Rebecca Kestle, DVM
Hospital Owner/Primary Veterinarian
Dr. Rebecca Kestle is a Georgia native who completed her BS in biology at West Georgia University and then moved on to receive her DVM from The University of Georgia in 1985. During her time in vet school, Dr. Kestle developed an interest in Akitas and began to breed and show them. Over the years Dr. Kestle has gained a tremendous amount of understanding and knowledge of small animal illness and treatment. Additionally, with her experience in breeding Akitas, she has become an expert in reproductive medicine (for all breeds), whelping and neonatal puppy care. Zoetis has recognized Dr. Kestle as an agent for PennHIP certification and frozen semen maintenance.
Dr. Kestle is a founder of the Dogwood Akita Club of Georgia and helped start the Greater Atlanta Labrador Retriever Club. She is also an active member of the Akita Club of America and The Atlanta Kennel Club. Her success as a breeder and exhibitor of Akitas has resulted in over 30 champions. With this background and understanding of the special needs of maintaining the health and stamina of a show dog, many breeders in the south also use Dr. Kestle as their veterinarian of choice.
After practicing in the Atlanta area for almost 20 years Dr. Kestle purchased Centre Court Veterinary Clinic in 2002. In October of 2012 Dr. Kestle purchased a property on Cliftwood Drive in Atlanta and began the remodel of her new practice. Centre Court Veterinary Clinic officially became Cliftwood Animal Hospital.
Jennifer Covington, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Covington grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Florida. She spent five years working as a management consultant before discovering that veterinary medicine was her true calling. She received her doctorate from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and her special interests include dentistry, internal medicine, and preventive medicine. She is passionate about helping owners take the best care of their pets in a way that fits into their lifestyles.
Dr. Covington is married, has two beautiful children, a daughter and a son. She also has 2 wonderful (and sometimes mischievous) Beagles, Buster Brown and Snoopy. She enjoys cooking, yoga, and traveling.
Learning at a young age how animals enrich the quality of our lives and give us unconditional love, Jenny was eager for the opportunity to work in the veterinary field after 16 years in the restaurant industry. With a degree in business and a general understanding of veterinary medicine, Jenny began her position as Office Manager for Cliftwood Animal Hospital in August of 2009. Her favorite part of the job is assisting during a C-section with the newborn puppies and getting to know the clients and their pets.
Front Desk Coordinator
Candiss Markowsky is originally from Decatur Georgia and starting working with Cliftwood in June of 2014. She graduated with honors with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration Management in 2011 from Strayer University and has an Associate's degree in Biology and Art from Georgia State University. She has always had a love of animals, music, science and art. She enjoys reading, being outdoors in nature, and spending time with her daughter. She has over 10+ years of experience working with animals including working at various veterinary offices and the Atlanta Humane Society. She has experience in grooming, kennel, receptionist, and assisting the veterinary technicians. Her favorite part of the job is working closely with the animals and building lasting relationships with both clients and their pets.
Front Desk Coordinator
Suellen came to use from the Information Technology (IT) world, where she worked as an Oracle Database Administrator for many years. Now she greets and assists clients at our front desk, and also does ad hoc IT jobs for the hospital. Suellen has a B.A. in Biology from the University of Connecticut-Storrs, an MBA in International Business from Pace University in New York, and is also a Certified Phlebotomy Technician. In addition, she is a graduate of the Atlanta Audubon Society's Master Birder program. She lives in Roswell with her husband, two cats, and two dogs, and also owns two Off-Track Thoroughbred horses.
Bethany has been with Cliftwood since August of 2014 and has settled in as if she has been part of our family for years! Bethany is from college park and when she isn't caring for our furry kids at the hospital she enjoys hiking, dining out and experimenting with Hair and Makeup. Her favorite part of working with us is her daily dose of doggie kisses. At home she has a boxer mix named Duke and a cat named Dyna.
Assistant to the Doctor
Kari started working at Cliftwood Animal Hospital in July of 2009. She had been thriving in the restaurant industry for many years, but realized that her true passion was working with animals. Although Kari continues to work in the restaurant industry, she is truly focused on continuing her career as a Veterinary Technician. Kari rescued both of her dogs, Lahaina and Sumo, and her next rescue will be a Great Pyrenees.
Assistant to the Doctor
Anna has worked for Dr. Kestle since 1989, after working for Dr. Witherspoon at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky. Anna is dedicated to providing top quality care to all of our patients and we like to say she is the hardest working technician in the business. Anna enjoys archery, kayaking, hiking and reading. She also provides homes for at least three of the abandoned cats that have been left in our care.