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As the only team of board-certified veterinary neurologists in South Florida, our team is uniquely positioned to help you and your pet. We are dedicated to using our distinct set of talents to serve your pet with compassionate care and humble expertise.

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Dr. Michael Wong

Miami

Miami

Veterinary Neurologist

Dr. Michael Wong is one of fewer than 300 board-certified veterinary neurologists practicing in North America. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine and while there, founded the UF Veterinary Business Management Association. He also went on to complete a medical and surgical internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Dr. Wong subsequently received his neurology and neurosurgery training at North Florida Neurology.

After completing his residency, Dr. Wong successfully passed his neurology certifying examination and became board-certified in veterinary neurology in the same year. He was one of the first veterinary neurologists to complete the Advanced Neurosurgical Certification, and founded Southeast Veterinary Neurology (SEVN) in 2010.

Dr. Wong has lectured at the local, state, and national levels and has instructed veterinary students at UF. He has also published articles on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and new treatments for encephalitis and brain tumors. He enjoys all aspects of neurology, but his passions include spinal surgery, seizure management, management of encephalitis, and MRI in the diagnosis of neurological disease.

In 2014, Dr. Wong was featured on several local news stations in Miami for helping a paralyzed Dachshund with a free surgery. You can learn more about this “Christmas Gift” to a wonderful family here and here. In his free time, Dr. Wong enjoys spending time with his wife and family, mountain biking, surfing, and playing the bass guitar and ukulele.

Dr. Nicholas De Pompa

Miami

Miami

Veterinary Neurologist

Dr. Nicholas De Pompa is a native of South Florida and a lifelong animal lover. In his youth, he founded a rescue for small dogs and found homes for over 150 dogs. He and his sister would spend their weekends sitting outside the local PetSmart in Pembroke Pines, trying to find homes for the rescued dogs.

De Pompa went on to graduate from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama, then completed a one-year neurology and neurosurgery internship. This was followed by a three-year neurology and neurosurgery residency. Post-residency, Dr. De Pompa successfully passed the ACVIM Neurology certifying examination and became board-certified that same year. He also completed a master’s degree in biomedical science with an emphasis on neuropathic pain identification and management.

Dr. De Pompa’s professional interests include all aspects of neurology and neurosurgery, with a particular interest in pain management, brain and spinal cord surgery, and encephalitis management.

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Dr. Michael Reese

Dr. Michael Reese

Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach

Veterinary Neurologist

Dr. Michael Reese obtained his undergraduate degree in microbiology from The Ohio State University and his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Florida. He continued his education by pursuing a general rotating internship at Tufts University, followed by a neurology internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Texas. He then completed a residency in neurology/neurosurgery at Purdue University in Indiana. During his residency, Dr. Reese won three awards for his teaching and patient care. While at Purdue, his accomplishments in saving a Greyhound with meningitis were documented in their blog.

Upon completing his residency, Dr. Reese became a board-certified neurologist. He stayed as faculty at Purdue University after his residency before returning to Florida. He and his wife Carissa have since joined the team at Southeast Veterinary Neurology. Dr. Reese’s interests include neurosurgery and management of brain diseases (tumors, infectious and noninfectious diseases).

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Reese enjoys the outdoors. Fishing, kayaking, and hiking are among his favorite activities, but he also enjoys taking his two dogs, Phoebe and Porter, out on their walks.

Dr. Simon T. Kornberg

Miami

Miami

Veterinary Neurologist

Simon T. Kornberg, BVSc, DACVIM (Neurology), was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. The son of a pediatric neurologist (human) and a psychotherapist, he was immersed in the world of neurology from a young age. His desire to become a veterinarian was born with his childhood beagles, Biscuit and Friskie, with their constant trips to the veterinarian’s office. He became enamored with the profession and spent his school holidays shadowing them in the clinics.

He studied veterinary science at the University of Melbourne and completed a rotating internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists in Australia. This was followed by a Neurology and Neurosurgery residency at Mississippi State University. Immediately following his residency, Dr. Kornberg passed his exams and achieved board certification. Since then, Dr. Kornberg has worked at SEVN Miami, moved to New York to expand neurosurgery capabilities in a large multi-specialty hospital, and helped set up a neurology service in Connecticut.

After his journey up north, Dr. Kornberg was delighted to bring his unique experience back to sunny South Florida and reunite with the team at SEVN in 2021.

Dr. Kornberg has provided practical instruction and presented both nationally and internationally at various conferences and workshops. His professional interests include all aspects of neurology and neurosurgery, and he is particularly passionate about spinal surgery, ultrasound-guided brain surgery, neuro-oncology, Chiari-like malformation, and seizure management.

In his down time, Dr. Kornberg loves spending time with his wife Samantha, his mutt Monterrey, Rough Collie Freddie, and his cat Thomas.  He plays Australian Ruled Football for the Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids, is obsessed with golf, is an avid computer gamer, and loves to travel, particularly to see family and friends back in Australia.

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Dr. Christine Senneca

Dr. Christine Senneca

Jupiter

Jupiter

Veterinary Neurologist

Originally from Long Island, New York, Dr. Christine Senneca is excited to be joining the SEVN team. Since her early childhood years, Dr. Senneca had always known she wanted to be a veterinarian.

After obtaining her bachelor's degree in biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo, Dr. Senneca went on to graduate with high honors from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and then completed a one-year rotating internship with VCA Aurora and VCA Berwyn Hospitals in the Chicago suburbs. From 2010-2014, Dr. Senneca practiced as an emergency clinician at hospitals in New York and New Jersey, and then went on to pursue a three-year neurology and neurosurgery residency at the University of Florida, which she completed in 2017. Dr. Senneca achieved board certification in veterinary neurology and also obtained her advanced neurosurgery certificate from the American College of Veterinary Medicine that same year. Dr. Senneca spent the following three years establishing and building a thriving neurology service at VRC in Malvern, Pennsylvania and is now ready to make southeast Florida and Southeast Veterinary Neurology her home.

Dr. Senneca enjoys all aspects of neurology, including a particular interest in neurosurgery and treating spinal cord injury.

Dr. Senneca enjoys spending her free time doing almost any outdoor activity, especially those involving the water, with her husband, Jeff, and their dog, Nalu.

Dr. Montana DiVita

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach

Veterinary Neurologist

Dr. Montana DiVita was born and raised in New Jersey where she attended Rutgers University and majored in animal science. Following college, Dr. DiVita attended Ross University on the island of St. Kitts. She finished her clinical studies at North Carolina State University and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2017. Following the completion of veterinary school, Dr. DiVita stayed in North Carolina and went on to complete a rotating medical and surgical internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Winston Salem. She then completed a Neurology internship at BluePearl in Sandy Springs, Georgia, before beginning her neurology residency at Southeast Veterinary Neurology. Dr. DiVita achieved board certification in veterinary neurology in 2022 and moved on to work at our Virginia Beach location.

In her spare time, Dr. DiVita enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason, and their three dogs and one cat. She also enjoys SCUBA diving, spending time at the beach, and hiking.

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Dr. Amanda R. Taylor

Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach

Veterinary Neurologist

Dr. Amanda R. Taylor received her DVM from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences. She completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Colorado State University and a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Taylor became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology) in 2014. Dr. Taylor is certified in Neurosurgery by the ACVIM, Acupuncture by the Chi Institute, and Canine Rehabilitation by the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Taylor is originally from Dallas, Texas and grew up in a family of theater artists, one of three children. Her passions growing up were playing soccer, theater, art, and animals.

Dr. Taylor’s professional career has been diverse with an initial brief stint in advertising, veterinary school, an academic internship and residency programs, a faculty position for 5 years, private practice neurologist, medical director, and regional medical director. In addition to veterinary training, she has designed courses focused on communication and mental wellbeing for veterinary students and house officers (resident doctors).

Her research interests include MRI and neurosurgery. Outside of work, she is occupied by spending time with her family, running, cooking, and gardening.

Dr. Amy Thibault

Miami

Miami

Veterinary Neurologist

Dr. Amy Thibault was born and raised in South Florida. She attended the University of Florida, majoring in Biology with a minor in Business Administration. After her undergraduate studies, she stayed in Gainesville for veterinary school and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in May of 2018. 

Following the completion of veterinary school, Dr. Thibault went on to complete a rotating Medical and Surgical internship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She stayed in Philadelphia to complete her residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery, achieving board certification in Veterinary Neurology in 2022. She then moved back home to South Florida to work in our Miami hospital. 

Dr. Thibault is passionate about all aspects of neurology but has a special interest in seizure management and the management of inflammatory brain conditions. She also enjoys teaching and spent time delivering several lectures on neurology to veterinary students during her residency training. 

In her free time, she most enjoys spending time with her husband and their poodle/Maltese mix, Benjamin. She also loves traveling (especially visiting and hiking national parks), cooking, practicing piano, and running.

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Dr. Christopher Adams

Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach

Neurology Resident

Dr. Christopher Adams, was born in Ohio and raised in Hawaii, where he attended Hawaii Pacific University and obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology with an emphasis on human health sciences. During his undergraduate program, Dr. Adams was able to spend some time in Africa studying wildlife management. It was during his stent in Africa that he decided to study abroad for veterinary school.

Dr. Adams attended the Royal Veterinary College in London, where obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He then lived and worked in a small town called Dawlish in the southwest of England as a first-opinion practitioner for a year. When he moved back to the states, Dr. Adams worked at a first-opinion practice in Opelousas, LA followed by an emergency clinic in Tuscaloosa, AL. He completed his rotating internship at VCA SouthPaws in Fairfax, VA in 2017 and started his neurology internship at Southeast Veterinary Neurology of Palm Beach County in 2018 before moving to the Miami location in 2019. Dr. Adams began his neurology residency at Southeast Veterinary Neurology of Palm Beach County in 2020.

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Dr. Alyssa Flores

Miami

Miami

Neurology Resident

Dr. Alyssa Flores was born and raised in New Jersey and attended college at Northeastern University in Boston and majored in biology and psychology. During her undergraduate program, she spent time in Thailand working with elephant rescue sanctuaries and local animal shelters.

Following college, Dr. Flores attended Western University in Southern California and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2020. Following the completion of veterinary school, Dr. Flores returned to New Jersey and completed a rotating medical and surgical internship at Oradell Animal Hospital.

In her spare time, Dr. Flores enjoys hiking, rock climbing, baking and trying new recipes, and traveling with her fiancé.

Dr. Katharine Russell

Miami

Miami

Neurology Resident

Dr. Katie Russell was born and raised in a quiet beach community in San Diego, California. She completed her undergraduate degree at UC Davis where she majored in Animal Science with an emphasis in Companion Animals. She then traveled to Ireland to complete her veterinary education at University College Dublin in 2018.

Following that, Dr. Russell returned to California to complete a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital. She then completed two Neurology specialty internships at MissionVet Specialty Hospital in Texas and VCA Animal Specialty Group in California.

Dr. Russell went on to complete a Neurology research internship at North Carolina State University, studying the process of aging and ways to promote healthy aging in companion dogs, before beginning her Neurology residency at Southeast Veterinary Neurology.

In her spare time, Dr. Russell enjoys hiking, spending time in nature, and relaxing with a good book.

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Dr. Antonio Conte

Miami

Miami

Neurology Resident

Dr. Conte is from Cranston, Rhode Island, and ever since he adopted his first dog Max in 5th grade, he wanted to be a veterinarian.

Dr. Conte went to THE Pennsylvania State University, University Park Main Campus, where he graduated in 3.5 years of study with a degree in Veterinary and Biomedical Science. He was thereafter accepted to Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, where he declared the small animal medicine track and graduated in 2020 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Conte always had a strong interest in veterinary surgery, and to further his experience, he completed two surgical externships at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts as well as one surgical externship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Upon graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Conte was accepted to a rotating small animal and emergency internship at Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Annapolis, Maryland. It was during this internship that he found his passion for neurosurgery and seizure management. After the successful completion of his rotating internship, Dr. Conte completed a specialty internship in neurology and neurosurgery at Veterinary Neurology and Imaging of the Chesapeake, also in Annapolis Maryland, before beginning his residency at Southeast Veterinary Neurology in Miami, Florida.

Outside of work, Dr. Conte enjoys playing guitar, piano, and following Boston sports teams.

Dr. Desbiens-Despres

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach

Veterinary Hospitalist
Dr. Desbiens-Despres was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She lived there for the better part of her life, until she went on to study veterinary medicine in Saint Hyacinthe. She also lived in Beauceville and Quebec city, but this is her first time living outside of Canada.

Dr. Desbiens-Despres earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Montreal and has a bachelor’s degree in French Literature and Linguistics.

Dr. Desbiens-Despres has worked in general practice for six months and in a reference center for Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine for three and a half years. She has always had a strong interest in neurology, and says the offer to join the SEVN team was a dream come true!

In her free time, Dr. Desbiens-Despres loves to swim and play video games. She has three cats, but only one came with her to Virginia. Since Quebec is the French province of Canada, her first language is French.

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Rehabilitation Veterinarians

DR. Myri-Ann Melendez

Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
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Dr. Melendez is originally from Puerto Rico and she completed her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University. She completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University and her clinical rotations at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Melendez worked at North Shore Animal League, one of the largest no-kill shelters in North America. She went on to obtain her certification in canine rehabilitation and became a certified canine rehabilitation therapist.

Dr. Melendez is passionate about rehabilitative medicine, shelter medicine, infectious disease control, and preventative medicine. When not concentrating on the physical rehabilitation of Southeast Veterinary Neurology patients, she enjoys growing orchids, doing interior design, and spending time with her two, three, and four-legged family members.

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