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.
Eve Gidion, DVM
Dr. Eve Gidion is originally from Augusta, Georgia and a 1995 graduate from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she practiced small animal medicine as the head surgeon in a large Atlanta clinic for 10 years. Dr. Gidion has a special interest on C02 laser surgery, and, at one time worked with SPOT-Check/ESC laser company teaching laser techniques to clinics throughout the country. Her children include 5 cats and one doggie.
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.
Melissa moved here from Florida 5 years ago with her husband Will, her dog Hope, and cat Whiskers. She has been in the medical field for over 8 years and recently made the switch to animal care. She is eager to learn all there is to know in providing the best veterinary care and knowledge to all clients and patients.
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 competes in agility with her Akita, Druid and has provided homes for at least three of the abandoned cats that have been left in our care.
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.
Animal Care Technician
Chandler has worked as a kennel technician for Dr. Kestle for 9 years, through high school and during her years at the University of Georgia. She loves being a part of the Cliftwood family and is proud of how it has grown and expanded. She especially enjoys having the daycare dogs for company each day at work. A passionate equestrian, she spends her free time with her three horses, two dogs, and two turtles. Chandler plans to move back to Athens in the fall to begin Veterinary School and take the first steps toward her career in animal medicine.
Animal Care Technician
Torie has worked with our hospital on and off for a period of about 8 years. She is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, receiving degrees in English and Spanish. She adores all animals and feels compelled to help care for them as she cares for her own pets. Torie has a cat at home named Xena.
Animal Care Technician
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.
Animal Care Technician
Veronica is Jenny's sister from Merida Yucatan who came to Atlanta for a 6-month visit and now plans on coming back to study at the Aveda Institute in 2016! Helping out around the hospital at first was a big change but soon enough, Veronica was responsible for caring for the dogs and cats, making sure she had plenty of daycare pictures for our fans to see on Facebook and learning how to bathe dogs, perform nail trims and help out with C-section puppies! She also used this opportunity to work on her English, which she was speaking like a native within a few months. Her favorite part of the job is playing with the dogs and generally caring for all of the animals in our hospital, daycare, and boarding.
Dog Trainer with AV Dog Training
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After three years, Alex ventured out on his own across Florida’s West Coast helping dog owners and veterinarians throughout the state. He has been featured in multiple dog magazines and newsletters. Alex has brought his talents and expertise to the city of Atlanta. Valdivia has established a great reputation amongst doctors, groomers, breeders and dog rescue organizations in the area. Throughout his career he has successfully trained 2000 dogs and families, hoping to always promote positive relationships between humans and their four legged best friends.Visit Alex's Website