Meet Our Veterinary Team
Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Abbott Animal Hospital! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!
Dr. Sarah earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia in 1996. Dr. Sarah is a member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She finds improving the quality of life of geriatric pets, soothing stress in fearful pets, helping overweight pets get trim, and teaching good manners to puppies, especially rewarding. Dr. Sarah is especially interested in feline medicine, internal medicine, dermatology, and pain management.
Jeff Miller has been a team member since 2006 and currently serves as our veterinary technician. His primary duties include assisting with surgeries and pets in the exam room, preparing and processing laboratory specimens, and taking X-rays. Mr. Miller previously worked in the legal and film industries but decided to get paid for his passion for pet care instead. He enjoys volunteering in the assisted living field and spending time with his dog and cat at home.
Robert Houshel Jr.
Robert Houshel Jr. has a broad range of knowledge in pet grooming, training, and the sheer joy of pet ownership. Robert studied horse grooming years ago with Annalisa Vogt of Vogt Riding Academy. Later years brought him to manage Petco training stores around Georgia and present canine training workshops. It was at Petco that Robert began training as a groomer. Robert has a huge heart and has two rescued dogs and two rescued cats.
Carmen Torres Garcia
In August 2022, Carmen started her career in the veterinary field by working at Abbott Animal Hospital as a kennel technician. She grew up always wanting to work with animals. It doesn’t matter what kind of animal, big or small, she loves them all. Just out of high school, Carmen enrolled in Penn Foster College to become a veterinary technician. Outside of work, she loves to travel, go hiking with her mom and pitbull, Nala, and go to the beach with her bunny, Josey.
Austin Butler grew up knowing she wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals and owners alike. After working in the restaurant industry for almost 10 years, she made the life-changing decision to pursue her lifelong dream of working in veterinary medicine. In 2018, she began her veterinary technician career and signed on with Abbott Animal Hospital a few years later, in July of 2021. She is currently in school at St. Petersburg College to become a registered veterinary technician.
Outside of the clinic, Austin enjoys outdoor activities. During the warmer months, you can find her around a body of water, whether it’s swimming, fishing, or taking her 9-year-old pit bull, Diamond, to the river. Austin also has a 5-year-old ball python named Beatrix.
Kennel Manager, Veterinary Assistant
Felicia Sherman, kennel manager, and veterinary assistant, has been with Abbott since 2018. She carries us through our day-to-day operations at Abbott Animal Hospital. Not only does she tirelessly and meticulously oversee the care of our boarding and grooming pets, but she keeps a close eye on them as if they were her own pets at home. Felicia enjoys rehabilitating and placing homeless pets in new forever homes. Both a lover of cats and dogs, she has a long-haired chihuahua named Baby Girl, a Beagle named Lucky, a pitbull named Romeo, and a cat named Cheddar. Felicia graduated from Parkview High School and attended the veterinary technician program at Gwinnett Tech College.
Caroline joined the Abbott Animal Hospital team as a receptionist in August 2022. She has always grown up with dogs in her household, but she has a love for all animals, big and small. Since she was a teenager, she has been pet-sitting for family, friends, and neighbors. She is in school to become a youth minister, but she will always have a passion for animals. She has been enjoying fostering doctor-patient relationships and getting clients the help they need. She takes what she learns in the office and applies it to her two beagles, Molly and Rosie.
Soon after Alizon graduated from Berkmar High School in 2020, she decided that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She joined Abbott Animal Hospital’s staff in August 2022 and serves as a veterinary assistant. She is currently attending Ashworth College to become a registered veterinary technician. She hopes to continue furthering her education to one day become a veterinarian herself. Alizon is fluent in Spanish and enjoys translating and educating Spanish-speaking pet owners. When she is not working at Abbott, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, Alejandra, the bunny, and her dogs, Lucas and Kelly.