Meet the Team

  • George Jutras
    D.V.M.

    Dr. George Jutras after obtaining his B.S. degree from The University of Rhode Island began a career as an anesthesia and surgery technician at the University of Florida.  2020 marked his 29th year as a veterinarian graduate from the University of Florida.

    Establishing himself in Sebastian as the founder and owner of Highlands Animal Hospital, his practice specializes in small animals including dogs, cats, and pigs.

    His spare time is filled with skydiving locally and climbing mountains on multiple continents.

  • Alison Frankenberger
    D.V.M.

    Dr. Alison Frankenberger is a small animal practitioner at Highlands Animal Hospital.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in Biology with honors.  She completed her veterinary studies at the University of Florida and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with honors.

    Dr. Frankenberger is a member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Treasure Coast Veterinary Medical Association.  She regularly attends the North American Veterinary Conference to further her knowledge and skills.

    Dr. Frankenberger joined the veterinary team at Highlands Animal Hospital in 2001.  She has dedicated herself to the compassionate care of dogs and cats ever since and has worked hard to be their advocate.  She feels that by combining a strong knowledge base, a thorough physical exam and encouraging a close teamwork relationship with every family and pet, we can hear the voices of our furry family members.

    Dr. Frankenberger resides in Vero Beach with her husband Mark, and their children Graham and Anna.  Currently, both children plan to become veterinarians and work with their mom!

  • Marcus Kramer
    D.V.M.

    Dr. Kramer was born in Hollywood, Florida.  He grew up in Fort Lauderdale until high school, when he moved to Jacksonville, Fl.  He received his bachelors degree in Animal Sciences from Virgina Tech.  He finished number one on the tennis team, where he was a two time all American.  Dr. Kramer was inducted into the sports hall of fame, finishing in the top 25 singles players in the nation.  

    He was accepted into the University of Florida in 1993, and graduated with honors in 1997.  He started with Highalands Animal Hospital in 1997, and has been a veterinarian ever since.  

    He has a special interest in surgery and complex medical and dermatological cases.  He also has an interest in, and performs stem cell treatment.  

    In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, and their furry four-legged babies.  He also enjoys tennis, golf, and boating.  He is blessed to be able to take care of God's creatures, and promises to treat all of his patients as if they are his own. 

  • Prakash Balakrishnan
    D.V.M

    Dr. Prakash is a small animal practitioner at Highlands Animal Hospital.  He grew up in Central Florida, and he attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Cell Sciences.

    Dr Prakash also attended the University of Florida for Veterinary School, and specialized in companion animal medicine and surgery. He has a special interest in Dermatology, Preventative Medicine, and Behavioral medicine.

    Dr. Prakash joined the veterinary team at Highlands Animal Hospital in 2013.  He lives in Sebastian, and his hobbies  include traveling, skiing, wakeboarding, boating, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding.

  • Edward Mahoney
    D.V.M.

    Growing up on a farm gave Dr. Eddie Mahoney his first love of animals.  In fact, his relationship with one of the family’s racehorse pushed him toward veterinary medicine.

    After obtaining a degree in biology from the University of Kentucky, he continued his education at Auburn University.

    After earning the DMV degree in 2000, Dr. Mahoney began practicing in Western New York working primarily with his first love, the equine athlete.

    Two years later, Dr. Mahoney, returned to his hometown in North Central Kentucky where de developed a special interest in surgery, especially orthopedics.  In January 2016 he joined Highlands Animal Hosptial.

    When away from the office, Eddie enjoys playing golf, traveling, and spending quality time with his wife and children.

  • Stacy Wapner
    D.V.M.

    Dr. Stacy Wapner started her career at Highlands Animal Hospital in March of 2019.  

    She graduated from Ross University in 2015 after completing her clinical rotations at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.  

    In her spare time, Dr Wapner enjoys spending time outdoors, especially on the water.  She has three pets- two pitbulls, Paniolo and Bully, and one cat, Snow White.  

    Dr. Wapner's medical interests include exotic animal medicine, dermatology, and preventative care.  

  • Debbie Roux
    Office Manager
  • Sarah Hoey
    Technician Manager
  • Jesse Chapple
    Doctor's Technician
  • Corey Grace
    Doctor's Technician
  • Alyssa Mesh
    Doctor's Technician
  • Shyann Gilbert
    Doctor's Technician
  • Kim Cochran
    Doctor's Technician
  • Rachel Hubbert
    Doctor's Technician
  • Shauna Winter
    Technician
  • Alani Wiltison
    Technician
  • Dylan Weston
    Technician
  • Sean Collins
    Technician
  • Steven Brauer
    Technician
  • Kaylee Bruscia
    Technician
  • Thomas Szymanski
    Technician
  • Audalys Pena
    Technician/Receptionist
  • Liz Sanchez
    Receptionist/Technician
  • Karlie Cutcher
    Receptionist
  • Celeste Rosario
    Receptionist
  • Brianna Lorenz
    Assistant

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Office Hours

Highlands Animal Hospital

Monday:

7:00 am-10:00 pm

Doctors On 8:00am to 8:00pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-10:00 pm

Doctors On 8:00am to 8:00pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-10:00 pm

Doctors On 8:00am to 8:00pm

Thursday:

7:00 am-10:00 pm

Doctors On 8:00am to 8:00pm

Friday:

7:00 am-10:00 pm

Doctors On 8:00am to 8:00pm

Saturday:

7:00 am-10:00 pm

Doctors On 8:00am to 8:00pm

Sunday:

7:00 am-10:00 pm

Doctors On 8:00am to 8:00pm

Testimonials

Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Highlands has always been amazing! The front office staff, the vet techs and the physicians have absolutely been incredible. We take our dog( Bella) and our rabbit (Jello) to them and they are always so kind, caring and gentle with them. I CANNOT thank highlands enough for all they do and the care they give our babies."
    Michelle Jurich
  • "They take care of all of my animals and my family’s as well. Great people and awesome staff with convenient hours. I drive from Palm Bay down there when needed."
    Teresa Palmer
  • "My family has been coming to Highlands for over 20 years. They have saved my animals lives on multiple accounts. Very grateful for their caring and loving attitudes."
    Payge Johnson
  • "They are top of the line when it comes to compassion and understanding of your pets needs. Staff is amazing they have taken good care of our pups for over a few years. Highly recommend them"
    Alex Melo
  • "Best office ever. They will take care of your animal with the best of care. I wouldn’t trust any other vet. I drive 2 hours just to have my guy seen here. I love this place."
    Beatriz Berrios