“My goal as a doctor to animals remains the same as it was when I began practicing veterinary medicine 31 years ago: for each animal we see to have the best care so they can enjoy the longest, healthiest, happiest life possible. With a wonderful staff and the dedication and loyalty of the pet owners we see every day, we build a team of support and caring around these special family members. They trust us to take good care of them, and we do our best to treat the animals we care for as if they were our own.”
Rex A. Sentell, D.V.M.is the Medical Director and founder of Palm City Animal Clinic, which he opened for Dr. Charles Hooks in 1981 with the option of buying it out, which he did in 1986. Along with his five veterinarian colleagues and a support staff of 30, he has been dedicated to the care of animals and to involvement in his community of Palm City for over 30 years. A native of Tennessee, Dr. Sentell was born and raised in Knoxville, where he attended the University of Tennessee, earning dual degrees and graduating with high honors with a B.A. of Zoology and Psychology. He remained at UT, attending the College of Veterinary Medicine, where he completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1980, graduating in the top 10% of his class. He practiced initially in the Knoxville area before relocating to Palm City, Florida to open the Palm City Animal Clinic.
In 2009, Dr. Sentell returned to the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine to complete advanced training in the physical therapy and rehabilitation of aging and injured animals. A worldwide academic training and teaching center of excellence in the area of physical rehabilitation of small animals, UT pioneered this fairly new discipline in veterinary medicine in the 1990’s. Dr. Sentell brought these innovative physical therapy and rehab methods and treatments back to Palm City Animal Clinic, and continues to expand this aspect of services offered to facilitate the quality of life of animals.
Valuing the important role that businesses play in their communities, Dr. Sentell has been highly involved in community-related organizations and events throughout his career. He’s been an active member (and past-President) of the Palm City Chamber of Commerce since 1985, where he has assumed a variety of leadership roles. He currently serves on the Palm City Neighborhood Advisory Committee and continues to be active in Rotary International, where he has participated in numerous capacities, including serving as president in 1996-1997. The organization recently honored him as a Paul Harris Fellow for his contribution to the Paul Harris Foundation, one of the largest in the world.
Dr. Sentell is a former Board member of the American Cancer Society and is a member of the Florida Oceanographic Society. He belongs to a number of professional organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Association, the Central Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the Treasure Coast Veterinary Association.
Though he likes to spend a good deal of his limited spare time researching new trends, procedures, and equipment in the veterinary field, Dr. Sentell is a dedicated family man who enjoys spending time with his wife, Susan, his two daughters, Amber and Brittany, and his stepson, Darin. When he is not caring for his own menagerie of pets - which currently includes four cats, two canine friends, Sierra and Winston, and a colorful collection of tropical fish - he can be found flying, scuba diving, reading, fishing, kayaking or pursuing his passion for photography.
D.V.M., Founder and Medical Director
Dr. Paul Wolff
“I don’t consider the animals we treat to be simply animals: most animal lovers consider their pets to be beloved pets, as well. What makes our work rewarding is having daily opportunities to help these family members who are unable to explain what is wrong in words, and who are the most helpless. We figure out what they need to be well and strong and do everything we can to give them a better quality of life.”
Dr. Paul Wolff, D.V.M. joined the medical team at Palm City Medical Center in 1999 after practicing as an Associate Veterinarian and Primary Emergency Clinician in Palm Coast, FL, and then as an Associate Veterinarian in Boca Raton, FL. Born in New York City, he grew up living in many parts of the country, thanks to his father’s career as a dentist for the United States Navy.
While earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of California, Davis Dr. Wolff worked in the Vet School’s Department of Radiology. He went on to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University, where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. During his training years, he participated in 5 preceptorship programs and was recognized as the recipient of the Senior Veterinary Research Award upon graduation. While training in these specialized settings - which included the Atlanta Humane Society and Clinic and the Reid Park Zoo - he gained valuable knowledge in Small Animal Medicine, expanding his surgical knowledge and expertise well beyond the standard veterinary curriculum.
Dr. Wolff is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and the Treasure Coast Veterinary Medical Association.
When not working at the Clinic, Dr. Wolff enjoys spending quality time with his family of pets. He says that because he doesn’t have any children without “fur or feathers,” he doesn’t see his pets as animals, but as family members. For him, that’s what makes his work rewarding, too. “We help the family members who are unable to explain what is wrong and who are the most helpless.”
Dr. Wolff’s love of the natural world and its creatures carries over to his free time interests, and he is an avid outdoorsman. A member of the Martin County Sportsman’s Association and Friends of the NRA, he can regularly be found pursuing his interests. These include mountain biking, motorcycle riding, weight training, boating, fishing, surfing, and skydiving. Over the years, his surfing adventures have led him to extensive explorations of Baja, Mexico and remote surf spots in Central America, and his skydiving prowess is a byproduct of over 700 jumps in nine states and three different countries.
Dr. JP Shepherd
“The bond that we have with animals is such an amazing thing. Animals offer us unconditional love, they comfort us, they make us laugh and they are our faithful companions. I am truly honored each day to play a part in the special relationship that each of our wonderful clients at Palm City Animal Medical Center has with their pet.
As a veterinarian it is my personal goal to provide the very best care to each animal that I see. As your veterinarian I’ll tailor that care to the specific needs of your animal and the unique needs of the relationship that you have with your pet. Every pet and client is different, which is why I strive to work as a partner with you in your pet’s care and well-being, making decisions with you as a team so that you and your pet can have a long, healthy and happy life together.”
Dr. JP Shepherd grew up in Layton, Utah at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. He attained Bachelor of Science (cum laude) and Master of Business Administration degrees at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah then studied veterinary medicine at the world-leading, Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand where he graduated with distinction (top 10% of his class.)
Dr. Shepherd loves animals of all kinds, but particularly enjoys caring for dogs, cats, birds and small mammals. He is interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine, but especially wellness and preventive health, nutrition, dental care, dermatology, emergency, critical care and internal medicine.
Dr. Shepherd and his wife, Michelle, live in Stuart with their two Lhasa Apso dogs, Ozzy and Pongo. When Dr. Shepherd isn’t at the hospital you’ll probably find him at the movies or enjoying one of our local restaurants, taking his dogs to the beach, golfing, boating or at Disney (it is the happiest place on earth, after all!) He and Michelle also love travelling and are always ready for a new travel adventure!
Dr. Elizabeth Jolin
"Our pets provide us with countless moments of happiness. I appreciate having the privilege to provide them with care and compassion.”
Dr. Elizabeth Jolin was born and raised in Oklahoma. She completed her undergraduate work at Oklahoma State University, where she received an Honors Degree in Pre-Veterinary Animal Science. Dr. Jolin moved to Florida to attend the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2006.
After starting her small animal veterinary career in Gainesville, Dr. Jolin then moved to Palm City. In 2011, she completed the Small Animal Acupuncture Program at the Chi Institute, where she learned the fundamental techniques for acupuncture, including dry needling, aqua-acupuncture, and electro-acupuncture. She enjoys incorporating the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine with those of modern medicine.
Dr. Jolin is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the Treasure Coast Veterinary Medical Association.
Along with her husband, she raises her daughter and several rescue cats and dogs.
Dr. Tamara Martin
Dr. Tamara Martin grew up in Norman, Arkansas. As a young country girl she has always had a
deep love for animals of all kinds. In fact, she was often know to bring home sick and injured
rabbits, baby birds, and even snakes and nurse them back to health. It is no great surprise that
she ended up as a veterinarian.
For her undergraduate studies, Dr Martin attended the University of Central Arkansas and
graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree(cum laude) in 1997. She then went on to
attend Louisiana State School of Veterinary Medicine completing her Doctor of Veterinary
Medicine degree in 2002.
After graduating from LSU, she packed up and moved to to sunny south Florida to be close to
the beach. Dr Martin has practiced as a small animal veterinarian in Florida for over 14 years.
She also briefly lived and worked in Missouri and Texas. Dr. Martin’s special interests include
dermatology, exotic medicine/surgery, and behavior. She is member of the American Veterinary
Medical Association and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Martin and her husband have three much-adored Maltese mixes and several cats. They
love living in Florida where they can enjoy many outdoor activities year round. In her spare time
she trains and competes in triathlons, adventure/obstacle course races, and is a regular at the
local crossfit gym. She is also an avid paddleboarder and mountain biker.
“I became a veterinarian because I truly believe in the human animal bond. My pets are my
children and I understand how deep that bond goes. I am so glad that I can be there to help
others with their furry kids.”
Dr. Victoria Koehler
Dr. Victoria Koehler was born and raised in New Jersey. She began horseback riding at an early age which sparked her desire to make a lifelong career of caring for animals. She attended Tufts University and graduated with honors, majoring in biology and psychology. During college, she continued to pursue her dream and worked for an equine sports medicine veterinarian and a veterinary ERl in Boston.
Victoria then went on to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. There she held three positions in the hospital during veterinary school in the internal medicine, general practice and surgery departments. She served as president of the Student Surgery Association and the Student Chapter of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She also completed several research projects in orthopedics and genetics and has presented her research at the national Merial-NIH Veterinary Student Scholars Symposium. Her hard work and research has earned her numerous awards and scholarships through the AVMA and Merck Animal Health. Additionally, Victoria was chosen by the hospital clinicians to receive an award for a special dedication to feline medicine and for compassionate care.
Dr. Koehler decided to move to the beautiful state of Florida after veterinary school. She is very excited to be a part of the Palm City Animal Medical Center team and to take care of your important four-legged family members. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but is particularly passionate about surgery, orthopedics and emergency medicine. Dr. Koehler lives in Jupiter and has a long-haired black cat named Luna.