Many of the same health problems that affect us, including hearing loss, also affect our pets. Fortunately, most pets adapt very well to the disability with a little help from their owners.View Article
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If you've been to Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital, we're sure you've met our senior receptionist, Sarah. Sarah is originally from ND, so she has a fun accent. Just ask her to say anything with an "A" in it. Sarah's fur baby is Ridley Scott, a 4-year-old cattle dog mix. She has a song for Ridley and if you request it, she will sing it on demand. Sarah has always loved animals since she was a little girl and would bring every stray she met home to her mom who had a hard time saying no. Sarah is expecting her first child with her fiance, Danny, but has been a Mother to her step-daughter, Paige, for a year. She truly loves her job, and welcomes our patients and clients like her own family.
Beth lives in Hiawassee, GA with her husband, Bob and their ragdoll family member, Calvin. Beth was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area of Florida - a native Floridian is a rarity! She loves to read, garden, and play the piano. Beth has been with LCAH since 2016 and was thrilled to join the staff because of her great love of animals.
Phil, Veterinary Technician
As a kid, Phil was raised around various animals, eventually falling in love with horses. He worked his way into show jumping and continued on to ride for the United States equestrian team. He eventually grew past the competitive size/weight and decided to pursue a career in the Navy. While in the Navy, Phil learned to be a Corpman and, after earning rank, he applied for U.D.T. or more commonly known as S.E.A.L. training. His training taught him to endure many types of situations. Phil eventually put his efforts into education, learning all he could about veterinary medicine at Bel-Rey Veterinary Institute in Denver, CO. In doing so, he can now educate pet owners to provide optimal care and know they are doing right by their furry friends.
Justin was born in Kennesaw, Georgia, but has lived in Towns County since the fifth grade. All of his family is here in northeast Georgia and he graduated from Towns County High School in 1999. He is happily married to Angela and has two children, Arien and Ayden . They have four dogs, one cat, one lizard, and one pot-belly pig and has loved animals all of his life. Justin has 16 years experience in the veterinary assistant field, with eleven of those years here at LCAH (he has been here since opening day). Justin states about his work, “there is nothing like the feeling that you get when you have made a client smile because Fluffy is going home.” Fishing and hunting are his hobbies outside of work and he loves spending time in the woods camping with the family.
Kristin was born and raised in Murphy, North Carolina and is an only child AND grandchild. She is an alumni of Hiwassee Dam High School class of 2009 and North Carolina State University class of 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a Science Concentration (pre-vet). A unique hobby of her was being a beef cattle showman for the NC State Animal Science club showing Angus heifers at state fair competitions. Since childhood she has always wanted to be a veterinarian and take care of sick and injured animals. She provides excellent nursing skills here at LCAH and has a very calming influence on her patients. She works very hard here keeping every animal comfortable and clean and keeps a very close eye on each and every one staying with us. Kristin also operates as our inventory manager. She has three four-legged furry kids of her own – a Queensland Heeler (Comrade Scoot-Scoot aka Scooter) and two Norwegian Elkhound mix (Ruger & Ammo).
Ciara was born in Warsaw, NY, lived in Blairsville, GA from 1995-97, then moved back to northern NY near the Canadian border until 2005 when she and her parents planted roots permanently in Blairsville. She loves it here in the north Georgia mountains and calls this her home. Cats are her #1 favorite animal with dogs being a close second. She has a sweet feline girl named Rogan, and three other kitties who live with her parents. She is very happy to be a part of LCAH's excellent team!
Nikki was born in Massachusetts, moved to South FL in 1992 and recently made her home here in Hayesville in August of 2016. She has a boyfriend of 6 years, a daughter, a son and one furry child, Will, a 6-year-old French Mastiff. Nikki has been working in veterinary medicine for 17 years and loves everything about it. As she puts it "Where else can you play with pets all day?"
K.C. was born in FL and lived there for 30 years. She moved to Hiawassee, GA in 2016 and fell in love with the mountains. She is a real cat lover - counting them as her favorite animal. Kristin has worked in the veterinarian field for about 10 years.
Judi lives in Hayesville, North Carolina with her husband, Steve, their two part-Maine Coon indoor cats, and two outdoor rescue cats. They also have three grown sons, three daughter-in-laws, and six grandchildren. Judi has been at LCAH since 2012 and has done many things while here, starting out as a kennel assistant, but currently working on the administrative duties of the hospital. You may see Judi sometimes assist with a pet, or help with the grooming, and even at the front desk as a receptionist and answering the phones. Judi helps keep all of us organized. She has worked in children’s dentistry, home schooled her children, as a string instrument music teacher, and as a secretary. She loves to garden and go camping.
Cindy started as the Hospital Manager in February of 2016 after many stops along the journey of life including managing two humane societies and other boarding/animal care facilities, driving a horse and carriage in Denver, CO, retail management, accounting, and various other interesting jobs. She has an Associate of Science Degree in Accounting from North Georgia Technical College.
Cindy is a very meticulous person who is driven by her accomplishments and goals. She is married with five wonderful children ranging in age from 8 to 26 years old. She was born in Ohio and has lived in several states from the West to the East. She has a 10 year old German Wirehaired Pointer- "Scrubz" and 2 cats- "Possum & Teddy." Her passions are her family, horses, other animals, and camping
Susan lives in Hiawassee, Georgia with her hubbie, Hilty, and their two dogs (Brody and Gracie) and two cats (Sachmo and Daisy). They have two grown children, Jon and Jessica, who live in Nashville, Tennessee. Susan and Hilty moved to Hiawassee in 2005 to build a dream animal hospital in a beautiful place. She thinks Hiawassee is about the prettiest place they have ever lived and moving here has been one of the best decisions they have ever made. Susan spends most of her time here at the hospital doing the financial and administrative work. She loves working with the staff and doctors here at LCAH and finds it very rewarding to be part of a team of people whom she says truly love doing what they can to help all animals who enter these doors. Her other favorite things to do are reading a good book, gardening, or going out on the lake in the pontoon boat with Brody, Gracie, and Hilty, of course, and watching the sun go down over the lake. Heavenly!