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Professional and Reliable Veterinarians in West Palm Beach, FL

Dr. Stuart Fox

Dr. Stuart Fox holding a black and white spotted puppy

Hi, I’m Dr. Stuart Fox the owner of River Bridge Animal Hospital and Laser Therapy Center. I feel that I am the luckiest person in the world to do the work I do each day. I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a small child.

As a child, I was asked: “what do you want to do when you grow up”? My answer was always, to work helping animals. I often say, “there was no plan B”.

I was raised here in Palm Beach County and returned in 1989 after earning my Doctor of Veterinary medicine degree at Ross School of Veterinary Medicine.

I have a special interest in many aspects of the welfare of animals but have a special interest in internal medicine, surgery, and dermatology. I also serve on the board of directors for one of the largest non-profit dog and cat rescues in south Florida, A Second Chance Puppies, and Kittens Rescue. My wife Lugina and I have raised 3 children as well as numerous dogs and cats.

When I am not treating animals, I enjoy my classic cars, my coral reef aquarium and arts and crafts with the help of Pinterest.


As a child, his father introduced him into the tropical fish hobby, and still to this day enjoys the hobby. At home, Dr. Fox maintains a 150 gallon reef aquarium.

Dr. Stacy Oquist

Dr. Stacy Oquist standing next to a white cat perched atop a scratching post

I grew up in Ohio with both horses and dogs. I have always had a great love for animals, but in the beginning, I did not consider veterinary medicine as a career. In fact, I initially went to engineering school! But I quickly learned that was not the right path for me.

After leaving that behind, I was lucky enough to obtain a job as a veterinary assistant. I completely fell in love with veterinary medicine and soon decided that was my calling. I worked as an assistant for over seven years, first full time and then part time, while I obtained my undergraduate degree in biology.

I then continued my studies at Ohio State University, obtaining my DVM in 2006. I moved to Florida right after graduation to be closer to family and I have been at River Bridge since early 2015.

Helping animals and their families is incredibly rewarding, but one of the things I love best about veterinary medicine is the challenge. I often feel like a detective on a case, piecing clues together in order to get a diagnosis. I also love educating clients on pet care. I have an interest in behavior medicine, as well.

I’m married with two children and we currently live with two dogs, Roxy and Pebbles. We also have a bearded dragon named Spino Truck.


Enjoys scuba diving and running.

Dr. Catherine Zellmer

Dr. Zellmer is a Florida native, born in Sarasota and grew up in Tampa and Gainesville before leaving the state for college. She graduated from Auburn University in 2014 with her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and took a year off before vet school where she worked as a sea turtle conservation intern on the Gulf Coast and a vet tech in Alachua, FL.

She then moved to Columbus, OH to attend The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated May 2019 and made a homecoming to practice veterinary medicine in the Sunshine State. Dr. Zellmer enjoys canine and feline general practice with a special interest in soft tissue surgery. She has two cats of her own, Gatsby and Walter, and recently added Pepito, a rescue pup from Puerto Rico, to her pack.

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