Our Careteam

Rebecca
Patient Care Specialist
Growing up surrounded by pets (from dogs and cats to snakes and spiders), Rebecca always knew she wanted to work with animals in some way. As she got older, an opportunity to work at an equestrian camp provided first hand experience in just how big of an impact animals can have on humans and vice versa. As a patient care specialist, Rebecca not only gets to provide hands-on care to animals, but she also helps educate owners to ensure healthier lives for their pets.

Rebecca’s journey began in 2015, when she volunteered to assist with equine therapy for special needs individuals. During the summers of 2017 and 2018, she served as an intern here at Westside Animal Hospital, and when given the opportunity to return to the practice in 2021, she gladly accepted. Rebecca is currently enrolled in a veterinary technician program. Her favorite part of the job is learning new skills and lending a hand wherever and whenever she can.

At home, Rebecca is ‘Mom’ to a spoiled Mali uromastyx (spiney-tailed lizard) named Iris, who is a surprisingly picky eater (her preferences include collard greens, beans, carrots, dandelions and hibiscus flowers). Iris enjoys entertaining Rebecca by trying to wedge herself into tiny spots where she knows she doesn’t fit.

In addition to animal care, Rebecca’s personal interests include reading, music, and art – all of which provide an outlet for her to relax, unwind, and relieve stress. She also has a deep appreciation for science and is particularly proud of having achieved her bachelor’s degree in biology.
Vanessa
Patient Care Specialist
Bio coming soon.
Jessica
Patient Care Specialist
Jessica has always had a special connection with animals. When one of her family pets was diagnosed with cancer, she sat in awe as the veterinarian went over all the options, including chemotherapy, which is what her parents chose. She was so intrigued by the experience that she decided right then and there she would one day work in the veterinary field. As a veterinary assistant, Jessica is thrilled to be living her childhood dream of working with animals every day and making a difference in their lives.

Jessica’s journey began as a pet sitter for friends and family. She loved it so much that she didn’t even care that she was often paid in chocolate. As she got older, she decided to apply for a receptionist position at a local vet clinic. Upon relocating to Savannah with her husband and children, Jessica officially enrolled in school and achieved her certification. She joined the Westside team as part of her externship. Professionally, Jessica has a particular interest in surgery. She also enjoys learning new things and seeing how everything works together.

At home, Jessica resides with her husband and three children. Her furbabies include four dogs and one cat. Jorjia is a bulldog mix who was adopted from the humane society. She loves to bark and jump. Astro is a red nose pit-bull that the family got as a ‘please take off our hands’ situation. He likes to bring you shoes and blankets. Johnny and June are a sweet sister and brother duo. Johnny smiles and June loves her belly rubs. Clara is the sweetest black cat ever! She loves to give kisses and snuggle.

When she’s not busy at work or tending to her family (two-legged and four), Jessica enjoys hanging out with friends. She’s down for watching scary movies any time of the year, day or night, and has recently found a renewed interest in crossword puzzles.
Katie
Patient Care Specialist
While it may seem a bit cliché, Katie says she’s loved animals her entire life. Her ultimate goal is to one day work in wildlife conservation, helping non-domesticated animals who are unable to help themselves. She hopes that someday, her work and dedication will have made the world a better place for animals of all shapes, sizes and species.

Katie relocated from Florida to Georgia during the summer of 2021 to be closer to her military husband. Having grown tired of the restaurant industry, she was eager to do something more meaningful with her life, so she decided to make a shift toward her passion and try working with animals. She joined Westside Animal hospital and the rest is history! In her role as a patient care specialist, Katie enjoys learning new things – especially if it involves diagnostics and laboratory work.

At home, Katie and her husband are pet parents to four fur babies of their own, including three dogs and a cat. Their personality traits include: crazy, demanding, needy, and lazy.
Donna
Receptionist
Donna joined the veterinary profession for two simple reasons: she’s always loved animals, and she has a knack for providing excellent customer service. That’s why she’s the perfect fit for Westside Animal Hospital’s front-desk team!

Donna is a Savannah native. She earned a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership—working full-time during her studies—and used to work at Virginia College. When the time came to look for another opportunity, she came across an opening here at Westside Animal Hospital. Donna joined the clinic family in June of 2019 and couldn’t be happier with her choice.

Here at the clinic, Donna enjoys the camaraderie and family-like bond she has with her coworkers. No shift is ever boring! She also loves to interact one-on-one with pet owners and meet their adorable companions.
Rachel
Office Manager
Rachel grew up in Savannah and the tri-county area, and was always the one bringing home stray animals and begging to keep them. She’s known ever since she was a little girl that she wanted to one day work hands-on with pets! Rachel gets to live her dream every day as one of Westside Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Assistants.

Rachel’s journey in animal care began when she started shadowing a local veterinarian. When that individual opened her own veterinary clinic, Rachel was invited to join as a member of the staff—she hasn’t looked back since! She was happy to become a member of the Westside Animal Hospital team in November of 2016, and continues to help pets and their loving owners as a Veterinary Assistant.

Rachel has a special passion for dentistry work, and never tires of seeing a patient’s mouth go from grimy to sparkling clean. She’s also fond of radiology and the way it gives her an insider’s view into the health of a pet, and she also likes parasitology and the great benefits that parasite control can offer.

When she isn’t helping pets feel better here at the hospital, Rachel can be found spending quality time with friends and family and doting on her own dog, a loving Jack Russell/Beagle mix named Darla.