanda – Receptionist, Social Media Coordinator

Amanda joined our team again in January 2021. She worked at AMC from 2012 to 2017. Amanda has a passion for native Florida wildlife and is knowledgeable on most bird species . She enjoys outdoor activities and learning/reading. We are happy to have Amanda back on our team.