About Us

Get to know our experienced veterinary team.

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Dr. Whited and Dr. Manuel are proud that Forgotten Coast Animal Hospital is locally owned and operated, and they look forward to being active members of the Wakulla community and treating everyone and their pets as valued members of their family.

Julia Whited, DVM

Julia Whited, DVM

Veterinarian / Owner

Dr. Julia Whited Gerrell was born in Thomasville, Georgia. Her family relocated to Wakulla County in 1994. The Wakulla High School graduate received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in animal science with a minor in agribusiness. She earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University in Auburn, Alabama in 2013. Always planning on returning home to practice, that’s exactly what she did. After practicing locally in Crawfordville for seven years, Dr. Whited was ready to make the dream of owning her own practice a reality. She started Forgotten Coast Animal Hospital with Dr. Cassandra Manuel in the summer of 2020. Her goal is to continue to bring exceptional veterinary care to her local and surrounding communities.

Dr. Whited’s professional interests include internal medicine, feline medicine with a special interest in Cytauxzoon felis infection, preventive care, and soft tissue surgery. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two energetic young sons. They especially enjoy spending time on the Wakulla River, fishing, floating, and simply relaxing.

2019 was especially hard for Dr. Whited, having had to say goodbye to three of her beloved animals: Tater, a 14-year-old Bulldog mix; Skinny, a 15-year-old Domestic Shorthair; and Ginger, the 34-year-old Quarterhorse she learned to ride and show with. She still has a house full of four-legged family members with Dixie, a shepherd mix who was a “foster failure” as a puppy; Lady, a sassy calico; and South, a rescued Thoroughbred gelding.

Cassandra Manuel, DVM

Cassandra Manuel, DVM

Veterinarian / Owner

Dr. Cassandra Manuel was born and raised in Sanford, North Carolina. She attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, earning bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and biology. She stayed on at NC State to attend veterinary school and graduated with her veterinary degree in 2011. Since graduation, she has worked in mixed animal practice and small animal practice in Florida’s Big Bend. Dr. Manuel and her family moved to Wakulla County in 2017, and they love the small-town atmosphere and the nature activities the area provides. In 2020, Dr. Manuel and Dr. Whited decided to act on their dream to start Forgotten Coast Animal Hospital to provide quality and compassionate veterinary care to Crawfordville and the surrounding communities.

Dr. Manuel’s professional interests include clinical pathology and cytology, dentistry, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. She enjoys volunteering for the PAWS of Wakulla local charity and providing veterinary services to the Tallahassee Museum. In her free time, Dr. Manuel enjoys relaxing with her husband and two daughters and spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding. Dr. Manuel and her family have two dogs—a goofy Great Dane mix she adopted during vet school named Goose and a quirky Australian Shepherd named Roo—as well as a lovable rescued tuxedo cat named Scully.