South Forsyth Veterinary Staff

Registered Veterinary Technicians

The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalLaura Ballantyne, RVT

Laura Ballantyne started working at South Forsyth Animal Hospital in May of 2007. She has over 15 years of experience in the animal care field. In addition to being a registered veterinary technician in the state of Georgia, Laura also has a Bachelor's degree in marketing and communications from the University of Nebraska and an Associate's degree in applied science from Gwinnett Technical College.

Laura's responsibilities include anesthesia induction monitoring, performing dental prophylaxis, and assisting veterinarians during surgery. She particularly enjoys working with feline patients.

At home Laura has three cats named Jules, Patches, and Mags. Laura enjoys running, boating, and traveling in her free time.

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The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalErin Kutner, RVT

Erin Kutner has worked at South Forsyth Animal Hospital since July of 2008. She has dual Associate's degrees in Veterinary Technology and Health Sciences. In addition to being licensed in the state of Georgia, she also passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2008.

"My co-workers are like my second family," says Erin. "I'm one of those lucky people who wakes up every morning looking forward to their job. I enjoy the variety my profession brings, and I love working with a great team that provides high-quality veterinary care."

At home, Erin has two cats: Tynan and Bayo. In her free time she enjoys shopping, fishing, watching movies, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband Stephen and two sons Liam and Eli.

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The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalKim Gunter, RVT

Kim Gunter joined our team in November of 2013 and has 25 years of experience in the animal care field. Her favorite parts of her job are assisting in surgeries, dental procedures, and caring for hospitalized patients. She is a licensed technician in the state of Georgia.

"I really like how each employee treats every pet as if they were their own," says Kim. "I appreciate the quality of veterinary care at South Forsyth Animal Hospital, which helps further my knowledge."

At home Kim has three dogs: Reine, a Rottweiler, Brody, a toy fox terrier, and Champ, a German Shepherd. She also has two cats, Pollen and Tinsel. In her free time Kim enjoys boating, cooking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and son.

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Jennifer Port, RVT

Jennifer Port joined the staff at South Forsyth Animal Hospital in January 2017. As a registered veterinary technician, her responsibilities include obtaining patient histories, assisting doctors during appointments, venipuncture, placing catheters, performing lab work, monitoring patients during surgery, filling medications, caring for hospitalized patients and interacting with our clients. Jennifer is fluent in conversational Spanish, and her favorite part of the job is interacting with all our patients and clients.

“I have met the nicest clients at South Forsyth Animal Hospital, and one of the most knowledgeable, sweetest staffs I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” Jennifer says. “The medicine that is practiced here is absolutely top-notch.”

Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Middle Grades Education from the University of Florida. At home, she has a pit bull named Odin, a pit bull mix named Loki and a domestic shorthair cat named Yoshi. Jennifer goes to Cross Fit five times a week and absolutely loves it (and despite what people think, it’s not a cult). She also enjoys walking and snuggling with her dogs.

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Veterinary Technicians

The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalPierce Virden, Veterinary Technician

Pierce Virden joined the team in October of 2014. She is responsible for assisting the doctors with appointments, monitoring hospitalized patients, and providing client and patient care. Pierce also handles the ordering and inventory maintenance of the hospital's prescription foods. She is enrolled at Gwinnett Technical College, where she is pursuing a degree in veterinary technology.

"I enjoy working at this clinic because the doctors provide the best veterinary medicine around," says Pierce. "The environment is great. Dr. Hillier and Dr. O'Neal are wonderful doctors and have great clients."

At home, Pierce has three dogs: Aurora, a female Husky, Roxy, a Shepherd mix and Bea, a terrier mix. In her free time she enjoys doing DIY projects, working out at the gym, and spending time with her dogs.

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The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalMary Beth Molzer, Veterinary Technician

Mary Beth Molzer has over 20 years of experience in the animal care field. She joined South Forsyth Animal Hospital in December of 2014. Her responsibilities include assisting doctors with clients and patients during exams, taking x-rays, and caring for sick patients. Mary Beth is also our American Hospital Association (AAHA) coordinator, ensuring that the hospital remains compliant with the organization's accreditation standards.

"The care at this practice extends from doctor to staff," says Mary Beth. "Patients and clients are treated with the respect and are given individualized attention, and they receive outstanding medical care from the doctors."

At home Mary Beth has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Addie and a kitty named Vespa. She enjoys creative activities, scrapbooking, quilting, and spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.

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The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalJessica Freed, Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician Jessica Freed joined the South Forsyth team in June of 2017, and since has been working full-time to keep our animal hospital at its highest standards. With over 5 years of technician experience, Jessica helps assist our doctors, collects samples for bloodwork, and helps to monitor our patients. The part of her job that Jessica likes best is being able to interact with clients and meet their pets, which also includes caring for hospitalized patients.

“Dr. Hiller, Dr. O’Neal, and Dr. Cook are the kindest and smartest doctors I’ve ever worked with,” Jessica proclaims. “The entire staff is the most knowledgeable and caring staff. They care about each and every client and their pets. It’s a privilege to be a part of such an amazing team.”

Jessica is currently enrolled in the veterinary technician program at San Juan College and is pursuing an Associate degree in Veterinary Technology. She hopes to become registered in the state of Georgia by the time she graduates in Spring of 2019.

Away from the animal hospital, Jessica owns 2 cats, named Elli and Rue, and a ball python named Sully. In her spare time, Jessica enjoying visiting with family and friends, going to her hometown of Rochester, New York, cooking, traveling, spending time outdoors, and listening to music.

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Veterinary Assistants

The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalTownes Nicole Hillier, Veterinary Assistant

Townes Nicole Hillier is a veterinary assistant at South Forsyth Animal Hospital. She is a pre-veterinary student at Mississippi State University and has worked in veterinary hospitals since 2007.

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The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalPatti Barber, Veterinary Assistant

Patti Barber is one of South Forsyth Animal Hospital's skilled veterinary assistants. She enjoys helping sick pets while working with "great team members." Her responsibilities include handling pets and assisting the veterinarians and technicians. Patti also fills in at the front desk when needed, assisting with phone calls, scheduling patients and check-outs. She has several years of experience in the animal-care field and joined South Forsyth Animal Hospital in 2016.

"I like keeping pets healthy, and witnessing the results in healing ailing pets is very rewarding," said Patti. "Also, seeing clients satisfied with their experience for their furry family member is wonderful."

At home, Patti has a pit bull named Bama and two Chihuahuas, Sonny and Molly. When she’s not at work, she enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, playing with her pets and spending time with her husband Ralph, son Trey and friends.

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The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalSarah Anglin, Veterinary Assistant

Sarah Anglin joined the team at South Forsyth Animal Hospital in March 2017. As a veterinary assistant, her daily responsibilities include keeping the kennel and hospital clean, assisting doctors and technicians during examinations, tracking medical supplies and maintaining inventory. Sarah has a genuine care for animals’ health and well-being, and she enjoys providing a calm, clean environment for our clients and patients.

“I am excited to work with such a great staff,” Sarah says. "Our veterinarians are very loving and attentive with their patients. The whole staff at South Forsyth Animal Hospital create such a fun, caring and professional atmosphere. I am proud to be a part of a team that can provide this to all of their patients.”

At home, Sarah has a lab/pit bull mix named April, and 3 cats named Little Man, Bowie and Pidget. In her free time, she enjoys scrapbooking, DIY crafts, reading, writing, spending time with her family of fur babies and working in her veggie garden.

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Client Services

The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalLisa Goddard, Receptionist and Website Coordinator

Lisa Goddard joined our practice in July of 2014. Her responsibilities include scheduling appointments, greeting clients and their pets, updating our Facebook page, and serving as the liaison for our website. Lisa has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Florida.

"I enjoy being surrounded by talented, dedicated co-workers, all of whom love caring for animals and providing them with love and excellent treatment," says Lisa. "I like that the veterinary staff members have good senses of humor and pitch in by doing whatever it takes to keep things running smoothly."

Outside of work, Lisa shares her home with her husband Andy and their dog, CJ, a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. In her free time she enjoys cycling, hiking, reading, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and rooting for the Florida Gators.

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The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalMelissa Cini, Front Office Manager

Melissa Cini joined South Forsyth Animal Hospital in January of 2015. She is responsible for greeting patients and their owners, scheduling appointments, maintaining a pleasant atmosphere in our waiting area, and overseeing all front office operations. She also handles office supply orders, designs some of our flyers, brochures and signs, and is our go-to person for anything technology-related. Her favorite part of the position is meeting and greeting pets and their owners.

"South Forsyth Animal Hospital has been so welcoming," says Melissa. "The doctors and technicians are very friendly and knowledgeable. I love this fantastic office!"

Melissa has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Central Florida.

At home, Melissa has a cat named Hallie and a male Afghan Hound, named Caspian. In her free time she enjoys video gaming, watching movies, going to conventions and making chainmaille jewelry, and spending time with her husband Jon.

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The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalTammy Schaffer, Receptionist and Customer Care Specialist

Tammy Schaffer joined South Forsyth Animal Hospital in June 2016. She has been employed in the animal care field for the past 11 years in positions such as dog caregiver, pet sitter and adoption counselor. Tammy's responsibilities at our hospital include answering phones, scheduling appointments, greeting customers, and checking patients in and out. Tammy also handles prescription refills, patient follow-up, and responding to various medical questions.

She says, "Everyone here truly cares about animals. The veterinarian's experience and knowledge allows me to continue learning while enjoying my job."

At home, Tammy has a lab mix named Marni, two cats named Maddy and Murphy, and one cat named Stormy. In her free time, Tammy enjoys traveling, exploring new places, crafts and DIY, reading, camping, and photography.

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The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalMeghan Riegler, Receptionist

Meghan Riegler joined the client service team at South Forsyth Animal Hospital in March 2017. With over two years of experience in the animal-care field, her favorite part of being a receptionist is meeting so many great people who love their pets as much as Meghan loves hers. Some of Meghan’s job responsibilities include welcoming clients, scheduling appointments and checking patients in and out. She also fills in as the Customer Care Specialist, filling prescriptions and handling patient follow-up.

Everyone at South Forsyth Animal Hospital is so kind and helpful,” Meghan says. “Dr. Hillier and Dr. O’Neal are amazing veterinarians and they treat each patient as if they were their own. I feel blessed to work in such a welcoming environment where clients and employees are one big family.”

At home, Meghan has a flat-coated retriever named Shadow. Together, Meghan and Shadow enjoy going on walks and going swimming. She also enjoys horseback riding, watching movies and spending time with her family playing games and sports.

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The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalChristy Moore, Receptionist

Christy Moore began working at South Forysth in June of 2017. Christy’s daily duties include making sure the hospital runs smoothly by answering phone calls and making appointments, as well as greeting patients and their pets as they come in. She enjoys being able to converse with all our clients, exhibiting her genuine love for pets and their caring owners.

“I was a previous client for almost 10 years before I started working at South Forysth Animal Hospital. The doctors and staff are very dedicated and genuine with each and every patient. You feel the love that they have for what they do,” Christy says.

Out of the office, Christy enjoys spending time raising her young daughter, who is the light of her life. She spends most of her free time with her husband, her daughter, and her furry babies. Christy owns a Lab / Beagle mix named Duke, and a black cat named Chance. Cuddling on the couch and watching a good movie with all of them is the perfect day!

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The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalBeth Sowell, Volunteer

Beth Sowell has been with us since July of 2007. She joined the team after retiring from her job at BellSouth/ATT, where she worked for 30 years. "Drs. Hillier and O'Neal had been my pet's doctors for many years," she says. "And I had always thought I would like to work in a veterinary hospital after retirement. It was a match meant to be!" Beth recently retired from her position as office manager but still volunteers here, assisting in a variety of areas throughout the hospital.

Beth has a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and Master's degree in Management of Technology, both from Georgia Tech. At home, Beth and her husband Gary have two dogs: Shih Tzu mixes Ginny and Carlie.

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Groomer

The staff at South Forsyth Animal HospitalCharlie Matthews, Groomer

Charlie Matthews joined our team in January of 2015. He has over 13 years of experience in the animal care field. A highlight of his job is bringing a freshly groomed pet out and seeing the positive reaction from their owner.

"I like working at South Forsyth Animal Hospital because their vision of customer service and helping pets and their owners perfectly matches my own," says Charlie.

At home, Charlie has five dogs: Chloe, a Boston terrier; Boston terrier/French bulldog mixes named Cash, Kai, and Kadi; and a Chihauhua named Little. He also has 2 cats named Penny and Beans, as well as a milk snake named Stripey Snake. In his free time he enjoys gardening, hunting, hiking, cooking, and spending time with his wife Nichole and two sons.

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Bookkeeping

Carol Schultz, Bookkeeper

Since South Forsyth Animal Hospital first opened its doors, Carol Schultz has been our dedicated bookkeeper. Without Carol's 40-plus years of experience, South Forsyth couldn't run as smoothly as it does. She manages payroll, billing, and everything involved with the banking and financial side of the business. Although her role is primarily behind the scenes, she is vital to the day-to-day function of the hospital. Without her, the doctors and veterinary staff could not provide the level of care they do for our patients.

Carol has been married for more than 50 years. She and her husband Bob have three children: Tom, who lives in Denver; Joe, a police officer in Dawsonville; and Cheryl, a co-owner of South Forsyth Animal Hospital. She also has five grandchildren, ranging in age from 10 to 21 years. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, walking, and rooting for her favorite baseball team - the Atlanta Braves.

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