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.

Jessica Mobley, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Jessica Mobley is a native of Atlanta, GA. Dr. Mobley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from the University of Georgia. She also received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 2012. The following year, she completed a one-year rotating internship at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. She went on to complete a residency in Oncology at the University of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Board-certification in Medical Oncology under the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine was also awarded in 2016. She spent the last six years establishing a thriving oncology service in Atlanta, where she served as specialty medical director and veterinary student extern advisor. Outside of work, Dr. Mobley enjoys spending time with her three dogs and being active with yoga, running, paddle boarding, and hiking. She is excited to move to Florida to join VSH and provide oncology services to the area!

Kaitlyn Peden, DVM – Practice Limited to Dermatology

Dr. Kaitlyn Peden obtained her veterinary degree from Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018 (Go Hokies!). Following graduation, she went on to complete a rotating internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC. Dr. Peden always knew she wanted to pursue a specialty career in Dermatology since she grew up with a very allergic Cocker Spaniel and wanted to help others with their allergic pets. After completing her rotating internship in 2019, Dr. Peden was accepted to a specialty internship in Dermatology at Cornell. Since she had such a great experience, she stayed there for a Dermatology residency. Never a fan of winter and snow, she decided to move to warm and sunny Florida and join the VSH team. She enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.

Janet Roque-Torres, DVM, MS – Practice Limited to Internal Medicine

Dr. Janet Roque-Torres is trained in small animal internal medicine. She is originally from Miami, Florida where she received her bachelor’s in biology from Florida International University. She then received her veterinary degree from Purdue University and then completed an internship at the University of Tennesee before returning back to Purdue University for her dual residency and Master’s degree. During her time at Purdue, her research was focused on canine blood transfusions.

Dr. Roque-Torres is returning home to south Florida where her special interests include interventional procedures as well as infectious diseases. When not working, Dr. Roque-Torres enjoys reading, paddle boarding ad going for runs.

Veterinary Specialty Hospital – ER

Josh Harrell, DVM – ER

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. After spending several years in Tennessee after school, he decided it was time to move back to the east coast and pursue emergency medicine full time. He enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening, and exploring local waterways on his paddleboard in his spare time.

Nicole Locher, DVM – ER

Dr. Nicole Locher got her start as a Veterinary Technician in both emergency and general medicine. She enjoyed this for ten years before earning her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University. Dr. Nicole then completed her clinical year at the Purdue University of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Nicole enjoys the challenges that veterinary medicine has to offer. When Dr. Nicole is not helping our pets stay healthy, you might find her reading the Gunslinger Series or any Harry Potter novel. She also enjoys taking her dog Marley for a walk or spending quality time with friends and family. Maybe you will find her watching the Steelers play a little football or one of her favorite movies, Aliens. She would like to visit the Galapagos Islands someday and believes that “Life is divine chaos. Embrace it!”

Leeann Strauss, DVM – ER

Dr. Strauss obtained her veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Her clinical training was completed at Colorado State University. She then completed a rotating internship at Coral Springs Animal Hospital and a surgical internship at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. Dr. Strauss spent the past three years working in specialty medicine alongside medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and internists in Fort Worth, Texas, at Veterinary Specialists of North Texas. She has a strong interest in surgical oncology and plans on pursuing a surgical residency in the near future.

Dr. Strauss has returned home to sunny South Florida to join our team as an Emergency Veterinarian. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her miniature Australian shepherd, Gilley Peg. Most of her days off are spent training at the barn for her next horse show. You can find her at the beach or an Auburn football game when she’s not riding War Eagle.

Lorelei Lanum, DVM, MPH – ER

Dr. Lanum obtained her veterinary degree from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 and her Master’s Degree of Public Health Practice from the University of Massachusetts in 2012. She also holds a Master’s of Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s of Sociology and Photography from SUNY Purchase.

Her veterinary passions include emergency and critical care and preventive medicine. Dr. Lanum loves to paddleboard, golf, and watch equestrian sports for fun. Dr. Lanum considers herself about one cat shy of “crazy” and loves Cane Corsos.

Dr. Lanum re-joins our team as an Emergency Veterinarian.

Courtney Ann Pearce, DVM – ER

Dr. Courtney Ann Pearce is a West Palm Beach, Florida-grown local. She received her B.S. in Marine Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida in 2015. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in St. Kitts and Nevis in 2019.

While completing her clinical year at University of Florida (Go Gators!), Dr. Pearce took special interest in internal medicine, surgery, and marine/zoologic medicine.

When Dr. Pearce is not working at Veterinary Specialty Hospital, she enjoys scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, and spending time with her family, friends, and most importantly her two rescued pups named Luana and Kekoa!

Katarzyna Ferry, DVM – ER

Dr. Katarzyna Ferry graduated with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2018. She completed her clinical training at University of Florida. Prior to veterinary school she spent several years living in the Caribbean (St. John, USVI) where she worked as a veterinary technician, as well as at a dive shop and occasional boat mate. Born in Poland and emigrated to the Chicago suburbs; animals and medicine have always been a passion with a strong emphasis on emergency and surgical cases. She has had extensive clinical and externship training in emergency medicine and emergency surgical procedures. She relocated to Palm Beach County to continue to pursue further training in the field of veterinary medicine.

Her spare time is spent with her Great Danes along with taking every opportunity to travel. Hobbies include skiing, diving, cooking – and dining – as well as watersports of all varieties.

Gina Zeitlin, DVM – ER

Dr. Zeitlin was born and raised in South Florida. Her father was a veterinarian so naturally, her interest in veterinary medicine started early. While working as a technician, she earned her B.S. in Biology. Dr. Zeitlin graduated from Ross University and completed her clinical year at the University of Florida. While attending Ross University, she was one of few research assistants for the Coral Health Research Program and was a student presenter for the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

She started in general practice where she excelled in the care of exotics but soon found a new love in the challenging world of emergency medicine.

She enjoys big game fishing and horseback riding but also loves gardening and S.C.U.B.A. When Dr. Zeitlin is not working, she is often home with her 2-year-old Doberman, Clove; her two cats Biscuit and Waffle; her African Grey named Caruso and her horse, Larry.

Kelleigh Waters, DVM – ER

Coming soon in August!

Dr. Waters attended the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada where she earned, with honors, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edwards Island in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Following earning her veterinary degree, Dr. Waters completed a rotating medicine and surgery internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ, and a zoo animal internship at Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She has worked as an Emergency Medicine Veterinarian and Intern Mentor in South Florida and Chicago.

Dr. Waters has a special interest in trauma and neurology. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is educating pet owners and easing their concerns during a stressful situation.

When away from the hospital, Dr. Waters enjoys traveling, hiking, surfing, and triathlons.

Dayne Ferrera, DVM – ER

Dr. Ferrera was born in Cuba and raised in Miami, FL. She started in the veterinary field as a technician in an emergency hospital and that’s when she fell in love with emergency medicine. Dr. Ferrera got her B.S in Biology and was in the Honors College at FIU. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and veterinary business management certificate from UF.

Dr. Ferrera is a black belt in Karate and used to compete prior to veterinary school. In her spare time, she enjoys weight lifting and going to the beach with her pups.

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