Marie Lance, DVM

Growing up, Dr. Lance knew she would one day be a veterinarian. She began pursuing her goal when attending Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Graduating with a BS degree in Animal Science in 1990, she then attended the University of Georgia College for Veterinary Medicine. Receiving her doctorate in 1994, she has since successfully practiced veterinary medicine in hospitals located in Gwinnett and Hall Counties. She has studied Chinese medicine exclusively at the Chi Institute. Her field of practice has encompassed both large and small animals including horses, cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, pocket pets and of course dogs and cats.

Her special interests lie in the fields of internal and complementary medicine, reproduction, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine and herbal therapy. Dr. Lance is active in the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Association, and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and supports the local service canine units for search and rescue and law enforcement.

Lance Animal Hospital is the culmination of Dr. Lance’s vision to develop an integrative veterinary center that addresses the unique needs of each individual animal. It is her goal to administer the best care possible by integrating traditional medicine and complementary medicine in order to achieve a healthy, well-balanced pet.


Lara Chambers, DVM

Dr. Lara Chambers is originally from Stone Mountain, Georgia. After receiving her undergraduate degrees and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from The University of Georgia, she practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Pine Lake, Georgia and Sugar Hill, Georgia. Dr Lara is an active member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She is also active with local hunting retriever groups in north Georgia. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, reproductive medicine, and sports animal medicine. In her free time, Dr. Lara enjoys spending time with her husband and children, and their crew of dogs, cats, and geckos.


Rachel Yates, DVM

Dr. Rachel Yates is originally from Austin, Texas, but moved to Georgia in 1990. She received both her Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Georgia. She is an active member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She has special interests in ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery, cardiology, and dentistry. In her free time, she enjoys being spending time outside with her husband and four dogs.


Davorin Bozja

Davorin completed his veterinary studies at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1981. Davorin did his postgraduate studies from small animals at the University of Zagreb in Croatia in 1989. He received his certification in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM) in 2000. Davorin has attended many workshops including: small animal acupressure, traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, intensive pet massage at PET massage institute, advanced veterinary cold laser therapy training, aroma therapy training, and advanced veterinary cold laser therapy training. He is also an advanced Reiki master in Usui/Tibetian system. Davorin was recognized as a Board member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Body work in 2005. His awareness of various healing modalities is a valuable assets to our integrative practice.


Emily Bergen

Emily was born in Portsmouth, VA, and has been residing in Winder, GA, for the last 24 years. She graduated from Winder Barrow High School in 2004, where she was active in a youth apprentice program as a senior; and participated as a volunteer at a local animal clinic. Emily went to Columbus State University for 2 years to pursue undergraduate classes. She graduated from Fort Valley State University with a bachelor degree in Veterinary Technology in May of 2009. She also completed a 12-week rotation at UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital and has been perusing her veterinary career for the last 16 years Emily has 4 dogs: Jade – a 13-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Colby – a 10-year-old red nosed Staffordshire Terrier, Pepper – a 11-year-old Shih Tzu, and Norma Jean – a 3-year-old Lab mix. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her two daughters. Emily calls her career her passion in life; and will always show love, respect, and compassion to all the fur babies in her care.


Katie Williams

Katie was born and raised in Gainesville, GA. Growing up she had a strong passion for animals and she always knew that was her calling in life. She started out at Lance Animal Hospital as an intern, working through a work-based learning program her senior year at Chestatee high school. When she graduated in May of 2017 she started working in the kennel and boarding area of the hospital, it wasn’t long after when she got promoted to being a veterinarian assistant in December of 2017. She has 3 dogs, her oldest yet newest addition is Bridgette- a 8-year-old boxer-pit mix who is a total sweetheart, a 5-year-old lab-pit mix, Poncho who is a super couch potato, and a 4 lb 3-year-old chihuahua, Bruno who has come to be alfa.

Katie really enjoys spending all her free time with her fur babies, but she also enjoys drawing and sometimes hiking and exploring new places. She plans on going back to school to major in business and her dream is to someday own her own doggy daycare/ Boarding service and to also create a fostering program where she can foster many pets at a time while finding their forever homes.


Jill Zabiegala

Jill has always been an animal lover since she was a little girl. She loved growing up with her horse, Topper, competing and training in Show Jumping from the time she was 8 years old. She joined the Lance Animal Hospital team in 2015 and has loved every minute of it. She and her 6 dogs enjoy a variety of dog sports including Retriever Field Trials, dog agility, and water sports. Jill enjoys spending time outdoors with her boyfriend and her daughter when she’s not at work.


Christina Garcia

Christina is a native of Lavonia Georgia and moved to Gainesville in 2017 when she joined the Lance Animal Hospital family. She is currently a student at North Georgia studying pre-veterinary science. In her free time, Christina enjoys coffee dates with friends, visiting with her siblings, and hiking with her 3 dogs: Toby (Heinze 57), Dumplin’ (French Bulldog), and MJ (Cavalier).

Selena Adamson

Selena is from Smyrna, GA and now lives in Dawsonville. She started working in the veterinary field in 2003. Her love for animals has gotten her to where she is today apart of the Lance family since 2015. Selena and her husband have 3 daughters and many furry kinds as well. A Great Dane, Boxer, Cavalier King Charles, Chihuahua, and 2 tuxedo cats. In her spare time she enjoys watching her daughters play soccer and family vacations.

Leah Kisner

Leah was born in Georgia but moved to Texas as a baby. She lived there for 9 years and was constantly around horses which ended up becoming a big part of her life. She followed the Department Head of Animal Science and learned so much about large animals at a young age. She then moved to Florida for a year and a half before moving back to Georgia. She was on the IEA team for all of high school. Junior year she enrolled in a dual enrollment to attend a veterinary science class. Leah volunteered and interned at Sugarhill Animal Hospital throughout high school as well. She began working at Lance Animal since August of 2014. She started in the kennel for a few months taking care of boarding. She now works as a vet tech. She married her husband in November of 2017 and bought their first house in the beginning of 2018. They now have 2 dogs, Buster and Blazer, and 2 cats, Clarke and Milo.


Heather Cliatt-Reese

Heather has been working with Lance Animal Hospital since 2011. Heather came to Lance after working with Animal Care Center of Suwanee for 15 years. She has always been an animal lover, doing pet sitting when she was growing up in Duluth GA. She has always rescued dogs and cats and found them good permanent homes. She also has seven rescue animals of her own. Five of the animals have come from Lance Animal Hospital. She has a total of 10 dogs and 1 cat. She lives in Dawsonville with her husband, Anthony, and her 20-year-old son. They also have the love of animals just like Heather. When she is not at work she is hanging out with family and friends canoeing the rivers and rescuing more animals.



Denise Mathis, Head Receptionist

I`m Denise Mathis, I`ve been with lance Animal Hospital for 10 years. In the business for 16 years. I am lead Receptionist. My main concern is our clients and taking care of their pets and making sure all is copacetic. I love being the voice for them!

I have one daughter, 38. She`s in Business Insurance in Atlanta and the light of my life, my best friend!

I Have 4 pets, Meji, Louie,(Chihuahuas), Chewlay (Papillon), and Haley Sue(Australian Cattle Dog). All rescued from Lance Animal Hospital. They are all geriatric, but still, have a lot of life in them and keep me laughing. My life would be very boring without my Fur Babies!


Tonya Deemer

Tonya joined the team at Lance Animal Hospital in Spring of 2017 after working with Alpharetta Animal Hospital for 9 years. While she was most drawn to the family atmosphere at Lance, she really loves the opportunity to meet and spend time with the elder dogs and cats that may have special needs. It was after her own pet, Flash, her Great Dane, was diagnosed and later passed from Cancer, that she took a real interest in the different approaches with diet and holistic medications. She enjoys learning something new at work everyday. When she is not working, her favorite past time is cooking for her boyfriend Chris and their three hungry boys Champ (German Shepherd), Nemo (Lab Mix) and Chuckie Cheese (Rottie Mix)……..and sometimes their four cats!


Amber Burchardt

Amber was born in Marietta Georgia. She and her husband recently moved to Gainesville and Amber joined the Lance Animal Hospital family, where she has worked both as both a receptionist and technician. She grew up with dogs, cats, chickens, pigs, and various other little critters. Her love for animals shows through her passion for working with them every day. Amber is a full time student at Kennesaw State University currently pursuing her bachelors in Elementary Education. In her free time, Amber enjoys relaxing with her pets and husband at home.


David Latimer

David works in the kennel and boarding area of the hospital. He immigrated to the United States 12 years ago following a 22 year career with the British Army Medical Services, practicing as a dental hygienist in Cyprus, West Germany and West Berlin, several years teaching at the RADC Headquarters in England and retiring as a senior Warrant Officer producing all dental health audiovisual programs for worldwide distribution. This was followed by 10 years with Vodafone, at that time the largest European cell phone carrier. Thanks to his army career he is well-traveled, and the United States is his 23rd country visited. His two great loves are English Springer spaniels and photography, both of which are evident at the hospital – two walls of photographs and a goofy black and white rescued Springer named Ben.