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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 17 years of animal-care experience and brings a great team-oriented attitude to the staff.

At home, Diana has a golden retriever named Dodger, and a white German Shepherd named Marlin. Diana has been happily married to her husband who proudly serves in the US Navy. When not working, she enjoys exercising, going to the beach with her dogs and playing trivia.

Diana brings years of expertise and compassion to all of our patients, and we are so lucky to have her as part of the Divine Animal Hospital family!

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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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Brittany Fredrikson

Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician Brittany F. brings a caring approach and knowledgeable understanding of animal care every time she walks through the Divine Animal Hospital doors. Brittany F. was welcomed to our team in February of 2018 and has found true enjoyment in helping the animals that come to our facility. Some of Brittany’s responsibilities include running and assisting in examination rooms, bloodwork, helping in surgeries, laser/piezo treatments, assisting at the front desk, scheduling appointments, and much more!

“I like that I work with a great team” Brittany says. “I also enjoy getting to learn new things daily at Divine Animal Hospital.”

When Brittany is not working at the hospital, she enjoys going to the beach and taking her dogs swimming. She owns a Boston Terrier named Boston, a Beagle mix named Aspen, and a Black Lab named Waco. Brittany also has an passion for traveling, and loves going new places or sight seeing.

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Samantha Jones

Veterinary Technician

The part of her job that Samantha enjoys most is being able to assist in surgeries and helping patients recover. Sam joined the Divine Animal Hospital team in February of 2018, and since has been working hard to further advance her knowledge in the animal field. Some of Sam’s responsibilities include answering phones, assisting in surgeries, aiding in examination rooms, processing lab work and running in-house labs, collecting specimens, and much more.

Sam possesses an associate degree in Veterinary Technology, along with numerous other certificates and certifications. She has been working in the animal related field for over 6 years, having prior experience working at a boarding and grooming business. When asked about working for Divine Animal Hospital Sam says, “I like working here because there is such a great learning curve. All the veterinarians love to help educate. I also like that any and all clients are treated like family and being able to build relationships with them.”

In her free time, Sam likes to focus on continuing her education in the animal field. When she is not advancing her self intellectually, Sam enjoys spending most of her down time with family, baking, or snuggling up with her pets to watch a great movie. She owns a Persian cat named Muffin, and a Dachshund mix named Nessy.

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Brittany Herndon

Veterinary Technician

Two of the most vibrant features that Brittany H. brings to Divine Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Technician is her compassion and humor. After joining our team in March of 2018, what Brittany finds most rewarding as a Veterinary Technician is being able to help our patients feel better and come to better health. Some of her responsibilities include assisting in examination rooms, client communication, and processing lab work.

Brittany H. is a graduate of the University of South Florida. She has over 8 years of experience working in the animal related field, including time at a boarding and daycare facility, as well as shelter experience. When reflecting on her role at Divine Animal Hospital, Brittany H. says, “I enjoy getting to learn something new everyday and working with a great team.”

In her free time, Brittany H. likes to venture off to go hiking or travel areas anew. She also participates in crafts and enjoys spending time with her beloved pets. Brittany shares her home with two dogs, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Demi, and a Corgi and Mini Aussie mix named Peyton. She also has 3 cats named Lotus, Noodles, and Simon who love to help keep her company.

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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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