Dr. Gary Zinderman, DVM, CVA
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Dr. Z finds great satisfaction in his veterinary career and feels it is most rewarding to help pets that cannot help themselves. Sometimes pets will come in the office with severe medical conditions – with patients, diagnostic testing and a gentle touch, we can help that pet heal and regain an excellent quality of life.

Path to Becoming A Veterinarian…

Dr. Z’s path to veterinary medicine began in Fort Lee, New Jersey, not far from New York City and an hour away from the state’s beautiful horse farms. Dr. Z pursued his goal of becoming a standardbred horse trainer and driver. By the time he was 22 years old, he had become a professional “A” driver and trainer and had a successful stable of racehorses. Working with equine veterinarians regularly, Dr. Z developed a deep respect for the veterinarians’ knowledge and skill.

After almost 10 years as a professional driver and trainer, Dr. Z decided to switch careers and become a veterinarian himself. Moving to Florida, he first earned his bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Z then earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Z was awarded the Dr. Wayne Riser award from the Veterinary Faculty for Excellence in Bone and Joint Pathology.

His Veterinary Philosophy…

Dr. Z thrives on the always-changing nature of his work. He has a special affinity for dentistry, as resolving a pet’s dental problem often gives them immediate relief from discomfort.

Along with conventional veterinary treatments, Dr. Z integrates veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal remedies, and nutrition to help his patients.

“Having been trained in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and earning my certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, I have changed the way I approach most of my cases. We are taught in veterinary school to treat symptoms of a disease. The Eastern way of treating disease is to find the root of the problem first not just treat symptoms. Having the training in both Eastern and Western Veterinary Medicine has proven invaluable when treating chronic disease and I can see an immediate impact in my patient’s health when we integrate the two”.

Dr. Z believes that integrated medicine benefits pets the most, as it allows for comprehensive treatment that approaches their health from every angle. Part of this method includes thorough preventive care, dental health, and nutrition.

Family Life, Kids & Fur-Kids…

When Dr. Z leaves the hospital each day, he enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa. Married since 1992, the couple has two highly accomplished sons. Ben attends Florida State University and Zac, a varsity football player, attends South Fork High School. Whenever possible, Dr. Z relaxes at his home, does yard work, gets in some fishing, or just spends quiet time with his family.

Of course, Dr. Z’s family has also opened their home to a couple lucky pets. Rubie the Chocolate Labrador Retriever and Miley, a domestic shorthair cat they adopted from the local Humane Society shelter.

Dr. Zinderman’s Associations…

Dr. Z holds many certifications and is a member of many widely-respected veterinary associations, which means he holds himself, his employees, and his practice to very high standards. Some of these include:

Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA)

Certified – AAFP Cat Friendly Practice

Member of:
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)
Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA)
Florida Association of Equine Practitioners (FAEP)
Treasure Coast Veterinary Medical Association (TCVMA)
Member of Veterinary Information Network

Zac Zinderman
Jack Of All Trades

As Dr. Zinderman’s son, Zac inherited a natural ability with animals, making them feel safe in his care while he helps around the clinic. Zac works at Indian Street Animal Clinic helping with a number of tasks around the facility. His workday at the Clinic may include animal care, grooming, and maintenance of the clinic.

Front Desk Supervisor

Danielle is a Chicago native who made the leap to Florida in 2016, with a pit stop in Atlanta for a couple of years first. She graduated from the University of Findlay and enjoyed the town so much that she stayed there for almost 2 years after. Although she misses playing with her dogs in the snow, she does not miss the cold.

Danielle knew since she was little that she wanted her life to be spent working with animals. So, for the last 20 years, that’s exactly what she has done. She has worked in every position within a clinic, including management. While her favorite role is that of a technician, she is enjoying spending her days at the front desk. Danielle has worked with large animals, exotic cats, and small animals. She has worked in 2 feline-only veterinary hospitals and learned that’s where her passion lies. Cats are most definitely not small dogs!

When she’s not working, she enjoys reading, walking on the beach, and spending time with her husband, her Rottweiler (Darby), and her 3 cats (Izzy, Piper, and Amelia). Danielle is also active in the rescue community (especially Rottweiler rescue), whether it be volunteering for transports, doing home checks, networking urgent dogs and cats, or collecting food for a local pet food pantry.

Veterinary Technician

Ashley’s introduction to veterinary medicine didn’t involve dogs or cats. Through an internship with Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida, Ashley helped to rehabilitate turtles in preparation for their release back to their natural habitats. When Ashley helped release one of the turtles back into the ocean, she felt a great sense of happiness at giving the beautiful reptile a second chance at life. Ashley has always felt a special connection with animals, and she felt called to pursue a career that would allow her to help more animals in need!

Growing up in Martin County, Florida with her parents and older brother, Ashley owned many pets during her childhood. She gravitated to the ocean at an early age, obtaining her SCUBA diving certification when she was just 12 years old, and joining her family for snorkeling and diving trips to the Florida Keys. Ashley’s father helped cultivate her passion for water sports, fishing, and camping.

Following Ashley’s internship, she began working as a veterinary hospital kennel assistant to gain more “hands-on” animal experience. In March 2013, Ashley joined the Indian Street Animal Clinic care team as a veterinary assistant. She feels the hospital has provided her with many opportunities to learn new animal care skills. In particular, Ashley really enjoys analyzing dental x-rays and microbiology slides. In both cases, the test results provide the veterinarian with valuable information needed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

During Ashley’s free time, she still indulges her childhood passion for snorkeling. Ashley enjoys just being in the sun whether it’s kayaking, sitting on the beach or walking her dog. Ashley’s pets reflect her interest in many types of animals. Ashley and her boyfriend own five pythons and a monitor lizard, along with Spooky and Kingston, their indoor/outdoor cats. Spooky has adopted the cactus garden as her favorite hangout, and she loves to hunt lizards. Kingston is a very vocal feline who has a comment for every situation. Silvia, their dog, rounds out the furry family members. Silvia loves to swim with Ashley on snorkeling trips and tags along just about anywhere the couple goes.

Veterinary Technician

Shaina was born and raised in Port Saint Lucie/Stuart area. She moved away after she got married in 2014 so her husband could attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. Recently she and her husband moved back to Stuart, FL to be with family and for her husband to start his own unmanned aerial imaging business (drone). Shaina is an avid animal lover who was always bringing animals home from a young age. Currently, they have 5 cats, 2 dogs, and 2 horses.

They hope to purchase property in the area soon and settle down and start their own 2 legged family. When she is not at work, she enjoys reading fantasy or sci-fi novels, spending time with her family and riding her horses.