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Our staff is very proud of their accomplishment in meeting the stringent requirements of becoming an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Accredited Practice. Only 12% of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have achieved AAHA accreditation.

Continuing education is one of the standards we set for all of our employees. We hold twice-monthly in-house education sessions, send staffers to education seminars several times a year, and have them share their education experience with the other staff members.

Dr. Mary C. Fondren, DVM — Veterinarian, Hospital Director

Dr. Fondren & Sami an English Springer Spaniel pose for the camera
Dr. Fondren & Sami

Graduating from NCSU, I’ve lived and practiced small-animal veterinary medicine in Palm Beach County since 1987. I’ve owned my award-winning Fondren Pet Care Center since 1997. I strive to stay abreast of the newest medical information by going well beyond the required continuing education hours and enjoy the challenge of new technologies.

I have a special interest in dermatology (skin), ophthalmology (eyes), and dentistry. I am a member in good standing of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA), Palm Beach County Veterinary Society (PBCVS), American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), Veterinary Surgical Laser Society (VSLS), American Heartworm Society (AHS), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS).

Dr. Laura K. Grigsby, DVM — Veterinarian

Dr. Grigsby and one of her canine patients.Originally from Florence, Alabama, Dr. Grigsby graduated from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. She now resides in West Palm Beach with her husband, David, with whom she has two children, a golden retriever named Indiana Jones, one granddaughter, and two grand-dogs. Dr. Grigsby owned her own veterinary hospital until 2018. She now works as a relief vet and has been with Fondren Pet Care since October 2022. She enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family.

Kara Skinner — Office Manager

Kara with her dog and birds
Kara with her dog and birds

I am originally from New York but consider myself a Floridian after being here for over ten years. My husband and I live with our rescue dog, Lewis, and seven birds. We have become an unofficial bird sanctuary as five of our birds are rescues, some with special needs. My spare time is spent “serving” our demanding flock.

Kori Arrogante — Veterinary Technician

Kori & Bambi
Kori and Bambi

Born and raised in Palm Beach Gardens, I joined the Fondren Pet Care team in 2014. I love working with animals and have two rescue dogs: Bambi is a chihuahua/rat terrier mix and Forrest is a Brussels Griffon mix. I enjoy playing sports, fishing, and spending time with my family.

Niza Strominger — Lead Client Services Representative

Niza with Max
Niza and Max

Born and raised in Jupiter, I joined the Fondren Pet Care team in November 2019. My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Max, and I enjoy spending time with them and my family. In my spare time, I enjoy attempting to cook and hosting game nights.

Sydney Orr — Client Services Representative

Sydney and her cat
Sydney and Lambo

Born and raised in South Florida, I joined the Fondren Pet Care team in June 2021 and have loved every minute of it. In my free time, I enjoy binge-watching Netflix while cuddling with my little lion, Lambo, spending time at the beach, and indulging in some online shopping.

Manuela Bernal — Veterinary Technician

Manuela and her cat
Manuela and her cat

Originally from Colombia, I moved to South Florida in 2005 and joined the Fondren Pet Care team in December 2021. My husband and I have two cats, Rose and Nirvana. In my spare time, I like to try new things, mostly outdoors.