Meet Our Team


Dr. Brad Ochstein

Dr. Ochstein opened Island Animal Hospital with Dr. Andrew Turkell in 1995, seeing the need for a full-service family-oriented animal hospital in Palm Beach. He has long-standing ties to the island, having attended both Palm Beach Public and the Palm Beach Day School.  A 1992 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, he has a special interest in surgery. Dr. O keeps abreast of the latest techniques and methods by attending surgical conferences each year. He has worked with marine mammals at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, Florida, and at SeaWorld in Orlando, and is a member of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Dr. O enjoys boating, fishing and diving in the Florida Keys with his wife and fellow veterinarian Susan, and their sons, Christopher and Jacob. The family has many rescue pets including Jessie, the maltese, Smuggler, the Cavalier Spaniel, and Chop,  the Labrador mix. Additionally, 2 cats, Oscar and Thor, allow the family to wait on them. Dr O recently donated his time and skills, joining a WorldVets trip to an impoverished area on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, where he and other colleagues spayed and neutered over 300 street dogs. 

Dr. Mary Ellen Scully

Dr. Scully joined Island Animal Hospital full time in 2000, and has been a part of the family ever since. She graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida in 1995, followed by an internship at the University of Pennsylvania. Her special interests include internal medicine and ultrasound. In her spare time, Dr. Scully enjoys spending time with her cat Gary and two dogs, Minnow and Zamboni (all rescued) on the beach or in the garden.

Dr. Susan Spilker-Ochstein

Formerly with Calusa Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, Dr. Spilker, a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, now enjoys working with her husband Brad Ochstein at Island. At home she spends time with beloved sons Christopher and Jacob, they enjoy the company of Jessie the Maltese, Smuggler the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chop, the lab mix, Oscar their orange cat, and Thor the Bengal mix, all of which were rescues.


Dr Jodi Collins

Dr. Collins graduated from Oregon State University in 2007 and moved to West Palm Beach by way of Tucson, Arizona 4 years ago. Her veterinary interests include dentistry, preventative medicine and surgery. She is also a passionate advocate for shelter animals and continues to work with our great county shelter. She enjoys laughing, dancing, and her 3 rescue dogs Mae, Lulu, and Bardet.



The woman behind the scenes at Island Animal Hospital is Maggie, the office Manager.  As a native of Ireland, Maggie joined IAH in 2005 with over twenty years in veterinary management, she is responsible for smooth operation of the day to day business. When she's not hard at work on the Island, Maggie spends time with her 2 Bassett Hounds, Auggie and Louie, and the 2 bosses, Coco the Toy Poodle, Lola, the Shih Tzu as well as four cats.Many of her animals were rescues over the years. She loves spending time at the beach, boating, traveling and taking her dogs to the parks.


Peri, rescued from the streets of Oman as a blind kitten and brought to the states through a unique Facebook campaign, landed in our lobby a few years ago. After a couple of unsuccessful adoption attempts, due to his medical needs and poor manners, he decided that he would be happy enough to have the entire staff of Island Animal Hospital to serve him. He has been running the place ever since.



Deena is the lead receptionist and has been a member of IAH since December 2005. She and her fellow front-line workers take pride in assisting clients with cheerful enthusiasm. On the phone and in person, Deena is a delight. She can best be described as organized and detailed oriented always making the front desk a smooth and calm atmosphere. Deena is a pround mommy to her daughter Sophia Ellie, the two love being outdoors, especially at the beach.




Patty has been working as a veterinary technician since 1994, and still feels blessed to be working her dream job. She is a positive member of our nursing team working in surgery and in rooms, Patty feels she learns something new everyday. Patty is a mother to nineteen year old son, Brandon, the two of them love spending time at the beach, the gym, at concerts, and at home with their pets, Bullet, the American Stafford Bull Terrier and BamBam a domestic short hair, both of which were rescues. Patty loves living in South Florida, especially since her commute to work everyday includes her ever favorite KVJ show.


Mary is a superstar nurse here at Island Animal Hospital, she has ten years experience working with animals in the kennel and as an assistant at Animal Care and Control, and two years as a team member here at IAH. She is currently studying to be a certified veterinary technician and is sure to excel. Mary loves spending time relaxing in nature, she likes hiking and kayaking. She has five rescue cats at home and her loveable ferret, Sammie.






Slave Labor

Jacob Ochstein

So, you're the boss's kid? Here's a mop - get to work!