About us

Meet Our Team

Veterinary Assistants


Jessica Meleg, Lead Assistant

Jessica joined Lake City Animal Hospital in 2011 before moving over to Acworth Animal Hospital. She is currently enrolled in Penn Foster. Her pet loves include four dogs, Hank, Bobo, Chase, and Molly.

Ben Drummond

Ben began his veterinary career in March 2009 at Bartow Animal Hospital before moving over to Acworth Animal Hospital. He is a 1995 graduate of Cartersville High School and is currently attending Kennesaw State University majoring in Biology. He has 2 Labrador retrievers named Polo and Bentley.

Whitney Spradley

Whitney was born and raised in Cartersville, Ga. She started working at Bartow Animal Hospital in the summer of 2006. She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster to become a CVT. Whitney was the kennel manager for four years before becoming a veterinary assistant. Whitney is married to her best friend, Brett, and together they have 5 dogs and 4 cats.

Hope Baugh

Hope is currently enrolled in Penn Foster. She joined Lake City Animal Hospital in 2010. She is married and the loving owner of dachshunds Baxter and Clover, and rescue dog Colby Bear.

Mike Larson

Mike joined Lake City Animal Hospital in 2008. He has been instrumental in rescuing and rehabilitating many wild animals, including squirrels, ducks and hawks. Mike has four dogs – two pitbulls, a chocolate lab, and a red tick coonhound.

Summer Pritzlaff

Summer is currently enrolled at Penn Foster hoping to become a certified technician, and she is also enrolled at Kennesaw State University. She attended Camp Bow Wow 2013-2015. She started in our kennel in 2015, and is now a veterinary assistant. She is currently training to become a certified veterinary technician. She has three dogs, five cats, and one horse.

Shainna Pearce

Shainna graduated from Auburn University in May 2016, majoring in Business Management. She has 3 cats; Willy, Henry, and Prissy.

Katherine Hedrick