Our Staff

A Dedicated Staff:

We’ve helped thousands of patients, from canine athletes and working dogs to beloved family pets.


Referral Coordinator

Azra serves as a resource for our clients to help facilitate the needs of their pet.  Azra completed a veterinary technician program in her native country Bosnia before moving to the United States in 1998.  Azra joined Northlake in 2014 with over 14 years of experience in specialty veterinary customer service.  Azra enjoys listening to music (metal), reading, and spending time with her family, friends, and two cats (Cody and Stella).


Registered Veterinary Tech.
Referral Coordinator

Melanie graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010 with a Bachelors in Dairy Science and Agribusiness, and also from Columbus State Community College, with a degree in Veterinary Applied Sciences. Melanie has over 20 years of experience from general, specialty, and emergency practices. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Registered Veterinary Tech.
Certified Rehabilitation Assistant

Mandy graduated from Gwinnett Technical College in 2005 with a Degree in Applied Sciences – Veterinary Technology. She completed her certification in Canine Rehabilitation in 2016. Mandy is an avid sports fan (especially college football), and excellent photographer, and enjoys spending time with her dog Titus.


Registered Veterinary Tech.

Katie joined Northlake in 2011 with 6 years of experience in general veterinary practice. Katie graduated from Gwinnett Technical College in 2005 with a Degree in Applied Sciences – Veterinary Technology. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband Juan, their daughter Eleanor and their cats Mr. Peepers and Chuckles.


Registered Veterinary Tech.

Michele joined Northlake in 2007, with 5 years of experience in general veterinary practice and 10 years experience in internal medicine specialty practice. Michele and her husband along with their two sons enjoy spending time with family and friends.


Registered Veterinary Tech.

Cathy was trained in the United States Army, where she achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.  Cathy acquired 6 years of experience in Emergency Medicine before joining Northlake in 1994.  Cathy enjoys gardening, home improvement projects, family, and spending time with her dog Buddy and fleet of cats.


Registered Veterinary Tech.

Lauren is a 2014 graduate of Gwinnett Technical College earning a degree in Applied Sciences – Veterinary Technology. Lauren also has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Georgia Southern University in 2003. Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband Ryan, their three dogs and cat. She also enjoys being outdoors, traveling, competing in mud runs, training in Kali, and playing soccer.


Certified Veterinary Assistant

Alexis joined Northlake in 2016 with 3 years experience in general veterinary practice. She graduated from Animal Behavior College in 2013 as a certified veterinary assistant. In May of 2020, Alexis graduated from Georgia State University with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Photography. Alexis enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her dog, Halo.


Veterinary Tech. Assistant

Carnell joined Northlake in 2018 through our work-study internship program. He comes to us from Pennsylvania where he gained experience working for multiple veterinary specialty hospitals. In his spare time, Carnell can be found fishing, training his 2 dogs Ceily and Ernesto, or looking out for his little chameleon, Flower.


Registered Veterinary Tech.

Katie joined our family in 2019 after having her own dog’s surgery performed at Northlake. Katie previously worked at the University of Georgia in their large animal veterinary facility. Katie graduated with a degree in Equine Science in 2016 from Judson College and continued her education at Gwinnett Technical College, receiving her RVT degree in 2018. Katie is an avid animal lover, enjoys crocheting, reading, and spending time with her dogs, family, and friends.


Registered Veterinary Tech.

Tabitha graduated from Fort Valley State University in 2020 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. In her free time, she likes going on walks and hikes. She loves spending time with her family and dogs, Pepper and Petey. She loves to swim and played three sports in high school along with being in the orchestra.

What Our Clients Have to Say About Northlake:
  • Our overall experience at Northlake was wonderful. From the minute we walked in we felt welcomed by the attentive staff and comfortable hospital.  The doctors were very detail oriented and treated Polly (our dog) like their own.  We were most impressed with the follow-up after the surgery took place.

  • The entire staff made a stressful situation much easier.

    Alicia Harvey Cat: Doodlebug | Procedure: Femur fracture repair
  • We are so thankful for the extra ‘squirrel chasing’ time that Chipper had because of your work on his knees.

    Shannan Edwards Dog: Chipper | Procedure: Bilateral CCL Reconstructions & MPL Repair
  • The best, sweetest, and truly kindest gang - anywhere.

    Freddie Forrester Dog: Roxey | Procedure: Platelet-rich Plasma Elbow Injection
  • We truly felt Sadie was in the best care of any place.

    Shannon and Bill Farrell Dog: Sadie | Procedure: TPLO and Menisectomy
  • You made the observation she would not have a bad day, and she didn’t.

    Jill Thompson Dog: Sassy | Procedure: Hindlimb amputation to treat osteosarcoma
  • The day we ran over Dude was the worst day of our lives.  The day we picked him up and he walked out of your hospital was the best.

    Amanda Naramore Dog: Dude | Procedure: HIp dislocation repair and TPLO
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