Our Approach to Veterinary Care in Lake Worth, FL

The vision of Mindful Veterinary Care is to pioneer a veterinary model where the main focus of our business is supporting the people from the ground up. We care deeply about every individual that walks through our doors- the employees, the clients, and patients. We strongly feel that if people are supported and treated with kindness, compassion and respect, that they will be more motivated to perform at their best. The end result is better work environment, better medicine, better outcomes, happier clients, and a growing, thriving business.

Our mission at Mindful Veterinary Care is to provide our patients and clients with individualized, integrative, mindful veterinary care in a sophisticated, welcoming, healing environment.

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Dr. Jonathan S. Block, DVM, CVA, CCRT

Founder and CEO of West Delray Veterinary and Mindful Veterinary Care

After eight years in a leading New York City veterinary practice, Dr. Jonathan S. Block, DVM CVA CCRT, a Fort Lauderdale native, returned to southeast Florida to open West Delray Veterinary in 2019. After two years of running a successful practice, Dr. Block was passionate to expand into Mindful Veterinary Care in Lake Worth, Florida. In addition to providing the highest standards of medicine and surgery, Dr. Block practices an integrative approach to veterinary medicine, including wellness care, acupuncture, nutritional supplements, hydrotherapy, and comprehensive rehabilitation.

Equally crucial to Dr. Block’s therapeutic approach, he is passionate about the unique relationship between pets and those who care for them. As previous co-owner and medical director of New York’s distinguished Water4Dogs – Canine Rehabilitation Center, he has cultivated highly-regarded expertise in enhancing the quality of life for special needs dogs, including disabled and elderly pets, as well as those recovering from trauma or experiencing chronic illness.

“While I love all of my patients, there is something special about helping the special needs, senior and geriatric populations that really moves me. As veterinarians, there is so much we can do by just taking some extra time and consideration to tailor our treatments for patients in their respective life stage. This is particularly true for our special needs and gentle senior pets”

Dr. Block received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. He received Acupuncture Certification at The Chi Institute in Ocala, Florida in 2012 and Canine Rehabilitation Certification from The Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Coral Springs, Florida in 2014. He continues to pursue ongoing training from both institutes in these areas.

“When I decided to make the academic and professional commitment to pursue Veterinary Medicine, the realization that I could spend every day of my life making a positive impact on the lives of animals and people became my underlying driving force. Today, I feel honored and privileged to be a part of such a unique and fulfilling profession. I am deeply committed to continuously expanding my skills in both conventional and alternative medicine so I can offer the highest quality of care to my patients and clients”.

After launching his career in emergency medicine and general practice at Knowles Animal Hospital in Miami, Florida, Dr. Block relocated to New York City where he practiced general medicine, surgery, and integrative therapies at The Worth Street Veterinary Center, a premier provider of veterinary services to the Tribeca, Soho, and Financial District communities. Water4Dogs – Canine Rehabilitation Center, which he acquired in a partnership in 2013, became one of the most recognized veterinary rehabilitation facilities in the country. With its state-of-the-art underwater treadmills, custom-designed hydrotherapy pool, and multi-functional agility course, Water4Dogs, under Dr. Block’s medical direction, developed into the most comprehensive stand-alone veterinary rehabilitation practice throughout the Greater New York City area. It is referred to by leading veterinarians, veterinary surgeons, critical care centers, and animal rescue organizations in the region.

Outside of the office, Dr. Block enjoys running, biking, hiking, yoga, live music, art, but most of all, spending time with his wife Jill, two-year-old daughter Violet, and their furry family members.

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Dr. Nicole Patterson, DVM, CCRT

Medical Director of Mindful Veterinary Care

Dr. Nicole Patterson joined Dr. Block and the team at West Delray Veterinary in 2021. She is now the active medical director of Mindful Veterinary Care. Dr. Patterson grew up in Lake Worth and is so happy to be practicing veterinary medicine in the area. She went to the University of Miami for her undergraduate studies. She graduated from UM in 2006 with departmental honors in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Business. During her time at the University of Miami she was involved in research on corneal healing at the Bascom Palmer Eye institute.

Her passion for science and animals led her to a career in veterinary medicine. She graduated with honors from University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After graduation Dr. Patterson completed a rotating internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. During this time, she trained under specialists and gained extensive experience in emergency medicine. In 2011, after completing her rotating internship, she was offered a position as an associate veterinarian at the practice. As a hybrid practice offering both general practice and specialty care, she was able to develop her surgical skills and expand medical knowledge over her 11 years practicing there. Dr. Patterson has completed her training at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.

She is excited to add this new set of skills to offer her patients.

“I truly love being a general practitioner. No two days are the same when it comes to being a veterinarian. I enjoy the relationships that are formed not only with my patients, but with clients as well. Providing high quality care for my patients and clients is my number one priority.” -Dr. Patterson During her free time Dr. Patterson enjoys checking out new restaurants and activities in the area with her fiance Jon and daughter Olivia. Dr. Patterson has 2 terriers, Roscoe and Pepper, who she got from a local rescue group.

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Dr. Dana J. Sherman, DVM, CCRT

Dr. Dana Sherman is originally from Long Island, NY, and moved to Raleigh, NC to complete her undergrad at NC State. She attended the University of Florida for vet school and graduated in 2018 with a focus in small animal and aquatic animal medicine.

Following graduation, she moved to San Diego for a year and then to Iowa where she had been living for the last 3 years. She is the most passionate about advocating for geriatric pets and keeping them happy and comfortable during their golden years. Her husband Alec is finishing his surgical residency at Iowa State University and will be working at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital nearby.

Dr. Sherman has two yellow labs, Holly and Bodhi, and a golden retriever, Daffodil. She also has a fish named Pizza Sauce! In her free time, you can find her at the beach, on a hike with the pups, SCUBA diving, or at Orange Theory.

Meet Our Dedicated Team


Veterinary Technician
Practice Owner

Triston was born and raised in South Florida! Before working at Mindful Veterinary Care and West Delray Veterinary, Triston was at Alma Vet Connection in Wellington for 6 months and  Northlake Animal Hospital for two years. She has been working with animals for 5+ years now, between her time at Big Dog Ranch and The Ohana Pet Resort.  Triston's greatest passion in the veterinary medicine field is to be the voice and advocate of the animal and to provide the highest quality of care. Her special interests include holistic health and pain management.

In her free time, Triston enjoys spending time with her animals or in nature. She also enjoys traveling and tries to travel as often as possible!


Client Service Representative
Practice Owner

Dayana is Cuban, born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida! She is currently attending Palm Beach State College where she is completing her Associate in Arts and seeks to further continue her education in the veterinary field. In her free time, if she is not watching Netflix, you can find Dayana outdoors on an island or probably at the gym. She prides herself in providing outstanding care and service to every client and patient and is so excited to work in veterinary medicine!


Veterinary Technician
Practice Owner

Jaime has been a Veterinary Technician in Palm Beach County for several years now. She really enjoys veterinary medicine and is very thankful she gets to do what she loves. Jaime has an amazing son who plays collegiate football, two dogs Sara and Deckoda, a tortoise named Lil One, and a bearded dragon named Steven. Jaime loves the beach and enjoys attending sporting events during her free time.

Melanie S.

Client Service Supervisor
Practice Owner

Melanie grew up in Coral Springs and attended Florida State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Meteorology. Melanie was in the Broadcast TV industry for 4-5 years but being closer to loved ones was more important to her and she is glad to be back in Florida! She is a big fan of Disney World and loves Disney movies. She also loves going to the beach, eating good food, and reading. Melanie and her husband have 2 fur babies, Gatsby, who is a very precious cat (but thinks he’s a dog), and Freyja, a German Shepherd and Husky mix rescue!


Practice Manager
Practice Owner

Alanna started her veterinary career at the Bay Ridge Animal Hospital in Brooklyn, New York in 2002 as a veterinary assistant and later the Technician Supervisor. In 2015, Alanna joined the team of Worth Street Veterinary Center in Tribeca, New York. It was there she was introduced to an integrative approach to medicine and rehabilitation medicine. A year later she joined the team of Water4Dogs Rehabilitation Center and expanded her interest in geriatric and rehabilitative care.

Alanna has been a New York State Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2012. She completed her veterinary rehabilitation training from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant in 2017. Alanna joined West Delray Veterinary as the Practice Manager in February 2020. Alanna’s special interests include Geriatric, Integrative and Rehabilitation medicine. Alanna also has a passion for caring for senior patients and is a senior animal foster mom.

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