Our Veterinarians and Staff

Veterinarians

Dr. Moody McCall

Dr. Moody McCallDr. Moody McCall grew up in Jacksonville, FL. When he was thirteen, his father gave him a black Labrador retriever and he began working for Dr. Roy Brinkman at Arlington Animal Hospital to learn about dog training. That was the inspiration for his career in veterinary medicine. When he graduated from LaGrange College and University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986, he and his wife, Eugenia, moved to the beach. In 1989 he bought San Pablo Animal Hospital. Atlantic Blvd. was widened in 1997 and a new hospital was built.

Dr. McCall has two sons, Clark and Chase. He loves photography, tennis, surfing, wakeboarding and dog training. He serves on the Board of Directors for Canine Companions for Independence and is currently training his 10th service dog puppy. This one is named McCall after him!! He is also serving as President of the Alumni Council for the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Heidi Chupp

Dr. Heidi ChuppDr. Heidi Chupp graduated from the University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison in 1999 and she and her husband, Brad, moved to Jacksonville later that year. She joined San Pablo Animal Hospital in August of 2001.

They have a multitude of critters: Jack, a greyhound; Buddy, a three legged Chihuahua; and 3 cats, Jerry, Stinkerbug and Stewie. Dr. Chupp enjoys boating, reading, mountain biking, camping and scuba diving. A Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badger fan since childhood, Dr. Chupp has also adopted the Jacksonville Jaguars, and is always looking forward to a successful season.


Office Manager

Eugenia McCall

Eugenia McCallEugenia McCall graduated from LaGrange College in 1981 and married Dr. Moody McCall. She worked in the Office of Education at UF College of Veterinary Medicine and then taught math at Stanton College Prep and Florida State College of Jacksonville. She now works as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper at San Pablo Animal Hospital.

Eugenia has 2 cats, Charlie and Mac, enjoys helping train puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, playing tennis, and getting to know the clients and pets at San Pablo Animal Hospital.


Veterinary Technicians

Brenda Dings

Brenda DingsBrenda Dings has a long history in animal care. She grew up in Pennsylvania on a farm where she milked the cows before going to school every morning. She worked for over nine years in a pet store and for four years on a horse farm. Dr. McCall figured she could handle just about anything with experience like that and he hired her in 1998 and trained her to be his animal technician.

Brenda and her husband, Mike, are Harley enthusiasts and like to spend their weekends on the road.

Janet Knight

Janet KnightJanet moved to Jacksonville from Maine with her husband, Dan, who accepted a new job with a shipbuilding company. She has spent the last 25 years working as a licensed Veterinary technician.

She enjoys beachcombing, kayaking, and discovering all the new creatures here in Florida. She has 2 grown sons, a granddaughter, a Boston terrier and a cat.

Chase McCall

Chase McCall is the son of Dr. Moody McCall and is currently a student at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Chase often works as a technician at the hospital when he is home for weekends or holidays. After graduating 2018, Chase plans to return to San Pablo Animal Hospital as a doctor.


Receptionists

Amber Griffin

Amber Griffin has been with San Pablo Animal Hospital since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has worked as both a receptionist and animal technician.

Amber has a small zoo at her house including a mutt, a Border Collie, 2 Chihuahuas, enough cats to make folks call her a "crazy cat lady," a squirrel, bunnies, ducks, tortoises, turtles, an aviary and a fish tank! As you can imagine, she is great at answering almost any animal question. Besides taking care of all her pets, her hobbies are gardening, crafts, and pet sitting.

Miriam Brooks

Miriam BrooksMiriam Brooks heads our reception staff. She joined San Pablo Animal Hospital in 2010 and earned a degree in Biomedical Science in 2017. Miriam has many years of experience as a veterinary receptionist in Orlando and Jacksonville. We are delighted to have her at our front desk. She has 4 longhaired Chihuahua’s, Kenji, Kitsu, Fergie, and Tootsie.

Sara Vallese

Sara ValleseSara Vallese joined San Pablo Animal Hospital in 2017. She has a background in veterinary medicine, both as a technician and a receptionist. Sara has a degree in Applied Science/Surgical Technology. She and her son, Orion, have a Texas farm hound, named Harley Boo, and 3 cats, Brian, Lulu, and Lil J.

Robin Eikill

Robin EikillRobin Eikill is the newest face at the front desk. She has many years of experience in the medical reception field and is a huge animal lover with many pets of her own.



Grooming

Lisa Powell

Lisa PowellLisa Whittaker-Powell is an expert groomer who has great repoire with animals. Her experience includes coaching new groomers at a national pet store before coming to work at San Pablo Animal Hospital in May 2012. Lisa started her career with animals as a vet tech in 1986 and then switched to grooming. Your pet will leave the hospital with a stylish new hairdo, trimmed nails, a bath, and a pretty bow in their hair or a handsome bandana around their neck.

She has four Chihuahuas and a Great Dane/Chow mix. She and her husband, Jay, enjoy camping, kayaking, and snorkeling in their spare time.

Sophia Lichenstein

Sophia LichensteinSophia joined San Pablo Animal Hospital in 2011. She obtained her grooming certificate shortly after graduating from high school and attended Animal Behavior College to obtain certification as a Veterinary Assistant. Sophia has a great way with animals and loves making them look gorgeous. She says working with animals is the best job in the world.

She has one daughter and one fur baby, a shih-tzu named Cammie. Other hobbies include playing softball and spending time with her friends and family.


Kennel Staff

Shannon Ruscitti

Shannon RuscittiShannon Ruscitti began working in our kennel in 2005. Before coming to San Pablo Animal Hospital, Shannon was a volunteer at the Humane Society.

Shannon has three pets of her own, including a cat named after Winston Churchill. (She says he is fat, stubborn, and never surrenders a fight.) She has a cute, silly, Cocker Spaniel, Dallas, that loves bananas and a German Shephard named Lightening. Shannon’s hobbies are making beaded jewelry, reading, bike riding, and military history. Her favorite part of working at San Pablo Animal Hospital is hanging out in the back with your animals.

Reba Frazier

Reba FrazierReba Frazier is happily back at San Pablo Animal Hospital after living for a few years in Virginia. She was once our receptionist, but is now retired, and is a great asset to our kennel crew.

Sadie and Barkley are her canine children and she spoils them completely just as she does your pets when they visit here.


Julia Engelein

Julia EngeleinJulia is a college student and was just accepted into UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine class of 2022. She began working in the kennel as a high school student, and now works as a technician whenever she has a break from school. She and her family raise puppies for Canine Companions for Independence and do Pet Therapy at Mayo Clinic.

April Hampton

April HamptonApril Hampton is one of our hard working kennel crew and also a veterinary technician. She graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She hopes to enter veterinary school in the near future. April has studied abroad at Wildlife Friends Foundation in Thailand and also Jamari National Forest in Brazil. She joined San Pablo Animal Hospital in 2016 and adopted a cute kitty named Jaxie and a beautiful white Husky named Peyton.

Alyssa Small

Alyssa Small joined the kennel staff in 2017. When she is not busy attending high school, she is an expert pet sitter, kennel tech, and dog bather.