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Meet Our Team

Dr. Sanchez-Emden

Dr. Sanchez-Emden graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors Degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in 1990. In 1994, she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University in Alabama where she graduated cum laude. She received numerous student awards during her veterinary school years including the American Association of Feline Practitioners Award for Outstanding Ability in Feline Medicine and Surgery and the Hills Science Diet Award for Outstanding Proficiency in the Dietary Management of Diseases. She is a lifetime member of the Veterinary Honor Society of Phi Zeta, the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, and the Golden Key National Honor Society. She has worked in Miami since her graduation from veterinary school. Her interest for Integrative Medicine grew when, after ten years of practicing conventional medicine, she became frustrated with what seemed to be premature euthanasia of older patients and patients with chronic diseases. She founded Animal Health and Rehabilitation Center in 2003.

Dr. Sanchez-Emden is one of the few veterinarians in the country with certifications in both Veterinary Acupuncture and in Canine Rehabilitation. She was one of the first veterinarians in South Florida to obtain the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Certification (2002), and one of the first in the nation to obtain the Canine Rehabilitation Certification by the University of Tennessee (2003). Additionally, she is a certified Veterinary Journalist. She is the resident veterinarian for Univision’s “Despierta America” and has a biweekly pet segment on Univision’s “Tu Desayuno Alegre”. She has been featured on CBS4 News several times. She has also appeared in educational videos for Elanco and Merial Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Sanchez-Emden is a frequent guest on PBS-Spanish “Mi Mascota TV”, and Sirius XM Radio Channel 146: Cristina Radio. Her first book “Chihuahuas: How To Be Your Dog’s Best Friend” was published in 2013 in both English and Spanish. It is available on Amazon. She is a member of the Hills Science Diet Advisory Board since 2011. She also collaborates on a regular basis with the Zoo Miami providing acupuncture and rehabilitation therapy to the zoo animals.

Dr. Sanchez-Emden has a strong commitment to continuing education and will always pursue further training to help her patients. She is a member in good standing of the American Association of Veterinary Journalists, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncture, the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, the South Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association.

Junior Garzon

Mr. Garzon is the youngest member of the Animal Health & Rehab family. With three years of experience in the field, his skills go far beyond that. He is a Veterinary Technical Nutritional Counselor. He has dual duty as veterinary technician and rehabilitation trainer. Junior has at home a menagerie of pets including Conures, Sugar Gliders, Tortoises and a Chihuahua.

Susie Martino

Our office manager, during her ten years of experience she has trained and worked in every area of the small animal clinic: kennels, technician assistant, technician and receptionist. She is a Veterinary Technical Nutritional Counselor. The efficiency and promptness of her work is a key factor for the excellent client service at Animal Health & Rehab Center.

Ingrid Mestayer

A second generation dental professional Ms. Mestayer is our dental hygienist. She keeps current with the continuing education in her field, and enjoys bringing new effective techniques and products to our patients. Ingrid is also our head technician with ten years of experience in the medical and surgical veterinary field. She is an asset to Animal Health & Rehab Center.