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.

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 clinical at Louisana State University. She also has a 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 a grandmother to 5.


Customer Service Representative/ Kennel Technician

Auburn was born and raised in Arizona. She grew up as an active participant in 4-H and FFA raising and showing livestock, track and field, swim, and softball. She also participated in the University of Arizona Rodeo Team for Break Away and Barrel racing. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Technology Management with an emphasis in animal science education and a Masters of Science in Agricultural Technology Management with an emphasis in animal science education more specifically the ruminant digestive system of beef cattle nutrition from the University of Arizona.

She moved to Florida in the summer of 2020 with 2 horses, 2 dogs, 1 ball python, and too many chickens. Her hobbies include rodeo, fishing, running, working out, and cooking.


Veterinary Technician

Cerys was born in North Carolina and traveled as a military child for her whole childhood. She is completing her bachelor’s degree in Biomedicine at Troy University currently, with aspirations of becoming a Veterinarian in the future. She has two rescue dogs named Nala and Gypsy.


Kennel Technician

Hannah is a college student spending her down time learning about veterinary medicine. Her favorite parts of the job are directing playgroup and helping patients relax during their visit while interacting with them. She has a cat named Breadcrumb and enjoys teaching him tricks like sitting and shaking his paw.


Client Services Representative

Jessica was born in Beaufort, South Carolina and raised here in Pensacola, Florida. She is currently a student at Pensacola State College to become a dental hygienist. She has a German Shepherd named Maverick, a black lab mix named Hershey and a Leopard gecko named Norbert.


Kennel Technician

Jessica was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She moved to Pensacola in 2010 to attend the University of West Florida. After graduating from UWF in 2016 with a B.S. in Marine Biology, she traveled through Europe for 3 months. She is currently in school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She grew up with cats, a Rottweiler named Maddy, fish, a rabbit, a snake, and hamsters. She currently has 2 cats, that she refers to as her “children.” Her hobbies include traveling, going to the beach, and reading.


Veterinary Technician

Kaitlyn 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. She started working at Coastal Sunrise Animal Hospital the summer of 2018 as a receptionist. Since coming back from maternity leave in Oct. 2020, she is now working as a veterinary technician. Her interests are hanging out with family, going to the beach, and hiking with her two dogs Hendrix and Niko.


Veterinary Technician

Nice to meet you! I’m Kaylie. I am graduating from Pensacola State College and will soon obtain a Certified Veterinary Technician license in the state of Florida. I have always enjoyed being around animals—from helping at shelters, horse rescues, pig rescues, and zoos, to now working in a veterinary hospital. I aspire to become a veterinarian, and I am completing an undergraduate degree at the University of West Florida. I enjoy learning more about medicine every day, and cardiology and zoo medicine are special interests of mine. When I’m not “in the books,” I enjoy visiting local springs and taking my dogs and ferrets on nature hikes. If you get to know me, you will find out that I love ferrets, small dogs, and Star Wars!


Customer Services Representative

Melody grew up indulging in the three R’s: Riding, Rescuing, and Recess. Before animal rescue became as common as it is nowadays, she would drag home all kinds of creatures in need. Her mom just quietly shook her head and resigned herself when young Melody would proclaim “I’m going to find him a new home” (which she would). She Joined us at Coastal Sunrise Animal Hospital in September of 2019 as a veterinary Technician, after spending time working at North Bay Animal Hospital in Panama City Florida, weathering Hurricane Michael and the aftermath. After working as a veterinary technician, she made the decision to transition to a receptionist, which was a natural move for Melody, although she did spend some time as a receiving clerk as well as a licensed nail tech in her past. She has since traded horses for “hogs” and on any given lovely Sunday, you will find Melody rockin’ down the road on one of her motorcycles with boyfriend Thor cruising right alongside. Mom of 1, Grandma of 5, she still has plenty of time and heart for her two boxers, Harlee and Piper.


Head Veterinary Technician

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, diagnostics, and radiology. Her personal interests are hockey, running, camping, kayaking and generally just being outdoors with her husband Roy and four children, Seth, Hazel, Corben, and Lucas, and their dogs Finley and Calliope.

Val Mullins

Pet Stylist

Val Mullins started her career in the animal industry in 1984 going to work for Dr. James Scott at Arctic Animal hospital in Anchorage Alaska where she was employed as a kennel technician. Finding that she had an affinity working with animals she continued in the veterinary industry and went to work in 1987 for Dr. Michael T. McCreight in Seminole Oklahoma at the Seminole Veterinary Hospital. It was while working for Dr. McCreight that she began what was to be a long grooming career which started out working with the animals that were difficult or had been refused at regular grooming facilities. Upon meeting her husband, she moved to Pensacola and in 2004 she solely worked as a professional pet groomer. With nearly 30 years of pet grooming experience and a background knowledgable in veterinary services and care.


Veterinary Technician

Victoria was born in Michigan and joined the military in 2012. After serving 5 years in the Navy as a Corpsman (Medic), she got out and received her bachelor’s in Health Science. She is now pursuing her veterinary technician degree in hopes of becoming a veterinarian one day. She has a daughter, 5 dogs, and 2 cats.