We are a full-service animal hospital providing comprehensive pet healthcare services in Sanford, FL. Our veterinarians offer traditional, holistic, and alternative therapies, emphasizing the treatments that facilitate the best results for your pet. Our hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, digital x-ray, surgical suites, dental suites, pharmacy and integrative medicine including physical rehabilitation. We are committed to providing quality care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. We also serve the communities of Central Florida and the Greater Orlando Area.
Dr. Julia Bakker, DVM
Dr. Julia Bakker was born and raised in Florida, and inherited her grandpa’s love of animals. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Central Florida’s Burnett Honors College and went on to graduate from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she achieved additional certifications in advanced dentistry, fear free practices, and shelter medicine. Her career has been centered around the study and practice of integrative medicine with the intention of combining the best of both Eastern and Western medical practices to meet a patient’s needs and developing meaningful relationships with the families she serves.
Dr. Bakker is passionate about caring for all species. In addition to dogs and cats, she cares for exotic pets and wildlife. She is a member of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. She holds education and community-outreach dear to her heart, and loves to teach her clients, her co-workers, and the public about veterinary medicine and pet care. She views her commitment to this profession as a commitment to lifelong learning. A student at heart, she has yet to find an area of medicine that she doesn’t enjoy, but has special interests in dentistry, senior care, and diagnostic imaging. It is her intention to offer each family she serves the best possible medicine to fit their needs, and practices rigorous continuing education to honor that intention.
She and her husband’s growing family includes her German Shepherd Callie, her French Bulldog Poe, her tribe of rescue kitties, and her giant south African leopard tortoise Esmerelda. She loves Disney, Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars, and all things nerdy.
Dr. Susana Abrego, DVM
Dr. Susana Abrego was born in north Mexico, where she studied veterinary medicine before graduating in 2005. She later completed the ECFVG certification program in 2017 and has plans to eventually attend the Chi Institute for her CVA.
Dr. Abrego’s professional interests include orthopedic and soft-tissue surgery, internal medicine and dermatology. As a member of the AVMA, she absolutely loves her career!
When she isn’t helping animals at Integrative Animal Hospital of Central Florida, Dr. Abrego likes to travel and spend her time hanging out with her husband and two dogs named Tuza and Thanos.
Dr. Danielle Trow, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CCRV
Dr. Danielle Trow was born and raised in Southern Ontario, Canada. She started playing many sports as a young girl and attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas on a golf scholarship. Following her undergraduate program, Dr. Trow attended St. George’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 2010 after completing her clinical rotations at the University of Florida. She went back to Canada to begin her career but realized her heart was in Florida and moved back in 2013. Since then Dr. Trow has developed a passion for integrative medicine and believes in combining both Eastern and Western medicine to provide the best possible care for her patients. She has attended the Chi University to become certified in canine acupuncture, food therapy, Tui Na (massage) and most recently canine rehabilitation.
Currently, Dr. Trow is attending the Chi University working on her herbal medicine certification and Master’s program in integrative medicine. Dr. Trow is certified in small animal abdominal ultrasound and currently working on becoming certified in echocardiography. She is always striving to find new treatments and therapies to help her patients. In her spare time, Dr. Trow loves attending sports events especially hockey, concerts and just hanging out at home with her 8 cats that she rescued.
Dr. Erin Anthony, DVM, CVA
Dr. Erin Anthony is a fun-loving, ambitious, Florida Gator-loving outdoorswoman who grew up here in Central Florida. She spent her childhood playing sports and was surrounded by all kinds of animals, from horses and dogs to peacocks and wildlife. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences from the University of Florida, then went on to graduate from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.
Since graduation, her interests have centered around the study of internal medicine, dermatology, integrative medicine, and creating a fear-free experience for all pets. She is passionate about developing a meaningful relationship between her patients and clients and understands the importance of building these connections based on trust and transparency. Every patient that Dr. Anthony helps is cared for as if they were her own- and this is a very important principle for her.
Dr. Anthony started down the integrative medical path in 2017 after wanting to give her patients more therapeutic options beyond what western medicine had to offer. She obtained her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) in 2017 and has eagerly continued to pursue other eastern and alternative therapies. She has found that optimal therapeutic results occur when combining the best of Eastern and Western Medicine in order to meet the needs of her patients.
Education is of the utmost importance to Dr. Anthony. She not only keeps up with the newest medical gold-standards by continuing to educate herself yearly at veterinary conferences but also focuses on excellent client communication to help families understand their pets’ diagnosis and options for their care.
Dr. Anthony is married to the love of her life and together they have a sweet, beautiful little girl, two loving cats, and one crazy Jack Russell terrier.
Dr. Beth Carson, DVM, CVA
Dr. Carson grew up in New Jersey and moved to south Florida in 1980. She completed her undergraduate education at Florida Atlantic University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in biology. She continued her education at the University of Florida and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Upon completion of veterinary school, Dr. Carson continued her education by completing an internship in acupuncture at the University of Florida. This internship was started in 2005 at the University of Florida, and was the first American Veterinary Medical Association recognized acupuncture internship in the world. She is proud to be the third student to complete this innovative and renowned program. During the internship program, Dr. Carson was guided by the distinguished acupuncture expert Dr. Huisheng Xie. Throughout this time, she treated a wide variety of clinical cases, conducted research, and taught veterinary students at the University of Florida Medical Center.
Dr. Carson has had extensive training in all areas of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and is certified in both acupuncture and tui-na (Chinese medical manipulation). She has completed both small animal and equine acupuncture training in basic and advanced therapeutic techniques. She has also completed training in tui-na, food therapy, and Chinese herbal medicine therapies. Dr. Carson teaches these techniques to other veterinarians from all over the country and the world at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. Dr. Carson has lectured both locally and internationally on TCVM techniques, and has published on the subject.
After a severe leg injury, Dr. Carson discovered the immense value of physical therapy in recovery and mobility. This sparked an interest in bringing these techniques to our animal patients. Dr. Carson completed postgraduate training at the University of Tennessee in Canine Rehabilitation. She is thrilled to have the ability to help our patients recover from injury or surgery. Her goal is to help all patients maintain mobility for as long as possible with a high quality of life and minimal discomfort.
Dr. Carson truly enjoys practicing integrative medicine, combining the best of both Western and Eastern medical modalities to benefit the patient. Her areas of interest include arthritis and chronic pain management in geriatric patients, post- surgical rehabilitation, as well as cancer therapy.
Dr. Jennifer Taylor, MS, DVM, CCRT, CVA
Dr. Taylor grew up in Virginia and studied for a dual-degree in Biology and Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech. She was accepted to veterinary school after only 3 years of undergraduate study and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Molecular Virology and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Dr. Taylor worked in a small animal practice in Virginia for nearly 10 years. In 2018 she attended the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and become certified as a canine rehabilitation therapist. In January of 2020 she also started her study of canine acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida.
Dr. Taylor’s passion for rehabilitation and sports medicine developed after she diagnosed her older German shepherd, Tesla, with a severe elbow deformity. Tesla was competing at a high level in agility by the time she started to show signs of the problem. In her desire to try and keep Tesla comfortable and active, she started to learn as much as possible about orthopedic problems in dogs, and what treatments are available to help them. She has a wide range of knowledge to help each pet’s specific needs including the use of conventional medicines, diets, supplements, rehabilitation techniques, alternative modalities like therapy laser and underwater treadmill, and now acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Dr. Taylor moved to Florida in 2019 along with her husband, two German shepherd dogs and three Nubian goats. In her spare time, she loves to train and compete in agility with her younger shepherd, go on long walks, and work in the garden. She is also an avid horseback rider and is hoping to add a horse to her family soon.
Dr. Katelyn Jones, DVM
Dr. Katelyn Jones was born and raised in Central Florida and grew up loving spending time with animals and enjoying the Florida outdoors. She obtained her Bachelors in Science in Biology from the University of Central Florida where she was a LEAD Scholar and then went on to attend the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where she obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine and additional certifications in Veterinary Business Management and Dentistry. She also obtained her Fear Free Certification in veterinary school and maintains her certification, now being a Fear Free Elite Certified Professional and strives to provide a fear free experience to all pets she works with. Although her specific interests in veterinary medicine include dentistry, oncology, internal medicine, emergency medicine and veterinary forensics, she thrives working in general practice where she can see a little bit of everything!
Dr. Jones’s true niche in veterinary medicine is working with small animals, but she also loves seeing exotic companion mammals and reptiles. When working with these animals, she focuses much of her energy on client education to ensure that families can actively participate in their pets treatment plans. While she primarily practices western medicine and strives to immerse herself in continuing education to learn what is new in veterinary medicine and implement that into her daily practice, she also finds joy with integrating eastern practices of medicine into treatment plans to provide the best care possible to her patients.
Outside of work, Dr. Jones enjoys traveling when she can, spending time with friends and family at local breweries, attending concerts and spending time outside on the boat, ATVs or jet-skis. She otherwise spends her time volunteering (specifically with Relay for Life), teaching pre-veterinary students, and spending time with her at-home zoo which consists of a mixed-breed dog she rescued named Dodger, two foster-failure kittens named Taz and Mojo, and a ball python named Aerys (named after a character from her favorite show, Game of Thrones).
Dr. Marilee Hochstein, DVM
Dr. Marilee Hochstein grew up in Lake Mary, Florida, spending most of her childhood exploring the outdoors, caring for animals, and playing sports. She lived in Hanover, Germany for a year prior to graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. She continued her education at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Dr. Hochstein practiced at a small and exotic animal practice for nearly 10 years in Ann Arbor, Michigan before moving back to Florida in 2022. She believes all animals, big and small, deserve high quality and compassionate integrative veterinary care. Dr. Hochstein values the importance of the human-animal bond and cares for her patients as they are her own. She firmly believes communication is key in creating a caring and trusting relationship with her clients. Dr. Hochstein is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful children and some furry, and not so furry friends, at home. In her free time, Dr. Hochstein enjoys spending time with her family, playing soccer, being outdoors, and reading books.