Our Careteam

Dr. Jennifer DiTrapani-Gimbal
Owner, CEO
Jennifer DiTrapani-Gimbal grew up in Connecticut, where she adored hiking through the woods with her family to the edge of the horse farm that bordered their property. Learning to ride horses in New Zealand is another fond animal-related memory of hers. These events showed a young Dr. DiTrapani-Gimba the true power of the bond between humans and animals, and her interest in veterinary medicine was ignited. It hasn’t let up since!

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

Medically, Dr. DiTrapani-Gimbal has a special passion for treating geriatric patients—she firmly believes that age is not a disease and older patients shouldn’t be written off without hope. Advocating for pets who might not otherwise have anyone to speak for them, such as feral and homeless cats, is another area of her work that she loves. Dr. DiTrapani-Gimbal also enjoys treating small mammal pets such as rats, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

When she’s not at the office, Dr. DiTrapani-Gimbal enjoys reading, running, spinning, practicing yoga, and organic/natural living.
Dr. Nathan Gimbal
Veterinarian, Owner
Dr. Gimbal was born on a U.S. Army post in Vicenza, Italy, and was raised just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From a young age, he had a passion for animals and was always interested in science and how things worked. He is now a full-time Veterinarian, Business Manager, and the Owner of Ocean Breeze Animal Hospital!

Dr. Gimbal worked at a vet’s office during his undergraduate studies, where he learned to care for the clients as much as the animal patients. He then went to American University in the Caribbean to receive his DVM, and finished his clinical requirements at the University of Pennsylvania. He moved to Jensen Beach with his wife to be closer to her family.

As a veterinarian, Dr. Gimbal enjoys dermatology because of its complexity, and dentistry because it helps pets live a good long life. He also loves helping pets stay healthy and getting clients through the tough times.

At home, Dr. Gimbal lives with his wife—also a veterinarian and owner of a neighboring animal hospital—and their three daughters. They have two dogs and three cats. When time permits between his work and family life, Dr. Gimbal likes golfing, jogging, and going to the gym. He’s slowly learning Spanish and also finds economics and coin collecting quite interesting.
Dr. Janna Legg
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Janna Legg spent much of her childhood around dairy cattle and show steers while growing up in Palm City, Florida—her family owned and operated a dairy farm, and she was active in the 4-H and the Future Farmers of America organizations for many years. Ever since she was a little girl, Dr. Legg knew that she wanted to do her part to better the lives of animals. Veterinary medicine was the obvious choice! She’s proud to now serve as an Associate Veterinarian here at Ocean Breeze Animal Hospital.

Dr. Legg attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate studies in animal science, also pursuing a specialty track in animal biology at the same time. After graduation, she took a job with a small-animal clinic in Gainesville, where she gained invaluable experience and was fortunate to receive expert mentorship that serves her well to this day. Next, Dr. Legg enrolled in the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in the spring of 2016 with her Doctorate and a certification in food animal medicine.

Dr. Legg relocated to San Marcos, Texas after her collegiate career, practicing on dogs, cats, and farm animals at a mixed-animal clinic there for two years, before returning to Florida in the summer of 2018 and joining the Ocean Breeze Animal Hospital family shortly afterward. She is a member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Christian Veterinary Mission, and the Treasure Coast Veterinary Medical Association.

When she isn’t helping pets and owners live better lives here at the hospital, Dr. Legg enjoys cheering on her favorite Florida Gators sports teams, getting lost in a good book, tending to her plants, making crafts for her Etsy shop, and spending quality time with family, friends, and her own pets at home. She shares her life with two wonderful Black Lab mixes: Brooks, who served as Dr. Legg’s stress-reliever during her veterinary school years, and the goofy Briggs, who joined Dr. Legg’s family during her time in Texas.
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    • Nicole FosterNicole Foster

      I can’t thank Ocean Breeze Animal Hospital enough for what they did for our family. It was the toughest decision deciding it was time to put our family dog to sleep and it was extremely hard on my children. They made a very hard decision for my family as comfortable as it could be. The staff was amazing and really cared about what my family was going thru.
      We Can’t thank you enough 💙

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    • Sheri Fangman LeBrunSheri Fangman LeBrun

      I recently moved to the area and from our long driving trip, my older Lab was having tummy issues. I contacted Ocean Breeze and they got me in the same day. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. My dog felt comfortable as well. He is now on the mends, and I will be using Ocean Breeze as my new vet for both of my dogs. I am glad to have found them😃

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    • Diane SchmidtDiane Schmidt

      We are a brand new client with this animal hospital. Our dog was exhibiting signs of a UTI are kidney issues. The were prompt ,Coumadin professional. They were able to see us later in the day. The entire staff was kind, courteous and knowledgeable. After listening to me list the signs I had observed. Our dog was given a full examination, and some tests were run. Very confident that we now have two very knowledgeable, compassionate and caring animal hospitals to use. We are “snowbirds “. They came recommended by neighbors, and y Yelp.
      We were very pleased, and grateful to them all. Would highly recommend them to anyone in the area.

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    • Jeffrey CoeJeffrey Coe

      Everyone was very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable.

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    • Mary JacksonMary Jackson

      We have been clients for many years. We consistently receive great care for our pets, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We always recommend Ocean Breeze for vet care and boarding!!

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    • JoAnn Yelichek-HuntJoAnn Yelichek-Hunt

      I have nothing but good things to say about the staff at Ocean Breeze Animal Hospital. They are so kind, caring and knowledgeable.

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    • Lilly Van PettenLilly Van Petten

      I feel so fortunate to find this hospital for my little dog Precious. Dr. Paulsen was not only competent with her diagnoses but a caring & compassionate person. Furthermore, she put my dog's need before financial gains which speaks highly of her integrity. She could have treated my dog for cancer but steered me to the Animal Cancer Clinic where she thought would be more economical for me. Yet she was the full backup whenever we needed her. When dealing with your beloved sick pet, you can be assured they will be in good hands from the doctors & the staff of this establishment.

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