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. 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.
Dr. Zachery Drilingas
Dr. Zachery Drilingas is originally from Cedar Hill, MO and now resides in St. Augustine, FL with his two dogs, Mia and Vera. Dr. Drilingas completed his undergraduate degree in Animal Science at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Drilingas worked for the Boy Scouts of America and in retail. He graduated from the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Drilingas has special interests in surgery, cardiology, and preventative care.
He hopes his past experience in customer service provides peace of mind to owners that their pets’ are receiving gold standard level of care and the confidence in the knowledge about their pets’ condition to aid in decision making. In his spare time you can find him at the beach, crafting something in his garage, baking, or somewhere else outdoors.
Dr. Cindy Miller
Dr. Cindy Miller graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She did a senior externship at the Jacksonville Zoo. Dr. Miller sees birds, cats, dogs, pocket pets, reptiles and wildlife. She has extra training in advanced dentistry, and enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery. As an accomplished cellist, she has played in regional orchestras in the past, including the Jacksonville Symphony. Dr. Miller and her husband, Michael, both sing in the St. John’s Cathedral Choir. They also enjoy ballroom dancing together at A Social Affair Dance Studio. The Millers have a Sheltie, Luca, and five cats, Amelia, Ginny, Madeline, Maximillian and Polly.
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.”
Monica Sastoque, Practice Manager
Monica was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, where she attended the University of Antioquia and earned her DVM. Monica has lived in the United States for 21 years with her mother, Olga, her son, Sammuel, their cat, Vanilla, and their fish, Mocha-chino. Monica enjoys going to the beach, dancing, and riding her bicycle, Monica loves to deliver the best customer service, quality medicine and wants to teach others all of the knowledge she’s earned over her years of experience.
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”!
Jaclyn, Veterinary Assistant
Jaclyn comes to us from a military family and has lived all over the country. She has always had a passion for education specifically in animal conservation. She previously worked in guest education at the Lowery Park Zoo in Tampa, teaching children about animal health. Jaclyn joins our team as a veterinary assistant and is excited to continue her education in hopes of sharing her knowledge and passion with our community. She is excited to meet your furry family members!
Marisa, Client Services Representative
Marisa is a Saint Augustine native who grew up with a deep love and appreciation for animals and nature. She lives with her husband Chris, their two dogs Randy and Irie and a pet rat named Deli. Marisa grew up with Deaf parents and is fluent in American Sign Language. With 10 years experience in the hospitality industry, she loves bringing smiles to peoples’ faces. She enjoys the challenge of combining medicine and her customer service background. When Marisa is at home, she loves crafting, reading, and spending time outdoors with her family. We are so excited to have her on the team and can’t wait for you to meet her!
Karley, Client Services Rep./ Marketing Coordinator
Karley is a Saint Augustine native with a passion for art and animals. She lives with her Nana, Gayle, their 10 year old Yorkie, Meggie, her 7 year old Chihuahua Pupcake, and two cats Tiger and Tika. Karley comes from a medical background, her Nana being a retired Critical Care nurse and her mom being a Navigate Manager for a local hospital. She has always found the medical field fascinating. Karley has 4 years of customer service experience and loves helping others in any way that she can. In her free time, Karley likes to embroider, paint, and practice American Sign Language. Karley is excited to learn more about veterinary medicine and make new furry friends with everyone that walks in the door!