Ed Rowan, DMV


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. 


Kristine 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 Whiddon

Practice Manager

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 since her husband joined the Navy. 

Hillary is attending San Juan College for her Veterinary Technician degree. She is certified in Fear Free Veterinary Medicine as well as certified in 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 four dogs (Jaxson, Charming, Opie and Bella), one cat (Daisy) and four horses (Mage, Aniken, Liberty and Raven). She enjoys riding and driving her draft horses with any extra time she has.

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Karla Benoit

Front Office Coordinator

Karla is from Colbert, GA and started working with us in August 2019.

Karla worked on the human side of medicine for 25 years and finally decided to follow her heart to the animal side. It was a decision she will never regret! She loves to sing and travel to new places. When she is not at the clinic, she enjoys being "Nana" to her two wonderful granddaughters.

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Sara Cotton

Veterinary Assistant

Sara is from Watkinsville, GA and started working with us in June of  2020. She has a Bachelor Degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from Vassar College

Sara has always had a passion for working with all types of animals so she's spent the past few years bouncing around from wildlife rehab, zoo work, laboratory research and now to veterinary medicine! She loves spending time with the animals here and learning how to be an animal nurse! In her free time she enjoys watching movies, reading and mountain biking.


Abby Gray

Veterinary Assistant

Abby has been working with us since November 2017 as a veterinary assistant. She is currently a junior at Oglethorpe County High School. She has always loved animals. They have always been a part of her family and life. She loves her dogs and cat and they go everywhere she goes – camping, hiking and hunting (not the cat). They are her family!


Doneshia Jett-Williams

Veterinary Assistant

Doneshia has always been passionate about animals, since there is no more space in her house to adopt them, the next best thing is working with them. She has a 17 year old schnauzer mix, Sadie, who is epileptic, deaf and currently going through dementia. She loves her job and feels like it helps her understand how to care for her. Her experience with Sadie makes her feel closer and more able to help clients going through similar situations.


She enjoys going to the farmers market, trying out new vegetables, fruits and food and then going home to cook a meal around it. She loves cooking and baking, trying new recipes and going around town checking out new restaurants. She also loves festivals and music venues and basically anything going on downtown. She also love foreign TV shows/movies that solves mysteries or crimes. Dr. Who and Republic of Doyle are some of her favorites. She is getting married in 2021!


Abbigale Massey

Veterinary Assistant

Abbigale is currently enrolled in the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program. She is originally from Chicago but moved to Georgia from Honolulu, HI about 6 months ago. She has always loved animals growing up and her childhood dream was to have a farm with hundreds of animals on it! She recently became passionate about veterinary medicine when she got her first job as an assistant in 2018, while she was going to school in Hawaii. Her dream now is to complete her degree in veterinary technology and become an RVT. When she is not at work she enjoys being at home and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.


Pat Taylor

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.