Dr. Turkell, a graduate of Araneta University in the Philippines, has founded multiple veterinary practices over his career, including Calusa in 1990. Today, Dr. Turkell is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association Council of 100. He has special interest in internal medicine, dermatology, exotic animal care and holistic pet health. Dr. Turkell was the host of the WPBR radio show "Pet Talk" and was the co-producer of the feature-length documentary by Jane Louder, "Why Do They Treat Them Like Animals?" Dr. Turkell lives in Delray Beach with his wife Penny, his red-headed and fun-loving Poodle named Charlie Bunny, two very large iguanas that live in the palm trees, and all the other creatures that make living in old Delray Beach what Dr. Turkell calls 'a wonderful nature trip.'
Dr. Krawitz graduated from the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, South Africa, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science Degree. He worked in several multi-doctor practices before building his own hospital in South Africa. In 1986, Dr. Krawitz earned his Florida license and moved to the sunshine state in 1993. The same year, he joined Calusa Veterinary Center, becoming a partner in 1995. Boasting broad experience in all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Krawitz has expertise in internal medicine and general surgery. In the late 1980s, Dr. Krawitz gained interest in alternative methods of practicing medicine, leading him to study homeopathy. In 1997, he became a certified veterinary homeopath. Dr. Krawitz lives in Delray Beach with his wife Jeanette, their animal-loving daughters Shannon and Ashton, doggy Pavel, and bird Petey. Dr. Krawitz is a sports fanatic and is an avid Miami Dolphins fan.
Dr. Javier M. Fuentes is originally from Colombia. He attended La Salle University in Bogota, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1992. After graduation, he completed a one year internship in various veterinary specialties in the Colombian Amazon. Dr. Fuentes has dedicated the last 10 years obtaining special training and professional interest in small animal dentistry, surgery and exotic animal medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Dental Society and the American Heartworm Association. Dr. Fuentes and his wife, Ana, have two beautiful children, Nicholas and Emily, who share their parents' love of animals. There are early signs they may be following in their parents' footsteps! The Fuentes family shares their lives with feline, Jeanne Marie, three dogs, Miley, Morgan and Charlie and tropical fish.
A native of Montreal Canada, Dr. Cindy Krane graduated from McGill University prior to attending Purdue University where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She also completed externships at the Baltimore Aquarium and Washington, DC National Zoo. Prior to joining the team at Calusa Veterinary Center in 2006, Dr. Krane began her career practicing in large multi-doctor hospitals in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Currently, Dr. Krane resides in Boca Raton with her husband, Steven. She is also a very active and involved mother to her children, Lexie and Ryan. The Krane family enjoys spending time with their dog Chalupa (Chihuahua), 5 cats, 2 hermit crabs, chameleon, frog and frequent rescue animal-du-jour from the hospital.
Dr. Bridget Dermott graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine with Cum Laude honors. She also received education in clinical veterinary medicine and surgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Dermott is working towards becoming a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT), and has professional interests in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation, acupuncture, and general practice medicine. Her hobbies include painting and photography.
Dr. Nadrea Sookhoo graduated from veterinary school at the University of the West Indies in 2006. With over 10 years in practice and working in many different states, including a completed ophthalmology externship and internship in Canada and another ophthalmology/emergency medicine internship at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Michigan, Dr. Sookhoo and her family have decided to make Florida their home. Dr. Sookhoo joined Calusa Veterinary Center in June 2018. Dr. Sookhoo's four-legged family at home consists of two toy poodles, "Bella" and "Jasmine", "Bun Bun" the bunny, "Baby" the Tortoise, and "Godzilla" and "Lizardo" the Leopard Geckos. Her 2-legged family consists of her Michigan native husband and their daughter. In her spare time Dr. Sookhoo loves to dance and enjoys singing. She plays the piano and recently has been learning to scuba dive to enjoy the waters off the Florida coast.
Originally from Italy, Dr. Marco Ruffato graduated in 2003 from the University of Padua. Following his graduation, he traveled to Canada where he completed an internal medicine, surgery, and emergency care rotational internship. Dr. Ruffato has practiced medicine internally in Italy, the UK, Canada, and the US. In 2012, he successfully completed a residency in anesthesia and pain management at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ruffato joined the team at Calusa in 2016 and became a partner in 2018. In 2019, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. He is a Certified Medical Veterinary Acupuncturist and is trained in abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds. Additionally, Dr. Ruffato is a veterinary officer for the Army Reserve. His high level of skills and experience help pets by using pain management techniques, by doing anesthesia for critical and high-risk patients and by intensive care medicine. In his spare time, Dr. Ruffato enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing and water sports.
In 1996, Dr. Siddharth Ranade earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Fergusson College, University of Poona in India. He then continued with graduate studies at the Bryamjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College and Sassoon General Hospitals, Poona, India. Relocating to the United States in 1998, Dr. Ranade attended Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine as a PhD candidate in Biomedical Sciences and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University in 2005. While attending Ross University, Dr. Ranade completed his clinical year at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as a course in wildlife rehabilitation and relocation in South Africa with Dr. Cobus Raath (2004). Dr. Ranade has rounded out his career with several practices in Manhattan, the Bronx, as well as Florida from 2007-2012. Dr. Ranade is licensed in New York and Florida as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. In September 2013, Dr. Ranade began working at Calusa Veterinary Center where he enjoys working and is eager to continue practicing.
Dr. Cristina Portus received her doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in 2010. After graduation, she furthered her training by completing a one-year small animal emergency and medicine internship. She has been practicing emergency medicine in South Florida for 8 1/2 years and her special interests include soft tissue wound healing and pain management. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Portus enjoys spending time with her husband David, two young daughters Hazel and Hannah, her three cats, and Chiweenie, Jane Doe.
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Dr. Rachel Meyer graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. During her years at Cornell, Dr. Meyer was president of the student chapter of the Cornell American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). She completed her internship in intensive emergency medicine and surgery in 2002, and was hired by Santa Cruz Animal Hospital as head of emergency services that same year. She moved back to Seattle, Washington in 2003 where she was a director of emergency medicine for 8 years. She served as a veterinary medical director in Hollywood, and in 2014, was offered a veterinary intensive emergency and internal medicine position in South Miami. Dr. Meyer has extensive training and a passion for guiding clients through pet loss grief. She was the Director of the Companion Rescue and Protection Program for the Humane Society of the United States for six years. Dr. Meyer enjoys scuba diving and traveling in her free time.
Dr. Aileen Martinez is a native Floridian, born and raised in Miami. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida State University, and received her master's degree in Public Health with a focus on environmental epidemiology from Florida A&M University. Dr. Martinez attended Western University of Health Sciences in California for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Upon receiving her degree in veterinary medicine, Dr. Martinez completed an accelerated, emergency and intensive care internship right here at Calusa Veterinary Center. Dr. Martinez has professional interests in emergency and critical care, as well as soft-tissue surgery. She thoroughly enjoys client education, and makes sure all her clients leave with a personalized experience and all their questions answered, despite the fast pace of ER medicine. Dr. Martinez is very energetic and always enthusiastic to receive new and complicated cases.
Dr. Joy Carter grew up southest Georgia. She attended Oklahoma State University for her clinical year, and in 2009 earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Carter's areas of professional interest include emergency medicine and surgery, and she continues to pursue advanced training in these areas. She says the best part of working in the veterinary field is the unconditional love and joy animals give us. Dr. Carter currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale and shares a home with her two rescue cats, QT and Marlee, Munson the English Bulldog, and Gidget the Pomeranian, who loves dancing for treats. She is active with CrossFit, loves to travel and was once featured in a fitness documentary on Netflix.