Dr. Lantry is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian and worked towards that goal as early as she could. This included getting as much experience with dogs, cats, birds, cows, horses, and wildlife as possible through volunteering for animal hospitals and humane societies.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1995 from the University of New Hampshire. She was an Animal Science Major and completed an Honors Thesis in Reproductive Physiology which involved ultrasound in cows and cell culture in the laboratory. Volunteering for the UNH Therapeutic Riding program was a rewarding experience there as well. She then went on to graduate from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.
Following a passion to help conserve wildlife in their natural habitats, she worked in Costa Rica after her first year of vet school. Dr. Lantry completed her DVM in 1999 with a thesis on Environmental Toxicology in Sea Turtles. She performed her research in collaboration with Texas A&M at Galveston doing field work in the Gulf of Mexico. She then continued this work in conjunction with Earthwatch in Baja California, Mexico. The project focused on developing a non-invasive technique for monitoring heavy metal contamination in wild sea turtle populations. Presenting this work at conferences in the US and Mexico provided good experience in written and oral presentation skills. She was president of the student organization, Veterinarians for Global Solutions, and earned the International Veterinary award upon graduation. Dr. Lantry then moved to Sarasota in June of 1999 and has worked at the Animal Medical Clinic ever since. While at Tufts, Stephanie was a Ballard Student for the Morris Animal Foundation. This was how she connected with the Animal Medical Clinic and has become an active member in the community ever since. This has included volunteering for local animal shelters, children’s schools, Special Olympics and Mote Marine Laboratory.
She focuses on medicine and surgery in dogs and cats and works closely with local specialists to give her patients the wonderful care they deserve. Educating pet owners on preventive care is a real passion she works on every day to help keep animals healthy. Dr. Lantry has received extra training in laser therapy, laser surgery and dental surgery. She has served on the board of the Sea to Shore Alliance to help endangered manatees, sea turtles and North Atlantic Right Whales. She spends her free time with her family and pets (which has included 11 rescue dogs over the years).