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Meet Gretchen Rybicky-Office Manager
Gretchen began working at Mountain Park Animal Hospital as a receptionist in August of 1995 and has worked her way up to the Office Manager. She was raised in upstate New York in a family of 8 children (5 brothers and 2 sisters) and as a child was always bringing home some kind of animal to share with everyone. Her love of animals has continued throughout her life and was nurtured by her parents, siblings and even her husband and children. She attended the State University of NY at Delhi and earned her degree in Veterinary Technology as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 1975.
Her first position in the profession was working in a one doctor small animal hospital just north of NYC, until she married her husband Terry and became an Army wife. Over the next 20 years she traveled extensively, following Terry throughout his career. They raised two sons, Matthew and Mark, and countless pets and creatures, even hermit crabs the rescued on the beach. They finally settled in Georgia when Terry retired from the Army.
As Office Manager,Gretchen helps keep Mountain Park Animal Hospital running smoothly by supporting the needs of the doctors and staff, maintaining computers and other equipment, ensuring supplies and medications are in adequate supply, making sure all training requirements are met, and all clients and patients concerns and needs are addressed and fulfilled. She works with her team daily anywhere that she is needed!
Gretchen loves spending time with her family, to include her husband, sons, their wives and grandchildren-Abigayle, Piper, Rosalind and Luther. Their 2 Great Danes, "Dakota" and "Hemi", also require a lot of Gretchen and Terry's attention by taking turns cuddling on the couch between them. Both dogs love to do for walks and rides inside their pick-up truck.
Traveling (especially to the beach), spending time reading and working in the yard are other past times that Gretchen enjoys. In her retirement, she dreams of traveling to Hawaii and Alaska and exploring the rest of the United States.
Meet Casey-Registered Veterinary Technician
Casey never had pets (other than fish) as a child so the idea of working in an animal hospital had never really occurred to her. Yet, she lucked into finding a job in a field that she truly loves! While working at a daycare center she heard about a position available here at Mountain Park Animal Hospital and decided to apply. And, she's been here ever since!
She was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and moved to Lawrenceville just prior to starting high school.
After working at our hospital for several years Casey took veterinary technician classes. She also took and passed the Veterinary Technician Boards and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. Some of her duties include: working and helping the doctors in exam rooms and surgery, educating clients and training new employees. Casey is all our Kennel Manager and keeps the boarding area running smoothly.
Casey is married and has 2 children as well as numerous pet children. Her husband, Mitch, is an Information Technology Specialist. Her boys Shaun, Connor and Finnegan enjoy playing, reading, and playing with the animals as well as toys and video games.
When she has free time Casey enjoys reading, watching TV, playing with her kids and cooking.
Meet Natalie-Veterinary Assistant
Natalie has been an assistant at Mountain Park Animal Hospital since September of 2009. Animals have always been a large part of Natalie's life since she was a young child. Although born in North Carolina, Natalie has spent most of her life living in the Stone Mountain area.
While growing up Natalie's family always had multiple dogs with the occasional hamster or two in the house. Her love of dogs was acquired with a special dog named "Sproccoli, a rescued hound mix who would take Natalie to the park on their daily walks. Later the Siberian Husky breed snuck in to steal her heart with their clown-like personalities, a stubborness to match her own and their beautiful "singing" abilities.
She has had three Huskies in her adult life. Currently she has "Nadya" and "Malakai" who keep her busy with their silly antics.
Natalie has an interest in canine seizure disorders as both of her current Huskies are epileptic.
In her free time Natalie enjoys reading an spending time with her family, especially her niece and nephews. She is also a huge Disney fan!
Meet Desirae- Client Care Coordinator
Growing up in the Metro Atlanta area Desirae moved to Snellville in 2006. She applied for the Client Care Specialist position for the challenge of thorough paperwork, attention to detail and the company of new faces (both human and fuzzy). She enjoying getting to know our clients and patients and is always ready with a smile and a hello.
Des shares a full house with six cats and a husband.
In her spare itme she enjoys drawing, painting, computer/video games, antiquing, light sports and exercise.
Meet Lauryn-Veterinary Assistant
Lauryn loved animals even a as child, having grown up with dog, cats, birds, fish, a rabbit and a guinea pig during her childhood in South Georgia. She loves that she has daily opportunities to make the world a better place through her work as a veterinary assistant. These opportunities involve caring for sick and injured animals, helping healthy ones live the best lives possible and supporting owners in the joys and struggles of pet parenthood.
Lauryn lives with her son, Dylan, who is an animal-lover too. They have a cat named Isabel (shown here) who does not like animals, but loves redecorating their apartment!
She is also an artist, specializing in colorful portraits of animals and people. In her remaining free time she enjoys reading, spending time in nature, cooking, traveling and studying history. She is a big-time "nerd" and is okay with that!
Meet Pamela-Client Care Specialist
Pamela joined as our reception team in September 2014. Pamela has been an animal lover her whole life. She was born and raised in the Atlanta area.
Ever since Pamela can remember she has always had a dog in the house. Now she had 4 "Furbabies" with whom she is completely obsessed. "Taco", who loves to play ball and hide under blankets, "Bruno" her big boy who loves to eat and play hide-and-seek and "Mumu" who is clingy but is as sweet as can be.
When Pamela is not working and welcoming patients and owners to our practice she loves being outside and taking long nature walks, sometimes with her doggies. She hopes one day to add a kitten to the circle of love she already has.
Pamela has always dreamed of working with animals and was grateful when the opportunity to work at Mountain Park Animal Hospital came about. She finds being able to help and answer any questions and concerns clients may have their pet or our hospital very fulfilling. And, she enjoys being able to help in any way she can.