Registered Veterinary Technician
Sara is a Registered Veterinary Technician and is originally from Iowa. She obtained her veterinary technician degree from Kirwood Community College in 2009. She has 3 four-legged children, Roxy and Tank (cats), and Addi (pug). Her husband is an Air Force Pilot and she has 2 boys that keep her busy at home. She enjoys making everyone laugh and likes to have dance parties to start off the day. Sara is our head technician and lead surgical technician; she is the one who ensures all surgical patients receive individual attention and comforts them during and after surgical procedures. She enjoys developing a relationship with owners and their pets to promote strong companion relationships.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Tina has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida State University in 2008 and then returned to school in 2012 to earn her Veterinary Technology degree from St. Petersburg College in Tampa. She worked at Companion Animal Hospital from 2014 to 2016 before moving to Washington State to be closer to family. She recently moved back to the Fort Walton Beach area in July 2017 and promptly started working at Companion again. She loves traveling and living in new places, a trait acquired because her father was in the Air Force and she has had the opportunity to live all over the world. However, her heart belongs in the Fort Walton Beach/Niceville area and she plans to plant some roots and stay here long term. She has a special interest in anesthesia and surgery but loves all aspects of being a veterinary technician and is very grateful to Drs. Epperson and Hartley for giving her the opportunity to achieve her career goals and strengthen her skills at Companion Animal Hospital. Tina married her husband Josh in 2015. A native to the area, he shares in her love of animals and they have a very spoiled “only child”, Merlin, their white cat.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Tori is originally from Long Beach, California and currently lives in Pensacola. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician and completed her studies at Pensacola Junior College and at Pensacola State College graduating in 2014. She has over 15 years experience working and caring for animals. Tori has 3 fur babies, a Pekingese named Meesha and 2 cats Dawg & Little Black. On her free time she likes to spend time with her husband DJ and young son Avery.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Megan is from Arlington, Virginia but has lived and traveled different places with her husband in the military. Megan, her husband, her daughter Abigail, dog Lily, and cat Maddie now call Fort Walton Beach home. Megan has been involved with veterinary medicine since 2005, spending 5 years in England working at an Army Veterinary Clinic. She completed her studies in veterinary technician school and earned certification in 2018.
Linda is primarily our Dental Technician. She attends advanced veterinary dentistry education classes every chance she gets. Although her primary role is providing excellent dental care for our patients, she helps in all aspects of our hospital from general patient care to the dirty work or cleaning up. Her love and compassion makes her a great team member. She is very passionate about transporting shelter dogs to rescues allowing them to escape the shelter world in hopes to find a forever home. Linda and her husband's love for animals started at an early age with family pets and the occasional backyard rescue of squirrels and baby birds. She is a native of the Fort Walton Beach area and received her AA degree from Northwest Florida State College. Linda is actively involved with several Basset rescue organizations and opens their home to many rescue dogs.
Harley is from Fort Walton Beach but has lived in Virginia and England. She has been a Veterinary Technician in the area since 2013. She is currently enrolled at Northwest Florida State College and is studying for a Bachelor of Science Degree. She volunteers at several local rescues and also helps foster dogs in need of forever homes. Harley has two dogs of her own, a disabled poodle named Eddie and dachshund mix named Yoshi. During her free time, when she is not doing homework, she enjoys going to the beach including all kinds of water sports such as tubing and canoeing.
Krislynne is a California girl in a Florida world. She attended veterinary technician schooling until taking up the opportunity to travel abroad to Germany. While in Europe Krislynne worked for the largest Army Veterinary Medical Clinic treating injured military working dogs. Life’s travels have now brought her to the Florida Panhandle and Companion Animal Hospital where she is a Veterinary Technician. Krislynne and her husband share their home with 3 pooches a Labrador/Pitbull mix Luna, an Italian Greyhound mix Emma, and a Chihuahua Tinkerbelle. Krislynne has a love for Mexican cuisine and enjoys new culinary experiences.
Casey was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and lived there her whole life until moving to the Fort Walton Beach area in September 2018. After obtaining a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Louisiana State University and working the majority of her professional life as a Paralegal, she left the traditional corporate atmosphere for the more personally fulfilling work of veterinary medicine in 2015 - and is reminded every day that she made the right decision in doing so. Prior to moving to Florida, Casey worked in emergency/critical care veterinary medicine. Casey spends her free time playing beach volleyball, reading, creating ironic cross-stitch pieces and snuggling with her 4-legged child, Duke, a 6 year old pittie-mix.
Jaimie has earned a Bachelor's of Science with a focus on Biology and a minor in Chemistry and is currently pursuing her associates degree to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Jaimie has many hobbies including dirt biking and costume making. She loves all animals and has 2 cats, 2 dogs, and a duck of her own. Jaimie loves to make other's laugh with her carefree personality. She can't wait to meet you and your furry friends!
Kacey was born in California and raised in Oklahoma. Being a military brat herself she decided to join the military after school. She has traveled around the world including a deployment to Iraq. After completing her Associates degree in IT she realized computers did not excite her or keep her interest. Kacey has always had a love for animals, which led her to working in the veterinary world. Since starting her journey in veterinary medicine Kacey has never been happier! She recently moved to Florida with her boyfriend Raheem and her daughter Mickenzie who has Autism. Kacey spends her spare time at the beach, fishing, and spending time with her family and friends. Spring 2019 her family introduced a new furry member an adorable bully puppy named Kane.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Kristen is originally form Pennsylvania born and raised. She moved to Florida in 2013 and is addicted to the beach and sunshine. She is a certified Veterinary Technician and completed her studies at the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh. Go Steelers! Kristen has worked at Youngs Animal Hospital in Titusville, Florida for 6 years and Orlando Equine Veterinary Care for 2 years. She has a ball python named Rebound, a horse named Thunder, 2 dogs named Hank and Ranger, and a cat named Kiarra! She is very excited to be a part of our Companion team and we are thrilled to have her!
Sam grew up as an Army brat, living in various parts of the world. Her latest move landed her in Florida where she obtained a bachelor's degree in biology at the University of West Florida. Her love for animals led her to pursue an occupation in the veterinary world and then transitioned into a love for radiology. She has pursued her love for radiology and obtained her radiology technician degree in 2018. She has been a veterinary technician for since 2014 but has been working with animals for much longer than that. She has one dog and two cats that she rescued. Sam enjoys watching movies with her husband or hanging out with friends in her spare time. She is quiet when you first meet her, but with time she comes alive.
Victoria is from Kansas City, Missouri and moved to Florida in 2013. She is currently attending Northwest Florida State College and working towards a degree in zoology. She is currently a Veterinary Technician on our Companion team but aspires to work with wildlife, more particularly the animals of her heart, WOLVES! At home Victoria has a miniature poodle named Daisy. With family in Freeport Victoria has volunteered much of her time to the animal refugee. She also loves taking exciting adventures with her friends.
Fallon is originally from Birmingham, AL. Her and her husband Justin moved to Florida in 2016 when he received orders to Eglin AFB. Fallon graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor's in Animal Science. She worked in Veterinary Ophthalmology and Emergency Medicine before moving to Florida. During college, Fallon learned that she loves large animal medicine as well, primarily cattle as you can see from her picture. :) Fallon has two dogs, Boss, a Basset Hound and Foxy, a Parson Russell Terrier. Fallon is also currently in nursing school with plans to become a human nurse as well as an animal nurse.
Ashley is new to Companion Animal Hospital and just recently moved back to Fort Walton Beach after having lived in Jacksonville, FL where she worked as a veterinary assistant for Banfield. She's excited to be part of Companion and she's loving every minute of it. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health from the University of West Florida, a career certificate in Veterinary Assistance from the University of South Alabama, and is planning to go back to school to become a certified veterinary technician. She has four pets, a cat named Spooky and three conures, Leonard, Peetree, and Miss Commodore Biscuit.