Meet Our Veterinarians
The veterinarians at our animal hospital understand your pet is more than just a pet. Your dog or cat is a special member of your family, and you want the best care available when needed. Each veterinarian upholds the practice’s philosophy: providing quality care for your pet.
To allow ample time for all patients and scheduled surgeries, our pet hospital operates primarily by appointment. Similar to humans, pets do not synchronize their illnesses with an appointment book and surgical procedures sometimes take longer than planned, so, an occasional appointment delay is inevitable. Please understand that we make a sincere attempt to see each client on time, and a phone call is appreciated if an appointment needs to be rescheduled.
Dr. Nash has been at Sand Lake Animal Clinic since 1992. He graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991 and has a special interest in orthopedic surgery. In 2011, Dr. Nash purchased Sand Lake Animal Clinic from Dr. Simmons. When not at Sand Lake, Dr. Nash enjoys spending time with his family, going to Honduras on Mission trips and hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
Dr. Spurgeon graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. He then began his career with Sand Lake Animal Clinic and has enjoyed serving the clients here ever since. His work-related special interests include cytology and radiology/ultrasound. When away from work, Dr. Spurgeon likes to spend time with his wife and three sons. He volunteers with his church’s youth group, enjoys being with his dog, Jax, and understands that his cat, Ollie, merely tolerates him.
Dr. Rivera graduated in 2007 from Universidad Mayor in Chile. While working as a veterinary technician in Orlando, he completed the Educational Committee for Foreign Veterinary Graduates program and received his veterinary license in 2009. Dr. Rivera joined Sand Lake Animal Clinic in February 2013. When not at work, Dr. Rivera enjoys free diving and spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. Stone graduated in 2015 from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she joined Sand Lake Animal Clinic in June 2015. Her work-related interests include preventative medicine, dentistry and behavior. When not at work, Dr. Stone enjoys scuba diving, gaming, spending time with family and friends and playing with her dog, Bailey.
Dr. Brits graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She grew up in the Dr. Phillips area, and was happy to return home and join Sand Lake Animal Clinic in June 2018. Her work-related interests include internal medicine/endocrinology and preventative medicine. When not at work, Dr. Brits enjoys traveling with her husband, being involved with music (singing at her church and playing violin) and spending time with her friends and family, which includes two very spoiled cats, Molly and Oscar.
Dr. Simmons graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. He opened Sand Lake Animal Clinic in 1980 and, through his honesty, dedication to quality medicine and hard work, grew it into the five doctor animal hospital that it is today. Dr. Simmons retired in 2011 but will occasionally fill in at the clinic when needed.