Dr. Joseph Landers
Like many children I always loved animals. As I progressed in school I also loved science and biology. Then Grandma Lou got me a kennel job at Dr. McGuire’s clinic and I was “hooked” for life! My goal for clients and patients is education. So the best well informed decision can be made for the welfare, compassion, and dignity of the pet. I am so blessed to have a great family; my wife Dr. Julie who I met and married in veterinary school, my son, JD, and daughter in law, Amanda in Seattle completing a PhD, my daughter, Jamie, in Stillwater in veterinary school, and Jordan at Union doing drama and percussion. We have several pets (7 heart beats) of various species at home. Gunner is our oldest and Cole who often runs with me is the youngest. My philosophy in life is to do unto others as you would have them do, and pay it forward.
Dr. Julie Merrick-Landers
Dr. Julie Merrick-Landers is a 1992 graduate of OSU as well. She is married to Dr. Landers. Dr. Julie and Dr Joe have 3 children and gunner, a retriever mix from animal aid, and two pet guinea pigs. She is a native of Tulsa and graduated from Holland Hall. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Jessica Zink
Like most veterinarians, my love for animals started when I was very small. I have a video (on VHS, no less) of myself in the first grade stating what we wanted to be when we grew up and my fervent answer was, “I want to be a veter-narian”. That answer never changed as I grew up and to this day, I still love the challenge and joy that this profession brings me. I started in 2000 as a kennel assistant and worked my way up, finally ending up at Heritage where I worked prior to getting into veterinary school in 2006. After graduation, Dr. Landers was kind enough to welcome me back to the Heritage family where I have been ever since graduating in 2010. The clients and pets that visit Heritage are second to none and continue to grow my love of the profession. My goal with every patient visit is to give the patient the most compassionate care available and to give the client the knowledge and comfort level to make informed decisions during each step in the process, whether it is a puppy/kitten visit, an ill or injured pet, or the very difficult but just as important, end of life care. My family consists of my wonderful husband, Joe, who grew up in and around the Tulsa area and my very energetic daughter Evelyn. We also have a spunky little mixed breed rescue named Hokey Pokey who you might see up at Heritage as she comes to work with me every day. I sincerely hope that every visit at Heritage exceeds all your expectations and I thank all who trust me to care for their pets.
Dr. Kristi Wittlich
Dr. Kristi Wittlich has had multiple careers. She first received a Bachelors Degree in computer science from the University of Central Oklahoma, and wrote and supported computer software for 10 years before she went back and obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Oklahoma State University in 1998. She loves cats and dogs of all varieties, and her special interests include cardiology, canine rehab and soft tissue surgery. She has two cats, Alexis and Bartholemew, and two horses, Cotton and Winston. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, and target shooting.
Dr. Paula Hardin
Dr. Paula Hardin claims she was born to become a veterinarian. She earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from University of Minnesota in 1989 and then furthered her studies in Theriogenology (reproductive medicine) at Oklahoma State. She recently joined the team of dedicated doctors at Heritage; a hospital where she can provide the high level of client care customary in a small practice without sacrificing the quality medicine and advanced surgery befitting a larger clinic. Dr Hardin’s goal for every patient visit is to “provide outstanding client and patient care through: careful listening, thoughtful attention to the patient’s needs, and personalized education for the long-term success of the client-patient team.” She and her husband have a farm in Stillwater and she splits her time between there and Tulsa. Dr Hardin makes a concerted effort to add some good into everybody’s day, and the rest of us at Heritage think she succeeds!