Meet Our Team
Dr. Norma Haupt
Owner, Operator, and Veterinarian
Dr. Norma Haupt is the owner and operator of Animal Wellness Center. She earned her D.V.M. at the University of Florida in 1989; she also holds an M.A. from Seton Hall University and a B.A. from Hofstra U. She was a social worker for fourteen years in Newark, NJ, before embarking on her veterinary career. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and now teaches animal acupuncture at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick. Dr. Norma’s background includes canine rehabilitation, as well as teaching police officers to protect their drug detection dogs from an accidental overdose. Always learning, she is currently working on certification in food therapy. A board member at St. Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center, she was co-owner of Animal House Calls from 1993-2007 and before that worked at Moultrie Animal Hospital and Lawndale Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Norma has four children; she and her husband enjoy tandem bicycling and share their home with two dogs and one cat.
Dr. Julie Peerson
Dr. Peerson graduated from UGA in 1991 and practiced mixed animal medicine and surgery in rural South Georgia before moving to Live Oak and opening her own small animal practice. After deciding to slow the pace of her life, and falling in love with St. Augustine, she sold her business and retired to the beach! Full-time retirement got a little boring, and she is happy to have found a home at Animal Wellness Center. Dr. Peerson enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, Blain. In her free time, Dr. Peerson loves working out, riding her bicycle, and hiking.
Bio coming soon!