Veterinary Assistant SupervisorLea Mercer
Veterinary Tech School: Gwinnett Tech
Lea has been a valuable part of the VCA Roswell Animal Hospital team since 1995! When not at work, Lea enjoys spending time with her daughter and cat, Fin.
Lea explains "I know that each day I walk into the door that I'm going to make a difference in each pet’s life. I enjoy interacting with clients and pets of all ages and believe I too can make that huge difference even though I am not a veterinarian."
Veterinary AssistantSandy Ehlebracht
Veterinary Tech School: Penn Foster College
School: Art Institute of Atlanta, Associates in Fashion Merchandising
Sandy joined the VCA Roswell Animal Hospital family in November of 2012. She grew up in Hilton Head, South Carolina and moved to the Cumming area in 2001. Prior to joining our team, Sandy volunteered with the Humane Society of Forsyth County. She graduated in 1986 from the Art Institute of Atlanta with her Associates in Fashion Merchandising and is currently pursuing her veterinary technology degree through Penn Foster College. When asked why she likes working in the veterinary field, Sandy said "I am instinctually a caretaker and, because of this, I feel that being around people and animals is a calling...”
When not at work, Sandy enjoys baking, watching cooking shows with her husband, and finding activities for her children to do that are not average, such as geo caching and odd arts and crafts. Ultimately, laughing and spending time with her family is her favorite interest!
Sandy explains "I was lucky enough to be granted a job with VCA Roswell Animal Hospital on Nov 22 2012. Since that wonderful day I have been striving to learn as much as possible and understand what I have learned. There have been a few hiccups from time to time but the staff here has been more than an encouragement more like my own private cheer team. I am spoken to with respect and the confidence that what will be taught to me is something I can handle. The Doctors are never to busy to answer questions as why they are performing the task they are. Explanations are given for what is wrong with a patient, and most of all chances are given. The people here don't want you to fail they want you to be good at your job, and that to me is a sound work environment! My interest for this field was when I decided to volunteer for the Forsyth County Humane Society. I was totally blind to how many pets were in need of homes and special care. I have always been a person to help those in need and care for those that didn't have a shoulder to lean on. I knew that this was a field where I could apply all of me to helping those that can't speak. Some people like sit behind a desk and not deal with the others. I on the other hand like to please people and make them feel like they are my number one priority. My past work experience was giving people the satisfaction of getting the best for what they desire. Here I give the pets and clients the best in what they desire. The fact that I get unconditional love every day from the patients is just icing on the cake. It is the most rewarding job I have ever had the chance to be a part of. I wouldn't care if I had to work days straight or endless hours in a day, the love and happiness I see in the patients eyes with them hopefully understanding that we are hear to care and make the best life possible for them. Comfort them when they are in pain and reward them for a job well done, it's my job to take care of them. I challenge myself to push back any fears and to learn more and more each day. Sneaking in a super hug, kiss and nosey to a patient helps me everyday."
Veterinary AssistantKym Haney
Kym joined the VCA Roswell Animal Hospital family in 2009 and has worked in the veterinary field since 2003. She was born and raised here in Georgia and has a criminal justice degree. Kym and her partner, Stephanie, have been together for five years; together they have Charlie, a pinscher mix, Avery, a pointer mix, and Buddy, a Shar-pei.
Kym says, "I love working with animals because they are the greatest companions anyone could ever have; they are loyal and selfless. Helping animals in need is the greatest feeling one could ever feel."
Veterinary AssistantKristen Hoggard
School: University of Georgia
Kristen joined the VCA Roswell Animal Hospital family in October of 2014, but she is by no means new to VCA; she transferred from VCA Columbia in Augusta, GA. In fact, Kristen was born in Augusta and resided there until her recent move to the Atlanta area. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013 and hopes to go on to attend veterinary school! In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her furry family--two dogs, Samson and Sebastian, and two cats, Storm and Cheeto. Kristen says "I have always adored animals of all shapes and sizes and I have always wanted to do whatever I could to help them. Combined with the lifelong interest in medicine, my love of animals led me to joining the veterinary field. My work at VCA is allowing me to learn and pursue my dreams of aiding animals; I hope to share my knowledge with our clients so that they can care for their beloved pets".
Veterinary AssistantJess Umbaugh
Veterinary Tech School: Gwinnett Technical College, University of Georgia
Jess joined the VCA Roswell Animal Hospital family in October of 2014; after completing her rotation here, she realized she loved the hospital and team so much that she didn't want to leave! Jess grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, graduated from South Forsyth High School, and currently resides in the Alpharetta area. Prior to joining our team, Jess graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Georgia. Currently, she is pursuing her degree in Veterinary Technology through Gwinnett Technical College and is looking forward to graduating in May so that she can become a Registered Veterinary Technician and spend much more time caring for patients alongside her VCA Roswell Animal Hospital family! When not in school or working, Jess enjoys spending time with her own furry child, Missy, a four-year-old German Shepard mix.
Veterinary AssistantKristen Windsor
School: The University of West Georgia, Associate in English
After a brief stint away, Kristen came back home to rejoin her VCA Roswell Animal Hospital family in July of 2014; our resident Cat Lady is back! Kristen grew up in Lilburn, Georgia and graduated from Brookwood High School. After graduation, she went on to attend West Georgia College where she earned a degree in English. When not at work caring for her patients and clients, she can be found smothering her own fur babies with love! "Why do I love my job at VCA Roswell Animal Hospital? There are so many reasons and not enough space! The first reason I love being a part of the VCA Roswell Animal Hospital family is because of the kitties & doggies (okay, mostly the kitties; sorry, I am the cat lady after all!). It brings me so much joy to see a once ailing pet get better with our help! There are always the kisses & cuddles we get from our precious patients and, as if that isn't enough, we have the most amazing clients who will do anything for their furry friends. Fur parents, you make our work even that much better with your support & gratitude. Lastly, I LOVE my supportive coworkers! In fact, they are like family and help make waking up every morning worth it! I love it that these family members of mine love animals just as much as me! If you are looking for a new veterinarian, please come and join our family; I promise you won’t regret it!"