Your Veterinary Team
We have been providing quality pet care since 2001. Meet the doctors, technicians and client care staff that will make your experience with us special.
John Ankenbrandt, DVM
Growing up in Decatur Illinois, Dr. John has always known he was going to be a veterinarian. He spent his childhood begging his parents to let him keep every stray dog and cat he ran across! After finishing high school, he went to the University of Missouri where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology then graduated from the veterinary school in 1989.
While in veterinary school, he met his wife, Dr. Cheryl Ankenbrandt. They moved to Florida the day after graduation, settling first in Spring Hill which is an hour north of Tampa. In 1999, they sold their practice in Spring Hill and moved to Fort Myers to be closer to family. In December of 2001, they opened Summerlin Animal Hospital. Three years later, the practice was thriving and the size of the clinic had doubled.
In his free time, Dr. John can usually be found on his boat. He enjoys fishing, and spending time with his wife and two children.
Karen Rasmussen, DVM
Dr. Karen graduated from the University of Maryland in 1991 and Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She practiced in an equine and small animal practices in the Maryland area before moving to a small animal/equine practice in Weeki Wachee, FL.
Dr. Karen moved to Ft. Myers in 1998 and has been with Summerlin since 2007. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has special interests in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.
Technicians and Assistants
Diana was born in Orlando, FL but her family relocated to Miami when she was just 8 months old. In 2003 she started working at an animal hospital as a veterinary assistant. Towards the end of 2007 Diana moved to Cape Coral and joined Summerlin in March of 2008 as a veterinary technician. Besides working at our practice, Diana also enjoys pet sitting for some of our clients. She is the "mommy" of four senior Chihuahuas; Lilo, Hazel, Mia and Zeta.
Sandra was born in Bogota, Colombia, and relocated to the Miami area with her family as a young child. In 2000, she started working at an animal hospital as a grooming assistant, eventually training to become a veterinary technician. Sandra joined Summerlin Animal Hospital in December 2010. Her hobbies include photography and drawing. She owns two pampered pups, a Min Pin named “Trinity,” and a Chihuahua named “Stitch.”
Ariel was born and raised on the barrier islands of Southwest Florida. She has been a member of the Summerlin Animal Hospital team since 2007; she started as an intern when she was in high school. She is the proud mom of a chiweenie named Chopper, three cats named Ginger, Kirra and Leah, and two Leopard Geckos named Drogo and Daenerys. Ariel loves spending her free time at the beach, hiking/biking and reading. Occasionally Ariel also works as a professional mermaid, swimming at large and small events around Florida.
Francesca was born in Pennsylvania but relocated to Florida with her family when she was five. She has a background in banking, customer service, and has recently earned her degree in Veterinary Technology. Her love of animals and longtime dream to work with them led to a career change. Her dog Xena and her cat Bandit are best friends. In her spare time she enjoys the beach and spending time with friends and family.
Sarah was born in Massachusetts but has spent most of her life in Fort Myers. She has worked in the veterinary field since high school and has recently graduated with her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. She has owned cats, dogs, rabbits and homing pigeons and has always known she wanted to work with animals. Sarah has two Chihuahua mixes named Batman and Bandit.
Crystil brings 10 years of veterinary experience to Summerlin, we're thrilled to have her join our team! She is orginally from Kearny, New Jersey and recently relocated to Fort Myers. Crystil loves all animals and enjoys taking her rescued doggie Rokko on and nice walks and cuddling with him at home. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach, doing puzzles and spending time with her family and friends.
Ashley was born and raised in Fort Myers. She has been an animal care giver her entire life, from dogs and cats to hamsters and bunnies. She enjoys taking care of her grandparents in Kentucky and hiking on trails with her dog Rosco. She loves spending time with family and friends and helping others with activities and projects.
Stacy is our newest team member and works part time with our reception team. She was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. In 2014 Stacy and her husband relocated to Fort Myers; Stacy has been working in the veterinary field ever since. In her free time she enjoys the beach and hanging out at home with her two cats Kirra and Roxy, her two Italian greyhounds Dexter and Rona and her bunny Revy.
Professional Pet Grooming
Heather has lived in Florida for some time, having spent the last 6 years in Fort Myers. Most recently she was a grooming salon manager is very excited to make Summerlin "her own". She considers working with our clients an amazing opportunity to offer the premium grooming experience she has always wanted to provide to her clients. Heather has two children, 3 dogs, 3 cats and 2 leopard geckos to round out her family.