Matthew J. Laing

Practice Manager

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Matthew Laing was born and raised in Massachusetts. Matt developed a passion for helping animals very early in life. He had his first veterinary job at the age of ten as a kennel assistant and began working as a technician assistant and a volunteer with several wildlife conservation groups and shelters while in high school.

In 1988 Matt became a Certified Veterinary Technician in the state of Massachusetts and, following that, studied business at both Massasoit Community College and Harvard Extension. Matt spent ten years as an instructor in the Veterinary Technology program at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA, teaching radiology, veterinary clinical laboratory science, surgery and anesthesia, and Exotic Animal Seminar. Matt also spent several years working with veterinary students as an assistant instructor in comparative anatomy at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton. Over the past twenty years, Matt has managed multiple veterinary hospitals including small general practices, a non-profit wildlife hospital, and a large multi-location corporate veterinary practices. Matt has developed a very diverse skill set and a strong passion for assuring that our patients receive excellent veterinary care and that pet owners experience excellent customer service. When not at work Matt enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and pets and enjoys outdoor activities, gardening, hiking, birding, running, home improvement projects and watching Boston sports teams.

Jessica Mobley Thiman

DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Specialty Service Lead

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Dr. Jessica Mobley Thiman is a native of Atlanta, GA. Dr. Thiman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from the University of Georgia. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 2012. The following year, she completed her one-year rotating internship at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

She went on to complete her residency in Oncology at the University of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Also in 2016, Dr. Thiman completed the examination and certification requirements for oncology, becoming a board-certified oncologist and member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Shortly after, she joined the staff at Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists. Outside of work, Dr. Thiman enjoys spending time with friends, her two dogs, and being active with yoga, running, paddle boarding, and hiking.

Melissa Ehrlich

DVM
Emergency Service Lead

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Dr. Melissa Ehrlich is originally from Wyomissing, PA, a small town outside of Philadelphia. Dr. Ehrlich received her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. In 2009 Dr. Ehrlich completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC. She went on to complete a one-year specialty internship in small animal surgery at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT. Dr. Ehrlich then moved to Boston, Massachusetts for three years where she worked at a large referral and emergency hospital as an emergency clinician. Dr. Ehrlich moved back to Atlanta, GA to join the Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists when the emergency service was opened in September of 2013. Outside of work, Dr. Ehrlich is an avid runner and since moving to Atlanta has completed her first half marathon and has run in the Peachtree Road Race. Dr. Ehrlich also enjoys photography, specifically taking pictures of her family, her Weimaraner Ella and two cats, Oliver and Gracie.

Caroline Kinney, RVT

Inventory Manager

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Paula Levine

DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

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Dr. Levine grew up in Atlanta, GA. Although a Georgia Bulldog fan during her upbringing, she chose to go to the University of Florida for her undergraduate education (Go Gators!!). She returned to her roots and attended the University of Georgia for her veterinary education and training and graduated cum laude in 1991.

Following graduation, she began her advanced training at North Carolina State University where she participated in a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery. She successfully completed her small animal internal medicine residency at the University of Florida in 1994 and became a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1998.

Dr. Levine brings with her years of practical experience. She practiced in Atlanta at a referral specialty hospital for thirteen years. She has also practiced at specialty hospitals and emergency and critical care facilities in Jacksonville, FL, Melbourne, FL and Asheville, NC prior to returning to Atlanta and joining the team at Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Levine is also an internal medicine consultant with Antech laboratories.

She enjoys all aspects of internal medicine but has special interests in endoscopy, immune-mediated diseases, and endocrine diseases.

In her spare time, Dr. Levine enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, golfing, and yoga. She is joined in Atlanta by her partner, Sandra, and their furry four-legged children.

Rena Greene

RVT

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Rena Greene grew up in Miami, Florida and Graduated from the University of Florida with a Psychology major and Wildlife Ecology Minor. She is currently working on her AS in Veterinary Technology online at San Juan College and will hopefully be sitting for her test to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2018.

Besides her passion for animals, Rena also loves nature, hiking, backpacking, crafts, and music. She loves living in Georgia with her husband, a herd of Chihuahuas, 2 flat-faced cats, a one-eyed parrot, and a crested gecko.

John Crowe

Veterinary Assistant

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Jessica Mobley Thiman

DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Specialty Service Lead

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Dr. Jessica Mobley Thiman is a native of Atlanta, GA. Dr. Thiman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from the University of Georgia. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 2012. The following year, she completed her one-year rotating internship at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

She went on to complete her residency in Oncology at the University of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Also in 2016, Dr. Thiman completed the examination and certification requirements for oncology, becoming a board-certified oncologist and member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Shortly after, she joined the staff at Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists. Outside of work, Dr. Thiman enjoys spending time with friends, her two dogs, and being active with yoga, running, paddle boarding, and hiking.

Brittany Feldhaeusser

DVM ,DACVIM (Oncology)

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Dr. Feldhaeusser grew up in Florida & South Carolina but moved to Georgia for college and fell in love with Athens. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Georgia, then stayed at UGA for veterinary school. She did a one-year rotating internship at The Ohio State University before quickly returning to the south to complete her residency in oncology at UGA. She became board certified in 2021 and is looking forward to continuing her practice close to home.

Dr. Feldhaeusser prioritizes quality of life for her patients and their families. She believes in the importance of pet parent education and closely collaborating with the family to decide best treatment options. She enjoys forming strong, lasting relationships with pets and the humans who love them.

When she is not working, Dr. Feldhaeusser likes to spend time with her husband, Boston Terrier, and feline friend. She enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and of course, Saturdays in Athens – Go Dawgs!

Stacey-Ann Cole, RVT

Veterinary Nurse

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Rachel Perry

RVT

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Rachel Perry was born in Virginia but has spent most of her life here in Georgia. She has been interested in veterinary medicine from an early age. She began volunteering at animal rescue groups, spay and neuter clinics and started working at a vet hospital in high school.

She then attended Gwinnett Technical College and received her Associates of Applied Health Science in Veterinary Technology in 2017. Outside of work Rachel enjoys watching movies, running, and spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs Shorty and Tic-Tac.

Mary White

Veterinary Nurse

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Tasha Axam

DVM, DACVR

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Dr. Tasha Axam is a native of Atlanta, GA. Dr. Axam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.

In 2005 she completed her one-year rotating internship at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She went on to complete her residency in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Georgia School Of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. In September of 2008, Dr. Axam completed the oral and written exam for diagnostic imaging and radiology, becoming a board-certified radiologist and a member of the American College of Veterinary Radiology. Shortly after, she joined the staff at Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Axam has a love for exotic species and hopes to eventually volunteer her free time helping animals in places like Africa, Australia, and South America. In 2016 she received the greatest gift of her life, her son, Komari Sloan. Outside of work she is an avid CrossFitter and she enjoys traveling, sign language and being with family and her German Shepherd dog Karu. She is somewhat of a daredevil and loves extreme sports. She will try anything once including bungee jumping, skydiving and hang gliding, and looks forward to one-day scuba diving with sharks and rock climbing.

Elena Smith

Veterinary Assistant

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Elena Smith, born in Arkansas, grew up around animals on her family farm. She moved to Fairburn, GA in middle school, after graduating from Riverwood International Charter School, Elena obtained an Associates in Computer Technology and Systems. Although Elena enjoys the IT life she fosters canines and has always had a great attachment to animals. In 2014, Elena decided to kick her life up a notch to spend more time with animals by becoming a pet groomer and command dog trainer. In 2017, she became a Certified Veterinary Assistant. Besides her passion for animals Elena enjoys moonlight walks with her Schnauzer, kayaking and attending church missions.

Rena Greene

RVT

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Rena Greene grew up in Miami, Florida and Graduated from the University of Florida with a Psychology major and Wildlife Ecology Minor. She is currently working on her AS in Veterinary Technology online at San Juan College and will hopefully be sitting for her test to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2018.

Besides her passion for animals, Rena also loves nature, hiking, backpacking, crafts, and music. She loves living in Georgia with her husband, a herd of Chihuahuas, 2 flat-faced cats, a one-eyed parrot, and a crested gecko.

Graceann Channey

Imaging Assistant

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Kylene Peters

DVM

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Dr. Kylene Peters is a native of Denver, Colorado and has lived most of her life here in Atlanta. Dr. Peters played soccer and received an Associates of Science from Young Harris College and A Bachelor of Science Biology from Oglethorpe University.

She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University finishing out her clinical year at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Peters has gone straight into working emergency since graduation from veterinary school. She and her husband have a passion for traveling the world. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her family including her husband Jason and their two dogs, Super Cooper the Wonder Mutt and Stormin Norman the Midget Mutt. She enjoys being in the outdoors: snow skiing, cycling, camping, and photography. Despite her fear of heights, she enjoys rock climbing and has tried hang gliding.

Bridgid Lammers

DVM

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Dr. Bridgid Lammers is a native of Atlanta, Georgia who has recently returned to the area. She received a Bachelor of Science in Ecology from the University of Georgia and is an avid Georgia Bulldogs fan.

She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee and then completed a rotating internal medicine, surgery, and emergency internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists. Soon after, she joined Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists where she feels she has the support and resources to practice the best possible emergency medicine. While Dr. Lammers enjoys the challenge and fast pace of emergency medicine, she also has a special interest in exotic and aquatic animals and hopes to fill her spare time working with some of these animals. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Wes, and two dogs, Jake and Reilly. Together they enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, watching movies, relaxing with a good book, and spending time with family and friends.

Melissa Ehrlich

DVM
Emergency Service Lead

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Dr. Melissa Ehrlich is originally from Wyomissing, PA, a small town outside of Philadelphia. Dr. Ehrlich received her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. In 2009 Dr. Ehrlich completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC. She went on to complete a one-year specialty internship in small animal surgery at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT. Dr. Ehrlich then moved to Boston, Massachusetts for three years where she worked at a large referral and emergency hospital as an emergency clinician. Dr. Ehrlich moved back to Atlanta, GA to join the Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists when the emergency service was opened in September of 2013. Outside of work, Dr. Ehrlich is an avid runner and since moving to Atlanta has completed her first half marathon and has run in the Peachtree Road Race. Dr. Ehrlich also enjoys photography, specifically taking pictures of her family, her Weimaraner Ella and two cats, Oliver and Gracie.

Danielia Bender

DVM

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Dr. Danielia Bender is a native of Nashville, TN. Dr. Bender earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Evansville in Indiana in 1998. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.

Following completion of her degree, Dr. Bender completed a one-year internship at a private practice emergency and referral clinic in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, Virginia. She was a general practitioner for five years before returning to emergency medicine in 2008. Outside of work, Dr. Bender enjoys traveling (she’s been to Mexico, France, Germany, Ireland, and Italy), reading, music, football, and being involved in her church. She is the owner of a stubborn but cute Pit Bull, Cinda.

Katie Belz

DVM

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Dr. Katie Belz attended Texas A & M University and graduated with her DVM in 2007. In 2008, she completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Florida. In 2011 Dr. Belz completed a small animal internal medicine residency at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Belz joined the Internal Medicine Service at Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists in 2011 and, in 2013, took a position with the Saint Francis Emergency Service as a full-time emergency doctor. Away from the office, Dr. Belz enjoys traveling, hiking and canine activities which include showing, lure coursing and obedience with her Ibizan Hounds.

Mandy Smith

DVM

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Brigid Burns

DVM

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Kristen Merrick

DVM

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Erika Flores

Veterinary Assistant

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Terrance Ellison

Veterinary Assistant

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Jonathan Garcia

Veterinary Assistant

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Jasmyn Priester

RVT

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Elaine Laing

Liason

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Yvette Williams

Customer Service

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Alani George

Customer Service

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Kayla Hargrove

Patient Care Assistant

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Sheniekwa Smith

Patient Care Assistant

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Sharon Korwek

RVT, Patient Care Assistant

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Clare Myers

RVT

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Clare Myers was born in New York and raised in Georgia. She holds an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology which she completed at Gwinnett Technical college in 2017. She has been a member of the surgery team at Saint Francis since graduation and became a registered veterinary technician in August of 2017. Outside of work she enjoys cuddling with her 3 cats Hammy, Katy, and Niblet and gardening.

Aston Lewis

Veterinary Assistant

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Kasundra Wilder

Veterinary Assistant

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