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 has 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 family 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
Maria is our office manager and has worked in Lee County for 27 years. Maria has been a certified trainer with Florida Animal Control and a mentor for South Fort Myers High School Veterinary Assistant Program. Maria has extensive experience as a surgical technician and has worked in high volume spay/neuter clinics. She was the head veterinary technician for Lee County Domestic Animal Services for 13 years. She is highly respected in our veterinary community and has a genuine desire to educate and help our clients and their pets. Her specialty is small animal dentistry and anesthesia. She is married and has one daughter who is her pride and joy. Her “fur babies” include her 2 chihuahuas, Fat Johnny and Chevelle Louise.
Laura Martinez, Marketing Manager
Laura joined our team in January of 2016. She is from North Carolina, grew up in Ft. Myers, Florida. She is a mother of 4 children; 3 boys and 1 girl. Her rescued fur babies; Daisy and Nahli, mother and daughter Chihuahuas. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, watching movies with them, exercising/jogging, and relaxing on a hammock! She enjoys helping in all areas of the clinic!