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Dr. Michael J. Grasso was appointed as the Medical Director for the Emergency Service at Cobb Veterinary Emergency and Referral Clinic in November of 2003. He is native to Dubois, PA. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA in 1995, where he graduated with honors with a double major in biology and chemistry and a minor in psychology. He is a member of Lambda Sigma National Honor Society as well as Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. His undergraduate thesis in the field of behavioral ecology entitled Badges of Status and Their Effects of Status Signaling in Dark-eyed Juncos was published in August, 1995 edition of The Condor . He graduated from veterinary medical school at The Ohio State University in 1999 with honors. He is a member of Phi Zeta National Veterinary Honor Society as well as Omega Tau Sigma Veterinary Fraternity. He completed an official rotating internal medicine, surgery, and emergency/critical care internship at The University of Minnesota in 2000. During this time he published an article entitled Portosystemic Shunts Can Be Congenital or Acquired. He has professionally prepared and presented the clinical conference entitled Wound Healing and Wound Management . Since the internship, he has been employed by Cobb Veterinary Emergency and Referral Clinic and has enjoyed providing quality emergency, surgical, and critical care while helping to bring a teaching and learning environment to a practical setting. Emergency abdominal/thoracic surgery, cytology, immune-mediated disease, and avian medicine are professional interests. Outside work interests include: fishing, sports, music, and fine dining.

Dr. Susan Engeran attended the University of Alabama, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She went on to study at the Louisiana State School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Engeran has been practicing emergency and critical care medicine in Atlanta since she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr. Engeran was part of CEVC’s relief staff for two years before she became a staff doctor in 2004. Dr. Engeran enjoys taking trips and scuba diving.

Dr. Callie R. Harris is a 2008 graduate of Tuskegee University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She did her undergraduate work at Tennessee State University, earning a B.S. in Agricultural Science. Dr. Harris completed a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas. Upon completion of her internship in 2009, she became a member of the CEVC team.

Dr. Judy Johnson first graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 1998.  She then worked as an emergency and critical care technician in Florida, New Mexico and Colorado.  It was in Colorado where she returned to school, earning a Bachelors degree in Biological Science before attending Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.  Dr. Johnson and her husband Alan, along with their seven “furry children” moved to Georgia to be closer to family, and she joined our staff in early June 2008.  Dr. Johnson enjoys motorcycle riding and boating with her family.Dr.

Dr.Zach Lane is a Georgia native and grew up in Woodstock. He attended Berry College in Rome, GA majoring in Animal Science, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2009. He then moved 3,000 miles away to the beautiful island of Grenada in the Caribbean to attend St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. After a few years in the Caribbean, he completed his clinical training at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine earning him his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. During his breaks from veterinary school, Dr. Lane worked as a veterinary assistant at Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic. Finding it difficult to leave his CEVC family, he decided to join our team as a veterinarian in 2014. His professional interests include avian and exotic medicine, emergency soft tissue surgery, emerging diseases and integrative medicine. Outside of work, Dr. Lane enjoys gardening, maintaining his Bonsai collection and shares his home with several large parrots.

Dr. Allison K. Maddox was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to entering the field of veterinary medicine, she received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Following completion of this degree, she worked as a freelance flutist in the Atlanta area for 5 years before returning to school.  She received a degree in biology from Kennesaw State University. During this time, she worked as a member of the CEVC team as a veterinary assistant.  She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the CEVC team as a doctor in June, 2009.

Dr. Seth Gurney is a Georgia native and he grew up in Marietta.  Before graduating high school, he worked as a veterinary technician at several veterinary clinics in the area, so he may be a familiar face to you.  He attended Campbell High School in Smyrna and participated in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program where he graduated with the IB diploma in 2002.  He attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate studies, where he graduated early, earning a bachelor’s degree in Animal Health in 2005.  He then went on to attend veterinary school at the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine.  While in veterinary school, he was an active member of the Alpha Psi Veterinary Fraternity, where he served as vice president from 2007-2008.  After being awarded a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UGA in 2009, Dr. Gurney went on to pursue a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists (OSVS) in Rhode Island.  He completed his internship in 2010 and stayed at OSVS to work in the field of emergency and critical care medicine.  Not a fan of Rhode Island’s long, cold Winters and frequent snow storms, Dr. Gurney seized the first opportunity available to leave New England and he moved back home to Georgia in the Spring of 2011 where he became of member of the CEVC team.  Dr. Gurney is an avid Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldog fan, so make sure you and your pets are donning the appropriate team colors (just kidding – sort of).  In his spare time, if he’s not sitting in the stands cheering on the Braves or the Dawgs, Dr. Gurney enjoys spending time with his friends, barbecuing, and escaping to Lake Lanier whenever possible.

Dr. Deanna M. Lombardo was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Undergraduate work was completed at the University of Denver where she earned a bachelors’ degree in International Business. Dr. Lombardo graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After graduation, Dr. Lombardo completed an internship at the Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Upon completion of her internship in 2009, Dr. Lombardo joined the Cobb Emergency team.

Dr. Menaka Bhaskaran grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio where she laid an early foundation for a career in veterinary medicine. She completed her formal schooling in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University- earning a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management followed by a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. By this time, she had experiences ranging from dog sledding and swimming with dolphins to working with wildlife rehabilitation and behavioral interventions for companion dogs. She also gained knowledge and experience in general practice while working along the medical team at a small animal practice. She was certain however, that her passion lied within helping animals in a more acute or critical setting and moved to Florida where she completed an internship at the Hollywood Animal Hospital. She joined the Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic’s team in early 2011. Outside of helping 4-legged furries, she enjoys travel, good food, and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Michelle Hall attended Mississippi State University where she received a B.S. in biological sciences in 1999, a doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2005, and completed a rotating small animal internship in surgery, internal medicine and critical care in 2006. Dr. Hall joined CEVC in 2008.

Dr. Regan Burford was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama where she graduated from Vestavia Hills High School in 2004. Dr. Burford attended Auburn University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelors in zoology. Dr.Burford earned early acceptance to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated magna cum laude in 2011. Dr, Burford completed a small animal rotating internship in 2011/2012 at Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialists of Nashville located in Brentwood, TN. Dr. Burford has a strong interest in emergency and critical care and joined the Cobb emergency practice after completion of her internship. In her spare time, you can find Dr. Burford running, horseback riding, spending time with her family and friends, and relaxing with her boxer, Diesel.

Dr. Laura Mackey was born in Fayetteville, Georgia. She went to college at the University of Georgia where she graduated with a degree in biological sciences, and was then accepted for early admission into UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While in Athens, she worked as a tech for an emergency veterinary hospital as well as the dairy farm. While she will always have a soft spot for cows, she knew that emergency medicine was for her. After completing her DVM, she completed a one year internship in emergency and critical care at the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Richmond, Virginia. She is a HUGE Georgia fan and in her free time you can typically find her playing a sport, with friends, or relaxing with her pets. She has two dogs, Siren and Guinness, and cat, Hennessy.
 

 

 
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