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Dr. Lynn Stevenson


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Dr. Stevenson received a Master’s degree in Philosophical Ethics followed by her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Since then, she has practiced veterinary medicine at hospitals in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. In 2018, Dr. Stevenson decided to build Nottely Oaks Animal Hospital so she could offer the highest quality Fear Free medicine to the homeless animals in the community as well as those already in loving homes.


Dr. Stevenson loves veterinary medicine because there is always something new to learn. She has advanced training in ultrasonography and echocardiography. She just recently became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and is now studying Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She also has a special fondness for working with rescue groups and homeless patients. 


Dr. Stevenson is supported by her husband, Paul Burges, a very talented musician, artist and jack of all trades around the hospital. If you see something new in the hospital, Paul probably made it.  They share their home with 7 mixed breed rescue dogs of various sizes.  When Dr. Stevenson's not at the hospital, she may be hiking with Paul and the dogs, kayaking, playing guitar or reading.

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Dr. Maury Nichols


Dr. Maury Nichols is the newest member of Nottely Oaks Animal Hospital. She received her B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science from Clemson University followed by her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. She practiced in South Carolina for a year before joining team NOAH. 


Dr. Nichols enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, including internal medicine, preventative medicine and surgery. However, her special interests include feline medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology and alternative medicine such as acupuncture.  She plans to pursue certification in veterinary acupuncture in the near future.  


Dr. Nichols is originally from Aiken, SC, where she grew up with her two brothers (she is a triplet). When not working, she enjoys photography, the outdoors, including hiking, cycling and ultimate frisbee, and she is a big sports and film fanatic. She has a three-legged Australian Cattle Dog named Toby, a tuxedo cat named Oliver, and a recent foster fail cat named Sonny.

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Dr. Francis Cipullo


Dr. Francis Cipullo is from Hialeah, Florida, however, he considers Ellijay, GA his home where he owned his own practice for many years. He also works in North Carolina and Florida.


Dr. Cipullo attended Hialeah High School, Miami-Dade Community College, and the University of Florida where he completed Vet school. He has completed internships at the National Cancer Institute and the Miami Metro Zoo.


Dr. Cipullo is licensed in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida and California. He consistently makes frequent trips to Florida for relief work at several practices.


Not only do we get his unique experience and vast knowledge of species ranging from small animals to exotics to zoological animals, but he is a rare breed and a delight to work with. He is very appreciative, always motivates the employees, and inspires our inquisitive natures by openly inviting questions and never missing an opportunity to teach the staff new things.


His favorite patients include Capuchin monkeys, parrots, giraffes, lemurs, sloths, elk, cougars, and gorillas.

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Cassie Arey

Office Manager and Customer Service Supervisor

Cassie is a Virginia native, but has lived in Blairsville for the last three years.  She graduated with an associates degree from Piedmont College in 1994 and has worked in veterinary medicine off and on since she was 18, and although she has strayed away in the past, she always seems to find her way back.  At home she cares for her many rescue babies and enjoys spending time with her family.  Cassie is thrilled to be a part of the NOAH team and loves meeting everyone's pets.

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Brittany Balsamo

Veterinary Assistant Supervisor

Brittany grew up in Northern Colorado and moved to Georgia in 2007. Intending to work in the rehabilitation field, she graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science from University North Georgia in 2013 and a M.S. in Kinesiology-Biomechanics from Georgia State University in 2017. In her free time Brittany coaches the local Middle School girls soccer team and coaches her 2 year old German Shorthaired Pointer, Mozch Mash, in dock diving. With her background in kinesiology, Brittany is now in school to become a certified Veterinary Nurse, specializing in canine rehabilitation.

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Kristin Byers

Veterinary Assistant and Inventory Manager

Kristin was born and raised in Murphy, NC.  She received her Balchelors of Science in Animal Science with a  Pre-Veterinary degree from NC State in 2013. After graduation, Kristin was happy to return to Murphy and start working in small animal practices as a Veterinary Assistant.  Kristin comes to NOAH with five years experience in the field and is currently in school to become a certified Veterinary Nurse. She has three amazing dogs that are very dedicated to their Mom - two Norwegian Elkhound mixes named Ruger and Ammo, and a Jack Russell Terrier / Heeler mix named Comrade Scoot-Scoot.  Kristin also has a Medicine Hat Paint horse named Spirit Walker and may be adding another horse to her family in the near future.

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Ciara Hartman

Veterinary Assistant and Groomer

Ciara was born in Warsaw, NY, but quickly fell in love with Georgia when her parents purchased a home in Blairsville in 1995. In 2005 she permanently put down roots in Blairsville, and she doesn’t ever plan to leave.  The youngest of four children with a large age gap, Ciara learned to find the most joy and companionship in animals.


With four years experience as a Veterinary Assistant, Ciara is our resident cat whisperer and groomer as well.  While cats tend to be first to steal her heart, she's perfectly content to cuddle with the pooches as well. She has several cats that call her Mom, and she is the proud parent of the now famous kittens, Little Girl Nottely and Mulligan.  She also brings our resident mascot, Noah home at night so he maintains his fabulous social life.

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Hannah Anderson

Veterinary Assistant

Hannah was born and raised in Hiawassee, Georgia. She has had cats since a very young age and had 5 Miniature Pinschers growing up. Hannah always knew that she wanted to work with animals and be a voice for them. Hannah comes to NOAH with three years experience in the field and tends to have a soft side for cats. She surprised her family one day when she brought home, Carmen, a sweet, loving Hound mix who needed a forever home. Hannah currently has several cats and two dogs, Gwen, a 15 year old mix, and Kiana, a 1 year old Siberian Husky. She is currently enrolled at San Juan College and plans on getting her degree in Veterinary Technology, specializing in internal medicine. 

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Christina Smith

Veterinary Assistant

Christina was born in Chesapeake, Virginia, but her family moved back to Blairsville when she was five. She grew up in her father's childhood home surrounded by national forest and all the beauty the North Georgia mountains offer. From a very young age she knew that animals were in her future. She especially loves rabbits and has kept them on and off since childhood.


Christina worked a few different jobs before landing at NOAH, but her experience as a receptionist and manager helped her transition smoothly into the world of veterinary care. She feels being at NOAH has fulfilled her lifelong dream of working with animals, and she has immensely enjoyed expanding her knowledge and skills under the guidance of Dr. Stevenson and the entire team.


When Christina isn't at work, she is spending time with her husband, Casey, their two dogs Holo and Lollie, and their rescue cat Dorian. Her interests include reading, gaming, traveling, drawing, and anything creatively inspired.

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Natalie Pena

Veterinary Assistant

Natalie was born in West Palm beach, FL and moved here when she was very young. She has a huge heart for animals and has wanted to work in the veterinary field since she was very young. She has worked as a Veterinary Assistant / CSR for 4 years now and enjoys every bit of it. When Natalie’s not working you can find her spending time with her fur babies and her 2 year old son, Owen. Natalie currently has 4 dogs, 3 cats, and a horse. Natalie is so happy to be a part of the NOAH team where she continues to learn so much from her amazing co-workers.

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Tracie Turner

Resort Manager

Born and raised in LaGrange, Ga, Tracie moved to Blairsville in Sept 2013 with her husband, Joe. Tracie's first job was at a boarding and grooming facility in 1999 where she continued to work on and off for the next 12 years. In April of 2018, Tracie received her certificate of completion from Penn Foster as a Certified Dog Obedience Instructor/Trainer. Tracie has always had a passion for all living creatures and considers herself truly lucky to have a career doing what she loves.  She says her greatest joy comes from working with the pets that are too shy or afraid and seeing them open up after some love and patience. When Tracie's not working, you can find her spending time with her fur kids and husband. They love being outdoors hiking, kayaking, camping or visiting family back home. Tracie and Joe have 3 dogs, Goose, a 6 year old Lab mix, Vinny, a 1 year old Mix breed, and Opie a 9 year old Hound mix.  They also have 2 cats, Bahc and Punky. 

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Caroline Smith

Resort Assistant

Originally from Indonesia, Caroline has previously worked in International Business Relations but her true passion has always centered around her deep love for animals. Before moving to the United States she sheltered 7 dogs, 11 cats, and a beautiful monkey. Caroline has 2 dogs at home named Harley and Little. Caroline also has a difficult time saying goodbye to every single one of the dogs and cats that come to stay in the Resort, as she falls in love with each animal she meets. Caroline feels blessed to have found this opportunity to be a part of the Nottely Oaks family where she gets to do what she loves every day. 

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Jenny Barra

Resort Assistant

Jenny is originally from Peru where she worked worked in a bank, and is the mother of two daughters - Lorena and Luciana, and moved to South Florida in 2003.  Four years ago she found this cute and quaint town of Blairsville and decided to move to the mountains due to her huge love of nature and most of all animals. She's always been around dogs and has volunteered at a few shelters in Florida. She currently has five dogs that she loves with all of her heart; Lenny is a Yorkie , Logan is a cockapoo,  Blue and Amber are greyhounds, and Mischa is a German Shepherd.  She likes to spend all of her free time playing and cuddling with them.  At Nottely Oaks she has had the opportunity to be part of the NOAH family, where she enjoys being with all the dogs and cats and making them feel happy.  She would easily call it her happy place.

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Heather Voshall

Customer Service Representative

Heather is a part time receptionist at Nottely Oaks Animal Hospital.
Her passion has always been in the veterinary world, having served as a receptionist for almost 25 years.

Originally from Manchester, England she moved to the States in 1986 when she married her husband, Bob. After falling in love with Blairsville, they moved full time to their log cabin in the woods in 2015.

Heather says she has found her dream job working at NOAH with the compassionate and caring “Nottely Crew”.

Loving on our clients furry kids on a daily basis.......Makes Life Good!!!

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Deana Dorman

Customer Service Representative

Deana was raised in Lawrenceville, GA where she graduated from Central Gwinnet High School.  She and her husband have four children who all served in the United States Marine Corps and are Grandparents to four beautiful babies. She is also a “fur mom” to three dogs: Mollie, Artie, and Jarvis. She worked in Corporate America and also owned two businesses of her own.  After 10 years of owning/operating both a dry cleaning business and an online motorcycle parts business she decided to retire from entrepreneurship.  She was a homemaker for three years and started going stir crazy. She was already using Nottely Oaks Animal Hospital to care for her dogs, so one day on a whim asked if they needed any help.  Within the year she was hired as a CSR and she LOVES HER JOB!!!

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Maggie Mitchin

Customer Service Representative

Maggie was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. Through the years she has raised three wonderful children, and now has two beautiful granddaughters, two grand dogs and two grand kitties. Maggie has worked in pharmacies, retail, veterinary offices, has owned her own landscaping business, and along with her husband, Bob, has also owned an Ornamental Iron business.  Maggie has always had animals in her home including a farm with horses, cows, pigs, chickens and a duck. In 2016, Maggie and Bob retired to the beautiful north Georgia Mountains and found a home in Blairsville. They are now parents to a Boxer mix named Gracie Lou and a Rag Doll, Lucy Belle. They are also fostering Lenny, a tripawd that is one of our NOAH Hero Pets.   After being a customer and loving Nottely Oaks, an opportunity to come and be a part of this wonderful team presented itself and Maggie happily joined the family!