Our Veterinarians and Staff
Dr. Moody McCall
Dr. 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. It was the start of his career in veterinary medicine. When he graduated from LaGrange College and then 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. When Atlantic Blvd. was widened in 1997, a new hospital was built.
Dr. McCall has two sons, Clark and Chase. He loves tennis, surfing, wakeboarding and dog training. He is now on the Board of Directors for Canine Companions for Independence and is currently training Merlot, a Labrador that will hopefully go on to be the skilled companion or service dog for someone in need.
Dr. Heidi Chupp
Dr. 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 four cats, Ben, Jerry, Stinkerbug and Stewie. Dr. Chupp enjoys reading, mountain biking, camping and scuba diving. Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badger fans since childhood, they have also adopted the Jacksonville Jaguars and look forward to a successful season.
Eugenia McCall graduated from LaGrange College and married Dr. Moody McCall in 1981. She worked at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine while Moody was in school there.
After retiring from over 15 years of teaching math, she came to San Pablo Animal Hospital and now works part-time as Office Manager/Bookkeeper. She enjoys training puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, playing tennis, and getting to know the clients and pets at San Pablo Animal Hospital.
Brenda 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 recently moved down here 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 down here in Jax Beach! She has 2 grown sons, a granddaughter, Brody her Boston terrier and Stuart her cat.
Allie came to San Pablo Animal Hospital from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in July 2013. She has always had a passion for animals and has volunteered with rescue organizations in North Carolina since 2006. She graduated from Furman University with a B.S. in biology and Spanish and will be taking classes in Jacksonville while preparing to apply to the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.
In her free time, she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, spending time at the beach and outdoors, and spoiling her mixed-breed dog, Barley. She is thrilled to have to opportunity to take care of both you and your pet.
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.
Stacey Moore obtained her Bachelors degree in Marine Science from Jacksonville University in 2005. She came to work for San Pablo Animal Hospital in 2007.
Stacey has a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Xander. She says her favorite thing about San Pablo is bringing Xander to work, and Butters, one of the hospital cats. She enjoys being outside, the beach and the guitar.
Beth Eddy has a degree in Business Management from the University of North Florida and began working at San Pablo Animal Hospital in January of 2009.
She and her husband have two large mixed breed dogs at home, Isegrim and Ladybird, and four cats that adopted them! Prior to working here, Beth’s animal experience included being an assistant to a groomer, pet sitting, and kennel work. She says working around puppies and kittens all day is a super job perk. Her hobbies include her yard and vegetable garden.
Miriam Brooks joined our reception staff in 2010. Although Miriam is new to Jacksonville she is not new to being a veterinary receptionist and can answer all your pet questions. She has over 17 years experience with animal hospitals in Orlando. We are delighted to have her and her longhaired Chihuahua’s Kenji and Kitsu at our San Pablo Animal Hospital.
Lisa 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 joined San Pablo Animal Hospital in 2011. She obtained her grooming certificate shortly after graduating from high school and is currently attending Animal Behavior College to obtain certification as a Veterinary Assistant. Sophia has a great way with the animals and loves making them look gorgeous. She says working with animals is the best job in the world.
Her shih-tzu, Cammie, is her "baby." Other hobbies include playing softball and spending time with her friends and family.
Shannon 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. She also has a German Shepherd named Lightning, who even while the size of a pony, she is still a playful love bug. 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 with all the animals.
Reba Frazier is happily back at San Pablo Animal Hospital after a few years in Virginia. She was once our receptionist but is now retired and is a great asset to our kennel crew.
Mergatroid and Barkley are her canine children and she spoils them completely just as she does your pets when they visit here.
Julia and Tully IV, a two-year-old Labrador/golden retriever cross, recently graduated from therapy dog class. Tully was originally in training to be an assistance dog for Canine Companions for Independence, but due to skin conditions he has had a change of career and now looks forward to making a difference by visiting hospitals and nursing homes with Julia instead.
Steven Penny Taylor
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Steve has been living in Jacksonville since 2010, and he is the most recent addition to San Pablo Animal Hospital’s staff. His long-time love for animals of all temperaments led him to seek out the veterinary field as his career of choice. Steve also attributes this decision to his late mother’s dedication to helping both people and animals live their lives to the fullest.
When he isn’t at work, Steve spends his time caring for his two cats, Tash and Primrose, rescued from a feral cat colony with health problems including a venomous snake bite. Steve also spends free time with his fiance, Katie, a referee for local sports team The Jacksonville Rollergirls.
Alana is a sophomore at Piedmont College, where she is pursuing a major in biology with a chemistry and business minor. While in the undergrad program, she plays division three lacrosse but plans to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine when in graduate school. Alana graduated high school from Stanton College Preparatory in 2012.
When not at college, she resides in Atlantic Beach, Florida, with her parents and younger brother, Scott. Shortly after high school graduation, Alana started working at San Pablo Animal Clinic. She has two dogs, Rascal the Yorkshire terrier and Roxy the golden retriever.