Estero Animal Hospital

9550 Corkscrew Rd
Estero, FL 33928

(239)992-3883

www.esterovet.com

Our Doctors

Kirk Teschke

Kirk Teschke, DVM
Veterinarian, Practice Co-Owner

Favorite Band? U2
Favorite Sports Team? What else? Go Gators!!!
Where did you grow up? Jacksonville, Florida

Where did you do your graduate and undergraduate studies at? In what year did you graduate from vet school?
I attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate  and graduate studies and graduated in 1995 with my DVM. 

What year did you start at EAH and can you tell us something memorable about your first few days?
With the help of my business partner Larry Scrabis, we opened Estero Animal Hospital in 2001. We had 1 other employee, Barbara, who ran the front desk. I can remember that first day we had 5 despite not having done any advertising. This was considered a good day for us at the time. I also remember how refreshingly nice all the clients were that first day.

Why did you choose Veterinary Medicine?
I chose veterinary medicine because I really felt that it fit my personality, I just really couldn’t see myself doing anything else. There was no other option in my opinion. Vet school was all or nothing for me. I also really like the science of medicine and of course working with animals.

Do you have a special interest in vet med? If yes, what?
Actually, I really have a passion for surgical procedures. Each one is different and you never know what kind of challenge you will face. It is always a learning experience.

If there was one thing you could change about veterinary medicine what would it be?That there was a cure for every animal and every disease.

How many pets do you have and what kind?I have 2 animals, Higgins an 11 year old hound/terrier mix that I rescued from Lee County in 2006, and a cat named Lewey who was adopted from the same shelter earlier this year.

Larry Scrabis

Larry Scrabis, DVM
Veterinarian, Practice Co-Owner


Jennifer Dewe-Mathews

Jennifer Dewe-Mathews, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

What was the last book you read?The Day the Crayons Came Home- (great book!)
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only pick 1 movie to watch for the rest of your life what would it be?Sixteen candles or  the Breakfast Club (can you tell I'm a child of the 80's)
Where did you grow up? I grew up in New City, NY, a suburb of NYC.
When did you move to FL?I very reluctantly moved to FL in 2004, one week before Hurricane Charlie- Welcome to FL!!  It has taken about 7 years for me to adapt.  I do however, not miss the snow :)

What school did you do your undergraduate work at?
Jen received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cornell University. 

What school did you graduate from with your DVM and what year?
After spending two years in Washington D.C. obtaining her Masters of Arts in Developmental Biology from American University.  Jen then moved back to the tundra of Ithaca, NY and completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2003.  Upon graduation, she was accepted and completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ.

What year did you start at EAH and can you tell us something memorable about your first few days?
I joined the practice in June 2008 just prior to Estero Animal Hospital's big move to its current location.  For about 2 months, I worked with Kirk and Larry in the very small clinic in the Albertson's plaza on Route 41 and Williams Road.  The clinic was so small and the largest cage could only accommodate an 80 pound dog.  One day, shortly after I started working there, I opened the bathroom door and a St. Bernard came running out!  The bathroom was the only place large enough to house the dog that had been dropped off for radiographs.

Why did you choose Veterinary Medicine?
When I was little, all the little girls I knew were playing with dolls and playing house.  I hated dolls and can recall owning one Cabbage Patch kid which my sister "adopted".  I did however, have tons of stuffed animals.  I would play pet store (which I am now appalled to admit, as I would never purchase a dog from a pet store/puppy mill) and animal hospital for hours.  I have always wanted to be a veterinarian and was very driven  to obtain that goal.  This is truly a vocation and not "just a job".  I could not imagine doing anything else!

Do you have a special interest in veterinary medicine?
I enjoy internal medicine (chronic kidney disease, immune mediated diseases, thyroid disease, etc) and the challenges of case work up and management.  I have a strong interest in feline medicine, managing the obesity epidemic in our pets, and helping owners handle behavior concerns (separation anxiety, storm anxiety, inappropriate urination).

If there was 1 thing you could change about veterinary medicine what would it be?
I wish that the veterinary medical association would be able to once and for all take a stand and abolish puppy mills in all states.  Puppy mills are the source of the majority , if not all, dogs that are sold at pet stores.  The conditions in which these dogs live is deplorable.  I wish that no dog would suffer this fate and that all the dogs and cats in shelters will one day find a forever home. 

Marc Kanchuk

Marc Kanchuk, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Joined EAH: 09/2011

Kelli French

Kelli French, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

What was the last book you read?The Fault in Our Stars. Unfortunately I have little time to read. 
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only pick 1 movie to watch for the rest of your life what would it be? Pretty Woman. 
Where did you grow up? I grew up in southern California.
When did you move to FL? I moved to Florida in December 2015.

What school did you do your undergraduate work at?
I received my undergraduate at Rutgers University in New Jersey. 

What school did you graduate from with your DVM and what year?
I received my DVM from The Ohio State University in 2004. 

What year did you start at EAH and can you tell us something memorable about your first few days?
I began working at EAH in  April of 2016. I remember the warmth of the employees and a feeling of family. 

Why did you choose Veterinary Medicine?
I was interested in medicine and wanted to be involved in a career where I could make a difference. Animals are completely dependent on people for their welfare. My goal was to ensure that every animal I was aware of had the opportunity to receive the best care possible, regardless of circumstances. 

Do you have a special interest in veterinary medicine?
Internal Medicine and soft tissue surgery. 

If there was 1 thing you could change about veterinary medicine what would it be?
Accessibility to veterinary care for every animal. 

Megan Joyce, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Where did you grow up? Naples, Florida but originally from Minnesota.
When did you move to FL? 1993

What school did you do your undergraduate work at?
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. 

What school did you graduate from with your DVM and what year?
University of Florida, 2019. GO GATORS!

What year did you start at EAH and can you tell us something memorable about your first few days?
October 2019

Why did you choose Veterinary Medicine?
I chose Veterinary Medicine because I have such an appreciation for the diversity of the animal kingdom. I am thankful I can use my knowledge to help these amazing creatures. 

Do you have a special interest in veterinary medicine?
I enjoy seeing the Human-Animal Bond. A very special interest I have is in Aquatic Animal Medicine, which is part of why I completed my veterinary degree at UF. 

If there was 1 thing you could change about veterinary medicine what would it be?
That our pets could stay with us longer.

Do you have any pets? 12 year old Golden Retriever named Marty Moose.