Fort Pierce Emergency Veterinarians

Ronald Lyman, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

ft pierce emergency veterinarianDr. Ronald Lyman is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He completed residencies in both Internal Medicine and Neurology / Neurosurgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, the Ohio State University, and the University of Florida, where he participated in the instruction of veterinary students.

Dr. Lyman is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He leads daily patient rounds with all Doctors, Technicians, and Patients at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center [AERC] in Florida, where he practices internal medicine and neurology/ neurosurgery. He is the founder and President of the AERC.

Dr. Lyman coordinates the ACVIM research abstracts review articles for the DVM magazine publication. Dr. Lyman is the author or co-author of several recent book chapters and scientific journal articles on subjects in clinical veterinary medicine, including two articles describing intraoperative ultrasonograpic techniques and their contributions toward decision making during spinal surgery. Dr. Lyman has presented at the ACVIM Forum, the yearly scientific meeting for international specialists in Veterinary Internal Medicine and Neurology. He has lectured on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) at the North American Veterinary Conference and at The International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium. He presented the Keynote address at the 2007 Alumni Continuing Education Conference at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was the recipient of the 2007 Alumni Recognition Award by the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and they invited him back to give an update presentation on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at the 2010 Alumni CE Conference. In May of 2012, Dr. Lyman received the Gold Star Award from the Florida Veterinary Medical Association for his outstanding contributions to the profession.

Since 2010, Dr. Lyman has traveled the United States conducting Safety/Training/Usage educational seminar programs for the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, for veterinary hospitals and teaching facilities implementing the use of HBOT. Dr. Lyman assisted in the placement of the first small animal Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber in a university veterinary teaching hospital at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He provides on-going weekly HBOT Safety/Training/Usage instruction to the faculty and staff at the teaching hospital. Dr. Lyman serves as Medical Director for Veterinary Hyperbaric Safety (VHS), an RKLyman, LLC company, a professional consulting firm that provides education, tools and training for the use and marketing of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in veterinary medicine.

  • Board Certified: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (A.C.V.I.M., Internal Medicine)
  • Member: American Veterinary Medical Association (A.V.M.A.)
  • Member: Florida Veterinary Medical Association (F.V.M.A.)
  • Member/President: Treasure Coast Veterinary Medical Association (T.C.V.M.A.)
  • The Ohio State University Alumni Association
  • The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association
  • Member: Veterinary Medical Hyperbaric Society Examination Committee
  • Medical Director for Veterinary Hyperbaric Safety (VHS) an RKLyman, LLC company Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Consulting Firm
  • Invited speaker to the 2014 ACVIM Forum, presenting “HBOT in Complete Global Ischemia in Small Animals”
  • Reviewer: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal
  • Licensed Foster Parent, St. Lucie County, Florida (Emergency Care)
  • Editorial Perspective Author, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal, Jan/Feb 2015

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Lesley Phillips, DVM

fort pierce emergency vetsDr. Lesley Phillips graduated from Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. This was followed by what she describes as a valuable one-year internship in animal medicine and surgery at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In 1986, following her internship, she joined the Animal Emergency and Referral Center team and was selected for a three-year surgical residency at the University of Florida.

An experienced soft tissue and orthopedic surgeon, one of Dr. Phillips' areas of professional interest and specialization includes hepatic microvascular dysplasia (HMD). Her interest in this disease led her to co-author a chapter on HMD in the 2000 Edition of Current Veterinary Therapy XIII. Her expertise has enabled the Animal Emergency and Referral Center to use intraoperative video fluoroscopy when treating cases of HMD or macroscopic portosystemic shunts.

Dr. Phillips also specializes in laser surgery, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy. Laser surgery procedures minimize bleeding, swelling and pain and are ideal for feline declawing, ear masses/ablation, skin masses, lick granulomas and a variety of other surgical procedures. Laparoscopy and thoracoscopy enable doctors to obtain biopsies of the liver and lung (respectively) with minimally invasive techniques.

In all, Dr. Phillips finds her work at AERC to be challenging and rewarding. She is also one of the reasons why AERC has become a major resource for veterinary referrals from practices all over the United States.

Aside from her professional duties at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center, Dr. Phillips enjoys hiking, crafts and spending time with her two yellow Labradors named Carmen and Julie, her parrot named Pippin and her macaw named Gator.

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Robert Runde, DVM

ft pierce veterinarianDr. Robert Runde attended Boston University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1996. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Runde was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.

Dr. Runde has been an associate veterinarian at Animal Emergency and Referral Center since 2004. Prior to his arrival at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center, he completed a medicine and surgery internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Florida.

Dr. Runde is the author of several articles published in DVM Magazine. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency training in August of 2010.

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Davin Borde, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)

fort pierce vetDr. Borde is a graduate of the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, and completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a three year cardiology residency at the Veterinary Heart Institute and has written several book chapters and lectured across the United States and the Caribbean.

Dr. Borde leads a Cardiac Clinic Service at AERC where is available to treat companion animals by referral from the primary care veterinarian.

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Cindy Wasserman, DVM, JD

fort pierce veterinarianDr. Cindy Wasserman is an Emergency Veterinarian that has been with Animal Emergency and Referral Center since January of 2010.

A native of Whitestone, New York, Dr. Wasserman says that at a very young age she first started reading James Herriot, the author of a series of books commonly referred to as All Creatures Great and Small. “I read his stories and was captivated by the life of a veterinarian,” she says. “Then one morning while waiting for the school bus someone asked if I would hold their kitten for a minute while they ran back to get something. They never returned! I missed school that day and I had to hide the kitten in my bedroom for a couple of weeks while I gave him medications a veterinarian had prescribed. It all was going great until my allergic mom started sneezing like crazy. We ended up bringing the kitten to Bide-A-Wee, but that was the moment when I knew I had to become a veterinarian.”

In 1982, Dr. Wasserman earned her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Florida and subsequently entered the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and lists veterinary law, veterinary emergency medicine, and general practice as areas of particular professional focus. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Law Association. Beyond her medical training, she also holds a Juris Doctorate (law degree).

Dr. Wasserman's animal family includes a Schnauzer named Lulu rescued from a puppy mill in Pennsylvania, a Bully breed named Tinkerbell saved from being euthanized, a Rat Terrier named Gracie that has a passion for swimming, two black cats named Ernie and Joe, a rather shy cat named Lemmy, and a Cockatiel named Screech that was left in her care when the original owner didn't want it back.

Dr. Wasserman is also mom to two kids, Justin, an avid skateboarder born in 1994, and Michael, born in 1991 who is a drummer and guitarist with an interest in horticulture. Her interests include reading, bike riding, and spending time at the beach.

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Dr. Tiffany Brown

A Maryland native, Dr. Brown, received her Bachelor's degree in 1992 from Vassar College. She earned the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1999 from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. During her training, she performed biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. After graduation, she returned to Maryland and began practicing small animal medicine.

In 2001, Dr. Brown left private practice to pursue her special interest in small animal dentistry by enrolling in a 2 year residency program. Dr. Brown became a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in 2004. While she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, she is passionate about dentistry with a particular emphasis on oral surgery and endodontic procedures. In addition to her clinical duties, she has actively informed the public about dentistry at regional and national veterinary meetings, visits to local hospitals and through periodic newsletters.

  • Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College
  • Fellow, Academy of Veterinary Dentistry

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ft pierce veterinarian, Dr. Brandi GallagherDr. Brandi Gallagher

Dr. Brandi Gallagher was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and she's thrilled to be back in her home state after five years in Michigan and Massachusetts. As a member of the veterinary team at Animal Emergency & Referral Center, Dr. Gallagher acts as the hospital's veterinary internal medicine specialist, and her professional interests are endocrine, gastrointestinal, kidney and immune-mediated diseases, as well as medical scoping procedures and interventional medicine. She is board-certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine, and is a Member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Dr. Gallagher received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Auburn University, graduating Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa and as a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. She went on to graduate from veterinary school at the University of Florida in 2003, graduating as a member of the Society of Phi Zeta and acting as Co-Editor of the SCAVMA Gator Vet Gazette.

After gaining her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Dr. Gallagher went on to several successful internships, completing a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Coral Springs Animal Hospital, in Coral Springs, FL, as well as a Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Finally, she spent five years in Florida and Michigan practicing as a general practitioner and an emergency veterinarian.

Now that she's back in Florida, Dr. Gallagher spends her time at home caring for a German Shorthair Pointer named Johnny Utah. In her free time she also loves outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking, or going to the beach, and she's partial to anything related to cooking or trying new recipes.

  • Published veterinary article: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care; 2014 A pilot study comparing a protocol using intermittent administration of glargine and regular insulin to a continuous rate infusion of regular insulin in cats with naturally occurring diabetic ketoacidosis

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ft pierce veterinarian, Dr. Jason CarloniDr. Jason Carloni

Dr. Jason Carloni grew up in New Jersey and Florida, spending 16 years in each state, and he began his career working with animals humbly enough, cleaning cages and walking dogs. In the years afterward, Dr. Carloni continued to pursue his passion for helping animals by furthering his education; he completed his undergraduate studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, earning a BA in Biology and an AA in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Carloni went on to gain his doctorate from St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.

Since joining the team at Animal Emergency and Referral Center as an emergency veterinarian in April of 2015, Dr. Carloni has found that his favorite part of being a veterinarian is how the cases he encounters provide him with challenging, rewarding professional problems to solve to help clients' pets return to health.

His professional interests include emergency medicine and surgery. He is a member of the Treasure Coast Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

When he's not working at our hospital, Dr. Carloni enjoys spending his time sailing, surfing, and traveling.

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