Jupiter Veterinarians

Joan McMindes, DVM, Owner

Dr. Joan McMindes has been practicing compassionate, high-quality veterinary medicine since 1986. She built and started Native Palm Animal Hospital in 1995. Now semi-retired, she continues to lend her expertise to the practice. Dr. McMindes earned her bachelor's degree in Microbiology from Oregon State University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

At home, she cares for two Whippets named Finn and Jenga. She participates in dog shows and lure coursing events with her Whippets. In her spare time, Dr. McMindes enjoys hiking, kayaking, and taking camping trips with her Airstream trailer.

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Robert Burgess, DVM

Robert Burgess, DVM is our Relief Veterinarian here at Native Palm Animal Hospital. He is a Plantation, FL native and has enjoyed taking care of Florida animals for many years! He joined our team in March 2012. Dr. Burgess earned his bachelor's degree in animal and dairy sciences from Auburn University, where he graduated cum laude in 1987.

While there, he was a member of the Outstanding College Students of America. He went on to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and was Phi Beta Kappa and chairman of the Honors Committee. He graduated magna cum laude with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. He is a member of Treasure Coast Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Burgess grew up around animals and was inspired to work in the veterinary field because of his father, who worked professionally in medicine. He says he finds great satisfaction in his chosen profession because of his ability to make a "positive difference in the life of a family pet via diagnosing, treating, and preventing illnesses [and] comforting people by assisting them during difficult situations." When he is not busy taking care of animals, Dr. Burgess loves fishing, skiing, reading, and watching movies. He has two dogs: Denali, the golden retriever, and Balto, an Australian Shephard. He enjoys participating in mission work and has gone on several trips to Haiti, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

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Katia Watters, DVM

Dr. Katia Watters is a Veterinarian here at Native Palm Animal Hospital. She loves to help educate patients and their caretakers about proper pet health. Dr. Watters received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from St. Matthew’s University and then joined our team in October 2016. She has been working with animals for over 12 years, previously working as a Veterinary Technician.

Dr. Watters enjoys working with staff to care for every patient that comes into the office. She loves all of our clients because she knows that they all care deeply about their pets. Dr. Watters also speaks Spanish and Portuguese, which helps with communications among all our patients. We are so lucky to have her as part of our Native Palm family!

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