Meet Our Team

Dr. Jacob Vencil

DVM, Practice Owner

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Dr. Vencil attended the University of Florida, where he was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science followed by a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine. During his time in Gainesville Dr. Vencil met his wife, Jennifer. He was also there to celebrate four Gators NCAA Championships. You could say it was a pretty great eight years!

Dr. Vencil and Jennifer (also a veterinarian) returned to the coast of Northeast Florida where he worked for three years as veterinarian at a large 24-hour animal ER in Palm Coast. It was an opportunity that provided a tremendous amount of experience with complicated medical and surgical cases and state of the art equipment. Dr. Vencil was recently drawn to practice in St. Augustine by the beautiful beaches and fantastic community. In 2016 Dr. Vencil became the owner of Palencia Pet Clinic, taking over for Dr. Peter Veling who selected him to uphold the excellent medical standards he had established.

Though he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Vencil takes a special interest in surgery, dermatology and internal medicine. He looks forward to providing excellent care for your pets.

Dr. Vencil and Jennifer have three children: Harper (6), Jack (5), and Hallie (3). Their four-legged family members include Maggie (Labrador mix), Stitch (Boston Terrier mix), Reesie (Tortoiseshell cat), and Pounce (Tuxedo cat).

Dr. Matthew Young

DVM, Medical Director

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Dr. Matthew Young graduated from the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine and began his veterinary career practicing at a large, state of the art, 365 day-a-year veterinary hospital located in Charlotte, North Carolina where he saw a variety of complex medical, surgical, and emergency cases.

Dr. Young has been practicing in St. Augustine since 2016 after relocating back to the area to be closer to family. While Dr. Young enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, he has special interests in ultrasonography, minimally invasive techniques/surgery, dentistry, pain management, and internal medicine.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Young is married to fellow veterinarian Dr. Sarah Franz. They share their lives with their two dogs, Charlie (their chihuahua rescue) and Beretta (their black Labrador Retriever), as well as their chickens. During his free time Dr. Young enjoys running, fishing, hiking, and traveling with his family.

Dr. Sarah Franz (on leave)

DVM

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Dr. Sarah Franz graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Since graduation, she has worked in progressive small animal practices and specialty emergency hospitals. She has extensive experience in surgery (routine and emergency), urgent and critical care medicine, ultrasound, and preventative medicine.

She also obtained her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Florida with a focus in Epidemiology. She has authored many peer-reviewed research articles in a variety of journals. Upon graduation from Veterinary School, she received the Charlie Bild Clinical Proficiency Award which was in recognition for outstanding clinical proficiency.

Dr. Franz is married to fellow associate Dr. Matthew Young. They met at the University of Florida and have practiced at the same hospital throughout much of their careers. They thoroughly enjoy collaborating together and discussing cases even when it continues after hours at home over dinner! She has been practicing in St. Augustine/Jacksonville area for the last 5 years and is excited to join the Palencia Pet Clinic team.

She lives here in St. Augustine with Dr. Young, her son Everett and their two dogs Beretta and Charlie. She enjoys being active outside, boating, fishing, and traveling.

Dr. Raina Pannee (on leave)

DVM

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“About 17 years ago, I adopted a little puppy that I named Delphi. She changed my life forever and was the catalyst for my career as a veterinarian. As a sick little puppy, we found ourselves at the vet hospital a lot. She was a lot of work but, caring for her sparked my love of veterinary medicine. The bond I shared with her was special but not unique, as most people love and care for their pets the same way I did. I am reminded every day to care for my patients as well as I cared for Delphi because I know just how important that bond can be. I absolutely love working with the Palencia Pet Clinic team. Everyone here is so caring to our patients and they are passionate about helping our clients.”

Dr. Raina Graduated from Oklahoma State with honors in 2013. She practiced in Virginia and West Virginia for several years before moving to Florida. She currently has two rescued cats, Zombie and Bongo.

Dr. Danielle Morosco

DVM

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Ever since career day in third-grade, Dr. Danielle Morosco knew she would one day achieve her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, but migrated south to attend the University of Florida. Dr. Morosco continued her journey south to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the beautiful island of St. Kitts.

After graduating with Honors, Dr. Morosco spent 5 years practicing emergency small animal medicine and surgery in Flagler Beach. She has a passion for emergency/urgent care, wound management, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and feline medicine. Above all else, Dr. Morosco truly takes pride in being a comfort to your family while your beloved furry family members are in her care.

In her free time, Dr. Morosco enjoys spending time with her partner and a stellar squad of pets, comprised of Ottley the Coconut Retriever (a Caribbean mixed breed dog), Flint the Pointer mix, and a trio of cats (Ginny, Molly, and Apricat).

Dr. Olivia Valente

DVM

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Dr. Olivia Valente is an east coast naive who’s dream of becoming a veterinarian has taken her far and wide. Originally from St. Mary’s, Georgia, Dr. Valente attended The University of Georgia where she double majored in Animal Science and Biological Sciences. She then went on to receive her doctorate from St. George’s University on the beautiful island of Grenada, with clinical training from Auburn University. Dr. Valente thoroughly enjoys serving the St. Augustine area and getting to know her patients and their families!

Outside the hospital, Dr. Valente spends her time with her fiancé Devin, and their two dogs Graham (a chocolate Labrador Retriever) and Luna (a yellow Labradoodle). Their favorite pastimes include trips to the beach, trying out local restaurants, and relaxing in their pool.

Dr. Michelle Logan

DVM

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Dr. Michelle Logan is a 2014 LSU Vet School grad who recently moved to Florida from Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, 2 kids, and dog. Prior to Missouri, Dr. Logan practiced in Louisiana after graduation. In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her family, going to the beach, and exploring the great outdoors. She is looking forward to meeting you and your furry family members.

Nicholas Brass

Operations Director

Milagros Johnson

Veterinary Nurse

Lindsay Henricks

Veterinary Nurse

Kendall Garcia

Veterinary Nurse, CSC

Devin Heath

Veterinary Nurse

Rebecca Isaacs

Veterinary Nurse

Hannah Beregasy

Veterinary Nurse

Kelly Essam

Veterinary Nurse

McKrai Petaja

Veterinary Nurse

Colleen Brady

Veterinary Nurse

Olivia Folckemer

Veterinary Nurse

Laura Norton

Veterinary Nurse

Sarina David

Veterinary Nurse

Ashley Smith

Receptionist

Amanda Jorenson

Receptionist

Judy Wagner

Receptionist

Patty Gaines

Receptionist

Jennifer Van Hook

Receptionist