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Meet Our Team


  • James M. Brechin , DVM

    Dr. Brechin is originally from Birmingham, AL. After graduating from Shades Valley High School, he continued his education at Auburn University where he obtained his DVM degree in 1974. During his time at Auburn, he met and married his wife, Jo, an Auburn native.

    After graduating from Veterinary School, Dr. Brechin practiced in Jacksonville, Fl and Nashville, Tn before being led to open his own practice in Destin. Since opening Destin Animal Clinic, Dr. Brechin has been active in the community through various organizations: Lions Club, Destin United Methodist Church, Destin Fishing Rodeo (Chairman), Chamber of Commerce (President), and Rotary Club. Professionally, Dr. Brechin was the founding member of the Miracle Strip Veterinary Medical Society and served as its first President. Additionally he has been active at the state association level serving on the Finance Committee and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Florida Veterinary Medical Association.

    Personally, he and his wife have 2 daughters: Mandi and Leslie. Additionally, the family contains 2 dogs a Bull Mastiff (Zoe), a greyhound (Gabby), and an aquarium full of African Cichlids.

  • Jessica Allen, DVM

    Dr. Allen's journey in veterinary medicine began in 2003 as a kennel worker for a local hospital in her home town of Warner Robins, GA. She has worked in the veterinary field from the ground up, serving in nearly every position and gaining experience along the way. She attended Georgia Southern University for her undergraduate and graduate studies in biology and epidemiology, respectfully.

    Dr. Allen earned her veterinary degree from Auburn University where she dedicated her free time to coordinating the university's Turtle Rehabilitation Program and serving as a volunteer shift-leader at the Southeastern Raptor Center. Following veterinary school, she completed a small animal medical and surgical rotating internship with emphasis in emergency and critical care in Chattanooga, TN.

    Dr. Allen has a special interest in veterinary hospice and palliative care. She also holds a special place in her heart for aquatic animals, wildlife, and exotic animals, although she isn't able to work with them very often these days.

    Dr. Allen and her husband have three dogs and a chinchilla. In their spare time, they enjoy SCUBA diving and traveling. Her bucket list includes diving in Iceland's Silfra fissure and visiting every continent (she's only made it to four of the seven so far).

Support Staff

  • Kira
    Client Service Representative

    Kira grew up in Destin and has worked with animals since 2011, beginning as a volunteer at Feline Friends of Destin. Kira graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Florida in 2017 and sees vet school in her future. In her free time, Kira enjoys being outside, reading, and hanging out with her friends and family (including her two pups and cat). 

  • Maria
    I have always loved animals and pets so working with them all day and learning how their bodies work fascinates me. Everyday, I feel like I am making a difference in the lives of not only my pet patients, but also their human families as well.
  • Christina
    Veterinary Technician

    Christina has been a part of our staff since August of 2007. She is proficient with laboratory analysis, assisting the doctors in appointments, surgery assisting, taking radiographs, and the administration of medication and treatments to the hospitalized patients. Aside from work, her and her husband have two loving miniature dachshunds, Danzig and Rubi and a pitbill named Bruce Wayne. She enjoys aerial silks, water sports, and home renovations in her spare time.

  • Meghan
    Veterinary Technician

    Meghan has been a part of our team since November 2015. Meghan is from Fort Walton Beach. She is engaged and has a Pit bull, German Shepard, Papillion, 2 kitties, a bearded dragon and a frog at home. During her free time she likes to go hiking swimming and exploring with her furpack and fiance.

  • Jesse

    When Jesse made the decision that he wanted to join the Destin Animal Clinic team, He invested himself wholeheartedly. Since then, He has helped pet owners make healthier choices and living a healthier life with their pets. Jesse has no pets at home currently but loves all animals.

  • Gabriel

    Bio coming soon

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