Our Team

Peter-James Miller, B.V.M.&.S., M.R.C.V.S
Peter-James Miller, B.V.M.&.S., M.R.C.V.S
Dr. Miller was born and raised in New York City, N.Y.. He Attended the University of Florida in Gainesville for his undergraduate course work. In his third year at UF, he was accepted early into the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh, famous for cloning "Dolly" the sheep, is one of the oldest and most highly recognized veterinary schools in the world. Dr. Miller graduated from Edinburgh in 1999.

He has been practicing Veterinary Medicine in Central Florida for over 16 years. Dr. Miller has been the owner of Merritt Animal Clinic for nearly a decade. In that period of time our clients have come to appreciate a higher standard of veterinary care at our practice. He contributes a lot the practice’s success to the close knit team at Merritt Animal Clinic, and their dedication.

His main areas of interest are Internal Medicine and Dermatology. He finds it particular rewarding to alleviate allergy problems in pets, and improve their lives as well as their owners. Dr. Miller prides himself in being thorough, and spending extra time with our patients.

Kimberley Ruman
Kimberley Ruman
Kimberley grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. She moved to Vero Beach Florida in 1990 where she began her career at the Indian River Humane Society.

After 4 years working there, she entered into private veterinary practice. Kimberley has been a veterinary technician for over 20 years. She joined Merritt Animal Clinic in 2007 as Practice Manager and Head Veterinary Technician.

A true leader, Kimberley’s hard work and dedication has always been a benchmark for our team.
As Practice Manager and Head Veterinary technician, there is not a job that she can not do at our practice. She is an integral part of assuring everything runs smoothly, and that our clients and patients receive the best of care.

Kimberley attributes her passion from her love of two things; the science of Veterinary medicine and for helping pets.

Masterclass: Cardiology, Feline Diabetes, Urine Cytology, Dermatology, Orthopedic Surgery, and Practical Emergency and Critical Care.

Esther Wilbanks
Esther Wilbanks
Esther was born and raised in here in Lake County. She started at Merritt Animal Clinic in 1999, working in the kennel part time. Esther’s work ethic, care and compassion for patients was something that was apparent from the start. It is these qualities that have made Esther such an excellent team member at Merritt Animal Clinic.

Impressed by Dr. Miller’s standard of Veterinary care, Esther stayed on board when Dr. Miller acquired the practice in 2007. Her care and compassion for patients and clients has never waivered. Esther routinely goes above and beyond for our patients and their owners.

A lot of her devotion to our clients stems from her passion for providing the absolute best in patient and client care. Esther’s personalized service is well known by our both our clients and staff.

Nichole Relyea
Nichole Relyea
Nikki has lived in many different states growing up, because of her father’s active duty in the United States Navy. Nikki considers New Hamsphire her second home, having spent the most time there growing up and she has family there. She moved to Florida in 2004 where she started working as a Veterinary Technician.

Nikki has been a Veterinary Technician for over a decade. Nikki joined Merritt Animal Clinic in 2007. As a Veterinary Technician, she particularly enjoys placing catheters, drawing blood, assisting in surgery, and helping to educate owners on taking care of their pets.

Nikki’s attention to detail and speed in which she accomplishes tasks makes her a highly valued team member at our practice.

Nikki works very hard at insuring our patients get high quality medical care, and she is considered the back bone of our treatment and surgery areas.

Marla Sanchez
Marla Sanchez
Marla is a Tavares native. She received her AA degree from Lake Sumter State College in 2007. Marla attended St. Petersburg Veterinary Technician School from 2007-2008. Marla has been affiliated with Merritt Animal Clinic since 2008. She is an avid German Shepherd Dog enthusiast.

She has two German Shepherd Dogs “Luna” and “Manolo”. Marla’s fluency in Spanish has been an asset for our clients. All of our clients appreciate Marla’s natural ability, and gentle nature with their pets. Marla is known at our practice for providing the extra T.L.C and nursing care that contributes to our success.

Her outstanding patient care is an asset to our team.