As a young boy, Dr. Spiegel was inspired to become a veterinarian when his collie pup, King, had an accidental encounter with a lawn mower. The family veterinarian saved King’s paw, and young Dr. Spiegel was sold on a career as he watched the vet work during their office visits.
Bob was born in Brooklyn, but lived in Philadelphia for his first year. He then moved to New Jersey with his family, where his father worked as a dentist. When it came time to apply for college, Bob didn’t have many options as a New Jersey resident. He ended up gaining admittance to the Italian University in Italy! After learning the Italian language, he completed his studies, graduated, and passed his re-entry exams upon returning to the States. Dr. Spiegel says he’ll forever be in debt to the Italian government for opening their doors to him.
In 2011, Dr. Spiegel was in search of a costal veterinary practice for sale in North Florida. He found the Animal Clinic of Oceanway, refurbished it with new technology and a facelift, and now serves as the Owner and a practicing Veterinarian. He particularly likes primary care and having the opportunity to affect the quality of life of a pet.
Bob and his wife have three girls who live all over the country—one in Richmond, Virginia, one in New York City, and one in Chicago. Luckily, Jacksonville Airport is conveniently nearby! Dr. Spiegel and his wife have a belgian malinois named Nico, loyal companion and active working canine.
Dr. David Mersereau
Growing up, Dr. David Mersereau had always been fascinated by science—especially biology. From dissecting frogs to making cellular models, he simply loved learning how organisms worked. He’d also always loved animals, and quickly realized that combining his scientific interests with his passion for pets made veterinary medicine the perfect fit!
Dr. Mersereau was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He was only 16 years old when he first signed up as a kennel hand at the local clinic, and he has worked just about every job in the field since then. Dr. Mersereau graduated from the University of Georgia’s veterinary school and has been practicing small-animal medicine ever since.
Medically, Dr. Mersereau has special interests in soft tissue surgery and dermatology. Since dermatology issues are troubling for so many pet patients and their owners, helping a pet to stop itching is extremely rewarding for him! Dr. Mersereau has also received specialized dental training under Dr. Ira Luskin at the Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore Maryland.
Dr. Mersereau met his wife, Ashley, while they were attending veterinary school together. The Mersereaus have two wonderful daughters named Emory and Lainey, and share their home with a German short-haired pointer named Sue and two cats, Clover and Elvis.
Dr. Gary Johnson
Dr. Gary Johnson comes with experience that started with a degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia in 1974, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Araneta University School of Veterinary Medicine, in the Philippines, in 1978. In 1984, Dr. Johnson obtained Specialty Board Certification from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Certified in Canine and Feline Practice. There are currently less than 1,000 Certified ABVP Specialists around the world. Importantly, to maintain their Specialist credentials, all Diplomates have to submit to a rigorous re-certifying process every 10 years. He last re-certified by examination in 2014. Dr. Johnson's passion for practicing excellence in feline and canine veterinary medicine continues to drive his love for providing the best care possible for his patients.
When not involved in the practice of veterinary medicine, Dr. Johnson devotes his time to his wife Cathy, and their son Connor, a real superhero. He also shares space with 6 cats, 2 Miniature Australian Shepard dogs, and a Blue and Gold Macaw parrot. Trips to the mountains of North Carolina are a family favorite, and occasionally other locations for rest and recreation.