Dr. Najla Bell

Dr. Najla Bell is a native of Jacksonville Beach and now calls St. Augustine home. She lives with her husband and their two children and earned a Bachelor of Science from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina and then received her veterinary degree from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bell has extensive experience in preventive medicine as well as emergency medicine. She has worked in 24 hours practices for many years and before veterinary school, worked in wildlife rescue, medicine and rehabilitation. A life-long animal lover and owner, Dr. Bell strongly recommends preventative care and always seeks a balance of appropriate treatment for every patient.

“I am very excited to be a part of the team at MuraBella Animal Hospital and I feel so lucky to be able to offer the very best in animal health here at MuraBella. I look forward to meeting you and your family!”

Dr. Samara Parker

A Boston native, Dr. Parker joined the MuraBella family in September of 2015 and comes to us with a wealth of experience and compassion. Like several our staff, Dr. Parker has experience with wildlife and marine science and so, brings a broad set of skills to our team. She completed her undergraduate education in Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts veterinary degree from Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Canada.

Dr. Parker has the skills and ability to care for your furry or scaly family member from emergency to everyday health and wellness.

Dr. Alyce Sims

Dr. Alyce Sims was born in Ocilla, Georgia and is married and lives in St. Augustine with her human and animal family. She completed her undergraduate education at Mercer University and attended Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine at and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1967.

After graduation, she practiced as a small animal clinician in Jacksonville. She owned and operated Riverside Animal Hospital for 14 years and during that time became interested in the art of Holistic Medicine and Acupuncture. In 1990, she graduated from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and has successfully incorporated holistic and conventional veterinary medicine. Because of her special interests in both sciences, she provides patients with a unique blend of veterinary care that is especially fitted to their needs.

Ryan Meyer, Hospital Director & Owner

Ryan is a native Floridian and grew up in an animal loving family with 6 cats! He currently lives in St. Augustine with his wife and two children.

“I am so excited to be joining the team at MuraBella Animal Hospital. We offer a full spectrum of services using technology and cutting-edge medicine while respecting your busy schedule. From vaccinations and heartworm prevention to surgery and acupuncture, I am proud to say we provide the best in animal medical care for St. Augustine. Come by and ask for a tour of our facility, I look forward to meeting you and your family.”

Lisa, Director of Client Services

Lisa joined our team in January 2015 and has been an asset to our team ever since. She has many years of experience in customer service and is excited to share her love of animals with our lucky clients and patients. Lisa has been an animal lover since birth and cares for pets ranging from cats and dogs to rodents and chickens (aside from her loving husband and son), bringing a great understanding of care and compassion from small to large animals.

Maddie, Veterinary Technician

Maddie is the newest edition to our team and joined us in July 2015. She comes with a wealth of experience and compassion. She has been working in Veterinary medicine for about 3 years. Maddie comes to MuraBella most recently from south Florida and we are so lucky to have her! She is the Momma of “Woody” a 7 year old basset hound, Zazu” a 4 year old husky, a fish named “Bruce”. She also cares for 2 adopted dogs, “Daphny” and “Emily”!

Tiana, Lead Veterinary Technician

Tiana joined our team in 2015 from Hawaii where she got her start in Veterinary Medicine. She has been a technician since 2013 and loves every minute of it! She has worked in general practice, shelter medicine, and also specialty. General practice is her favorite which is why she spends all her time with us! She has two English bulldogs Odinheim and Mabeline (Daddy and Daughter) and a blind cat named Fetty Wap.

Nathan, Veterinary Technician

Nathan joins our team with many years in the animal health field and delivers top notch care. He knows just about everyone in town and is fluent in sign language! Nathan specializes in therapy laser treatments and carries a passion for healthy happy pets.

Austin, Laboratory Technician

Austin moved to Saint Augustine to attend college and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Flagler College. He lives with his wife Daphne and their dog Ollie, a dachshund. Austin has been in many different roles and positions over the years, the most recent of which was the hospitality industry. Though Austin came in with little to no animal related medical experience, he has quickly moved from Client Service Rep to Vet Assistant, and now to fills a crucial role of our Laboratory Technician! Austin looks forward to caring for each and every patient of MuraBella Animal Hospital!

Dee Dee, Veterinary Assistant

Dee Dee comes to the MuraBella family from Ocala. She has been a caretaker all her life and now gives love and attention to all our patients! Dee Dee is one of new Veterinary Assistants supporting our doctors and technicians. Welcome home Dee Dee!

Whitney, Client Representative

Whitney joined the MuraBella team in May of 2015. She is a Saint Augustine local who grew up on a farm so she has always had an interest in animals. She is a new Mom to a beautiful little girl named Lily and a chocolate labrador named Charlotte. Whitney is our main pharmacy technician and we are thrilled to have her in our MuraBella family!

Karen, Lead Client Representative

Karen joined our team in February 2016 and has been a great addition ever since! Graduating from St. Mary of the Woods College in 2014 with a B.S. in Equine Business Management, she brings her knowledge of large animal care to our small animal practice. Karen also studied Business Administration, which has helped assist her in her current role as Lead Client Service Representative. Karen has a dog named Stella (who is often seen supervising the reception desk!) and a horse named Whooy.

Julia, Client Representative

Julia joins us from the restaurant world and brings many years of experience providing excellent customer service. Julia loves working with animals and has two sweet dogs at home to keep her busy!

Jacob, Groomer

Welcome to Jacob who grew up in Jacksonville and graduated Nease high school in 2011. He has had a passion for working with animals since he was a young man and attended grooming school in 2014. He has been working with animals every since. Jacob has 5 cats at home and is adopted just like our hospital director Ryan!

Maddie, Veterinary Technician

Maddie is the newest edition to our team and joined us in July 2015. She comes with a wealth of experience and compassion. She has been working in Veterinary medicine for about 3 years. Maddie comes to MuraBella most recently from south Florida and we are so lucky to have her! She is the Momma of “Woody” a 7 year old basset hound, Zazu” a 4 year old husky, a fish named “Bruce”. She also cares for 2 adopted dogs, “Daphny” and “Emily”!

Tiana, Lead Veterinary Technician

Tiana joined our team in 2015 from Hawaii where she got her start in Veterinary Medicine. She has been a technician since 2013 and loves every minute of it! She has worked in general practice, shelter medicine, and also specialty. General practice is her favorite which is why she spends all her time with us! She has two English bulldogs Odinheim and Mabeline (Daddy and Daughter) and a blind cat named Fetty Wap.

Nathan, Veterinary Technician

Nathan joins our team with many years in the animal health field and delivers top notch care. He knows just about everyone in town and is fluent in sign language! Nathan specializes in therapy laser treatments and carries a passion for healthy happy pets.

Austin, Laboratory Technician

Austin moved to Saint Augustine to attend college and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Flagler College. He lives with his wife Daphne and their dog Ollie, a dachshund. Austin has been in many different roles and positions over the years, the most recent of which was the hospitality industry. Though Austin came in with little to no animal related medical experience, he has quickly moved from Client Service Rep to Vet Assistant, and now to fills a crucial role of our Laboratory Technician! Austin looks forward to caring for each and every patient of MuraBella Animal Hospital!

Dee Dee, Veterinary Assistant

Dee Dee comes to the MuraBella family from Ocala. She has been a caretaker all her life and now gives love and attention to all our patients! Dee Dee is one of new Veterinary Assistants supporting our doctors and technicians. Welcome home Dee Dee!

Whitney, Client Representative

Whitney joined the MuraBella team in May of 2015. She is a Saint Augustine local who grew up on a farm so she has always had an interest in animals. She is a new Mom to a beautiful little girl named Lily and a chocolate labrador named Charlotte. Whitney is our main pharmacy technician and we are thrilled to have her in our MuraBella family!

Karen, Lead Client Representative

Karen joined our team in February 2016 and has been a great addition ever since! Graduating from St. Mary of the Woods College in 2014 with a B.S. in Equine Business Management, she brings her knowledge of large animal care to our small animal practice. Karen also studied Business Administration, which has helped assist her in her current role as Lead Client Service Representative. Karen has a dog named Stella (who is often seen supervising the reception desk!) and a horse named Whooy.

Julia, Client Representative

Julia joins us from the restaurant world and brings many years of experience providing excellent customer service. Julia loves working with animals and has two sweet dogs at home to keep her busy!

Jacob, Groomer

Welcome to Jacob who grew up in Jacksonville and graduated Nease high school in 2011. He has had a passion for working with animals since he was a young man and attended grooming school in 2014. He has been working with animals every since. Jacob has 5 cats at home and is adopted just like our hospital director Ryan!