Susan Shelton, DVM


Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
Canine and Feline Specialist
Founder & Medical Director

Dr. 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.


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 and most recently accupuncture and integrative 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.