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Carlos M. Mongil, DVM, DAVCS


Dr. Carlos M. Mongil obtained his degree of Doctor in Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University in 1988.  He completed an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.  While at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Mongil conducted clinical research in the areas of esophageal healing, trauma and orthopedic conditions that affect the Rottweiler dogs. He was the recipient of the Iams Company Award of Excellence by a Resident for his outstanding performance during his residency.  


In 1994 he became certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons becoming the first veterinary surgery specialist in Puerto Rico.  He has been invited to lecture about his research and clinical experience in local and international meetings. He was President of the Colegio de Médicos Veterinarios (Puerto Rico Veterinary Medical Association) de Puerto Rico in 1997 and has been in the Board of Directors of the Colegio since 1992.


Dr. Mongil is the founder of Centro de Especialistas Veterinarios de Puerto Rico, the first multi-specialty veterinary referral center in Puerto Rico. He is also a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, American Veterinary Medical Association, Colegio de Médicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico, and the Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery. 

Dinel Bras, DVM, MS, DACVO

Dinelí Bras, DVM, MS, DACVO


Dr. Dinelí Bras graduated from Purdue University in 1995. In 2000, she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana State University. Dr. Bras completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana Veterinary Referral Center in 2001. From 2001 to 2004 she completed a residency in Comparative Ophthalmology at The Ohio State University in conjunction with her Master's of Science Degree focusing on the canine lens and posterior capsular opacification after cataract surgery. While at Ohio State, Dr. Bras was the recipient of the hospital service award for her dedication to patients and clients.


Dr. Bras is a Diplomate and board-certified member of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. She is currently a Board Regent of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. She has been recognized as an Emeritus member of the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation after serving 4 years as president and 10 years as a board member. She is an international speaker, and has participated in seminars in the United States, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Romania, England, and Ireland. Dr. Bras is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Colegio de Médicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico.


Dr. Bras' special interests in ophthalmology include cataract and glaucoma surgery. Dr. Bras has developed the endolaser surgical approach and technique in canine and feline patients.


Michelle Trappler, VMD, MS, DACVS


Dr. Michelle Trappler graduated from veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. She completed a rotating internship at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida, followed by a surgical internship at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Trappler completed a 3-year surgical residency at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center and became board-certified in small animal surgery with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2014. Following her residency, she completed a 1-year sports medicine and arthroscopy fellowship at Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group. Dr. Trappler enjoys all aspects of soft tissue and orthopedic surgery and has a particular interest in wound healing and regenerative medicine.


Dr. Trappler is a diplomate member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Colegio de Médicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico. She is a consultant for VetGirl, a web-based continuing education company. Dr. Trappler has also lectured for various groups on wound healing, and laser therapy in veterinary medicine.

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