Our Veterinarians

Dr. Alfred Marshall

Veterinarian

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Dr. Alfred Marshall, a 1971 Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate, lives on a small horse farm in Clay county NC with his lovely wife Laurie. He and Laurie have children and grandchildren in Florida & in Clayton, GA. Dr. Marshall sold his 30 year busy practice in Largo, Florida, and moved to western North Carolina with the intent to retire. While in Florida Laurie and their daughter successfully competed in AQHA and 4H shows. Dr. Marshall and Laurie also bred and exhibited miniature schnauzers. Laurie led the male to his AKC Championship. They now have a pair of Belgian Teruverns and several horses.

We were very fortunate to lure him out of retirement to serve as our surgeon-in-residence and he serves as our main relief veterinarian. Dr. Marshall is an experienced surgeon and enjoys the full range of general surgery, i.e., anal sac removals, orthopedic procedures, and ear trims for show dogs. In addition, Dr. Marshall has made it possible for us to help the many rescue groups in the area meet their needs by providing a reduced-cost spay/neuter service that is operated on a routine basis.

Dr. Will Patterson

Veterinarian

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Dr. Will Patterson was born and raised in Blue Ridge, GA and is beyond excited to become a new associate veterinarian at Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital. He is proud to be a “double-dawg,” earning both his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the University of Georgia and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, GA. Dr. Patterson finished his Bachelor’s degree in just three years before starting veterinary school, graduating recently in May 2020. Following graduation Dr. Patterson knew that the Georgia mountains was where he wanted to be so he packed up and moved back home to Blue Ridge.

While in school, Dr. Patterson had a diverse and comprehensive education where he was able to learn and practice both large and small animal medicine. It was during this training that he developed an affinity for small animal practice as it allowed him to be more interactive with clients and their furry family members. Dr. Patterson’s special interests within the veterinary field include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and preventative medicine. He practiced in several small animal practices in North Georgia during high school, college, and veterinary school and looks forward to serving his clients and patients as a veterinarian at Lake Chatuge.

Dr. Patterson’s hobbies and interests outside of veterinary medicine include bee-keeping, renovating his home, traveling, and most notably Georgia football. Any Saturday in the fall that you don’t see Dr. Patterson at the clinic, he can most likely be found watching his Dawgs play! Dr. Patterson lives in Blue Ridge with his fiancé, Grace, and their three four-legged children: Nate, a Border Collie, Buster, an Australian Shepherd, and Susan, their crotchety old cat.

Dr. Jim McClearen

Veterinarian

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Jim and Laurie McClearen live on their farm in Morganton, GA They have a menagerie of animals that include several dogs, horses and a commercial herd of cattle. Jim and Laurie have two grown children and three grandchildren, one of whom also wishes to become a veterinarian. Dr. McClearen has had an exceptional career in veterinary medicine, having graduated from the University of Georgia with his DVM in 1974 after obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in 1971. He was founder and owner of Bells Ferry Veterinary Hospital in Acworth GA until he sold the practice in January of 2007. Dr. McClearen also co-founded and served as project manager for the Cobb and Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinics along with a state of the art facility for Bells Ferry Veterinary Hospital. He has been involved with state and local veterinary associations and was past president of the Georgia Veterinary Medical association. Dr. McClearen was recognized in 2006 as a Distinguished Alumni for the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and the 2013 Georgia Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinarian of the Year. He has volunteered and done outreach work with Habitat and the Zuni Indian reservation, providing veterinary care for the last 12 years. For the past thirteen years, he has worked at Tri-County/ Murphy Animal Clinic and part time at Project Chimps, which is a sanctuary for chimpanzees. Collectively, he has worked with numerous students pursuing their careers in veterinary medicine, veterinarians and staff alike. His stated goals are always expanding and will never end as long as he can continue to learn and mentor. He believes being a veterinarian is a way of life and he strives to share that with those who wish to pursue this career.

Dr. Grace Murray

Veterinarian

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Dr. Grace Murray was born and raised near Charleston, SC. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences at Clemson University and upon graduation attended veterinary school at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, GA. Dr. Murray met her husband, Dr. Will Patterson, in veterinary school and following graduation they moved back to Blue Ridge, GA where he grew up.While in school, Dr. Murray practiced both small and large animal medicine with an emphasis in mixed animal practice. She has interned and worked at several small animal practices in South Carolina and Georgia and has found that working with small animals offers fulfillment from both working with pets, but also with the people that love them. Dr. Murray’s special interests in the veterinary field include preventative medicine, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine.Dr. Murray’s hobbies outside of veterinary medicine include hiking the beautiful north GA mountains, reading, and spending time with her husband on their small farm where they raise chickens, cows, and honeybees. In addition to all the animals on the farm, she loves to spend time with her pets: three dogs- Nate, Buster, and Wally and a cat named Susan.

Our Administrative Staff

Cheyenne

Hospital Manager

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Cheyenne was raised in California before moving to North Carolina where she began working with her mother as a dog groomer at the age of 16. Cheyenne decided to make a change in her life and went to school to become a licensed CNA. But her passion for animals moved her back to the animal side of care and she found an opening at a local veterinarian clinic. While there she held various positions, starting as a kennel tech, vet assistant, customer service representative, lead technician and eventually becoming the Hospital Manager. She stayed with her previous clinic for 5 years before taking the opportunity to manage Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital. You won’t always find Cheyenne at her desk as she still loves to put on scrubs and dive into every aspect of the Hospital. When not at work she spends her time with her husband, two children, and her crew of rescued animals (3 dogs & 4 cats).

Erika

Hospital Manager

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Erika was born and raised in Murphy, NC. She grew up volunteering with local fire departments and the rescue squad and, after high school, received her Firefighter level II, Technical Rescuer and EMT certifications. She enjoys spending her time outdoors during the summer camping and jeeping. She lives with her three fur babies, Kipper, Kaytee, and Harlan.
Erika started working in the veterinary business in 2015. She worked diligently to acquire the skills needed to fill many different positions in the hospital and, in 2019, Erika was promoted to Hospital Manager.

Judi

Administrative Assistant

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Judi lives in North Carolina with her husband, their two part-Maine Coon indoor cats and two outdoor rescue cats. She has been at LCAH since 2012 and has worn many hats while here, starting out as a kennel assistant and moving up through the ranks to Administrative Assistant of the Hospital Manager. Judi helps keep all of us organized. She has worked as a secretary, in children’s dentistry, home schooled her children, and as a string instrument music teacher. Her hobbies are gardening and camping.

Our Customer Service Representative

Emily

Receptionist

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Emily was born and raised in Blairsville, GA and graduated from Union County High School. She is an only child, 1 of 8 grandchildren, and the only girl. She has 2 dogs, Bentley, a Schnauzer/Rat Terrier mix, and Zoey, a Pomchi (pomeranian/Chihuahua) which is her favorite “little girl”. In her free time, Emily enjoys taking pictures for her photography business and going on the lake.

Lori

Receptionist

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Nicole

Receptionist

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Our Veterinary Assistants

Trey

Veterinary Technician

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Trey

Veterinary Assistant

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Trey was born and raised in Fort Myers FL but now lives in Hayesville NC. He is married and has three children. He loves working with animals as a veterinary assistant but is also a licensed Paramedic in Clay County NC. In his spare time, Trey likes to go fishing, play video games, and hang out with his family. They currently have 3 dogs and 2 cats which he says is always subject to change.

Micaela

Veterinary Assistant

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Micaela was born and raised in South Georgia, but now lives in beautiful Hiawassee Georgia. She works as kennel manager and veterinary assistant. Micaela started her Fur Family with a rescue dog named Thor and a cat named Scatman that she absolutely adores. She has added three more cats, Clairesse, Fat Looie and Patrick, a boxer named Bella and a ferret named George. Her hobbies include taking hikes with her best friend, Thor, and watercolor painting.

Fun fact: Micaela started playing soccer at the age of 4 and continued her soccer career for 12 plus years!

Madeline

Veterinary Assistant

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Jacklyn

Veterinary Assistant

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Jacklyn lives in North Carolina and graduated from Hayesville High. She has three dogs, 2 cats and a horse. She has always had a job working with animals either pet sitting or working at a stables. In her free time she enjoys going to the gym, going to NASCAR races and showing horses.