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.
NATURAL HEALING COORDINATOR
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.
CERTIFIED VETERINARIAN TECHNICIAN
Harmony grew up here in Gainesville Georgia. She always had all types of animals growing up and knew that one day she would pursue a career involving animals. Veterinary medicine had always intrigued her, with a special interest in felines inspired by her own amazing, chill cat Coco. At first, she thought she wanted to become a veterinarian, but after a few semesters at the University of North Georgia she took a different route and applied to Gwinnett Technical College to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. During the program at Gwinnett Tech she went through a rotation here at Lance Animal Hospital and felt completely at home. She knew that this was the place she would begin her career as a Vet Tech. She graduated in May of 2018 and has been a member of Lance Animal Hospital ever since.
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 3 dogs: Jade – a 12-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Colby – a 9-year-old red nosed Staffordshire terrier and Pepper a 10-year-old shih tzu. 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.
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.
Originally born and raised in South Georgia, Joshua has loved and been involved with animals his entire life. After moving up the east coast to Middletown Delaware, Joshua began realizing his passion for handling show dogs. Four years later Joshua graduated from Middletown high school with hopes of eventually working with animals.
After returning home to the South, Joshua began training, breeding, and competing with show/working dogs. One day he received a returned dog who was bred unintentionally. With the dog being bred unintentionally he didn’t know her due date. So the day the mother dog went into labor it was a huge surprise. After calling all over with no luck to get an emergency c-section he called Lance animal hospital who didn’t hesitate one minute in telling him to come in and get checked out. Upon arrival, Dr. Lara and the team was extremely caring and worked after hours to deliver four beautiful pups. After being turned away at every place in town Joshua was blown away with the hospitality and care the team took to ensure a safe, speedy delivery for the mom and pups. Joshua knew then he wanted to be a part of that team of dedicated animal lovers. A few weeks later he was a part of the Lance animal hospital team.
In his spare time, Joshua enjoys training dogs, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with wife Samantha and two beautiful kids Nala and Naomi on his small farm in Clermont, ga. His farm is home to several dogs three goats one mini donkey and one horse.
I personally love animals because they are who are they are. They are loving, kind, compassionate, and unique. Animals are best friends and family forever. I am always astonished by the relationships that are made through animals. I am blessed to be able to work with animals and be around the kindest creatures that God put on this earth.
My other activities that I enjoy outside of work would be hiking with friends, going on coffee dates, and going to the mountains on the weekends with my siblings.
Alexis joined our team in September of 2015 as a kennel technician. A few months later she worked her way up to veterinary technician. Born and raised an Army brat, the places she’s lived include Maryland, Texas, Arizona, and Germany; however, her family is originally from Puerto Rico. Her love of animals includes everything from reptiles to cat’s and dog. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her rescue chihuahua Mr. Peabody. In addition to her chihuahua, she also owns a bearded dragon named Flaca and a leopard gecko named Loki.
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.
Yael was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She grew up on a farm surrounded by animals and has always had a love for them. She has worked in different boarding facilities for 4 years, but her interest in veterinary medicine grew at Lance Animal Hospital! She loves her job and hopes to continue to learn more about animal care. In her free time, Yael enjoys spending time with her dog and two cats and exercising with her friends.
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 7-year-old boxer-pit mix who is a total sweetheart, a 4-year-old lab-pit mix, Poncho who is a super couch potato, and a 4lb 2-year-old chihuahua, Bruno who has come to be alfa.
Katie really enjoys spending all her free time with her furbabies, 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 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.
CERTIFIED ANESTHESIA FREE DENTAL HYGIENIST
Amber is a Certified Anesthesia-Free Dental Technician. She joined Lance in August of 2012 after returning here from Colorado. She is originally from Clermont, GA. Amber has always had a love for animals, and has been involved in animal rescue for as long as she can remember. Amber is always eager to discuss your pet’s dental health with you, and a consultation with Amber for an AFD is completely free! When Amber isn’t cleaning teeth you will find her in the show ring with her Cavaliers, volunteering with the local Hospice chapter, or in a local elementary school. She is certified with Therapy Dogs International with her pack of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and was chosen and trained for the local Hospice Pet Therapy Program. Amber is a graduate from Gainesville State College and Well Animal Institute. In her free time, you will find Amber at the barn with her Quarter Horses. Amber has shown in AQHA All Around on and off since 1992. Amber loves her job and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
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 toltal of 10 dogs and 1 cat. She lives in Dawsonville with her husband, Anthony, and her 19-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 9 years. In the business for 15 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, 37. 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 joined the team at Lance Animal Hospital in Spring of 2017 after working with Alpharetta Animal Hospital for 8 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!
Leslie joined Lance Animal Hospital last year. She has worked in the veterinary field for many years and loves Lance Animal Hospital as it combines traditional and holistic medicine. She has also been very active in Italian Greyhound Rescue and has a soft spot for senior dogs. In her spare time, she likes to train and compete in various dog sports, swim and hike. She is currently owned by Maya her Italian Greyhound and Cherio her American Hairless Terrier.
KENNEL / BOARDING
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 who is often seen behind the Reception desk greeting clients.
I previously worked for Royal Caribbean cruising the world playing piano and singing. I did a lot in music ministries for St. Mary’s in Chicago. I now have twin girls(25) and a son 20 yrs.
My neighbor has a mobile grooming truck and I was invited to work with her in the business.
I loved it and stayed working with her for 6 months. Later, my teacher set me up with my own shop and the rest is history! I feel in love with it and have now been grooming all breeds of dogs for 16 years and really enjoy it! I am considered to be a ” gentle groomer “. A title I am honored to have!