Dr. Lisa Ciucci
Special interests include surgery and dentistry
Dr. Ciucci purchased Gardens Animal Hospital in 2015. She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and relocated to Florida in 2009 with her family.
She is passionate about caring for all animals and has worked with many local animal rescue groups and volunteered her time at animal shelters.
Dr. Ciucci is happily married with three gorgeous kids one boy and two girls, a poodle named Triton, and a lab mix named Paisley. She played volleyball at Southern Illinois University during her undergraduate studies and is also a proud Saluki.
Dr. Valerie Valerio
Special interests include dermatology, dentistry and internal medicine.
Dr. Valerio is a native to South Florida where she was born and raised. In 2014, Dr. Valerio received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Florida. She continued her aspirations of becoming a veterinarian by attending St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada. In between studying and attending classes, Dr. Valerio volunteered her spare time to the Feral Cat Club where she helped obtain, spay/neuter, and release feral cats on the island. In 2019, Dr. Valerio completed her long cherished dream by receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George’s University. Dr. Valerio enjoys educating her clients on the importance of preventative care medicine, and creating a strong bond with each of her patients and their families.
Dr. Valerio loves spending time with her husband and fur babies. In her free time, Dr. Valerio enjoys exercising, spending time outdoors, and traveling.
Dr. Samuel Grodin
Special interests include dermatology, dentistry and surgery
After completing his undergraduate education in Biology at the University of Florida in 2011, Dr. Grodin earned his veterinary degree at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. He began practicing for four years in Pensacola, FL prior to returning home to Palm Beach County in 2019. After two years of practicing in Boca Raton, Dr. Grodin joined the Gardens Animal Hospital family.
His professional interests include dermatology, dentistry, and surgery. He primarily sees canine and feline patients, but he does see other species including small mammals and some other exotic companion animals.
Dr. Grodin lives with his wife and young daughter. Together they have a Chihuahua (Paco), Australian Cattle Dog (Kona), Yellow Slider turtle (Clark), Betta fish (Vader), and Sun Conure parrot (Kiwi). In his free time with his family, Dr. Grodin enjoys traveling and hiking, especially at the many US National Parks.
Dr. Alejandra Gonzalez
Special interests include internal medicine, dermatology, and dentistry
Dr. Gonzalez was born in the city of eternal spring, Medellin, Colombia. She relocated to Miami with her family and graduated from the University of Miami in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Her special interests include internal medicine, dermatology, and dentistry.
Dr. Gonzalez has a particular fondness for geriatric patients, and she loves to educate her clients on ways to improve their quality of life. She also enjoys forming long-lasting relationships with her patients and their families. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family at the beach, taking numerous pictures of her three rescued dogs, kayaking, and dancing to Latin music.
Dr. Beth Keser
Special interests include surgery and dentistry
Dr. Keser is living her dream. At the age of 5 she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She is a 1997 graduate of Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. She comes to us as the former medical director of one of the largest high quality, high volume spay and neuter and wellness clinics in south Florida. She has over 20 years of small animal experience with a special interest in surgery & dentistry.
Dr. Keser has an affinity for shelter medicine, with compassion for geriatric hospice medicine.
In her off-time Dr. Keser loves spending time with her son, fiancé their, 17-year-old cat, and 3 rescue dogs one of which is a 3-legged Great Dane puppy. She loves to workout, go to the beach and is very active volunteering at her church.
Dr. Sarah Evans
Special interests include orthopedic surgery, general and reconstructive surgery, arthroscopy, minimally invasive surgery and sports medicine.
Dr. Evans is a board-certified surgeon and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2008. Dr. Evans received her Bachelor of Science (Sc.B.) degree from Brown University then her D.V.M. from Auburn University (‘01). She completed a Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Tennessee and a Surgical Internship at the Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, FL. From there she matched for the Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. After completing her residency, Dr. Evans returned to South Florida to continue to polish her surgical skills.
Dr. Evans performs soft tissue, orthopedic and neurosurgical procedures. She is certified to perform the previously-patented TPLO procedure for cranial cruciate ligament (ACL) deficient stifles in dogs. She also performs laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures in addition to traditional laparotomies/thoracotomies. Brachycephalic surgery, extrahepatic portosystemic liver shunt ligations, perineal urethrostomies (PUs), cholecystectomies, and arytenoid lateralizations (“tie-backs”) are a few of her favorite soft tissue procedures; TPLOs, medial patellar luxation (MPLs), toy breed radius/ulna fractures, and hemilaminectomies top the list of her favorite orthopedic and neurological surgeries.
Dr. Seth Mitchell
Special interests include ultrasound
Seth Mitchell attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he obtained a BS in Mechanical engineering. He then went on to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mitchell has been ultrasounding since 2007. During his undergraduate studies he was selected as an intern for a study involving spinal fusion fixation techniques using calf spines as models. It was his interest in biomedical engineering that spurred a career involving animal physiology, eventually leading to a career in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Mitchell provides thorough and efficient imaging. With a background in engineering, he is a trained problem solver, with the experience and know-how to interpret and apply sonographic pathology in a clinical perspective to help manage your difficult cases.
When he isn’t scanning, he can be found on the beach or on the water. He lives in Stuart, Florida with his three daughters and his wife Bonnie, who is also a veterinarian.