Lake Emma Animal Hospital Logo


Make an Appointment

Our Doctors

Dr. John J. Dee

Dr. John J. Dee


Dr. Dee is originally from New Hampshire, and although he still misses the mountains and the foliage, he has learned to love Florida’s sunshine and beaches.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and his D.V.M from The University of Florida.

After practicing emergency medicine for several years, he returned to general practice, opening Lake Emma Animal Hospital in 1989.

In his spare time, Dr. Dee enjoys sailing, target shooting, reading, playing computer games, and watching movies.

He shares his home with his son Alex (a UCF Grad Student), 2 Dachshunds Fritz and Lisle, and 2 cats Hitch, and Jumbo.(Best Cat Ever!!)


Dr. Tami Groberg, CFV Cat Friendly Veterinarian

Dr. Tami Groberg, CFV


Dr. Groberg joined our staff in June of 2011. She graduated from UCF with a BS. in Biology in 1997, and she went on to graduate from U.F. College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. For 10 years, Dr. Groberg practiced medicine in feline exclusive practices, but she is excited to now be caring for dogs as well. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, anything Star Wars related, and spending time with her husband and their 2 daughters. At home, she has both a three-legged dog and cat, Chewie and Fiona, as well as her other dog and cat, Lilo and Padme. She is pictured with her late cat Nacho, who survived cancer for over 6 years.


Dr. Nichole Crainick

Dr. Nichole Crainick

DVM / Medical Director

Dr. Nichole Crainick grew up in Staunton, IL, a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She earned a degree in biology with specialization in medical science at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Dr. Crainick graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Champaign-Urbana with special honors. Her veterinary interests include canine geriatrics, ultrasound/GI medicine, preventive care and rehabilitation/sports medicine. She is currently a student in the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner program.

She joined Lake Emma Animal Hospital in August 2014 and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute.

She enjoys hiking, kayaking, snorkeling & scuba diving in her spare time. She has an Australian Shepherd named Lily (pictured here), and two cats, Sterling and Troy.

Email address:

Dr. Caroline B. Hecker, CFV Cat Friendly Veterinarian

Dr. Caroline B. Hecker, CFV


Dr. Hecker grew up in Charleston, South Carolina in a family of animal trainers and biologists. She got her Bachelor’s of Biology at Vassar College in New York, and studied for her veterinary degree in rainy Edinburgh, Scotland. She lives with her 15-year-old African Grey parrot, Quito, a cat, Eris, and a very energetic dog, Colby. She is especially fond of all cats and birds, but loves treating all animals. In her free time she enjoys biking with her dog, birding, and knitting sweaters she can’t really use in sunny Florida.


Dr. Elizabeth Wilder, CFV Cat Friendly Veterinarian

Dr. Elizabeth Wilder, CFV


Dr. Elizabeth Wilder grew up in Marion, NC, a small town near Asheville. When she was in the fifth grade, her vet let her watch her dog being spayed. She thought it was “the coolest thing ever” and wanted to be able to do that herself someday. To learn more, she shadowed vets at various small animal clinics and at a large animal mobile vet.

She volunteered at the wildlife rehabilitation center at Lees-McRae College, where she earned a degree in biology, cum laude, in 2015. In 2019, she received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Lincoln Memorial University.

She joined Lake Emma Animal Hospital in February 2021. Her interests include
feline medicine, soft tissue surgery and pediatrics. She enjoys interacting with clients, especially new owners, and abscess draining when it’s necessary!

She and her husband Joseph, a business professor, have four cats (Louie, Lemon, William and Bandit) and a paint/Appaloosa named Fancy. In her spare time, she likes to travel and eat out, read, play video games and entertain her cats.

Dr. Eric Lesmes

Dr. Eric Lesmes


A native of Mount Dora and Lake Mary, Dr. Lesmes credits “The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin for inspiring his love of animals and desire to take care of them. He started his career as a veterinary technician and eventually earned his DVM from Midwestern University in Arizona.

Dr. Lesmes says in addition to building relationships with pets and their families, he has a strong interest in internal medicine and surgery. He hopes that through his work he can help strengthen the bond people have with their companion animals.

When he’s not working, what Dr. Lesmes likes most is spending time with his wife Kelly, their young son Jack, and their family pets—which include golden retriever Mowgli, and three cats named Tarzan, Midnight, and Ms. Boo. He also enjoys cooking, boating, fishing, and golfing.