Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Atria graduated from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. He then earned his DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida.
Dr. Atria had most recently been an associate veterinarian at our sister hospital, Seiler Animal Hospital, for four years. Prior to that, Dr. Atria has worked at Royal Palm Veterinary Hospital in Coral Springs and Miami Seaquarium, among other experiences in the animal field. Dr. Atria is particularly interested in Surgery and Dentistry, having completed several continuing education courses in Dentistry and oral surgery.
Dr. Atria also treats Exotic pets, like rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, turtles, iguanas and snakes.
Dr. Atria is an active member in many local and nationwide organizations, including the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association.
In his spare time, he enjoys SCUBA diving, fishing. He enjoys spending quality time with his new wife, Daphne, and his dogs Panda and Kona.
Dr. Laurie Phillips is a native Floridian from the central part of the Sunshine State. She attended the University of Florida for undergraduate training and continued at the University of Florida to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1989. Dr. Phillips is proud to be a Florida Gator!
Dr. Phillips was an associate veterinarian at Acacia Animal Hospital from 1997-2012 and is happy to have returned "home" in 2018. She enjoys many aspects of general practice including complex medical cases and soft tissue surgery.
In her free time, Dr. Phillips spends as much time as possible with her children, Carter and Mallory. She enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and working out. Her fur babies include 3 dogs and 4 cats.
Dr. Phillips is a member of BVMA, FVMA, and AVMA.
Joined Acacia: 1976
Dr. Ted Leif has been practicing veterinary medicine for 49 years. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, and then earned his Veterinary Doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Leif was the practice owner of Acacia Animal Hospital from 1976 and 2001. Dr. Leif particularly enjoys dermatology and internal medicine.
Dr. Leif, a native Floridian, lives in Boca Raton with his wife, Marjorie. They have three daughters and six grandchildren. He is also a proud dad to a Boston terrier named Patty.
Joined Acacia: April 2019
Born in her hometown of West Palm Beach, Robin has spent her life working in veterinary medicine. With 14 years of veterinary technician experience and 12 years working as a practice manager, Robin joined the Acacia team in April 2019. In addition to her professional work, Robin has also been the director of the Florida Saint Bernard Rescue for 24 years. When she is not working, Robin loves to spend time with her six saint bernards, two cats, her parrot and her pet tortoise.
Joined Acacia: January 2019
After growing up in Tampa, Pam worked at Acacia for a number of years as a technician. In January 2019, Pam returned to Acacia and has since become the lead technician. When she is not working with animals, she loves to spend time with her family going boating, scuba diving, fishing and sunset cruising. Pam is a proud owner of four pets: Tuna, Jelly, Flash and Goose.
Joined Acacia: January 2009
Born and raised in Pompano Beach, Michelle graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in pre-law. While she went to school to study law, Michelle has always had a passion for animals and she is the proud mom of two dogs, Rusty and Emma, and four cats, Trout, Orca, Bait and Pilchard. She hopes to one day own a potbelly pig named Pork Chop that she can walk around the neighborhood with her dogs.
Joined Acacia: October 2020
Born and raised in Parkland, Mark always knew he wanted to work with animals. After receiving an associate’s degree in biology from Palm Beach State College, Mark began his career as a veterinary technician five years ago before joining the Acacia team. When he isn’t working at the clinic, he loves to run and is currently training for his first ultra marathon. He is also a proud pet-dad to his two dogs, Rocky and Mocha, and three cats, Latte, Gray and Martini.
Education: Florida Atlantic University
Teresa recently graduated with a biology degree from Florida Atlantic University. She’s wanted to be a veterinarian since the age of 3, and she’s gaining her hands-on experience as a technician before she applies to veterinary school.
Teresa is a native Floridian, and is a proud mom to Reggie (a pomeranian), Chloe and Max (kitties), Sunny the bird and Remy the rat!
Joined Acacia: May 1980
Originally from Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, Tim grew up in the outskirts of Philadelphia were he attended St. James Catholic High School. After receiving on-the-job training from Cloverleaf Animal Hospital, Tim joined the Acacia family shortly after moving to south Florida over 40 years ago.
Tim is also a member of the North American Veterinary Tech Association and the Florida Veterinary Tech Association.
In addition to his love for animals, he enjoys gardening and cooking. He is the proud dad to two dogs: Mike, a beagle, and Rascal, a whestie.
Joined Acacia: June 2017
Born and raised in Deerfield Beach, Brenda joined the Acacia Animal Hospital team after graduating from Deerfield Beach High School in 2017. When she is not working as a technician, Brenda loves to spend time with her yorkie, Isa, her mini poodle, Baxter, and her parrots Pickle and Pebbles. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games and reading novels and comics. In the future, she hopes to travel throughout Europe and Asia.
Joined Acacia: July 2020
Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Mac attended Florida State University where he achieved a bachelor’s in psychology. For the past five years, Mac has spent his spare time performing live music—he even has his own music on Spotify. As an aspiring pilot, Mac is currently working toward attending flight school. He also loves to stay active and spend time with his dog, Captain America.
Joined Acacia: May 2019
Native to Canada, Megan was raised just outside of Washington D.C. Since moving to south Florida in 2014, Megan received an associate’s degree from Broward County Community College. With eight years experience as a technician, Megan is now pursuing a degree in pre-veterinary biology from FAU. She hopes to be accepted into the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine post-graduation. While her primary passion is working with animals, Megan also loves to spend time outside scuba diving, camping, kayaking and traveling. She has two cats, an eldery dog and a bearded dragon.
Joined Acacia: March 2020
Born in Valley Stream, New York, Natalia received a degree in Office Technology from Nassau Community College before moving to south Florida. She is currently pursuing a veterinary technician degree from Penn Foster College. In her spare time, Natalia is a karaoke DJ and has a passion for music and art. Natalia is a proud pet-mom to her two cats, Marley Jackson and Ziggy Prince, and her dog, Lexi Lu.
Joined Acacia: June 2019
Originally from Newark, Delaware, Jonnie has always had a passion for animals. In addition to working with animals at Acacia, Jonnie loves to foster neonatal kittens. Her house is currently filled with nine cats and two dogs. In addition to her love for animals, Jonnie enjoys traveling and cooking; she even earned a degree from Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts.
Joined Acacia: May 2012
Originally from Laurel, Mississippi, Lisa has always had a passion for animals. Growing up as an avid equestrian, Lisa received an associate’s degree in equestrian studies from Southern Seminary Equestrian College before pursuing a bachelor’s in animal science from Virginia Tech. In addition to working at the hospital, Lisa loves to foster kittens and has even adopted many rescued animals. She currently has five cats, two dogs and one horse. When she is not spending time with animals, she is a proud mom of two daughters.
Born and raised in Coral Springs, Amber pursued an associate’s degree in hospitality from Broward College before joining Acacia in July 2013. Growing up with a household of pets, Amber has always been an animal lover. Now, she is a proud mom to her 4-year-old son, four cats and two pitbulls. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, painting and spending time with her family.
Joined Acacia: August 2020
From her hometown of Tamarac, Michele attended Broward College before joining the Acacia team working at the front desk. In her spare time, Michele enjoys reading, cake and cookie decorating and spending time with her husband and three children. She also loves to spend time with her dog, Rocco, and her four cats, Sammy, Skye, Cole and Suki. She’s always had a love for animals, and even hopes to someday start a cat rescue.
Joined Acacia: June 2019
A south Florida native, Gissel graduated from Deerfield Beach High School before joining the Acacia kennel team. With a passion for animals, Gissel hopes to one day become a veterinary technician and sonographer. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her chihuahua mix and drawing.
Joined Acacia: August 2018
Originally from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Taylor moved to south Florida in 2016. With a passion for animals, Taylor is currently studying biology at Florida Atlantic University in the hope to one day become a veterinarian. She is a proud owner of two furbabies, Ruff and Bo. In her spare time, Taylor loves to travel. Her dream is to one day travel the world.
Joined Acacia: September 2016
Originally from Brazil, Carolina graduated from the Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in 2015 before joining Acacia Animal Hospital in September 2016. With three cats and three dogs, Carolina has dedicated her life to her family and animals. In her spare time, she loves music, art, exercise and meditation.
Sally has been our sweet house cat for a couple of years. Sally was brought to us by one of our clients who used to see her roaming through her neighborhood. You’ll often catch a glimpse of her in our office, just snoozing in a warm place!
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Phone: (954) 942-5955