Dr. Deptula was born overseas in Yokohama, Japan in the U.S. military community. She grew up in Japan surrounded by cats, dogs, birds, pocket pets and horses. Upon high school graduation, she relocated to Columbia, Missouri for college to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Deptula graduated in 1976 with a B.S. in Agriculture / Animal Husbandry and in 1980 a DVM degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She promptly moved to the Tampa Bay region in Florida for the warm weather and beautiful beaches. Dr. Deptula has pursued her love and passion for animals since in a variety of positions in the veterinary profession including small animal / equine private practice, corporate sector practice, small animal emergency work, and shelter medicine / surgery in the humane society / animal control fields. She particularly enjoys practicing preventative and geriatric internal medicine.