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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

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.

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

A native Floridian raised in Fort Pierce, Lori Emerson began her career in veterinary medicine in 1980 at a local primary care veterinary practice previous to her arrival at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center in 1984. She is a skilled veterinary technician in addition to her practice management responsibilities.
``I enjoy fielding questions and handling special concerns that clients and referring veterinarians may have, but my real love is taking care of the patients, and participating in their diagnostic and treatment procedures,`` she says. ``The in-house technology that we can offer to patients utilizing our Advanced Imaging Center and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) chamber broadens our clinical and therapeutic reach and our team approach to case management enhances our ability to provide comprehensive multi-discipline specialty care.``
Outside of work, Lori enjoys managing and spending time at her family-owned cattle ranch, camping and traveling. Her canine companion is a Greyhound named Marinero.

Marcianne Taylor is a Communication Coordinator at Animal Emergency & Referral Center. She's worked at the hospital since September of 2013, and in her time as a member of the team she's savored the chance to learn new things at every turn.
``The veterinarians here teach you and it's a great learning opportunity,`` Marcianne says. ``I enjoy the fast pace and that every day you can expect to encounter something different.``
At home Marcianne cares for five cats - Kit Kat, Catzilla, Waddles, Koko and Phin. She enjoys spending her free time with her son, going to the beach and watching football (``Go Dolphins!`` she says). She also enjoys reading, fishing, and spending time on her father's boat.

Deena Lyman is a Patient Advocate and Vice President of the Animal Emergency and Referral Center. She has been with AERC since June of 2002 when she started as our Communication Coordinator. She has a Master's in Business Administration from Stetson University based in DeLand, Florida.
``I have always enjoyed working with animals, especially those in need of care,`` Deena says. ``I enjoy making people happy and using my problem solving skills to improve the lives of others around me.``
At home, Deena has a Chihuahua named Bruiser. In her free time, she enjoys baking, scrapbooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Kip was born in Hartford, CT and moved to Florida in the mid 1970's. She has an AS in Business Communications from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida and a certification program in Paralegalism at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Kip began her business career in 1995 as a legal assistant and certified paralegal. In 2002 her position shifted to marketing, business development and sales while still working with her original firm.
In 2009 Kip was hired on as the Marketing Director of The Animal Emergency & Referral Center in Fort Pierce, Florida. In addition she began with the development of HBOT Safety & Training programs with her husband Dr. Ron Lyman. In 2010 they formed Veterinary Hyperbaric Safety, an RKLyman LLC company, with the mission of assisting veterinarians throughout the United States with safety, training and uses of HBOT in small animal medicine. Kip's emphasis focuses on assisting VHS clients with marketing and outreach into their regions to generate veterinarian referrals for HBOT.
Professional Achievements & Affiliations:
Member - Notary Public Commission
Board Member/Officer - Voices for Children of Okeechobee & The Treasure Coast
Certified Guardian ad Litem, 19th District
Licensed Foster Parent - State of Florida
Domestic & International Patent Holder

Rebecca Yetter joined the team at Animal Emergency and Referral Center in 2008, but she's been employed in animal-related positions for 17 years. She has her Associate's degree in Animal Science. Since joining our veterinary hospital, she's found her passion for animal care further strengthened by the daily opportunities she has to help.
``I love emergency work,`` Rebecca says. ``It's never the same here, day to day, and I love helping sick animals get better.``
Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her children as much as possible; together they take trips to SeaWorld, to Gatorland, or simply enjoy each other's company while gardening or indulging in delicious baked goods. Rebecca also cares for a Pit Bull named Emmie, and three cats: Baby, Sassy, and 8-Ball.

Having worked in the animal related field since 1987, Kathleen brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Animal Emergency and Referral Center as a veterinary technician. She enjoys learning new medical procedures while she assists the veterinarians with their responsibilities and duties. ``I love working here because of the satisfaction I receive from seeing severely sick pets leave the hospital with their tails wagging,`` she said.
Kathleen spends her free time with her family and enjoys training their dogs, going to the beach, playing tennis, bike riding, running and reading about the Civil War. She is also an avid researcher on pit bulls, their bloodlines and the history of the breed.

Veterinary Technician Michaela Montpetit joined the team at Animal Emergency & Referral Center in March 2014, and she's been employed in animal-related positions for three years. In her time at the veterinary hospital, she's come to love that every day, her job can help save a life.
``Working here has taught me so much,`` Michaela says. ``And I can't wait to learn more.``
At home Michaela cares for six dogs - Delilah, Luna, Minnie Belle, Isabella, Dexter and Cruella - as well as two ringtail lemurs named Moke and Kiko. She enjoys taking the dogs to the beach and the dog park, and in her free time she enjoys playing tennis, going to baseball games, music and singing, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Samantha Jo Watkins is a Veterinary Technician who's been a part of the team at Animal Emergency & Referral Center since October 2014. In her previous position she gained eight years of experience at a horse training facility.
Since joining our veterinary hospital, Samantha has come to enjoy the opportunity to work with a diverse range of specialists, the experience that comes with providing emergency services, and the wide variety of duties inherent in the job description.
In her free time, Samantha enjoys walking nature trails, going to the beach, going horseback riding, and walking with her five dogs - Oscar, Emma, Maya, Chili and Fat Boy. She also cares for three feline rescues, named Patches, Boots and Sugar.

Denise Usher joined the team at Animal Emergency and Referral Center in March of 2015. She's been working in animal-related positions for nearly two years, and she has both her New York license as a veterinary technician and her Associate's Degree in Veterinary Science.
She most enjoys working at our hospital because of the constant challenges and variety involved in her position. ``I'm always learning something new,`` Denise explains. ``Also, you work in different areas on different days.``
At home, Denise cares for three cats: Simba, Mo, and Miss Thang. In her free time she enjoys crocheting, reading, and watch professional football.

Maintenance Technician Jimmy McBride has been with the Animal Emergency and Referral Center since December of 2006. He enjoys working at our veterinary hospital because it affords him the opportunity to do something he truly enjoys: helping animals.
In his free time, Jimmy enjoys many hobbies, including golf, poker, and watching sports.