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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Christine Ashman is a doctor in our emergency medicine service. She is kneeling down next to a large brown and white dog.
Christine Ashman
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Christine Ashman
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Christine Ashman particularly enjoys treating feline urinary obstructions, diabetic ketoacidosis, gastroenteritis and Addisonian cases.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Ashman’s favorite pastimes include billiards, working out and spending time with her husband and daughter. The family has a mixed breed dog, Star, and two cats, Othello and Seelie.
Photo coming soon.
Edward Baker
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Edward Baker
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Baker is driven to help the critically ill patients. He is eager to help those with traumatic injuries or acute symptoms.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts and Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Toledo, OH
Dr. Baker’s hobbies include martial arts, DnD, salsa dancing, and video games. He and his fiancée have 3 dogs and a cat at home.
Dr. Taylor Bernardo is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Taylor Bernardo
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Taylor Bernardo
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Bernardo is drawn to the kind of diseases that most people shy away from. Her research on parasites like Cryptosporidium while she studied canine populations in Grenada furthered an interest in treating abscesses, pythiosis and cuterebras.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville
When she’s not treating pets at the hospital, Dr. Bernardo prefers to go to the beach or spend her time hiking, fishing, painting or with friends. At home, she dotes on her two cats, snake, and four chickens with her long-term partner.
Dr. Athena Font is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a black pig.
Athena Font
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Athena Font
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Athena Font’s clinical interests include oncology, auto-immune diseases and infectious diseases.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Florida International University, Miami
Dr. Font runs a small farm with cows, horses, an emu and chickens. She also has a number of pets: four dogs, three cats, and several tortoises and snakes. She enjoys traveling and cooking.
Dr. Eric Herman is a doctor in our surgery service.
Eric Herman
DVM
Surgery
Eric Herman
DVM
Surgery
Servicing Locations
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets, Worthington OH
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
Dr. Theresa Hess is a doctor in our surgery service.
Theresa Hess
DVM
Surgery
Theresa Hess
DVM
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Theresa Hess is particularly interested in soft tissue procedures, surgical oncology, reconstructive surgery and regenerative medicine, including platelet-rich plasma, and stem cell therapy. She also finds neurologic, airway and endocrine surgeries rewarding.
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, NV
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, NV
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biochemistry & Biology, McDaniel College, Westminster MD
After playing four years of college basketball and making three NCAA tournament appearances, Dr. Hess still loves the sport. She also enjoys playing tennis, racquetball and volleyball, reading, hiking, water sports, and arts and crafts. Blake and Haley are her two Labrador retrievers.
Dr. Elizabeth Luria is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a brown dog wearing a cone.
Elizabeth Luria
MS, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Elizabeth Luria
MS, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elizabeth Luria's favorite cases to treat include wounds, feline urethral obstruction, toxicities and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE), otherwise known as vomiting and bloody diarrhea. She is also interested in ultrasound in the emergency setting.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Master of Science, Analytical Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Luria enjoys time outside particularly kayaking, hiking and horseback riding. She and her husband have two dogs, four cats and a rabbit.
Dr. Kenneth Mitchell is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. He is holding a yellow labroador.
Kenneth Mitchell
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Kenneth Mitchell
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Mitchell has a desire to help cancer patients. He is also intrigued by exotic and “pocket” pets.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Neurobiology, University of Texas, Austin
When Dr. Mitchell is off duty, he spends his time writing, performing music, reading and spending time with his fiancée and two cats Ben and Stephen.
Dr. Meriam Molstad is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding two hairless cats.
Meriam Molstad
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Meriam Molstad
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Meriam Molstad’s interests include feline medicine and improving end of life care. She also has a special enthusiasm for teaching, both support staff and fellow doctors.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Most of Dr. Molstad's free time is spent riding her horse. She also enjoys kayaking, exploring springs, and repairing the destruction caused by her multiple hairless cats. A frequent traveler, she is passionate about supporting our National Parks.
Dr. Madeline Orcutt is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Madeline Orcutt
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Madeline Orcutt
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Orcut has a passion for rehabilitative medicine including acupuncture and laser therapy. She has seen how these treatments made a difference in overall pain management for her patients. She also enjoys performing dental procedures on patients. Dental disease is very common with our furry companions, so she finds it gratifying when she can provide dental services, even if it’s just a cleaning.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
When Dr. Orcut isn’t in the hospital, she enjoys taking her French Bulldog, Duncan, for a walk or going to the gym. It’s important to her to keep an active lifestyle but enjoys relaxing as well. At home she also has a cat named Zippo.
Dr. Lauren Proctor Brown is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Lauren Proctor-Brown
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Lauren Proctor-Brown
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lauren Proctor-Brown enjoys caring for the needs of critical patients and seeing them discharged healthy to the care of their owners.
  • Internship, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington KY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Equine Business & Biology, University of Louisville, KY
As an avid horsewoman, Dr. Proctor-Brown competes in the equestrian sports of Polo, Show Jumping and Eventing. She is often found with her border collie Caligo.
Photo coming soon.
Katrina Toshach
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Katrina Toshach
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Katrina Toshach enjoys all aspects of internal medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing