Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Live Oak Animal Clinic in Summerfield! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (352) 347-8030 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Caitlin Roberts VMD, Co-Owner

Bio coming soon.

Debra Rakes DVM

I am a veteran of the U.S. Army. I received my B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Maryland @ Baltimore. In 2005, I graduated with my doctorate from the University of Georgia and moved to Florida. I began working in a mixed animal practice but then shifted my focus to primarily dogs and cats. I have been with Live Oak Animal Clinic since April of 2014. In October of 2016, Dr. Roberts and I purchased the practice from Dr. Shearer. My free time is spent exploring Florida parks and beaches with my husband of 30 years. If you happen to catch me at home, I would be surrounded by my three grandchildren.

Sofia, Office Manager

Sofia joined Live Oak Animal Clinic in February 2017. She has one barn cat and two dogs (Gordito and Tonino) and six Paso Fino horses. When she is not in the office, she’s either at the barn horseback riding or judging national or international Paso Fino horse shows. Sofia loves being around her animals and any other pets.


I have attained the nickname “Snow White” due to the large population of forest creatures i.e. raccoons that happily frolic in my yard. In addition to the fifteen raccoons, I have five cats and two dogs. I also have a few fish ponds filled with fish and turtles. As you can see I love all animals and have worked at Live Oak Animal Clinic since 2002.


I started working at Live Oak Animal Clinic in June of 2015. We have two dogs, an Aussie named Daisy Duke and a chocolate Lab named Rosco P. Coltrain. Our rooster is Rocky and he has five hens; Shandele, Celine, Dixie, Lacy and Isabel to keep him company. I have always loved all kinds of animals but have worked most of my life with Thoroughbred race horses. I have had jobs from exercise riding to night watch and many other jobs in between. Horses have always been my favorite animal.


Emery has been a technician for over 11 years now. They love Jack Russell’s and have 3 dogs and 4 cats. During their time off they enjoy spending time with family, painting, and pet sitting!

Stephanie (Receptionist)

Hello, I’m Stephanie! I am a receptionist at Live Oak. I have been with them since Feb. 2021. I am a local, I use to bring my pets to this very clinic when I was a little girl. Now I have the pleasure of working here. I have 2 dogs. Caine is my 9-year-old blue nose who is a little senile but, we still love him. Brutus is my 5-year-old Miniature Dachshund who is my little baby! I have 2 bearded dragons, Saphira and Sisu, a squirrel named Nutella and a PAC-MAN frog named Fred! Animals have always been a love of mine, all species. In my free time I spend my days with my family. I love cooking for family and friends, fishing, doing crafts and as my children would say I love to clean!