Meet the Team

Meet our skilled, compassionate veterinary care team who are committed to providing exceptional veterinary care for your pets.

Stephen Van Lue, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Stephen Van Lue graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. After spending 5 years in emergency medicine and surgery, he completed a small animal surgical residency at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Steve became a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1998. He has spent several years in academia (Associate Professor of Surgery, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark), clinical practice, and research before founding Van Lue Veterinary Surgical in 2011. He has also been a major contributor in the development of many new surgical technologies while serving as a surgical consultant to the medical device community in Silicon Valley, CA. Steve has two issued United States patents for novel surgical devices used in minimally invasive surgery. Steve grew up in Maitland, Florida where his family has resided since 1964.

Dr. Anne Van Lue, DVM, PhD

Dr. Anne Van Lue is married to Steve and received her DVM in 2000 from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark, where she also served as Assistant Professor of Surgery after completing her Ph.D. in small animal surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgery. Anne has been performing general surgical relief services over the last 10 years, as well as working with Steve on the specialty surgical practice. Anne grew up in Denmark, but has now lived in the US since 2007. Both Anne and Steve have published in peer-reviewed medical literature, and Steve is active in professional education and surgeon training in minimally invasive surgery.

They have 3 sons, Niels (14), Jens (12), and Mads (6), two dogs (Maddie and Strider), and two cats (Stampy and Frosty). In their spare time the Van Lue’s love the Florida nature in and on the water in the ocean, rivers, and natural springs of Florida.

Melissa Schaffer, BAS, CVT – Lead Veterinary Technician

Melissa graduated from St. Petersburg College with her Bachelor’s in Applied Science Veterinary Technology degree in June 2016, and has been a certified veterinary technician (CVT) since July 2012. Throughout her career, Melissa has worked in both general veterinary practices and specialty veterinary surgery practices. Melissa has a passion for surgery and anesthesia and plans to obtain her veterinary technician specialty (VTS) in these areas. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys watching Tampa Bay Lightning hockey and UCF Knights football with her husband, Nolan, their 2 dogs, McKenzie, and Lucy, and their cat, Cooper.

Breeannan Tout, Cert IV, Surgical Dipl.​​​​​​​ – Lead Veterinary Nurse​​​​​​​

Bree was born and raised in Australia and started her veterinary career in 2008 at a busy general practice which performed an array of specialized surgical procedures. There she developed her passion for surgery, patient recovery, and pain management, and also earned her Level 4 certificate in Veterinary Nursing as well as a diploma in Veterinary Surgical Nursing. Throughout the years she moved on and became head of surgery of another high volume hospital before moving to sunny Florida in 2017 to be with her husband, Jonathan. They have 2 large dogs (Koa & Malie) and rescue kitties (Ireal, Sawyer, Joey & Ollie), and are working towards buying their first home.

Sara Nissen – Customer Service Coordinator

Sara grew up on her grandparents’ thoroughbred farm in Ohio. Since then, she knew she wanted to be in the veterinary field. After working with horses for many years, she was given the opportunity to work with small animals as well as exotics.
Since moving to Florida, Sara has adopted two Pit Bulls named Heidi and Hanz, and her dream is to rescue many more!

Molly Kaminski – Veterinary Technician

Molly started her veterinary career in 2005. Since then, Molly has worked in general medicine and spent the past 8 years in specialty medicine. Throughout this time, she has developed a passion for anesthesia and patient care.
Molly and her husband Victor have two sons, Noah, and Gavin. When not busy attending her sons’ sporting events, Molly enjoys spending time with her rescue dogs, Baylor, and Greg, and her two cats, Boris and Boone.

Megan Sorg - Veterinary Assistant

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2020 with a degree in Biomedical sciences. Since graduating she has developed a passion for working with animals and is currently applying to Veterinary School. In her spare time, Megan enjoys outdoor activities, painting, and spending time with her dog Alfie.

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