Dr. 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 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 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 a 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.
Tiffani 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.
Liz 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.
Jessica started working with us in August of 2012. She is a graduate of 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.
Anna 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.
Carmen 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.
There 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 sons-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.
Tanya 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.
Natalie has been part of the Mars Hill family since June of 2016. Natalie is a student at the University of North Georgia and is majoring in Communications. She has a Pitbull/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.
A 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.
LeAnne 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.
Receptionist, Patient Care Attendant, Veterinary Assistant
Rosa 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.
Receptionist, Patient Care Attendant, Veterinary Assistant
Fallon is a student at 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.