Meet the Mars Hill Animal Hospital Staff

Doctors   Technicians    Patient Care Attendents    Groomers    Receptionist


Dr. Joey Gross

Dr. Joey GrossDr. Joey Gross opened Mars Hill Animal Hospital with his partner Dr. Henry Wall in 1998. Dr. Gross graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984.  Soon after graduation he began practicing veterinary medicine at Monroe Veterinary clinic and remained there until moving to Mars Hill Animal Hospital.  Dr. Gross desires to bring the best and most compassionate veterinary care possible to the Athens and Oconee County area.

Dr. Gross lives in Monroe with his wife and family, 2 dogs and 1 cat.

Dr. Linda Leavell

Dr. Linda LeavellDr. Linda Leavell has been caring for patients at Mars Hill Animal Hospital since 2000. She began her education at the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Biochemistry. In addition, she received a Masters degree in Conservation Ecology and later a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Leavell strives to give the best possible veterinary care to each patient that visits Mars Hill.

Dr. Leavell lives in Athens with her husband Glenn, son Simon, daughter Hannah , 1 cat and 1 dog.

Dr. Jo Wellman

Dr. Jo WellmanDr. Jo Wellman joined the Mars Hill Animal Hospital family in 2007. She can also be seen caring for patients at Monroe Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Wellman began her education with a Bachelor of Arts honors degree in history from Rollins College. Deciding that veterinary medicine was her calling she began to pursue her career with further education at Perimeter College and the University of Georgia. She later graduated from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Dr. Wellman brings a compassionate love for animals. She especially enjoys the areas of animal behavior, nutrition, and feline medicine and surgery. When she is not at work, Dr. Wellman enjoys taking care of her 4 dogs and 6 cats.


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 AnnaAnna recently joined our family in September 2016 as Veterinary Assistant. She’s currently attending the University of North Georgia pursuing a degree in biology. After graduating Anna plans on applying to The University of Georgia’s Veterinary School. Anna recently just moved to Athens with her newlywed husband Denny, her lab Buddy, and her cat named Cookie.



028-DSC_0040-001Carmen is a native of Oconee County but now lives in Social Circle. She has been with Mars Hill Animal Hospital since October 2004. She came to us as a college student and now works full time as a Veterinary Assistant. Carmen’s heart for animals helps her show great care to all our patients.

Carmen graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Carmen and her husband Rick enjoy family time with their son Noah, camping and playing with their 3 dogs, Gypsy, Felix and Isabelle.



Jessica started working with us in August of 2012. She is a graduate from UGA with a major in Animal Dairy Science, and is a Registered Veterinary Technician. She is the youngest of 6 and has three dogs named Joker, Sasha, and Willow. They are her favorite hiking buddies.


051-DSC_0059-002Liz came to Mars Hill as a second career in 2006. She graduated from Berry College with a degree in Early Childhood Education and pursued a teaching career before joining the Mars Hill family as a Veterinary Technician. Liz graduated from Athens Technical College in 2009 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology. Liz loves animals and gives close attention to every detail of each patient’s care.  Liz enjoys spending her time off with her husband Jason, three legged dog Harlee Rose, and her one eyed cat Moses.


139-DSC_0147-001Tiffani has worked with Dr. Gross since 1995 at Monroe Veterinary Clinic and moved with him to help open Mars Hill in 1998. She serves as Mars Hill’s head Veterinary Technician ensuring that the very best care is given to all of our patients. Tiffani graduated from Gwinnett Technical Institute in 1997 and took the National Veterinary Technician Boards in 2004. Her passion for animals is only overshadowed by her love for her family. Tiffani and her husband Brian live in Statham along with Tiffani’s 3 sons Cameron, Braedon and Patrick where they enjoy their 5 dogs and 2 cats.

Patient Care Specialist

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Fallon is a student Athens Technical College and plans to become a Dental Hygienist.  She has been working with us since August 2013 and is a very important part of the Mars Hill family.  She enjoys kayaking, playing soccer and hanging out at the lake or beach. She has two dogs, Remi & Kane that help keep life interesting.


LoanLoan joined our family in June of 2016. She is currently attending Athens Technical College, in hopes of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. Loan has two adorable cats named Cisco and Thumper. Loan loves to travel, try new food , and likes to hangout with her family and friends at the lake.


NatalieNatalie has been part of the Mars Hill family since June of 2016. Natalie is a student at University of North Georgia and is majoring in Communications. She has a Pit bull/Boxer mix dog named Jude who she adopted from Fighting for Dawn Rescue. Natalie loves spending her time trying new and different foods as well as spending time with her friends and family.


TanyaTanya started in 98 as one of our full-time Patient Care Attendant and Veterinary Assistant. She moved to Florida in 2007  and came back in 2011 and has been living in Bogart with her two kids Peyton and Calissa and their dog Tator.


055-DSC_0063-001There is no one more serious about the condition of the clinic and the compassionate care of our patients than Teresa. Teresa is the head Patient Care Attendant for Mars Hill Animal Hospital. Her presence has made a great difference since 2003. Teresa has two daughters named Heather and Carmen. Teresa has two great son-in-laws named Chris and Rick, three grandchildren named Landon and Emma as well as her new grandbaby named Noah Joe. One of her daughters Carmen, is a Veterinary Assistant here at Mars Hill Animal Hospital as well.


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039-DSC_0051-001A desire to make beloved pets look beautiful brought Cheryl to join the Mars Hill Animal Hospital team in 2007. She is an experienced Licensed Groomer who takes the art of her craft very seriously. Her ability to work with animals large and small with equal skill is a great asset to the hospital.

Cheryl and her husband Larry live in Loganville and have three sons and one daughter. Her two Labradors Allie and Abby, and Yorkie, Zane add fun to each day.


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kait1Kaitlin is a student at the University of North Georgia, with hopes of becoming a Dental Hygienist. She has a sweet terrier mix named Ace.



leanne and annieLeAnne has been a part of the Mars Hill Animal Hospital family since 2002. She is the office manager for Mars Hill. Careful attention to detail and the well being of each animal is LeAnne’s top priority. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BSED degree in Dance Education. LeAnne and her husband Brad live in Monroe with their son Cid and their dog Annie.


RosaRosa started working with us as a High School Student in the work study program at North Oconee High School.  She is currently attending classes at UNG this year and hopes to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, and being with family.


Sydney is a student at the University of North Georgia.  She joined us in the summer of 2015 and has become an important part of our team.  She has plans to attend nursing school to become an RN. When it is nice out Sydney enjoys running and hanging out at the lake.

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