We are extremely proud of our dedicated team. We hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our team here at Van Roekel & Associates, Inc. Our team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained at their jobs. They will do anything possible for their patients and the owners who love them.
Learning and education are very important here at Van Roekel & Associates, Inc. We strive to have a state of the art hospital with a staff trained in the latest medical advances. Our patients deserve the very best veterinary care.
Basically, our team is full of animal lovers. They make it a goal to treat each patient like their own. They give each patient plenty of love and attention. They are prepared to discuss preventative medicine so that every pet can stay as healthy as possible. They will also do everything that they can to make a sick pet feel better as soon as possible.
If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (239) 694-7177.
Dr. Dennis Van Roekel
Dr. Dennis Van Roekel was raised in rural northwest Iowa and attended a one-room school until 5th grade – and was at the top of his class because he was the only one in it!
After receiving his DVM from Iowa State University, he practiced in the Midwest.
In 1976, he and his wife, Debra, purchase Dr. Terry Terlep’s large animal practice in Fort Myers. It was based at their North Olga residence until it recently moved to a new facility in North Fort Myers.
The business has evolved from a strictly large animal practice to a mixed animal practice in which small animals such as dogs, cats and farm animals are also cared for.
Dr. Debra Van Roekel
Dr. Debra Van Roekel, grew up in a small southern Indiana farm community.
She was active in 4-H and showed horses until attending the Purdue University of Veterinary Medicine.
After receiving her DVM in 1971, she practiced in Iowa for five years before purchasing Dr. Terry Terlep’s large animal practice in Fort Myers with her husband, Dennis.
She loves all animals and also spent many years working the large cattle ranches of South Florida.
Dr. Donald Moore
Dr. Donald Moore was born and raised on a farm in Montana.
Upon graduating from Montana State University in 1960, he furthered his education at Colorado’s State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science in 1964.
He also served in the Air Force from 1964 to 1966. Moore practiced veterinary medicine in California, Wyoming, and Montana.
Since 1987, he has resided and practiced in Florida.
His focus is large animal medicine and he has a particular interest in equine behavior and training.
Dr. Darrell Harvey
Dr. Darrell Harvey graduated from the Univeristy of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.
He has provided veterinary care to the Southwest Florida area for more than 24 years.
His expertise includes a broad spectrum of services, with a special interest in equine preventative medicine, lameness evaluation, diagnostic imaging, pre-purchase exams, reproduction, and dentistry.
Dr. Kathleen Neuville
Dr. Kathleen Neuville got involved with animals at a young age – at 8, she started participating in Lee County 4-H activities by raising swine for the Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair.
That’s where her love for veterinary medicine began. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, then went to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and finished her clinical year at Auburn University in 2017.
Neuville is a mixed animal veterinarian who treats and loves all animals great and small.
She is pleased to be back in her hometown of Fort Myers, giving back to her community.
Dr. Brigitte Gravitt
Dr. Brigitte Gravitt had an early passion for horses – in Spain as a dressage working student and then riding for the Lipizzaner Stallion Show in the U.S. and Bahrain.
In 2008, she earned a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from the University of Florida. She studied at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and received her DVM in 2017.
While a student, Gravitt won awards for excellence in large animal medicine and clinical pathology. Upon graduation, she became a junior associate with Brandon Equine Medicine Center in Brandon, Florida where she further developed a special interest in equine sports medicine through the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology.
Dr. Alexis Lanser
Dr. Alexis Lanser knew from a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian.
Her first job was at age 15, working for an animal hospital.
She attended Ross University Medicine, and then Auburn University.
After graduation, she returned to Georgia and began working as a mixed animal veterinarian. In 2018, she brought her talents to Southwest Flordia.
Lanser loved patients of all sizes – and all aspects of her job from giving puppy vaccinations to getting her hands dirty on farms.