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. 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
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.