Vero Beach Veterinary Staff

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Sandy Divine

Hospital Executive CEO

I think back to the days when I was asked, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” I feel very fortunate to be able to say I am living my answer to that question. I am the Hospital CEO Manager for the most state-of-the-art animal hospital. I enjoy being an advocate for the animals. I take pride in being able to whisper in their ears and smile when I say, “you’re in great hands here.” I am proud of our staff and I know they are all here because of their love of animals. After all these are the people who take care of my own three yokies and one Chihuahua (Abbie, Joie, Lillie, and Chilupe)

It is a full time job running a facility that is available to its clients 24/7. When I am not at the office, thanks to a trustworthy staff, I can be found on the golf course. A more serious side of my time off is volunteering my services for Hibiscus Children’s Village. It is a wonderful facility that provides safety for abused, abandoned and neglected children. I am honored to be the current president of the foundation board. Animals and children need advocates. So I am living my dream. I help them both!

  • Life long love advocating for animals
  • CEO of Divine Animal Hospital for 15 years
  • Hands on personal, relationships with all staff members
  • President of the Hibiscus Children's Village
  • Enjoys being on the golf course

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Diana Dolnick

Veterinary Technician

Diana joined the medical staff at Divine Animal Hospital in October 2014. As a veterinary technician, she assists the doctors during patient visits and surgery, oversees patient care and maintains the quality of care for the hospital's clients and their pets. Diana has 12 years of animal-care experience and brings a great team-oriented attitude to the staff.

At home, Diana has an 18-month-old golden retriever named Dodger, a 7-month-old white shepherd named Marlin and a 14-year-old cat named Blackjack. When not working, she enjoys exercising, going to the beach with her dogs and playing trivia.

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Patte Bierbaum

Veterinary Technician

Patte joined Divine Animal Hospital in July 2006 as a veterinary technician with over 40 years of experience in the animal-care field. Her duties include patient care, admitting and discharging patients, assisting doctors during patient visits and dental cleaning. Patte has a degree from Michigan State University and has been a veterinary technician for over 18 years.

"I enjoy working at Divine Animal Hospital because unlike a lot of hospitals, we are able to take the extra time needed to develop relationships with both our animal patients and their owners," Patte says. "I have been at this hospital long enough now that I have cared for some patients from the time they were babies and now they are older. Some have passed on. Then I have had the privilege of being there when owners get their new babies. It is a labor of love with a lot of joy."

Patte admires that Divine Animal Hospital allows the medical team to care for patients from start to finish. She says, "I love this job because we do everything. There is never a dull moment."

At home, Patte has several pets: three cats, Willow, Murphy and Nash; 2 Blue-fronted Amazon parrots named Pikachu and Izzy; a blue-tongue skink lizard named Skinky; and a sugar glider named Little One. In her free time, Patte works with a wildlife rehabilitator and enjoys being part of the wildlife rescue team. She especially likes working with baby raccoons.

Patte is a private pilot and sky diver with over 2,500 jumps. She enjoys gardening, listening to audiobooks, and being at home to play with her animals. Patte and her husband John have four children.

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Sharon Hale


With 23 years of experience in the animal-care field, Sharon joined the Divine Animal Hospital grooming team in 2007. She holds a master groomer certificate and owned her own grooming shop for several years.

"I like working at Divine Animal Hospital because the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and they really do care about the animals," Sharon says. She enjoys working with animals and seeing how happy they are when they're cleaned up and their owners come to pick them up.

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Alayna Bruce

Veterinary Technician

Alayna has been our full-time veterinary technician here at Divine Animal Hospital since August 2017. She’s a member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Support Personal Network. Alayna has been in the animal-related field for six years and continues to love every moment of it!

With her eagerness to learn and emergency service experience, she’s a valuable addition to our team. Some of her favorite parts of the job include the challenge of assisting veterinarians of diagnosing and treating pets and how much she’s able to learn from each different case.

Although she has no pets, Alayna loves spending time with her two children, Kaleigh and Kotton. She also enjoys going to the beach, the park, and shopping.

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Misty Pena

Veterinary Technician

Misty is our veterinarian technician that's been with us since June 2017. With over 14 years of experience, Misty excels in surgery assistance, patient monitoring, bloodwork, and more. Her history as a surgical technician combined with her great teamwork abilities gives us a professional vet tech that we always need.

When asked about what she likes best, her answer is simple. "I just enjoy working with animals in all aspects!"

In her free time, Misty loves spending time with her husband, their two children, and their two dogs, Moco and Rocko.

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