Meet the friendly staff at Lakeridge Animal Hospital!

  • Dr.
    Jeffrey Esch

    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.

  • 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.

  • Marci .

    Marci has been in the Veterinary field for over 20 years. Her passion is client education. When not working Marci enjoys riding motorcycles, orchid gardening, and reading.


Office Hours

Clermont Office


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm