Our Veterinarians

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
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.

    • Kristen D.Kristen D.

      Dr. Michalk has been our go to vet for 8 years now and we won't go anywhere else. She has such a calm and kind demeanor when interacting with clients and... Read More

    • 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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    • Bethany Howard JoyceBethany Howard Joyce

      I love this place!! Dr. Michalk always takes such great care of my small zoo! The Kennel staff spoils my dogs and the receptionists are always so warm and friendly! Such a family vibe!! ��

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    • Antonia GardnerAntonia Gardner

      awesome staff, so compassionate and true animal lovers. Dr. Michalk is amazing best Vet ever, Chad her Vet tech is absolutely fabulous!!!

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    • 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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    • Andrea FreyderAndrea Freyder

      Been bringing our pets here for years. It is wonderful

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    • Laura w.Laura w.

      Dr. Michaulk and the excellent care team of techs always do such a wonderful job. They remember me, my pets, and they go all out to make sure they explain... Read More