Dr. Gary Zinderman, DVM, CVA
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Dr. Z finds great satisfaction in drzshiusethishis 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 and with patience, diagnostic testing and a gentle hand, we can help that pet heal and regain 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.  With very supportive parents, Dr. Z pursued his goal of becoming a standardbred horse trainer and driver. By the time he was 22 years old, he had achieved his goal. In fact, Dr. Z trained and drove horses at several racetracks, with many winners to his credit. Working with equine veterinarians regularly, Dr. Z developed a deep respect for the veterinarians’ knowledge and skill.

After much thought, 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.

After years of owning a veterinary practice in another county, Dr. Z was ready to give up his commute and open a practice closer to his home. He is pleased that Indian Street Animal Clinic in Stuart, Florida has become a much-valued member of his local community.

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 when he feels a patient will benefit from it.

“Going through Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine training and becoming certified in Veterinary Acupuncture has changed the way I approach most of my cases.  We are taught in veterinary school to treat symptoms of 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 by means of annual check-ups, up-to-date vaccines, and dental check-ups to keep your pet in the best shape possible.

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, both of whom are honor students and athletes. Dr. Z thoroughly enjoys chauffeuring his sons to sporting and social events; and he also likes to spend time at home with his family. Whenever possible, Dr. Z relaxes at his home, gets in some fishing, or just spends quiet time with his family.

Of course, Dr. Z’s family has also opened their home to three lucky pets. Zippy, the family’s much-loved dog who was crazy about his red plastic ball, often pushed the ball with his nose like a well-trained seal. While Zippy had to tone down his athletic pursuits due to two knee injuries, Rubie the chocolate Labrador retriever has taken up the challenge. Rubie gleefully chases and catches flying discs and balls, and Dr. Z thinks Rubie would keep playing all day if given the chance.

Dr. Z’s family also adopted Miley, a domestic shorthair cat they found at the local Humane Society shelter. Miley has quite a cushy life, sunning herself on the porch and chasing a lizard when she can find the energy.

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)

GOLD 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)

Veterinary Technician

Ashley’s introduction to ashleyveterinary 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

Samantha was born & raised in Levittown, PA & in 2008 she started working at Pet’s Best Friend Animal Hospital close to her residence. Starting as a receptionist & within the year becoming a veterinary technician too. She worked there for 5 years working both positions & loving every moment. In 2013, Samantha, moved to Winter Park, FL with her close friends & quickly got back into working with animals at Winter Park Animal Hospital, getting to experience working with exotic species & wildlife. After a year there, Samantha moved to Palm City where her grandfather resides. There she continued her passion for the veterinary field at an Animal Hospital located in Palm City furthering her knowledge in the standards of veterinary care, diagnostics, surgery, & hospitalized patients. Just 2 years later Samantha received an email giving her the opportunity to turn a new leaf. That change happened when she happily joined the dedicated team here at Indian Street Animal Clinic in January 2016. When Samantha is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family going to the beach, kayaking, traveling, and taking care of her 2 dogs, cat, chickens, and snake. Samantha comes to work with her heart on her sleeve, working with the team to insure the best care for everyone’s beloved pets.

Veterinary Assistant

Jessica has always been one of those children who brought home homeless animals she found wandering the streets. In fact, all of the family pets have been rescued either off the street or adopted from a shelter center. After graduating from Martin County High School, Jessica enrolled at Fortis Institute in 2013 and graduated as an X-ray Technician. Although her introduction into medicine started out as the human kind, she quickly realized her calling leaned more toward the four-legged type of patient.Jessica volunteered many hours at Safe Harbor Animal Rescue in Jupiter, Florida. There her passion and training for animal welfare strengthened. She was featured in a TC Palm news article about volunteering at Safe Harbor and about one of her favorite fur-iends, Jigsaw, a blue-nosed pit bull terrier.She enjoys motherhood and spending time with family and friends. Her current goal is to become a veterinary technician and to continue her education in veterinary medicine.

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 out with a number of tasks around the facility. His work day at the Clinic may include animal care, grooming, and maintenance of the clinic.


Indian Street Animal Clinic is happy to welcome Bridget to the team. We look forward to working with her, and she looks forward to helping our clients and their pets!

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