Gulf Coast Scratching Post

Specialized veterinary care for your cat!


About Us


Dr. Norrell


Dr. Norrell grew up in Central Illinois. She received her first Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois; a second Bachelor's degree in veterinary medicine and her DVM from the University of Illinois. After graduation, she practiced emergency and crictical care in South Florida.  She returned to Illinois in 2009 for a position as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the U of I College of Veterinary Medicine where she developed and implemented their primary care program before opening her own private practice in Urbana, Illinois. She recently moved back to South Florida to begin work on a state of the art CATS ONLY hospital. She has a special interest in feline internal medicine, endocrinology, emergency and critical care as well as the One Health Initiative.  As a member of the AAFP Cat Friendly Practice Advisory Council, Dr. Norrell has been recognized as a veterinarian who has expertise in finding clues through a thorough medical history and physical examination and understands that many behavior problems are a consequence of feline stress or illness. 


Tim Norrell

Tim is Dr. Norrell's husband and co-owner of the practice.  He is an animal lover and supports the cat friendly mission.  You will see Tim working in many capacities at the practice from assisting in care and treatment to management duties.  Tim has a strong medical background and has served as an EMT in Sarasota county.  


Jo Fogarty - Technician

Jo has been working in the veterinary field for almost 15 years.  She has always had a strong connection with cats and a special interest in feline medicine and behavior modification.  She is extremely skilled in feline friendly handling.  When not at work, Jo can be found outside in her Jeep or skating in the park.  Jo shares her home with her husband and eleven rescue cats.