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Veterinarians

Dr. Kristopher Kleine

Dr. Kristopher Kleine

DVM, CVA

Dr. Kleine is a 2006 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been caring for pets in Barrow and Gwinnett County ever since. Dr. Kleine’s professional interests include performance dog medicine having served as an Iditarod veterinarian, senior pet care, internal medicine, and everything Dachshund.

Outside of Happy Tails, Dr. Kleine spends time with his wife, Stephanie, and his daughter Catherine. They have 4 high maintenance rescue dogs, Toccoa, Mercy, Layla, and Sterling, each with their own set of unique medical requirements. In their spare time, they can be found camping and hiking in the North Georgia Mountains. Dr. Kleine also enjoys listening to his daughter’s band, running, cycling, cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, and working on antique air-cooled cars.

Dr. Stephanie Kleine

Dr. Stephanie Kleine

DVM, PhD, DACVAA

Dr. Stephanie Kleine is a 2010 graduate of the University of Georgia. Upon graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta. She, then, returned to UGA to complete a residency in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and a PhD in Comparative Physiology and Pharmacology. She is now an Assistant Professor in Veterinary Anesthesia but is available for high risk patients and consults. Dr. Kleine’s professional interests include anesthesia of the critical small and large animal patient, and pain management, especially pertaining to osteoarthritis.

In her spare time, Dr. Kleine enjoys spending time with her husband, Kris and daughter, Catherine. She also enjoys yoga, cycling, CrossFit, and being outdoors.

Dr. Hana Kudela

Dr. Hana Kudela

DVM

Dr. Hana Kudela is from southwest Georgia. She joined our practice in 2019 after receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. She attended Young Harris College and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and minor in Music. Her professional interests are in wellness medicine and preventative care, surgery, and exotics and wildlife medicine.

Outside of Happy Tails, she enjoys painting, cooking, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her husband, Steven, and furkiddo, McGee.

Dr. Sara Tanner

Dr. Sara Tanner

DVM

Bio coming soon!

Dr. Elizabeth Pettit

Dr. Elizabeth Pettit

DVM

Bio coming soon!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

Our Staff

Samantha Crowe, RVT

Samantha Crowe, RVT

Office Manager

Samantha graduated in 2007 from the University of Illinois pursuing a career with the animals she has always loved. Known as the “Cat Whisperer,” she has more than 15 years of technician experience, with 10 years as a licensed RVT. As Happy Tails has grown, she has stepped into the role of Practice Manager, and aspires to become certified in this role as well. When not at work, she enjoys gardening, DIY home improvement projects, and spending quality with time her husband, a fellow Crazy Cat guy.

Briana

Briana

Briana has been working in the veterinary field for 3 years now. She is currently enrolled in school to become a veterinary technician. When Briana is not at work, she is spending time outdoors, hunting or fishing, and with her family. She owns two dogs, Diesel and Izzy.

Milaan

Milaan

Bio coming soon!

Jazmine

Jazmine

Jazmine reigns from Savannah, Georgia and moved to Athens just last year. She has a history of working with exotic animals and wildlife, but has grown to love and adore all of the dogs and cats of Happy Tails. She hopes to obtain her RVT license in the next two years!

Autumn

Autumn

Autumn graduated in 2020 with a Biology Degree from Young Harris College, hoping to pursue a career with animals. She aspires to become an RVT in the next few years to continue her passion for helping animals. In her free time she enjoys spending time at the lake with her family, and cheering on Georgia sports teams.

Karen

Karen

Karen is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she got her degree in Music Education. Karen has been interested in joining the veterinary field for several years until she finally found her place here at Happy Tails. Karen loves all furry animals but is especially fond of cats and has had her current furbaby for the past 3 years. Karen classifies herself as a “major nerd” and loves Marvel comics and movies, fantasy, and science fiction. She also passes her time coloring and teaching herself to draw.

Beth

Beth

Beth joined the Happy Tails team in 2018 as a part-time veterinary assistant. She is also a full-time student at the University of North Georgia and will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in May of 2021. Beth has applied to the University of Georgia’s veterinary medicine program and is awaiting acceptance. In her limited spare time, Beth enjoys hiking with her dogs, Earl and Clementine, relaxing with her cats, and swimming.

Alex

Alex

Bio Coming Soon!

Chelsea

Chelsea

Bio coming soon!

Gina

Gina

My name is Gina Scott and I am thrilled to work with and care for all of the fur babies every day at Happy Tails. Currently, I am pursuing a degree in Vet Technology from Athens Technical College. Animals of all kinds have always been a passion of mine. During my free time, I love spending time with my own fur babies and with family and friends.