Dr. Rebecca Babcock
Dr. Babcock is a 1990 graduate of North Hall High School, a 1994 graduate of The University of Georgia College of Agriculture, and a 1998 graduate of The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, Dr. Babcock practiced medicine at a mixed animal hospital in South Carolina, then several small animal hospitals in North Georgia. She has treated many species including: horses, cows, pot belly pigs, goats, llamas, hamsters, rabbits, and of course, dogs and cats. Although now seeing mostly small animals, Dr. Babcock has a special interest in family oriented medicine, preventative medicine, reproductive procedures, and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Babcock is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. She has written an article that was published in The Veterinary Medicine Forum. In 2011, Dr. Babcock founded Red Barn Veterinary Hospital, which has been named Business of the Year by the Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce, as well as, been named to the Bulldog 100 list of fastest growing businesses owned by a UGA graduate.
In her free time, Dr. Babcock enjoys caring for her personal pets, riding horses, and running marathons. She has qualified for the Boston Marathon 5 times, and was third in her age group at the 2016 Savannah Marathon.
Dr. Karen Donovan
Dr. Donovan graduated from the University of Georgia of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Karen has extensive experience caring for both large and small animals and has practiced veterinary medicine in the North Georgia area for several years. Karen's primary interest is in small animal medicine and surgery, and in addition, she has extensive up to date continuing education in both feline and canine health care. Dr. Donovan has 5 cats and a golden retriever named "Ranger". Dr. Donovan is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Ella Scholz
Dr. Scholz graduated from Oconee County High School. She then earned her BS in genetics from the University of Georgia. Dr. Scholz went on to earn her Masters from Emory in genetics, ethics, and anthropology. She later earned her degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia graduating in 1992. She has been a practicing veterinarian for the last 20 years in North Georgia. Hopefully practice makes perfect! She lives in Murrayville with her husband Bill. She has one son and daughter in-law. Dr. Scholz has 2 dogs and 5 cats, all which are rescues. Her current interest is in small animal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, and pain management.
Dr. Elyse Paske
Dr. Paske is a native of Park Ridge, Illinois but has called Georgia home since 1999. This Double Dawg received her Bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences in 2011 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 from the University of Georgia. Dr. Paske's interests include surgery, preventative medicine, reproduction, ophthalmology and exotic companion pet care. She currently has a rescue dog named Pepper Ann. In her spare time, Dr. Paske enjoys reading, hiking with Pepper Ann, and cheering on the Bulldogs at Georgia athletics events! GO DAWGS!
Dr. Cortney Kangas
Dr. Kangas grew up traveling the country as a military child before joining the United States Marine Corps herself. She served The United States of America for eight years and upon receiving her honorable discharge she returned to school to persue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She is a 2011 graduate of Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a 2015 graduate from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Kangas lives in Dahlonega with her husband Jeremiah, son Elijah, two cats, dog and her horse. During her time off she enjoys being with her family, camping, kayaking and horseback riding.
Dr. Kangas has a special interest in small animal medicine and preventative medicine. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Jessica Decker
Dr. Decker joins the Red Barn Team from the west coast. Growing up east of Los Angeles in San Bernadino County, she received her Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Health and Food Safety from Colorado State University and then completed her veterinary school at the University of California, Davis in 2012. She has extensive experience in Emergency and Critical Care medicine, including emergency surgical procedures and wound care. She completed a small animal medical and surgical internship at Sonora Veterinary Specialists and previously worked at Atlanta Veterinary Specialists. When not treating patients, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with her four "kids", felines Kurzon, Ezri, Rose and Melody. She lives with her husband, Brandon, a native of Roswell, GA and a White County firefighter.
Dr. Jennifer Velasco
Dr. Velasco is a native of Mt. Pleasant, SC. After earning a Bachelor of Science fro Auburn University in December 1998, she worked as a software tester and designer for 12 years in Illinois and back in her home state of South Carolina. With tremendous support from her family and friends, she decided to pursue her dream job of becoming a veterinarian. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in May 2017, In her spare time, Dr. Velasco enjoys spending time with her family; husband - Fernando, children - Abraham and Carolina and canines - Luna, Poppy and Zoe. They enjoy watching movies together, playing board games, and various outdoor activities.
Dr. Casey Fitzner
Dr. Fitzner had the dream of becoming a veterinarian since she was two years old. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in Avian Biology and Biological Sciences. She attended St. George’s University College of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada and completed her clinical rotations at Auburn University in January 2018. Her interests include preventative care, exotic pet husbandry, surgery, neurology, and emergency.
Dr. Fitzner lives with her three dogs: Gribble (a boxer mix), Cadwin (a Chiweenie), and Marky (a special needs Chihuahua/Pekinese mix). In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, cooking, and playing her guitar.
Dr. Emily Hadaway
Dr. Hadaway is a Georgia native and grew up nearby in Milton, GA. She attended the University of Georgia where she received a BSA in Biological Science and stayed to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2015. Following graduation, she completed a one-year internship in equine medicine and surgery at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center in Cave Creek, Arizona before moving back to Georgia. She has a background in equine medicine, but is excited to be focusing on small animal care here at Red Barn. Her interests include small animal surgery, emergency medicine and preventative care. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with friends, going to the lake, horseback riding, and hiking with her two dogs, Kip and Ziva.