APRIL BALL - HOSPITAL DIRECTOR, OWNER
In the field since: 2003
Owned by: 3 dogs, Molly the old beagle, Gracie the 3 legged wonder, and Soldier a huge wild thing found roaming the woods.
What I love most about what I do: I love educating people on the importance of preventative medicine, so much of the heartache we see could have been prevented! I like working with people in challenging situations to find the best resolution. I've got a soft spot for the big dogs. I also love working with dogs that may be scared or act aggressive when coming to the vet's office - with the right handling it is rewarding to watch them learn to trust us.
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: a New Hampshire native, a fun-loving wife and mom to two little kids. I love riding horses, goofing off and spending time with my family. Together we enjoy the outdoors and traveling to find new adventures. We love our church, the beach, watersports, hiking and spending time visiting with our widespread family. I'm an avid fitness geek and passionate about our Davis Fitness Challenge we sponsor for our staff!
You would be surprised to know that: I am more afraid of an aggressive kitten than a 180 pound snarling Rottweiler!
SAVANNAH ELLIS - ASSISTANT MANAGER, VETERINARY ASSISTANT, HOTEL CONCIERGE
In the field since: 2016
Owned by: Mika- Husky, Cotton - Pomeranian, Pumpkin - fat cat, and Willow - wild kitten.
What I love most about what I do: Interacting with the dogs! I love Zoomba classes and Tuck-ins with a Frosty Paws treat!
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: Mother to a 3 year old, sassy girl; wife, and student.
You would be surprised to know that: I enjoy going off-roading and I love to read!
Dr. Ashley Virgilio was raised here in Pensacola and completed her undergraduate education at UWF, where she majored in Biology. Dr. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and spent a year practicing in Connecticut prior to joining the team at Davis Animal Hospital. Her professional interests include preventative care, feline medicine, and dentistry. She believes that communication is the most important aspect of veterinary medicine and enjoys working with clients and associates to provide the best patient care possible. Dr. Ashley is currently owned by Oliver and Oscar, Jules and Nigel. In her spare time she enjoys listening to live music, playing tennis, and watching funny cat videos online.
Dr. Amberly Sokoloff is originally from Pennsylvania, where she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at a large practice in Delaware. She then moved to California to pursue a 3-year residency in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery at UC Davis, which she completed in 2012. Since then Dr. Sokoloff has been in private practice providing care for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and other small mammals, and even fish. She also volunteers with wildlife rescue organizations, including the Emerald Coast Wildlife Rescue. She has co-authored several papers and has given continuing education lectures on avian/exotic topics for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Outside of work Dr. Sokoloff's primary passion is music – she plays the piano, violin and sings.
Dr. Missy was raised in a suburban household that included up to 8 adult Siamese cats, numerous kittens, 3 dogs, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, fish, birds, her sister’s snake and (off-site) 3 horses.
She received her DVM degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.
After practicing in North Carolina for 3 years and California for 7 years, she settled in the Pensacola, FL area in 2003.
She and her husband, Tom, are currently owned by 7 cats: Echo, Buzz, Mouse, Tess, Ivy, Belle, and Pan.
Her professional interests include internal medicine, radiology and feline medicine. She is an avid reader and enjoys puzzles and roller coasters.
In the field since: 1998 Started as a receptionist. Cross-trained as a technician in 2000. Had a brief hiatus in 2010-2013, while I was a stay-at-home-mom.
Owned by: 2 cats, Sprout and Sully, 1 JackRat named Kit Kat, and 3 guinea pigs named Starbright, Popcorn, and Blackie!
What I love most about what I do: I love taking the time to really listen to someone; you just don't see that in the medical field that often. I love problem solving, and I can really exercise my mind here!
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital A loving wife to my best friend from high school, and mother to a beautiful, red-headed, mini-me daughter!
You would be surprised to know that: I am also a photographer.
In the field since: 2005
Owned by: One fluffy Maine coon mix, a foxalot, a snek noodle, and sometimes a husband and baby boy!
What I love most about what I do: Connecting with people through their pets and providing empathy during the rough times.
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital Part-time Barista, full-time student, wife, and mother.
You would be surprised to know that: I played nationally competitive soccer, Competitive and state medal winner for weight lifting, know five types of martial arts, and played roller derby for 4 years.
In the field since: 2018
Owned by: Kiwi - Anxious, but sweet, cat that hides my keys. Patches - Pittie that never wants to be away from someone’s side.
What I love most about what I do: I love being able to help people that genuinely love and are for their pet and help provide those pets with the best care here in Pensacola.
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: when I’m not working, I’m usually listening to music, trying to sell designs to an artist in Mobile, or cooking.
You would be surprised to know that: I have Tthalassophobia, (fear of the ocean). I’ve been misdiagnosed with lung cancer. My favorite kind of food to cook is Tex-Mex. My favorite color is purple.
In the field since: 2000 - started in the field, 2004 - started as a CVT
Owned by: Two 14 year old cats, Shai and Shadow. Tyson my 8 year old Pit/Boxer Mix.
What I love most about what I do: This is a two part answer for me. When working with our pet owners, I love to educate them about anything they may not know about so they can be informed and therefore be the best pet owners to their beloved furry family members. I like to discuss anything from simple questions about intestinal worms to complicated and difficult anesthesia questions. When behind the scenes, I enjoy every aspect of nursing care. My favorite tasks, that I take very seriously, are anesthesia and dentistry.
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: My family and I enjoy playing outdoors at the park, the beach, kayaking, swimming, running around splash pads (or sprinklers!), and relaxing in the sun. We love get-togethers with family and friends while watching the kids grow up. I enjoy gardening and, although I'm not very good at it, I really like carpentry.
You would be surprised to know that: Although I am vegetarian, I cook and provide meat to my family. My husband says I make the best ever marinated chicken and vegetable kabobs. I'll take his word for it!
In the field since: 2014
Owned by: A cat named Tom who was rescued by Melissa after running into a drain on Davis Highway; and a lab/whippet mix named Huck who was rescued by Cara after being hit by a car on Hwy 90. And a beagle named Copper.
What I love most about what I do: I love helping sick patients get better and recover from life-threatening illnesses. I love providing nursing care.
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: I am a loving mom and wife. I love my son Hudson, and husband Chris, more than anything.
You would be surprised to know that: I have an identical twin who works in the medical field as well.
Bio coming soon…
In the field since: 2006 with some breaks for school and 2-legged babies.
Owned by: My very first bottle baby: Rocky - 12 year old tabby cat; Maggie Mae - 9 year old lab mixed rescued by Julie in Milton at 3 days old; Titan - 7 year old Boxer who thinks he's a lap dog
What I love most about my job: I love the nursing aspect of my job. Our pets can't tell us what's wrong with them so I really enjoy being apart of the diagnostic process and then doing whatever needs to be done to make them feel better. It's important to me to make the pets (and owners) feel loved and respected.
Who am I when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital? I'm a Navy wife and mother to 2 of the most beautiful and smartest girls in the world! (Ok! Maybe I'm a little partial but they're pretty spectacular!) I love hiking and traveling every chance I get - which isn't often with 4 year olds!
You wold be surprised to know that: I am so proud to have been a part of Davis Animal Hospital from the beginning! I was here peeling down old wallpaper when Davis Animal Hospital first opened in 2012, before the Navy moved us away. 6 years later we're back and I'm so excited to be a part of this amazing family again!
Surgical Referral Staff
Dr. Montgomery earned his DVM, (cum laude), in 1982 and M.S. (Thesis on CCL Rupture) in 1987, both from Auburn University. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1988.
After brief faculty appointments at U.A.B. Medical School and Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Montgomery returned to Auburn in 1990 where he continuously taught and performed surgery until 2015. While there, he served as chief of surgery, director of the Southeastern Raptor Program, was voted Teacher of the Year, and awarded the Bruce Pratt distinguished Professorship.
He has authored 53+ refereed or invited scientific publications; 34 proceedings, transactions, and abstracts; and has had over 50 contracts and grants. Dr. Montgomery has chaired committees for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Symposium (1996, 1997), A.C.V.S. Program (1994, 1995), and the A.C.V.S. Exhibits (1993).
His research interests were Orthopedic Implants and Physical Therapy. Research awards include the Albert Triat Award, International Knee Society co-author. He did his Master Thesis on Cruciate Ligament Rupture.
Upon his retirement from Auburn in 2015, Dr. Montgomery was voted Professor Emeritus by the faculty and administration. He now performs surgery three days a week with his friends at Davis Animal Hospital in Pensacola, FL.
Dr. Montgomery is available for soft tissue and orthopedic surgical cases as well as lameness evaluations and medical management consultations on a referral only basis. Examples of some of the procedures performed at our hospital include: Stem cell and PRR therapy, TPLO, patella luxation stabilization, fracture repair, mass removals, amputation, OCD, FCP – via arthroscope, FHO, biceps tendon release, exploratory surgery, joint surgery, arthrodesis, biopsies, foreign body removal, TECA, and more.
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: Dr. Montgomery enjoys his family, fishing, college sports, and travel. He has 2 dogs, 4 cats, and 2 horses.
You would be surprised to know that: I flew eagles at Auburn home games while director of the Raptor Center.
In the field since: 2011
Owned by: 3 cats, a tortoiseshell, Emma, my two orange babies, Cider and Seville, and a scary smart border collie, Zoey.
What I love most about what I do: What I love most about what I do: I absolutely love learning new and interesting things about animals. Every day, it seems like I learn something that I did not know before. I love helping pets and seeing the impact that our job is making on them.
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: I graduated from the University of West Florida in May 2015 with a Psychology degree. I am a caring best friend, loving daughter, and annoying little sister. I have been to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, and planning on traveling a lot more in the future. I am an Alpha Delta Pi sorority alumna and take part in events when I can. I love going to the beach and hanging out with my friends and family doing whatever we can as long as we are all together. Currently taking classess with Penn Foster to get certified as a veterinary technician and planning to go to University of Tennessee to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.
You would be surprised to know that: You would be surprised to know that: I had back surgery when I was 21 and still roll around with your pets all of the time! :)
In the field since: 2016
Owned by: Apollo, Artemis, Harley, Wilson, and Christian.
What I love most about what I do: I love the special moments I have with people and animals in the positions I work. Nothing quite makes me understand the bond between pets and owners until I am discharging patients to go home. Watching the joy and concern on an owner’s face and the wagging, whining, and purring of the patients, makes my smile wide and my heart full.
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: I'm a musician, food lover, and video game enthusiast.
You would be surprised to know that: I have a YouTube channel, and I am going to veterinary school in August, 2019!
In the field since: 2016
Owned by: 2 cats, Monkey and Rugrat
What I love most about what I do: Knowing that I have helped animals.
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: Love being outside.
You would be surprised to know that: I can sew and like to can fresh produce.
Hotel & Spa Staff
Julie is an all around team player at Davis Animal Hospital.
She can be found running reception or assisting the veterinarians with exams or surgeries.
Her knowledge of the veterinary field is extensive with over 20 years in the industry.
She is incredibly compassionate and kind and is known for rescuing dogs or cats in need of a second chance.
Julie enjoys spending her days off with her husband Chuck and their adorable grandkids.
She is mom to a small herd of chihuahuas, a rambunctious boxer and cat.
In the field since: 1993 (1987 for grooming)
Owned by: 10 cats, 4 dogs, and 1 horse.
What I love most about what I do: I love being able to make pets feel good after a day at the spa!
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: I love anything to do with being outside. Hiking, snorkeling, gardening and farming. A wife to Paul and mother to my fur-babies.
You would be surprised to know that: I collect cast iron!
In the field since: 1999
Owned by: Bruno, an English Bulldog, and 9 cats.
What I love most about what I do: I love animals! Seeing different breeds of dogs and cats is interesting!
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: A mom to 3 wonderful children that keep me busy and a loving wife to husband, Shawn.
You would be surprised to know that: I’ve never lived outside of Florida. I’ve never seen the Wizard of Oz
In the field since: 2018
Owned by: Scooby-goo a four year old shih-tzu, 4 cats, Bobo, Roscoeboots, Elliot, and our new addition, Aurora. 1 bearded dragon named Rango and a guinea pig named Oscar.
What I love most about what I do: I love being able to help the clients out as much as possible. I also love seeing the dogs’ reactions when they get picked up from boarding with us. They are always so excited!
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: Wife, mother of two. My husband and I have been married for 14 years; he’s the love of my life! We love going to the beach, hanging around the house, and keeping the kids.
You would be surprised to know that: I am active in Girl Scouts and Karate. I was also raised in California
In the field since: August 2017
Owned by: Winnie, my Boston Terrier, and my two cats, Kali and Mittens
What I love most about what I do: My favorite is all the love I get to give and receive while I’m at work. I can’t ever complain about being at work when I get to see such cute faces all day long!
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: I am a big beach fan, I love to be outdoors, and honestly I spend most of my days off with dogs and cats just like I do at work!
You would be surprised to know that: I am a marine biology major, almost complete with my bachelors in science!
In the field since: 2018
Owned by: Two handsome doggies: Rex and Chicken Nugget
What I love most about what I do: I love learning new things about animals daily! I love the cuddles and kisses too.
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: I am a mother to a beautiful baby girl. when I have free time, I’m either at the beach or hanging out with my boyfriend.
You would be surprised to know that: I’m going to school to be a veterinary technician!
In the field since: 1998
Owned by: A 12 year old chocolate lab, Tobey and Lah-Nya, a 5 year old chihuahua mix.
What I love most about what I do: My heart fills with joy to see the recognition of an owner by their fur baby! Watching an playing with our patients, educating our clients on preventative care. Keeping my fur babies healthy. I have no problem getting up and coming to my fun job!
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: My husband, Ralph and I are empty nesters, moved here in October when he retired from UPS in Alabama. Our 2 awesome adults, Dr Fredrick O’Neal and Melanie O’Neal (in nursing school) make us proud parents! We love kayak fishing, going to the beach and just being outdoors.
You would be surprised to know that: I am a Hialeah Florida native, and I use to drive a taxi
In the field since: 2016
Owned by: Anakin a shepherd mix, Harley a yorkie, and two cats, Buttercup and Alex.
What I love most about what I do: Getting to know all of the new pet’s personalities, caring for each pet, and learning about medication/prevention.
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: Travel junkie and concert lover! My favorite concerts are any rock/punk/metal shows.
You would be surprised to know that: I am a self-taught and practicing makeup artist! An HR major!
In the field since: 2018
Owned by: Lily Grace, a golden retriever
What I love most about what I do: Learning how unique every pet is while they stay with us and seeing them overjoyed when their owners check them out. I love the challenges that come with this job too because not every animal is the same and having to change how you act to make them feel more comfortable during their stay.
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: A full-time biology student at University of West Florida. When I have extra time outside school and work, I’m traveling, at the beach, kayaking, fishing, or loving and supporting my Coast Guard AMT.
You would be surprised to know that: I am seeking out to be a veterinary medicine student in the future!
In the field since: 2007
Owned by: Yandi, a pit/lab mix!
What I love most about what I do: I always love learning new things, and with my job, that is an every day thing. Getting to know each and every pet and all the clients is a privilege for sure. I love my job and all of the employees I work with. We also get the blessing of having the best boss in the world!
Who I am when I'm not at Davis Animal Hospital: Loving mother of two beautiful children. I love being outdoors on a warm sunny day. You can find me at the creek or river fishing and hanging with my munchkins.
You would be surprised to know that: I am very good at shooting pool and eating sweets!