About Us

About Us

Dr. R.A. Simoneaux, D.V.M.

Dr. Simoneaux was born and raised in Florida and developed a love for animals at a very young age. His family always had several pets and his mother showed great concern for their welfare. This concern was not lost on her children and Dr. Simoneaux decided in High School to pursue veterinary medicine. He started working for a veterinarian in his junior year of high school as a kennel technician. Within a year he had gotten a second job at Sea World of Orlando as an animal care technician and had been promoted to veterinary assistant at the animal hospital. He continued in this capacity throughout high school and community college, adding a third job at the local veterinary emergency hospital on weekends.

He attended the University of Florida for the completion of his pre-veterinary curricula. During this time he also worked in the neo-natal foal unit at the veterinary college in Gainesville caring for pre-mature foals, and worked in a research lab on a DNA cloning project.

Dr. Simoneaux attended the University of Florida Veterinary College for his veterinary degree and graduated in 1990. Upon Graduation, Dr. Simoneaux took a position as staff veterinarian and executive director of Care and Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W) on Sanibel Island, Florida. During this tenure at the helm of C.R.O.W., he completely oversaw the medical and surgical care of a wide variety of patients, from owls to bald eagles, raccoons, alligators, bobcats and all other native wild animals. Despite the rewards and challenges of wildlife medicine, Dr. Simoneaux missed working with companion animals such as dogs and cats.

After leaving C.R.O.W., Dr. Simoneaux entered private practice at a multi-doctor practice in Cape Coral. He followed this with a year as an emergency clinician in Ft. Myers and Sarasota.

Dr. Simoneaux has been in practice in Charlotte County for over 20 years and is married to his childhood sweetheart, Basia. They have a rich family life with twin girls in college, five dogs, and a cat who insisted on joining the crew.

Both are thrilled to live in beautiful southwest Florida with its proximity to the ocean, year-round tennis and now…pickle ball.

Dr. Simoneaux loves what he does and strives every day to improve the standard of care for his patients and helping to improve the quality of life for each of them and their families.


Ryan - Practice Manager  photo

Ryan - Practice Manager

I started working in the veterinary field in 2000, when I started working for Dr. Simoneaux. Never did I think I would love veterinary medicine this much. I love going to work! I have 1 dog and three cats. In my spare time I’m a complete beach bum and I absolutely love looking for sharks’ teeth.

Sam - Office Manager  photo

Sam - Office Manager

I have worked at New Hope since 2013, but have loved and had animals my whole life. My cat, Lars, and I are very indoorsy and mostly spend our time reading (he doesn’t read that well…yet) and cooking (he mostly just watches, but his palette is very refined).

Shelby - Receptionist  photo

Shelby - Receptionist

I've worked at New Hope since 2017, but have worked in the veterinary field before whenever I've had the chance because I really love working with animals! When I'm not at work, I love staying home and cuddling with my two dogs and two cats. It's amazing that I've been able to limit myself to just four animals because am constantly struggling to not adopt every single stray animal that comes into our office. I've also just finished successfully toilet training my two cats.

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Michelle - Assistant

I'm originally from Palm Bay, Florida and moved to the west coast of Florida in 2005. I was in the US Army for two years as a Military Police officer. Now that I am out I can put my love for animals into my work like I've always wanted.

New Hope Pet Hospital

24901 Sandhill Blvd., Ste. 10
Punta Gorda, Fl 33983


After-Hours Emergency: Veterinary Emergency Clinic 17829 Murdock Cir Suite 1 Port Charlotte, FL 33948 Phone: (941) 255-5222 Email Us


Monday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 7:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed