Dr. Lee Kierstein
Dr. Kierstein (Dr. Lee) discovered his love of animals early on in elementary school, fostering wildlife and raising orphaned puppies, kitten, squirrels and other species. Pursuing his love of animals, he attended State University of New York agricultural school receiving an associate’s degree in animal science learning swine husbandry, dairy farming and poultry management.
Moving to Florida in 1972, Dr. Lee attended University of Florida receiving his BS degree in animal science while working as a technician in a busy, small animal practice. Acceptance to the University of Florida, class of 1982 College of Veterinary Medicine was the culmination and reward for decades of providing care to animals and enabled him to pursue his dreams.
After graduation, Dr. Lee traveled to Alaska and provided surgical and medical relief services to many different practices from anchorage to Fairbanks, made lifelong friends in Alaska where he has returned many times to visit and explore the many wonders of the last frontier.
Returning to Florida in 1983, Dr. Lee pursued his other passion of farming, raising blueberries, timber, and organic vegetables on his 144-acre farm. He started a family, founded a regional pet emergency clinic, worked for the University of Florida research facilities and in 1990 purchased Magnolia Animal Hospital in Ocala, Florida. Dr. Lee helped found the first cooperative pet emergency hospital partnering with local practitioners and The University of Florida providing critical care to the local pet community.
Dr. Lee sold his practice to American Veterinary Group in 2017 and remains as medical director. Dr. Lee has three children, Gabe, Ben and Kayla, and has been married to his wife Susan for twenty years. They have two miniature dachshunds and two cats.
Exceeding client expectations and delivering compassionate, affordable veterinary care is Dr. Lee’s mission statement.