Meet our caring & compassionate veterinary care team!
An exceptional group of team members is the key to a successful veterinary practice. We pride ourselves on great veterinary services and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Our technicians were hand-picked by Dr. Stocker and Jan because of their skills and dedication to making Nature Coast Animal Wellness the place where your pet receives premium care with a personal touch. Come experience why great people make all the difference.
Dr. Stocker grew up in New Port Richey, working in his father’s automotive garage until deciding he wanted to become Veterinarian. Dr. Stocker received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the University of Florida in 1980 and continued on with graduate studies in physiology, nutrition and biochemistry. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Dr. Stocker established his own practice in Brooksville soon thereafter, now with over 25 years of experience.
Dr. Stocker has special interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery with much continued education and training in these areas as well as specialized instruction in the use of surgical laser and has been utilizing the laser in nearly all his surgeries since 1998. Dr. Stocker has also completed additional training in Ultrasound Diagnostic Medicine. He is a member of the Veterinary Surgical Laser Society, AVMA and the FVMA.
Dr. Stocker has extensive experience in Orthopedic surgeries such as ruptured ligaments and dislocating patella repair, fracture repairs and dislocating joints to amputation.
Dr. Stocker is also well known for his talents in soft tissue surgery which includes entropion (eye lid), stenotic nares(nostril)surgery, lateral ear resection and anal gland excision. His expertise also includes the removal of tumors involving the spleen, liver and intestines, removal of intestinal foreign material obstructions, resection of large skin and subcutaneous masses requiring reconstructive surgery.
During his free time Dr. Stocker enjoys spending time on the water, riding his Harley or building his chopper and hot rod. Mostly, he treasures time with family and his four-legged kids.
Jan Johnson is the proprietor of Nature Coast Animal Wellness & Surgical Center. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama as well as a master’s degree From Norwich University. She is very active in the community and continues to work as a mortgage loan originator while attending University of South Florida.
My name is Desiree but everyone calls me Desi. I've been working with animals since 1995. I started out as a veterinary receptionist for a year then trained as a groomer for a year and then decided to focus on becoming a veterinary technician which I've has been doing for over 20 years. I enjoy the time spent with clients and their pets, getting to know them on a more personal level and helping educate them on subjects from pet nutrition to surgical questions. When I'm not working with your pets I enjoy playing with my dogs: Odie & Maggie. When I have time, I love to ride my motorcycle, spend time on the water fishing or working on various craft projects in my 'She Shed'.
My Name is Jamie. My husband and I moved here to Florida from Boston in 2003 to escape the cold and enjoy the summer weather all year long. Our love of animals and the outdoors makes Florida the perfect place for us to live. We have owned many pets through the years including dogs, cats, turtles, snakes, iguanas and a thirty pound sulcata tortoise. We currently have 3 dogs named Layla, Ivy and Milo. Layla is a Rat Terrier and Jack Russell mix and Ivy, who is pictured in my profile picture is a chihuahua mix. Milo is my newest rescue and he is quite the squirrel hunter!
I am truly blessed to able to fulfill my passion of helping sick and injured animals while working with a such a caring, wonderful staff. I truly believe that if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
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Hello Nature Coasters! My name is Kassy and I’ve been a Veterinary Technician for over 4 years. Prior to my veterinary experience I worked in rescue and rehabilitation of many different animals including Dolphins, Lemurs and sea lions. Through those experiences I found that my love and passion is surgery. I now dedicate myself to helping pets make it safely and comfortably through their surgeries. When I’m not with my work family I am home having fun with my amazing son and wonderful husband. We are a traveling trio who love to visit national parks and go camping with our German Shepherds. Our favorite place so far has been the snow caps of the Rocky Mountains. Here at Nature Coast I strive to make sure that you and your pet have a calm and happy experience. I look forward to helping and building a trusting relationship with your pets!
Hello! My name is Valarie, but I go by Val. I've been a Veterinary Technician for about a year and a half, and I absolutely love it. I'm currently in school to get my Veterinary Technician license and I have a prior degree in Marine Biology. I have a deep love for animals and try my best to make their experience with us as fear free as possible. Between me and my parents, we have a total of 6 cats and 3 dogs, so there's never a dull moment in my house. My favorite activities outside of work involve anything to do with the water and going for walks with the dogs. I can't wait to give you and your furry family the best experience possible during your visit!