Our Careteam

Ashley East

Veterinary Assistant, Inventory Manager

Ashley grew up right here in Covington, where her family always kept dogs around the house. For her, animal care has been a part of life ever since she can remember—a career in veterinary medicine is simply the perfect fit! Ashley has been a part of the Oak Hill Animal Hospital family since the fall of 2013.

After high school, Ashley worked for a local gun range before signing up to volunteer with the Department of Natural Resources, where she taught children about wildlife, firearms, and environmental conservation as a summer intern. She also got to work in the wildlife outreach program, which allowed her to take care of reptiles, birds of prey, and other native animals. The first time that Ashley convinced a Barred owl to step up onto her falconer’s glove, she was hooked! It wasn’t long before she started looking for jobs in the veterinary field—that’s when Ashley joined the Oak Hill Animal Hospital team as a Veterinary Assistant. Here at the clinic, she’s especially fond of surgical work and emergency care, and also likes educating the area’s pet owners on the best possible care methods for their beloved companions.

When she’s not at work, Ashley likes target shooting with her boyfriend, relaxing with a movie or television show, and enjoying the company of her own furry companions. She and her family share their lives with Ella, a spunky rat terrier; an elderly dog named Rascal who was rescued by Ashley when he was only five weeks old; and a pair of rescued cats named Sunny and JoJo.

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Christina Engelbracht

Receptionist

Christina is a natural caregiver—before joining the Oak Hill Animal Hospital team, she worked in pediatric medicine. When the time came to look for a new position, Christina had a thought: why not combine her love of medical care with her passion for animals? Now, she gets to help pets and their owners daily as a member of the Oak Hill Animal Hospital family!

Christina grew up in Conyers, Georgia, and began her career as a phlebotomist at an after-hours pediatric clinic in McDonough. Next, she took a job at a primary-care office in Gwinnett, serving as a back-office medical assistant and a triage nurse, before joining the Oak Hill Animal Hospital team in the fall of 2016. As a receptionist, Christina particularly loves interacting with pet owners and their loved ones on a regular basis; she just never knows what might walk through the door at any given moment! She looks forward to getting cross-trained in the near future so that she can work hands-on with the area’s pets.

When she’s not tending to pet owners’ needs here at the clinic, Christina can be found journaling and writing, working on homemade decorations and projects, reading, listening to music, and enjoying the company of her own animal companions. She shares her life with three pets: Callie the cat, who insists on having the curtains opened each morning before Christina leaves for work; Lhasa Apso/Pomeranian mix Chewbacca—Chewy for short—who looks like a miniature version of his namesake; and Gabby, an affectionate black-and-white shorthaired cat.

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Melissa

Front Office Manager, Receptionist

Melissa grew up on a farm in Henry County, Georgia, where her family always kept cats, dogs, rabbits, cows, chickens, horses, and more. She can’t remember a time when animals weren’t a part of her life! Melissa doesn’t take for granted the unconditional love that pets provide, and she’s always wanted to do her part to give something back—she’s able to do just that here at Oak Hill Animal Hospital.

Melissa has been a member of the hospital family since June of 2012, and currently serves as the Front Office Manager. She particularly likes chatting with pet owners about their beloved companions, and never tires of swapping fun animal stories. Melissa is also fond of getting to shower her love on adorable puppy patients!

Outside of work, Melissa enjoys dabbling in quilting and spending quality time with her family at home. She and her husband of 29 years have three children: their eldest works as a mechanic; their 24-year-old daughter is just as much of an animal-lover as her mother; and their youngest son loves sports and spending time outdoors. The family shares their home with three dogs—Maggie the Labrador mix, a Yorkie mix named Squeakers, and a Shepherd mix who goes by Sasha—as well as a multitude of indoor and outdoor cats.

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Tiffany Hall

Veterinary Technician

Tiffany has adored science since she was a little girl, and always found herself fascinated by archeology, paleontology, and marine biology. When she happened upon the field of veterinary technology during her senior year of high school, she knew it was the perfect way to indulge her scientific passions while getting to help animals on a daily basis! Now, Tiffany is proud to improve the lives of the area’s pets as a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Tiffany is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to Georgia with her mother and brother when she was only 12 years old. She took a veterinary technology course in high school, which first sparked her interest in the field, and then started at Gwinnett Technical College after graduating. The following fall, she enrolled in the school’s Veterinary Technician program—the rest is history! Tiffany completed her final clinical rotation at a Loganville animal clinic before taking a full-time position at a hospital in Lawrenceville. In September of 2015, she was thrilled to join the team here at Oak Hill Animal Hospital, where she gets to expand her animal-care experience in exotic and pocket-pet medicine in addition to small-animal work.

At home, Tiffany and her two wonderful children share their lives with a number of pets. They have a cat, Po, who likes to believe that he can speak fluent English, as well as a pair of bearded dragons named Ed and Valentine.

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Amber Padgett

Receptionist

Amber grew up here in Covington, where she adored animals from day one. Her mother even worked in a veterinarian’s office, so young Amber was exposed to the world of pet care early on in life. She simply can’t imagine doing anything else! Amber now serves pets daily as a member of the Oak Hill Animal Hospital family.

Amber began her animal-care career at the age of 14, when she started working at a local pet salon. She’s been in the veterinary field ever since! Amber joined the Oak Hill Animal Hospital team as a receptionist in November of 2016.

When time permits away from work, Amber enjoys singing—she even auditioned for The Voice and made it through the first round!—as well as dancing and creating desserts. She lives with three pets of her own at home: a pit bull/beagle mix named Zeus who is possibly the sweetest lap dog in existence, as well as two crazy kittens named Kitana and Mileena.

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Kileen

Veterinary Assistant

Kileen grew up around farm animals and family pets—it didn’t take long for her to develop a passion for the earth’s creatures. For Kileen, working in veterinary medicine has been a dream ever since she was a little girl! She’s a Veterinary Assistant here at Oak Hill Animal Hospital.

Kileen is a Covington native, and first began volunteering here at the clinic after high school while looking into options for veterinary technology classes. She first joined the team in the summer of 2013 before being hired on as an employee that fall. Now, Kileen is about to complete her final semester of schooling—she will soon be a Veterinary Technician! Her favorite parts of the job are learning new things on a daily basis and getting to spend time with the area’s most loveable puppies.

At home, Kileen and her husband share their lives with their daughter, Delilah, and their young son, Weston. The family has two dogs—Hagen, a chocolate Labrador mix, as well as an Australian shepherd named Woody—and a cat who goes by Eve.

When time allows between work and family life, Kileen loves to go hiking, fishing, and hunting in the great outdoors. She’s also an avid reader and loves adding to her book collection.

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Tina Talbot

Kennel Manager, Technician Assistant

Tina brought her own dog here to Oak Hill Animal Hospital one day for a grooming appointment—when she showed up on a busy afternoon to pick up her beloved companion, a technician mentioned that they could use extra help and were hiring. As fate would have it, Tina was looking for a job! The rest is history: Tina is now the Kennel Manager here at the clinic.

Tina grew up with her parents and two younger sisters in rural Massachusetts, where she was active with the 4-H organization and showed her Quarter horses all over the country after high school. She studied veterinary technology with an online school in 1994, then pursued other career fields for a number of years while raising her children. In 2005, Tina moved her family to Covington for her husband’s job—that’s when she found Oak Hill Animal Hospital! She’s been a member of the practice family ever since.

Tina and her husband have three daughters, three sons, and seven wonderful grandchildren, all of whom share Tina’s passion for animals. At home, Tina cares for two dogs—Ruby the Australian shepherd and a Pomeranian named Skittles—as well as a tortoise, Speedy, and a multitude of cats.

When she isn’t caring for the area’s animals here at the hospital or tending to her own pets at home, Tina enjoys sewing, knitting, crocheting, reading, and traveling.

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Julie Moore

Pet Stylist

Julie has been passionate about animal care and grooming ever since she was young—she recalls working on her own family pets’ hairstyles when she was only a teenager. Julie’s ambition never wavered! In total, she’s been grooming for 36 fulfilling years and is proud to serve the area’s pets and animal parents here at Oak Hill Animal Hospital.

Julie is a Georgia native and has been grooming pets locally for the past 20 years. She’s a certified Master Pet Stylist, pet stylist instructor, and a certified behavior specialist, and also serves as a pet dermatological consultant.

In her time away from work, Julie enjoys practicing her photography skills, swimming, horseback riding, and spending time with her family. She has three children and a grandson, and loves going on new adventures with them whenever the opportunity presents itself!

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Sandi Dodge

Bookkeeper (Himalayan cat pictured)

Sandi has been enjoying the company of pets nearly all her life, so she knows just how valuable animal companions are to the families of the area. She’s thrilled to be able to use her analytical and mathematical skills to improve the lives of others—four- and two-legged—every day! Sandi serves as the clinic’s bookkeeper.

Sandi is originally from Arizona, and has been involved with the financial community since her time serving in the United States Army. She further developed her skills by earning a degree in mathematics, and she has served military service members as a tax consultant. Sandi joined the Oak Hill Animal Hospital family in April of 2015 in order to combine her passion for animal care with her knack for numbers, and hasn’t looked back since. Her favorite part of the job is working alongside a team of compassionate animal-lovers just like herself!

Sandi and her husband have seven children and six grandchildren. Currently, they live with a rambunctious feline friend named Libby who tends to act more like a dog than a cat. When she isn’t spending quality time with family or enjoying Libby’s antics, Sandi likes staying active in her church community, practicing yoga with her husband, and quilting.

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Dr. Jessica Izlar

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Jessica Izlar was very young when she first toured the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. There, she witnessed medical professionals working on a sick foal—it wasn’t lost on Dr. Izlar just how much the animal was relying on the doctors’ skills and intuitions. She knew instantly that she wanted to be just like them!

A native of Snellville, Georgia, Dr. Izlar was only in middle school when she first began working as a Kennel Assistant. It wasn’t long before she had moved up the ladder into a Veterinary Assistant position and began working under a wonderful veterinarian in Conyers. Dr. Izlar would remain there throughout high school and even worked in the practice during breaks from her undergraduate studies in biology at Georgia Southern University. Next, she headed to the University of Georgia for veterinary school, graduating as a licensed veterinarian in May of 2014.

Dr. Izlar joined the Oak Hill Animal Hospital family in July of 2017. She has a particular interest in internal medicine cases, and she’s also enjoying exploring the world of veterinary forensics. Most of all, Dr. Izlar likes to educate the area’s pet owners on proper pet care—knowing that she’s able to make a real difference in a pet’s home life is the ultimate reward!

When she’s not tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital, Dr. Izlar enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, watching movies, and traveling. She’s been to Germany, Austria, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia, and Greece! At home, she and her husband, Joel, share their lives with three loveable pets of their own: Charlie, Polly, and Peaches.

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