Duluth Staff

Our Team

Duluth Animal Hospital has cultivated a select team. These caring and compassionate individuals have become a family of experience, expertise, and love of taking care of animals. Many of our staff have been with us for over 20 years and have developed lasting relationships with our clients through generations of their pets. We view each client as a member of our family. Read below to learn more about our team.

Managers

Chris Early, Practice Manager

Duluth Animal Hospital has been Chris’s home since 1990. Beginning as a receptionist, she transitioned to supervisor and worked hand-in-hand with her mom who was the manager of our hospital for 24 years. Chris has been managing the practice since 2004 and has strived to help maintain the hospital's legacy and family-friendly atmosphere as we've expanded over the years.

Chris has completed the American Animal Hospital Association’s Veterinary Practice Leadership program and plans to continue her education in hospital management. She is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the Greater Atlanta Veterinary Practice Manager’s Association and the National Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association.

At home, Chris’ pet family includes an American Bulldog named Ryder, a Rhodesian mix named Stella, a Chihuahua/Yorkie named Izzy (who thinks she’s head of the household) and a Boston terrier named Glory. When her son went to college, she battled "empty nest syndrome" by adopting her own feathered children - a Green-Cheek Conure named Kiko, a lovebird named Poppy, and a budgie named Katie. Chris enjoys traveling, horseback riding, raising orphaned squirrels, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.

Sam Lethgo, Administrative Assistant

Sam has been with Duluth Animal Hospital since 2000 and has helped both as a veterinary assistant and in office administration. She has recently returned and we're so happy to have her with us again! Sam enjoys spending time with family, her wonderful husband, Randy, and her crew of four big pups - Buddy the Black Lab, Zena the brindle pit bull, Little Bit the blue and white pit bull, and Franklin the Yellow Lab Mix!

Veterinary Technicians and Assistants

Julie Clark, RVT

Julie began her career at Duluth Animal Hospital as an intern while completing her degree in veterinary technology. After graduating in 2013, she came to work with us full-time and is now head of our surgical department. Following her interests in veterinary dentistry, Julie is currently pursuing her dental specialty with the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians. When not taking care of animals at work, she spends time with her two children, three dogs, two cats, and beloved Harley motorcycle!

Chelsea Lee, RVT

Chelsea did part of her veterinary internship here with us at Duluth Animal Hospital and joined the team in 2015. She frequently works as a part of our surgical team and has two dogs—a Chihuahua named Kiwi and a Pitbull named Capri—as well as a tortoise named Turtle. She loves working with rabbits and small animals and in her free time she enjoys drawing and painting.

Katie Santaniello, Veterinary Assistant

Katie has been with Duluth Animal Hospital since 2008, beginning in the kennel and now helping as a veterinary assistant. Her family's many pets have been long-time patients of the hospital. Katie’s four-legged family includes three large dogs—two Golden Retrievers named Ty and Sampson and a Goldendoodle named Andie—and four very large kitties! Katie works with Adopt-A-Golden Rescue to find homes for Golden Retrievers in need.

Kathryn Guyton, Veterinary Assistant

Kathryn (“Kat”) has been a member of Duluth Animal Hospital since 2015. She was born in Aiken, South Carolina and lived there until moving to Georgia with her husband, Daniel. Kat graduated from the University of South Carolina, Aiken with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Growing up a true country girl on her family’s farm, she has always had a large pet family. Kat and Daniel currently share their home with dogs Lexi and Damon, a gecko named Goku and a cat named Achilles. She enjoys horseback riding, reading, music and hiking with family.

Jo Anne Aird, Veterinary Assistant

Jo Anne joined Duluth Animal Hospital in 2016. She was born and raised in New York and has worked in the animal-care field since 2003. Jo Anne has two Pomeranians named Mena and Cesar, two Russian Blue cats named Nubbz and Bishop, as well as a bearded dragon named Drago. She loves spending her free time with her two sons Jason and Dante!

Ariel Boxall

Ariel started out as part of our kennel team in 2013 and is now training as a veterinary assistant. She shares her home with several four-legged and feathered friends including parrots, a horse, Bella the Boston Terrier, Jager the Border Collie mix and a cat named Wolfie. Ariel is also mom to a little flock of hens who lay multicolored eggs. She enjoys horseback riding and reading in her spare time.

Yoko Cardona

Yoko joined the Duluth Animal Hospital team in 2019 as one of our veterinary technicians. Like all of our awesome tech team, she tackles many tasks such as taking vital signs, collecting medical history, filling prescriptions, and working with doctors to provide a great experience for our pet patients. At home she has an adorable Yorkshire terrier named Cocolino and a kitty named Saul.

Brittany Molina, RVT

Brittany became a veterinary technician with Duluth Animal Hospital's team and works with our doctors to provide top-notch medical care to our pet patients. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician and a great asset to the team! She is dedicated to the care and treatment of our patients, and assists the veterinarians in monitoring surgical patients while under anesthesia during procedures, running diagnostics, providing treatments, and much more. She shares her home and heart with a big bloodhound named Boomer and several sweet kitties.

Alyson Stegin

Alyson joined the Duluth Animal Hospital veterinary technician team in 2019 and works alongside our doctors to provide patient healthcare tasks like taking vital signs, monitoring surgical patients while under anesthesia during procedures, filling prescriptions, taking medical history and so much more! She belongs to a Jack Russell Mix named Ellie Mae Clampett and a very handsome Pit Bull named Sterling Archer.

Sei Mi Park

Sei Mi joined the Duluth Animal Hospital veterinary technician team and completes nursing tasks like taking medical histories for our patients, collecting samples, running diagnostics, filling prescriptions, and a number of other daily medical tasks! She has a pug named B.B., a maltese named Bori, and a black cat named Azrael.

Carissa Thomas

Carissa joined the Duluth Animal Hospital team as one of our veterinary technicians. Like all of our awesome tech team, she tackles many tasks such as taking vital signs, collecting medical history, filling prescriptions, and working with doctors to provide a great experience for our pet patients.

Giovana Cabello

Giovana became a veterinary technician with Duluth Animal Hospital's team and works alongside our doctors and staff to provide top-notch medical care to our pet patients. She is dedicated to the care and treatment of our patients, and assists in running diagnostics, collecting samples, completing technician appointments, providing treatments, and more. She shares her home and heart with a cocker spaniel named Molly.

Kennel Team

Elizabeth Flathmann

Elizabeth joined Duluth Animal Hospital as part of our kennel team and takes care of our boarding and bathing facilities, as well as safely delivering pets to and from their cars during our Curbside Service. She also transports medication, food, and products to our clients and helps to pamper our overnight pets and keep our boarding area in top shape. She recently rescued a very sweet elderly German Shepherd named Houdini, and also has a very handsome black and white rabbit named Calvin.

Spencer Diehl

Spencer joined the Duluth Animal Hospital team as part of our kennel staff, before also lending his help to our Duluth Dog Depot team. At Duluth Animal Hospital, he takes care of our boarding patients, transports pets to and from the parking lot during our Curbside Service, delivers food and medications, and pampers our overnight pet guests. At the Duluth Dog Depot, he is one of our camp counselors that ensures pet camps run smoothly and campers have the most safe, fun, and enriching time possible during our indoor and outdoor camp hours. He is the son of our own Dr. Diehl and was exposed to the field of veterinary medicine early!

Kai Moore

Kai joined the Duluth Animal Hospital kennel staff and helps to transport pets to and from their pet parents during our Curbside Service, as well as taking care of pets in our boarding and bathing facilities. He loves puppies (especially French Bulldogs) and we always get great photos of him working with our patients! He has a little Yorkshire Terrier and keeps guinea pigs, and one day plans to have an adorable corgi pup.

Kathi Gibson

Kathi joined the Duluth Animal Hospital kennel team and helps to transport pets as one of our runners during our Curbside Service. She also takes care of patients in our boarding and bathing facilities, delivers food and medications to our clients, and is always available to help. She has two adorable dogs, one of which is a tiny Chihuahua mix named Mouse that everyone can't help but fall in love with!

Jeni Mayo

Jeni is part of Duluth Animal Hospital's kennel team and helps to transport pets to and from their pet parents during our Curbside Service. She also works to pamper pets in our boarding and bathing facilities, keeps our kennel in great shape, and delivers food and medication to clients. She has two large, sweet dogs named Jake, a black lab who is training to become a therapy dog, and Karma, a brindle Cane Corso. She is currently working to complete schooling to become a registered veterinary technician.

Reception

Connie Bailey, Receptionist

After working in the travel industry and then customer service for many years, Connie joined the Duluth Animal Hospital team in 1993. She is married to a wonderful man named Greg. Together, they have one son and a beautiful grandson. Connie is also the proud parent of a tiny Yorkshire Terrier named Capri. She enjoys shopping, going to the mountains and spending time with her family.

Sandra Roberts, Receptionist

Sandra joined our staff in 2001 as a part-time receptionist while still working full-time at Duluth High School. Upon her retirement from the school in 2008, she transitioned to full-time at the hospital to pursue her love of animals further. Sandra has a houseful of rescued pets of her own, including a huge pair of St. Bernard and Newfoundland dogs. Her favorite breed, however, is the Bassett Hound and she has a very handsome one named Eeyore. Sandra enjoys meeting all of our patients and isn't stingy with dog treats and love!

Rebekah Williams, Receptionist

Rebekah began working with our kennel pets part-time while she attends college. She has now transitioned into a receptionist role. She has been around animals her entire life and is mom to a German Shepherd/Chow mix named Singer as well as a rescued, mated Eclectus parrot pair named Finnigan and Scarlett. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys running, playing violin, reading and watching movies.

Talia Thomas, Receptionist

Talia joined Duluth Animal Hospital in 2019 and is a welcome part of the reception staff. She loves working with reptiles and has an awesome gecko named Kevin. She also has two adorable fluffy rescued bunnies named Mrs. Pancakes and Flapjack. She enjoys hiking, camping, scary movies, and baking gorgeous designer cookies in her spare time.

Leighanne Wright, Receptionist

Leighanne joined the Duluth Animal Hospital family in 2019 and is a great addition to the front desk team. She is a very talented artist, and has painted many of the staff pets during her time here. She also enjoys cooking and spending time with family.

Alicia Williams, Marketing & Communication Coordinator

Alicia has been with Duluth Animal Hospital since 2008, and is mom to the rescued pair Roo, the two-legged Chihuahua, and Penny, the Silkie Chicken. She is head of Duluth Animal Hospital’s online and social media presence, as well as the videos created here at the hospital. Alicia has a special love of rescued Pit Bulls, including one named Lucy who stole her heart, and a growing flock of adorable bantam chickens of various breeds. She is married to a wonderful man named Donnie who supports her passion for animals, as well as her interest in writing and photography.

Pint-Sized Reception

Penny Chicken

Penny Chicken was rescued at 9-weeks-old and began riding to the hospital with her mom for work during the day. She fit right in and now patrols the reception area with her best friend, Roo, laying eggs and chatting with clients. A photo of her and Roo went viral in 2014 and the two have since been on National Geographic's Unlikely Animal Friends TV show, in several newspapers and magazines including the Gwinnett Daily Post and Cesar's Way Magazine, in books such as Unlikely Friendships: Dogs, Together Forever: True Stories of Amazing Animal Friendships, and in videos created by the Daily Mail, Barcroft Media, and The Dodo!

Roo the Chihuahua

Roo was born without front legs and found abandoned in a ditch at only 6-weeks-old. After being brought to the hospital, he found his fluffy soulmate in Penny Chicken and was adopted into the family. Roo now travels with Penny to work and spends his days at the hospital greeting clients and visitors, begging for treats and wheeling around the reception!

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