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LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital in Cooper City has been providing exceptional, specialized veterinary care since 1994. LeadER is made up of sixteen doctors of veterinary medicine, including eight board-certified specialists in the areas of cardiology, surgery, oncology, anesthesia, emergency/critical care and internal medicine.

Our staff consists of the most experienced and dedicated veterinary nurses, assistants and client service representatives available. LeadER’s critical care and specialty nurses are second to none in their compassion and dedication.  Our veterinary assistants perform a myriad of duties and assist the nurses and veterinarians with treatments. They, along with the nurses are the caregivers, walking, feeding, talking to, and playing with the hospitalized animals.  LeadER’s friendly client service representatives will walk you through the process of admitting your pet, and will make every effort to answer your questions, while putting your mind at ease.

Our Board Certified Specialists

Our Medical Support Staff

AllEmergency & Critical Care ServicesSurgeryCardiologyInternal MedicineGeneral PracticeTechnicians
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Kate Spahn, DVM

Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Jacklyn Johns, DVM

Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Clay Phillips, DVM

Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Elizabeth Rosainz, DVM

General Practice

Rachel Groveman, DVM

General Practice

Allison Pollak, DVM

Surgery Resident

Brigita Ziogaite, DVM

Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Melissa

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Jessica

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Medical Lab Technician (MLT)

Deanna

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Adriana

Tech Assistant

Alexandria

Technician (Employee of the Month - March 2021)

Amanda

Assistant

Amanda

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Diana

Veterinary Technician

Edgar

Technician, Surgery

Liz

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Misti

Client Services Representative, Cardiology Coordinator

Beatriz

Certified Veterinary Technicain (CVT), Internal Medicine

Adriana

Assistant, Internal Medicine

Gabby

Technician, Internal Medicine

Eileen

Technician, Internal Medicine

Kerensa

Technician, ICU

Alexandra

Technician, ICU

Alyssa

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), ICU

Amber

Assistant, ECC

Anna

Technician, General Practice

Asha

Technician, ICU

Brant

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), General Practice

Brittany

Technician, ICU

Bryanna

Technician, ICU

Chelsea

Technician, Discharge Nurse

Chinee

Technician, ECC

Deanna

Technician, ICU

Destiny

Technician, ICU

Diane

Technician, ECC

Diego

Technician, ECC

Dylan

Technician, ECC

Eilana

Technician, ECC

Elizabeth

Assistant, ICU

Eneida

Technician, ICU

Gabriela

Assistant, ICU

Hailey

Technician, ICU

Jasmine

Assistant, ECC

Jasnaid

Assistant, ICU

Jazmine

Technician, Discharge Nurse

Jill

Technician, ECC (Employee of the Month - April 2021)

Justin

Technician, ICU

Karisma

Assistant, ICU

Katlyn

Technician, ICU

Kelsi

Technician, ICU

Kerensa

Certified Veterinary Technician, CVT, ICU

Kim

Technician, ICU

Leo

Technician, ECC

Luis

Assistant, General Practice

Merelyn

Assistant, ICU

Michelle

Assistant, ICU

Miriam

Assistant, ICU

Natalia

Technician, ICU

Natalie

Assistant, ICU (Employee of the Month - August 2021)

Robert

Assistant, ICU

Sergio

Technician, ECC

Tatiana

Technician, ICU

Thaisa

Tyler

Ulysses

Assistant, ICU

Valerie

Technician, Surgery

Zoie

Surgery Intern

Monica Salazar, DVM

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Surgery

Chelsea

Technician, Surgery

Erika

Assistant, Surgery

Faith

Technician, Surgery

Jenny

Assistant, Surgery

Kellie

Technician, Surgery

Sharita

Assistant, Surgery

Stephanie

Technician, Internal Medicine

Rebecca

Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Kate Spahn, DVM

Dr. Spahn was born and raised in Central Florida. Prior to attending veterinary school at the University of Florida, she was a certified veterinary technician for 4 years and then majored in biology at the University of Central Florida. During veterinary school, she developed a strong interest in ophthalmology, as well as critical care cases. She completed a one year small animal medicine and surgery internship in San Antonio, TX, followed by a one year internship at an ophthalmology specialty practice in Miami, FL. Dr. Spahn decided to remain in Florida to pursue a career in emergency and critical care and to stay close to her family and loved ones.

Dr. Spahn is a true adventurer, enjoying all outdoor activities, including scuba diving, kayaking, white water rafting, skydiving, and motocross. From climbing Machu Picchu in Peru to mountain biking the Death Road in Bolivia to up-close encounters with grizzlies in Alaska, she is always up for a challenge both in her personal adventures and professionally. When it is time to relax at home, Dr. Spahn looks forward to coming home to her 8-yr-old black lab, Cordi, to cuddle and play fetch.

Title:ER Service Chief

Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Jacklyn Johns, DVM

Dr. Jacklyn Johns was born and raised in South Florida. She worked as a veterinary technician while attending Florida Atlantic University, where she graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Biology. Dr. Johns obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from St. Matthew’s University. Her clinical training was at the University of Pennsylvania. She held various leadership positions in organizations, including the Student Chapter of the American Animal Hospital Association, Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and American Veterinary Medical Association. Additionally, she obtained the Dean’s Award and Pfizer Small Animal Medicine Senior Excellence Award. Dr. Johns completed an internship at the prestigious Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Since that time, she has been working as an emergency clinician. Her primary interests include emergency medicine, critical care and surgery. When Dr. Johns is not practicing veterinary medicine, she loves spending time with her family and traveling.

Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Clay Phillips, DVM

Originally from Georgia, Dr. Phillips attended the University of Georgia for an undergraduate Biology Degree and then on to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He worked in the Atlanta area doing emergency medicine for over 6 years. Dr. Phillips interests include Emergency Medicine, Advanced Imaging ,Blood Transfusion Medicine, and Snake bite cases. He moved to South Florida in 2018 with his wife, daughter 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Elizabeth Rosainz, DVM

Dr. Rosainz obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree at Florida International University in May 2005.  Later that year, after her own dog was injured following Hurricane Wilma, she renewed her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.  She completed course work in biology for two years at FIU and began veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada in 2008.  After one year studying in the Caribbean she transferred to Oklahoma State University and received her DVM degree in May 2012.

Dr. Rosainz completed a 13 month internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital in small animal medicine, general practice, surgery and emergency medicine.  Her main areas of interest include small animal medicine, ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery, and emergency medicine.

General Practice

Rachel Groveman, DVM

Dr. Rachel Groveman is 2005 graduate of University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been practicing in Broward county ever since. Born in New York City, her passion for animals started as a young child rescuing stray cats off the city streets and turned into a fulfilling career as a veterinarian. Her special interests include internal medicine, feline medicine, dentistry and dermatology. Dr. Groveman has two cats, Sierra and Mr. Mistoffelees, who run her household. When she is not working, Dr. Groveman enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoying hiking, kayaking and traveling.

General Practice

Allison Pollak, DVM

Surgery Resident

Brigita Ziogaite, DVM

Dr. Ziogaite has been at a private practice since 2013. She was born in Lithuania and moved to the United States at the age of 21 without any knowledge of the English language but not without determination of becoming a veterinarian. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology with Magna Cum Laude from Adelphi University in New York. She then continued to pursue her dreams at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at University of Minnesota. She has a cat, Plikis and an umbrella cockatoo named Jerry Boca. Besides her passion caring for pets, Dr. Ziogaite enjoys gardening.

Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Melissa

Melissa is originally from Queens, New York.  She received her AAS in Veterinary Science Technology from SUNY Farmindale in 1992 and is a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  She has been working at LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital since she moved to Florida in 1995.  For the first six years, she rotated through the general and specialty practice and was also ICU supervisor.  In 2001 she started working in the ER/Critical Care Department.  Melissa attends continuing education courses to keep current on the newest trends in veterinary medicine and is also a member of NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America) and FVTA (Florida Veterinary Technician Association).  When she is not busy in the ER/ICU, Melissa is busy at home with two kids, 5 dogs, and a bearded dragon.

Title:Lead Technician

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Jessica

Jessica was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Go Pens!) and has always loved animals and the bond that a person can create with an animal. That bond led Jessica to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Her under graduate studies were done at University of Pennsylvania, and shortly after graduated from the Veterinary Technician Institute of PA. Jessica has over 10 years of Emergency, Critical Care, and Specialty Medicine experience which included a rotating internship at AVETS and ECC Veterinary Technician Specialty ECC training program in Pittsburgh. Jessica’s plan to continue this journey with the FVMA. She spent time teaching at the Veterinary Technician Institute of PA, where surgical nursing, anesthesia and medical math were her favorite subjects to teach. She spends time with a stubborn French bulldog named Max, and has been a foster parent for children in south Florida. She likes cooking, the beach, and the south Florida rain!

Title: Technician Supervisor

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Medical Lab Technician (MLT)

Deanna

Deanna originates from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Ohio where she attended the Columbus State Community College Veterinary Technology program (which was conducted with the Ohio State Veterinary School) in 1988-1989. She moved down to Florida in 1990 and has been working as a CVT since. In 2000, she furthered her education in laboratory medicine, graduating in 2000 with her MLT license. .She has been at Leader Animal specialty since 2010, where she oversees the laboratory and works to fill in for the general practice and emergency services. Deanna has a sincere understanding of our feline friends –she has 7 indoor and spoiled kitties of her own, but also works as our Radioiodine Nurse where she takes care of our I131 patients. On her off time, she enjoys riding motorcycles and spending time at home with her boyfriend and their family.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Adriana

Tech Assistant

Alexandria

Technician (Employee of the Month - March 2021)

Amanda

Amanda Joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Assistant

Amanda

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Diana

Diana was born in Colombia, moved to Florida in 1994.  She became a CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) from Penn Foster college in 2012 and has been at LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital since 2004 in the cardiology department.  Her favorite interests are assisting Dr. Schroeder during invasive cardiology procedures such as pacemaker implantation and thoracotomy for patent ductus arteriosus ligation and subtotal pericardectomy.  She loves making her clients and patients feel warm and welcomed as if they were her own family.

Veterinary Technician

Edgar

Edgar was born in Florida and has been working in LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital’s ICU and emergency services since 2010.  He joined the Cardiology Department in December 2014 and has enjoyed every educational moment of it.

Technician, Surgery

Liz

Liz’s original career path did not involve working with animals, she graduated from FIU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. It was at 25 that Liz changed her career path. She began to volunteer at local shelters and decided that working with animals. With on the job training Liz quickly became a well versed technician, she has experience with emergency/ critical care but her passion lies within surgery. Liz currently is working on her certification but has been in the field for over 5 years. On her days off she enjoys kayaking, going to the beach, working out and spending time with family. Liz has three dogs, two pit bulls named Bella and Maya, and a beagle named Pebbles.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Misti

Misti Reyes, CVT graduated with honors from the Veterinary Technician program at Yakima Valley Community College in 2007. She worked at a busy general practice in the Tri-Cities, Washington for 5 years prior to moving to Florida. She joined the LeadER Surgery department in 2012. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 2 cats.

Client Services Representative, Cardiology Coordinator

Beatriz

Beatriz joined the LeadER team in 2018.

Certified Veterinary Technicain (CVT), Internal Medicine

Adriana

Adriana joined the LeadER team in 2018.

Assistant, Internal Medicine

Gabby

Gabby joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Technician, Internal Medicine

Eileen

Eileen joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, Internal Medicine

Kerensa

Technician, ICU

Alexandra

Alexandra joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, ICU

Alyssa

Alyssa joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), ICU

Amber

Assistant, ECC

Anna

Technician, General Practice

Asha

Asha joined the LeadER team in 2019.

Technician, ICU

Brant

Brant joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), General Practice

Brittany

Brittany joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Technician, ICU

Bryanna

Bryanna joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, ICU

Chelsea

Chelsea joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, Discharge Nurse

Chinee

Chinee joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Technician, ECC

Deanna

Deanna joined the LeadER team in 2019.

Technician, ICU

Destiny

Destiny joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Technician, ICU

Diane

Diane joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, ECC

Diego

Diego joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, ECC

Dylan

Dylan joined the LeadER team in 2019.

Technician, ECC

Eilana

Technician, ECC

Elizabeth

Elizabeth joined the LeadER team in 2017.

Assistant, ICU

Eneida

Eneida joined the LeadER team in 1993.

Technician, ICU

Gabriela

Gabriela joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Assistant, ICU

Hailey

Hailey joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, ICU

Jasmine

Jasmine joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Assistant, ECC

Jasnaid

Jasnaid joined the LeadER team in 2018.

Assistant, ICU

Jazmine

Jazmine joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, Discharge Nurse

Jill

Jill joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, ECC (Employee of the Month - April 2021)

Justin

Justin joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Technician, ICU

Karisma

Karisma joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Assistant, ICU

Katlyn

Katlyn joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, ICU

Kelsi

Kelsi joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, ICU

Kerensa

Kerensa joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Certified Veterinary Technician, CVT, ICU

Kim

Kim joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Technician, ICU

Leo

Leo joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Technician, ECC

Luis

Luis joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Assistant, General Practice

Merelyn

Merelyn joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Assistant, ICU

Michelle

Michelle joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Assistant, ICU

Miriam

Miriam joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Assistant, ICU

Natalia

Natalia joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, ICU

Natalie

Natalie joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Assistant, ICU (Employee of the Month - August 2021)

Robert

Robert joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Assistant, ICU

Sergio

Sergio joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, ECC

Tatiana

Tatiana joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Technician, ICU

Thaisa

Thaisa joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Tyler

Tyler joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Ulysses

Ulysses joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Assistant, ICU

Valerie

Valerie joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, Surgery

Zoie

Zoie joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Surgery Intern

Monica Salazar, DVM

Dr. Salazar joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Surgery

Chelsea

Chelsea joined the LeadER team in 2019.

Technician, Surgery

Erika

Erika joined the LeadER team in 2016.

Assistant, Surgery

Faith

Faith joined the LeadER team in 2019.

Technician, Surgery

Jenny

Jenny joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Assistant, Surgery

Kellie

Kellie joined the LeadER team in 2006.  It was always a dream of hers to work with animals.  She is married with 7 children and 12 grandchildren.  Kellie has 2 dogs, loves hockey, baseball and doing arts and crafts.  (Employee of the Month – July 2021)

Technician, Surgery

Sharita

Sharita joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Assistant, Surgery

Stephanie

Stephanie joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Technician, Internal Medicine

Rebecca

Rebecca joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Our Practice Support Staff

Practice Manager

Darryl

Practice Manager, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Heather

Assistant Practice Manager/Client Liaison

Renee

Front Desk Supervisor

Bobbi

Client Service Representative

Amber

Client Service Representative

Andre

Assistant to the Client Liaison

Arline

Client Service Representative

Ashley

Client Service Representative

Barbara

Inventory & Billing Specialist

Belgies

Client Service Representative

Brianna

Client Service Representative

Christina

Maintenance

Guy

Finance

Jennifer

Client Service Representative

Jill

Client Service Representative

Kaia

Client Service Representative

Mallory

Client Service Representative

Marissa

Client Service Representative

Mone

Client Services Representative

Raeana

Client Service Representative

Randi

Client Service Representative

Scharon

Inventory & Billing Specialist

Stephanie

Practice Manager

Darryl

Darryl grew up in the Midwest graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics. Upon graduating from college, Darryl started his career in Washington, D.C. managing a Congressional Office for a U.S. Congressman and later went on to manage and produce 2 Emmy award winning television shows (The McLaughlin Group & McLaughlin One on One) with the late John McLaughlin. Darryl also was the Director of the International Summit of Young Technology Leaders, an educational organization that brought technology leaders and high achieving high school students together.  In 2002, Darryl moved to south Florida to begin his career consulting and managing several large veterinary practices and directing 2 non-profit animal aide groups.  Darryl joined the LeadER team in February of 2016.

Darryl is married and has 4 small dogs(Little Ricky [pictured], Lucy, Ethel & Wilfred).

Practice Manager, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Heather

Heather Midcap LVT has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years, gaining experience in all areas of a veterinary practice. Aside from her many years of ER/ICU experience, Heather ran her hospitals Internal Medicine department for 3 years until she was promoted to Practice manager in 2010. Heather decided to join the Heska Corporation in 2011 where she provided training on diagnostic lab equipment and products to veterinary hospitals across the south east. During her time at Heska she also worked as the weekend Practice Manager at an Animal Emergency and Specialty Hospital on the west coast of Florida. Heather has also served as a consultant for local veterinarians requesting her advice pertaining to technical matters. We are proud to now call her our Practice Manager. She passionately believes in our mission to provide the highest quality of patient care in a compassionate environment that provides exceptional client service and education. Heather is married to her husband John and together they have 2 children Summer (19) and Taylor (16), they have 3 dogs, (Bruiser, Maui and Apollo) and 2 cats (Versaci and Yeezy).

Assistant Practice Manager/Client Liaison

Renee

Renee was born and raised in Denver Colorado. She moved to south Florida in 1982 and began a 23 year career in real estate. Renee always had a special love and compassion for animals and always wanted to work in the veterinary field.

In 2007 Renee decided it was finally time to do something she had always loved and took a veterinary assistant course. Upon completing the course she began her career with LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital. Renee spent her first year working in our laboratory department and soon realized with her excellent customer service skills and her love and compassion for animals she wanted to join our client service team as one of our receptionists. In 2013 Renee also began working on our social media Facebook page. In 2016, after over 8 years working with LeadER Renee is now our Assistant Practice Manager/Client Liason and Social Media Manager.

In her spare time there is nothing more Renee would rather be doing than spending time with her family, which includes four, four legged children, Maximus, Sophia, Bunny and Angel.

Front Desk Supervisor

Bobbi

Bobbi is originally from Durban, South Africa. She graduated from the University of Natal, Durban with a Bachelor of Social Science and majors in Industrial Labor Studies and Sociology. Bobbi has travelled the USA and internationally and has enjoyed many multicultural experiences. She loves being a wife and mom to two children, two dogs and four cats. With a passion for animals Bobbi started in the veterinary field here at LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital in 2006. She loves helping clients and ensuring all patients well-being.

Client Service Representative

Amber

Amber joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Client Service Representative

Andre

Andre joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Assistant to the Client Liaison

Arline

Arline joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Client Service Representative

Ashley

Ashley joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Client Service Representative

Barbara

Barbara joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Inventory & Billing Specialist

Belgies

Belgies joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Client Service Representative

Brianna

Brianna joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Client Service Representative

Christina

Christina joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Maintenance

Guy

Guy joined the LeadER team in 2015.

Finance

Jennifer

Jennifer joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Client Service Representative

Jill

Jill joined the LeadER team in 2007.

Client Service Representative

Kaia

Kaia joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Client Service Representative

Mallory

Mallory joined the LeadER team in 2020.

Client Service Representative

Marissa

Marissa joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Client Service Representative

Mone

Mone joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Client Services Representative

Raeana

Raeana joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Client Service Representative

Randi

Randi joined the LeadER team in 2018.

Client Service Representative

Scharon

Scharon joined the LeadER team in 2021.

Inventory & Billing Specialist

Stephanie

Stephanie joined the LeadER team in 2015.