Veterinary Specialty Hospital – Doctors
Jorg Bucheler, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM), ECVIM
Dr. Jorg Bucheler, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (IM), Diplomate ECVIM-CA, has 25 years of veterinary experience at universities, specialty practices, and emergency/critical care centers. He has completed Residency Programs in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he co-authored the ‘Vertebral Heart Scale’, and Internal Medicine at Tufts University. Following his training, he started a research program at UPenn’s Section of Medical Genetics and was awarded the first NIH-Transfusion Medicine Academic Award Fellowship program. His research focused on blood group systems and transfusion reactions, and resulted in his doctorate degree.
Dr. Bucheler has lectured locally, nationally and internationally. He has published more than 17 original research papers in peer-reviewed veterinary medical and medical journals, 29 scientific convention papers, and 19 chapters in veterinary teaching books. He was recognized nationally for his clinical work and research, including the prestigious AAVC Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Service, and Research, and the ACVIM Award for Outstanding Research. He has developed and published the Vertebral Heart Scale method in dogs.
After his training, he became Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, followed by a professorship at Ross University, where he was also promoted to Director of Clinical Operations. He was a visiting lecturer at the University of Tennessee, as well as a staff consultant for several veterinary ultrasonography and cardiology telemedicine companies. Dr. Bucheler has worked in private specialty practice in North Carolina, New York, and Florida.
Kristin Cameron, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Kristin Cameron is a board-certified specialist in small animal internal medicine. A Florida native, Dr. Cameron grew up in Jupiter, FL and attended veterinary school at the University of Florida. After graduating in 2006, she went on to complete an internship at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals followed by a residency and master’s degree at Virginia Tech. During her time there, she conducted and published research in endocrinology.
From 2010-2015, Dr. Cameron worked at a specialty hospital in Syracuse, New York. She is now happily returned to the warmer weather of her home state to join the medical team at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital. Dr. Cameron has experience treating a wide of variety of internal medicine conditions.
Maria Vianna, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Maria Vianna is a board-certified Specialist in Surgery (Diplomate, ACVS), and has over 10 years of experience in specialty practice settings. After her clinical training at North Carolina State University, she was awarded an Internship position at the University of Tennessee. She then completed a Residency in Veterinary Surgery, followed by staff surgeon positions in Florida and New York before starting VSH.
Dr. Vianna has published original research in veterinary orthopedics (Development of a crimp-clamp method for extracapsular cruciate repair) and soft tissue surgery at the University of North Carolina and the University of Tennessee. She has lectured on many topics of surgery, and written several chapters for veterinary text books. Dr. Vianna is an expert in orthopedics and specialized soft tissue and oncologic surgery.
Patrick Flynn, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Patrick Flynn is a graduate of West Virginia University where he earned his BA in Biology. He received his DVM from St. George’s University (2006) with three academic years spent in Grenada and the 4th year at the University of Illinois. During his time in Grenada, Hurricane Ivan devastated the island causing severe destruction and evacuation of the students. Patrick took a 6-month leave of absence and stayed in Grenada to help run an emergency veterinary hospital and mobile service for animals in the country side. He also volunteered at the human hospital and helped rebuild homes, churches, and orphanages.
After graduation, Patrick accepted a faculty position at St. George’s for two years. He then returned to the United States to complete five additional years of training including a rotating internship at the University of Missouri (2009), a surgical internship at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists (2010) in Colorado, and finally a 3-year surgical residency at SAGE, a four hospital practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. SAGE supported 15 surgeons as well as multiple other specialists including neurologists, internists, oncologists, and cardiologists allowing for intense multidiscipline training to compliment his surgical skills. Patrick completed his residency in July, 2013 and received
accreditation with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2015. Patrick worked as a surgeon in California for approximately 5 years before moving to southern Florida to be closer to his family. In addition to his residency training and initial employment in California, Patrick was also a surgeon for the Marin County Marine Mammal Center. Patrick spends a large portion of his free time doing relief and charity work and he received an award from the California Veterinary Medical Association for his emergency relief work following the devastating forest fires in 2015.
Patrick is proficient in both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery with a focus on soft tissue reconstructive procedures following severe trauma or tumor removal and minimally invasive procedures including arthroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and fluoroscopic-assisted fracture repair.
When he is not practicing, Patrick enjoys snowboarding, surfing, endurance training, fishing, and most importantly, snuggling on the couch with his dog, Sky.
LeeAnn Ablin, DVM, DACVS
After graduating from Vassar College, I attended Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. I then completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical center in NYC, followed by a residency in surgery at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. Following the residency, I remained a staff surgeon at Angell Memorial, a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University, and became board certified in veterinary surgery. During my tenure in Boston, I was very active in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, speaking, teaching and publishing on a national and local level. When my husband was lured by a job in sunny, warm Florida, my family moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, where I had a mobile veterinary surgery practice for 4 years. He was then lured to another company in Chicago, where I worked as a referral surgeon in specialty practice; and we raised our two daughters. We were so fortunate to come back to Florida as soon as we became “empty nesters”. In addition to surgery, I am certified in rehab. therapy and acupuncture.
I have two miniature Dachshunds and four horses. In my spare time I enjoy being with my four legged friends, playing golf, running and cycling. I am humbled and grateful for the dedicated pet owners we have in this area. I look forward to meeting many more fur babies and doing my best to help them.
Rosanne (Rose) Peters, DVM, CVA, DACVIM (Neurology & Neurosurgery)
Dr. Rose Peters graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 followed by a rotating internship in medicine and surgery with the VCA specialty hospital group in the Chicago area. She moved south to work as an emergency veterinarian in the New Orleans area for nearly 4 years during which time she advanced to work as the lead doctor of the ER department. Neurology has always been her passion, however, and she left New Orleans in 2010 to pursue a Neurology & Neurosurgery internship with Veterinary Surgical Centers in Vienna, Virginia followed by a 3-year Neurology/Neurosurgery residency at the University of Florida. Dr. Peters is board-certified in veterinary neurology and also holds the ACVIM certification in Neurosurgery. After obtaining her board certification, Dr. Peters spent some time developing a neurology service with the Medvet specialty group in New Orleans. Her special areas of interest include refractory seizure management, inflammatory diseases of the nervous system, feline neurological disorders, and neurosurgery of the brain and spine. Dr. Peters focuses on practicing with compassion and understanding. She is committed to helping owners to understand their pet’s disease in order to make informed decisions for medical care, and believes in taking a team-approach with owners, referral partners, and other specialties to provide the best care possible for her patients.
Ursula Oberkirchner, DVM, DACVD, DECVD
Dr. Ursula Oberkirchner (Dr. Ursula), DrVetMed, Diplomate ACVD and ECVD, grew up in the beautiful city of Salzburg, Austria. After obtaining her veterinary degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, she completed a 2-year doctoral thesis in dermatology at that same university. In 2008, Dr. Ursula moved to the United States to complete a 3-year residency program in investigative and clinical dermatology at North Carolina State University. In 2011, Dr. Ursula became board certified with the European and American Colleges of Veterinary Dermatology. Since then, Dr. Ursula has worked as faculty at the University of Florida’s dermatology service, in private practice in Massachusetts and for an animal health company.
Dr. Ursula is passionate about animals and dermatology and she recognizes the impact skin diseases, such as skin allergies and skin and ear infections, can have on the quality of life of her patients and their families, who care for their four-legged family members with love and compassion. Dr. Ursula is dedicated to tailoring each step of the diagnostic and treatment plan to your and your pet’s specific needs and desires.
Dr. Ursula’s special interests include skin allergies, ear diseases, as well as endocrine, metabolic and neoplastic skin diseases.
Nathan Lippo, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Nathan Lippo is originally from southeast Michigan, just south of Detroit. He graduated with honors from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. He went on to complete a 13-month internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, and then worked as an emergency veterinarian at a progressive specialty referral hospital in Rhode Island.
In July of 2008, Dr. Lippo completed a residency in emergency and critical care at Veterinary Referral Associates in Maryland, and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC).
Dr. Lippo enjoys all aspects of critical care medicine with special interest in pain management, trauma, critical anesthesia, surgery, cardiac emergencies, and mechanical ventilation. During his free time, Dr. Lippo is an outdoor enthusiast and is especially passionate about traveling.
Dr. Lippo is very excited about joining with the excellent team of emergency clinicians and specialists at VSH to provide top level critical care for our community.
Stavros Pavlides, DVM
Board Eligible ACVECCS
Dr. Pavlides is originally from Cyprus. He completed his bachelor’s degree in the United States and Australia. After a year of doing research in Boston he attended veterinary school at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. After graduating in 2009, he completed two internships, the first at NIVES specialty hospital in Indiana and the second ay AVS – Maitland in Orlando. He later worked for 5 years as an emergency doctor, before going back to academia.
In 2019, he completed a three year residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Florida. Dr. Pavlides has a special interest in ventilation therapy and trauma. His time off he enjoys spending with his family and he loves fishing.
Kate Raymond, DVM
Dr Kate Raymond, DVM, is a graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed an internship in emergency medicine, and has practiced in Maryland and Florida since. Special interests include emergency medicine and ophthalmology.
A native of northern Vermont and New England, she supports all Boston teams, but with most enthusiasm, the Boston Red Sox. While missing mountains and snowball fights, she does prefer the warm sunny beaches of Florida with her three dogs and cat.
Josh Harrell, DVM
Josh Harrell, DVM, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, he worked in small animal general practices in South Carolina and Tennessee. While working part time at a local emergency clinic in Tennessee, he cultivated a passion for emergency medicine.
Dr. Harrell was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of Memphis for his undergraduate studies. After spending several years in Tennessee, he decided it was time to move back to the east coast. He enjoys kayaking, fishing, and beach trips in his free time. He is currently living with his girlfriend, their 3 cats (Boots, Pudge and Stella), rabbit (Dutchess), and fish (Carl).
Lora Howell, DVM
Dr Lora Howell is a graduate from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating she completed an internship in Baltimore, MD. She then moved to Santa Fe, NM where she practiced for a few years in general medicine before focusing on emergency.
She was born, bred and raised in a small town in upstate NY on a horse farm, where she developed her love of helping animals. After living in the southwest for several years she returned to the east coast and moved to Florida to be closer to her family. On her time off she loves riding her horse, Cassino, going to the beach and traveling to new places. She currently lives with her boyfriend and their Rottweiler, Mimi.
Joshua Pierce, DVM
Josh is a native Floridian; he grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He completed his undergraduate degree at Florida State University. As a veterinary technician, he was exposed to many veterinary medicine paradigms and became interested in Emergency Medicine. He got his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Mississippi State University where his interest in surgery and emergency medicine was advanced. He has practiced in Emergency Medicine since graduating.
Josh is dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care to pets in need. He strives to remain well rounded, current, and compassionate.
Josh returned to Florida to get back to the ocean, friends, and family. His hobbies include cooking, biking, boating, fishing, and various water sports. He has been a devoted Florida State sports fan since childhood. He has one dog, a whippet mix, named Trudi.
Erica Bickel, DVM
Dr. Bickel is a Florida native, being born and raised in Palm Beach County. She graduated with a bachelor of science in Biology from University of Central Florida, followed by her doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. During her time at Auburn, she traveled to rural areas of Alabama, Nicaragua, and Peru for veterinary relief projects. Dr. Bickel did a 6 month internship with a focus on surgery, and has been practicing as an emergency veterinarian since graduation from veterinary school. She enjoys working closely with the specialists to provide the best care possible to each family and their pet. Besides working and traveling, she enjoys spending time outside with her dogs, being at the barn with her horse, and any opportunity to be around the water.
Michael Gerber, DVM
Dr. Mike Gerber is a seasoned veterinarian with ten years of experience in both multi-specialty referral hospitals as well as general practice clinics. After graduating from Western University of Health Sciences in the top 10% of his class, he was awarded an internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. Following this 13 month internship, he has worked in emergency/specialty hospitals in both Florida and Massachusetts.
He most recently owned and operated a full service house call practice in the greater Boston area. Dr. Gerber’s professional interests include all areas of emergency and critical care, but specifically shock and sepsis. He also enjoys internal medicine and dentistry. When not working, Dr. Gerber enjoys spending time with his husband, Eric, his son, Avi, and his daughter, Noa. Together they enjoy traveling in their RV, going to Disney and lounging by the pool. Dr. Gerber has four dogs- three papillons and one toy poodle.
Together, we offer a unique spread of complementing experiences and expertise, at the highest standards possible in Veterinary Medicine.