Staff at Dallas Highway Animal Hospital in Powder Springs, GA

Meet the friendly staff at DALLAS HIGHWAY ANIMAL HOSPITAL

  • Justin Toth
    DVM - Owner

    I founded Dallas Hwy Animal Hospital in 2001.

    Born and raised in GA, my blood is way too thin to live outside of the Southeastern United States.  Just 45 minutes away from the busiest airport in the world, 30 minutes from the many attractions Atlanta has to offer, 1 hour from the foothills of The Appalachian Trail, and 4 hours from the beach, Cobb County is an ideal place to live and raise a family.

    I love medicine.  The body’s ability to heal under the correct circumstances still surprises me to this day.

    I also think that the human animal bond is incredible.  Animals never cease to amaze me.  Years ago, I was taught that animals do not experience emotion.  As an animal lover, I never agreed with this hypothesis.  Now, thanks to the advancements in science (functional MRI, etc.), it has been proven that many animals experience the same emotions as their human counterparts.  I know how much our furry (or feathered, or scaley) friends mean to us.  I also understand the trust my clients place in me every day and do not take that responsibility lightly.

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  • Laura Roberts - Medical Director .

    Dr. Laura Roberts works as an associate veterinarian at Dallas Highway Animal Hospital. Dr. Roberts grew up in nearby Acworth, Georgia and has always had a love of animals. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Georgia Tech, followed by her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. She is a fan of both UGA and Georgia Tech football teams, but can't help but be loyal to her first alma mater when the two teams play one another. Dr. Roberts started working here right after graduating from vet school in 2018. She very much enjoys meeting and providing care for all of our wonderful patients, and especially looks forward to puppy and kitten visits. She also enjoys general wellness care, as well and surgery and dentistry. Dr. Roberts' shares her home with her husband Mike, three dogs, and two cats. After working as a veterinary assistant for many years, Mike graduated from nursing school and currently works as an ICU nurse. He is also an avid animal person. They have two hound mixes named Copper and Boone, who are both good boys and love to talk a lot. Last but not least, they have a little terrier mix named Tillie, who is the resident princess and rules the roost. Along with the dogs, they have two long-haired cats named Ollie and Fern, who are very sweet and can be very entertaining. When she is not working, Dr. Roberts enjoys feeding and watching birds in her backyard, hiking with her dogs, baking yummy treats, and learning about historic houses. 

  • Zachary Tietjen .

    Dr. Zack Tietjen is a 2003 graduate with high honors from the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine.  He grew up all over the United States as his father was restationed with the Army.  Dr. Tietjen met his wife, Dr. Haber in veterinary school and they have been together ever since.  They have 2 pre-teen daughters and 1 standard poodle.  However, his favorite breed is actually the Great Pyrenees.  He has been an active member of the AVMA and GVMA for 20 years.  He has an interest in veterinary dentistry and learning about new treatments and procedures that can improve the quality of lives of our patients.  Dr. Tietjen enjoys cheering on the Braves and Atlanta United whenever there is a quiet moment around the house.  He is excited about this opportunity to help the four-legged friends of Dallas Highway Animal Hospital. 

  • Samantha Haber .

    Dr. Samantha Haber is a 2003 graduate with high honors from the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine.  Interestingly that is also where she met her husband, Dr. Zachary Tietjen (also a veterinarian at Dallas Highway Animal Hospital).   Together they have 2 pre-teen daughters and 1 crazy standard poodle.  Dr. Haber has been an active member of the AVMA and GVMA for 20 years.  Dr. Haber loves the human animal bond and makes that the focus of her veterinary care.  Her veterinary interest includes internal medicine and senior pet care.  Outside of work she can be found driving her kids to all their many activities and events, with Starbucks in hand!  She enjoys traveling and shopping if she gets the chance.  Dr. Haber and Dr. Tietjen are thrilled to be joining the team at Dallas Highway Animal Hospital!

  • Yvonne Smith .
    Practice Manager

    Originally from North Carolina, Yvonne joined our practice in July 2006. She has worked in the veterinary field since 1988. Yvonne and her husband share their home with seven cats who set the rules in their home. When not at work, she enjoys reading, football, and curling. Does she like shopping?  Well, let's just say that Amazon knows her by her first name!!!

  • Theresa - Licensed Veterinary Technician .
    Veterinary Technician Mgr.

    Theresa joined Dallas Highway Animal Hospital in 2013. While working, she completed the Veterinary Technician Program through Penn Foster College and obtained her Associate of Science Degree. She then went on to take the VTNE and became a RVT. At DHAH, she is the Veterinary Technician manager and manages inventory. She is truly passionate about what she does and is always wanting to learn and stay up to date with Veterinary Medicine.

    Louie, Frankie and Charlie are her three cats. There is never a dull moment, and they always keep her on her toes! She spends a lot of time with her brothers’ dogs, Hondo, and Scout, who are full of energy and love the park! Her favorite places to go are Montana and Rhode Island to visit family. When she is not working, you can find her working out, shopping, or just relaxing.

  • Jen - Licensed Veterinary Technician .
    Surgery Coordinator

    Originally from Missouri, Jen moved to Georgia in 1985 with
    her family. She attended Georgia Tech, and worked as a customer service
    representative with AT&T for 2 years. She began pet sitting due to her love
    of animals, and was soon able to start working at a animal hospital in 1997.She
    was trained as an assistant, and was later able to take the Veterinary
    Technician National Exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2005.

    Jen joined our practice in August of 2014. 
    She enjoys client education and medical math. Jen has also served as the Secretary for the Cobb Veterinary Medical Association since 2018- the first technician to hold a board position with the group.  

    Jen shares her home with 2 dogs. Odin is a 7 year old Pomeranian that was rescued after having parvo as a puppy. Frodo, a pom-chi rescue, is tiny (5 lbs), but thinks he's a giant! In her spare time, Jen enjoys reading, going to the movies, playing table top games and 3D printing.

    She has a fondness for science fiction and fantasy, and has been attending Dragon Con since 1987.

  • Jessie .
    Certified Veterinary Assistant-III /Appointment Coordinator

    Born and raised in California, Jessie moved to Georgia in 2005. She began working with animals as a kid, and was always rescuing strays. Jessie joined our practice in 2012, and has recently become a Certified Veterinary Assistant (in 2021).  

    Jessie has 4 fur kids. Two dogs, Tyson and Little Bit. Two cats, Jersey and Squirrel, and a bearded dragon name Birdie. Still a child at heart, she has a passion for Disney, and loves go to the theme parks. She's also a baseball fan, and her favorite pastime is watching the Braves. Jessie can be found in the stands, cheering on her team, whenever she gets a chance!

  • Alyssa - Veterinary Assistant
    OSHA Coordinator

    Alyssa is originally from Delaware. Her father was in the Air Force and that is how she ended up in Georgia.  She started working as a kennel assistant in 2015 at a local animal hospital. She then became a Veterinarian Assistant in 2016. She started working here in 2018. She is married with two children. She also has two dogs, Trooper who is a German shorthaired pointer and Daisy who is a pit mix. She earned her Health Professions Associates degree in 2020. She then earned her Bachelors of Health Science degree in 2022 from Georgia Highlands. On her off time she enjoys spending time with her family and playing guitar. 

  • Cindy - Certified Veterinary Assistant I .

    In 2015 I got the opportunity to start my journey in veterinary medicine.  I started as a kennel technician which helped me learn and gain knowledge throughout this journey.  I joined DHAH in September of 2020 and gained my work family.  When I'm not working, I can be found cheering on the Braves (Go Braves) or chanting 'Vamos Vamos ATL' for Atlanta United.  At home I care dogs, cats, guinea pigs, birds, turkeys and chickens.  Always on my toes with my crew!

  • Trinity .
    Certified Veterinary Assistant I/Kennel Coordinator

    Trinity has been working at Dallas Highway Animal Hospital for 5 amazing years. She has been working in the animal field for 7 years. She has 5 fur babies, 2 dogs Marilynn and Matilda plus 3 cats Moonie, Meep and Luna. Her little sidekick Marilynn, a 3 pound chiweenie enjoys coming to work with her most days to help supervise the kennel alongside her work Beta fish named Jewel. When Trinity is not at work she loves traveling to places with beaches to relax on and places with mountains to explore. She also loves shopping and watching movies. 

  • Chris - Veterinary Assistant

    Chris has lived in Georgia for the past 25 years. He enjoys exploring in the Appalachian Mountains and working on cars with his friends. He has 1 fur baby at home, Maggie, the Border Collie Mix. His favorite breeds are herding breeds, with his favorites being Border Collies and Shetland Sheep dogs. He's been in the veterinary field for 8 years and been a veterinary assistant for 4 of those years. 

  • Kelsey - Veterinary Assistant

    Born and raised in Georgia. I have always wanted to help animals even when I was little, trying to convince my parents to take in all the stray animals we see. I got into the veterinary field in 2020 and have loved every second of it. I have 2 dogs, Bella (6 years old) and Brandi (4 years old). When I am not working, I am either hanging out with my family and my boyfriend or finding something to do outdoors. Whether it’s fishing or going to Braves games or when I’m feeling lazy just laying around watching Netflix.  

  • Mackenzie - Veterinary Assistant

     I was born in Montana but raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. How did I end up in Georgia? Well, I wanted to be closer to my family. Growing up having dogs, I knew from a young age this is the field I wanted to work in. I have been working with animals since graduating high school in 2016. Started as a pet sitter moving to boarding and now here as a veterinary assistant. I wouldn’t be here doing what I love to do if it wasn’t for the love and support from my family.

    I have two dogs of my own one male named Rocky (a toy fox terrier and according to his DNA test a hint of Bull mastiff) and one female named Dixie (a Dachshund mix). I do enjoy watching baseball and I love watching football. My favorite baseball team is definitely the Braves, but my favorite football team is Tennessee which may come to a surprise since I have never lived in Tennessee. 

  • Victoria (Tori) - Veterinary Assistant

    After being born in New York, Tori was moved to Georgia by her family when she was young and ultimately raised here. When she was younger it was her dream to work with animals, no matter what they were. She graduated in 2021 with a bachelor's degree in biology from Kennesaw State University and joined our team March of 2021. The one fur baby that holds her heart is an orange and white cat named Moscato (otherwise known as Taco). Some of her favorite hobbies are reading, hiking and being a regular gym-goer.

  • Whitley - Veterinary Assistant .

    Whitley joined the team in April of 2023.  She has been a veterinary assistant since 2012.  Since a very young girl, her passion has been for animals.  She showed horses as a teen and helped out with the family grooming salon.  She first started her journey as a groomer, worked in the kennel for several years, to now continuing to grow as an assistant.  She has one spoiled fur baby at home.  He is a French Bulldog named Bruno.  In her free time she enjoys going camping or going for a hike.

  • Sasha - Kennel Assistant .

    Sasha originally is from Roswell, Georgia.  She has been in the animal field for 7 years. She has 3 fur babies at home with her husband.  When she is not working, she enjoys time with her family and helping her husband train dogs.

  • Nikki - Kennel Assistant .

    I was born and raised in Georgia.  I have been caring for animals of all kinds since I was 10 years old (my favorite animal is a horse).  I have 2 dogs of my own.  Their names are Spencer and Riley.  I have a bunny named Molly.  In my free time I love to sing, write music and listen to music, write poetry, explore nature and dance (ballet).

  • Amber .
    Receptionist Coordinator

    A Georgia native, Amber joined our staff in June of 2016. Amber has been working in the veterinary field for the last ten years. In her younger years she rode hunter jumpers’ horse backriding and competed locally. Married in 2016, she and her husband have three dogs, Jax (poodle mix), Diesel (boxer) and Zoey (Shih Tzu).  In her spare time, she enjoys college football (Roll Tide), family, friends, sewing, boating and the outdoors. 

  • Ellen .

    Ellen joined the staff at DHAH in 2019. She has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. Ellen remembers bringing her childhood pets to the veterinarian when she was younger and saw the interaction between the receptionists and clients being a friendly and knowledgeable exchange.
    Originally from Lilburn Georgia, Ellen found Dallas Highway Animal after moving to the area. Ellen shares her home with 2 dogs that include Cole, a German Shephard / Husky mix, and Rusty, a Dutch Shephard mix. Ellen's recent additions to her furry family include Pepsi, Bubs, Will, Leo and Penny.
    These 5 cats provide hours of entertainment and constant purrs. When not working, Ellen enjoys spending time with family, watching British television, and cooking.

  • Callie - Receptionist .

    Callie is a Georgia native who has always had a love for animals.  All she could talk about was becoming a veterinarian one day and went to the University of North Georgia to start her career path.  After starting college, she realized that Vet School was not in her plans.  She now has her bachelor's degree in Biology.  Although she did not fulfil her dream, just being in an environment that shows so much love and care for animals makes her smile.  She has 2 dogs, Daisy and Seymour, 4 cats, Autumn, Summer, Haruki and Daenerys and a beautiful tarantula named Big Wheat.  In her free time, she is a homebody who loves to read, put puzzles together and play video games with friends.

  • Kinsey - Receptionist .

    Kinsey was born and raised in Georgia.  She has been in the veterinary field since 2021.  She started at DHAH in July of 2023.  She has always wanted to help animals since she was a little girl.  She is currently attending Georgia Highlands to receive her bachelor's degree in early childhood educstion.

  • Bossman - Head Feline
    Gourmet Treat Tester
    Thanks to Dr. Toth, I joined the hospital staff in April 2009. Each day, I like to see how many people will give me some of my favorite treats. I love other dogs, cats, and people. I also love to sit at the front door and watch the birds. You can always stop by to see my famous haircut and colorful nails or just to say, 'Hello.' I actually run the day-to-day operation at the hospital, or at least I like to think so!