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. Stephanie Bradley
When I was old enough to start working I got my first job as a part time receptionist at a veterinary hospital. I knew nothing about veterinary medicine at the time but it didn’t take long for me to absolutely fall in love with the profession. I have always had a love for animals of all kinds. That, coupled with my love of science and physiology made veterinary medicine a natural career choice for me! After graduating from Bishop Kelley in 1995, I went to Oklahoma State University and graduated with a bachelors of science in Animal Science. I graduated from Veterinary school in 2003 and immediately went into small animal private practice. I started working at Heritage Veterinary Hospital in 2004. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Heritage. I love working with the rescue groups and seeing animals get paired with the perfect family. Many of these pets continue to come see us for years afterwards and its great to see their personalities emerge as they settle into their new life. I love the challenge my job presents on a daily basis as I diagnose and treat different diseases and conditions both medically and surgically. Each case is so different and my goal is to treat each pet and family individually and tailor a treatment plan that works for them. I truly love spending time getting to know each of our pet owners. I have gotten to see children grow and come back with pets of their own. Heritage has been such a wonderful practice for me to call home. Myself and the other doctors are truly a team, each bringing our own strengths and areas of expertise to the table. I love working with this great team of doctors to provide the best, most comprehensive care we can to our patients. When I am not working you will most likely find me volunteering at my kids school or shuffling between after school activities. Our twin boys, Luke and Logan, love basketball and our daughter, Leighton, loves tumbling and also has her mommas love of animals! We have a cavapoo named Lucy and a cat named Annie. She can’t leave them alone. I see another veterinarian in our future with her! My husband Kyle and I still try to take some time for ourselves as well and travel to Oklahoma City for some of the Thunder games or enjoy many of the live music events we have in Tulsa.
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.