Growing up in Plantation Dr. Meg Formoso knew at a young age that she wanted to be a "pet doctor". After attending the University of Florida for her bachelor's degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, she returned home to practice. Since then she has founded "Let's Be Vets", an outreach program that spreads the joy of caring for animals to local foster kids. She shares her home with a lovable Lab- Rex, and a bossy Bichon- Sasha. She and husband Juan have two teen children. When time allows, Dr. Formoso enjoys camping, traveling, and, of course, Gator football.
Dr. Eleonora Romero graduated with High Honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in 1993. She enjoys educating and working together with clients in order to keep all furry family members healthy. Dr. Romero has resided in Florida since 1982. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She loves spending time with her husband and college sweetheart, Aldo, their two sons, Gabriel and Daniel, and fur babies, Jack and Scrubs(rescued cat siblings).
Originally from Kentucky, Dr. Erika Blanco earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and her veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Kitts. In school, Dr. Blanco started the Student Wellness Committee, dedicated to supporting the mental health of veterinary students. She received both the AAHA Proficiency in Preventative Medicine award and the Joseph Wilder Excellence in Surgery award. She went on to complete her veterinary degree at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include surgery, preventive care, emergency medicine, exotics, and small ruminant medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Blanco enjoys Olympic weightlifting and competing in Crossfit. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs Donut and Zoey, and their "non-furred" family- a kingsnake, a pacman frog, and many fish in a large freshwater community tank.
Dr. Patrick Bufalieri was born and raised in New York state. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Marist Brothers College and studied veterinary medicine at the University of Bologna in Bologna in Italy. After obtaining his veterinary degree, Dr. Bufalieri returned to the U.S. and made south Florida his home. In 1988 he founded Wag'n Tails Animal Hospital, merging it with Nova Animal Hospital in 2020. He, his wife Mara, and daughter Victoria are long-time Davie residents. They share their home with their two rescue cats, Dante and Beatrice.
Originally from Spruce Pine, North Carolina our bird specialist, Dr. Flinchum, completed her undergraduate studies at North Carolina State University, then attended the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. She treats birds exclusively- here at Nova, at her own bird hospital in Palm Beach county, and at many south Florida aviaries, where her patients include flamingoes and black swans. Dr. Flinchum's written works have been featured in multiple avian medicine publications. When she can, she enjoys spending time with her own birds, as well as playing the banjo and the fiddle guitar.
Karina - Office Manager
After spending seven years in the United States Navy Karina made a big career change. She enrolled in Sanford Brown College and attained her associate degree in veterinary technology. She enjoys the unique challenges of helping dogs and cats in a medical setting, but above all else, she enjoys spending time with her son Gabriel and her two dogs Henry and Bently.
Karen - Client Care Specialist
Karen brings much experience and knowledge about pets to her role at the front desk. She has been with Nova since 2013, but has worked in different animal hospitals in the area since 2000. Originally from Dania Beach, she still lives there with hubby, eight rescued cats, and four parakeets. Her favorite part of work is caring for new pets and their people.
Anna - Client Care Specialist
Anna adores animals and has four kitties of her own. Joining Nova in 2020, she continues the work she started with Dr. Bufalieri in 2006. When she's working she enjoys greeting the clients and patients. When she's not working she enjoys traveling with her husband- and napping.
Gwen - Client Care Specialist
Gwen hails from the UK and was a microbiologist prior to being in the animal field. She loves all things furry and is proud to say she has saved countless animals over her past fifty years of rescue work. She started at Wag’n Tails Animal Hospital over 25 years ago and has been with Nova since 2020.
Emma - Client Care Specialist
Emma was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. Having earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, she has worked in many areas of the animal care industry including the USDA office in Miami and a wildlife center in Fort Lauderdale. She has one dog, three cats, and enjoys reading fiction in her spare time.
Jasmine - Lead Surgical Nurse
Jasmine always has had a deep love for animals and a true passion for helping them. From very early on, she knew she would work in the veterinary medicine field, and for over a decade now she has helped save animals across the country. Currently Jasmine is pursuing her AAS degree in veterinary technology. She is happily married with one beautiful daughter. She has two kitties, Miss Mellow and Nipsey. She looks forward every day to meeting clients and their pets!
Keziah - Surgical Nurse
Originally from Guyana, Keziah has been a veterinary nurse for over five years. At work she loves helping all creatures, great and small. At home she has four cats and LOTS of fish. Her hobby is growing aquarium moss for fresh water fish tanks.
Valencia - Veterinary Nurse
Valencia was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale. Working in the veterinary field since 2003 she always looks forward to greeting clients. At work her specialty is giving pets their own unique nicknames. At home Valencia has an African Grey parrot, and a Pitty pup named “Erica Kane”.
Steffi- Veterinary Nurse
Steffi knew that she wanted to be a voice for animals and advocate for pets since she was a child. She loves rescuing and fostering pets in need and currently is furthering her knowledge of pet rehabilitation. Steffi owns six dogs, three cats, and one bird of her own. She loves coming to work and learning new things and she is excited to see what the future brings.
Sheri- Veterinary Nurse
In the field for over 25 years, Sheri enjoys being hands-on with all pet patients- furred, feathered, and scaled. She is often asked for by name. Married with two kids, at home she has three cats, three dogs, and many reptiles of her own.
Amal - Veterinary Assistant
Majoring in journalism at Broward College, Amal has two dogs of her own: “Raven” the German shepherd and “Toby” the shih Tzu. When she’s not working hard at school or with her responsibilities at Nova, she likes to spend time with her family and with her girlfriend.
Marlena - Veterinary Assistant
A student at South Plantation High, Marlena enjoys caring for all the creatures at Nova Animal Hospital. Her specialty is giving them “voices bubbles”. When time allows she loves thrifting with friends.