At a young age I knew I wanted to either be a veterinarian or a pro golfer. I decided to go the medical route and volunteered at animal hospitals during high school. In 1985, I received my undergraduate degree from Auburn University. I received my doctorate from the University of Florida in 1989. My wife, Karen, and I then moved to Atlanta and I joined a private practice where I focused on surgery and diagnostics for three years. After moving to Woodstock, we decided this was a nice place to raise a family. We opened our practice in 1992 and have been caring for the pets in this area ever since.
We have three children (Courtney, Ty, and Jessie) and two grandchildren (Ava and Delilah). We have one dog named Mocha. She is a loving, but energetic dog that sometimes drives us crazy. Our cat, "Boo", makes it clear that she is the boss.
Since opening the clinic, five of our family pets have died of old age. Our golden retriever, Alex, and Japanese Chin, Mo, were the best pets anyone could ask for. Blackjack was a feisty Jack Russell Terrier. Our cats, Putter and Caddy, are also greatly missed. I know what it is like to lose a pet, especially when they become such important parts of the family. The sadness is only softened by the memories of companionship and unconditional love that a pet provides
In my spare time, I am usually with my family at a sporting event or I am on the golf course. The community support for my animal hospital has been overwhelming and I will always be appreciative. We give back to our community by offering individual clinic tours to students interested in the Veterinary Field.
My greatest joy as a veterinarian is developing relationships with families by caring for their beloved pets. I strive to be a “great” veterinarian in every capacity. My areas of interest include surgery, dentistry, dermatology, ophthalmology, oncology, and caring for cats and dogs in all life stages.
A lifelong member of the Bulldog Nation, I obtained both undergraduate and veterinary degrees from the University of Georgia. During my time as a student, I was a campus leader in several agricultural and veterinary organizations including AGHON, the Veterinary Business Management Association, and the Student Chapter of the AVMA. In addition to my campus involvement, I completed two internships in Washington, DC focusing on advocacy. Over the years, I have routinely conducted presentations to school groups, pet-owners, students, and 4H and FFA.
My husband Dr. Zach Daniel and I live in Acworth. Outside of work, I serve as President of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Foundation, volunteer with local service organizations, and enjoy catching fish and cooking for others.
I grew up in Florida, having moved around a lot because of my father's job as a hospital administrator. At an early age I knew I wanted to work with animals, although that train was almost derailed when I saw a large animal veterinarian have his arm up one of his aunt's horse's rear. But despite this, my interest in veterinary medicine persisted, and when my family moved to Macon, Ga, I started to work at my family veterinarian's office as a kennel helper. Ultimately I went to the University of Georgia where I got my undergraduate degree, and was then accepted to the veterinary school at UGA. After graduating from veterinary school in 2004, I completed a one year residency at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Sandy Springs.
I then began my own relief veterinary practice, and have been helping Dr. Cohen out since 2006. I travel all over the greater Atlanta area, and have now expanded into the state of Florida with the hopes of adding licenses in other states in the future. Over the years, I have developed an interest in emergency medicine, internal medicine and neurology.
You can usually see me at Animal Hospital of West Woodstock on Fridays and alternating Tuesdays and Saturdays.