Our Approach to Veterinary Care in Windermere, FL

We are so thrilled and excited to introduce the community to Golden Heart Veterinary Care. Dr. Steven D’Ambrose, DVM, designed Golden Heart Veterinary Care from the ground up, focusing intensely on every detail, to ensure a fresh new experience for both the client and their beloved pets.

Before he fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian, Dr. D’Ambrose enjoyed a successful career in hospitality management with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. It was there he learned the art of providing personalized luxury service.

With his passion for animals and veterinary medicine never far from his mind, Dr. D’Ambrose took a huge leap of faith, left his career with Four Seasons, and returned to Cornell to start the journey of becoming a veterinarian. At Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. D’Ambrose concentrated on companion animal medicine, developing his special interests in animal behavior, dermatology, and dentistry. His breadth of education and experience ensure pets and pet parents enjoy the highest standard of veterinary care. When designing Golden Heart, Dr. D’Ambrose was determined to make it a veterinary clinic like no other.

By incorporating his unique background in delivery of luxury services with state-of-the-art equipment and exceptional expertise, Golden Heart Veterinary Care is in a class of its own. Dr. D’Ambrose and his team have worked hard to make this a special place where you and your pet’s needs are the highest priority and where gold standard medicine will always be delivered with smiles.

We look forward to earning your trust and respect with every given opportunity.

Welcome to Golden Heart Veterinary Care!

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Dr. Sonal Patel

Born and raised in Orlando, Dr. Sonal Patel is excited to have recently joined the Golden Heart Team. After graduating with a degree in Biology from University of Central Florida, she attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee. 

Early on in life, Dr. Patel fell in love with medicine. Once she was introduced to the world of small animal medicine, she knew that is what she wanted to do for life. In her spare time, she loves to workout, try new restaurants, and spend time with loved ones. Her medical interests include internal medicine, pain management, client education, and geriatric care. Dr. Patel can’t wait to meet your family and treat your furry children as her very own. 

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Dr. Steven D’Ambrose

Dr. Steven D’Ambrose, DVM, designed Golden Heart Veterinary Care from the ground up, focusing intensely on every detail, to ensure a fresh new experience for both the client and their beloved pets.

At Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. D’Ambrose concentrated on companion animal medicine, developing his special interests in animal behavior, dermatology, and dentistry.

His breadth of education and experience ensure pets and pet parents receive the highest standard of veterinary care. Enjoy personalized, luxury service in our state-of-the-art veterinary clinic where the health and well-being of your beloved pets is our highest priority.

When he's not at Golden Heart you may find him with his wife and daughter running around Disney. He also loves music and enjoy playing the guitar.

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Dr. Sheena Reece

Dr. Sheena Reece, DVM, joined the Golden Heart Veterinary Care team with over a decade of veterinary medicine experience. Dr. Reece strongly believes in the mission of Golden Heart Veterinary Care to provide the highest quality of care for your furry, four legged family members. Dr. Reece completed her veterinary medicine studies at the University of Florida., College of Veterinary Medicine. Her primary interests are endocrinology, dermatology, and dentistry. Dr. Reece entered the field of veterinary medicine because of the bond between her and her own pets. This gave her a strong intrinsic motivation to help others and empathy to ensure the highest quality of care for the pets of others. When she’s not caring for your pets at Golden Heart, Dr. Reece enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children, along with a house full of pets which is affectionally called the “Reece family zoo”.

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Dr. Gina Kispert

Before moving to Florida, Dr. Gina Kispert was originally from Severn, Maryland. Growing up, she always had a love for all types of animals and knew from a young age that she wanted to be a vet. After graduating with a degree in Biology from Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida, she then went on to graduate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine located on the island of St Kitts. Her clinical year was completed at the University of Florida. 

Dr. Kispert is excited to join the dynamic team at Golden Heart Veterinary Care. She is passionate about providing excellent care to all pets who come to Golden Heart. She has special interests in dermatology, cardiology and preventative care.

Outside of work, Dr. Kispert enjoys traveling, visiting Disney World, and spending time with her family and her pet turtle, Mr. Bubbles. 

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Dr. Stephen Long

Dr. Stephen Long was born in Portland, Oregon but grew up in Orlando. Dr. Long knew at the age of eight that he wanted to be a veterinarian. Like all veterinarians, his passion for animal welfare drove him to this field.

“Watching Animal Planet, wildlife shows, and animal care teams nurse animals back to health are all a huge part of why I became a veterinarian. Nothing is more rewarding than to be able to heal an animal and watch their progress as they improve.”

Dr. Long went to the University of Alabama for his undergraduate degree, where he received his Bachelor’s in Biology. He then received his DVM at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

While his primary interest is in cats and dogs, he is also well versed in aquatic medicine and he is a member of the UF Marine Mammal Response Team.  He is also passionate about animal behavior.

“Coming into a veterinary office is often terrifying for a lot of animals, so I put an emphasis on being an effective communicator to clients and adjusting my routine to the patient’s comfort. It is important to make sure the current visit goes well so that future visits are less intimidating for both the patient and the client.”

Dr. Long resides in Orlando with his energetic Labrador mix, Blazer. Dr. Long took Blazer in as a foster pet, but as with many foster cases, ended up adopting him.

“I didn’t have the heart to return him to the shelter. So I told my family I had someone special to introduce them to and adopted Blazer, and he’s been with me ever since.”

My goal at every visit is to ensure the patient receives quality care, the client has all questions or concerns addressed, and to create a low stress environment for the patient so they can become more comfortable with each visit.

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Shakira Miller

Practice Manager

Shakira joined the Golden Heart team a few months after opening, with 9 years of experience in the veterinary field.  She is originally from Ohio and studied Molecular Genetics at The Ohio State University.  Shakira moved to Florida in 2007 and her lifelong passion for the wellbeing of all animals led her to pursue a career in the veterinary field. In her free time Shakira enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters, swimming and snorkeling at the springs, listening to live music, and of course Disney.


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Jennifer

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Catie

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Sarah

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Lyan

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Rebecca

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Daniella

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Emily

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Duncan

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Cameron

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