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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. 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. 

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 before meeting Dr. Hartley and purchasing Companion Animal Hospital & Boarding Center. 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.

Heather 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.                                                      

Jessie Gamauf, DVM

Dr. Gamauf is a 2004 graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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