About our veterinary center


Martin Rivas, DVM (Owner/Medical Director)

Dr Rivas completed his Bachelors degree in Animal Science, and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the University of Georgia. After finishing school, he moved to Miami, Florida. Dr Rivas has a special interest in surgery, dentistry, and emergency medicine. He has been practicing as a full-time, and as a relief veterinarian for well known small animal practices and specialty centers in South Florida. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and the South Florida Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Rivas is an USDA accredited veterinarian, which among his responsibilities for animal and human health, it allows him to sign health certificates for national and international travel for your pets. As a veterinarian, he is licensed to practice in Florida, Georgia, and California. When not practicing veterinary medicine, you may find him running, playing soccer, or at the local coffee shop.


Valentina Henao, DVM (Veterinarian)

Dr Henao is a Miami native who completed her Bachelors degree in Animal Science and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the University of Florida. After finishing school, she completed a rotating internship at Oradell Animal Hospital and then a surgical internship at Med Vet Cincinnati. Since then, she has been practicing full time as a Emergency Medicine and General Practice relief veterinarian in the area. She has a special interest in surgery, neurology, and emergency medicine. When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Henao loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys working out, going out to eat, and relaxing with her cat Spot and her dog Toby.



Grizel G. (Practice Manager)

Grizel has joined Helpet Veterinary Center as our Practice Manager in 2019.  Grizel has many years of experience in the veterinary field, initially as a veterinary assistant, and then as a practice manager. Grizel has worked with Dr. Rivas in the past, and have been waiting for the right time to join Helpet. Grizel’s experience will allow for practice growth, as we continue providing your pets with the highest and most ethical veterinary service, in a friendly and familiar environment.


(Veterinary Nurse)

Veterinary technician. 

Hillary P. (Veterinary Nurse)
Hillary has joined our team as a veterinary technician. She graduated with a Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine from Nicaragua where she is from. She has worked with veterinarians in Nicaragua, California, and Miami. Hillary will be assisting you and your pet on all aspects of our services. 

Jacky O. (Client Relations/Veterinary Assistant)
Jacky has joined the Helpet team to be our Client Service representative. She will help you in the process from scheduling an appointment, to help make sure you and your pets are being attended above your expectations. Jacky is attending college, and her goal is to become a veterinarian. We are happy to have her in our team, and looking forward to help her grow in her career goals.

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