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Abel M. Lera, D.V.M.

Born and raised of Cuban descent in Miami, FL, with a constant love for animals, Dr. Lera obtained his Bachelor Degree from the University of Florida and became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University in 2008. Dr. Lera has been in private practice since he assumed full responsibility of Heron Lakes Animal Hospital in 2013. Dr. Lera and his wife have two "Cavapoos" named Ginger and Ruby who they love very much. He is always motivated through constant self improvement and positive psychology. In his free time he enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with his wife.

Esmeralda Diaz, Veterinary Technician Manager

Esmeralda (better known as Essy) is originally from Los Angeles, California before moving to Florida in 2000. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2001 and we are greatful that she embarked on a new journey with us in 2015. She has two dogs, Munchkin and Dancer, and two cats, Blade and Trixie.

Egidio Caruso, Veterinary Technician Manager

Egidio (better known as "E") was born in Venezuela before moving to Wyoming in. He joined our team as a technician's assistant in September of 2014. Egidio learned his love for animals at a young age and worked very hard and fast to join our Management team in June of 2016. His passion for animals and professionalism has made him a valuable team member.

Nancy Louima, Veterinary Technician

Nancy has been a veterinary technician since 2011. She loves all animals, especially puppies and has a parakeet named Cher. She joined our team in November of 2015. When she isn’t at work she enjoys to eat, sleep, and watch movies. She is currently enrolled in school for her Degree as a Nutritionist.

Jamie-Lee Giannamore, Veterinary Technician

Jamie was born and raised in Connecticut. She has been in the veterinary field for over 10 years and joined our team in June of 2016. She has one dog, CJ. On her free time, she loves spending time with her family, exercising, watching football, spending time at the beach, and traveling. Jamie is excited o grow with our team and make her family proud.

McKenzie Knudsen, Veterinary Technician

McKenzie was raised in Coral Springs, FL. She has been in the veterinary field for four years and absolutely loves it! She has two cats and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, and viewing different types of art. She has been a part of our team since November 2016 and can't wait to become certified!

Stephanie Kennedy, Integrations Manager

Stephanie grew up volunteering at Animal Care & Regulations and Humane Society since 2001 until she got a job at an animal hospital in 2008. She joined our team in June of 2016 as a Client Care Specialist and has proven consistent efforts to join our Management team in August of 2016. When not at work she loves to travel and take care of her four-legged family members.

Jamie Tresky, Client Care Specialist

Jamie was born and raised in Florida. She joined our team in August of 2016. She has one dog, Griffin, a black Lab. Although she loves to live in the moment, she loves spending her free time with her daughter and her husband.

Sonia Hosn, Client Care Specialist

Sonia was born and raised in South Florida. This is her first opportunity to work in the veterinary field and she absolutely loves it! She has three cats, Clyde, Kit-Kat, and Crash, and one dog, Milo. Sonia is an active person. When she is not working she likes to spend time with her family and friends. She also enjoys yoga and being outdoors. Although she has her degree, she hopes to return back to school to become a veterinarian and would love to travel more. Sonia has been with us since January 2017. 

Valeria Dos Santos, Veterinary Technician Assistant/Kennel Attendant

Valeria was born in Cali, Columbia, raised in Coral Springs, FL. She joined our team as a volunteer in the summer of 2015, working her way up to a technician assistant. She has a Yorkie named Max. She loves to play beach volleyball in her free time and plans to continue her education to become a successful veterinarian. 

Max Klimuk, Veterinary Technician Assistant/Kennel Attendant

Max has been in the veterinary field since 2015. He joined our team as a technician's assistant in 2016. He has Siberian Husky named Maya who lives in Lithuania. In his free time he likes to watch comedy shows, engage in outdoor activities, and traveling.

Ashli Gamache, Volunteer

Sandy Denesha, Groomer


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