Meet The Team

Since 1982, we have provided our friends residing in our coastal communities with upfront, friendly, and honest services while maintaining a professional attitude, provided by a trained staff and experienced veterinarians.

Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic is a full service veterinary medical facility, located in Eastpoint, FL. Drs. Northrop, Howton, and Lyon and their supporting staff seek to provide the best possible medical, surgical. reproductive, and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventive health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Eastpoint, FL and surrounding areas. Dr. Fulmer, the original owner, performed veterinary laser surgery on pets since 2000 and diagnostic veterinary ultrasound since 2001. He was the first doctor in North Florida to utilize a surgical laser. The clinic has strived to provide the most up-to-date technology and procedures ever since. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

Dr. Grayson Wallace Northrop, DVM Dipl. ACT

Owner and Veterinarian

Grayson Wallace Northrop DVM Dipl. ACT:

Dr. Grayson Wallace Northrop grew up in Charleston, SC. She graduated with honors from both Washington & Lee University (BS, 2008) and University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, 2012).

Dr. Northrop completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center, before working as an associate at Ballston Animal Hospital. She later left to pursue a Residency in Small Animal Genetics, Pediatrics, & Reproduction at the University of Pennsylvania. She is now a boarded Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, which means she is a licensed specialist in canine & feline reproduction. Additionally, Dr. Northrop is a residency-trained specialist in breed-related diseases & genetics, neonatology, and pediatrics. On the opposite end of the spectrum, she also has strong interests in veterinary acupuncture, oncology, and geriatric medicine.

In her spare time, Dr. Wallace enjoys exploring the Gulf Coast, running, and hiking with her pups. She has bred and raised English Toy Spaniels and fosters for Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescue. Dr. Northrop lives with her husband in Apala

Dr. Regina Howton, D.V.M.


Dr. Regina Howton graduated from The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. However, becoming a veterinarian was her second career with her first being a Certified Public Accountant. She enjoyed accounting but never felt it was her "calling". After about 8 years of working as a CPA, with the support of her wonderful husband, she decided to become a veterinarian. After completion of vet school, she and David moved to Canton, GA, where she began her new career as a veterinarian and has never regretted her decision since. Dr. Howton is also certified in performing Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM) and Percussion therapy for dogs and cats, both alternative therapies to help with certain disease processes or as preventative/supportive therapy for your athletic pets (please call the clinic for additional information).

Dr. Howton and David currently live with their 4-legged kids, Rowdy, Nick, Pippin and Piper, which is a long way from the 16 they owned in 2005. They have had a lot of tough losses over the years but both remain firm believers that pets make the world go round. When you lose one it is so very difficult but you have to try to remember the years of selfless genuine love and happiness they gave to you. They both enjoy watching Nascar racing, the Atlanta Braves and college football (Roll Tide!) and, of course, spending time with their 4-legged kids.

Dr. Victoria Lyon, D.V.M


Dr. Victoria Lyon (DVM ’82) attended Floyd Junior College (now Georgia Highlands College) beginning at the age of 17, having skipped her senior year of high school. She graduated summa cum laude from Berry College in Georgia, where she earned her B.S. degree with a biology major and animal science minor. A member of Alpha Chi national honor society and recipient of the Dana Scholarship, Dr. Lyon was a founding member of the pre-vet club at Berry College. Dr. Lyon earned her D.V.M. degree at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with honors as an inductee into Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. While at UGA, Dr. Lyon was a member and officer of Omega Tau Sigma veterinary fraternity, and served as secretary/treasurer of her graduating class.

Upon graduation she entered small animal practice, but quickly found herself working as a bovine and equine veterinarian in the livestock industry, actively participating in the early days of artificial insemination and embryo transfer. Dr. Lyon was with Airport Veterinary Clinic in Destin from 1993 to 2022 and has served on the Board of Directors of the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Okaloosa-Walton County since 2016. She is a member of Fellowship Baptist Church of Carrabelle, Florida, and is happily married to retired contractor and realtor, Grady Crank. Between them they have five adult sons, and they reside in Carrabelle with two Bengal cats, Selah and Josiah, who generously allow them to cater to their every whim.

Michael Northrop

Owner and Practice Manager

Michael Northrop was born and raised in Albany, Ga. He graduated from Kennesaw State University with degrees in both History and Philosophy. He worked for the better part of a decade in politics in Washington D.C. While wearing many hats in that capacity, he spent most of that time as a Congressional Staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before his retirement from Federal service and politics, you could have caught Michael on national TV as one of a handful of Congressional Staffers who were allowed on the House of Representatives' Floor during votes.

Before purchasing Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic with his wife, Dr. Northrop, he completed a graduate program for Healthcare Management at Cornell University. Michael has always had a passion for animals and has owned and cared for everything from canines, felines, equines, avians, reptiles, and aquatics. You can probably find Michael working in the yard, listening to live music, or tinkering with technology as he builds his own computers. His family visited the gulf coast frequently when he was growing up and is now thrilled to be living full-time in Apalachicola.


Veterinary Technician

Emily joined our team in February of 2022. She previously worked at a mixed animal practice in Tennessee with a focus on canine reproduction. Her passions circulate around canine reproduction, heart-worm disease/prevention, and putting blankets on animals that need extra snuggles! She is currently enrolled in a distance learning program advancing her veterinary medicine knowledge, and is actively pursuing a certification to become a Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician.

Emily is a relative mentor to pet parents of all kinds! She has two hedgehogs, a chinchilla, two cats (one with special needs), her three dogs, and a partridge in a Pear tree! (Kidding about the last one) Emily is Fear Free certified, and Recover BLS certified, and working towards expanding her knowledge when it comes to animal nutrition, and canine dermatitis!


Veterinary Technician

April joined our team in October of 2014. She has experienced every position in the clinic and has a wealth of knowledge to utilize when caring for her patients. April believes in pet vaccination, routine blood testing, as well as full time flea & heartworm prevention.

While April loves working with all of the animals that come through our doors, she also loves working with our clients. Helping our clients understand the potentially complicated conditions impacting their pets is April's passion. April's favorite part of being in the Veterinary field is the variety of personalities that she gets to meet on a daily basis, whether it be animal or human!

In her spare time April enjoys traveling, anything historical or haunted, antiquing, and volunteering for charities and events. She lives in Eastpoint and shares her home with her dogs Panda, Daisy, and Nate.


Veterinary Technician

Sue is originally from Illinois. She loves all pets and has had them since birth. Her first job at age 16 was at Arlington Park Racetrack as a hotwalker. After high school, Sue went to Meredith Manor in West Virginia. There she earned a Riding Masters III and majored in teaching. Sue then moved to Florida and worked for Imperial Point Animal Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.

Later in life, Sue moved to Pennsylvania where she purchased her first horse that she rode since she was 13 years old. She continued to have more horses in addition to English Bull Terriers, Turkeys, Chickens, and even pigs!

Sue loves being part of the ABAC family and finds immense satisfaction when a sick animal comes in feeling poorly and later goes home with spunk, a sparkle in their eye, and a prance in their step.


Receptionist and Veterinary Technician

Bri started volunteering at the local animal shelter when she was 15-16 years old and continued for many years. Bri shipped out for the Army shortly after she graduated. She served for two years before being honorably discharged due to an injury and returning home. Bri joined our team January of 2020 as a part time kennel assistant. As of March 2020, she went full time as a veterinarian technician. She has loved all animals since she was a child and always had a variety of pets. Currently she shares a home with 4 cats: Monty, Nova, Mulder, and Percy.



Jane Robison was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, where she worked for Prudential Life Insurance Company for 10 years in the Death and Disability Claims Department. After moving to Carrabelle in 1978, she went to work for Gulf State Community Banks. Jane worked in every department of the Bank, but was primarily a lending officer, until the Bank was acquired by Centennial Bank. She then went to work for Centennial Bank in the Special Assets Department. After leaving Centennial Bank, she went to work for Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic in January 2020, as a receptionist.

Jane has had a love of animals all her life and has never been without a Pet, whether it was a turtle out of the local ditch or a stray dog found along the side of the road. She now has one very large Lab Mix, acquired through the Humane Society, and several cats, which were found as kittens in her yard.


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