Dr. Bill Seanor
John W. Seanor, DVM, JD (Bill) was born and raised in Fitzgerald, GA. After graduating high school as co-valedictorian, he obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with honors from the University of Georgia in 1983. Post graduation he worked as a partner with JK Boutcher, specializing in equine medicine and surgery in Lexington, KY for 5 years. Notable patients under Dr. Seanor’s care included Thoroughbred Triple Crown Winner Seattle Slew and many others. He is currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in GA, FL, NC, and KY.
After an accident left him temporarily paralyzed, Dr. Seanor’s doctor advised him to get out of equine medicine, so he decided to become a lawyer instead. He earned his JD degree in 1991 from Nova University Law School (top 20%). While attending law school he served as the Head State Veterinarian and lobbyist for the State of Florida, Department of Business Regulation, and was a valued participant of the Nova Law Review.
Following law school, Dr. Seanor specialized in biotechnology-related intellectual property law and worked on cases for organizations including UGA, Emory University, CDC, and NIH. In 1997 he returned to Lexington, KY where he practiced intellectual property law for clients such as the University of Kentucky, Alltech, Inc. and Dippin Dots. During this same time he developed a successful commercial thoroughbred breeding and training farm, Georgiana Farm, and practiced small animal veterinary care at Berea Animal Hospital.
In 2007 Dr. Seanor co-founded ArthroDynamic Technologies Inc. (ADT), a veterinary drug and device company, and served as Chief Counsel and veterinary consultant assisting in attaining regulatory approvals and product launch for a portfolio of products primarily focused on the equine and small animal markets. He facilitated the successful launch and oversight of Polyglycan®, a hyaluronic acid based product indicated as a post-arthroscopy synovial fluid replacement in horses.
In 2009 he was appointed President and CEO of both the Human Health Division and Animal Health Division of ADT, a position he held until 2012 when he semi-retired and returned to his native Georgia to care for his aging parents. “Semi-retired” means he and another veterinarian volunteered full time for a year and a half to maintain a friend’s practice who had died unexpectedly until it could be sold instead of closing and leaving their friend’s widow destitute.
After Dr. Seanor and his lovely wife Erin moved to our area in June 2018 he decided he didn’t like retirement after all and joined Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital / Tri-County Animal Clinic as a full time veterinarian.
Some of his other honors and accomplishments include being a past president of the Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, a past member of the UGA Veterinary Alumni Board, a member of the US Patent Bar, a member of both the KY and GA Bars, and co-founder of the Cloverhurst Benevolent Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity providing life-saving assistance to members of the Kappa Deuteron Chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
His highest achievement is his son Kelby, a National Champion sporting clays shooter, a 10 time NSCA All American, a member of Team USA, and a senior at Jacksonville University.
Dr. Alfred Marshall
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
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Dr. Hilty Burr
Founding Veterinarian - RETIRED
Dr. Hilty Burr grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and was educated in the public school system. His undergraduate studies took place at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee as a biology major and The University of Tennessee in Knoxville as an Animal Science major. Dr. Burr graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980, awarded with an academic membership to Phi Zeta by being in the top 10% of his class.
Following graduation, Dr. Burr began an interesting and diverse career in veterinary medicine. He started his clinical practice career in Pell City, Alabama at Cropwell Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian for small and large animals. In 1981, Dr. Burr relocated to Cleveland, Tennessee and opened Burr Veterinary Clinic, which was also a mixed animal practice. In 1990, he decided to sell his interest in this practice to begin consulting work for the animal health industry. In 1992, Dr. Burr accepted a position with Pfizer Animal Health where he continued his consulting work as a technical services veterinarian with a concentration in canine, feline and equine medicine and surgery. He enjoyed an exceptionally successful career receiving several promotions and authored or co-authored several publications in peer-reviewed veterinary journals. His last position with Pfizer was as Director of U.S. Veterinary Services for the Companion Animal Division headquartered in New York, New York. As a full-time consultant for the world’s largest animal health company, Dr. Burr became recognized as a leading expert in companion animal medicine among his veterinary peers.
Because his contact with patients and clients had been restricted to clinical trial work and case consultations, Dr. Burr began to greatly miss the clinical and daily contact with people and their pets. After a thorough search that included most of the southeast United States, Dr. Burr chose the Young Harris / Hiawassee / Hayesville area as a perfect location to build a new state-of-the-art small animal hospital. Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital (LCAH) was opened on 3/1/2005 representing a culmination of over 25 years of veterinary experience and knowledge. The end result is the animal hospital that Dr. Burr had always dreamed about and by the grace of God became a reality.
Dr. Burr teamed up with Dr. McClearen and opened a satellite clinic in November of 2010 in the Peachtree community of Murphy NC. This clinic is appropriately called Tri-County Animal Clinic (TCAC) as it is set up to serve the western NC counties of Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties. TCAC provides convenient and affordable preventive and wellness pet healthcare to western NC families, yet its affiliation with the full-service hospital (LCAH) allows these families the same access to the more advanced and specialized services as needed.
Dr. Burr has been married to his lovely wife Susan for over 30 years and they have two grown children (Jon Jr. and Jessica Rose) and their spouses (Ali and David) who are the treasures of their lives. They also have 5 four-legged kids: Sachmo, 6 years of age and Daisy, 4 years of age, both DSH kitties; Brodie, a 12-year-old German Shepherd/Beagle/Whippet mix breed, and Gracie, a 3-year-old Golden Retriever/Poodle/Dachschund/Bloodhound mix breed, who keep their home lively and entertaining.
Dr. Tim Crowe
Dr. Tim Crowe serves as our affiliated board certified surgeon. He was one of the founding members of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Tim is married to his lovely bride Deborah and they have two grown children and five grandchildren. He and Deb reside in Bogart, GA.
In addition to his affiliation with our hospital, Dr. Crowe serves as Chief of Staff for Regional Institute of Veterinary Emergency and Referrals (RIVER) in Chattanooga, TN, works with RIVER (Regional Institute of Veterinary Emergency and Referrals) in Chattanooga and he is also on staff at the UGA College of Public Health in Athens working to help develop a program that will train veterinarians and veterinary technicians to assist in the treatment of human injuries in the event of a major catastrophic event.
In case that is not enough to do for Tim, he also is a volunteer fireman and certified EMT. Dr. Crowe is a recognized international expert in the fields of veterinary surgery, emergency and critical care and lectures extensively on a worldwide basis. He has introduced many of our patients to several cutting-edge, non-invasive and alternative treatment modalities that include photonic acupuncture, laser therapy, and chiropractic adjustments. Other remarkable technologies involve the use of Bio-magnetic resonance therapy that offers diagnostic as well as treatment capabilities. Drs. Crowe and Burr have invested in Pulsed Signal Therapy that uses an electromagnetic coil to relieve pain and stimulate new cartilage growth in arthritic joints, and also offer the FDA approved electroceutical device (IVIVI / Assisi loops) for home use to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation.
Several of our patients have greatly benefited from Dr. Crowe’s evaluations and treatments for conditions that are not responsive to more traditional treatment options with outcomes that are truly remarkable—especially in terms of relieving acute and chronic pain.
Our Administrative Staff
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).
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 seven 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, 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.
Our Customer Service Representative
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 5-year-old Schnauzer/Rat Terrier mix, and Zoey, a 2-year-old Pomchi (pomeranian/Chihuahua) which is her favorite “little girl”. Emily also has a Grey Lionhead Rabbit named Winston. In her free time, Emily enjoys taking pictures for her photography business, going on the lake and spending time with her boyfriend, Paedon.
Fun Fact: All of her pets are rescues. #SaveALife #Rescues
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Sarah was born and raised in North Dakota. If you ever want a good laugh ask her to say “bag”. She has lived in many different places, but finally found her roots and settled in Hayesville in 2013. She is happily married to Danny, and they have 2 daughters: Paige and Olivia. She also has one fur baby named Ridley, a shepard/cattledog mix, who is progressing into her senior years. You may recognize Sarah because she previously worked here for 3 years but took a sabbatical after the birth of her youngest daughter. Her love for working with animals and our clients brought her back to LCAH. Sarah loves to read, play video games, cook, and spend time with her family.
Our Veterinary Assistants
Justin was born in Kennesaw, Georgia, but has lived in Towns County since the fifth grade and graduated from Towns County High School. All of his family are here in northeast Georgia, including his two children, Arien and Ayden. Justin has been a veterinary assistant here at LCAH since it opened in 2005. He states about his work, “there is nothing like the feeling 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.
Nikki was born in Massachusetts, moved to South FL in 1992 and now makes her home here in Hayesville NC. She has a boyfriend, a daughter, a son and numerous furry children: Butch, a French Mastiff, Frankie the ferret, Gizzy, a Pekingese, Goldie, a Golden Retriever mix, and Sheba, a Siberian Husky mix. 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?”
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 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!
Dillon was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He has been in Western North Carolina for 12 years now. Dillon has one dog named Tucker, a Lab Pit mix that is 6 years old. He also has an African Grey Parrot, named Fletcher, that is 21 years old. Dillon has an Associate degree in Natural Resources. In his free time, he likes to fish, hunt and enjoy the outdoors. Dillon has been with us at LCAH for several years now. Be sure to say HI next time you are here!
Rachel grew up in Minnesota where she graduated from the Veterinary Technology program in Rochester with an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Following graduation, she moved to Florida where she received her Veterinary Technician Certification. Rachel has worked in the veterinary field for 15 years and feels blessed to have been able to fulfill her childhood dream of helping animals. She feels grateful for the many pets and their people that have been such an important part of her life. Rachel states one of the highlights of her career occurred while living in Florida when she was selected by Rotary International to represent the veterinary technician profession in a group study exchange to Australia. Rachel is excited about recently moving to North Carolina and is looking forward to new adventures.