Millie Rosales, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Millie Rosales graduated with a Bachelors of Biology and high honors from Florida International University. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Following graduation, she worked as a general practitioner in Miami for a non-profit small animal clinic. In 2003, Dr. Rosales returned to the University of Florida and completed a two year residency in the specialization of veterinary dermatology. Dr. Rosales is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD), a distinction given only to practitioners who have achieved board certification in this specialty. She has also authored several articles and lectured at local and state veterinary associations. Dr. Rosales holds a primary interest in allergic and immune mediated skin conditions in dogs and cats; and chronic (recurrent) ear infections in dogs.
Dr. Rosales has established leadership roles in a variety of professional organizations:
- Past president of the South Florida Veterinary Medical Association (SFVMA) from 2008-2010
- Served in the SFVMA board from 2008-2014 and chaired in various SFVMA committees: website, newsletter, social and continuing education
- Awarded the Gold Star by the Florida Veterinary Medical Association for outstanding contributions to the SFVMA in 2008
- Served as a board member of the South Florida Veterinary Foundation from 2008-2014
- Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.
Beyond her dermatology expertise, Dr. Rosales has a strong passion for the care and well-being of pets in shelters and rescue organizations. You will often find her supporting and advocating for local shelter and rescue groups, raising awareness on spaying/neutering and promoting the importance of pet adoption.
A native Miamian, Dr. Rosales values her roots and is fluent in English and Spanish enabling her to serve the Spanish speaking clients of the South Florida area. Away from the office, Dr. Rosales enjoys spending time with her family and daughter, doing yoga and art activities. She can sympathize with her clients as she also owns an allergic white American Bulldog.
Nicole Puerto is a Miami native. She has been a veterinary technician since graduation from Palmetto Senior High School in 2002. Her vast experience has been through hands-on learning in the field. Nicole has assisted veterinarians in general practice, emergency medicine, surgery and internal medicine. Nicole is Dr. Rosales’ main veterinary technician and manager. She always knew that helping animals was her passion and it is hard not to witness that when she is at work. Once you and your pet meet Nicole, you will be captivated by her warm heart, compassion and caring nature.
When not working, Nicole enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching football. She is the proud owner of a cute, hairy mutt named Chewy, a street roamer named Gypsy, and two amazing cats named Yoda and Leia. They were all rescued and are a huge part of her life.
Caitlin Turndorf is a native Mainer. Her love and passion for animals started at a very young age. Caitlin pursued her interest in animals and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Vermont. Caitlin escaped the cold and moved to Miami in 2009. Caitlin has taken her strong background in animal health and worked with exotic animals and domesticated pets. She worked for a few years at Jungle Island. Most recently she has worked as a technician for a general veterinary practice, a traveling surgeon and emergency medicine. She currently is one of the head technicians for the internal medicine service at Southeast Veterinary Referral Center. Caitlin is Dr. Rosales’ dermatology nurse at the South Miami location on Tuesday and Thursday. When not working, Caitlin likes to keep herself busy with her family, daughter and six pets (two guinea pigs, two cats and two dogs).
Kim was born and raised in Miami. She grew up in a very busy household with quite a few pets. As a child she enjoyed watching nature documentaries and reading about animals with her dad. As involved and passionate as she was about animals and nature, Kim never imagined having a career working with them. While attending undergraduate classes at Florida International University, Kim decided to volunteer at the Everglades Outpost in Homestead taking care of wildlife and exotic animals that were abandoned or confiscated by Florida Wildlife Commission. It was there that she realized that working with animals was her passion. Kim quickly learned that being able to build relationships with animals and learn their behaviors, one was able to tell when they were not acting normal or sick. After almost 2 years of volunteer work with wildlife and exotics at the Outpost, she wanted to explore veterinary medicine. She applied for a job at Miami Pet Emergency in 2006 as a veterinary assistant and quickly learned the skills of a veterinary technician. Since then, she has worked in veterinary hospitals in Miami, Homestead, and the Florida Keys. Kim has experience in management, emergency medicine, canine reproduction, general practice, and now excited to step foot into the specialty field of dermatology. She enjoys building relationships with her patients and their owners, one of the cornerstones of our practice.
When not at work she likes going to concerts, photography, and hanging out with her family. At home she has four french bulldogs (Dooks, Mirah, Eevee, and NutNut), one Great Dane (Rufio), two cats (Matilda and Hero), and a little blue parrotlet named Ponyo.
Gaby is a Miami native. Gaby had a life changing experience 7 years ago when she rescued Pippa. Pippa, a terrier mix from the Humane Society of Greater Miami, was malnourished and fearful. Like many rescue stories Pippa is the one that rescued Gaby. At the time Gabby was a personal assistant, primarily doing clerical and administrative work. She quickly came to the conclusion that administrative work was not her passion or her future. Gaby decided to seek a more fulfilling career and began her journey into the veterinary field. Her initial veterinary experience started at a general veterinary practice. She then transferred to Southeast Veterinary Referral Center, a specialty and emergency facility. Gaby has dedicated much of her free time to fostering and serving animals in need. Throughout the last six years she has taken on over ten fosters which required extensive medical attention. With the help of the community, friends, and family she has been able to raise funds for their medical treatment. All fosters have been successfully rehomed including nine dogs, one cat and a chinchilla. She introduced herself to Miami Veterinary Dermatology in 2016 and became very interested in cytology of skin and ears. She began assisting us at the end of 2017 and since then continues to expand her knowledge with each patient Miami Veterinary Dermatology treats. She aspires to become a well-rounded technician, having knowledge in all veterinary specialties. Her passion and interest in animal care have resulted in quick learning. Her attention to detail and interest in cytology has made her a perfect fit for our team.
Outside of the animal rescue community, Gaby spends her free time traveling and planning her own trips down to the last detail. Gaby enjoys studying and experiencing different countries and cultures. She has traveled to several countries, the most recent being a three-week excursion throughout mainland China.
Miriam was born in Miami and has been surrounded by plenty of pets since she was very young. She graduated from Robert Morgan Educational Center and then went on to attend Miami Dade College. During her time in college her love of animals became enhanced through volunteer work at the Humane Society, Zoo Miami, and veterinary clinics. Miriam’s desire to be in a career working with animals became a realization in March 2019 when she graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program at City College in Hollywood, Florida. She presently works at Miami Veterinary Dermatology as our receptionist scheduling appointments and answering client questions regarding our patient’s needs. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies and taking care of her two dogs.