Ed Rowan, DVM
Dr. Ed Rowan, a lifetime Georgia resident, lives in Bogart, Georgia with his family.
Dr. Rowan grew up in Enigma, Georgia and graduated from Berrien County High School in 1983. He then attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia studying animal science for two years. He then acquired a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from UGA in 1986. He continued his education at UGA’S College of Veterinary Medicine and obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. During this time Dr. Rowan completed two externships; one with Monroe Veterinary Hospital in Monroe, Georgia and one with Wilkes County Veterinary Services in Wilkes County, Georgia.
After graduation Dr. Rowan became an associate veterinarian at Commerce Vet Hospital in Commerce, Georgia for one year. In 1991, Dr. Rowan was hired by Dr. Wayne Brubaker at the Oglethorpe Animal Clinic, then located in Lexington, Georgia. He then took ownership of Oglethorpe Animal Clinic in 1993 and in 2001 Oglethorpe Animal Clinic moved from its longtime home in Lexington, Georgia to its new home in Crawford, Georgia. The new facility with ample parking and a larger building allowed the clinic to grow with the demands of the county.
In 2006, Dr. Rowan became a Level 1 certified Laser Surgeon to provide a safe and comfortable alternative to traditional surgery. He and his staff are committed to continuing education to provide the latest medical and surgical treatment for his patients.
Wayne Brubaker, DVM
Dr. Wayne Brubaker has been working with us since May 2016, after his retirement from Winterville Animal Clinic. He enjoys working close to home in a practice that closely resembles the clinic where he began his career. With his passion for working with animals and people he thoroughly enjoys helping his clients in all aspects of pet ownership.
Dr. Brubaker graduated from UGA Vet School in 1977. After graduation, he practiced in Royston on mixed animals (cows, horses, dogs and cats) for five years. He left Royston to begin practicing on small animals in Comer and Oglethorpe county. After having children and desiring more time with them, he began a companion animal practice, Winterville Animal Clinic.
Before starting Winterville Animal Clinic, he sold Oglethorpe Animal Clinic to Dr. Ed Rowan, and Comer Veterinary Clinic to Dr. Leslie Heart. He operated Winterville Animal Clinic until 2010 and sold the practice to Dr. Don Cole, continuing to work there until last year.
He has been married to Mary Booth Brubaker for 44 years and they have two sons, Jeremy (Deanna) and Joseph (Laura), and five grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family and many pets at his home. He is very involved in Cornerstone Church of Athens and with Sparrows Nest, an inner-city ministry of Athens, serving on the board.
Kristina Lane, DVM
Dr. Kristina Lane grew up in Cobb County, GA and decided she wanted to be a vet in second grade. She attended college at both Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia for her undergraduate degree while working at vet clinics and a dairy farm. She graduated from the University of Georgia Vet School and currently lives in Athens.
She married her high school sweetheart Brian, and together they have two children. She has various pets including dogs, cats, horses, chickens, ferrets, and reptiles. She enjoys cow print, camels, camping, hiking, horse-back riding, snowboarding, reading, and traveling.
Hillary started with us in April 2019 as the Lead Veterinary Technician and was promoted to Practice Manager in 2020. She is from Colbert, GA and has lived in a few different places while her husband was in the Navy.
She is obtaining her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) degree through Penn Foster and attending Ashworth College for her Veterinary Technician degree. She is certified as a Veterinary Business Leader as well as certified in Fear Free Veterinary Medicine, BLS (basic life support) and ALS (advanced life support) CPR for cats and dogs.
Animals are her passion in life, and she enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine including the detective work it takes to figure out what is wrong in a critical case. She also enjoys educating clients on all aspects of pet care including behavior, nutrition, preventive care and supporting both client and patient with palliative care at the end. Her goal is for every patient to leave her care healthy and happy and clients to leave with a greater understanding of how to keep them that way.
Outside of work she spends all the time she can with her wonderful husband Jordan (middle school sweethearts) and their daughters Arlie and Winter. Animals still rule her life outside of work. They have three dogs (Jaxson, Gemma, and Avi), two cats (Cloud and Rain) and two Percheron horses, in addition. She enjoys spending time with her family and animals, photography, traveling and going to concerts.
"The support staff, veterinarians, clients and patients at Oglethorpe Animal Clinic continue to increase my quality of life each and every day and it is a privilege to be able to work beside them doing what I love most." ~ Hillary
Lead Veterinary Assistant
Doneshia is from Bay Area California and has been working with us since August 2020.
She is currently enrolled in San Juan's veterinary technician program. She has always been passionate about animals and has been working in the veterinary fields for over 8 years. She's learned a lot through the years and has first hand experience dealing with geriatric patients with epilepsy and dementia.
Her current fur baby is Gilly, who came into OAC as a stray and needed a loving home. She also fosters animals that need extra love or care, before finding their forever home. She enjoys going to the farmer's market, gardening and cooking. She loves getting out and exploring, trying new foods, hiking with her husband (Josh), daughter (Violet) and Gilly and checking out the music scene in Athens and surrounding communities. She also really enjoys foreign TV and films and is a proud member supporter of CINE!
Registered Veterinary Technician
Ginger has been working for us since June 2021. She loves working with animals especially in surgery and dentals. Being a surgical technician is very rewarding in the sense that she can see how much she's helped a patient, from removing tartar or infected teeth, to removing tumors that have caused the patient discomfort. Working in the veterinary field also allows her to meet so many different species and breeds of animals.
At home she has three fur babies! A red nose pit mix named Whiskey, a blue nose pit named Stoli and a black polydactyl cat named Polly. She loves taking Whiskey and Stoli out for walks! She recently got engaged to my longtime boyfriend of 9 years and we are planning for a fall wedding in Gatlinburg in November of 2023. We are very excited about joining our two families, as are they!
Kameron has been working with us since November 2021 and is currently enrolled in Penn Foster's Veterinary Technician program and attending the University of Georgia. She is interested in working with wildlife as well as large animals in the future.
She has always wanted to work with animals ever since she was little. She was always that kid that would bring any animal home and if they were sick, she wanted to help make them better. Her hobbies are hiking and going to the gym. She has two dogs ( Harper- Dachshund and Scout- Weimaraner).
"I really love my job and it feels like I'm not even "at work" when I am here because I love what I do and everyone I work with. The OAC staff is my family away from home!" ~Kameron
Front Office Coordinator
Karla is from Colbert, GA and started working with us in August 2019.
She worked in accounting and medical billing in human medicine for 25 years. She left the human side to work in veterinary medicine and she can't ever see herself doing anything else! She loves animals and interacting with them daily.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two granddaughters, antiquing, traveling and watching the DAWGS! She also loves to sing and may even try out for "The Voice" one day! She has two wonderful children who are grown now. Her son is an RN and working towards his doctorate as a Nurse Practitioner and her daughter lives and works in Atlanta.
"I always told my son that one day he would be my boss, as fate would have it my daughter in law (Hillary) is!" ~Karla
Samantha was raised in Oglethorpe County and has been working with us since July 2021.
She has been around animals her whole life. Her grandmother and mother both worked at Oglethorpe Animal Clinic. Growing up she watched her grandmother, Pat, care for all types of animals, whether it was holding for simple procedures or caring for very sick animals. She decided that she wanted to follow in her grandmother and mother's footsteps and work in veterinary medicine.
Her other interest is drawing. She enjoys drawing landscapes, cartoon animals, plants and more. She also has a German Shepard named Arry, who keeps her very busy and entertained.
Daisy has been our diva of a clinic cat since January 2020.
She was rescued by Hillary after a very traumatic start to her life. While her start was not the best, she loves her job as the official clinic cat of OAC. She can be found perching on the drive through window saying "HI" to clients as they check out and thoroughly enjoying her adoring fans giving her scratches and treats. She also loves sunbathing in our staff lounge and listening to the day to day chatter at the clinic.
Retired Veterinary Receptionist
Pat Taylor was born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, but was raised in New Jersey. After finishing high school, she went to a vocational school and received a practical nursing license. She married Tom Taylor and raised three children continuing to work as a LPN for 10 years. In 1976 Pat and her family moved to her mother’s home place in Oglethorpe County, Georgia.
Shortly afterwards she changed her vocation to care for animals. She started working for Dr. Rita Ridgeway at the first Oglethorpe Animal Clinic in 1978. The clinic was then sold to Dr. Henry Brubaker and Pat remained. When Dr. Henry sold the clinic to his son Dr. Wayne Brubaker Pat stayed as she knew the clients and their furry friends better than anyone.
In 1993 Dr. Wayne Brubaker sold the clinic to Dr. Ed Rowan and Pat remained as Head technician.