The SFVMA Board of Directors are a dedicated and committed group of veterinarians who volunteer their time and effort to oversee the management and operations of the Association.
Board meetings are held every first Monday of the month, with the exception of December and January. All SFVMA members are welcome to attend these meetings.
If you are interested in joining the SFVMA Board of Directors, please contact us here.
Dr. Robert Swinger completed his undergraduate work and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2003. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida in 2004, he went on to complete both an ophthalmology internship in 2005 and residency in 2009 at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinic. Soon thereafter, he joined the VCA Aurora Animal Hospital outside of Chicago before returning to Florida in 2011 to launch Animal Eye Guys. Over the past few years, Animal Eye Guys has expanded to multiple locations across South Florida; Dr. Swinger currently consults from Premier Veterinary Specialties (PVS) in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale. He is board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
President-Elect / C.E. Chairperson
Claudia Valderrama, DVM
Veterinary Relief Services
Dr. Claudia Valderrama graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She worked in mixed animal practice for 7 years before starting Veterinary Relief Services. She has been practicing as a relief veterinarian in South Florida since 2000 and enjoys the challenge of working in small animal medicine in multiple practice settings. Hailing from Cali, Colombia, she is bilingual and enjoys her rapport with both English and Spanish-speaking clientele. She is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Miami-Dade College Alumni Hall of Famer, SFVMA Board Member since 2008, Board Member of the South Florida Veterinary Foundation, and is currently Rotary President. In her off time, she enjoys scuba diving, yoga, and adventure travel.
Dr. Maria Oliveira hails from the Dominician Republic and studied for her veterinary degree at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. Graduating in 1989, she chose a career as a small animal veterinarian and moved to Miami, Florida. There, she opened South Miami Animal Clinic and runs a successful small animal practice. Extremely active with our local veterinary association, she is a Past-President of the SFVMA, as well as the current Treasurer. Additionally, she has been a board member for the past 15 years and enjoys the challenges of advancing the veterinary profession.
Dr. Patty Khuly is a practicing veterinarian and pet health writer based in South Florida. She owns Sunset Animal Clinic in Miami, where she practices companion animal medicine full-time at a hectic four-person practice. She received her BA from Wellesley College, her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and her MBA from The Wharton School of Business.
Dr. Khuly writes a weekly pet health column for The Miami Herald, a monthly column for Veterinary Practice News, and serves as a regular contributor to Vetstreet. Her work has also appeared on MSN, Yahoo, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast, among other populat online venues. As a blogger, she's written for Embrace Pet Insurance, PetMD, Pet360, and her own celebrated blog at DrPattyKhuly.com (formerly Dolittler.com). As for her practicing concerns, Dr. Khuly has a thing for progressive wellness issues, animal welfare, nutrition, and animal health economics for practitioners and pet owners, among others.
She lives in South Miami with four dogs, a pair of goats, a flock of chickens, and a professional guitarist. She claims one human teenager, who just recently escaped to Amherst College, as her ultimate achievement.
Dr. Gerardo Diaz completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami and received his DVM degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He is past-president of the Florida Veterinary Medical Assocation (FVMA), the South Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the Dade County Veterinary Foundation. Dedicating a substantial portion of his career to upholding the veterinary profession, he has served on FVMA's Board of Governors, Budget and Finance Committees, held the office of District Representative, and currently serves on the Legislative Affairs Committee. He practices both equine and small animal medicine and surgery with a special interest in infectious diseases and surgery. When not immersed in veterinary medicine, he enjoys model aeronautics, boating, fishing, diving, flying, and traveling.
Dr. Rick Diaz was born in Miami Beach. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and his doctorate degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Beginning his career as a veterinarian in 1991, he returned home to Miami where he gained valuable experience at a few local veterinary clinics before establishing the Pet Care Clinic of Doral in 1992. He is past-president (2007-2008) of the South Florida Veterinary Medical Assocation and has been on the Board of Directors since 2003. He was a Gold Star Award recipient from the FVMA in 2005, 2009, and again in 2015 for his outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession. In his spare time, he is an avid boater and enjoys fishing, diving, and cruising the coast of Florida and the Bahamas. He lives in South Miami with his beautiful wife, two wonderful children, and their friendly dogs.
Dr. Marc Kramer is a veterinarian of all creatures, focusing in two unique fields: avian and exotic animal medicine and spay & neuter surgery. Originally a New Yorker, he graduated with a B.S. and D.V.M. from Cornell University and then completed an avian and exotic specialty internship at the Ontario Veterinary College. Following his veterinary training, he relocated to South Florida in 2000 where he began practicing exclusively with birds and exotics. In 2008, Dr. Kramer became licensed to practice in six U.S. states and began serving as a per diem vet at exotic animal practices, universities, wildlife clinics, and conservation field projects around the world. Around this time, he also realized the critical need for intensive spay and neuter efforts to help lower the euthanasia rates in South Florida shelters. Over 40,000 spays and neuters later, he has honed his surgical skills and works with both local and international animal shelters and rescue organizations, including Project PetSnip, a charitable organziation he co-founded. On his days off, you might find him birdwatching deep in the Florida Everglades, road-tripping in his 1978 VW Bus, or exploring a hiking trail somewhere off the beaten path with his enchanting girlfriend, Eliana.
Dr. Irving Lerner was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Graduating from the 3rd class of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982, he fulfilled his dream of becoming a veterinarian and has practiced since that time as a small animal veterinarian in Miami. In 1985, he founded Crossroads Animal Hospital in Kendall which he owns and operates to this day. In addition to keeping up with a busy practice, Dr. Lerner is President of the South Florida Veterinary Foundation. Through this local non-profit organization, he is dedicated to promoting the veterinary profession through efforts to aid pets and people in low-income communities and provide scholarships to veterinary students and technicians. Dr. Lerner was also part of the organizing effort in forming the Wynwood Business District (BID), an association of property owners whose efforts led to the rebirth of Wynwood as an arts-centric destination. He remains a Board member of the BID. He has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 39 years and they have three adult children, Jill, Robin, and David, and two grandchildren.
Dr. Lista is the owner and head veterinarian at Trail Animal Hospital. She earned her D.V.M. degree from the University of Florida in 2000 and later returned to serve on the UFCVM's Admissions Committee. She is a member of the UF's Dean's Circle of Excellence. She is the District 6 FVMA Representative serving all South Florida veterinarians from Broward to the Keys. She is a former president of the SFVMA and member of the South Florida Veterinary Foundation. Dr. Lista lobbies in Tallahassee and locally in support of the advancement of the veterinary profession and animal rights. Dr. Lista competes in local half marathons, 5K races and sprint triatholns. She was born and raised in our community, attending Lourdes Academy and the University of Miami.
Sharon MacIvor, DVM
Dadeland Animal Hospital
Dr. Sharon MacIvor received her D.V.M. degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. Shortly thereafter, she established her first animal hospital of five in South Florida. Currently, she owns and is the lead veterinarian for Dadeland Animal Hospital. Throughout her veterinary career, she has volunteered service to multiple organizations including Miami-Dade Schools' Careers in the Classroom and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine's Senior Student Program. She is a former medical director of South Florida Wildlife Rescue and current medical director of the Greater Miami Humane Society. Her desire to give back to the community is further reflected in her service to the Boards of Directors of the Miami Zoo, FIU Honors College, Special Olympics of South Florida, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and our very own SFVMA. She is the proud parent of two daughters pursuing careers in medical school and law school. A classically trained pianist, Dr. MacIvor often enjoys tickling the ivories as well as travel and watercolor painting.
Dr. Kenneth B. Sontag-Snyder graduated in 1985 from the University of Florida’s School of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced equine medicine before starting his house-call practice as “The Visiting Vet” in 1987. Dr. Snyder emphasizes nutrition, dentistry, weight management and behavior modification to maximize the health of his patients and to enrich the human-animal bond. He is active in the Fear Free Initiative Campaign and practices a Fear Free clinic in Pinecrest, Florida. Furthermore, he gives back to the community through the veterinary profession by serving as a board member for the South Florida Veterinary Foundation. Dr. Snyder’s newest passion is to acquire at-risk animals and pair them with boys and girls and young women and young men who are at risk of living unhappy, non-productive lives due to juvenile delinquency, unnurturing foster-care living situations, and/or human trafficking. Dr. Snyder believes that the loving bonds these animals and youths create together can facilitate their mutual healing.
Dr. Snyder was born and raised in North Miami Beach. In addition to English, he is also fluent in Spanish and Hebrew. He has four siblings, four children, three grandchildren, four cats and two dogs. His hobbies are music, dance, singing, writing and springboard diving.
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