Meet Our Team

  • Abel M. Lera, DVM

    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
    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
    Veterinary Technician Manager

    Egidio (better known as 'E') was born in Venezuela before moving to Wyoming. 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
    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
    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.

  • Valeria
    Veterinary Technician Assistant/Kennel Assistant

    Valeria was born in Cali, Colombia, 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.

  • Sandra, CVT
    Veterinary Technician

    Sandra joined our staff in 2013. She started working with animals in 1992. Since then, her passion and love for them has infinitely grown. She has specialized experience in neurology, oncology and oral surgery. She and her husband love fostering and rehoming Australian Cattle dogs. They have two of them, Matilda & Ash, both rescues.

  • Bert
    Veterinary Technician Assistant/Kennel Assistant

    Bert has been working with Sandy, our groomer, since 2014. Then, in 2017, she joined our full staff at Heron Lakes Animal Hospital. She is originally from New Jersey and moved to Florida in 2013. She has two dogs, Hennessy & Jersey, and a cat named Willow. 

  • Lisa
    Client Care Specialist

    Originally from Massachusetts, Lisa joined our team in March of 2018. She has a beautiful 7 year old Lab mix named Kody. 

  • Sandy

    Coming soon.

  • Ashli

    Coming soon.


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Location & Hours


Office Hours


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7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


9:00 am-1:00 pm