Our Veterinarians - Island Life Animal Hospital

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Danielle Gallo

Medical Director

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Dr. Danielle Gallo has strong roots in the Sunshine State including now residing in the St. Petersburg area where her close-knit family has also relocated. A graduate of Florida International University, Dr. Gallo first received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences (Magna Cum Laude) in 2005 before pursuing her lifelong dream to become a veterinarian. Next, Dr. Gallo matriculated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies with strong professional interests in Soft Tissue Surgery, Internal Medicine, and client education. While in St. Kitts, Dr. Gallo also met her future husband, Dr. Johnathan Pierce, who was also studying to become a veterinarian in her same class. Upon graduation in 2009, Dr. Gallo started her veterinary career as an Associate Veterinarian at Northridge Veterinary Hospital, a very busy, high-quality, small animal hospital established by Dr. Robert Pierce, her father-in-law in Madison, Ohio.

After spending several years in the cold Midwest, Dr. Gallo, along with her husband, two children and their family of pets relocated to Tierra Verde. She practiced at a small animal hospital in St. Petersburg for several years before establishing Island Life Animal Hospital located in Isla Del Sol. “I believe in building strong relationships with my clients and their pets along with the importance of working as part of a strong veterinary team.”, Dr. Gallo emphasizes. “Educating pet owners about how to care for their pets, various illnesses, and especially the importance of a healthy weight are the cornerstones of my practice philosophy.”

In her practice, Dr. Gallo is an advocate of practicing high-quality, progressive medicine in their advanced animal hospital which offers expanded skills in dentistry, surgery and ultrasonography along with wellness pet healthcare. Being fluent in Spanish helps her to effectively treat patients of Spanish speaking clients.

When considering where to establish her “dream” veterinary hospital, Dr. Gallo states, “I fell in love with this town the first time I came to visit my family. I love the animals, the people, the beach life, and how pet friendly it is here. Pets are not just animals but a member of the family. Opening Island Life Animal Hospital gives me the opportunity to become more involved with the community and improve the life of pets and their people”.

Dr. Gallo enjoys spending family time at area beaches, surfing, paddle boarding and jet skiing. She is also a very accomplished artist in the mediums of watercolor, printmaking and photography. Her work is on display throughout Island Life Animal Hospital and can be viewed by the general public.

Dr. Johnathan Pierce

Owner and Administrative Director

Dr. Johnathan Pierce, originally from Madison, Ohio, grew up around veterinary medicine with mentoring by his father, veterinarian Dr. Robert Pierce. With dreams of not only becoming a veterinarian since an early age, Dr. Pierce has always dreamed of one day owning his own veterinary practice as well with the inception of Island Life Animal Hospital.

The culmination of this dream began for Dr. Pierce when he first pursued his educational training at Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences in 2005. Dr. Pierce then further pursued his career aspirations by attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, in St. Kitts, West Indies where he also met his future wife, Dr. Danielle Gallo-Pierce. After earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, Dr. Pierce returned to Ohio joining his father at Northridge Veterinary Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian.

While pursuing the highest quality of medicine possible in the Midwest, Dr. Pierce also gained valuable leadership experience by aiding in the management of a veterinary corporation, Pet Partners, LLC as Area Medical Director and Chair on the company’s Medical Advisory Board. After spending 6 years in Ohio, Dr. Pierce and his family relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida where he worked as an Associate Veterinarian at Braden River Animal Hospital, a well-developed and progressive small animal hospital, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties. Incorporating the values of strong ethical responsibilities in medicine, teamwork and community involvement, Dr. Pierce’s vision to embed these attributes into Island Life Animal Hospital are also paired with his love for general and orthopedic surgery, pet wellness, and Internal Medicine.

“I have been practicing since 2009 but been in veterinary medicine my whole life. I grew up in my fathers practice and always wanted to build one of my own. After moving to St. Pete and falling in love with its pets and people, I couldn’t think of a more perfect community to open Island Life Animal Hospital.”, states Dr. Pierce.

In his leisure time, Dr. Pierce enjoys the beautiful beaches of St. Petersburg and Fort De Soto Park with his family and pets. He also loves watersports including surfing, paddle boarding and jet skiing, road biking, and Disney adventures with his wife and two small children, Evie and Lucas.