The team at Del Mar Veterinary Hospital is comprised of highly trained and experienced animal health professionals who have a genuine love for working with pets.

Our staff treats every patient with the highest quality of medical care as well as a gentle touch.


Melissa Escribano, MBA  (Hospital Director, Owner)

Melissa has been intrigued with science and animals as long as she can remember. Melissa is not new to business operations; she has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, more than 12 years of corporate experience in customer service, business analysis, and project management. After joining her husband on his veterinary medicine journey, now, at Del Mar Veterinary Hospital, she can finally say she has accomplished her dream of reconnecting with animals on a personal basis and having her own business.

From her work on the hospital’s business plan, floor plan design and decor, she also has focused on making sure that Dr. Nieves and the team’s accommodations are met on the hospital workflow. For both Melissa and Dr. Nieves, meeting the needs of every single patient and client has been their #1 priority. It is key for Melissa to guarantee that everyone leaves Del Mar Veterinary Hospital feeling they had an amazing experience.

On a more personal level, Melissa enjoys volunteering, painting, dancing, paddle-boarding, and most important, spending quality time with her husband (Dr. Nieves), her boys Adrián and Marcos, and her rescued mix pit-bull, Bruno.

Anna Deason, CVT (Lead Certified Veterinary Technician)

annaMy name is Anna Deason and I am a CVT (Certified Vet Tech.). I am from Mandarin Florida, but my family has been established here in St. Augustine since 1969! I grew up between St. Augustine and Jacksonville, and then in Tampa for a short while. Then I moved to North Carolina, where I went to school and attended Gaston College, where I became a Certified Veterinary Technician. I have been a practicing CVT for about 6 years, and started my wonderful journey into veterinary medicine working with large animals (including horses), and emergency farm care. I worked for about 2 years with the Gaston County Animal shelter while studying to become a Veterinary Technician, and then practiced with small animals. I love working with cats and dogs! I am a crazy cat lady; I have 3 cats of my own: Boogie, Taters, and Akira; an old dog named Skitch, and a horse named Rebbie. I enjoy spending my time riding and being with my horse, and love spending my time at the beach with my family. Above all, I love taking care of animals! My passion is providing the best quality care to all creatures big and small, and making sure that they live long, healthy and happy lives!

Kathy Jackson (Patient Care Coordinator)

Hello! My name is Katherin “Kathy” Jackson.  I am a native Floridian who grew up in the area, and has a passion for the Northeast Coastal beaches and marine life.  I am a strong supporter of saving Florida’s beautiful waters, saving the Manatee and keeping our Sea Turtles safe.  But my love of animals does not stop there!  

I believe that our pets bring the kind of joy and happiness to our life like nothing else can, and joining the Del Ma

r family is a dream come true for me.  Now I can exercise my love of animals while working with a dedicated team 

of like-minded friends whose love and care for all animals and our “fur babies” is rooted in a compassionate, fear free approach.  We work hard to make both you and your pet’s time with us, a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

I also enjoy working with natural ingredients, such as herbs and oils, and love making all natural products such as soaps, candles and other aromatherapy and skin care items. I am also a certified Henna Artist. I look forward to furthering my knowledge and experience in working with animals and making your visits with us easy, relaxing and fear free.

Naomi Santos (Veterinary Assistant)

Hi! I’m Naomi Santos, a Veterinary Assistant graduated from the Institute of Technical Arts in Altamonte Springs, FL. I have been a Vet Assistant for three (3) years now, and currently continuing my education in Daytona State College. When I’m not studying, or caring for pets, I love spending time with my significant other and my daughter, or at the dog park, with our rescued mix breed Lilly. I’m glad I’m now at Del Mar, where I can utilize my skills to benefit  the hospital, and continue to develop my knowledge in the animal care industry. 

Terri (Honorary Volunteer)

I was born in Newport Beach, CA and moved to St Augustine when I was 8 years old, to attend Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. I am visually impaired, but  I don’t let that stop me. I graduated FSDB in 2016, but still attend thru their Continuing Education Program. I also participate in VERC (Visual Education & Rehabilitation Center). Both of these programs have job coaches that help me learn job skills. I now work at the St Augustine Lighthouse Museum as a docent. I also volunteer at Wags and Whiskers Pet Rescue with my mom to help rescue kittens get their forever homes. I love to sing and I love to meet new people.

MJ & Zed (Guide Eye Dog)

Zed is Golden Labrador Retriever, who came to MJ, his owner, on December 2014. He is her second Guide Eye Dog. Zed was trained for two years before MJ got him, and he accomplished his training to work with Deaf and Blind. Zed is originally from Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Height, NY.

Two years ago, Zed was bitten by brown recluse spider on the inside of this leg, which at the time, was swelling a lot. Right after that, MJ, and her friend Joanna decided to take him to Dr. Nieves for treatment, as he was going to travel to New England the next day. Dr. Nieves treated him to help with the swelling and itchiness. Thanks to Dr. Nieves discharge care instruction and MJ’s amazing love and care, his wound got a lot better and healed well. Today, Zed is considered part of the team, by alway keeping his cool around other dogs, and transfering this positive, Fear Free energy to others around him.