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Dr. Hess earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He started working as a doctor at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital in 1981 and has been the owner since 1984. He has received many awards and honors from the Florida Audubon Society for the care of Florida's wildlife. For several years, Dr. Hess was a host for America's Health Network's nationally broadcast show "Ask the Veterinarian."
Dr. Hess is a true native of Florida having grown up in Dunnellon, a small town near Ocala. He received a B.A. degree in Biology from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He also attended Florida State University working towards a Masters Degree in Marine Biology.
His love for animals is also seen at home. The family currently consists of Peanut, a long-haired Chihuahua; Reagan, a German Sheperd; Savannah, a Labradoodle; Cherith and Sophia, both energetic Boston Terriers that are their "Grand Dogs" and Foggy, a Hyacinth Macaw. They would love to add cats too, but unfortunately his wife is severely allergic to them.
Outside of work, Dr. Hess enjoys golf and traveling.
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Dr. Sarah McLean (Judd) grew up in Naples, Florida, where she still has family. She has known since early childhood that she wanted to become a veterinarian and began pursuing related experiences. She spent many years working in various veterinary hospitals learning as much as possible about all aspects of the profession.
Dr. McLean received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from University of Florida, where she graduated Cum Laude. She then went on to get her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, she attended special courses on rabbits, ferrets and rodents as well as Sea Vet, an intensive course on marine mammal medicine. She was awarded the Hill’s Big Win Scholarship. Dr. McLean was an active member of the Wildlife, Zoological, and Aquatic Animal Medicine Club and the American Animal Hospital Association.
Her special interests in veterinary medicine include Internal Medicine, where Dr. McLean enjoys the challenge of complex medical cases. Preventive care and teaching clients how to keep their pets healthy is a priority for her. She has a commitment to exotic medicine with a special focus on rabbit, ferret, and rodent medicine.
In her spare time, Dr. McLean enjoys playing the piano, reading, and arts & crafts (i.e. cross-stitch). She also enjoys traveling both in the United States and abroad. To date, she’s been to Yellowstone, Maine, Canada, London, and Paris.
Dr. McLean shares her home with three cats named Festus, Bailey and Buckley, as well as two rabbits named Comet and Lola.
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Dr. Andy Newman grew up in a "Veterinary" family. His father, stepmother, and stepfather are all practicing small animal veterinarians. With all of these great experiences and being surrounded by people who are committed to caring for animals, he could not help but grow to love the field. Some of his earliest and fondest memories are of being awoken by the train thundering past the walls of his father’s veterinary emergency clinic in Hartford, Connecticut. He would frequently spend the night there, taking in the thrilling experience of a 24-hour shift at a bustling, metropolitan veterinary hospital.
Dr. Newman spent his college years attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh. There, he graduated cum laude in 1999 with a B.S. in Zoology and went on to the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. He was able to tailor his education to suit his interests which included special studies involving avian, reptile, amphibian and aquatic animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Newman was an active member in the Turtle Team, where students donated their time to the care of injured wildlife, turtles and tortoises. He graduated in 2004 as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Zeta honor societies and has worked as a veterinarian in our community since then.
Currently Dr. Newman resides in Longwood with his wife and sons, Jack and Charlie. They share their home with an ten year old Saluki named Caliph, a eighteen year old Maine Coon named Psycho Kitty, and Sidney a Senegal parrot. What "me time" he has is enjoyed playing golf, watching movies, and reading historical fiction.
New to the WPVH Doctor Team
Dr Charli Jane Braun:
Dr. Charli Braun earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Her interest in exotic and small animal medicine has led her to join our Doctor team here at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital.
Following completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in the Biological Sciences from the University of West Florida, she was accepted into the Doctorate program for veterinary medicine at the University of Florida. After graduating in 2010, she participated in an internship at the University of Missouri, which is where her focus on small animal medicine developed.
An avid scholar, Dr. Braun received the Veterinary Medical Board of Directors Scholarship from UF, she was a Merck-Merial Research Scholar, and won the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine Clinical Proficiency Award!
Dr. Braun originates from the panhandle of Florida, but being the daughter of a military veteran, she spent years living in many parts of the country and abroad. She’s spent parts of her life in Virginia, California, Georgia and Saudi Arabia!
She moved to the Orlando area in 2011, where she looked to join a veterinary team and share her wealth of knowledge and experience. She now lives in the Winter Park area with her husband, Eric, who is a native of the Winter Park area.
They share their home with “Parker”. Parker is a one and a half year old yellow lab with lots of energy to burn, so you may often find them at Fleet People’s Park on the weekends!! Dr. Braun also shares her home with a gorgeous tortoiseshell kitty named Anabelle. Left abandoned in a home by her previous owners, Anabelle appreciates her new companions (even Parker)!
Both Dr. Braun and her husband also enjoy riding and spending time with their horses, Honor and Sinasa (pronounced Sinasha).