Our Team


Hospital Manager

Sheila was born and raised in Hialeah, Florida.  After marrying her husband,Mike, they moved to Daytona Beach.  While living in Florida, many of their vacations were to the North Georgia mountains and they eventually relocated to Oakwood in 1998.  Sheila's employment background includes many years in management in the resort industry in central and south Florida, but her passion since childhood has been animals.  This passion led to a career change in 2001 when she accepted the position of Hospital Manager at Gainesville Veterinary Hospital.  Sheila and Mike now reside in the North Georgia mountains with a very active household of pets.  Sheila enjoys writing, sketching, rescuing strays, and spending time outdoors.



Cathy Scarbrough

Cathy was born and raised locally here in Gainesville, GA.  She has an extensive background in the hospitality industry in Georgia, including significant spent in marketing and management of various hotels.  She decided that her life needed a change and has always had a desire to work with animals, so she now enjoys interacting with the patients and clients at Gainesville Veterinary Hospital.  Cathy is a very active person and her favorite past time is competitive running.  She has competed in numerous marathons and half marathons.  She also enjoys sewing, reading and spending time with family.  Part of that family is her two beloved dogs Sienna, a dachshund, and Stella, a yorkie.

Amy Combs

Born in Maryland and raised in Florida and Georgia, Amy has had a love for animals since before she could walk.  She began riding show horses at the early age of five.  She only gave up her passion when she found an even greater passion in her husband David, and followed him across the country as he served in the Army.  They raised a son and a daughter during this time and have been happily married for over 23 years.  They currently have several furry family members, a Schnauzer, two cats and a lop-eared rabbit.  Amy enjoys volunteering as an audio/video technician at her church where her husband and daughter enjoy singing on the praise team.



Annie was born in Peachtree City, Georgia and was just 18 months old when her love for horses was first noticed. She started riding when she was 5 years old! While attending college in Knoxville, Tennessee she found her dog, Stetson (pictured), in the Blue Ridge Mountains where her family spends a lot of time hiking. Annie graduated with an Animal Science degree from the University of Tennessee in 2015 and started to seek a career path involving the creatures she holds so close to her heart. She now resides in Suwanee with her dog Stetson, and still enjoys riding horses recreationally and hiking with her dog as much as possible.



Margaret was born and raised in Grayson, Georgia and moved to the Gainesville area in 2011. Prior to moving to Gainesville she attended Valdosta State College where she earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology. After graduation she found herself drawn to working with animals and began working in the veterinary field in 2012. Margaret joined our team at Gainesville Veterinary Hospital in 2015 and enjoys serving others in multiple capacities here at the hospital. She spends most of her non-working hours with her little girl, Hayleigh, and her Blue Tick hound, Charlie.


Veterinary Assistants


Marnee was born and raised on Hilton Head Island, S.C.  She began working with animals at an early age and her passion at that time was horses.  While in Hilton Head, Marnee worked as a professional horse trainer and riding instructor.  She moved to Gainesville about thirteen years ago, and her love for animals brought her to Gainesville Veterinary Hospital shortly after her arrival.  She currently spends her day assisting the veterinary surgeons and making sure recovering patients are comfortable.  When not at work, Marnee enjoys spending time with her cat Fred and dog Balkie.



Michelle was born in Pennsylvania, but grew up in  sunny Florida.  She came to Georgia in 1992 to pursue a degree in Biology at Georgia College.  After graduation Michelle was drawn to veterinary medicine and began work as a veterinary assistant.  She joined the team at Gainesville Veterinary Hospital in 2002 and has been caring for Gainesville's pets with a loving and kind attitude every year.  Michelle currently lives in Dahlonega with her numerous dogs and cats.



Shy was originally born in Puerto Rico but was raised in Miami.  For the last five years she has called Gainesville her home.  She moved to Gainesville with her husband and loves the wonderfull seasons of our area.  Her work with animals has been a life long dream and like many of our staff members she has acquired many furry friends.  She currently has two dogs, Spike and Rosie, and two cats, MooMoo and Freya.  Shy enjoys conversation with those around her so if you hear laughing and singing, you know Shy is nearby.



Born and raised in Ohio, Lisa moved to Georgia in 2013 to be closer to family. Lisa has always had an affinity for animals and has worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years. She is married with two grown children and four grandchildren. When not taking care of animals Lisa enjoys working in her flower beds, sewing/embroidery, boating and camping, and spending time with her family. Part of Lisa’s family includes many furry pets: four dogs: Bailey, Bunnie, Romeo, and Snickers and two cats: Kiki and Tipper.



Brendy is a Northeast Georgia native who had spent many years in cosmetology before sensing she needed a change in her life. Brendy decided to follow her love of animals and began working at Gainesville Veterinary Hospital to be closer to the furry freinds she so enjoys. When not working she spends time in the outdoors with her husband, Kerry and their dog, Riley. Bendy’s favorite pastime is fishing and camping, and she regularly attends church at Free Chapel.