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dr_epperson Michael Epperson, DVM Dr. Epperson is a 2003 graduate of Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Animal and Dairy Science at Mississippi State University. He practiced in Memphis, TN, for 2 years before making his decent to the Emerald Coast. He practiced in Pensacola for 2 years once arriving in the Panhandle. Dr. Epperson has a special interest in surgery, dermatology and ultrasound. Michael is an avid sport fan and loves being outdoors and on the beach. He serves a District Representative for the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and is a member of the Miracle Strip Veterinary Medical Society.

Dr. Hartley and Dr. Epperson got married in June 2007 and bought Companion Animal Hospital & Boarding Center in October 2008. They have invested in many improvements in the hospital to make it a more functional and welcoming hospital for clients and patients. They strive to provide the best medical care possible and will continue to improve their education and practice principles in order to provide excellent care. Dr. Hartley and Dr. Epperson are proud parents of two beautiful girls Addison & Grace.

Dr. Epperson and Dr. Hartley are a husband and wife team dedicated to providing high quality medicine for companion animals. Our philosophy is to treat each individual pet like our own and offer the best care and medical treatment possible. We embrace strong doctor- patient-client relationships to ensure open communication and understanding of your pets individual needs.

dr_eppersonHeather Hartley, DVM
Dr. Hartley is a 2006 graduate from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Math and Sciences at Auburn University. She moved to the Emerald Coast shortly after graduation and began her veterinary career. She has special interest in oncology, internal medicine, ophthalmology and surgery. Heather is a die hard AUBURN fan and loves being outdoors and playing with her dogs. She is President of Miracle Strip Veterinary Medical Society, which is a group of local veterinarians that meet monthly to stay connected and provide continuing education for veterinarians. She is also a member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Emerald Coast Junior League, American Animal Hospital Association and Feline Practitioners. She is thoroughly enjoying being a parent of two wonderful girls that keep her busy in her spare time.

Drs. Epperson and Hartley have 3 dogs, Newton, Aubie and Nala, that are frequently in the hospital to assist in any way they see fit... especially to ensure that it doesn't get too quiet.

dr_eppersonJessie Gamauf, DVM
Dr. Jessie is originally from the Chicagoland area. She was attending Purdue University, in Indiana, in pursuit of an undergrad degree in Biology, when she was accepted a year early to attend the university of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2004, she graduated and married her husband, Eric, who is from her hometown and is on active duty in the USAF. They were stationed at Hurlburt AFB and she has been fortunate enough to have spent a majority of her career practicing in the area, with only one year stationed in Texas while her husband attended pilot training. She initially wanted to pursue a career in zoo animal medicine. However, while in school she quickly realized how much she values the relationships that develop between a client and their veterinarian and how much she enjoys being apart of that special bond between a client and their pet, leading to her decision to continue her career in companion animal medicine. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association.

When the work day is done, there is no time to rest as she goes home to her three small children, three crazy dogs, and one brave cat. Although she doesn't love the saltwater, she loves the beauty of this area and enjoys spending as much time as possible in the outdoors, camping, hiking, and just enjoying Florida life.

DrRodriguezHeather Rodriguez, DVM

Dr. Heather is originally from Florida where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Animal Sciences. She continued her education and graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She also became certified in veterinary acupuncture. Soon after completing school she married her husband Jason together they moved to the Leesville, LA area due to the military. Recently Dr. Heather returned to the Emerald Coast and has become a part of the Companion team. Heather and Jason recently welcomed their first son 'Jay' an addition to their family which includes their yellow labrador mix 'Jack'. Heather has a passion for all creatures great and small. She feels the most important part of veterinary medicine is educating clients about their pets health . Her special interests include holistic and general medicine.


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