Dr. Tonia Shatzel (Dr. T) graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She took a few years off to focus on raising her daughter, Turner. In January of 2013, she began the process of creating 30A Vet, providing mobile veterinary services while the hospital was being built. Dr. T attends many continuing education seminars and courses a year to ensure she has the most up-to-date knowledge to care for your pets. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including YOLO boarding in the bayou and in the gulf, beach sitting, and volunteering at Alaqua Animal Refuge.
Dr. Mario Obstbaum is an associate vet at 30a Vet.
Dr. Mario Obstbaum studied with his wife, Dr. Dana Harman at the University of Florida. Together, they owned a practice in Boca Raton, Florida, until they sold it in 2014. The last several years of the practice, Dr. Obstbaum took his passion for dentistry to a higher level, taking extensive continuing education classes, wet labs and seminars under one of the top veterinary dental specialists in the world, Dr. Brett Beckman, with Atlanta Veterinary Dentistry Specialist. His passion for dentistry works seamlessly with our goal of excellent dental prophylaxis and care.
Dr. Obstbaum grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay. As a young child he saw a dog walking across the street that was limping. He told his Mother, “there should be a doctor that could take care of that.” His mother replied, “there are, they are called veterinarians.”
That moment set the stage for the career path he would follow. Dr. “O” graduated with honors from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. While in school he met his wife, Dr. Dana Harman, and together they owned Companion Animal Hospital in Boca Raton Florida for twenty three years.
Fourteen years ago they took a trip to the beaches of south Walton, looking for fantastic sunsets and the perfect beach for their two golden retrievers. They purchased a home in Seagrove and after the sale of their animal hospital decided to follow their dreams and live here year round.
While practicing in Boca Raton, Dr. O took a special interest in small animal dentistry. In 2009 he began taking courses with board certified veterinary dentists so he could better care for the needs of his patients. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. He enjoys making his patients feel better and explaining to their owners the importance of pet oral health.
Chelcie is our Practice Manager here at 30A Vet.
She started here with us in June of 2015. She graduated from Indiana Tech in 2013 with a degree in Accounting, but realized that sitting in an office all day wasn’t for her. She is lucky enough be able to use her education here at 30A Vet, while enjoying animals at the same time! She is originally from Michigan, and moved to the area in 2012. Chelcie has worked in veterinary clinics for about 3 years. She lives in Santa Rosa Beach with her gentle giant, Duke. In her free time, Chelcie enjoys reading and taking her dog for walks.
Alicia joined our team in January 2017, moving from Anchorage, Alaska in search of warm weather and a pretty beach. She started her career in the Veterinary field in August 2009 as a kennel technician, working her way up to Veterinary Technician. After spending 7 years in the field, Alicia took (and passed!) the Veterinary Technician National Exam, granting licensure in Alaska. In the future, Alicia aspires to work at a wildlife rehabilitation center, preferably in South Africa or Southeast Asia. Her hobbies include beach/water activities, hiking, and playing video games. She lives in Destin with her boyfriend and their fur baby, Porter.
Ellie is one of our technicians at 30A Vet. She is originally from Birmingham, AL where she started working with animals at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society 10 years ago. She worked as a veterinary technician at Hope Animal Clinic for about a year and a half before deciding to relocate to Santa Rosa Beach with her boyfriend and their two pups, Marley and Jaxx. She is an animal lover at heart but will be starting school to get a degree in the criminology field as a Forensic Science Technician. In her free time, Ellie enjoys bike riding and spending time at the beach or lake with friends and family.