Meet Our Staff
Dr. Nat McKerley
Dr. Nat | was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up on a horse farm. He graduated from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 and moved to Pensacola shortly afterwards. He worked at various local hospitals before purchasing Creighton- Davis Animal Hospital in 1994 from Dr. Samuel Monroe, who was retiring. Dr. Nat and Dr. Gina are married and they have 4 children. Dr. Nat's favorite aspects of veterinary medicine are surgery and ophthalmology. He loves music and is the bass guitarist for "First Praise", the First Presbyterian Church Contemporary Music Band. He plays guitar and mandolin for "Jerry's Kids" and "Galvaney's Groove", two other music groups.
THE History of Our Clinic
Dr. Raina Perez
Dr. Brooke Mowdy| Earned her Bachelors Degree in 2011 from Mississippi State University and then graduated from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Her Special interests are wound management, preventative medicine, and soft tissue surgery. She enjoys cooking, kayaking, and spending time with her boyfriend, two dogs, and two cats.
Dr. Brooke Mowdy
Dr. Marcy Platzer | A SGU vet school graduate and a new resident to Pensacola. She grew up in Coral Springs, Florida within her family's Austrian-German restaurant business. She began playing the violin at 6 years old and then switched to the viola in middle school. When she wasn't helping out with the family business, she competed in county and state wide orchestras. She went to Florida State University for undergrad where she became involved with the animal shelter, wildlife rehabilitation, and public health veterinary medicine. She always knew she wanted to study abroad so she made Grenada her home for three years while she studied at St. George's University of Veterinary Medicine. She then lived in Knoxville to complete her 4th clinical year at the University of Tennessee. Her passions include animals, nature, music, good company, and traveling. She has two fur babies, Nala (12 year old Siamese) and Poppy (2 year old pothound). She enjoys surgery and exotic animal medicine.
Dr. Marcy Platzer
Welcome to our team, Dr. Walter Grandy!
Dr. Walter Gandy grew up in Montgomery Alabama. He did his under graduate work at Auburn and graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He spent 21 years in the Army and retired in 2009. He loves to travel and has lived all over the world. His wife grew up in Pensacola and they are very thankful to be near family, friends and the beach. He has special interest in animal nutrition, dentistry, and surgery.
Dr. Walter Grandy
Welcome to our team, Dr. Brooke Clement!
Dr. Clement graduated from LSU's school of veterinary medicine in 2017.
She holds a bachelors degree in biology, also from LSU. She is a native of Houma, a town located down in the bayous of South Louisiana. She has had an interest in animals, especially wildlife and exotics for as long as she can remember. Her favorite aspects of veterinary medicine is meeting puppies and kittens and getting to watch them grow up. She also loves that no two days are ever the same. In her free time, Dr. Brooke enjoys swimming, cooking (eating), and fishing. Her household includes a spunky Boston terrier mix, a cuddly Tom cat, and a bearded dragon.
Dr. Brooke Clement
Welcome to our team, Dr. Johnna!
Dr. Johnna “Maggie” Bowles was born and raised in the Pensacola area. She is a graduate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at the University of Florida. She has been involved with animals her whole life, including volunteering with wildlife rescue and working as a veterinary technician prior to veterinary school. Dr. Bowles has a fondness for rescuing black animals and currently has three all black rescue cats and a black shepherd/lab mix. She is passionate about integrative medicine and dentistry. Outside of work, she loves music, both playing and listening, reading, and traveling.
Dr. Gina Forgey
Dr. Gina | grew up in Northwest Arkansas on a cattle farm that has been in her family for 200 years. She graduated from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 and met Nat there. After moving to Pensacola, she worked at various local hospitals until they purchased Safe Harbor. Her favorite aspects of veterinary medicine are kissing puppies and kittens, then sending them home to shred your house. She also enjoys exotic animal medicine and animal acupuncture. She is a Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church. She enjoys cheering for her children at their various sporting events, starting cross stitch projects, horseback riding, and reading. She is writing a children's book about veterinary medicine, but will probably be retired before it is ever finished.
Dr. Raina Perez | graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She has been practicing at Safe Harbor since 2006. She is a native of the New Orleans area. She is married, and she and her husband have two sons. She also lives with two lazy house cats. Dr. Perez has a special interest in cytology and feline medicine. In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her family, being active in her local church, and going to the beach.
Safe Harbor Animal Hospital is a family-owned and family-oriented business where we treat your family'S pets like they are our own.
In 1977 Dr. Sam Monroe ran a small veterinary clinic called Creighton Davis Animal Hospital. He owned and operated this clinic for 17 years. On June 10, 1994 Dr. Nathaniel Mckerley and Dr. Gina Forgey bought the veterinarian clinic from Dr. Monroe and renamed it Safe Harbor Animal Hospital. Dr. McKerley and Forgey are a married couple that met when they attended Louisiana State University. Both veterinarians grew up with hardworking small business owners as parents which helped reinforce a strong work ethic.
After Hurricane Ivan damaged their hospital, Dr. McKerley and Forgey built a bigger facility right next door. Over their 22 years in business, they have grown to a very busy practice, employing six doctors and 30 support staff personnel.
Safe Harbor Animal Hospital offers a plethora of services such as examinations, vaccinations, laser therapy, acupuncture, and surgery. Our hospital also sees exotic pets as well as pet chickens, pigs and goats. Our doctors strive daily to provide compassionate care for your pets.