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Meet Your Pet’s Team

At NGVS, your pet benefits from the art and science of advanced veterinary medicine. Each of our veterinarians has superb communication skills, a boatload of compassion and extensive clinical expertise. It’s a combination that produces great outcomes for pets – and happy pet owners.

Specialty Services

Anesthesia and Pain Management

Jennifer G. Adams, DVM, DACVIM (LA), DACVAA

Jennifer G. Adams, DVM, DACVIM (LA), DACVAA

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (LA)
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Adams has broad experience in academia and private practice. Since earning her veterinary medical degree, she has worked as a veterinary pain management specialist in several emergency and referral practices. She also has served as an editor for a study website for veterinary students, technicians and doctors taking their national boards – testament to her advanced knowledge and expertise.

Dermatology

Michaela G. Austel, DMV, DACVD

Michaela G. Austel, Dr. med. vet., DACVD

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Ludwig-Maximilian -University, Munich, Germany

Dr. Austel has been a veterinarian for 24 years, 18 of which were dedicated to dermatology. She spent 20 years in academia in Europe and the USA and trained many generations of future veterinarians. She received her specialty training in dermatology at the University of Georgia (UGA) and subsequently became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. Dr. Austel has given numerous lectures and continuing education presentations at the state, national and international level. After several years in private specialty clinics in Massachusetts and Virginia, North Georgia Veterinary Specialists became her professional home in 2013.
She is the proud parent of six adopted furry children. Half of the crew are dogs, the other half are cats…….and two of them have severe allergies.

Diagnostic Imaging

Anthony Pease, DVM, MS, DACVR (Consultant)

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Master of Science: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, VA

Emergency and Critical Care

Michelle Goodnight, DVM, MS, DACVECC

Michelle Goodnight, DVM, MS, DACVECC

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

A retired major in the U.S. Army, Dr. Goodnight served as a Veterinary Corps Officer from 2002 until early 2015, and as medical director of VCA Noah’s Place in St. Petersburg, Florida from July to October 2014. She joined North Georgia Veterinary Specialists in April 2015.

Outside of work, Dr. Goodnight loves to spend time with her husband, a talented cosplay artist, and their two children. Their home is always filled with the sounds pets and children making joyful noise!

Jennifer G. Adams, DVM, DACVIM (LA), DACVAA

Jennifer G. Adams, DVM, DACVIM (LA), DACVAA

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (LA)
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Adams has broad experience in academia and private practice. Since earning her veterinary medical degree, she has worked as a veterinary pain management specialist in several emergency and referral practices. She also has served as an editor for a study website for veterinary students, technicians and doctors taking their national boards – testament to her advanced knowledge and expertise.

Kevin Brantly, DVM

Kevin Brantly, DVM

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Brantly spent his first two years as a veterinarian in a mixed animal private practice in Wyoming, and the next eight years practicing emergency medicine in the Atlanta area. He joined the NGVS emergency medicine team in 2014.

He has furthered his education by attending the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, pursuing his interest in acupuncture and the integration of eastern and western medicine. He offers acupuncture to our patients through our physical rehabilitation service

Beth Cochran, DVM, CIVCA

Beth Cochran, DVM, CIVCA

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Certification: International Veterinary Chiropractic Association

In addition to her training and nearly two decades of experience as a general practice veterinarian – including nine years at a five-doctor AAHA-accredited animal hospital – Dr. Cochran is certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association, a reflection of her skill in veterinary chiropractic and rehabilitation. She offers chiropractic care to our patients through our physical rehabilitation service

She has five dogs, three cats, two bunnies and a horse. The dogs are her partners in obedience, agility, conformation and dock diving. The horse – a rescue – is her partner in endurance riding. She also enjoys swing dancing.

Stephani Hautau DVM

Stephani Hautau DVM

  • Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery: Veterinary Specialists Center, Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Univeristy of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

Internal Medicine

Katie Surdyk, DVM, PhD

Katie Surdyk, DVM, PhD

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Tuskegee University, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee, AL
  • PhD: Physiology, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

After earning her DVM degree, Dr. Surdyk completed a one-year internship in small-animal medicine and surgery at SouthPaws in Springfield, Virginia. She spent time in private practice in Alabama and California before entering a five-year internal medicine residency and PhD program at the University of Georgia. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Surdyk finished her PhD degree in physiology and pursued further training in oncology at the University of Georgia.

She has a strong background in teaching and research, she is widely published and has given presentations at state and national levels. She handles a diverse internal medicine and oncology caseload.

When she’s not working, Dr. Surdyk enjoys biking, running and spending time with her family, which includes Golden Retrivers and a Maine Coon cat.

Physical Rehabilitation

Lisa Bedenbaugh, PT, CCRP

Lisa Bedenbaugh, PT, CCRP

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy: Daemen College, Buffalo, NY
  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP): College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Lisa brings over 25 years of human physical therapy experience to North Georgia Veterinary Specialists, particularly in the areas of orthopedics, neurology, home health and acute care. In 2003, she earned accreditation as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) and began practicing small-animal physical rehabilitation. She has divided her practice between human and animal therapy (primarily companion animals).

She also serves as the Georgia state liaison for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Animal Rehabilitation special interest group.

She lives near Atlanta with her husband, Scott, and their four dogs.

Surgery

Tim James, DVM, CCRT

Tim James, DVM, DACVS, CCRT

  • Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Small Animal
  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT): Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Coral Springs, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

 

Dr. James has been involved with research and medicine for the vast majority of his life.  He began investigating tick borne illnesses and muscle proteins in college which nearly lead to a career in infectious disease research.  However, he began to shadow several veterinarians and found that working with animals would be his life’s work.

After graduating veterinary school, he practiced at a 24-hour emergency and critical care facility in Indianapolis where he also completed his residency through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, gaining skills in ultrasonography and endoscopy.  Dr. James then moved to Tennessee to work at Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals.

Initial he was a member of the emergency/critical care department, but he transitioned to the surgery department to pursue his love of surgery.  While there, he was accepted into the surgical residency program.  He is also a certified canine rehabilitation therapist and has a special interest in neurologic conditions and sports injuries.

Keith Curcio, DVM, DACVS

Keith Curcio, DVM, DACVS

Founding Partner, Surgeon

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Small Animal
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Tuskegee University, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee, AL (Summa Cum Laude)

Dr. Curcio knew from childhood that he wanted to be in the healthcare field. As a preteen in New Jersey, he’d ride around the local lake with a neighbor, rescuing injured ducks.

After briefly considering computer science as a college major, he switched to animal science, earning his undergraduate degree from Cook College at Rutgers University. Since his home state didn’t have a veterinary school, he attended Tuskegee University in Alabama. While there, he supplemented his education by working weekends at an emergency veterinary clinic in Atlanta.

The experience ignited his passion for surgery. He remembers assisting in his first gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) surgery and knowing surgery was what he wanted to do long term.

Dr. Curcio started his postgraduate training with a rotating internship at Auburn University, followed by a surgical internship at the Affiliated Veterinary Specialists of Jacksonville, Florida. He then completed his three-year surgical residency at Michigan State University, where he remained for an additional year as a clinical instructor until he passed his boards, earning Diplomate status as a veterinary surgeon.

He accepted a position at a Nashville clinic where he met Dr. Oshin, forging a friendship and partnership that created North Georgia Veterinary Specialists in 2009.

Dr. Curcio’s wife, Michelle, is a flight instructor and was born and raised in Banks County, Georgia. Their family includes two cats and a dog. Outside of work, Dr. Curcio enjoys sports and is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He also enjoys cooking and watching movies.

Abimbola Oshin, DVM, MS, MRCVS, DACVS, DECVS

Abimbola Oshin, DVM, MS, MBA, CVPM, MRCVS, DACVS, DECVS

Founding Partner, Surgeon, Chief Executive Officer

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Small Animal
  • Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, Small Animal
  • Certified Veterinary Practice Manager
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Clinical Veterinary Medicine: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Diploma of Membership: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr. Oshin’s path to becoming a board-certified veterinary surgeon is characterized by dogged persistence. After earning his veterinary degree in his native Nigeria, he worked in general practice for a few years, then moved into academia, teaching surgery at the University of Ibadan.

With higher aspirations, however, he aimed to become a Diplomate in Veterinary Surgery in the U.S. – the ultimate level of expertise. The next step was to complete an internship, so he moved to England and worked in general practice to establish himself there, then was accepted into a small animal rotating internship at London’s Royal Veterinary College.

Next, he took a leap of faith and applied for another internship in the United States; he was accepted at Long Island Veterinary Specialists where he completed another year-long program in general medicine and surgery.

Following his internships, he applied for the very competitive and limited surgical residency positions but didn’t match with any programs. Undeterred, he began calling U.S. universities to see if they had any last-minute openings. His persistence paid off; he was offered a residency at the University of Illinois. Unfortunately, it was an unpaid position.

To help him achieve his dream, Dr. Oshin’s wife remained in London, working as a pharmacist to support him while he completed the first two years of residency training (during which time he also earned a master of science degree in clinical veterinary medicine). His third year was undertaken at a private practice in Nashville, where his wife finally could join him.

Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Oshin sat for his board exams in veterinary surgery and in 2008 was awarded the distinguished Diplomate status in this specialty – the culmination of his long-held dream.

Now board-certified and recognized as a small animal surgery specialist in both North America and Europe, he remained at the Nashville practice where he met Dr. Keith Curcio. The two men decided to open their own practice in the northern suburbs of Atlanta because it was an area in which they both wanted to live and raise their families – and there was no other veterinary specialty practice in the region. NGVS opened its doors in 2009, and today is one of the most successful and respected practices of its kind.

His wife, Bunmi, a pharmacist, was born and raised in London, England. They have three sons. Dr. Oshin enjoys outdoor activities, especially playing team sports.

Veterinary Technicians and Assistants

The veterinary technicians and technician assistants at North Georgia Veterinary Specialists have advanced training and are highly experienced in the specialties we offer, including emergency and critical care medicine. They support our specialists, provide around-the-clock monitoring and give patients compassionate, loving care during their time with us.


Client Service Representatives

Our Client Service team is always ready to welcome you to our hospital or speak with you by phone. They are dedicated to ensuring you and your pet are well taken care of and all of your questions are answered. As pet owners too, caring for you is as important as caring for your pet.

Abimbola Oshin, DVM, MS, MRCVS, DACVS, DECVS

Abimbola Oshin, DVM, MS, MBA, CVPM, MRCVS, DACVS, DECVS

Founding Partner, Surgeon, Chief Executive Officer.

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Small Animal
  • Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, Small Animal
  • Certified Veterinary Practice Manager
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Clinical Veterinary Medicine: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Diploma of Membership: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr. Oshin’s path to becoming a board-certified veterinary surgeon is characterized by dogged persistence. After earning his veterinary degree in his native Nigeria, he worked in general practice for a few years, then moved into academia, teaching surgery at the University of Ibadan.

With higher aspirations, however, he aimed to become a Diplomate in Veterinary Surgery in the U.S. – the ultimate level of expertise. The next step was to complete an internship, so he moved to England and worked in general practice to establish himself there, then was accepted into a small animal rotating internship at London’s Royal Veterinary College.

Next, he took a leap of faith and applied for another internship in the United States; he was accepted at Long Island Veterinary Specialists where he completed another year-long program in general medicine and surgery.

Following his internships, he applied for the very competitive and limited surgical residency positions but didn’t match with any programs. Undeterred, he began calling U.S. universities to see if they had any last-minute openings. His persistence paid off; he was offered a residency at the University of Illinois. Unfortunately, it was an unpaid position.

To help him achieve his dream, Dr. Oshin’s wife remained in London, working as a pharmacist to support him while he completed the first two years of residency training (during which time he also earned a master of science degree in clinical veterinary medicine). His third year was undertaken at a private practice in Nashville, where his wife finally could join him.

Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Oshin sat for his board exams in veterinary surgery and in 2008 was awarded the distinguished Diplomate status in this specialty – the culmination of his long-held dream.

Now board-certified and recognized as a small animal surgery specialist in both North America and Europe, he remained at the Nashville practice where he met Dr. Keith Curcio. The two men decided to open their own practice in the northern suburbs of Atlanta because it was an area in which they both wanted to live and raise their families – and there was no other veterinary specialty practice in the region. NGVS opened its doors in 2009, and today is one of the most successful and respected practices of its kind.

His wife, Bunmi, a pharmacist, was born and raised in London, England. They have three sons. Dr. Oshin enjoys outdoor activities, especially playing team sports.

Donna Mandato, LVT

Donna Mandato, LVT

Practice Manager

Donna has been with North Georgia Veterinary Specialists since its 2011 opening. After receiving her associate’s degree from the State University of New York, Donna spent ten years in primary care veterinary practice as a licensed technician. She discovered her love for emergency medicine in 1992 when she began working for her first emergency hospital in New York. In 2000, Donna and her family relocated to Georgia where she met Dr. Curcio while working as a surgical tech at a practice in Alpharetta.

She is thankful for her loving family and for having a job that gives her the opportunity to make a difference while doing what she loves.

Kathy Scull

Kathy Scull

Referral Coordinator

Christie Charles

Christie Charles

Client Service Supervisor

Christie joined the NGVS family in June 2014. She moved here from Tampa, FL, in Fall 2013 with her husband Chris and two daughters Courtney and Jordan. She has a 6-year-old French Bulldog named Victoria that is the center of attention in their family. She has over 20 years of experience as a Customer Service Manager, Quality Assurance Coordinator, and Human Resources Specialists. She enjoys working directly with the clients to ensure they have the best experience possible.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling, golfing with her husband, and spending time with her family.

Robin George

Robin George

Client Service Representative

Sherry Mililli

Sherry Mililli

Client Service Representative

Sherry moved to Georgia with her husband and two children from Naugatuck, CT in 1995. She joined the NGVS family in October of 2015 wanting to follow her passion for working and helping animals.
In her spare time, she enjoys running the trails with her four-legged best friend Tatter Tot, playing tennis with her daughter, and kayaking with her son on Lake Lanier.

Kendra Hornstein

Kendra Hornstein

Client Service Representative

Stacy Coughlin

Stacey Coughlin

Client Service Representative

Divana Terrel

Divana Terrell

Client Service Representative

Justina Gunderson RVT CCRP

Justina Gunderson, RVT, CCRP

Rehabilitation Therapist

Justina found her passion in August of 2014 when she first started in physical rehabilitation at NGVS. She really enjoys helping to enrich the lives of her patients as well as their owners.
Justina has been a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRP) since 2015 and an RVT since 2009.

While not at work she enjoys water sports, snowboarding, cooking, reading and watching movies. Justina has a hound mix named Van and a DSH named Doug.

Autumn Trainor

Autumn Trainor

Rehabilitation Therapist

Brittany Kansagrad RVT

Brittany Kansagrad, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Brittany Yoder RVT

Brittany Yoder, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Brittany has been with NGVS family since opening September 2011. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Georgia and attended Gwinnett Technical College, completing the Veterinary Technology Program in 2011.
When not at work, Brittany enjoys running, working out at the gym, going to the lake, and spending time with her husband Brian, cat Chloe, and dog Leela.

Alison Risinger RVT

Alison Risinger, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Alison has always had a deep love and respect for all animals. Growing up outside Dallas, Texas she knew she wanted to help animals and make a difference in their care. She graduated from Gwinnett Technical College with a degree in Animal Sciences. She joined the NGVS family in February 2013.
She has two dogs, Walter and Kaylee; and two cats Unagi and Wasabi. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, reading and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite color is purple and her favorite animal is the polar bear.

Michelle Rice

Michelle Rice, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Michelle is a native Georgian living in Winder with her husband Jody, son Gavin, 3 dogs (Xena, Jasmine, and Diva), and 2 cats (Smarty Pants and Cheetah). She has been a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) since 2004 and joined the NGVS family in November 2014. Her passion is emergency and critical care. She feels that during the difficulty of an unexpected illness or injury, that pets and their owners need more than just medical assistance; they need a kind word and a soft touch. This is why Michelle loves her job; she gets to be that person.

When Michelle is not working, she loves the outdoors. Most weekends find her hiking with her dogs or riding her horse, Abu. The time outdoors gives her a chance to recharge and relax.

Christie Sunderville

Christie Sunderville, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Kristian Hillsman

Kristian Hillsman, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

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Michelle Sharples, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Michelle has been in the veterinary medicine field for 20 years with experience in general practice, emergency, internal medicine, oncology, and dermatology. She joined the NGVS family in 2016. She loves working in veterinary medicine because it is rewarding to help pets and their families.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children and her four-legged family members – a lab mix and 4 kitties.

Caroline Adams

Caroline Adams, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Caroline lives in Loganville with her boyfriend and 4 dogs (Chopper, Gunner, Georgia, and Remington), Marla the cat, and 5 reptiles. Initially, she started in the human medicine, but at the end of 2013 switched to veterinary medicine. While working at a day practice as a kennel assistant and then Veterinary Assistant, she earned an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Gwinnett Technical College in May 2016. Her internship that same year was at NGVS. During this time, Caroline learned her passion was specialty medicine. It’s a great feeling getting up in the morning, going to work, and enjoying and loving what you do!

Ann Williams RVT

Ann Williams, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Melissa Whitmire

Melissa Whitmire, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

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Sherita Bethea

Veterinary Assistant

Nikita Armstrong

Nikita Armstrong

Veterinary Assistant

At the age of 4, Nikita wanted to be a veterinarian.  She has a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science with a minor in chemistry.  Nikita enjoys the challenges of veterinary medicine and currently is pursuing her licensure as a technician through the GTC veterinary technology program.  She joined NGVS in 2015 and we are excited to have her as part of the team.  Nikita enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and London, her 1 year-old black and tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Heather Huitron

Heather Huitron

Veterinary Assistant

Rosanne Ampey

Rosanne Ampey

Veterinary Assistant

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Kristina Hargett

Veterinary Assistant

Manuel Gonzalez

Manuel Gonzalez

Veterinary Assistant

Heather Jones

Heather Jones

Veterinary Assistant

Jill Edwards

Jill Edwards

Veterinary Assistant

Alison Weihl

Alison Weihl