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John J. Dee

John J. Dee

DVM

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!!)

Email: jjdee@lakeemmavet.com

Tami Groberg

Tami Groberg

DVM

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.

Email: tgroberg@lakeemmavet.com

Nichole Crainick

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: ncrainick@lakeemmavet.com

Caroline B. Hecker

Caroline B. Hecker

BVM & S, MRCVS

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.

Email: checker@lakeemmavet.com

Alice Chow

Alice Chow

DVM

Dr. Chow obtained her veterinary degree from Western University of Health and Sciences in 2016. After graduation, she practiced several years in California before moving back to the Sunshine State. She joined the Lake Emma Hospital team in 2018. Dr. Chow has many interests but enjoys any cat-related activity. 

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