Dr. George and Dr. Ibarra, along with our staff, have provided the highest standard of veterinary care for over thirty years.
Together we offer our patients at the Animal Clinic many aspects of veterinary care from basic pet care to life saving procedures. We specialize in dietary management and preventative health care.
We are constantly evolving and are current with the latest technology and veterinary medical advancements. As part as our commitment to the community we service many animal rescue organizations such as the Greyhound Pet’s of America, Coon’s Run Wildlife, The Guide Dog Foundation for The Blind, and many others. We enjoy supporting our local schools and businesses.
We are committed to your pet’s well-being in all life stages. Providing a long, happy, healthy life is our number one goal!
Dr. Richard E. George
Dr. Natali Ibarra
Dr. Ibarra was born and raised on the Peruvian Coast. She graduated with a degree in Medico Veterinario Zootecnista from the University of San Luis Gonzaga- Peru in 2001, and moved to Florida. After obtaining her certification from the Educational Commission of Foreign Veterinary Graduates, she joined Dr. George at the Animal Clinic as part of the doctor staff. Her professional interests include Veterinary Dermatology, Dentistry and Internal Medicine. Dr Ibarra speaks fluent English and Spanish. She lives in Merritt Island and has two dogs named Vegas and Mr. Bud. She enjoys kayaking, yoga and traveling. She also supports and volunteers with The Guide Dog for the Blind, Inc. and raised a wonderful dog named Dakota.
heather bates - accounting/dog trainer
Heather is a native of Florida, and earned an Associate Degree in Business from Daytona Beach Community College. After managing a restaurant, she realized animals were her calling. She has raised seven puppies for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, and continues to support the organization. Heather is a member, trainer and volunteer at Canine Star Training Academy, where she teaches basic obedience classes, and works her own dogs in obedience, rally, and agility. She is particularly interested in canine behavior. Heather started Fur By Choice in April of 2011, a full grooming facility. As the Office Manager at Dr. George and Dr Ibarra’s Animal Clinic, Heather will be happy to assist you in any way you require.
amy reinhart - office manager/dog trainer
amber nahrstedt - receptionist
This is Amber’s first job in the veterinary field and she absolutely loves it! Amber has a huge passion for animals. She has owned and rescued goats, sugar gliders, bearded dragons, squirrels just to name a few. She currently owns two dogs and a horse and is enrolled in a college program to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Amber is happily married with three wonderful children.
Wendy keighley - receptionist/dog trainer
Wendy came to the United States from England in 1982. She has many years of veterinary experience; first started to work in Animal Clinic in 2000. She has been involved with many animal organizations raising puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, South Eastern Guide Dogs and The Guide Dog Foundation for The Blind. Wendy has competed with her own dogs in many canine events, and all her dogs have worked as Therapy Dogs.
Wendy currently owns two black Labrador Retrievers and an amazing cat. She also enjoys photography.
amy throm - lead veterinary technician
justin schmidt - veterinary assistant
Justin is a Merritt Island native and has always loved animals. After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Coastal Marine Biology from University of North Florida he returned to the Island and began working for Dr. George and Dr. Ibarra.
His hobbies include bladesmithing, red wine and long walks on the beach.
emma byford - veterinary assistant
Emma was born and raised in Lynchburg, Tennessee and moved to Florida in the Summer of 2019. She has always had a love for animals and have owned all types! She currently has four cats and six dogs but has owned horses, chickens, birds, goats, and a pot belly pig at one point. Emma graduated from Volunteer State Community College with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies. She played collegiate softball there for the two years she attended.
Emma loves being on the water, being active, and spending time with her family.