Our neurologists are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, which ensures the highest level of training, experience, and expertise. They are dedicated to using their distinct set of talents to serve pets, families, and referring veterinarians with compassionate care and humble expertise.
What does it mean to be a humble expert? By definition, a pet neurologist is an expert in the field of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery. However, our neurologists are hired, trained, and rewarded not only for their expertise in treating complex health conditions, but also for their ability to connect with pets and their people. It is not uncommon to find our neurologists writing records with patients in their laps or sitting on the floor with patients during examinations. Afterall, our pet neurologists are pet parents, too.
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Michael Wong, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
CEO | 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.
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!
Nicholas DePompa, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Medical Director | Veterinary Neurologist
Nicholas DePompa, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) is a Veterinary Neurologist and the Medical Director at Southeast Veterinary Neurology.
Dr. Nicholas DePompa is a native of South Florida and a lifelong animal lover. In his youth, he founded a rescue for small dogs & has continued to be involved with animal-based charities for the last 20 years.
Dr. DePompa went on to earn his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama. Dr. DePompa then completed a one year neurology and neurosurgery internship, followed by a three year neurology and neurosurgery residency. Post residency, Dr. DePompa successfully passed the ACVIM Neurology certifying examination and became board certified that same year. He also earned a master’s degree in biomedical science with an emphasis on neuropathic pain identification and management. Dr. DePompa has been with SEVN since 2015. Dr. DePompa’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.
When he is not at work Dr. DePompa enjoys being active, participating in outdoor activities, boating, and spending time with his partner and their three furchildren Lola (Standard Poodle), Kirby (Daschund) and Luigi (Chiweenie).
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. DePompa 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.
Michael Reese, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Michael J. Reese, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology) is a Veterinary Neurologist with Southeast Veterinary Neurology in Boynton Beach, Florida. An expert in veterinary neurology, neurosurgery and management of brain disease, he is one of fewer than 300 board-certified veterinary neurologists in North America.
Dr. Reese earned his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. He went on to complete a rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery internship from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Massachusetts, and a neurology internship from Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. He later completed his neurology and neurosurgery residency, and a master’s of science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Dr. Reese is an author of numerous articles and case studies on animal neurological conditions and is published in various journals, including the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound. He has presented at various seminars and conferences, lectured at the local and national level and has instructed veterinary students at Purdue University. Dr. Reese is a member of several professional organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
When not treating pets, Dr. Reese enjoys spending time with his wife, four-legged kiddos, and fishing.
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!
Simon Kornberg, BVSc, DACVIM (Neurology)
Simon T. Kornberg, BVSc, DACVIM (Neurology) is a Veterinary Neurologist at Southeast Veterinary Neurology. Dr. Kornberg was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. The son of a Pediatric Neurologist and a Psycho-therapist, 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, he moved to New York to expand neurosurgery capabilities in a large multispecialty 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. He has co- authored a journal article on ultrasound guided brain surgery and has a book chapter in a neurosurgery textbook due to be published 2023.He is a board member of the Broward County Veterinary Medical Association. 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.
When not in the clinic Dr Kornberg spends time with his wife Samantha, their three dogs; Freddie,
Monterrey and Kimber, two horses; Deacon and Drover, and cat Thomas. In his spare time Dr. Kornberg plays competitive Australian Football for the Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids in the USAFL, is an avid horse rider, enjoys cruising around on his One Wheel and watching his teams in baseball, hockey and Australian Football.
Christine Senneca, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Christine Senneca, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) is a Veterinary Neurologist with Southeast Veterinary Neurology in Jupiter, Florida. Originally from Long Island, New York, Dr. Christine Senneca is excited to be in sunny Florida and on 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 in Malvern, Pennsylvania and she made southeast Florida and Southeast Veterinary Neurology her home in 2020. Dr. Senneca enjoys all aspects of neurology, including a particular interest in neurosurgery and treating spinal cord injury.
When not treating patients, Dr. Senneca loves almost any outdoor activity, and particularly loves being at the Jupiter dog beach with her dog Nalu. Most of all Dr. Senneca enjoys being a mom to her new daughter, Amelia, and spending quality family time together along with her husband, Jeff.
I had an exceptional experience with Southeast Veterinary Neurology. Dr. Senneca is absolutely delightful, informative and very fast acting when it came to treating my French Bulldog Chunker. Chunker and I were on vacation when he injured his back. I reached out to Southeast Veterinary Neurology the very next day and was able to speak with Dr. Senneca. Dr. Senneca was able to see him the next day, after his evaluation she recommended that Chunker have a MRI. Chunker had an MRI that day and went straight into surgery. Throughout Chunkers experience with SEVN I was updated around the clock. As a dog mom this is something that is so important to me, knowing what is going on with my fur baby when I can't be there. Chunker is in recovery now and is not in pain anymore thanks to Southeast Veterinary Neurology and more importantly Dr. Senneca.
Truly wonderful! I decided to make an appointment for my french bulldog Bean. Dr. Senneca and team are amazing. We ended up deciding to do further testing to make sure my Bean was okay. They are extremely trustworthy and caring. I was updated continuously while Bean was in there care. Dr. Senneca is wonderful and made sure Beans spine is well and healthy! I highly recommend SEVN and Dr. Senneca. Thank you for everything.
Montana DiVita, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Montana DiVita, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) is a Veterinary Neurologist with Southeast Veterinary Neurology in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. DiVita was born and raised in New Jersey, where she attended Rutgers University and majored in Animal Science. After college, she attended Ross University on the island of St. Kitts. Dr. DiVita 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 went on to do 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 Miami. Dr. DiVita wrapped up her residency and achieved board certification in Veterinary Neurology in 2022. She then moved on to lead the Southeast Veterinary Neurology Virginia Beach hospital.
Dr. DiVita is passionate about all facets of neurology, but has a special interest in neurosurgery. Throughout her training, she participated in and performed numerous advanced surgical procedures.
When not treating pets, Dr. DiVita enjoys SCUBA diving, spending time at the beach and hiking with her dog, Frenchy.
Amanda Taylor, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Director of Education and Wellness | Veterinary Neurologist
Amanda R. Taylor, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) is a Veterinary Neurologist and the Director of Health and Wellness with Southeast Veterinary Neurology. Dr. Taylor received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the 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 is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology). She 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, faculty position, 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). Dr. Taylor’s research interests include MRI and neurosurgery.
When not treating pets, Dr. Taylor enjoys spending time with her family, running, cooking and gardening.
Amy Thibault, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Amy Thibault, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) is a Veterinary Neurologist with Southeast Veterinary Neurology in Miami, Florida. Dr. 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 at the Southeast Veterinary Neurology 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 he 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.
Christopher Adams, DVM
Veterinary 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.
Alyssa Flores, DVM
Veterinary 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.
Katharine Russell, DVM
Veterinary 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.
Antonio Conte, DVM
Veterinary 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.
Elyse Desbiens-Despres, DVM
Veterinary Neurology 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.
DR. Myri-Ann Melendez
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
Not currently taking patients
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.