Meet our team of veterinarians
Dr. Mark Andersen was born and raised in Michigan, graduating from Cass Technical High School in Detroit. He started his college career in 1966 at Michigan State University as a chemistry major. He transferred to Florida State University in 1968 to pursue his interest in biology. He graduated from FSU in 1971 and returned to enter Michigan State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine where he would earn his DVM degree with high honors in 1974. He moved to Port Orange, Florida in 1975 and worked with Dr. William Rippey until he opened the first Ravenwood Veterinary Clinic in 1980. In addition to general small animal practice, he became one of the few veterinarian at the time to work with birds, an interest he still pursues. Dr. Andersen has two daughters. Outside of work he is an avid kayaker, car enthusiast and motorcycle rider. He currently works with greyhound rescue groups, and to this date has repaired more than 900 greyhound fractures.
Dr. Alicia Emerson grew up in Port Orange, Florida and attended Spruce Creek High School. After receiving her Bachelors in Biology from University of Central Florida in 1990, she went on to earn her DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. After graduating, she moved to Middletown, Connecticut and began her career as a small animal general practitioner. Over the next four years she focused on her skills in soft tissue surgery and treating sick patients for several animal rescue groups and humane societies.
In 1998, Dr. Emerson returned home to Port Orange and continued small animal practice and rescue work. In 2002, she joined Ravenwood Veterinary Clinic. In 2006, she partnered with Dr. Andersen and became co-owner of Ravenwood.
Over the last fifteen years, Dr. Emerson has had extensive training in internal medicine, advanced dentistry and small-mammal medicine. She continues to focus her studies on veterinary dentistry and hopes to become fellowship certified by the American Veterinary Dental Society.
When Dr. Emerson isn’t working, she enjoys her family with her husband Roger. Their hobbies include fossil hunting, surfing, fishing, traveling, cheerleading and football.
Dr. Katie Malensek was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. She attended Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology before moving to Port Orange, Florida in 2005. Dr. Malensek completed her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2008 in addition to completing her Certification in Animal Chiropractic from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Dr. Malensek enjoyed her time with animals so much that she returned to veterinary school, graduating Valedictorian with special honors in small animal surgery and diagnostic imaging in 2012 from St. Matthew’s University after completing her clinical year at University of Florida. Dr. Malensek has a special interest in orthopedic surgery and diagnostic ultrasound. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her horses competing in the sport of three-day eventing and spending time with her dogs and husband.
Dr. Maggie Low was born and grew up in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Her passion for animals began at a young age when she began riding horses and became very involved in the local 4-H club. As a member of the medical academy at NSBHS she volunteered and later worked at Coronado Animal Clinic where she was mentored and gained knowledge about veterinary medicine. Dr. Low attended University of Florida obtaining a degree in Animal Science, Master of Public Health and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Go Gators! After vet school Dr. Low completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Hollywood Animal Hospital. Before moving back to the area she continued to work in South Florida for two years practicing general medicine. Special interests include dermatology, dentistry and the animal/human bond. In her free time Dr. Low enjoys crossfit, yoga, horseback riding and volunteering with her therapy dog Petunia. In addition to Petunia, a French bulldog, Dr. Low shares her home with a mutt named Zeus, French bulldog, Fry, and two orange tabbies, Moose and Monkey.
Dr. Neff was born and raised in Northeast Indiana. He attended Purdue University from 1973-1976. As his interest changed, he relocated to Colorado and earned his Bachelors in Microbiology at Colorado State University. Before starting veterinary school, he spent the next year working in monoclonal antibody research. In 1985, he graduated from Colorado State University with his degree in veterinary medicine and relocated to Florida. After a couple years working in equine medicine, Dr. Neff founded Granada Animal Hospital in Ormond Beach where he practiced both small animal and equine medicine and surgery. In 1998, he felt it was time for a change. He sold his clinic and elected to work at, or supervise, other clinics. This allowed him the opportunity to focus on his medicine as he truly enjoys helping people keep their pets healthy and an enjoyable part of their families.