Dr. Carrie Friedewald
Dr. Carrie FriedewaldOwner, Veterinarian
A native of Marietta, Dr. Carrie 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 Internal Medicine and Surgery before graduating in 2002.

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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
She practiced for eight years in the Kennesaw and Marietta area before she realized that there was a need for a family-focused, small-animal hospital. She decided to make that a reality and opened Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital in the fall of 2010. She was soon awarded Atlanta Magazine’s 5-star Veterinarian Award, as voted by over 30,000 pet owners and veterinary colleagues. She was also named one of the 20 Rising Stars Under 40 by Cobb Life magazine in 2010. With particular interests in internal medicine, oncology, soft tissue surgery, cardiology, and pain management, she has brought to life a premiere stress-free, family-focused practice through compassion, knowledge, and consistency.

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.

Dr. Melissa Roberts
Dr. Melissa RobertsAssociate Veterinarian
Dr. Roberts was born in Germany thanks to her father’s military career and graduated high school in Mississippi. She earned her Associates 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.

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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
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 was 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. Since serving as a member in 2015, she has continued to provide guidance and mentorship to the subsequent classes.

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.

Dr. Taryn McDonald
Dr. Taryn McDonaldAssociate Veterinarian
Raised in a military family, Dr. Taryn 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. Dr. Taryn 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 medical receptionist, she headed to the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine.

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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.”

Shawna Rockdale

“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.”

Sharlene Wilson

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.

A puppy’s critical development period is 8 – 14 weeks, training is fine, given they’re at the appropriate level of vaccines. Puppies can meet other vaccinated puppies…we require all participants to be at the appropriate stage of vaccination for their age.
They pose a variety of health and safety hazards. Without knowledge of the other dog’s backgrounds, it’s a risky situation at best. Other pet owners may not be aware of the risks…nor mindful of their pet.
Imagine not brushing your teeth for five years? Infection occurs when bacteria collects between the gums and teeth as they separate; it then enters the blood stream and sets up in the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Absolutely, NOT! Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Dogs are extremely sensitive to the gastrointestinal effects of NSAIDs, resulting in pain, bleeding, and ulceration.
Change in appetite, lethargy, low energy, aggressiveness, inappropriate elimination, and vocalization are all signs of an underlying issue. Though the change is recent, it doesn’t mean it just started.
Our wellness plans spread out the cost of services throughout the year…much easier on your wallet. Part of your savings includes no exam fee when you come for a visit.
It provides a baseline of values to reference the next time your pet needs treatment. It also detects early signs of cancer, infection and disease, and ensures organs are properly functioning.
On July 19, 2018, the U.S. FDA issued an alert regarding grain-free diets and low levels of taurine in dogs as being linked to deadly heart disease. Low taurine levels lead to congestive heart failure.

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