Our skilled team of specialists and professionals are dedicated to the compassionate care of your beloved pet. At West Palm Animal Clinic, your pet receives compassionate care from specialists assembled from throughout the country. We invite you to read more about the team dedicated to your pet’s well being:
Dr. Michelle Durkee
OWNER / VETERINARIAN
Hi, I’m Dr. Michelle Durkee, the sole veterinarian and owner of West Palm Animal Clinic & Boarding. My interest in animals began at an early age. Sometimes I believe that I was born to be a veterinarian. Besides having dogs and cats as many children do, I also cared for many other species including ducks, squirrels, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, snakes, hamsters, fish, etc. This early fascination with animals formed the basis of my desire to become a veterinarian. When I was young, I used to volunteer at animal hospitals. Then, in my teens, I worked as a kennel helper for veterinarians in my neighborhood. Following high school, I attended the University of Florida, graduating with a B.S. in Microbiology. I attended a four year veterinary medicine program at Ross University and completed my final year in a residency program at Oklahoma State University. I graduated with a DVM degree in 1989.
From 1989 to 1994, I was an associate veterinarian at a small, busy animal practice in Miami, Florida. I then ventured out on my own doing relief work for many small animal practices in the south Florida area as well as working nights in an emergency clinic. In May 1997, the opportunity arose to acquire West Palm Animal Clinic.
My husband, staff and I have made this clinic a modern veterinary practice dedicated to quality animal care with an emphasis on customer service. Despite the amount of time required to run a busy practice, I still find time to perform low cost veterinary services to a few local animal welfare groups. I help Animal Care and Control with their “hopeless” cases and “Op around the Clock.” I live in West Palm Beach with my husband Michael. I have two sons, (Devin & Trevor), three step-children, (Emily, Austin & Megan), five grandchildren & 15 dogs.
OFFICE MANAGER, CVT
Hi my name is Christine Strickland. I have always had a love for animals. That’s why when I graduated from high school, I decided to go to college to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. I graduated technician school in 1989. I have worked in the field of veterinary medicine since 1983. I started working for Dr. Durkee in February of 1999. I grew up here in the West Palm Beach area and now live in Ro
CLIENT CARE COORDINATOR
Hi, my name is Karen and I am a receptionist at the front desk who will greet you with a smile and assist you with your pets’ problems and needs. I developed a love of animals at an early age, so it was only natural to work at an animal hospital. I have been a receptionist at West Palm Animal Clinic since 1989. I live in Royal Palm Beach and share my home with 2 cute Chihuahua, and 1 Rottweiler.
CLIENT CARE COORDINATOR
Hi, my name is Elissa And I joined Dr. Durkee’s team April 2016. I am originally from NJ bit move to Florida in 1999 and love it here. After owning and operating my own private investigation company for many years, I decided I wanted so what I really live and work with animals. I was hired for a position at my vet’s office and I’ve been working for animal hospital ever since! I also have two grown daughters; one is studying to be a wildlife rehabilitator and the other is a busy mom that has blessed me with three beautiful grandchildren. I like to volunteer my “spare” time with various organizations; John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Girl Scouts of America, Peggy Adams Rescue League and the Sea Turtle Conservation League of Singer Island. My Boyfriend Steve and I currently share our home with 1 dog, 10 cats and 13 tortoises, the majority of which are rescues!
Hello! My name is Ashleigh and I have been a veterinary technician here at West Palm Animal Clinic since April of 2008. My husband and I moved from Connecticut to Florida in September 2007. We have two young daughters, who keep me on my toes. I have had a true love for animals since I was little. Now I have 3 dogs, Duke ( a Doberman), Dolly (a rescue Pitbull), and Rider (rescue Pitbull). It is a great feeling when I can enjoy going to work and make a difference in the life of a pet.
VETERINARY TECHNICIAN ASSISTANT
Hello, my name is Jacqueline Medrano Elizondo, I am currently working on becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician at St. Petersburg College. I have been working at West Palm Animal Clinic since October 2016. I have always had a passion and love for animals. I currently have a “mini-zoo”, I have a Ball Python, a Tarantula, 5 dogs (Panchita, Coco, Bruno, Chico, Percy) 4 cats (Uma, Chickenwing, Reynalda, Joaquin), 8 birds, 1 turtle and a tank full of fish!
Hi, my name is Tamara Watson but everyone calls me Tami. I am 25 years old, my birthday is September 12. I have 4 animals, 1 dog and 3 cats. My favorite animal is a Tiger! I’ve always wanted to be a vet assistant. I’m going to school to be a preschool teacher assistant.
Hello, my name is Toni Murray. I am a student at Florida Atlantic University and I love being around animals, especially exotic animals. Not only do I have dogs but I have bearded dragons too. I hope that one day I become a Zoologist. I have been working at West Palm Animal Clinic since April 2018 and everyday is a new experience.
Hi, I’m Sara Cornell! I’m a mother of a beautiful two year old daughter and a fur baby. I love the outdoors, fishing, hunting, horseback riding; I’m there! When I’m not working or exploring the outdoors, you can find me volunteering at a local horse rescue.
I started working with animals, first at a veterinary clinic and then at a local zoo, in 1984. I have worked with animals since then. I have worked with large animals, small animals, avian and exotics. I have been riding horses since I was 4 years old. I enjoy riding my Harley with my dog, Thistle Weed and riding the waves with my other dog, BlackBerry. When I am at home I read voraciously. I like spending time with my boyfriend practicing pool. I like taking care of my two dogs, horse ( Tommy Tucker), bird (Willow), snake ( The Worm) and aquatic turtle (Bob).