Pioneers. Thought leaders. Animal lovers. The team of Central Broward Animal Hospital works to take veterinary medicine to a higher level every single day, for every single pet. Because the love you share is precious, and we will protect it.

Veterinarians

Jonathan Wald

Jonathan Wald

DVM

Founder and Owner Since 1987
Since his childhood, Dr. Jonathan Wald has been an animal lover. It was a passion that carried him through eight years of intensive study at the University of Florida and the opening of Central Broward Animal Hospital in Plantation in 1987. Since founding Central Broward Animal Hospital, Dr. Wald takes great pride in the fact that his practice has grown into one of Broward County’s most trusted and reputable animal care centers.

Even after all his years in practice, Dr. Wald’s pure joy and passion for animal care and veterinary medicine remains evident. He loves coming to work to spend time with the animals we care for – so much so that he will take time each day to just say hello to all the pets at the hospital. He also loves spending time with his staff and nurturing our family-like practice culture, which translates to warmer, friendlier and better coordinated service for our clients and patients.

Dr. Wald’s family also shares his passion for animals. His wife Melissa and daughters Lindsay and Danielle, when not at college, can often be found helping out at the hospital. Rounding out the Wald family are Shea and Chase, two Golden Retrievers that accompany Dr. Wald to work each day to eagerly greet hospital visitors. In addition, they adopted a retired racehorse named Varitek and have a turtle named Tortuga that they rescued from the backyard pool.

Dr. Wald received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Neurobiology from the University of Florida in 1980 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. Originally from New York, South Florida’s tropical weather and friendly residents prompted Dr. Wald to relocate and open his own animal hospital here.

Outside the hospital, Dr. Wald enjoys running, biking, and spending time with his family and pets.

Janeen Lezcano

Janeen Lezcano

DVM, Senior Associate Veterinarian

Central Broward Animal Hospital Family Team Member Since 2002
Dr. Lezcano joined Dr.Wald and the Central Broward Animal Hospital team in 2002 and has never looked back. She loves everything about being a veterinarian in Plantation, where she can spend the day doing what she loves most: helping pets and their parents. Dr. Lezcano brings her veterinary expertise and laughter to the hospital every day. Fluent in both Spanish and English, she can assist families in either language.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Lezcano cites her childhood love for and devotion to animals as the primary reason she became a veterinarian. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Florida in 1992 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.

Dr. Lezcano is married to her college sweetheart, Carlos, the District Manager with the Department of Hotels and Restaurants. Her two children, Carlos and Natalie, share their mother’s love for animals and can sometimes be seen helping out at the hospital. The family also includes two dogs, a Yorkie named Apple and a rescue named Pie who was saved from an abusive home.

Outside work, Dr. Lezcano enjoys reading, traveling, Italian food and spending time with her family.

Lara Oms

Lara Oms

DVM

Central Broward Animal Hospital Family Team Member Since 2004
Dr. Lara Oms joined Central Broward Animal Hospital in January 2004. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she is the daughter of an ophthalmologist and a pediatrician. While Dr. Oms found human medicine interesting, her love of animals and her experience working in an animal hospital helped her decide to pursue a career as a veterinarian.

In 1996 Dr. Oms graduated from American University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Animal Sciences. She continued her studies at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Dr. Oms went on to complete an internship in medicine and surgery at Purdue University.

Now at Central Broward Animal Hospital for more than a decade, Dr. Oms loves and appreciates our friendly atmosphere and family-oriented focus. “It makes it a wonderful place to be when our patients, their parents and our staff are all so close with each other!” she says.

Dr. Oms and her husband Blendi have a beautiful daughter Alexandra, whom Dr. Oms hopes will be a veterinarian one day. The family has two rescue cats, Minina and Piccolina. Dr. Oms adopted Minina from a shelter while in veterinary school and found Piccolina in a trash can. They both hold a special place in her heart and she is grateful for their unconditional love and affection.

Besides spending time with her family, Dr Oms’ hobbies include traveling and experiencing different cultures, reading and going to the beach. Despite no longer living in Puerto Rico, the cuisine of her beautiful native island continues to be her favorite.

Megan Cassels Conway

Megan Cassels Conway

DVM

New and Exciting Central Broward Animal Hospital Family Team Member
Dr. Megan Cassels-Conway, or Dr. CC as we know her, is a new addition to the Central Broward family. She decided at the young age of three to become a “doctor for animals” and has been happy with her decision ever since. She spent six years practicing veterinary medicine in her home state of Pennsylvania and throughout South Florida before deciding to call Central Broward Animal Hospital her Plantation veterinary home.

Dr. CC studied Animal Bioscience and Journalism at Penn State University, graduating in 2008 before getting her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 2012. Her veterinary interests lie in surgery and client education.

She has two adopted dogs, Kittie and Cajun, and a rescue Snowshoe cat, Chai Lai. Dr. CC also has a horse named Luck, which has followed her to multiple states for the past 18 years.

In her free time, Dr. CC enjoys horseback riding, the beach, tennis, going to the gym and traveling.

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”

-AD Williams

Leadership

Genie Theile

Genie Theile

Operations Manager

Central Broward Animal Hospital Family Team Member Since 1998
Genie joined the staff of Central Broward Animal Hospital in 1998 and is our client care manager. She considers the staff and the clients at Central Broward Animal Hospital a second family and is thankful to be able to work with such wonderful people and their pets. Genie is also proud to be a part of the bond the hospital shares with the Plantation, Florida community. She has a sense of humor and special connection to our more senior clients and loves seeing our clients’ relief at hearing good news about their pet.

A Hawthorne, New York native, Genie is a graduate of the State University of New York at Genesco, where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.

Genie and her husband Skip have two grown children, Sara and Gavin. At home, they care for two Dachshunds, Bella and Bentley, and a cat named Rocky. She also loves her three grand-dogs, Blane, Blaze and Buster. In her free time, Genie enjoys photography and astronomy and learning how to master the telescope.

Tara Samaniego

Tara Samaniego

Head Veterinary Nurse

Central Broward Animal Hospital Family Team Member Since 2000
Tara joined Central Broward Animal Hospital in 2000. As our head veterinary nurse, Tara is responsible for assisting our doctors during examinations and surgery and managing all aspects of patient care. Although born in West Virginia, Tara moved to Florida at a young age and calls Plantation her home town.

A graduate of Fort Lauderdale High School and Florida Atlantic University, Tara holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She cites our collective commitment to our patients’ welfare as the main reason she likes working at the hospital. “We’re all like a family and we care very much about each other,” she says.

Tara shares her home with her husband Jaime, daughter Makayla and three cats: Jaga, Athena and Pandera, all rescues from the hospital.

Aldo V. Lorenzo Peña

Aldo V. Lorenzo Peña

Animal Care Manager

Central Broward Animal Hospital Family Team Member Since 1999
A veterinarian in his native Cuba, Aldo has over 25 years of veterinary care experience. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Havana, Cuba, and he holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine as well as technician certificates in laboratory science and animal reproduction. Since joining Central Broward Animal Hospital in 1999, his expertise has been invaluable to the hospital and he is now the animal care manager. When asked what he most likes about his work, Aldo says it is the feeling of gratitude he receives from pets he cares for.

When Aldo isn’t working at the hospital, he enjoys movies, reading, biking, jogging or traveling. He has two cats, Koosa and Chantel.

Christine Menendez

Client Care Manager

Bio coming soon

“We’re the real stars of the show!”

-Shea and Chase

Greeters

Shea

Ever since they were puppies, Shea and her younger brother Chase have been eagerly greeting the visitors of Central Broward Animal Hospital with a wagging tail and a big smile.

Both are Dr. Wald’s family dogs and travel back and forth to work with him. Chase always gets excited when Dr. Wald is putting on his scrubs at home as Chase knows he is coming to work. Shea has a tendency to avoid the leash and car ride in the morning. She would rather stay at home to chase the squirrels, but once at the hospital she enjoys greeting everyone.

Chase

Ever since they were puppies, Shea and her younger brother Chase have been eagerly greeting the visitors of Central Broward Animal Hospital with a wagging tail and a big smile.

Both are Dr. Wald’s family dogs and travel back and forth to work with him. Chase always gets excited when Dr. Wald is putting on his scrubs at home as Chase knows he is coming to work. Shea has a tendency to avoid the leash and car ride in the morning. She would rather stay at home to chase the squirrels, but once at the hospital she enjoys greeting everyone.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

―Anatole France

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