Dr. John Turgai – Owner
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. Rick Rubinstein – Owner
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. Debbie Smith – Associate
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.