About Us

Mark DeGrove graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, and has been practicing in Charlotte County since then. Dr. DeGrove is married to Debbie and has two children, Michael and Julie (Dr. Julie Reece).  Mark enjoys soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as internal medicine and dermatology. The DeGroves have owned many Border Collies over the years as well as cats, birds, horses, and other pets. Community involvement includes Board of Directors of the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, member and past director of Sunrise Kiwanis for over 30 years, and previous involvement with the Charlotte County Coastal Conservation Association as Board member, past president, and many other positions for over 25 years. The DeGroves also do a lot of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. When Dr. DeGrove is not in the office, he is probably fishing or enjoying time with his three grandchildren. DrDegrove 
Julie Reece graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, having completed her clinical year at the University of Missouri in 2009. She then proudly joined her father in practice at Peace River Veterinary Clinic in 2010. Julie is married to Matthew and they have two beautiful children, Owen and Hailey. Julie enjoys surgery of all types, especially cystotomies and orthopedic surgeries. She has always had a passion for animals and has owned many different species of pets through the years, including a tarantula named Garbonzo. The Reece family enjoys many outdoor activities including anything on the water, as well as traveling abroad.  julie
Eleni Marx graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, having completed her clinical year at Auburn University. Eleni is originally from New Jersey, but migrated south with her husband, Brian, to be in warm and sunny Florida. Eleni enjoys dermatology, nutrition and internal medicine. She has loved animals her whole life, and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian when she got her first dog, Ellie.  Eleni enjoys spending her free time with her cat Meow Meow and her dog Bowser, as well as at the beach.  editeddrs
 Cole Goracke graduated from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Goracke practiced for a year in North Port prior to joining the staff at Peace River Veterinary Clinic. Cole was raised in Punta Gorda and is a 2007 graduate of Charlotte High School. Dr. Goracke enjoys dermatology, ophthalmology and surgery. He and his wife, Amanda, and their four children have a jack russell named Gus and a yellow labrador retriever named Abby. Dr. Goracke enjoys fishing and the outdoors in his free time.  Dr. G

The doctors at Peace River Veterinary Clinic are members of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, the Charlotte Veterinary Medical Association, and the Charlotte County and Punta Gorda Chambers of Commerce. The doctors are continuously keeping their knowledge current with the very latest advancements in veterinary medicine by attending continuing education conferences, veterinary association meetings, reading veterinary journals, and conferring with colleagues and specialists.

Courtney Butts moved to Florida from Phoenix Arizona where her love for all creatures started at a very young age. She started at a local pet store, decided to pursue a career in Veterinary Medcine, and completed her A.S. Degree in Veterinary Technology at Kaplan college in 2007. She resides here in Punta Gorda wtih her fiance, Kris, and their two children, Kyson and Carly, along with their two dogs and three cats. Courtney enjoys all the outdoor activities this beautiful sunshine state has to offer.              Courtney
Nicole Carter graduated from Charlotte High in 2011. Her mother has been a vet tech all her life, and Nicole has always enjoyed going to work with her. She is very excited to be pursuing her career in the veterinary field. Nicole has several different kinds of reptiles at home, as well as an older Jack Russell named Sparky. In her spare time she enjoys reading and doing any outdoor activities with her family.  0616160946a
Victoria Myers is a New Jersey native who has lived in Florida on and off her whole life until she found her "forever place" in Punta Gorda. She resides here with her husband Damien, their two children Madelynn and Matthew, and their three rescued Pit Bulls Lexi, Roxy, and Echo. Her family has chickens and a crested gecko named Nova. Victoria has worked in the Veterinary field for many years and is currently in school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. In her free time she goes to the beach, kayaks, paddle boards, and fishes with her family.                 Victoria
Kaylin Raycraft has lived in Florida her entire life and graduated from Charlotte High School after interning at Peace River Veterinary Clinic in 2012. She completed her A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology at St. Petersburg College. Her pets are a rottweiler and a bull mastiff. Kaylin is very happy to be working with the clients and their pets here as she has always wanted to work in the veterinary profession.  kaylin
Jenna Shackelford grew up in Punta Gorda and has always had a love for animals. In her youth Jenna raised and showed many animals including rabbits, poultry and equine. She was a former 4H member participating in activities on state and national levels. Jenna now calls Arcadia home with her many dogs and horses. She loves speding time upriver with her friends and family and she is happy to be part of PRVC. jenna
Cheyenne Smith grew up in Punta Gorda and graduated from Charlotte High School as a certified Vet Assistant. During all four years of highschool, she participated in Future Farmers of America showing rabbits and pigs. She has always been apart of the veterinary world and will soon have her technician certificate. Cheyenne loves spending time with her beloved dog, Pettey.  Cheyenne