The Southern Breeze Healthcare team look forward to working with you as your family healthcare provider. Our goal is to have a provider/patient relationship where the lines of communication are open, where your medical care is accessible and cost effective, and where it is all about you.
Gary Bullard has been a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) since he graduated Cum Laude from Kettering College of Medical Arts, Kettering, Ohio, in 1997. Throughout his 20+ years as a PA, he has worked throughout the United States as his wife fulfilled her Air Force commitments. He has held licenses in Alabama, Ohio, Wyoming, Illinois, and Colorado, and maintains active licenses in Florida and North Carolina. His travels have provided opportunities to work for the Air Force, Navy and Army as well as civilian medical practices and nursing homes. He has developed expertise in: Family Medicine (Primary Care), Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Allergy, Immunology, Pulmonology, Endocrinology and Orthopedics. Gary’s patient population has ranged from newborn to geriatric and he enjoys taking care of the entire family and building a trusting relationship with the patients.
PA Bullard is a nationally certified PA with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and maintains Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PAL) certifications.
Gary made his home in Niceville, FL in 2009, and opened Southern Breeze Healthcare in November 2018. He opened his own practice with the goals of providing excellent healthcare, have a family-oriented practice and to give back to his community.
Kathleen Kanani Esserman is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is passionate about pediatrics and women’s health and draws on her previous experience as an OB/GYN nurse to support and partner with her patients. She has a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of South Alabama, and Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa) and in History (Loyola Marymount University). Kanani received the prestigious Robert Woods Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholar Award and was named to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
As a Native Hawaiian and former Peace Corps Volunteer who has lived in Micronesia, Asia, and Europe, Kanani loves working with patients from different backgrounds. Her goal is to develop relationships with her patients; she loves being able to take care of the whole family, from newborns to grandparents, and treat them like ‘ohana (Hawaiian for family)! She lives in Niceville with her husband and two daughters.
Rhonda is PA Gary Bullard's nurse and a great addition to our team. She has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of settings, and she has a special interest in allergy treatments. Rhonda loves working with children in particular.
Amarissa is NP Esserman's medical assistant. She has experience in injections and technical aspects of the medical field. Beyond that, Amarissa is committed to caring for patients and improving their quality of life.
Sandy, our biller, is passionate about advocating for patients. Drawing on over 20 years of experience, she is dedicated to patient's rights and equitable care.