Meet Our Team of Veterinarians
Dr. Chris O'Sullivan, DVM
Dr. Chris O’Sullivan was born in Franklin, Pennsylvania and is the seventh of eight children. The family moved to Sebring in 1978, where Dr. O’Sullivan developed an early interest in science, nature, and animals. His first job in the veterinary field was in college, working for Dr. Anderson at what would later become Oak Hammock Animal Hospital. Dr. O'Sullivan received his bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the University of Florida after transferring from South Florida State College. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.
After graduating, Dr. O'Sullivan worked at Cobb Animal Clinic in Greensboro, North Carolina for four years before spending eleven years at Veterinary Healthcare Associates in Winter Haven, Florida, a large 24-hour animal hospital. It was while he was working in Winter Haven that he met his wife Tara. Dr. O'Sullivan returned home to Sebring in 2016 when he and Tara purchased Oak Hammock Animal Hospital from the retiring Dr. Anderson.
Dr. O'Sullivan enjoys the relationships he builds with clients and their pets and hopes that when he is able to help an animal, he is helping their family. During his free time Dr. O'Sullivan enjoys traveling with his friends and family, reading, flying private planes, tending to his aquarium, and all things Florida Gators. He and Tara have a large freshwater aquarium full of Discus Fish named after characters from Game of Thrones, as well as a Chihuahua mix named Mr. Big, a black Labrador Retriever named Mac, and two cats named Zumaya and Pudge.
Dr. Danielle Lower, DVM
Dr.Lower grew up on a hobby farm in Highlands County. It is here that she developed a love for animals. After volunteering at Anderson Animal Clinic (before the name was changed to Oak Hammock Hospital) and witnessing the special bond between people and their pets, Dr.Lower realized she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Dr.Lower excelled in school and earned her degree from Purdue University in 2020. She worked at Oak Hammock Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician during her school breaks and always planned on returning home to start her veterinary career.
We are thrilled to have her on our team!
When asked what she finds most rewarding about her work, Dr.Lower says she feels honored to be entrusted with the care of your four-legged family members. She looks forward to building relationships with clients and their pets! She will be your teammate, always right there with you to guide you through making decision regarding your pet's care and wellbeing. When Dr.Lower in not helping people and their pets, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, doing all kinds of activities on the water ( kayaking,fishing,scalloping), eating buffalo chicken dip, and spoiling her adorable French Bulldog, Rousey, and Frank, her boxer puppy.
Dr. Jennifer Waltman , DVM
Dr. Jennifer Handley Waltman was born and raised in Sebring. Her grandfather, Dr. Frank Handley, was one of the first veterinarians in town and Dr. Waltman decided to follow in his footsteps. She graduated from Florida State with her Bachelors degree in Biology in 1996 and finished her veterinary degree in 2000 from Auburn University. After graduation she worked in Lakeland with a veterinary surgeon and eventually she met her husband Chuck who brought her back to her hometown. She has had over twenty years of experience working in both private and corporate practice. After many years of commuting to Polk County, she recently decided to return to practice closer to home and looks forward to meeting and treating lots of new dogs and cats. Dr. Waltman enjoys urgent care, surgery and complicated internal medicine cases. She strives to provide high quality care while being an advocate for the pet and the owner.
Dr Waltman stays very busy raising two teenagers who are involved in sports, dance, and theater. Recently their family grew with the addition of a miniature labradoodle named Judge. When not at work Dr Waltman enjoys playing games, watching movies, and spending time with her large extended family who live in the area.