Dr. Carrie Friedewald

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Carrie Friedewald grew up with all sorts of dogs and cats, but her family’s Alaskan Malamute, Shadow, made a permanent impression. One day while Dr. Friedewald was playing in the basement with the dog, Shadow started gagging—she was suffering from a dangerous case of bloat. Dr. Friedewald and her parents rushed Shadow to the emergency room, where they spent over a week in the ICU helping their beloved pet to get better. The wonderful doctors and technicians there took the time to explain to young Dr. Friedewald everything that they did; by the time Shadow had fully recovered, Dr. Friedewald had made up her mind to become a veterinarian herself!

A native of Marietta, Dr. Friedewald—Dr. Carrie to her clients and staff—attended Davidson College on a volleyball scholarship, earning degrees in biology and psychology. She headed to the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine to earn her veterinary degree, and was honored with a class award for excellence in animal medicine and surgery before graduating in 2002. Dr. Carrie then returned home to Marietta to begin her career in small-animal medicine.

After several years of practicing in the area, Dr. Friedewald realized that there was a need for a family-focused small-animal hospital in the Kennesaw area. She decided to take matters into her own hands and open a clinic herself—Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital was founded in the fall of 2010, and Dr. Carrie has been serving the area’s pets and animal owners here ever since! She has particular medical interests in surgery, chemotherapy work, and pain management.

Dr. Carrie and her wonderful daughter Emma live with a black Lab, a terrier mix, two rescued cats, and a Sphinx cat who enjoys going for walks on his leash. In her time away from the hospital, Dr. Carrie enjoys playing tennis and making arts and crafts with her daughter. She’s taken up knitting while watching Emma play in tennis tournaments—for her, it’s the best way to relieve stress during matches!

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Dr. Melissa Roberts

Associate Veterinarian

Ever since she could walk, Dr. Melissa Roberts has had an insatiable desire to help all creatures great and small. She recalls rescuing various insects and animals—crickets, tadpoles, frogs, chipmunks, even lizards—while growing up, and storing them in the bathtub until she could tend to them! At eight years old a tragic accident left Dr. Robert’s young dog “Smokey” paralyzed and the family had to make a tough decision regarding his livelihood. After two complicated surgeries, a considerable financial sacrifice, and a year of physical therapy Smokey was almost back to normal. The care and compassion from his care team inspired Dr. Roberts. For her, a career in the world of veterinary medicine simply made sense.

Dr. Roberts was born in Germany thanks to her father’s military career and graduated high school in Mississippi. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Science from Northwest Community College before attending Mississippi State University to receive her Animal and Dairy Science Bachelor’s degree with a minor in Biochemistry. Dr. Roberts then remained at Mississippi State to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, while at the same time completing a Master’s in Veterinary Science with an emphasis on Beef Cattle and Toxicology. Dr. Roberts served as her class vice president, president of her academic fraternity, and as the faculty-chosen student representative at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s second Veterinary Leadership Experience conference.

After living in Seattle, Washington with her husband at his duty station for almost a year, Dr. Roberts relocated to Kennesaw pending an upcoming deployment. Previously she spent the majority of her time working as a mobile veterinarian on large animals, predominantly horses. She was a part of the Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital family when the clinic opened in the fall of 2010; however 2011 is when she began focusing exclusively on small-animal medicine. Dr. Roberts has a special passion for surgical procedures, dental health, and preventative medicine. Dr. Roberts has been selected as one of ten veterinarians in the state by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association to serve on the inaugural “Power of Ten” Leadership program designed to help recent graduates develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business.

Along with her husband and her two young daughters, Alma Joyce and Ellene Michelle, Dr. Roberts shares her home with Diesel, an incredibly calm pit bull mix, who tolerates the girls giving him a good beating with their toys. When she has a spare moment between her busy family life and work schedule, Dr. Roberts enjoys boating, reading, making crafts, and trying out wines and ethnic dishes.

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Dr. Taryn McDonald

Associate Veterinarian

Ever since she was young, Dr. Taryn McDonald knew that she wouldn’t be happy unless she was working on puzzles, solving problems, and improving the lives of others. When her childhood dog needed veterinary care to save his life, Dr. McDonald had a startling realization: veterinary medicine was the perfect way for her to combine her career goals with her passion for animals! Now, she’s able to help pets and their owners daily as a licensed veterinarian here at Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital.

Raised in a military family, Dr. McDonald was born in New Hampshire but lived in various spots internationally, including Switzerland, while growing up. Upon moving back to the States, her family settled in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. McDonald began shadowing her local veterinarian at the ripe age of 15, eventually securing a job there before heading off to Berry College for her undergraduate studies. After a year working as a veterinary receptionist, she headed to the University of Georgia in Athens for veterinary school.

Dr. McDonald completed an externship here at Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital, and stayed on afterward simply because she loved the clinic’s clientele and staff. She was then offered a job before she had even graduated veterinary school—Dr. McDonald has been with the team since the summer of 2014. In addition to her duties as a veterinarian, she’s responsible for the clinic’s newsletter content and also strives daily to keep the clinic cats on their diets (she swears they’ve gained weight every time she returns from vacation!).

Dr. McDonald is married to a fellow veterinarian who she met during her time at the University of Georgia, and the couple lives with many dogs, cats, fish, and even a pair of rats. When she isn’t spending time with her own pets or caring for animals here at the clinic, Dr. McDonald enjoys working in her yard, completing home improvement projects, breeding freshwater shrimp in her aquarium, and trying her hand at whittling and woodcarving.

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