Meet Our Team

Doctors

  • 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 their first practice in October 2008. Destin Animal Clinic is the second practice they have proudly took ownership of in May 2018. They have invested in many improvements in the clinic to make it a more functional and welcoming clinic 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. They 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

  • Heather Hartley, DVM

    Dr. Hartley is a 2006 graduate from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She also obtained her undergraduate degree in Math and Sciences from Auburn University. She moved to the Emerald Coast shortly after graduation and began her veterinary career. She has special interest in oncology, internal medicine (endocrinology), ophthalmology and surgery. Heather is a die hard AUBURN fan and loves being outdoors enjoying the beautiful Florida weather. She served as President of the Miracle Strip Veterinary Medical Society for 4 years and enjoys staying active in the local veterinary community. She is also a member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and Feline Practitioners. She thoroughly enjoys being a parent of two wonderful girls that keep her busy in her spare time.

    Drs. Epperson and Hartley have 1 cat (Dorian), 4 dogs (Newton, Aubie, Nala, and Tiny Star Cuddles) and a few orphaned squirrels they have nursed back to health which stay close to home.  They all are frequent hospital visitors that come to assist in any way they see fit... especially to ensure that it does not get too quiet.

Professional Staff

  • Christina C.
    Practice Manager & 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 pitbull named Bruce Wayne. She enjoys aerial silks, water sports, and home renovations in her spare time.

  • Mikki T.
    Client Service Representative

    Mikki has been apart of the Destin team since Fall of 2020. Her friendly voice is often the first you will hear when reaching our clinic, Mikki is always happy to help and ensure both the client and animal needs are met.

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  • Jesse
    Veterinary Technician

    Jesse joined the Destin Animal Clinic team in February 2017, after serving 13 years in the Air Force.  Since that time, he's become the 'jack-of-all-trades' for the clinic, doing anything and everything that needs done around the clinic; both medically and non-medically.  Jesse grew up around animals his whole life; mostly cats and dogs, and a couple of crazy rabbits. And while he currently doesn't have any pets, he is an equal opportunity animal lover.   

  • Kelly B.
    Veterinary Technician

    Kelly joined our team in summer of 2019 as a Veterinary Technician, bringing with her years prior experience in small animal medicine. Kelly is a super big cat lover! 

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  • Morgan M.
    Veterinary Technician

    Morgan has been apart of the Destin team since January 2020. In addition to seeing your pets during routine appointments Morgan assists in most of the surgeries performed at our clinic. Morgan has a real passion for animal care which shows in all her patient interactions.

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  • Amber G.
    Veterinary Technician

    Bio coming soon!

  • Courtney K.
    Veterinary Technician

    Bio coming soon.

  • Sam A.
    Animal Care Technician/Veterinary Assistant

    Sam has been apart of the team since Fall 2019. He enjoys all aspects of animal care from bathing to assisting in clinical treatments. In Sam's free time he enjoys spending quality time with his family, human and furry!

  • Kelly K.
    Client Service Representative & Veterinary Assistant

    Bio coming soon!

  • Jaydasie O.
    Client Service Representative & Veterinary Assistant

    Bio coming soon!

  • Cecia V.
    Animal Care Technician & Veterinary Assistant

    Bio coming soon!

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed