Acacia Animal Hospital

Meet Our Team

We know pets are part of the family. That’s why our team is dedicated to providing top-quality and professional veterinary care. We treat your animals like they’re our own.

Devon Atria

DVM & Owner

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.

Laurie Phillips

DVM

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.

Ted Leif

VMD

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.

Marie-Andree Fecteau

Associate DVM

Dr. Marie-Andree Fecteau is an Associate Veterinarian at Acacia Animal Hospital. She earned her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Florida in 2003, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from St. George’s University in 2007. Dr. Fecteau also attended Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital and the ASPCA for a rotating internship. She also attended New York Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center for her surgical internship. Her areas of professional interest include internal medicine and surgery.

Originally from Canada, Dr. Fecteau grew up in South Florida and currently lives there with her husband. When she is not providing veterinary care, Dr. Fecteau enjoys spending time with family and friends, and maintaining her reef tank. Dr. Fecteau says her inspiration for working in veterinary medicine is that she can advocate for patients that cannot advocate for themselves.

Michelle Hanrahan

Practice Manager

Michelle grew up in Rochester, NY and earned her undergraduate degree at University of Buffalo. After that she spent 10 years in Manhattan working for a top Wall Street firm in their corporate Human Resources department. Michelle then moved to South Florida where she held other corporate HR positions and transitioned to veterinary management in 2007.

Michelle previously managed Acacia Animal Hospital from 2013-2019 and returned "home" in 2021. She enjoys the "family" culture at Acacia, which both staff and clients appreciate as well. Deep respect for the doctors and staff at Acacia - and the important work they do every day - is what inspires Michelle. She is proud to be part of such a great hospital.

Michelle is also a proud Mom of a Florida Gator, Class of 2023! Go Gators! She enjoys cooking and spending time with her family, friends and two rescue dogs, Mimi and Betty Boop!

Lisa A.

Client Service

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.

Amber T.

Client Service

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.

Timothy G.

Client Service

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 westie.

Nicole S.

Client Service

Nicole is proud to work in client services at Acacia Animal Hospital. She loves meeting new animals every day and providing them and their caretakers with excellent service. She has worked in the veterinary industry since leaving the field of finance and accounting in 2014.

Ever since she was born in Charleston, South Carolina she has loved dogs, and she currently lives in Lighthouse Point, Florida with her five chihuahua rescues - Teddy, Daisy, Bentley, Bruiser, and Mia. She loves spending time with friends, going to concerts, reading, and relaxing at home with her dogs.

Dori C.

Client Service

Bio coming soon!

Cheryl W.

Client Service

Bio coming soon!

Michele W.

Client Service

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.

Jonnie G.

Client Service

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.

Pam G.

Lead Technician

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.

Jamie R.

Technician

Originally from South Jersey, Jamie grew up loving all things animals, so it was only fitting she followed her heart to a career in veterinary medicine. Jamie found her path and has been a veterinary nurse for about 10 years. When not caring for a paw in need, Jamie is a baseball mom to son Tyler, chases around her toddler Rylee and cares for her own fur baby Lyla.

Jackson G.

Technician

Jackson always wanted to enter the veterinary field because of his love for animals and the possibility of furthering a career in the industry. He has 2 dogs named Jelly and Tuna and 3 cats name Flsh, Goose and Harriet. Jackson is from Pompano Beach, FL and enjoys going to the beach, being with friends and family, and traveling. Pronouns: He/Him.

Moby C.

Technician

Moby has always had a passion for animals and medicine. Moby wants to show Pembroke Welsh Corgis and run a senior home for Corgis one day! Moby is also interested in Agility and Dog Training. Moby is originally from Coral Springs and lives with his boyfriend Alex, his 3 dogs named Maple, Moose, Marmalade, and his hamster McChicken. Pronouns: He/Him.

Beth K.

Technician

Bio coming soon!

Gissel T.

Technician

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.

Megan G.

Technician

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 elderly dog and a bearded dragon.

Teresa V.

Technician

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!

Michelle H.

Technician

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.

Tatumn L.

Kennel Technician

Bio coming soon!

Kemi D.

Kennel Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Alessandra F.

Professional Groomer

Alessandra joined Acacia in February 2022 and has been consistently proving her exceptional grooming skills! She was professionally trained and certified, and has over 5 years of professional grooming experience. She is gentle and compassionate, and truly loves and takes pride in her work. Alessandra grew up in Brazil and now lives in South Florida with her husband and two Pomeranians, Chanel and Teddy

Sally

Greeter & Manager of Hospitality

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!

Join the Acacia Animal Hospital Family Today!

Located between NE 48th St and NE 47th St on N Federal Hwy (Route 1).

Phone: 954-942-5955

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  • Monday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM