After graduating with his DVM from Araneta University in Manila, Republic of the Philippines in 1979, Dr. Turkell moved to South Florida in 1980, where he acquired Lake Worth Animal Hospital. During his subsequent early career, he opened Boynton Beach Animal Hospital, Calusa Animal Hospital, and Island Animal Hospital. He is now Partner/Medical Director of Calusa Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, Florida…a state-of-the-art General/Emergency/Specialty Practice with allopathic and holistic care as well as hosting a 24/7 emergency room, referral specialty center and critical care unit.
He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), IVECC's (International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium), American Holistic Veterinary Association, IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) and is also certified in canine rehabilitation therapy (CCRT), veterinary acupuncture (CVA) veterinary hyperbarics (CHTV).
Dr. Turkell lives in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife Penny, an interior designer, whom he thanks for making Calusa Veterinary Center the warm, friendly, and beautiful hospital that it is. Also in residence are their 2 red poodle's Rosie Bunny and Teddy Bear who bring joy, love, and laughter to their home.
Dr Turkell was awarded the prestigious "Ba' Alei Haim" or "Keepers of Life Award" In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the care of companion animals and his commitment to The Koret School of Veterinary Medicine at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He shared the stage on April 6, 2008 at the Palm Beach Convention Center's "Paws for a Cause" with over 300 guests, 125 canine companions and National Geographic’s own Cesar Milan and helped the American Friends of The Hebrew University raise almost $200,000 for the Veterinary school in Jerusalem.
Dr. Anthony Krawitz graduated from the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort South Africa, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science Degree. He worked in several multiple-doctor practices before building his own Veterinary hospital in South Africa. Doctor Krawitz earned his Florida license in 1986, and moved to Florida, USA in 1993 where he joined Calusa Animal Hospital becoming a partner in 1995. In 2000, Dr Krawitz and his family proudly became United States citizens.
Together with Dr. Turkell, they realized their dream and built Calusa Veterinary Center, a state-of–the–art facility which opened its doors in September 2006. Dr. Krawitz has broad experience in all aspects of veterinary medicine, including internal medicine and general surgery. Dr Krawitz has a special interest in ultrasound and for many years has helped patients by performing abdominal ultrasounds at CVC.
Dr. Krawitz is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, The American Animal Hospital Association , and the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.
Dr. Krawitz became interested in homeopathy as an alternative way of practicing medicine, which led him to study veterinary homeopathy. In 1997, he became a certified veterinary homeopath after completing the professional course in veterinary homeopathy given by Dr. Richard Pitcairn, founder of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.
Dr. Krawitz lives in Delray Beach with his wife Jeanette, their 10-year-old cat "Sweet Boy", and 30+ year-old Cockatiel, Petey. Dr. Krawitz is a sports fanatic and is an avid Miami Dolphins fan. His interests include astronomy, space travel, the universe, and being a handyman.
Dr. Cindy Krane is a compassionate veterinarian with a wealth of experience in small animal medicine. She graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts degree before earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University. During her studies, she completed externships at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland and the National Zoological Park in Washington DC.
After practicing for several years in the Virginia and Maryland areas she and her family moved to South Florida whereshe soon ensconced herself as a dedicated and devoted member of the Calusa family. During the ensuing years she has developed a loyal and loving clientele, who depend upon her knowledge and compassion. After 17 years with Calusa she has recently become a partner in the practice and continues to provide exceptional care to her patients. Dr. Krane's dedication to her craft, her commitment to her patients and her unwavering compassion for animals make her a valued member of the Calusa team.
In addition to her professional work, Dr. Krane has spent the last decade as an active and valued volunteer at the South Florida Wildlife Center. During that time she has rehabilitated and released hundreds of orphaned squirrels and opossums, several of whom have continued to live on her property and return regularly to visit and receive nourishment and treats.
Dr. Krane is a certified Fear- Free practitioner and a proud member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). She serves as an advocate for cat friendly practices.
A resident of Boca Raton, Dr. Krane and her husband enjoy their daughter who is a PHD candidate in psychology and their son who is working on his masters degree in real estate. They are pet parents to two dogs (a Chihuahua and a Greyhound) and five cats, three of which are hairless.
In 1996, Dr. Siddharth Ranade earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Fergusson College, University of Poona in India. He then continued with graduate studies at the Bryamjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College and Sassoon General Hospitals, Poona, India. Relocating to the United States in 1998, Dr. Ranade attended Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine as a PhD candidate in Biomedical Sciences prior to enrolling in Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine. His extensive educational background truly paid off in 2005 once he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University. While attending Ross University, Dr. Ranade completed his clinical year at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as a course in wildlife rehabilitation and relocation in South Africa with Dr. Cobus Raath (2004).
Upon graduation, Dr. Ranade completed a year of soft tissue and orthopedic surgical training in 2006 followed by an internship in 2007 at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists (now Blue Pearl) in Manhattan, New York City, studying small animal medicine, emergency critical care, and surgery. In 2013, Dr. Ranade completed an additional year of specialty training with a Small Animal Surgery and Critical Care internship at the Veterinary Specialists of South Florida (now Leader), where he had the opportunity to work as a primary surgeon. This internship was focused on emergency critical care medicine, emergency surgery and advanced elective orthopedic and soft tissue surgery.
Dr. Ranade has rounded out his career with several practices in Manhattan, the Bronx, as well as in Florida on the west coast between 2007-2012. Dr. Ranade donates his time by working as a remote consultant for several veterinary hospitals in Poona, India.
During his trips back to India he consults with the hospital and patients directly, practicing small animal medicine, general, orthopedic and trauma surgery. Dr. Ranade is Licensed in New York and Florida and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has been published in the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association. He keeps up with his continued education by attending the yearly VMX, International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium and advanced orthopedic conferences ( American College of Veterinary Surgeons & hands on orthopedic surgery training at the Nexus Veterinary Specialists).
Dr. Ranade's passion is identifying causes of pain, lameness, joint incongruity and orthopedic surgery. His interests include emergency and soft tissue/trauma surgery. He has been a member of the Calusa family for over 10 years and plays an important central role as the hospitalist and surgeon of Calusa. Dr. Sid Ranade resides in South Florida with his family. He has a lovely 75 pound golden doodle "Rex". His favorite hobbies are outdoor activities, hiking, cooking, reading, gardening, carpentry, playing tennis, martial arts, swimming, skiing and he loves visiting the mountains. He loves spending time with his family cookouts, outdoor activities, soccer games and travel.
Dr. Bridget Dermott grew up in South Florida where she graduated from the University of Florida in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Zoologic Medicine. She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with Cum Laude Honors in 2017. She also received education in Clinical Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the University of Florida. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Dermott works as a General Practitioner and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) specializing in post-surgical, geriatric, and sports medicine physical therapy. Her professional skills include acupuncture, general practice, internal medicine, dermatology, surgery, rehabilitative therapy, and Fear Free Medicine. Dr. Dermott is grateful to work with a team of supportive and skilled veterinary professionals with the common goal to keep pets happy and healthy.Dr. Dermott resides in Delray Beach, Florida. When Dr. Dermott is not caring for pets at Calusa Veterinary Center, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and fur babies. She has a yorkie-poo named Gracie Lou, who is the social butterfly of the clinic. Dr. Dermott has special interests in travel, painting, and photography.
Dr. Margaret Johnson is Chief of ER at Calusa Veterinary Center! Dr. Johnson earned her Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University in 1991 and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. Dr. Johnson began working in the veterinary field in 1987 as a kennel assistant and bather and worked her way up to where she is today. Dr. Johnson began working with animals when she was 10 years old, primarily working with horses and cattle. In college, Dr. Johnson worked in the farrowing house of a swine research center, thinking that she wanted to be a large animal veterinarian. However, when she attended veterinary school and volunteered in the ICU, Dr. Johnson found her true calling.
According to Dr. Johnson, the best part about working in the veterinary field is finding ways to improve the lives of other sentient beings on this Earth. Dr. Johnson finds great joy and fulfillment when she can help an animal by relieving their pain and improving their overall health. Dr. Johnson grew up in a military family, so she has lived all over the United States, primarily on the East Coast, and now resides in Florida. In her free time, Dr. Johnson enjoys going to the ocean, gardening, diving, boating, and spending time with her two children and six grandchildren.
Dr. Nadrea Sookhoo is originally from Toronto, Canada. After completing her honors bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto she started veterinary school at the University of the West Indies graduating with honors in 2006. She received a scholarship in 2006 to attend a course in wildlife rehabilitation and utilization in South Africa affiliated with The University of Pretoria.
After graduation Dr. Sookhoo worked for 2 years as a general practitioner in New York and Florida. She then moved to California to complete a small animal medicine/surgery and emergency internship at Animal Emergency Specialty Center in Torrance. Dr. Sookhoo has a passion for ophthalmology and has spent over 3 years in this specialty field completing internships and courses. She completed an ophthalmology externship and internship in Canada and another ophthalmology/emergency medicine internship at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Michigan.
Dr. Sookhoo is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She is a co-author for a review article published in Compendium Veterinary Journal about Sago Palm Toxicity in Dogs. She is an avid learner and is continually completing continuing education courses online and at conferences.
With over 10 years in practice and working in many different states, Dr. Sookhoo and her husband, along with their new baby girl, have decided to make Florida their home. Dr. Sookhoo joined Calusa Veterinary Center in June 2018. She is very excited about starting at such a progressive practice as Calusa Veterinary Center and is dedicated at providing the best medical care and compassion to her sunshine state patients!
Dr. Sookhoo’s four-legged family at home consists of two toy poodles, “Bella” and “Jasmine”, “Bun Bun’’ the bunny, “Baby” the Tortoise, and “Godzilla”and “Lizardo” the Leopard Geckos. Her 2-legged family consists of her Michigan native husband and their daughter.
In her spare time Dr. Sookhoo loves to dance and enjoys singing. She plays the piano and recently has been learning to scuba dive to enjoy the waters off the Florida coast.
Dr. Stetzer has been practicing veterinary medicine for many years. His first experience in his chosen field was as a volunteer at a practice near his home at the age of nine! Looking back, he now recognizes that while he was beginning what was to become a lifelong journey, he probably was more of a nuisance than a contributor. He continued to work as a kennel assistant and ultimately, a technician at that same practice throughout his high school years. Upon graduation, he enrolled as a pre-vet student at Penn State University, where he earned a degree in Animal Science. From there, he went on to receive a Master of Science in Animal Nutrition and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The University of California at Davis. Upon graduation, he returned to his New York roots and a two-year internship at The Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. Then, it was on to Seattle, Washington, and a three-year residency in Comparative and Experimental Pathology at the University of Washington College of Medicine. During that tenure, he did consulting for the National Marine Fisheries Service, Marine Mammal Division, and led the Northwest Marine Mammal Stranding Network, while serving on the board of directors of the Seattle Aquarium.
Upon completion of his residency, he accepted a professorial position at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, where he taught pathology to veterinary students and pathology residents. After six years, he chose to return to general practice. He established Stetzer Veterinary Hospital in Coral Springs, where he practiced until 2004. At that point, he moved to the Berkshires of Massachusetts and practiced there until 2010, when he returned to Florida, and purchased Central Animal Hospital, here, in Boca Raton. He sold that practice and is now happily ensconced here at Calusa.
Dr. Stetzer lives in Lake Worth with his wife, Bernadette, three dogs, four cats, a bearded dragon named "Cake", two chickens, a koi pond, and assorted aquariums. He is an avid butterfly gardener and a traditional black-and-white film photographer in his not-so-frequent spare time. He continues to thrive in his love for his life-long profession and comes to us with a world of experience, a kind and gentle demeanor, and certification in fear-free practice that is appreciated by his clients and his patients.