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Dr. Carrie Friedewald (Dr. Carrie) grew up with all sorts of dogs and cats, but her family’s Alaskan Malamute, Shadow, made a permanent impression. One day, Shadow came down with a dangerous case of bloat. During Shadow’s week in ICU, Dr. Carrie’s inquisitive nature needed to know what was happening and why. Shadow fully recovered, and “the seed had been planted”, sending a young Dr. Carrie on a trajectory to become a Veterinarian.
Atlanta Magazine: 5-Star Veterinarian Award 2010
- Cobb Life Magazine: Named One of 20 Rising Stars Under Forty 2010
- UGA College of Veterinary Medicine: Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine and Surgery
- Degrees in Biology and Psychology
Dr. Carrie, her husband Michael and her beautiful daughter Emma live with a terrier mix named Bobby, a black lab named Steve, three cats; a flame-point Siamese named Bill, a Sphinx named Boris, and another Sphinx named Moose, who enjoys going for walks on his leash when he’s not riding on someone’s shoulders. Since Dr. Carrie was an awesome tennis player, her daughter, Emma, is following suit. Dr. Carrie’s time away from the hospital is dedicated to her daughter’s tennis endeavors.
Some of my highlights
Since childhood, Dr. Melissa Roberts has had an insatiable desire to help all creatures great and small. She recalls rescuing various insects and animals—crickets, turtles, 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.
Georgia Veterinary Medicine Association (GVMA): Member
GVMA Power of Ten, Leadership Group: One of Ten Veterinarians Chosen in Georgia to Sit on the Inaugural Board.
- Clare B. Reagan Graduate Award: For Her Leadership in Georgia Veterinary Medicine
Along with her husband and her two young daughters, Alma and Ellene, Dr. Roberts shares her home with Diesel, an incredibly calm pit bull mix, and Myrtle, a rescued three-legged cat, and previous surgical patient. 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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A young Dr. McDonald (Dr. Taryn) 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!
Dr. McDonald completed an externship here at Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital and asked to stay afterward simply because she loved the clinic’s clientele and staff. She was then offered a job before she had even graduated from 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 strives daily to keep the clinic cats on their diets…she swears they’ve gained weight every time she returns from vacation!
Dr. Taryn is married to a fellow veterinarian who she met during her time at Berry College and the couple lives with their dog and many cats and even a rat. 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, spending time with her sister, parents, and nieces, traveling, and trying her hand at whittling and woodcarving.
“I cannot speak highly enough about every single person at Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital. They truly embody their mission statement “Where we treat you like family and your pets as our own.”
“The attention and service provided to my two dogs by the vet technician (Ms. Wilder) and the Vet (Dr. McDonald) were impressive. They really put my two dogs first and made me feel they care about the health of my pets.”
Frequently Asked Questions
As veterinarians we deal with a wide range of complicated issues in the course of our day-to-day work. If you don’t have all the answers, we might. We have some FAQ documents on a wide range of subjects, ranging from prescriptions to microchipping and much more for your pet. Whether you’re looking for information answers to common questions or just curious, our FAQs could be the fastest route to the answers you need.