Our Veterinarians

Hernan Montilla DVM, DACT

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Hernan Montilla was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where a love of animal care was instilled in him early on in life. His passion hasn’t wavered one bit—now, Dr. Montilla is proud to use his skills to serve the pets and animal owners of the area as a member of the Hobe Sound Veterinary Clinic family.

Dr. Montilla earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico before attending veterinary school at Ross University. He completed a year of clinical studies at Texas A&M University, then took an externship at the Indianapolis Zoo, where he helped train dolphins to accept ultrasound exams. Next, Dr. Montilla worked with small animals, exotic pets, and even zoo animals in Massachusetts and Hawaii before completing a residency in theriogenology—the study of animal reproduction—at Oregon State University, where he would ultimately remain on-staff as a professor in the school’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Dr. Montilla is highly proficient in ultrasound, laparoscopic surgery, and endoscopy. He also brings to the clinic team specialized surgical and diagnostic skills for the treatment of ovarian and uterine conditions, mammary tumors, retained testicles, laparoscopic and ovary-sparing spays, stomach-tacking procedures in large dogs, and vasectomies. Under Dr. Montilla’s expert guidance, Hobe Sound Veterinary Clinic is proud to be the first to offer many of these procedures in the St. Lucie and Martin County areas.

Dr. Montilla is a member of various professional organizations, including the Treasure Coast Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. He has presented at the Oregon Veterinary Conference, the University of California-Davis’ Veterinary Symposium, and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners International Camelid Health Conference. Dr. Montilla is proud to have had scientific studies published in major journals, including Emerging Infectious Diseases. He’s even a contributing author to several veterinary textbooks, such as Clinical Veterinary Advisor and Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy, which are used in universities all over the country and abroad.

Every year, Dr. Montilla travels to Nicaragua with a team of veterinary students, where he volunteers necessary medical services for livestock and local pets. Along with his team, he distributes information to villagers about zoonotic disease and animal wellness, and even helps to have Nicaraguan dogs sponsored by Americans for their health and wellness needs. The fact that Dr. Montilla is bilingual—he’s fluent in both English and Spanish—helps greatly with his efforts.

Outside of his interests in the world of veterinary medicine, Dr. Montilla enjoys water sports, sailing, visiting microbreweries, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Liz—who works as a Certified Veterinary Technician herself—have one pet of their own, a loveable dachshund named Camo.

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Dr. Karina Salvo

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Karina Salvo chose her very first pet at the local animal shelter when she was only three years old. Her passion for the earth’s creatures hasn’t wavered since. Dr. Salvo has been helping pets as a member of the veterinary profession since she was only 12 years old, and her journey has taken her all the way from cleaning kennels to owning her own veterinary practice! She’s thrilled to now serve the pets and animal owners of Hobe Sound as an Associate Veterinarian.

A native of Palm Beach County, Dr. Salvo started her animal-care journey by volunteering as a Kennel Attendant; getting to observe during a surgery helped to ignite her passion for veterinary medicine very early on in life. She worked as a Veterinary Technician for 16 years, obtaining her Bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biology from the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree in biomedical science from Barry University along the way.

Next, Dr. Salvo attended Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in the Caribbean to earn her Doctorate in 2005, then completed a rotating medical and surgical internship at New York City Veterinary Specialists (now BluePearl Veterinary Partners). Additionally, Dr. Salvo has trained at the Chi Institute to learn veterinary acupuncture, Tui-na, and food therapy, and she’s also Fear-Free Certified.

As a veterinarian, Dr. Salvo is passionate about continuing her own education and looks forward to her newest endeavor: veterinary orthopedic manipulation. Her favorite part of the job, though, is getting to meet new pet owners and help guide them through the stages of their companions’ lives, strengthening the bond between pet and owner at every step along the way.

Outside of her interests in the world of animal care, Dr. Salvo enjoys bodybuilding, paddle-boarding, gardening, practicing her photography skills, off-roading in her Jeep, and caring for her own pets at home. She has five Dogo Argentinos—Zafiro, Jiron, Acacia, Adalia, and Alita—as well as a small Yorkie named Nico.

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