Drs. Michael & Brooke Certa
Drs. Michael and Brooke Certa are the practice owners here at Coastal Animal Clinic. In 2015, they purchased the clinic from Dr. Juan Molina, who is still practicing with the hospital today. They are proud to continue his legacy of compentent, compassionate care.
They met in “The Swamp” (Gainesville) while attending University of Florida. Go Gators! After graduating from veterinary school in 2008, they moved to Pinellas County to start their careers and soon after, a family! They both worked as associate veterinarians as well as the managing veterinarian at each of their individual hospital locations prior to purchasing Coastal Animal Clinic.
They value being active in the community with their local Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association, where Dr. Brooke served as the past president as well as the Pinellas Animal Foundation that funds programs for pet loss support and educating our youth about caring for pets. In addition, Dr. Brooke was honored with the Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s Gold Star Award in 2017 for outstanding contributions to veterinary medicine.
They both enjoy mentoring and being involved with St. Petersburg College’s Veterinary Nursing Program where Dr. Brooke has worked as an adjunct professor. They have hosted many students in the program at Coastal Animal Clinic offering necessary hands-on experience to obtain their degree.
At home, they have a son, Edison and a daughter, Ella who keep them busy with cub scouts, girl scouts, soccer, horseback riding, and dance. In true Floridian fashion, when not in the clinic or busy with extra-curricular activities, the family can be found near the water – enjoying a beach day, fishing, boating or on a paddle board/kayak adventure. Their furry family includes a Golden Retriever, Mara who Dr. Brooke has had since veterinary school and a Yorkie-poo, Elsie. The family has recently added a few backyard chickens to raise as well (named 2-Bits, Mercy Percy, Cheez-it, Yogurt, Mogurt & Popcorn).
Dr. Mike also enjoys dabbling with repurposed wood/antique projects which you are likely to see on the walls around the clinics. They love calling Tampa Bay their home and look forward to treating your pets as the valued family members they are!