our mission

To provide the highest standard of comprehensive medical and surgical veterinary ophthalmology care rooted in exceptional compassion, communication, and client education.


our doctors

Dr. Michelle Samuel and Dr. Laura Mancuso are board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists; each has received four additional years of advanced education and training in the medical and surgical treatment of animal eyes.

Dr. Samuel has been recognized by her colleagues as one of the top veterinarians in ophthalmology in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

our team

Our compassionate, experienced, and knowledgeable staff have a combined 90+ years of experience in the veterinary medical field.

Dr. Samuel and her staff regularly attend conferences for continuing education to ensure you and your pet have access to the latest and greatest ophthalmic care and surgical techniques improving patients’ treatment success.

our practice

We are a privately owned, two-doctor practice, giving you the confidence that your cherished pet will receive continuity of care and always be treated by an experienced, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist board-certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist.

our communication

You will have ample time to discuss your pet’s care with the ophthalmologist, who will carefully explain her examination findings so that you have a complete understanding of your pet’s diagnosis and available treatment options. We leave plenty of time to address any of your questions/concerns you may have.

Our staff will guide you through each and every step of the process. We are available by phone or email should you have any questions at any point. We are here for you and your pet!

our patient care

We use our experience, advanced training, expertise, compassion, and teamwork to provide patient care that is second to none. Whether your pet needs medical or surgical care, Dr. Samuel or Dr. Mancuso will create a custom-tailored treatment plan personalized for both you and your pet‘s needs. If needed, an anesthetic protocol and surgical plan will be designed for each pet as an individual with their particular health concerns, history, and personality in mind to minimize your pet’s stress while optimizing post-surgical recovery and treatment success.

our partnership

We consider your primary veterinarian to be a key member of your pet’s health team while your pet is in our care! Our ophthalmologists will collaborate with your primary care veterinarian to ensure your pet is receiving outstanding care. Each time your pet is seen at our practice, your primary veterinarian will be updated.

our availability

We have availability for same-day urgent cases. We also have phone availability for emergency and primary care veterinarians 24/7 through the Life Centre’s emergency/critical care department.

our equipment

The ophthalmologists at Ocean are dedicated to providing exceptional comprehensive ocular care using modern techniques and new state-of-the-art ophthalmic and anesthetic monitoring equipment. The Bausch and Lomb Stellaris Elite cataract unit is one of the most advanced machines utilized to restore vision in humans. Its advanced technology enhances the stability of the eye and improves efficiency during cataract-removal surgery reducing surgical/anesthetic time making surgery that much more successful. We are proud to offer this technology to our veterinary patients.

our collaboration

As a Life Centre partner, you and your pet have access to 24-hour veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year giving you unparalleled peace of mind. This also gives you access to over 12 specialty practices at the Life Centre including cardiology, neurology, oncology, critical care, and emergency, and more.