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Spotlight on Neighbors: Doctors Dan & Diane Lewis

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While living and working in Australia, Dan and Diane took some time to travel, exploring different parts of the country, visiting newfound friends, camping, and discovering the land’s various geographical wonders. “We made such good relationships while we were there that we’ve been back six or seven times since then,” Dan said.

Their next career move took them to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where Dan became an Assistant Professor at LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Diane completed a oneyear internship in small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a two-year residency in dermatology at LSU. She became qualified and board-certified in dermatology in 1992. The couple welcomed their daughter, Sarah, in 1990.

In 1993 Dan and Diane returned to Gainesville. Dan is a Professor, Eminent Scholar and Associate Chair in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In his orthopedic surgeon capacity, Dr. Lewis works primarily on dogs, but has operated on more exotic creatures, including the occasional bear, tiger, lion, bat, and even endangered Florida panthers.

In his role as a professor, Dan commented, “While I really enjoy interacting with the veterinary students, I find working with interns and particularly our surgery residents especially rewarding. Even with a heavy surgical caseload and twelve-hour-plus days, there are always opportunities for professional growth and camaraderie.”

He continued, “I have the privilege of working with not only American residents — including those from the US Army Veterinary Corps — but also foreign graduates from countries like Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and Canada. It’s gratifying to witness their development and maturation and follow their subsequent careers. I feel almost like a surrogate parent at times.”

Diane works at a private specialty practice in Gainesville as a dermatologist and another specialty practice in Tallahassee, where they have a small second home, enabling them to cut down on commuting time. Diane’s medical interests are allergies, ear infections, cutaneous infectious diseases, endocrinology, and dermatopathology.

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