Our Careteam

Dr. Shelley Michalk
Owner, Veterinarian
Dr. Shelley Michalk has always loved animals, nature, and the outdoors; she’s also a scientist at heart. For her, veterinary medicine was the perfect way for her to satisfy her scientific cravings while spending time around the earth’s creatures on a daily basis—she simply can’t imagine doing anything else! Dr. Michalk is the proud owner and lead veterinarian here at Coit Hedgcoxe Animal Hospital.

Dr. Michalk is originally from San Marcos, Texas, and she attended Texas Tech University to earn her undergraduate degree before gaining early acceptance to Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating as a licensed veterinarian, Dr. Michalk returned home to San Marcos and began working at the very same veterinary clinic that took care of her own family pets while she was growing up.

In August of 2003, Dr. Michalk and her family made the move to Dallas and she signed on as an Associate Veterinarian with Coit Hedgcoxe Animal Hospital. She’s been a member of the practice family ever since! Dr. Michalk loves the relationships she’s formed over the years with her patients and clients; she’s known many pets under her care since they were only tiny puppies and kittens.

Away from the office, Dr. Michalk can be found working in her yard, relaxing at the beach, running—she still holds an unbeaten track-and-field record at Texas Tech University!—and spending time with her own pets at home. She has a Blue Heeler, Gypsy, who comes to work with Dr. Michalk every day, as well as several of Gypsy’s puppies and multiple rescued cats.
Dr. Ákos Hartai
Veterinarian
Dr. Ákos Hartai grew up in Hungary, where he adored spending time in the outdoors, learning about nature, and collecting any creature he could manage to lay his hands on. For as long as he can remember, he’s wanted to better the lives of animals by working as a veterinary professional! Dr. Hartai never gave up on his dream—now, he’s a licensed veterinarian with the Coit Hedgcoxe Animal Hospital team.

Dr. Hartai’s animal-care journey began in his teenage years, when he started volunteering at local pet clinics and working in dog kennels. It wasn’t long before he was performing technician work and assisting veterinarians. Dr. Hartai then attended The University of Texas at Dallas and Texas A&M University for his undergraduate education before earning his DVM degree from St. George University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, complete with a final clinical year at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He has attended post-graduate training at the Chi Institute to study veterinary acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, and body work, and has also completed Parker College of Chiropractic’s animal chiropractic course. In addition, Dr. Hartai has earned his certification from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute’s canine rehabilitation program.

Medically, Dr. Hartai is particularly fond of working with senior-aged dogs and giving them enhanced mobility, comfort, and quality of life. He also enjoys keeping sporting dogs in tip-top shape. Most of all, Dr. Hartai enjoys interacting with his clientele on a daily basis and imparting his knowledge to the area’s loving pet owners.

Outside of his interests in the veterinary world, Dr. Hartai is an avid scuba diver and snorkeler, and also loves photography. Sometimes, he likes to combine these passions and take breathtaking underwater photos! Dr. Hartai lives with his wife, their two young sons, and a pair of loveable dogs: Lily is a Vizsla who came all the way from Hungary after Dr. Hartai graduated from veterinary school, and Sky the Golden retriever is a rescue who insists on someone constantly touching her.
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    • Kari ThompsonKari Thompson

      Shelley Michalk D.V.M. and her staff are AMAZING! I drive all the way from Denton TX. to bring my dogs here. The staff is pleasant and extremely knowledgeable, and my dogs are well taken care of. Thanks for being awesome!

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    • Kate E.Kate E.

      I have taken all my dogs here for over a year. I love the staff, love the care! They listen to me and tell me what I need to hear. Thank you Dr. Shelley... Read More

    • Kathy N.Kathy N.

      This has been the only Vet I have gone to since 1999. I really think they are above and beyond on their ability to care for my pugs. I really think Dr.... Read More

    • Daphne SavedraDaphne Savedra

      Dr. Michalk is very knowledgeable with many years of experience and has a great bedside manner with her clients and their owners! She takes her time to examine, evaluate and assess your fur baby and explains what is or could be going on with your pet. She always throughly explains her plan of care. There are many veterinarians in Texas but only one Dr. Shelley Michalk who gives the best veterinary care!!! This is why me & my mom drive from Austin to Plano...just to receive her expertise and loving veterinary care!!! Thank you Dr. Michalk for all that you do for each of your clients and their owners!��

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    • Karen LeeperKaren Leeper

      Thanks for always being there for any animal need. Could not find a better vet or folks to care for our furry family.

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    • Beverly Smith-GrafBeverly Smith-Graf

      I have worked with several different veterinarians over the years and this, by far, is the best place and has the best people to work for. I love the family environment here and your pet is treated like one of the family, not a number. Dr. Michalk has the most gentle hands and bedside manner. She takes her time and will answer all your questions before you leave. I know my pet is worth that.

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    • Pam HughesPam Hughes

      My dogs and cats don’t go anywhere else but to see Dr Michalk. It’s been over 20 years now and I seriously feel as though we’re all family. Shawna once said about Chad, “he doesn’t speak people. Only animal.” That’s how I feel about the whole staff

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