Staff

Meet the friendly staff at Lakeridge Animal Hospital!

  • Dr.
    Jeffrey Esch
    DVM

    Dr. Esch graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a B.S. in Zoology in 2001 and then attended Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine (Go Dawgs) where he graduated in 2007. Upon graduation Dr. Esch relocated to the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina where he worked for a multi doctor practice in the Thomasville and Jamestown areas. After a few years of still seeing snow he relocated to central Florida again to work for a multi doctor practice in south Orlando. Dr. Esch founded Lakeridge Animal Hospital in 2018 and it opened a year later. While not working Dr. Esch enjoys golf, tennis, camping, the trails of central Florida, and spending time with his Dachshund Armstrong and his Sphynx, Harry.

  • Melissa Masaki

    Melissa was born and raised in Hawaii and now she calls Florida her home. Her passion for animals was instilled at a very young age and she grew up with dogs, a bird, and two Jackson's chameleons. Melissa is the head technician at Lakeridge Animal Hospital. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, the outdoors and hanging out with family and friends.

  • Jennifer Roman

    Jennifer has been working in animal care since 1996 with parrots and salt water aquariums at Rainforest Café Disney and then Lowry Park Zoo as a zoo keeper in the avian department. In 2001 she started working as a veterinary assistant and eventually became a technician for 12 years. She is now head receptionist at Lakeridge Animal Hospital and enjoys helping clients with their pets. When not at work Jennifer enjoys photography and traveling with her husband or playing with her labradoodle and goldendoodle.

  • Jenna Rita

    Jenna Rita was born and raised in NYC and has worked professionally in the companion animal field as a veterinary technician/receptionist for six years. She started her career as a volunteer for a local cat rescue based in Brooklyn which flourished into a love of all things veterinary medicine. Jenna currently lives with her fiancé, five cats, shepherd mix and pomeranian. She enjoys movies, the ocean, spending time with her family, and going on adventures.

  • Karen Derby

    Karen Derby has been a technician since 1994 and her special interest is surgery and difficult to handle pets. She has two pitties and three cats. When she is not working she enjoys ju jitsu and watching her daughter do gymnastics with her husband.

Location

Office Hours

Clermont Office

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed