Our Veterinary Neurologists
Dr. Michael Wong
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 the 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, 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.
Thanks to the amazing team at Southeast Veterinary Neurology for taking care of my Nano. I can say I will spend a worry free Christmas because I know he is in good hands. Cant wait to have him home and thank you again, Dr. Wong and his team are incredible at what they do!
Dr. Nicholas De Pompa
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.
Dr. Depompa was extremely professional and knowledgable. He saved my dog after several other neurologists said there was nothing that could be done. I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Dr. De Pompa shows great knowledge and compassion for our sweet pup Xena. He even took time out of his off-day to check in on her and give me an update on her status. Lisa looked after me, bringing me coffee and snacks, as I was stressing out. Lovely facility. Thank you for being a wonderful practice.
Dr. Michael Reese
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 with 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 Reese and Carissa are amazing! Kind, caring, compassionate, knowledgeable, patient and very sweet with my dog! I would recommend them to anyone having need for a neurologist!
I have no way to thank Dr. Reese enough for being such a humane person and help my coco in her worst moments. He's knowledgeable and helpful everytime we need him . Also all the staff are great. I appreciate your kindness and work. Keep helping lives!
Dr. Franziska Fitz
DVM with practice limited to Neurology
Franziska R. Fitz, DVM is a veterinarian at Southeast Veterinary Neurology. She has been part of Southeast Veterinary Neurology since 2015 and has been residency trained in all aspects of neurology and neurosurgery. Dr. Fitz was born and raised in South Germany. She received the majority of her training in Brno, Czech Republic, where she earned her masters in veterinary science. She went on to complete her general practitioner certificate in small animal surgery from the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies in Munich and Frankfurt, Germany. She obtained her Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates, certified by the American Veterinary Medical Association, before moving to South Florida. She completed a surgical internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital, followed by a neurology internship at SEVN. She completed her three-year residency and joined the team of doctors at SEVN in July 2019.
Dr. Fitz attended to my bubba, and I could not rave about her enough. She was thorough, patient, kind, and took the time to carefully explain to us the possible causes based off his symptoms, courses of action to determine the cause based on the possibilities, and treatment that would be required for each possibility, and financial implications of each route.
Dr. Daniel "Blake" Webb
DVM with practice limited to Neurology
Daniel “Blake” Webb, DVM, Practice Limited to Neurology, is a veterinarian at Southeast Veterinary Neurology and has been residency trained in all aspects of neurology and neurosurgery.
Dr. Webb obtained two undergraduate degrees (animal science and zoology), from Auburn University, and obtained his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Webb returned to Auburn University to complete his clinical year of training where he developed a passion for neurology.
After completion of his clinical year, Dr. Webb pursued advanced training starting with his general rotating internship at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He then matched into his three-year neurology residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his residency, Dr. Webb was awarded the Zoe and Lexi Wells Neurology Resident Award and presented his residency research project at the annual ACVIM conference.
Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Webb pursued warmer weather in South Florida and joined the team of doctors at SEVN in September of 2019.
Dr. Montana DiVita
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.
In her spare time, Dr. DiVita enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason, and their four dogs. She also enjoys SCUBA diving, spending time at the beach, and hiking.
Dr. Christopher Adams
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. Ashley Potts
Bio coming soon.
DR. Myri-Ann Melendez
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
Dr. Melendez is originally from Puerto Rico and she completed her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree 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.
Dr. Jonathon Block
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist & Veterinary Acupuncturist
A native of South Florida, Dr. Block grew up in the Fort Lauderdale area. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinary school, he developed an affinity for integrative therapies as a complement to general medicine and surgery. He quickly realized that expanding his medical “toolbox” as an integrative veterinary practitioner would better prepare him to successfully manage the wide variety of cases that veterinarians encounter on a daily basis. This realization motivated Dr. Block to become a certified veterinary acupuncturist and a certified canine rehabilitation therapist.
After starting his professional career in Miami in 2010 at Knowles Animal Hospital, Dr. Block relocated to New York City where, from 2012 to 2018, he practiced general medicine, surgery, and integrative therapies at the Worth Street Veterinary Center. During that time, he completed his acupuncture certification at The Chi Institute in Ocala, FL and then his canine rehabilitation certification from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Coral Springs. Also in 2012, Dr. Block became a partner and veterinary medical director at Water4Dogs Canine Rehabilitation Center. During his tenure, Water4Dogs developed into one of the most recognized standalone veterinary rehabilitation facilities in the country.
Dr. Block’s professional interests include integrative medicine, rehabilitation medicine, general medicine, and surgery. Outside of work, he enjoys the great outdoors, running, biking, hiking, sports, yoga, music, art, and spending downtime with his wife, daughter, and their two dogs and cat.