About Us

Meet our team!

APPOINTMENT

Dr. John Williams, DVM

Veterinarian
Dr. Williams' Bio
Welcome Dr. John Williams, our newest Veterinarian. Dr. Williams joined us in July of 2020 coming from Wisconsin. Dr. Williams completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama and obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. As a new transplant, Dr. Williams and his fiance; a current resident at UGA are enjoying our amazing area and are excited to be a part of our community. Dr. Williams loves working with our canine and feline patients providing preventative care and performing an array of surgical and life-saving procedures.

Dr. Mackenzie Rankin, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Rankin's Bio
Meet our newest doctor on board, Dr. Makenzie Rankin. We are very proud to have one of UGA’s finest join our team and she is already making friends with our wonderful patients! Dr. Rankin is here to be a voice for your pets and she absolutely enjoys sending them home feeling their very best. Dr. Rankin has a passion for dermatology and preventative care, and we know we definitely see a lot of itchy pets in Georgia! Please stop by to meet Dr. Rankin and ask her questions about your pet’s needs.

Dr. Bob Brewster, DVM

Veterinarian
Dr. Brewster's Bio
Doctor Brewster attended UGA and finished his DVM in 1988. Doctor Brewster has long since been the face of both Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital and Gaines School Animal Hospital. In September of 2020, Doctor Brewster decided it was time to retire from day to day Veterinary Medicine and focus on enjoying his family, travel, and relaxing at home.

Doctor Brewster has left us with a legacy to carry on in his honor, one of true compassion and love for not just our patients but our community and the folks that make up our wonderful home. He is and will remain a part of these practices in one sense or another. We embrace his vision in our daily lives and will always ask ourselves, how would Doctor Brewster do it! Stay tuned, though… We suspect Doctor Brewster may join us from time to time in the future to catch up with long time friends and check in on some of his patients!

Dr. Hana Kudela

Veterinarian

Dr. Kudela's Bio
Dr. Hana Kudela is from Southwest Georgia. She joined our awesome team after practicing in the greater Athens area for a few years after receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University Of Georgia. She attended Young Harris College and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Minor in Music.

Her professional interests are in wellness medicine, preventative care, surgery, and exotic and wildlife medicine.

Outside of Veterinary Medicine, she enjoys painting, cooking, hiking, gardening, and spacing time with her husband, Steven, and fur-kiddos, Mcgee and Anatar, and Riddle.

Sandra Canales

Hospital Manager
Sandra's Bio
Meet our Hospital Manager Sandra Canales. Sandra has been with us since June of 2020, so Welcome! She moved here recently from Virginia but has managed veterinary practices in several states. You can find her in both of our Hospitals working with Doctors and Staff to provide the gold standard services our clients deserve. She has been working with animals nearly her whole life, in addition to being a business owner and canine obedience and behavioral trainer. Sandra is dedicated to the evolution of the Veterinary field as she hopes to change the lives of as many pets and pet parents as possible. If ever you need to talk to our Manager, she is always available for you and wants to hear how we can create the best experience possible for you and your loved ones.

Joe Gwiazdzinkski

Inventory Manager
Joe's Bio
Meet Joe Gwiazdzinkski, he is one of our longest-running employees, having been with us for 20 years. He is the inventory manager for both of our hospitals, assuring we always have what we need to provide the best care for your loved ones. Joe enjoys working with our teams to help us learn about the newest advancements in animal medicine and what are the best products on the market for our patients. When Joe is not at work, you can find him walking his pup, Josie, enjoying movies, or playing video games.

Hayden Osborne

Registered Veterinary Technician

Hayden's Bio
Meet Hayden! Hayden discovered his love for animal care during his last semester of obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Armstrong State University. He was a research assistant in a comparative cognition lab at ASU, where he provided maintenance and basic care for rodent subjects. Following graduation, he worked as a kennel technician at an animal boarding and daycare facility as he prepared to go back to school for veterinary technology. Hayden graduated with an Associate’s of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Ogeechee Technical College as of May 2021. He has since passed his board exam and received his licensure to be a Registered Veterinary Technician. We are excited about having Hayden as a part of our team, as his passion for animals radiates every time you see him with a patient! Stop by and say Hello to Hayden at either one of our practices.

Dylan Johnson

Assistant Technician

Dylan's Bio

Bio coming soon!

Autumn Sizemore

Veterinary Assistant

Autumn's Bio
Welcome Autumn! Autumn recently joined our team as a Veterinary Assistant. She obtained a Bachelor of Biology before beginning her RVT program at Penn Foster University. Autumn has two pets of her own, a 4-year-old Beagle/pit mix and a 10-month-old lab mix puppy. When Autumn isn’t at work helping take care of our patients, she can be found supporting our Georgia sports teams and hanging out with her friends.

Camila

Veterinary Assistant

Camila's Bio

Meet Mila! Mila just recently joined our team as a veterinary assistant. Born and raised in South Carolina, she attended Clemson University and obtained her undergraduate degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. She is currently working on establishing her in-state residency here in Athens in hopes of attending the veterinary college at UGA- GO DAWGS! After providing care for our patients at work, she looks forward to coming home to her four kiddos: Her cats Bonnie and Clyde, her Jack Russel terrier mix Widget, and her leopard gecko Zilla. In her free time, Mila enjoys spending time with her pets, watching her favorite shows, being outdoors, and getting her hands on anything related to veterinary medicine.

Robin King

Groomer/Pet Stylist

Robin's Bio
Hi! I’m Robin, the resident groomer at Gaines School Animal Hospital. I have been grooming for 18 years, mentored by some of the best women and men in the industry. I am assisted by Marina, a Certified groomer with over a year of experience. We seek continuing education yearly and strive daily to become better people and stylists. I started my grooming career as a bather at PetSmart in 2001 and moved forward with my education, apprenticing with several Master Groomers and AKC show dog handlers/breeders. I focused on the sporting, terriers, and nonsporting breeds as well as extensive education in all areas of pet grooming, including advanced training for skincare and feline grooming. The greatest grooming challenge for me, as well as the most rewarding, is transforming pets from those that are afraid of being groomed, that require extra patience, into pets that enjoy the whole experience. I am highly motivated with a unique ability to read pets’ body language to determine how they prefer to be handled. I find each pet has its own individual and unique history to tell, and I am here to listen. Also, since coming to Gaines School Animal Hospital in 2015 and working closely with our amazing Veterinarians and support staff, I diligently work to help alleviate skin conditions of all kinds, as prescribed and directed by the doctors. Most of my career was spent in a “Pet Spa” environment, spoiling and making your pets beautiful, utilizing technical standards and abilities, all of which I continue to utilize daily. I have also found that the marriage of veterinary care and grooming not only creates a convenient option for busy schedules but also a completely healthy, happy life for our furry family members!

Samantha Wertz

Client Service Representative

Samantha's Bio
Samantha is our new friendly face at the front desk waiting to greet you once again when we reopen our doors! Samantha has lived in Georgia most of her life and is coming from the food industry. Her favorite thing about her job is getting to know our clients and be there for you in your time of need. Samantha is learning all the ins and outs of veterinary medicine and is quickly becoming well versed in how to best assist you and your fur baby! Samantha loves four legged critters of all kinds and has a variety of pets at home including gerbils, a hamster a dog, hermit crabs and a chameleon. (We need to get her another dog or kitty to make the pack complete!!) Fun fact about Samantha; she is a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo.
photo coming soon

Leah Thompson

Veterinary Assistant/Social Media Coordinator
Leah's Bio
Hi Athens! I’m new to town, and I’m so excited to be able to live and work here in the heart of Dawg Nation! I’ve been in the veterinary field for almost five years, first as a client service representative and social media coordinator and then becoming trained as a technician (soon to be licensed), and I can say I never plan on leaving. I am Pet CPR and Fear Free Certified, and I’ve got a special soft spot for Shepherd breeds and grumpy kitties! I love being in the exam room on the medicinal side and also getting the opportunity to share the passion our team has for the health of our patients through social media and community outreach. I wholly believe in providing the highest quality care for each patient and client and can’t wait to meet every one of you!

Fun facts: I enjoy Georgia football, eating KRAFT (very important) macaroni, riding, camping with my two dogs Coach and Arya, and traveling to compete in volleyball tournaments with my super tall husband. He played for the US Air Force National Team, so I just try to keep up!

Dr. Makenzie Rankin, DVM

Dr. Makenzie Rankin, DVM

Veterinarian

Meet our newest Doctor on board, Doctor Makenzie Rankin. We are very proud to have one of UGA’s finest join our team and she is already making friends with our wonderful patients! Doctor Rankin is here to be a voice for your pets and she absolutely enjoys sending them home feeling their very best. Doctor Rankin has a passion for dermatology and preventative care, and we know we definitely see a lot of itchy pets in Georgia! Please stop by to meet Doctor Rankin and ask her questions about your pet’s needs.

Sandra Canales

Sandra Canales

Hospital Manager

Meet our Hospital Manager Sandra Canales. Sandra has been with us since June of 2020, so Welcome! She moved here recently from Virginia, but has managed veterinary practices in several states. You can find her in both of our Hospitals working with Doctors and Staff to provide the gold standard services our clients deserve. She has been working with animals nearly her whole life, in addition to being a business owner and canine obedience and behavioral trainer. Sandra is dedicated to the evolution of the Veterinary field as she hopes to change the lives of as many pets and pet parents as possible. If ever you need to talk to our Manager, she is always available for you and wants to hear how we can create the best experience possible for you and your loved ones.

Jillian Brickle

Jillian Brickle

Lead Technician

Jillian is Gaines School Animal Hospital’s lead technician. She has been working in the veterinary industry for 17 years. A native of Athens; she has also lived in New Mexico and Atlanta only having recently returned to her hometown. She has worked in small animal practices, emergency medicine, and managed a hospital in Lilburn; her first job was with Dr. Brewster 17 years ago!! Jillian graduated with her veterinary technician degree from Penn Foster College in October of 2019. After over a decade in the industry, getting a degree in the field has been one of her most rewarding achievements to date. She has what she would call ‘too many animals’; two dogs, two cats, a turtle, and two fish. If Jillian is not working you can find her in her garden, reading a book, spending time with her husband, or enjoying a good TV show!!!

Meagan Watson

Meagan Watson

Veterinary Assistant

Meet Meagan Watson. Meagan has worked as a Veterinary Assistant since June of 2017. Megan enjoys seeing our patients day in and day out, as well as working with an amazing team. Meagan specializes in offering a gentle and confident touch with some of our more nervous patients. She tells us she loves her job as much as she loves Mexican food. Meagan is currently studying to be a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

Hannah Woodward

Hannah Woodward

Veterinary Assistant

Meet Hannah! Hannah has been with us since August of 2020 and is in her 4th year at UGA studying Applied Biotechnology with minors in Ecology and Avian Biology. Hannah says her greatest experience in her position has been being surrounded by a litter of kittens and watching intricate surgeries and procedures. She has a general love of all animals but is especially fond of felines and geriatric patients. Hannah plans to use her degree to help everyone receive veterinary care regardless of financial status.

Anna Kate Foshee

Anna Kate Foshee

Veterinary Assistant/Client Service Representative

Meet Anna Kate Foshee, Anna Kate is a receptionist and assistant at our Gaines School location. She is a recent graduate in biology and ecology with a strong background in wildlife science. She shares her love of all things outdoors with her 2 adventurous dogs, 4 carefree cats, and 1 lively leopard gecko! Anna Kate loves everything that walks, swims, crawls, or slithers and hopes to be working with and studying animals in their natural habitats in the future.

Joe Gwiazdzinkski

Joe Gwiazdzinkski

Inventory Manager

Meet Joe Gwiazdzinkski, he is one of our longest running employees having been with us for 20 years. He is the inventory manager for both of our hospitals assuring we always have what we need to provide the best care for your loved ones. Joe enjoys working with our teams to help us learn about the newest advancements in animal medicine and what are the best products on the market for our patients. When Joe is not at work you can find him walking his pup; Josie, enjoying movies or playing video games.

Robin King

Robin King

Groomer/Pet Stylist

Hi! I’m Robin, the resident groomer at Gaines School Animal Hospital. I have been grooming for 18 years, mentored by some of the best women and men in the industry. I am assisted by Marina, a Certified groomer with over a year of experience. We seek continuing education yearly and strive daily to become better people and stylists. I started my grooming career as a bather at PetSmart in 2001 and moved forward with my education, apprenticing with several Master Groomers and AKC show dog handlers/breeders. I focused on the sporting, terriers and nonsporting breeds as well as extensive education in all areas of pet grooming, including advanced training for skin care and feline grooming. The greatest grooming challenge for me, as well as the most rewarding, is transforming pets from those that are afraid of being groomed, that require extra patience, into pets that enjoy the whole experience. I am highly motivated with a unique ability to read a pets’ body language to determine how they prefer to be handled. I find each pet has its own individual and unique history to tell, and I am here to listen. Also, since coming to Gaines School Animal Hospital in 2015 and working closely with our amazing Veterinarians and support staff, I diligently work to help alleviate skin conditions, of all kinds, as prescribed and directed by the doctors. Most of my career was spent in a “Pet Spa” environment, spoiling and making your pets beautiful, utilizing technical standards and abilities, all of which I continue to utilize daily. I have also found that the marriage of veterinary care and grooming not only creates a convenient option for busy schedules, but also a complete healthy, happy life for our furry family members!

Dr. Bob Brewster, DVM

Dr. Bob Brewster, DVM

Veterinarian

Doctor Brewster attended UGA and finished his DVM in 1988. Doctor Brewster has long since been the face of both Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital and Gaines School Animal Hospital. In September of 2020, Doctor Brewster decided it was time to retire from day to day Veterinary Medicine and focus on enjoying his family, travel, and relaxing at home.

Doctor Brewster has left us with a legacy to carry on in his honor; one of true compassion and love for not just our patients, but our community and the folks that make up our wonderful home. He is and will remain a part of these practices in one sense or another. We embrace his vision in our daily lives and will always ask ourselves; how would Doctor Brewster do it! Stay tuned though… We suspect Doctor Brewster may join us from time to time in the future to catch up with long time friends and check in on some of his patients!

We’re proud to serve Athens, GA and the surrounding communities.

We’re a full-service veterinary hospital in Athens, GA. Our goal is to create a caring, lasting bond with our clients and patients by providing the highest quality veterinary care with excellent client education and service.

Location

513 Gaines School Rd.
Athens, GA 30605
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Hours

Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Sat: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Contact Info

Phone: 706-549-1708
Fax: 706-549-2951
Email: contactus@gainesschool.net

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