It's not easy to say goodbye to cherished pets, even those that have lived long, happy lives. Although you may hate the thought of life without your pet, euthanasia can be the kindest decision you ...View Article
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Dr. Joe Lee Gaston owns both Crabapple Knoll Vet Clinic and Veterinary Medical Center. He is a native Georgian and attended Georgia Tech on a football scholarship graduating with a B.S. in General Management. On his way to becoming a Veterinarian he taught English and coached football, and served as a Behavioral Management Consultant. He attended Georgia State and served as Senior Class President at the College of Veterinary Medicine. His work experience as a Veterinarian includes service at Emergency Clinics in North Carolina in 1980 and Director of the Cobb Emergency Vet Clinic in Marietta GA from 1980-1987. He served as Vice-President of the Cobb Veterinary Medical Association in 1983 and President in 1984. Dr. Gaston opened Veterinary Medical Center in 1982 and Crabapple Knoll Veterinary Clinic in 1987. He and his wife Cindy have 4 children, a son Ryan and triplet daughters Lindsay, Ashley, and Brittany. The Gaston's share their home with 2 Boston Terriers, Donnie & Amy, and a cat named Sarah.
Dr. Donna Carson attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate studies in biology from 1999-2002. She decided to forego a bachelor's degree in order to pursue early acceptance into veterinary school. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2006. Dr. Carson's professional interests include Behavioral Medicine and Internal Medicine. She enjoys pilates, softball, reading, and spending time with her husband and their daughter. They share their home with a cat named Larry and a Miniature American Eskimo dog named Vixen. Dr. Carson also participated in the Komen For The Cure Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk as part of the clinic team "Joe's Angels" in 2008.
Dr. Melissa Harford graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Biology at UGA as well. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include Internal Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Harford is an avid Georgia Bulldogs fan, and enjoys gardening, cooking, scuba diving, and spending time with her family. She and her husband and son share their home with 2 cats, Marla and Charley and a little pooch named Scruffy.
Dr. Heather Duncan completed her undergraduate degree receiving a BS in Biology from Georgia Tech in 1996 "with highest honors". She attended Auburn University and earned her DVM in 2000, graduating summa cum laude. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include Internal Medicine and Dermatology. Dr. Duncan enjoys traveling, scuba diving, reading, sudoku, bird-watching, and especially spending time her husband and daughters. They share their home with a handsome Golden Retriever named Eli and an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Winnie.
Dr. Ryan Gaston has worked with Crabapple Knoll and Veterinary Medical Center since he was in 7th grade working his way up from technician assistant. Dr. Ryan is a native Georgian who played football as defensive end at Roswell High School. He attended Clemson University where he played for Clemson's rugby team. He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ross University located on the island of St. Kitts (St. Christopher), completing his clinical rotations at Oklahoma State University. His interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as emergency medicine. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, watching football, reading, watching movies, yard work, spending time with his family, traveling, and exercising. He and his wife Dr. Rebecca Gaston have an island mutt (Bella), a great Dane (Gina) and two boxer mixes (Bianca and Livia).
Dr. Rebecca Gaston grew up in Kentucky showing horses and has a background in equine medicine. She received her bachelors degree in Zoology from Auburn University and graduated from Ross University of Veterinary Medicine after completing her clinical training at Oklahoma State Univeristy. Dr. Rebecca Gaston loves being a small animal veterinarian and still enjoys riding horses, and continues to have an interest in equine medicine.
Dr. Ashley Gaston was born and raised in Alpharetta, GA as one of three triplet sisters (Brittany, an assistant softball coach at UC Davis, and Lindsay, a nursing student at Emory University). Dr. Ashley grew up playing basketball, softball and track with her sisters at Roswell High School and went on to attending Appalachian State University on a Division-I softball scholarship with her triplet sister Brittany, graduating with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology and Biology. She worked with Crabapple Knoll and Veterinary Medical Center intermittently since the 5th grade from kennel tech to technician. With her inspiration and support from her father (Dr. Joe Gaston) and brother (Dr. Ryan Gaston), Dr. Ashley earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ross University located on the island of St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and completed her clinical year at Texas A&M University. Her interests are surgery and feline medicine. Her hopes are to one day become TPLO-certified and bring the surgical expertise to the practice. In her spare time, she enjoys music, playing the drums, cooking, going outdoors, playing sports, spending time with her friends and family, and traveling. Her mother keeps her on her toes with poultry medicine as she has become the chicken coop at the Gaston home. Dr. Ashley has two cats: Clayton (adopted in St. Kitts) and Oliver (adopted from Houston SPCA of Texas).
Dr. Robustelli grew up in Roswell, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia for both undergraduate and veterinary school. He graduated Summa Cum Laude at UGA in 2012 with a degree in Biological Sciences and then 2016 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Robustelli’s professional interests include Internal Medicine and Clinical Pathology. In his spare time, he enjoys international travel and experiencing other cultures. His favorite destinations include Cyprus, Japan and Turkey. He also enjoys scuba diving, basketball, rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs, and hiking.
Dr. Taylour Disch attended Auburn University for both her undergraduate studies in animal sciences and her doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine. Throughout school Taylour developed a strong interest in surgery and dermatology. Dr. Disch grew up in the area and is excited to be home and work in the community. Her father was a Neurosurgeon whom she greatly admired from hearing many testaments of his ability to ease his patient’s pain. This sparked her interest in medicine as a young girl and she knew she also would find happiness in a career tending to the needs of others. It was through an internship at Crabapple Knoll Veterinary Clinic that she developed a passion for veterinary medicine. Dr. Disch adopted her adorable four year old plott hound mix Blitz from the humane society as a puppy. She enjoys taking Blitz on hikes and relaxing on the beach.