Dr. Patty Khuly
Dr. Patty Khuly is a 1995 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s vet school and a 1997 graduate of its Wharton School. A Cuban-American Miami native and a decades-long Sunset employee, Dr. Khuly is part of the woodwork here. She started cleaning cages when she was ten and never left (apart from her years of schooling, of course). Though Dr. Khuly currently concentrates on patient care rather than on cages, cleaning kennels is a fact of life for everyone at Sunset –– even for "the boss." In addition to her hectic home life (16 pets and one human child, but who’s counting?) she maintains a busy writing career, too.
"My go-to guru is no other than Dr. Khuly. She is BEYOND personable... She's sweet, sensitive and REALISTIC. She's never recommended anything that isn't necessary or not in the best interest for my little Heidi." - Yelp Reviewer
Dr. Jaclyn Dueñas
Dr. Jackie Dueñas is an associate veterinarian at Sunset Animal Clinic in Miami, FL and has been with the practice since September of 2017. Born and raised in Miami, Dr. Dueñas has always had a passion and a calling to care for animals. She takes great pride in having fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.
A true Miami girl, Dr. Dueñas obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Florida International University. She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts, graduating with High Honors in August of 2017. Dr. Dueñas then returned to the Sunshine State to attend the University of Florida where she completed her clinical studies.
Following graduation, there was no doubt that Dr. Dueñas would return home to practice in Miami. Her areas of professional interest include soft tissue surgery, dermatology, and emergency medicine. Above all, Dr. Dueñas finds fulfillment in being able to help sick and injured animals return to a life of happiness and health with their families.
When Dr. Dueñas is not seeing pets at Sunset Animal Clinic, she enjoys spending her time with her husband, Danny, and her two dogs, Ripley, a Vizsla, and her rescue pitbull, Penny.
"Dr. Duenas took the time to answer our questions, give as much information as possible, and did so with great kindness. My husband and I especially appreciated her honesty and compassion." – Yelp reviewer
Dr. James Fawcett
Dr. James (Jim) Fawcett received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. A Pennsylvania native, he relocated to Miami and subsequently co-founded Sunset in 1970. During the course of his career, Dr. Fawcett has held an ABVP board certification in small animal medicine and has served as the President of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. In practice, he harbors an impressive aptitude for dentistry, among other clinical pursuits. Outside practice, Dr. Fawcett’s life is currently defined by his recent conversion to the life of a Florida Gator (But we won't hold it against him).
"What we liked most is that Dr. Fawcett allowed us to stay with our cats during a checkup procedure... a lot of other vets won't even let you go past the door to the checkup room."-Yelp Reviewer
Dr. Robert Rochfort
Dr. Robert Rochfort (otherwise known as “Rocky”) is a 1965 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, one of Sunset’s original co-founders, and our “hole in one” when it comes to cats. Though he loves dogs (in fact, he is owned by Ripley the West Highland White Terrier, who is most certainly a dog) and offers his patients fifty years’ experience practicing canine medicine, he has a unique passion for cats. Some would even go so far as to say that Rocky must have been a “cat lady” in another life. When he’s not at work, Rocky can be found on the golf course.
"One of the best places to take your pets. If you own cats Rocky (Dr. Rochfort) is one of the best in town!" - Yelp Reviewer
Connie’s career at Sunset has spanned almost two decades, during which time she’s amassed more unexpected life skills than her background in operations might have predicted. Getting bitten in the backside and handling it with grace is but one of her newfound areas of expertise.
The intrepid Audrey had no idea what she was getting into when she accepted a reception team position at Sunset. Though she might’ve preferred a coveted spot on the Olympic softball team, we're is a close second. Where else can she hone her prodigious people skills and trust someone to groom her Chewy, too?
Meet Kristen the Great. While primarily responsible for hospital crew management, she serves as lead surgical technician too. Her past credentials include the management of a busy after-hours emergency room. She lives in South Kendall with a large menagerie, including Ninja the three-legged cat and his tyrant, a demanding one-year-old human (the intrepid Peyton).
Since 1988, Nancy has taken the lead in the laboratory at Sunset. Her magical way with cats and her steady hand at the microscope, among other invaluable assets, are legendary here. She lives in Westchester with Caramel, a rescue pup whose name perfectly matches her disposition.
Our resident whiz kid, Corey, is helping bring Sunset’s computer systems into the 21st century. Oh, and did we mention he’s a whiz around the animals, too? Just ask the kittens. They’ll agree. That is, as long as he’s the crew member currently opening the can of cat food.
Personable, sharp and handy around all our new gadgets and gizmos, Anthony's proven himself a valuable addition to the clinic's crew. Though he's at his best holding patients in the exam room and prepping pets for surgery, he's not above scooping poop or answering phones, too. After hours, he can be found glued to whichever the newest shooter video game is making the rounds (and to his two cats).
Alexa is among out hardest working staff members. Not only is she a star receptionist, she's a stellar student, too. She's always smiling and always eager to help –– particularly if a Golden Retriever is in her field of vision.
King of the kennels, Matthew is a boon to the clinic's back end and is steadily working his way forward. When he's not helping in X-ray and the exam rooms, he's busy making sure all the hospitalized patients get everything they need. Like most of his fellow crew members, his off hours skew towards interactive screen time (sense a pattern here?).
Devin is Sunset's all-purpose veterinary assistant extraordinaire. That means he's equally at home holding dogs, taking X-rays, feeding kittens, and scrubbing floors. His aspirations to a career in veterinary medicine mean he'll soon be taking on laboratory and surgery duties along with the rest of his responsibilities.
On Geena's very first day she disappeared silently into the disturbingly disorganized kennel area. Within the hour she had emerged, victorious; order had been restored. Such is the Way of Geena: Silent. Stealthy. Ordered. Effective. Oh, and the kittens purr at the very sight of her. Conclusion: She must have been a cat in all her past lives.
As one client recently put it, “She really has an intuitive connection to the animals. Can I take her home with me?” No, you can’t take her home but if you’re lucky, your pets can go home to her “Patas House” when you go on vacation.
Grumpy's story differs depending on who’s telling it, but the one thing we do know for sure is that she's lucky to be alive - especially considering her "special" disposition. But, knowing Grumpy, we're pretty sure that's not how she sees it. In fact, she probably considers us lucky we get to clean her litterbox.