Dr. Laura was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami, Florida. Since she was a child, she knew that she wanted to work with animals. Veterinary medicine has been the perfect combination of both her passions: Making a difference in the lives of people and animals.
Her dream was started in May 2013 when she graduated with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. Over the past four years, her care and compassion for the well-being of animals have taken her to communities in Latin America, as a World Vets Team Member, to provide free medical and surgical care to animals in need.
Dr. Laura has a keen understanding of the human-animal bond. While at Washington State University, she became very involved with the WSU Pet Loss Hotline, helping pet owners from across the country cope with grief over the loss of their beloved pets. She is dedicated to honoring the human-animal bond by providing exceptional and compassionate care to pet owners and their furry families through all life stages. She is very excited to be the new owner of Lighthouse Pet Clinic since December 2015!
Dr. Laura has been and still is an active member of her church by singing in the contemporary band and has previously led a children’s choir. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exercising, coaching others on improving their health and wellness (she’s also a health and wellness coach), camping, bowling, and spending quality time with her husband and four children. Her family includes dogs, cats, and a cockatiel.
Maria Eldridge, Office Manager, Lead Veterinary Technician
Maria is a native Floridian whose compassionate nature and love for animals led her to a career in veterinary medicine 34 years ago. She has been the office manager and lead technician at Lighthouse pet clinic for 5 years. She is a well-respected member of the veterinary community here in Lee County and has worked with a variety of animals both large and small during her career.
Denise Reed, Veterinary Technician
Denise is originally from NC, she has been in veterinary medicine as a technician since 1997. Denise has been involved in mentoring and teaching students in our area in this field. She is a highly skilled technician with a strong background in animal behavior. Denise has been a vital part of the Lighthouse team since 2018.
Jenny Toland, Lead Customer Care Representative
Jenny is a receptionist at LPC. She has been with LPC for three years. She has been in the veterinary field for almost 10 years. Before LPC she was with The University of Florida Small Animal Hospital. She was a part of the Internal Medicine and Cardiology Department. She has been in the Fort Myers area for three years. She has two rabbits, two cats, and one dog who she loves to spend time.
Amy Vega, Customer Care Representative
Amy recently joined our Lighthouse team in March 2021 as one of our Customer Care Representatives. Amy is originally from New York City and moved to SW Florida in 2005. Amy was in the Hospitality Industry as a Customer Service Representative for 13 years before joining Lighthouse. In her spare time, she loves playing board/card games, photography, scrapbooking and most importantly spending quality time with her family and her rescue Korat cat named Stella. Her love and passion for animals brought her to the veterinary industry.