Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Parkway Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our veterinarians have served the Panama City community since 1984.

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Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Parkway Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our veterinarians have served the Panama City community since 1984.

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Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Parkway Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our veterinarians have served the Panama City community since 1984.

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Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Parkway Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our veterinarians have served the Panama City community since 1984.

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At Parkway Animal Hospital, caring for pets is our passion.

Here, we treat pets like family. We understand how important your companion is to you — because they’re there for you through the thick and thin of life, with a wagging tail or a happy purr, and unconditional love. Our goal is to be your partner in taking care of your pet’s physical and mental wellbeing, so you can enjoy many happy years together. So, whether your pet needs a checkup with a doctor… a caring team and top-notch medical treatments when they’re ill… or, some advice on the best food for them or how to care for them at home — we’re here for you! Here, we see all dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, small mammals, and more. And, we’ll strive to make their visit a comfortable and positive experience. Get to know us, and see why both you and your pet will love coming here!

Parkway Animal Hospital

739 S Tyndall Pkwy

Panama City, FL 32404

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MON-FRI9:00am - 6:00pm
SAT9:00am - 2:00pm
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Meet Our Team

  • Dr Paul Barras

    Dr. Paul Barras

    Doctor Paul graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. While he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, his true passion is helping clients to be successful in providing a great quality of life for their pets.

    Doctor Paul is a father of 7 children ranging in age from 2 to 26. When he is not spending time with his wife and children at the beach, he enjoys playing golf and fishing, both of which are plentiful here in the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida.

  • Dr. Ned Bartlett

    Dr. Ned Bartlett , Dr.

    Dr. Bartlett joined Parkway Animal Hospital in April 2020 and is very excited to be part of the team!

    Dr. Bartlett founded and owned his own Small Animal Veterinary Clinic in Winthrop Harbor, IL, 30 years ago. He has truly enjoyed touching the lives of many clients and their pets, offering thorough veterinary care, surgery, and dentistry in his practice.

    Dr. Bartlett has now relocated to Panama City and looking forward to enjoying the Florida sunshine and avoiding the terrible winters in Northern Illinois. He plans on spending his free time kayaking around the Bay area and bonding with Parkway’s wonderful clientele!

    Dr. Bartlett says his favorite thing about being a Veterinarian is being able to help people with their 4-legged fury family members.

    At home, Dr. Bartlett spends a lot of time with his wife and pit bull “Ivy” and hopes to teach “Ivy” to kayak along with him.

  • dr kristy sopkin

    Dr. Kristy Sopkin

    A lifelong Florida resident, Dr. Sopkin developed a career in marine science, researching hurricane impacts with the National Hurricane Center in Miami and the U.S. Geological Survey in St. Petersburg, before deciding to return to college to fulfill her lasting dream of becoming a veterinarian. She is a 2020 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. While pursuing the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, she earned the Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine. Her particular interests in veterinary medicine include primary care, internal medicine, and radiology.

    Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Sopkin enjoys spending time with her cats, tinkering with various hobbies, and visiting Florida’s parks. She is thrilled to be working with the team at Parkway Animal Hospital and to find herself, once again, close to Florida’s beaches!

  • Dr. Stephanie Smith

    Dr. Stephanie Smith

    Dr Stephanie Smith is a small animal veterinarian that strives to provide a stress free visit to the patient and a positive experience to the client. She graduated in 2003 from the University of Florida and has practiced both emergency medicine and preventive health during her career. While her focus is cats and dogs, she will help any species in need, and has even performed surgery underwater on a goldfish.

    Dr Smith has an interest in behavioral medicine and is a Certified Fear Free veterinarian. This additional training helps her make the veterinary visit less stressful for both the patient and the owner. Her interest in behavior started at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Elephants, mandrills, rhinos, and flamingos were the species studied during her projects. The first flamingo born at Animal Kingdom was named Stephanie in her honor.

    Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys travel adventures with her son. The next international trip will be to Australia. In the meantime, you can find them camping at a National Park. Live music is also a hobby and she has been known to travel across the country for a concert. She has a soft spot for opossums and can often be found bottle feeding one in the spring.

    Her other travel companion and hiking buddy is her black and white dog named Orca.

  • Dr. Doretha Jones

    Dr. Jon-Paul Carew

    Dr. Jon-Paul Carew gained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Biology in 1997 at FAU, before graduating from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.

    Dr. Carew completed his clinical year at The University of Georgia. He has been practicing veterinary medicine in Florida since October 2001. Dr Carew has worked at Parkway Animal Hospital since November 2018. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine including surgery and exotic medicine. He has a special interest in pain management and anesthesia. 

    In his free time, Dr. Carew enjoys exploring north Florida’s springs and hiking with his two terriers, Finn and Calypso. 

  • Dr. Mary Gessert

    Dr. Mary Gessert, Dr.

    Dr. Mary Gessert's childhood dream was to become a veterinarian and help animals! She unwaveringly followed that path and, in 1984, earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Purdue University’s College of Medicine.


    After a long veterinary career, she still enjoys working with four-legged family members, promoting wellness and preventive medicine so pets can live long, happy lives. She and her husband are constantly entertained by their menagerie of dogs, cats, horses, and goldfish. 

  • Dr. Ciara Peace

    An Ohio native, Dr. Peace obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at The University of Toledo in 2016 before graduating from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Her clinical year was completed at Iowa State University.

    Dr. Peace has always been passionate about animals and traveling so she oftentimes tries to combine both! During her time in veterinary school she was able to travel around the world to places such as Vietnam, Thailand, South Africa, and Guatemala to help both endangered species as well as domestic animals. So far, she has been able to visit 25 countries and is hoping to get back to traveling internationally soon.

    Excited to be back near marine life and the beaches, Dr. Peace is thrilled to be here at Parkway Animal Hospital and cannot wait to help you and your pets! She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but particularly loves exotic animal medicine, surgery, oncology, and internal medicine.

    In her free time, Dr. Peace will be enjoying the Florida weather and planning the next travel adventure with her fiancé, Dr. Báez. The two of them have four cats, one pomeranian, and one ball python together.

  • Dr. Carlos Baez, Dr.

    Born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Dr. Carlos Báez has always had a passion for animals. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey in 2016 before graduating from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020.

    Dr. Báez completed his clinical year at Iowa State University where he furthered his knowledge in many areas, focusing on small animal general practice, internal medicine, and surgery.

    He is thrilled to be a part of the Parkway team and looking forward to spending his free time on the beach with his fiancé, Dr. Peace and their pomeranian, Bella!

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Your First Visit

No need to be nervous. Here’s what you can expect at your pet’s first visit…

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FAQ

Have a question for us? Check our list of frequently asked questions, or give us a call at 850-763-8387.

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Payment & Insurance

We accept a variety of payment options, including Care Credit. And, we can help you with pet insurance forms.

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Forms

Save time by filling out your forms before you arrive. Use these for your first visit, boarding, grooming, acupuncture, and behavior consults.

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  • Excellent place to bring your pet. Wonderful staff, very knowledgable, peak professionalism, and I could tell they really care.

    Thomas P.

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  • These people are so awesome and so understanding... they are great at what they do and don’t try and overcharge you... it’s a blessing to have them take care of all our babies!!!

    Dustin T.

    Google

  • I love this place! These folks came back strong after the hurricane. The staff is better than ever, everything is modern and clean, and the new vet Dr. Stephanie was terrific! Highly recommend!

    Daniel W

    Google

  • Our baby boy has been having issues with coughing lately and getting worse. We took him to Parkway and even though they are so inconvenienced by the restrictions at this time they showed nothing but kindness snd professionalism. Dr.Jon and the nurses kept us updated by phone on everything that was going on and made us feel like we were there. Thank you for everything Dr. Jon and nurses. Nick is doing better🐾💕

    Rosemarie HK

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  • The staff and doctors here are caring and hard working, plus they keep the costs within reason. For those of us who try to help with strays and rescues, they are a godsend. Thank you for all you do, you all are appreciated.

    Lou C.

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  • They have always treated our canines like family!!!

    Larina W.

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  • The people that work there are great, and very helpful, I tell everyone I know that has a pet, that's where they should go and the prices are reasonable.

    Susan K.

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  • They are the best. I have been bringing my fur babies there for years. Friendly caring staff they treat you and your babies like family.

    Betsy V.

    Facebook

  • The best veterinarian and prices you can afford. You really can't beat this place. They are great with my animals and I won't go anywhere else cause they do care.

    Bridgette F.

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  • Been going to Parkway since 2010 and they are the best around!

    Amanda L.

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  • For years Parkway Animal Hospital has been providing health care for pets in our local community. I want to thank them for opening their doors as soon as they could after Hurricane Michael, albeit, in a smaller office and with limited resources Parkway was there for their furry friends and owners. Like most businesses in Panama City, Parkway was also devastated by Hurricane Michael, however, like most of us Parkway has come back strong! From the moment you enter the door you'll be asking yourself, "Am I in the right place?" Parkway is completely remodeled, it is bright and inviting with more seating in the waiting area and new exam rooms. Friendly and helpful staff as well as service and prices remain the same. So, be sure to check them out!

    Letisia M.

    Google

  • So far this is the best animal hospital I've taken my dog to. The nurses and doctors care so much for any animal warm or cold blooded. They all go well above what they have to do, in order to make sure your pet is healthy and comfortable. My puppy Max loves seeing them.

    Craig T.

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