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Milton FL Veterinarian - Santa Rosa Veterinary Clinic Dr Padgett

Dr Michael Padgett, DVM

Veterinarian, Owner of Santa Rosa Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Michael Padgett grew up in Pleasant Home, Alabama, and was very active in 4-H and FFA along the way. His family ran a farm with timber, cattle, peanuts, and hay. He went to Auburn University and received a B.S. degree in Animal and Dairy Science with a minor in Poultry Science in 1999, before being admitted to Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated with a DVM in 2003.

After graduation, Dr Padgett spent five years practicing in two clinics, working on both large and small animals in Alabama. He made the move to Gulf Breeze, and took on the challenge of Zoo Animal care along with clinical Small Animal/Exotic Animal practice for the next decade. In January of 2019, he purchased Santa Rosa Veterinary Clinic in Milton, bringing with him all the experience gained in his previous positions.

Dr. Padgett routinely performs Orthopedic procedures, such as cruciate ligament repair in dogs, using Arthrex Tightrope Procedure, as well as advanced dental extractions. He has spent many years managing difficult internal medicine cases, including hospitalization and wound management. He routinely sees exotic pets, such as rabbits, snakes, pocket pets, birds, and bearded dragons.

In his spare time, Dr. Padgett likes to go fishing, and still spends time helping his father on the family farm. He has two young boys and a lovely wife, and lives in Gulf Breeze. He is very active in his community, and in the veterinary profession. He is President of the Hickory Shores HOA since 2010, Vice President of the alumni Omega Tau Sigma Veterinary Fraternity at Auburn University, a member of Coast Community Church, and helps in the Made With Love ministry (the church food pantry).

He has one very spoiled dog named Miter, who was a rescue from Pensacola Hotel for Cats and Dogs, along with a cockatoo named Babe (also a rescue) and one orange tabby cat named Oscar(who was a stray).

Milton FL Veterinarian - Santa Rosa Veterinary Clinic Dr Rowley

Dr. Steve Rowley, DVM


Dr. Rowley is originally from West Virginia (Let’s Go Mountaineers!), but grew up outside Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville with a Bachelor of Science in Biology prior to attending the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville. After earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, he practiced large animal medicine and surgery in East Tennessee for one year prior to embarking on a new direction in small animal medicine and surgery.

Dr. Rowley practiced small animal medicine and surgery in East Tennessee until moving to Gulf Breeze in 2016. He worked alongside Dr. Padgett in Gulf Breeze for 3 years. Dr. Rowley then joined Dr. Padgett at Santa Rosa Veterinary Clinic in 2019, and he is excited to be a member of the SRVC veterinary care team.

Dr. Rowley and his wonderful wife Heather are raising three boys, who keep the family busy. The family is a part of Storypoint Church in Gulf Breeze. In their free time, the family enjoys time at the beach, bicycling, swimming, and hiking.

Completing the family is an energetic black Lab named Blaze. Blaze loves to play fetch and be with his family. Over the past few years, the Rowley family has also been busy raising monarch caterpillars until they become butterflies.

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Beth Paulsen

Office Manager

Beth has been with Santa Rosa Veterinary Clinic since January 2019. Prior to becoming an office manager she was a Veterinary Technician and has experience with small animals and exotics. Beth lives in Navarre with her boyfriend and their children that range in age from 7- 16 years old and their 3 big goofy dogs. On the rare occasion that she has free time she enjoys fishing, boating, and being at the beach.

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Veterinary Technician

Taylor joined the Santa Rosa Veterinary Clinic team 9 years ago. With 11 years of experience in the field, she is very knowledgeable on all sorts of animals and really enjoys what she does. Taylor loves to work with exotic animals but is a self-proclaimed cat and bird freak!

She was born in Michigan and grew up with a father in the Navy, causing her to move from place to place when she was younger until her family finally settled down here in Milton. Taylor has one daughter who is extremely funny and adores her endless funny stories. Taylor also shares her home with a former feral cat named Mercy, a Bourke parakeet named Pazuzu, a Cockatiel named Louie and a Senegal parrot named Pickle. She plans on having a lot more birds in the future.

In her spare time Taylor enjoys fishing, going to the river, jeeping, reading and listening to rock-n-roll. She also loves to relax and home and watching True Crime Documentaries. She is a HUGE fan of rainbows despite horror being her favorite genre. Taylor is a huge asset to our team and we love her very much

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Veterinary Technician

Rachel joined the tech team here at SRVC in the beginning of February and has been a local to the Gulf Breeze area her whole life. With adorable 2 dogs in her life-Zac and Burt-it’s no surprise that one of her favorite past times is going to the beach with her pups. She also enjoys reading and helping others. She’s a registered medical assistant, a certified phlebotomist, and worked in a child psychiatric ward for 3 years before joining our team. Rachel has spent her whole life caring for animals, first starting with horses and even riding competitively for 8 years. Rachel’s favorite thing about animal care is getting all of the puppy kisses! We’re grateful for all of her hard work here at SRVC!

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Veterinary Technician

Page joined our team 3 years ago and has been working both reception and the tech side of things here at the clinic. She came from Arkansas but has been a local in this area for the past 18 years.

Page LOVES working here with all of your beautiful pets. Page has two goofy dogs whose names are Akira and Chevy. When asked what her favorite thing about working with animals is, Page responded by saying how lovable they are and that she loves watching them grow.

Her hobbies include aggravating Lacretia at and away from work and going to the beach with her family. Page has 3 beautiful children and is an amazing mother. She loves to laugh and play pranks on everyone at work, but is a big loveable goofball. We couldn’t imagine life here at the clinic without page and love watching her and her family grow.

Milton FL Veterinarian - Santa Rosa Veterinary Clinic - Michelle


Veterinary Technician

Michele has been with SRVC since 1999. She has been a Pace resident all her life. She has a son and a daughter who I’m sure you have seen her working with here at SRVC. She also has 6 grandbabies and 2 great grandbabies. Michele started working as a vet tech because of her love for animals. Since then she has adopted many dogs that has come thru the clinic needing homes. Most days you will find Michele curled up at home with a good book and her fur babies hanging out by her side.

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Veterinary Technician

Lacretia, AKA Nugs has been a part of our team since 2007. She was born and raised here in Pace. She did some traveling for a while with her husband while he was in the Air Force, which included Texas, Alaska and Mississippi. Lacretia came back home to raise her two children and to be around family.

Most of the girls here at the clinic would describe Lacretia as our resident counselor, always willing to help out or lend an ear to listen. Outside of work you will usually find her at the dirt track watching her family race or spending time loving everyone’s kids. She loves low-riders, AKA dachshunds and basset hounds. Most of her animals have come to her through the clinic. Lacretia got into this field because she loves working with animals and making a difference in their lives. She’s an amazing supporter and has a beautiful smile that can light up any room.

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Connie is a receptionist and professional puppy snuggler here at Santa Rosa Veterinary Clinic. Connie has been in Milton for approximately 20 years now, but before coming all this way, Connie spent the first half of her life growing up in Massachusetts.
She has 2 dogs and a cat, all of who are very spoiled and fill the camera roll on her phone!

While she’s spent 23 years of her life working with animals, 20 of those years were spent working in the office of Santa Rosa Veterinary Clinic. Connie’s favorite thing about working with animals is seeing them through their life stages-from puppy hood all the way to their golden years, and loves getting to know them and their people.

As for hobbies and interests, Connie loves plants, photography, reading, motorcycles, and spending time at the river. She is known to be caring and compassionate with all living beings and she loves when clients tell her bad jokes! Connie says she is extremely grateful for all the friendships formed over the years and for the clients who have turned into family.

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Veterinary Technician, Receptionist

Nikki, AKA Knick-Knack! Nikki came from Gulf Shores, Alabama but joined our team in 2016. You may have seen this wonderful woman working the front desk or caring for your animals during one of your visits as she is both a receptionist and a tech. With 9 years of experience in the animal care field, Nikki says her favorite thing about working with animals is no matter how difficult this field may become, they’re still easier than working with humans.

She has some extremely photogenic animals including 3 cats (Lilo, Mittens and Slinky), and 2 dogs (Bubba and Shadow). Some people say Nikki is a walking thought bubble and you never know when she may pop out like a ninja to scare you.

Some of her hobbies include horseback riding, trail riding, and going to the creek. Nikki’s favorite thing in life is being a wife and mom. We love getting to see her adorable family (animals AND humans)! Nikki has been such an asset to our team and we can’t imagine life at the clinic without her!

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Veterinary Technician

Bob has been a veterinary technician since 2019, and joined SRVC in 2021. He was born in San Diego, California, but has lived in Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, and lastly Florida.

He graduated with a B.S. in Biology from The University of West Florida, and attended Pensacola Junior College for his A.A. degree.

Bob is always super excited, especially when working with large dogs and reptiles. He joined the Vet Tech field after being a laboratory analyst for several years. Bob is a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator, and enjoys working with wildlife when time allows. He is also a former Boy Scout and Ice Hockey player/referee.

In his time off, he enjoys gardening, playing computer games, tabletop rpgs, reading, spending time with his wife and 5 pets, and whatever his recent hyper-fixation is.

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Veterinary Technician

Vanessa joined the SRVC team in July after moving to Milton from Jacksonville, FL. She has 3 extremely spoiled children dogs and a bossy cat.

After working as a financial auditor for several years, she decided to make a career change to do something she loves – working with animals all day! Her favorite things to do at work are petting kittens and helping with surgeries. When she’s not at work you can find her trying out a new restaurant in the area or at home playing video games.

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Veterinary Technician

Maddison, AKA Maddi has been a part of our team since 2021. She joined us not knowing the highs and lows that come with the field but has blossomed into a rock star of a technician.

Maddi grew up in Colorado Springs for most of her life and moved to Florida in 2019. She has two amazing dogs and one cat that are her absolute world. Beaux who is a German Shorthair Pointer and Zeus who is a Pit Bull and of course Roscoe the junkyard cat who she rescued from here.

Maddi enjoys painting, fishing (preferably fresh water) and loves to sit for hours with different Lego sets. Maddi is truly a blessing to our team and we wouldn’t trade her for the world.