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Our Team Members

  • Molly King DVM
    Medical Director and Emergency Veterinarian

    Dr. Molly King relocated to the Blue Ridge mountains after living in Florida near the beach her entire life. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate and veterinary medicine degrees, including a certificate in practice management. While there, she was lucky enough to spend a semester abroad in Ireland. Dr. King grew up wanting to work in publications, and she has bachelor's degrees in journalism and animal sciences.Dr. King spent several years doing general practice, but she became passionate about emergency medicine after doing relief work for an emergency hospital in Orlando. Some of her medical interests include surgery, infectious diseases, and gastrointestinal disorders, but she enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine including shelter medicine and dentistry.Outside of the hospital, Dr. King enjoys dog agility, horseback riding, traveling, cooking and fishing. She and her husband have three dogs: Scout, Colt and Hopper. 

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  • Caleb Palmer
    Emergency Veterinarian

    Dr. Caleb J. Palmer graduated from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in

    2013. After a year of mixed animal practice he joined Mountain Emergency Animal Center and has been a part of the family since! Dr. Palmer enjoys various aspects of all areas of veterinary emergency medicine.

    Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, paddling, mountain biking, gardening and reading are just a few hobbies and interests that keep him busy when he isn't at the hospital. Dr. Palmer shares a dog named Roger, a cat named Maxi and a horse named Sammy with his wife, Margaret, who is also a veterinarian.

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  • Kelly Parrish DVM
    Emergency Veterinarian

    Dr. Parrish is passionate about client education, tail wags, and getting to the root of the problem. She completed her undergraduate and doctorate education at Auburn University (War Eagle!). During that time, she also led spay/neuter and wellness clinics in Nicaragua, studied surgery and anesthesia in Germany, and worked as a veterinary assistant at MEAC. She completed an emergency focused rotating internship in Phoenix, Arizona and has worked in several busy multi-specialty hospitals prior to moving to Blue Ridge to work at MEAC. Her adorable hiking buddy in her photo Char.

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  • Pamela Wendel DVM
    Emergency Veterinarian

    Dr. Wendel enjoys being able to help pets when they need it most. She graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991 and completed a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in 1992. Since then, she has been practicing emergency and general practice medicine in the metro Atlanta and North Georgia mountain regions. On her off hours, she enjoys cuddling her three dachshunds, photography, hiking, and mountain biking.

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  • Tonya Jo Cravens
    Operations Manager

    Tonya has been with Mountain Emergency Animal Center since July 2010 and serves as the center's Operations Manager. She has been in the veterinary field since 1997. She earned her Associates Degree in both Animal Sciences and Livestock Production at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton Georgia. In her spare time, Tonya enjoys barrel racing, pole bending and creating unique leather works.

    Tonya shares her home with 3 Australian Cattle Dogs, Josie Mae, Demi Jo and Strauss, a Blue Tick Coon Hound named Drake, a domestic short hair cat named Flagg and 4 horses, Tonka Toy, Casino, Rosa and Side Draw.

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  • Heather Hamby RVT
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Heather is a veteran of the United States Air Force. During her 9 years in the veterinary field, she has worked in general practice, home health care, and now emergency medicine. In 2013, she obtained her RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) certification. Her favorite aspect of her work is seeing the improvement in pets during their time in clinic. She loves working with cats and has two of her own: Winston and Wesa. 

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  • Jennifer Draiss
    Veterinary Assistant

    A lifelong love of animals drew Jennifer into the veterinary profession. Prior to joining the MEAC team, she was assistant manager at a wildlife rehab in Cameroon, where she worked primarily with primates. She has a bachelor’s in Psychology and Biology from Simpson College in Iowa. When not at work, she enjoys exploring the North Georgia mountains with her dogs Remi and Finch. She also enjoys reading with her cat Mala.

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  • Sabrina Zagarola
    Veterinary Assistant

    Sabrina joined MEAC in the summer of 2020. Sabrina enjoys taking care of animals in need. She attends Kennesaw State University where she is pursuing her pre-veterinary degree. Outside of the clinic, Sabrina enjoys playing soccer and reading. Pictured with Sabrina is her beautiful pup, Nico.

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  • Caitlyn Thompson
    Veterinary Assistant

    Katie joined MEAC in the summer of 2018 as a customer service rep. She quickly developed technical skills and is now working in the treatment area with patients. She is currently pursuing her Degree in Veterinary Technology with Penn Foster. In her free time, she enjoys cosmetology, crocheting with her grandma and loving on her dog Boone.

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  • Lindey Setser
    Veterinary Assistant

    Lindsey joined MEAC in the summer of 2020. She came to us seeking experience in emergency medicine. She enjoys caring for animals in need. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys playing video games and reading. Pictured with her is her cat Sofa.

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  • Trinity Harris
    Customer Service Representative/Veterinary Assistant

    Trinity became a part of the MEAC family in  March 6, 2020. She enjoys veterinary medicine and to do her job with excellency means I can give back to the community. She takes her role here seriously and is currently enrolled at Penn Foster to become a certified veterinary technician.
    Her goal is to be there for both the patient and the owner during their stressful circumstances. Since this job can be high paced and very demanding, She balances her life with relaxing hobbies. In her spare time she enjoys reading books, playing the mountain dulcimer, and hiking with her dog Joule. Along with the support of her loving patents and son, she is able to tackle life with confidence. 

    Here's to leaning in with a heart of compassion and understanding!!!

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  • Teresa Hughes
    Customer Service Representative

    A life long resident of union county came to join our team here at MEAC Feb 2019. She is one of the smiling faces you will first when walking into MEAC. She loves being able to greet and comfort our clients. She also enjoys helping with patients in the back. When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 daughters and ALL of her fur babies which include 2 beagles 3 pugs a German Shepard, a blue heeler, 2 mini pigs and a few kitties.

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  • Patricia Legg
    Customer Service Representative

    Tricia came to MEAC in October of 2020. She enjoys making clients feel at ease and cared for. She and her husband of 28 years have two grown children and are now enjoying  the pitter patter of a new pooch. When not working, they might be found traveling and camping the countryside along with their dogs Willa and Bronson.

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Hours

Business Hours

Windy Ridge Location

Monday:

Open 24 hours until 8am Tuesday

Tuesday:

12:00 AM-8:00 AM

6:00 PM to 8:00 AM Wednesday

Wednesday:

6:00 PM-8:00 AM

Thursday:

6:00 Pm-8:00 AM

Friday:

Open 6pm

Saturday:

Open 24 hours

Sunday:

Open 24 hours