Johns Creek, GA Veterinarians

veterinarians in johns creek ga John K. Neiland, DVM

The bond between a grandfather and grandson can have a long lasting influence. Dr. Neiland learned this when he spent his childhood summers around his grandfather's horse farm. "His knowledge and respect for animals helped shape my decision to become a veterinarian. It helped shape who I am," said Dr. Neiland.

Dr. Neiland's youthful interest in animal care has extended into adulthood. He has been working as a general practitioner for Jones Bridge Animal Hospital since its inception in 1992. Playing an active role in the bond between families and their pets is his favorite aspect of being a veterinarian. "On our very first day of business, I saw the result of all our planning, energy, and passion. After a busy first day, I gave thanks to the community for supporting what we had created. Long term relationships with clients and my employees are things that I hold dear. Our community has responded so positively to our growth."

During college breaks and summer vacations, Dr. Neiland worked at a veterinary hospital "doing anything and everything. I learned so much about practice through that experience," he said.

He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. Currently, he is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Neiland enjoys all aspects of general practice and has acquired special training in echocardiography and cardiology.

Dr. Neiland prioritizes community service. While in college, Dr. Neiland participated in Campus Ministry. He remains committed to his community and now serves as a leader for a church ministry that serves those recovering from alcohol and drug addictions. His wife, Michele, also shares her time by volunteering in many community organizations while simultaneously maintaining the smooth operations of their farm.

Together, Dr. Neiland and Michele have two children– a son, Hayes, and daughter Claire, who also works at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital with her father. For fun, the family raises Nigerian dwarf goats (which occasionally produce milk and cheese), and Golden Retrievers. They enjoy spending time with their goldens, Gracie and Olivia, and their cat, Joe.

Aside from the busy days, Dr. Neiland tries to schedule time to play tennis, watch college football, go boating and travel.

johns creek ga veterinarians Sherry Love Hilton, DVM

"I cannot remember a time when I did not know that I wanted to be a veterinarian. It was all I ever wanted to be," said Dr. Hilton. Her curiosity about medicine and biology as well as her connection with dogs, cats and horses early in life motivated her to become a veterinarian. Growing up in Cookeville, Tennessee, Dr. Hilton often "doctored" her family dog, Lawyer, and cared for her Quarter horses, Susie, Bo, and Skipping East. Long term treatment of Susie's hoof injury as well as breeding and raising Susie's foal serve as fond memories of Dr. Hilton's early animal experiences.

Dr. Hilton earned her undergraduate degree in animal science from Tennessee Technological University in 1979. She then received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1982. Dr. Hilton joined Jones Bridge Animal Hospital in August of 1995. When asked to choose which aspect of her career she enjoys most, Dr. Hilton responded, "I enjoy surgery, dentistry, and preventive wellness medicine the most, if I had to choose. Connecting with pets and their people is just icing on the cake."

She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.

In her spare time, Dr. Hilton enjoys spending time with her three daughters. They attend North Point Community Church in Alpharetta. She can often be found gardening, landscaping and enjoying some time at the lake.

Much like when she was young, Dr. Hilton still cherishes horseback riding and strives to find time to go for a ride whenever she can. Oftentimes, Dr. Hilton is accompanied to the office with her 2 year old golden retriever, Caden, who participates in the Furternity at the clinic. At home, her family also enjoys the affection of their four cats: Hobbs, Booger, Tristan and Maverick.

vets in johns creek ga Whadzen A. Carrasquillo, DVM

Growing up in suburban San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Carrasquillo always had numerous pets in the house including dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles and birds. This early exposure to animals, combined with his interest in science and medicine, led Dr. Carrasquillo to pursue veterinary medicine as a career. "Every day is a new adventure. No two days are the same," said Dr. Carrasquillo when asked what he likes best about being a veterinarian. "I've worked in veterinary hospitals in different capacities (kennel boy, technician, reception) since I was 17 years old." Now, as an associate veterinarian at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital since May 1996, he focuses his professional veterinary interests in dermatology, oncology, ultrasound, and dentistry.

Dr. Carrasquillo received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. He attended Kansas State University and North Carolina State University for his undergraduate studies and earned his bachelor's degree in animal science in 1992.

Today, he is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.

Besides private practice, Dr. Carrasquillo donates his skill and time to community organizations and services. In October, 2010, he traveled to the Dominican Republic to participate in a spay and vaccination campaign. "Volunteering in this campaign in a third world country has been my most memorable experience as a veterinarian," he said.

Dr. Carrasquillo also served as an advisory board member for a major pharmaceutical company and acts as a veterinary consultant for a surgical suture company.

Together, he and his wife, Mariela, raise two children and care for their two pets- CJ, a 16 year old cat and Bella, a 1 year old Boxer. "Dr. C" also enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, biking, college sports, and updating himself on new gadgets and technology.

animal hospital in johns creek ga Kathryn Harris, DVM

Growing up in Rochester, New York as the daughter of a small animal veterinarian, Dr. Harris learned early that working with animals was something she wanted to do long-term. "As a young girl, I loved going with my dad to the animal hospital to 'help' him administer treatments to his patients. The animal hospital was literally a place where I grew up. I cannot imagine doing anything else!" she said.

Dr. Harris further developed her affinity for animals and medicine while working at her father's hospital as a kennel attendant and eventually as an animal care assistant. During her college years, she gained more diverse experiences by working at the emergency clinic, volunteering at the local zoo, and shadowing an equine vet.

Dr. Harris earned her bachelor's degree in animal science from Cornell University in 2004 and was the 2003 and 2004 recipient of the Cornell Scholastic Achievement Award awarded by the American Society of Animal Science. She was also an active member of the cross-country ski team and Cornell Companions, a pet therapy club. Dr. Harris received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. During her veterinary studies, Dr. Harris received the 2007 Pfizer Veterinary Scholarship Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and the 2008 Pfizer Award for Excellence and Clinical Proficiency in Emergency and Critical Care.

Dr. Harris has been working as a general practitioner at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital since June, 2008. Forming bonds with pet owners and their "furry family members" is the aspect of veterinary medicine that Dr. Harris appreciates most. "I enjoy getting to know my patients and clients on a personal basis." Professionally, Dr. Harris' interests include: feline medicine, dentistry, and ophthalmology. She is currently a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Outside of work, Dr. Harris enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, their dogs Lucy and Norma Jean, and two orange tabby cats Bocephus and Mr. Pancake. In her spare time, you can find her running on the greenway with Lucy.

johns creek ga veterinariansEmily Gordon, DVM

Working at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital during high school helped Dr. Emily Gordon (formerly Dr. Kirk) realize that veterinary medicine would be a good career choice for her. With her strong aptitude in science and her natural love for animals of all sizes, Dr. Gordon followed her passion into the veterinary field and has been rewarded with enhancing many pets' quality of life ever since. She received her bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of Georgia in 2008 and, while there, was the recipient of the Hope Scholarship 2004-2008 and a member of the Dean’s List.

After her undergraduate studies, Dr. Gordon went on to attend veterinary school at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. After graduation, she completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Brentwood, Tennessee from 2012-2013. "Completing my internship was a huge milestone in my career," she said. "It was a tough year but I learned so much and became a great deal more confident in my knowledge and abilities." Dr. Gordon joined our staff in June 2013.

Growing up in Alpharetta, Georgia, Dr. Gordon had many opportunities to interact with animals and veterinary medicine. Her earliest memories include accompanying her parents to her "dog Dixie's veterinary appointments," she said. "Seeing all of the parasite and anatomical models (particularly actual heartworms in a real dog heart) caught my attention and got me interested in learning more about how to prevent those kinds of problems."

Nursing sick pets back to health is Dr. Gordon's favorite aspect of her job and she finds great gratification in knowing that she helps develop and strengthen the relationship between owners and their pets. "Helping enhance pets' quality of life as well as strengthening the human-animal bond is a great thing," she acknowledged. Dr. Gordon is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and her professional interests include wellness/preventive care and emergency medicine.

A pet owner herself, Dr. Gordon enjoys spending time with her chocolate Labrador, Layla, and her cats Harley and Willy Nilly. She and Layla participated in agility training while in Oklahoma and Layla has also served as a blood donor many times, thus saving many a canine's life!

In her spare time, Dr. Gordon enjoys running, hiking, wake surfing, and spending time with her new husband Adam.

Karen Cearbaugh, DVM

The part of the job that Dr. Karen Cearbaugh loves the most at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital is being able to meet so many dogs, cats, and animals of various kinds. She is always happy to see our patients, giving out and receiving kisses, and making sure that their visits are as stress-free as possible. Dr. Cearbaugh utilizes low stress handling techniques to gain trust and ensure that our patients have a comfortable experience.

“I enjoy building relationships and getting to know my clients and their pets. Nobody enjoys having blood drawn or being vaccinated, but if I can make the visit a little bit more enjoyable and less stressful, everyone benefits and my job is much more rewarding,” proclaims Dr. Cearbaugh. “I still remember the first owner who told me that her dog used to be terrified to come to the vet, but that since I had become his doctor, he had lost his fear and practically dragged her through the door to see me!”

After attending North Forsyth High School, Dr. Cearbaugh decided to further her education by attending North Carolina State University. There she studied Zoology and graduated Suma Cum Laude in 1993, completing the University Scholar’s Program. Dr. Cearbaugh stayed at North Carolina State University, pursuing her doctorate in veterinary medicine, and ultimately graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1997.

“I was fortunate enough to work for a fantastic vet while I was in high school. She was a tough boss, but an excellent mentor, and I learned so much from her. She was one of the main influences in my becoming a veterinarian,” says Dr. Cearbaugh. “I’ve worked in this field in some capacity for over 30 years! I have been a kennel attendant, a veterinary assistant, a receptionist, and even a groomer.”

Dr. Cearbaugh offers a great deal of knowledge and expertise to our facility. Since joining our team in June of 2017, Dr. Cearbaugh has been able to demonstrate a keen understanding of veterinary medicine, and has helped many of our patients come to better health.

At home, Dr. Cearbaugh enjoys spending her time with her loving family. Her husband, Michael, is the owner of a hardwood flooring company, and her daughter Lily, is a rising freshman at Chattahoochee High School. In her free time, Dr. Crearbaugh enjoys paddle boarding, yoga, hiking, cooking, and reading.