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 performs soft tissue emergency surgery at local ER/Specialty hospitals. 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.
Yoandy A. (Veterinary Nurse)
Yoandy joined Helpet since 2020. Original from Cuba, He has a bachelors degree in Biology. Once in the US, he has been working in the Veterinary Field, and developing skills in veterinary emergency and critical care. He will be assisting you and your pet on all aspects of our services.
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. (Veterinary Nurse)
Jacky has been part of the Helpet team from our early stages. She has grown within our hospital, and now as a veterinary nurse she assists doctors during consultations and procedures. 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.
Manuela A. (Veterinary Assistant)
Manuela has joined the Helpet team in 2021 to assist nurses and doctors on all aspects of our practice. Her main focus is patient care. She will be spoiling your pets when they are here at the hospital. Manuela is attending college, and her goal is to develop skills to serve the pet industry. She brings experience in the pet hospitality industry. We are happy to have her in our team, and looking forward to help her grow in her career goals.
Maria A. (Client Relations/Veterinary Assistant)
Maria joined the Helpet team in 2021. She helps on all aspects of client relations, from booking appointments, to emailing, and processing records and prescriptions. She also helps the entire team in all other aspects of our practice as needed. She brings experience from the pet hospitality industry. We are happy to have her in our team, and looking forward to see her grow within our company.