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Meet Our Team

At Coastal Sunrise Animal Hospital we strive for a warm and friendly relationship with you and your pet. This page highlights the staff - our training, experience, and dedication to veterinary medicine.


  • Dr.
    Walter R. Gandy
    DVM
    Doctor Owner

    Dr. Walter Gandy  is a 21 year veteran of the U.S. Army who faithfully served tours as an officer in both Kosovo and Iraq. After his service, he followed his dream of animal medical care by graduating from one of the nation’s premier Veterinary colleges at Louisiana State University. Walter has many family ties to Pensacola and has spent much time here in the Pensacola area over several decades.

    See more about Dr. Gandy when he was featured by Nationwide Insurance while he was in Veterinary School at LSU. nationwidedvm.com/lsus-walt-gandy

  • Lesley Gandy
    CVT/RVT, BS

    Lesley Gandy is a certified veterinary technician in Florida and a registered veterinary technician in Louisiana.  She studied at Baton Rouge Community College and did her clinicals at Louisana State University.   She also has Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Maryland Heidelberg, Germany campus.  She also worked as a technician at LSU in the exotics department, internal medicine, rehabilitation department and large animal reception.  She has enjoyed owning a farm in the past where she and her husband raised sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, rabbits, fish, and of course dogs and cats. She is presently a mother of 4 grown children and grandmother to 5.

  • Jessica Scheper
    Practice Administrator

    Jessica is a native of Virginia Beach, VA and was also a resident of the New Orleans area for 10 years. She has worked as a stable manager at a Hunter/Jumper Equestrian Facility and as a Veterinary Technician at Ark Animal Hospital on the east bank of New Orleans. Jessica has been a resident of the Pensacola area off and on since 1995. She has traveled to different areas due to her husband, Eddie being a Marine Corps veteran. Jessica has a husband of 20 years, Eddie,  a son, Edward, and a daughter, Lauralai. At home they have an  African Grey parrot named Chipper, a blue merle rat terrier named Sadie, a maltese mix named April, 14 chickens, a duck and lots of fresh and saltwater fish. Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and pets. She has a huge passion for horses and motorcycles and tries to ride as often as possible.

  • Michelle Williams
    Lead Veterinary Nurse

    Michelle was born in Pennsauken, New Jersey and was the only girl of four children. Her family moved to West Palm Beach, FL when she was 13 years old. She became a veterinary technician after graduating high school in 2002 and moved to Pensacola in 2008. Her areas of interest in veterinary medicine are surgery and radiology. Her personal interests are hockey, running, and being outdoors with her young son, Lucas, and their new puppy, Finley (AKA Shark Fin).

  • Payden Bynog
    Veterinary Nurse

    Payden is originally from Bunkie, Louisiana and moved to Pensacola in May of 2016. She graduated from Louisiana State University with her Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. In high school, she worked as a hired hand for a family friend and mainly worked with horses. Payden then started working with dogs and cats at a pet hotel in Greenwood, Louisiana for two and a half years and absolutley loved it. She has a passion for working with animals big and small and is so happy with what she is doing. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies, riding horses, driving

  • Kaitlyn Leopard
    Client Service Representative

    Kaitlyn Leopard was born and raised in Gulf Breeze, FL. After graduating from Gulf Breeze High School she soon moved out to Pensacola. She worked as an Assistant Manager at Zaxby's for four years and as a General Manager for 1 year before deciding to switch occupations. Since getting engaged in May of 2018 she sought out a new career. She is very excited to now be a part of the Coastal Sunrise Animal Hospital team as a receptionist. Her interests are hanging out with family, going to the beach and hiking with her two dogs Hendrix and Niko.

  • Sophia Oliva
    Kennel Technician & Technician Assistant

    Sophia was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. She was recruited by The University of West Florida Women’s Swim and Dive Team and moved up to Pensacola in 2014. While competing at the collegiate level all four years she also earned her Bachelors in International Business with a Minor in Biology. Sophia worked prior with a mobile Veterinarian in Ft. Lauderdale, had worked at a few equine rescues, and recently completed a zookeeper internship at Gulf Breeze Zoo. She loves working with all kinds of animals and has always had a passion to become a veterinarian herself and is still aspiring to do so. Her hobbies include reading, movies, fashion, cooking, and traveling.

  • Val Mullins
    Pet Stylist

    Bio coming soon...