Meet Our Team

Elizabeth Busch, DVM, DABVP (Canine & Feline) – Hospital Director

Areas of Interest: Cardiac & Abdominal Ultrasound, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine

Breed Expertise: Golden RetrieversBoston Terriers and Hounds

Dr. Busch grew up in Marietta, GA. She attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate work, earning her Bachelor of Science in Biology, before going on to attend the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After vet school, she followed her husband up to Ann Arbor, MI and practiced for 3 years while he earned his Master’s Degree in Urban Design. She moved back to Georgia with her husband and two sons to be near extended family. Dr. Busch has achieved Diplomate status through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Practice. ABVP was established in 1978 to recognize excellence in clinical practice through the certification of species-oriented specialists. Dr. Busch enjoys “the personal interaction with my clients and patients and finding a treatment plan that works for all three of us.”

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Areas of Interest:  Acupuncture/Pain Management, Nutrition, Abdominal & Cardiac Ultrasound, Geriatrics

Breed Expertise: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Maine Coons, Siamese

Dr. McNamee is a 2010 graduate of Michigan State University. After completing a year long equine internship in New Hampshire, she settled in Atlanta at a small animal veterinary practice in Dunwoody, GA before joining Briarcliff Animal Clinic.  She became certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture in 2015.  At home, Dr. McNamee enjoys spending time with her dog, cat and horse! She also enjoys horseback riding, running, biking, and playing the banjo.

 

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Rachel Williams, DVM- Director of Dentistry

Areas of Interest:  Dentistry, Soft Tissue Surgery, Internal Medicine, Feline Medicine

Breed Expertise: Herding Breeds, Birman cats

Dr. Williams is a 2006 graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Williams was raised in the metro Atlanta area and received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Georgetown University. Her medical areas of interest include internal medicine, dentistry/oral surgery, and soft tissue surgery. “I cannot imagine being in any other profession,” said Dr. Williams. “Helping pets and their families is certainly my calling in life.” Dr. Williams practiced in North Carolina and Illinois before moving back home to Atlanta, with her husband, daughter, pup Cabo, and kitties Lucy and Tiger. She also enjoys running, dancing, and traveling with her family.

 

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Janice Floyd, DVM – Director of Feline Medicine

Areas of Interest: Feline Medicine, Dentistry, Internal Medicine, Gastrointestinal Disease, Kidney Disease

Breed Expertise: Abyssinians, Singapuras and Siamese/Orientals

Dr. Floyd is a 2003 graduate of the University of Tennesee College of Veterinary Medicine. She has practiced in Baltimore at a general small animal hospital and a feline-only hospital before moving to Atlanta in 2009. Before joining Briarcliff Animal Clinic, Dr. Floyd worked at a small animal hospital in Marietta. She has a special interest in feline medicine- although she loves her canine patients, too!  Her hobbies are trail running and reading.

 

MullerPeter Muller III, DVM, DABVP (Canine & Feline) – Senior Associate Veterinarian

Areas of Interest:  Cardiac & Abdominal Ultrasound, Internal Medicine

Breed Expertise: Yorkies, Labradors and Poodles

Dr. Muller III is a 1984 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and is board certified with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in canine and feline practice. His medical interests include cardiology, ultrasound and internal medicine. “I love working with families and pets to solve complicated medical and behavioral issues,” said Dr. Muller, who is a pilot and has used his airplane in a number of pet rescue missions. “Seeing a sick pet regain its spirit and start interacting with the family again is very rewarding.” Dr. Muller has a miniature poodle, Rudy, and three cats.

HedgeSandra L Hedge, DVM – Senior Associate Veterinarian

Areas of Interest: Geriatrics, Wellness Care

Breed Expertise: Poodles 

Dr. Hedge is a 1972 graduate of the University of Georgia. Her medical interest is geriatrics. “I enjoy practicing medicine and look forward to the future of veterinary medicine and the advancements that Briarcliff Animal Clinic is instituting,” said Dr. Hedge, who has two dogs. “We have a lot of new equipment and specialties that enable us to do more for the pets we take care of.”

 

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Areas of Interest:  Laparoscopic & Endoscopic Surgery, Soft Tissue Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pain Management, Medical Management of Orthopedic Injuries, Exotics

Breed Expertise: Golden Retrievers, Bully BreedsCavalier King Charles Spaniels, Labradors

Dr. Turner is a 2008 graduate of the University of Georgia and a Georgia native from Gwinnett County. Her medical interests include surgery, preventative medicine, internal medicine and exotic mammals and reptiles. She is also trained with our rigid scope to perform laparoscopic procedures such as spays and gastropexies. “I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian at age 10,” said Dr. Shannon, who grew up on a small farm with horses, cats, dogs, rabbits, pigs, goats and mice. “I enjoy being the person that can explain what a pet is going through and helping the animals and their families feel better.” Dr. Turner also enjoys her pet rescue activities, gardening, watching movies and traveling.

 

hayes v2Amanda Hayes, DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Areas of Interest: Soft Tissue Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Abdominal Ultrasound, Dentistry, Wellness Care

Breed Expertise: Golden RetrieversLabrador Retrievers, mixed breeds

Dr. Hayes is a 2008 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her medical interests include ultrasound, surgery, and general wellness care. “I thank God every day for allowing me to practice in a profession that I have been passionate about since I was a young child,” says Dr. Hayes, who has a cat, Isabella. “I enjoy seeing the special bond between people and their pets. Nothing can replace the satisfaction of witnessing the joy on someone’s face when they get to take their special furry family member home, healthy and active.” Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, gardening, reading, spending time with her husband and family, and renovating their 1920′s bungalow.

 

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Clay Phillips, DVM – Emergency & Critical Care

Areas of Interest: Diagnostic Imaging

Breed Expertise: St. Bernards and Mastiffs

Dr. Phillips received his Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Georgia and went on to attend the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While originally one of our overnight doctors, Dr. Phillips is now our daytime Emergency & Critical Care doctor. His medical interests include oncology, critical care, and internal medicine. Dr. Phillips is currently living in Atlanta with his wife and daughter, their Saint Bernard Bradley, their Westie named Patton, and two cats: Carolina and Georgia.

 

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Areas of Interest: Emergency & Critical Care

Breed Expertise: Chihuahuas and Dachschunds

Dr. Sio was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia where she obtained a Bachelors degree in Animal and Dairy science. She later attended UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine from which she graduated in 2009. Prior to joining Briarcliff, she practiced as a small and large animal emergency veterinarian in northeast Georgia for 4 years. Her interests include emergency medicine and critical care. “I love being able to help people and their pets when they need us most, during emergencies.”

 

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Areas of Interest: Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Dermatology

Breed Expertise: Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds 

Dr. Reid began her career as a Veterinary Technician with AMC Vets in Anniston, Alabama. After completing veterinary school at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Reid began practicing at Pruyn Veterinary Hospital in Missoula, Montana. She is excited to join the Briarcliff Animal Clinic emergency staff as one of our full-time overnight veterinarians.

 

 

MurdockJessica Murdock, DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Area of Interest: Behavior

Breed/Species Expertise: Golden Retrievers, Rabbits, Ferrets and Reptiles

Dr. Murdock grew up in northeastern Ohio and attended Kent State University. She worked as a snake trapper and naturalist before earning her M.S. in wildlife management from UGA. She stayed at UGA for veterinary school and earned her D.V.M. in 2012. While there she was a two time recipient of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Medicine Honor Society Leadership Award. She enjoys forming lasting bonds with her clients and patients. Her medical interests include exotic animal medicine, surgery, and dermatology. Her interests outside of veterinary medicine include traveling, birding, hiking, camping, and spending time with her family.

 

GrayKimberly Gray, DVM – Emergency & Critical Care

Area of Interest: Neurology

Dr. Gray graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 with her clinical year being completed at Washington State University.  She practiced in a small animal general practice for 4 years in Salt Lake City before returning to her home state in 2015.  Her professional interests include neurology and cardiology.  She has two small dogs – a poodle named JJ and a chinese crested named Jasmine.  

 

FowlerScott Fowler, DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Areas of Interest: Surgery, Exotics

Species Expertise: Birds, Reptiles, Small Mammals

Dr. Fowler attended the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology before entering the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his DVM in 2014 with a special interest in exotic and zoo medicine. After school, he completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine with the BluePearl Veterinary Specialist in Sandy Springs, GA. The following year he completed a one-year specialty internship in exotic animal medicine while at BluePearl Veterinary Specialist in Tampa, FL with a focus on birds, small mammals, and reptiles. During his specialty internship he also volunteered as an associate veterinarian with the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo. He enjoys racquetball, cooking, and reading in his spare time and lives at home with his wife and Labrador retriever mix.

HillhouseLiesl Hillhouse, DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Area of Interest: Surgery, Dentistry, Internal Medicine

Breed Expertise: Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Golden Retrievers

Dr. Hillhouse is a 2012 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.  She grew up in the Orlando, Florida area and earned an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Florida.  She finds it rewarding to form relationships with her clients and patients, and her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and internal medicine.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family.  She lives in Atlanta with her husband, their corgi Gordon, and their cat Strudel.

Dr KamalRani Kamal, DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Area of Interest: Emergency & Critical Care

Dr. Kamal attended and graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.  She has been enjoying life as a veterinarian ever since!  Originally from Altadena/Pasadena, CA, Dr. Kamal moved from Houston, TX to Atlanta to join the team at Briarcliff and be closer to her family.  She has done volunteer work at the Chastain Horse Park, and rode one year with the Auburn Equestrian Team.  She is also a captain with the US Army Reserve.  Dr. Kamal enjoys running, yoga/pilates, horseback riding, and family time with her son and two dogs Cody and Louie.

Locations

OPEN 24 HOURS

The Emory/Morningside location is open 24/7. You can make an appointment with our doctors during the hours listed below. All other hours are walk-in only.

Appointment Hours
Monday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm