Since 2008, we here at Park Avenue Animal Hospital have been providing quality veterinary care for Apopka’s dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, birds, reptiles and more! It is the mission of our doctors and staff to treat you as one of the PAAH Family and to make sure that your pets get the very best medical attention.
Our doctors have over 40 years of combined experience in veterinary medicine. They provide cutting edge medicine with the bedside manner of a small-town physician. Dr. Rick Rubinstein, Dr. John Turgai and Dr. Debbie Smith have the expertise to treat a diverse array of pets using a variety of up-to-date techniques. Whether it’s an annual checkup or a critical emergency, our doctors are prepared to handle any situation.
In most cases, the earlier a disease is discovered and diagnosed, the easier and more effective treatment will be. With that in mind, our in-house lab handles a wide variety of diagnostic tests, allowing our doctors to monitor changes in all of your pet’s biologic systems during and after treatment. If your pet requires surgical intervention for injury or disease, we have the experience and confidence to tackle any situation. Spaying and neutering, growth removal, dental cleaning and extractions, and orthopedic repair are just a few of the surgical services we offer in our office.
One of the newest treatments that we provide is K-Laser Class IV Therapeutic Laser treatment for advanced pain relief and enhanced tissue repair. Multiple studies have shown that laser therapy can help relieve pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, increase range of motion and ease the healing process for many types of acute and chronic injuries and ailments. The process is safe and easy and has worked wonders for many of our pets.
Park Avenue Animal Hospital also offers boarding to our clients. We keep our boarding area limited so that it can be climate-controlled and allow for more individualized care and attention with each of our guests. Our variously-sized enclosures allow for a comfortable space for all types and sizes of dogs and our separate cat boarding area provides our feline friends with kitty condos to lounge the day away in their own stress-free space. Baths can also be provided if your pet is in need of a good scrubbing or some extra pampering during their stay. We even have grooming services available to ensure that your pet is looking their absolute best when it’s time to go home.
Feel free to stop by our hospital, located at 847 N. Park Avenue, Apopka, FL, to meet our staff and take a tour of our facilities. Let us share our home with you and make you a part of our PAAH Family!
Dr. Rick Rubinstein
In 1987 Dr. Rubinstein graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He went on to attend the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine at Gainesville, Florida where he graduated with honors in 1992. After being the proud owner of Tuscawilla Oaks Animal Hospital in Winter Springs for 14 years, he decided to open a new practice in Apopka in order to be closer to home.
Dr. Rick has served on The Admissions Committee for the College of Veterinary Medicine at The University Florida-Gainesville and is currently the board president for the Central Florida Veterinary Emergency Clinic.
Once you meet Dr. Rubinstein you will instantly see his love for animals and his family. His hobbies include golf, running and biking, and the occasional triathlon. He and his wife, Terry, have 3 children along with many different kinds of pets.
Dr. John Turgai
Dr. John Turgai attended University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine where his love for animals increased ten-fold. After graduation from UWVS, he completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oklahoma State University.
Dr. John loved living in Madison but decided to migrate to Orlando to be closer to family. Dr. John’s prior work experience includes Longwood Veterinary Clinic and Winter Garden Animal Hospital. He also worked as a relief doctor at various other clinics, including the emergency clinics.
He has two cats, an aging Maine Coone, Charlie, and an impish three-legger, Iggy. When he is not working at the clinic you may find Dr. John scuba diving off the coast of Costa Rica or skiing on the snowy slopes of Vermont!
Dr. Debbie Smith
From a young age, Dr. Debbie knew that she would someday go into veterinary medicine. She saw that dream fulfilled when she graduated from Purdue University in 1992.
One of her favorite parts of working with animals is counseling clients with new puppies or kittens, and helping them make sure that they get off to a good, healthy start. She has several of her own animals at home, including two dogs and two cats.
When Dr. Debbie is not examining patients or performing surgery, she can be found training for marathons, cheering on her sons at their basketball games, or spending time on the water. Dr. Debbie has been a part of the Apopka community for many years and she is an integral part of the Park Avenue team.
Dr. Brianne Nelson – Associate
Like most veterinarians, Dr. Nelson developed a connection to animals at a young age. Her family always had pets, and she claimed two puppies as her due for her 5th birthday, though she later regretted naming them after her My Little Ponies (“Peachy” and “Butterscotch”). She also had a tendency to collect stray cats, and tried very hard to befriend every dog on her street. Later, she became the neighborhood girl who set up agility courses made of paint cans, yardsticks, and other “finds” from the garage for her Shetland Sheepdog to run through. As soon as she was old enough, she started spending all her free time at the local veterinary clinic and regaled her very tolerant family at dinner time with all the interesting things she had seen or learned.
Throughout her studies at the University of Florida, Dr. Nelson was always drawn to understanding the “whys” of behavior. She trained her calico cat to sit, lay down, roll over, come on command, and even fetch (though she was never quite able to convince her cat that the middle of the night was not the appropriate time for a game of fetch). She now enjoys training her two Australian Shepherds, Trapper and Melody, for agility, obedience, rally, and herding. Dr. Nelson finds that training not only strengthens the bond between pet parents and their furry loved ones, but also opens the door to addition activities that they can do together. With Dr. Nelson’s knowledge of behavior modification and training, she loves to help our clients tailor their pet’s environment and attitude to optimize pet and family life.
About Seaver the Wonder Dog
When it came time to find a friendly, welcoming face to represent Park Avenue Animal Hospital, the doctors turned to none other than Dr. Rubinstein’s pure-bred golden retriever, Seaver.
With his cheerful smile and playful attitude, Seaver has served as clinic mascot since 2008. His face has adorned t-shirts, postcards, coloring book pages and scrub tops, and many members of our PAAH family look forward to his weekly adventures in “Seaver the Wonder Dog”, a comic strip published online and in the Apopka Chief.
Seaver’s fans can often find him hanging around the hospital or sitting with our doctors and staff at local events, wagging his tail and eager for attention.
Check out Seaver’s comic and learn why Apopka loves Seaver the Wonder Dog!