Our Veterinarians

Dr. Jennifer DiTrapani-Gimbal
Owner/CEO
As a kid growing up in Connecticut, Jennifer DiTrapani-Gimbal loved hiking through the woods with her family to the edge of the horse farm that bordered their property. She also fondly remembers learning to ride horses in New Zealand. These events demonstrated the power of the human-animal bond to a young Dr. DiTrapani-Gimbal, and her interest in veterinary medicine was ignited.

Dr. DiTrapani-Gimbal received her Bachelor’s in Animal Science from the University of Florida. In 2001, she began at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After attending Virginia Tech for her clinical studies, she started working in Rochester, NY before moving to Port St. Lucie. In 2009, with her husband Dr. Nathan Gimbal, she purchased Animal Planet and Morningside Animal Hospital which were then merged together. In 2013 they purchased Ocean Breeze Animal Hospital, and in 2015 they purchased Hobe Sound Veterinary Clinic.

As a veterinarian, Dr. DiTrapani-Gimbal likes treating geriatrics because she truly believes that age is not a disease and older patients shouldn’t be written off without hope. She has a special place in her heart for animals with no one to advocate for them, like feral and homeless cats. She also enjoys treating small mammals like rats, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

In her spare time, Dr. DiTrapani-Gimbal enjoys running, spinning, reading, yoga, and organic/natural living.
Dr. Nathan Gimbal
Owner/CFO
Dr. Nathan Gimbal is the business CFO and managing partner. While his most time consuming job duties may be to his family, Dr. DiTrapani, and their three children, he also enjoys running, exercising, spending time at the beach, and enjoying Star Wars and Marvel.

Our entire Team of Veterinarians highly respects and values our clients, and strives to educate as well as be attentive to your needs and the needs of your treasured pets.
Dr. Kari Lyon Kelly
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Kari Lyon Kelly is a 2006 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (PennVet). Her path towards becoming a veterinarian began while growing up and working on horse farms in rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She eventually received her Associate’s Degree in veterinary technology from Harcum College, followed by her B.S. in biology from West Chester University. After college, Dr. Kelly worked as a veterinary nurse at the University of Pennsylvania’s world-renowned large animal hospital, the New Bolton Center, before pursuing her veterinary degree from PennVet in 2002.

Following graduation, Dr. Kelly interned at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in New Jersey. In 2008, in support of her husband’s successful pursuit towards receiving his PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Maryland, Dr. Kelly moved to Easton, Maryland. As an Associate Veterinarian at a mixed animal veterinary practice in Easton, Dr. Kelly both refined her surgical skills and began to concentrate on small animals. After 5 wonderful years there, she and her husband decided to move to Florida to further pursue their professions.

On a personal level, Dr. Kelly strongly believes in creating and maintaining an open, honest, and relaxed relationship with her clients. She states, “Being able to socialize with my clients allows me to educate them in a relaxed manner about their pets’ healthcare.”

Dr. Kelly lives in Port St. Lucie with her husband, Chris, and two small daughters, Paige and Charlotte. They also share their home with a very cute, but very loud snorer, Torin the French Bulldog.
Dr. Kalissa Grabowski
Veterinarian
Dr. Grabowski is a local native to South Florida. She grew up in Fort Lauderdale and now joins us here at Morningside Animal Hospital. Dr. Grabowski completed her undergraduate studies in Animal Science at the University of Florida. She graduated Veterinary School from Ross University in 2006 and brings a lot of veterinary medical knowledge with her. As part of her education she completed her clinical rotation at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL.

Dr. Grabowski enjoys getting to know her clients on a personal basis in order to be able to provide them with a tailored program suited for them and their pet. Her veterinary interests started with a firm basis in preventative medicine and have grown into helping pet owners manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and thyroid diseases. Dr. Grabowski aims to work with each client on maintaining the best quality of life possible for each and every patient. Additionally, Dr. Grabowski studied acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida in order to provide a more holistic alternative for those clients that are interested.

She enjoys spending time with her family, including her niece and nephew that are close to her. Dr. Grabowski has three “furr babies” ( Sassy, Sushi, and her newest member Lady). In her spare time she enjoys relaxing at the beach, enjoying the outdoors, swimming, volunteering, and watching Disney movies including anything Star Wars with her nephew.