About Our Northeast St. Pete Veterinarians


Dr. Mark Scribano

Chief of Staff and Veterinarian - D.V.M.

Dr. Mark Scribano studied at the University of Florida. He thereby acquired his B.A. in 1983, completed two years of post-graduate studies, and was finally awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1989. Also, he is a member and officer of numerous local, regional, and national veterinary and community organizations, subsequently becoming a St. Petersburg recommended vet.

Dr. Scribano’s out of office activities include spending time with his family, working in the yard, and fishing. He is the owner of Northeast Animal Hospital and its sister practice, Downtown St. Pete Vet Clinic . Further, he sees dogs, cats, and exotics with special interest in laser surgery and cold laser therapy for acute and chronic pain management.

We are very proud of our entire staff and their work to care for the health of St. Petersburg pets! Moreover, our testimonial reviews highlight the professional attention and affection we devote to your animal companions.


Dr. Ginger Benham

Medical Director and Staff Veterinarian - D.V.M.

Dr. Benham graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Later, she went on to complete a year-long internship outside of Boston, Massachusetts with the MSPCA – Angell Animal Medical Center, a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine. She thus became well versed in emergency and critical care medicine among other skills. After completing her internship, she moved to the Washington DC area and went on to practice for 5 years at an award-winning small-animal hospital in Arlington, Virginia.

Feeling it was time for a change of pace and scenery, Dr. Benham began looking for a city that offered a great quality of life, and a hospital where she could practice the high standard of veterinary medicine that she insists upon. By and by, she chose St. Petersburg, and Northeast Animal Hospital, to put down new roots and continue her personal and professional growth. She has been with us since 2011 and truly feels St. Petersburg is home.

Dr. Benham's special area of medical interest is veterinary dentistry. Because of this, she has extensive additional training in this field and sees it as a personal mission to help eliminate dental pain and pathology in her patients. Dr. Benham also enjoys internal medicine and cardiology. In addition, she has been a member of several local and national veterinary organizations. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Benham received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Miami University (Ohio) in 2001.

When she's not working, you can find her on a jet-ski, or at home with her husband Lucas and their beloved pets—their dog Kenzie and their cat Pirate Booty.

Dr. Simone Sanin

Dr. Simone Sanin

Staff Veterinarian - D.V.M.

Dr. Simone Sanin is a graduate of St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, and she completed her clinical year at the University of Florida. Later, was inducted into the Phi Zeta Honor Society, an achievement that highlights her dedication and excellence in veterinary medicine. Dr. Sanin is also Fear-Free Certified and feels a trip to the vet shouldn’t be a negative experience for pets.

She takes pride in helping pets feel as comfortable as possible whether it’s for a bi-annual check-up or serious illness. She chose to practice small animal general medicine because she loves being a big part of her patient’s lives and strives to practice high quality preventative medicine to keep pets (and their families!) happy and healthy.

Dr. Sanin is a Miami native who is fluent in Spanish. In time, she relocated to St. Pete because she enjoys its slower pace, bustling downtown, and beautiful beaches. When she’s not working in the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family, biking, doing just about anything involving the sea—from laying out on the beach to scuba diving—and growing her newly-formed succulent garden!


Dr. Amanda Brezicki

Staff Veterinarian - D.V.M.

Dr. Amanda Brezicki is a Florida native born and raised in Orlando. She attended the University of Florida where she was involved in surgery and shelter medicine clubs. Further, she was president of the Companion Animal Club, which focuses on dentistry and behavior, and traveled to South Africa and Honduras on outreach trips.

Her professional interests include preventive medicine and client education, nutrition, behavior, dermatology, and soft tissue surgery. She is Fear Free Certified as well, and strives to support the human-animal bond by taking care of people—by caring for their pets.

Dr. Brezicki has one dog, Ollie, pictured in her photo, who always looks serious but is a complete "goober"! Outside of work she enjoys doing anything outside. For example, she loves the beach, water sports, hiking, biking, and gardening (she's a major plant-mom!). Accordingly, she’s really excited to explore all that St. Pete has to offer and get to know clients in the community!

Dr. Alanna Munzenmaier at Northeast Animal Hospital

Dr. Alanna Munzenmaier

Staff Veterinarian - D.V.M.

Dr. Alanna Munzenmaier is excited to join Northeast Animal Hospital in January 2022. She grew up in Connecticut, then attended Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. She graduated from University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014, then returned to Connecticut to work as an associate veterinarian in Norwich and Guilford.

Her special interests include ophthalmology, dentistry, and internal medicine. She lives in St. Petersburg with her cat Nacho. She enjoys horseback riding, kayaking, museums, music, and travel.

Dr. VanderBrand at Northeast Animal Hospital

Dr. Alphons VandenBrand

Staff Veterinarian - D.V.M.

Dr. Alphons VandenBrand provides a wide variety of specialty surgical services to Northeast Animal Hospital. For instance, he performs surgeries here at Northeast Animal Hospital—with our staff veterinarians providing pre- and post-operative care—in an environment that our patients and their owners are familiar and comfortable with.

Dr. VandenBrand graduated from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 1993. Later, he attended the University of Florida in his senior year as part of his rotation, and he has been practicing in the Tampa Bay Area since 1994. He enjoys surgery, particularly orthopedics. In addition, Dr. VandenBrand is also involved in the annual "Vets for Belize Pets" mission, a free spay/neuter/vaccine clinic for the animals of impoverished plantation workers in Belize.

Outside the surgery suite, he enjoys working with his hands, doing things such as home improvements, woodworking, and working on his vehicles. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, skiing, and racing cars. Further, he and his wife enjoy the company of their pets which currently include one dog, two cats, and three horses. They acquired all but one through rescue.