Dr. Ellen Fannon - Bayside Hospital for Animals - Fort Walton Beach, FL

Bayside Hospital for Animals

251 Racetrack Rd NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547





Dr. Fannon graduated from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and immediately moved to sunny FloridaIn 1993, she developed the idea for a weekly pet column for the Florida Daily News, which she wrote until 1999, when she and her family moved to Indonesia for a two year assignment with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board.  She has been active in the Miracle Strip Veterinary Medical Society, serving many terms as secretary/treasurer and president. Dr. Fannon was also an associate professor of biological sciences at Okaloosa Walton College (now NW Florida State college) from 1993-1999. she was the first woman veterinarian in the area. She has practiced at Niceville, Friendship, and Bayside  Animal Hospitals (thirty+ years with Dr. Townsend), as well as the Emergency Clinic.  She has forty years of experience in companion animals, exotics, and birds. Dr. Fannon is certified in stem cell therapy for arthritis and canine reproduction techniques. 

Besides veterinary medicine, her second passion is music, and she has been a church pianist/organist for over thirty-five years and has played handbells in the Eglin Chapel handbell choir for fifteen years.

She has raised two guide dog puppies for the blind (seen above) , and she and her husband, Doug, a retired Air Force fighter pilot and now an ordained Baptist minister and church pastor, were foster parents for more than forty children over a ten year period. 

Her first novel, Other People's Children, published in 2017, is a humorous, fictional account of her life as a foster mother. She has also written articles for One Christian Voice and has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul - Life Lessons from the Dog, and Divine Moments- Remembering Christmas Moments. She writes a weekly humor blog on her website and a biweekly online humor blog for the Northwest Florida Daily News. She recently contacted with Open Windows to write a series of devotionals.

She and her husband have two sons, Nathan and Darion.