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Dr. Paula Alshouse grew up on a farm near Centrallia, Missouri surrounded by animals of all kinds, both large and small. It was there that she realized her desire to dedicate her life to work with animals. Working for her brother-in-law at his animal hospital in Missouri confirmed that aspiration, leading her eventually to the University of Missouri Veterinary College in Columbia, Missouri.
Graduating in 1983 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Alshouse proceeded to work in several animal hospitals in Missouri, Texas and Florida before settling down in DeLand and founding Spring Oaks Animal Care Center in 1988.
She shares her dreams of caring for animals of all kinds with her husband, Alan, a wildlife biologist and former veterinary technician. Together they find their greatest happiness spending time with their Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs. Dr. Alshouse is a member of the AVMA, FVMA, and Volusia County Veterinary Association.
Dr. Jackson was born in Muncie, Indiana. He obtained his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Vanderbilt on a Naval ROTC scholarship.
In 1993, Dr. Jackson graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a Naval Officer in the Supply Corps and proudly served his country from 1993 until 1999.
In 1999, Dr.Jackson left active duty to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Following graduation he performed a one-year rotating small animal internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists (GVS) in Atlanta. His professional interests include diagnostic ultrasound, endocrine diseases and urinary issues.
Dr. Jackson married his college sweetheart and fellow veterinarian Melissa Monaco in 1994. They are both active members of the Timucuan Weimaraner Club and West Volusia Kennel Club and enjoy spending time with and caring for their two Weimaraners; Thor and Miles, and their four cats; Rigatoni, Cheddar, Emmy Lou and Mr. Smithers. In his sparetime, Dr. Jackson enjoys kayaking, biking, gardening and appreciating good food and wine.
Dr. Noelany Cruz was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. At a very young age she already knew her goal in life was to be a veterinarian.
While working as a veterinary technician she developed a special interest in primates, birds, and other exotic pets. She obtained both a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science at the University of Puerto Rico and the Florida Veterinary Technician Certification in 2012.
Her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri (MU) was awarded in 2016. During Dr. Cruz’s time at MU she was president of the Veterinary Student as One inCulture and Ethnicity Association (VOICE), participated in the Veterinary Research Scholars Program (VRSP) and American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioner (ASLAP) summer fellowship.
Her professional interests are exotic pets, dermatology, dentistry, and imaging. Being fluent in Spanish, Dr. Cruz can better serve Spring Oaks Animal Care Center Hispanic clientele. She shares her home with Sandy the Dachshund, Sara the Chihuahua, Pepe the Boston Terrier, and Cielo the Betta fish. Dr. Cruz enjoys watching movies, playing video games, reading, cooking and spending time with her dogs and family.
Dr. Alicia Bainter was born and raised near Daytona Beach, Florida. She attended Stetson University in Deland, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. While attending Stetson she held a leadership position in a student group called PAWS (Providing Animals with Service). Group members volunteered at local shelters/rescue groups and were instrumental in changing school policy to allow pets in the dormitories.
Dr. Bainter obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the University of Missouri in 2014. Currently she is furthering her education at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and is looking forward to offering acupuncture sessions for her patients. Her other areas of special interest include surgery, dentistry, and small exotic animals.
Dr. Bainter’s companions include a mastiff named Polly and three chinchillas: Merlin, Raven, and Stella. In her free time, she enjoys scuba diving, travelling and gardening.