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Dr. Barnett is the proud owner of Paws Animal Hospital. She was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida and has been involved in Veterinary Medicine since 1991. Dr. Barnett received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at the University of Florida in 1999 and graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Go Gators!!
Dr. Barnett is committed to providing the highest quality medical and surgical care in a compassionate and considerate manner.
Dr. Barnett opened Paws Animal Hospital in October 2005.
Dr. Courtney Johnson
Dr. Johnson is a 2007 graduate of The Ohio State University. She practiced in Ohio for 12 years before joining the Paws team in 2018. She moved to the area for her husband's job as an optometrist at the VA in the Villages. Dr. Johnson has special interests in surgery of all kinds including orthopedic, feline medicine, ultrasounds and echocardiograms. She has two adorable little girls! She has a an ornery cat named Henry and recently rescued a young kitty named Whiskey. During her almost nonexistent free time, she enjoys cooking/ baking, biking, gardening, reading and eating in new places. Dr. Johnson says she is very excited to be a part of this awesome practice and she is enjoying the Florida sunshine!
Dr. Isabel Gonzalez
Dr. Gonzalez has almost 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. She joined Paws in 2020. She graduated from Tuskeegee University in 2001 with her degree in Veterinary Medicine and has practiced in the Central Florida area ever since. Dr. Gonzalez has a strong love of medicine and surgery in small animals as well as exotics. She has a sweet rescue shepherd mix named Kenny G who comes to work with her every day. Dr. Gonzalez spends her free time perfecting her beautiful art sculptures.
Dr. Lynda Sochowski
Dr. Sochowski joined our team in January of 2023. She lived most of her life in Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1991. After practicing at AAHA hospitals for 29 years, and raising two amazing children, she moved to North Carolina where she practiced for 2 more years. Once she became a grandmother, she moved here to be close to her daughter and grandchildren (not to mention, NC was still too cold for her!). Dr. Sochowski has always enjoyed the challenges that come with practicing medicine on non-verbal patients, and has a special interest in internal medicine, dermatology, and ophthalmology. She especially enjoys getting to know her clients and becoming a partner with them in providing the best care possible for their furry companions. Dr. Sochowski has shared her home with a variety of small animals over the years, including cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, hedgehogs, and rats, but her current companion is a Border Terrier named Al. When not working, she enjoys gardening, cooking, wine tasting, and of course spending time with family.
Dr. Rick Munsell
Dr. Rick Munsell is one of our part time Veterinarians here at Paws. We talked him out of retirement and convinced him to help us out during our winter months. Dr. Munsell served in the United states Navy.