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, Stephanie, have two ‘Cavapoos’ named Ginger and Ruby, as well as Raven, a Blue Bay Shepherd, 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 and twins, Ben & Olivia.
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.
Nancy was born and raised in South Florida. She joined our wonderful team in 2015. She got the Bachelor of Science from Florida International University in 2019. Although she does not have any pets of her own at home, she has a very special bond with ‘Patches’, one of our very own hospital cats.
Bert started working with Sandy, our former groomer, in 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, Jersey & Hennessy, and a cat named Willow.
Originally from Massachusetts, Lisa joined our team in March of 2018. She has a beautiful 7 year old Lab mix named Kody. She enjoys taking care of the granddaughter in her spare time.
Lisa is originally from Chicago. She moved to South Florida in 2019 and was originally one of our clients. She officially joined our team in October of 2021. She has two cats and has fostered many more over the years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach and visiting her three grandchildren. Her lifelong love and compassion for animals is evident with each patient that comes into our hospital.