Our Veterinarians

Susan Shelton, DVM

Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

Founder & Medical Director

susan-sheltonDr. Susan Shelton grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended Jacksonville University for her undergraduate studies and finished her education in 1991 at the University of Florida where she graduated, with honors, from the College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2000, Dr. Shelton earned specialist status and board certification in canine and feline practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Dr. Shelton’s veterinary career began when she opened Wells Road Veterinary Medical Center. In 2001, Dr. Shelton became extensively involved in local animal welfare issues. She joined, upon invitation, Mayor Delaney’s Task Force where she investigated the treatment and boarding conditions at Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services. After serving on the task force, she provided interim veterinary services for Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services; starting in January 2002, she held a seven month tenure as its first Senior Veterinarian. While working at Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services, Dr. Shelton designed and implemented the first on-site sterilization facility and oversaw the sterilization and adoption of over 3600 animals, three times the prior year’s numbers.

She founded Saint Francis Animal Hospital in 2003, and it is here that she spends her daily efforts caring for animals and providing affordable veterinary services for Jacksonville’s pet owners.

In 2014, Dr. Susan Shelton was honored to be recognized as the “Hero Next Door” for all that she has done and continues to do to help pets in our community.


Gary Johnson, DVM

Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

Dr. Gary Johnson comes to the new location of St.Francis Animal Hospital after having been associated with St. Francis in 2013 for a short time. He comes with experience that started with a degree in micobiology from the University of Georgia in 1974, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Araneta University School of Veterinary Medicine, in the Philippines, in 1978. In 1984, Dr. Johnson obtained Specialty Board Certification from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Certified in Canine and Feline Practice. There are currently less than 1,000 Certified ABVP Specialists around the world. Dr. Johnson’s passion for practicing excellence in feline and canine veterinary medicine continues to drive his love for providing the best care possible for his patients.

When not involved in the practice of veterinary medicine, Dr. Johnson devotes is time to his wife Cathy, and their son Connor, a real superhero. He also shares space with 6 cats, 2 Miniature Australian Shepard dogs, and a Blue and Gold Macaw parrot. Trips to the mountains of North Carolina are a family favorite, and occasionally other locations for rest and recreation.

Elke Stolzenbach, DVM

Dr Stolzenbach grew up in Chile and studied veterinary medicine at Universidad Austral de Chile. After she graduated she decided to move to the US and worked with horses for a few years in KY at a rehabilitation center. She also completed an equine internship at an equine facility. She later joined a mixed animal practice and transitioned into small animal medicine. She has always loved all animals and grew up on a farm.

Her special interest is preventive medicine. She lives in Ponte Vedra Beach with her husband and two wonderful children. Her family pets are two amazing kitties that are very active and bring joy and laughter every day. She loves to spend time with her family, read books, riding horses and being outdoors.

Belinda Nguyen, DVM

Belinda Nguyen, DVM

Jesse Burgess, DVM