Our Care Team

Adam Rhodes

Veterinary Assistant

Adam stumbled into the veterinary field by accident when he was 23 years old. His sister-in-law had just started working at Smyrna Animal Hospital, and told him about an open position. He had never considered working with animals, but it wasn’t long before he fell in love with the profession!

Adam was born in Marietta, Georgia. He filled out an application in March of 2003 and had his interview the next day. He has served as a Veterinary Assistant ever since. Adam particularly likes assisting with surgeries, and also enjoys bathing animals because of the one-on-one time he can get with pets.

At home, Adam lives with his wife and two children. The family has three pets: Keeper, Hope, and Little Bit.

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Cathy Ennis

Head Veterinary Technician

29 years ago, Cathy walked into the clinic looking for a job. She came out with a career! Dr. Wolf called Cathy into his office, interviewed her, and hired her right on the spot. Now she serves as the Head Veterinary Technician at Smyrna Animal Hospital.

Cathy grew up right here in Marietta. When she started at the clinic, she bathed pets, pulled blood, and took x-rays. In 2004, she was given the opportunity to take the Georgia licensing test, which she passed to become a certified Veterinary Technician. Her favorite parts of the job are preparing for surgeries, monitoring surgeries, and seeing a pet the whole way through until they’re healthy enough to go home.

Cathy is married and has two daughters. She has one pet at home, a dog named Piper. She’s also taken in turtles, rabbits, a chinchilla, several squirrels, and a lot of cats!

Outside of work, Cathy is active in her church and even traveled to Alaska on a missionary trip last year! She also likes boating and going to the lake with family and friends.

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Charlotte Rhodes

Office Manager

Having been downsized from the banking industry and having to drive to Buckhead every day, Charlotte was looking for something less stressful and closer to home. She applied at Smyrna Animal Hospital and was hired in March of 2003 as a receptionist. When the previous office manager moved on, Charlotte was ready to fill the position!

Charlotte has always enjoyed math and accounting, so she’s a great fit for the Office Manager role. She says that when the numbers start running together, she can take a break by going to the treatment or boarding area of the clinic and love on a pet—it’s a great stress reliever!

Charlotte is married and has four children as well as two grandchildren. At home, she has two Chihuahuas, a Yorkie, a Black Lab, and a cat. When she isn’t working or spending time with her family, Charlotte enjoys watching college football, reading, and attending church.

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Kate Bennett

Veterinary Assistant, Exam Room Assistant

After exploring various career options and degree programs, Kate knew she wanted to do something in the medical field. She realized she would probably have more varied medical experiences in the veterinary field, so her mind was made up!

Born and raised in Lithia Springs, Georgia, Kate was hired at the clinic in August of 2004 when she was going into her senior year of high school. She continued her education at Kennesaw State University, in biology and chemistry.

Kate enjoys acting as the “Air Traffic Controller” around the clinic, helping to expedite and provide quality appointments for all clients and patients. She loves building relationships with clients and hearing about the various relationships people have with their pets.

Kate has one dog and a cat of her own at home. Snickers is a 16-year-old mutt who likes being a couch potato. Frank Sinatra is a 12-year-old tomcat that rules the roost!

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Mick Breazeale

Groomer

Since his official retirement in 2006, Mick has applied his love for dogs and cats to become the Groomer for Smyrna Animal Hospital.  He says that he loves to work with people, and that he considers dogs to be “persons”, capable of communication.  He says: “dogs are not human, it’s true.  Yet, there’s this sense there’s a person staring back at you.” He relates that this is an important factor to consider for one who bathes dogs and cats.  Most pets have a mind of their own, and an idea of how they think things should go in the clinic.  It will go a lot smoother in the bath, he says, if one does not ignore the “preconceived notions” the animal may have, and work to make them more comfortable.  About cats, Mick had this to say: “Cats are “persons”, too, but they don’t need you as much as dogs do.  I love cats differently than dogs.  Cats are independent, cunning, and extremely athletic.  There is a lot to love about cats, but you have to respect their attitudes.

In the years before coming to the clinic, Mick was a licensed Chiropractor, teaching and practicing at Life University.  He left the University in December of 2002 and pursued other endeavors.  In 2006, he formally retired.  By late July, 2007, he was bored and looking for something fun and interesting to do.  He and his wife, June, had acquired two new beagle puppies and he brought them into the clinic for their first examination.  During that visit, he learned that the clinic was short-staffed due to an employee having left for school.  He applied for the job and was hired in October, 2007.  He says he still looks forward to coming to work every day.

Mick is an avid fan of Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer.  He has seen Milan twice in “concert”, and once met him backstage for a photo-op.  Mick regularly views Milan’s television programs and has studiously applied his dog handling methods for years.  Through this practice, Mick has learned to safely handle dogs of various temperaments.  To date, he has bathed almost 2400 dogs, without incident.

When asked what he enjoyed most about his work at the clinic, Mick replied, “I enjoy working with dogs generally, but I particularly like working with the apprehensive or aggressive animals we see.  It is rewarding to help these pets to become comfortable in our care.  These concerns are nowhere more important than in the bathing room.  Watching an insecure, shaking, anxious dog begin to relax and become more trusting is as gratifying as working with animals gets in this clinical environment.”

Mick’s family consists of his wife, June and their two beagles, Lulabelle and Charlie.  When he is not spending time with them, one of many things he enjoys is photography, and once served as a free-lance photographer for the Life University Rugby Team.

 

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Misty Rhodes

Veterinary Technician

Misty knows that being a Veterinary Technician isn’t just about helping pets—it’s about helping their owners as well! She always wanted to help both people and animals, and serving as a Technician allows her to do just that.

Born and raised in Georgia, Misty came to the clinic in 1998 to apply right out of high school. Once hired, she started school at Kennesaw State University. Later, she took the state board test and became a registered Veterinary Technician. Wound care is a specific interest of Misty’s; she loves seeing how treatment makes a difference each day.

Misty is married and has two children. She also shares her home with three dogs: Little Bit, a Jack Russell; Keeper, a Chihuahua; and Hope, also a Chihuahua. Little Bit and Hope are actually rescues from Smyrna Animal Hospital!

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Laura Umbaugh

Veterinary Assistant

For Laura, animal care has been a part of life ever since she can remember. When her own dog was saved by the skills and compassion of a talented veterinary team, she knew that she would like to give something back! Laura is happy to care for the pets and animal parents of Smyrna as a member of the hospital family.

Laura is a native of DeKalb County, and worked at two other local veterinary facilities before joining the Smyrna Animal Hospital team as a Veterinary Assistant. She still gets to learn something new on a daily basis!

Currently, Laura is studying social work in college and already holds an Associate’s degree in social work and human studies. When she isn’t in class or tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital, she likes playing soccer and spending time with her family and pets at home. Laura has a dog, Betty Draper, as well as four cats who go by Elsy, Riley, Sammy, and Ernestine.

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Fiorella Lazo

Receptionist

Fiorella has harbored a passion for animals ever since she was young, and never took for granted all that our pets offer us. Working in the field of veterinary medicine gives her the chance to make a real difference in the lives of the area’s pets and animal owners! Fiorella serves as one of the hospital’s receptionists.

Fiorella was born in Peru, but grew up here in Georgia. Her sister-in-law previously worked here—so for Fiorella, joining the team as a receptionist was a no-brainer! She particularly enjoys seeing patients through the entire treatment and recovery process, and also likes getting to witness firsthand the special attachments between pets and their owners.

When time allows between work and her busy college course schedule, Fiorella enjoys spending time at home with her German shepherd, Achilles, whose two favorite activities are cuddling and eating.

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Ryan Carmichael

Receptionist

Ryan grew up around animals, and was always able to coax even the most skittish cats into approaching her. She knew that her appreciation for pets coupled with the veterinary industry would be a perfect match! Ryan feels fortunate to improve the lives of the area’s animal companions on a daily basis.

A native of Smyrna, Ryan joined the hospital family in 2015 and serves as a receptionist. She particularly likes getting to see new pets visit the clinic and grow over time.

Ryan’s interests outside of veterinary medicine include fantasy and science fiction—she attends Dragon Con in Atlanta every year!—as well as art, music, and attending concerts. Ryan is also passionate about photography and even holds a Bachelor’s degree in the field. She has one pet of her own at home: August, a bobtail cat who has become fast friends with her roommate’s dog.

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Diana Lumbreras

Veterinary Assistant

Diana constantly begged her parents for a puppy while she was growing up—although they weren’t always keen on the idea, they eventually gave in. Every time that Diana took her dog to the veterinarian’s office, she fantasized about working in the animal-care field herself. Now, she’s made her dream a reality as a member of the Smyrna Animal Hospital team!

Diana is a Marietta native, and first dabbled in the fields of ultrasound technology and insurance work before making the switch to her true passion: veterinary medicine. She learned from another employee of Smyrna Animal Hospital that the clinic was hiring, and she jumped at the chance to become a part of a dynamic, talented team! Diana has been a member of the hospital family since late 2016, and is proud to serve the area’s pets as a Veterinary Assistant.

In her time away from work, Diana can be found exploring dog parks and outdoor trails with her canine companion, Bailey; listening to music and attending concerts when her favorite artists come to Atlanta; and spending quality time with her family.

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Megan Snyder

Receptionist

Megan spent many of her childhood summers growing up on her family’s horse farm in Milledgeville, Georgia, where a love of animal care developed early on. Ever since she can remember, she’s been passionate about helping others—as a receptionist with the Smyrna Animal Hospital team, Megan gets to do just that every day!

Megan joined the hospital family in June of 2016, and has been serving the pets and animal owners of Smyrna ever since. Her favorite part of the job is working alongside her outstanding fellow team members to make a lasting impact on the community’s families.

Outside of animal care, Megan’s interests include horseback riding, genealogy, volunteering, 2D and 3D art, and developing and designing virtual products. She lives with one pet of her own at home: Jake, a rescued Maine Coon cat who enjoys playing catch, fetching toys, and getting long belly rubs.

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Jonathan Shalhoop

Veterinary Assistant

Jonathan has had a soft spot for animals ever since he can remember, but his mind was made up during his time serving overseas as a member of the United States Army. One day when rock-climbing in a small town outside of Mosul, Iraq, he and a few friends happened across an injured dog. They hiked 17 miles back to their camp, the dog in tow, and nursed him back to full health! Ever since, Jonathan knew that he would love to work with animals professionally.

Jonathan started here at Smyrna Animal Hospital in January of 2017, where he serves as a Veterinary Assistant. He’s continuing to learn something new every day—Jonathan finds that he particularly enjoys grooming and bathing dogs, and he also likes to meet new pets and owners on a daily basis. He’s especially fond of the clinic’s family-centered atmosphere!

At home, Jonathan has one pet of his own: Angel, a spoiled but very intelligent Australian shepherd and English setter mix.

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