Dr. Gerald R Skees DVM graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. Upon graduation, he started working as an equine veterinarian in rural New Mexico and built a successful animal hospital that served large and small animals by the year 1986. His time as a rural veterinarian gave him ample experience for surgery and economical medicine. In 2001, he moved to the Atlanta area with his family. He created Family Pet Hospital in 2003 with the goal to bring his unique experience to the Woodstock area and provide a friendly and welcome atmosphere for people and their beloved pets. Dr. Skees has worked in multi-doctor practices but has also worked in very rural areas as the sole practitioner. Consequently, he was given the opportunity to gain experience in all disciplines, including emergency care, surgery, and preventative medicine. He has performed such surgeries as diaphragmatic hernia repair, splenectomies, and enucleations, all of which are routinely referred to specialists.
Having worked in a rural, economically stressed community, Dr. Skees was challenged to learn how to treat patients with limited resources and diagnostic techniques. Although he now has access to the latest technology and diagnostic tools, he blends his rural experience with current techniques to provide the most economical approach to your pet’s health. Current clients appreciate this attribute because it usually saves them money on some of the more routine visits to the veterinary hospital.
Even though Dr. Skees has been practicing many years, he prides himself on staying abreast with the cutting edge of veterinary medicine. He acquires at least twice the number of hours of continuing education required by all the state boards of which he is a member, attending both local seminars and national meetings. He subscribes to several journals that provide the latest developments in the field of veterinary medicine, as well as articles from colleagues with interesting cases. He is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA).
Dr. Isbell works as a relief veterinarian at Family Hospital.
Dr. Isbell owned and practiced veterinary medicine at Isbell Animal Clinic in Gadsden, Alabama for 46 years. He sold his practice in 2000 but continued to work there 2-3 days a week for the clinic’s new owner. In July 2008 he moved to Woodstock, GA. All 3 of his children, as well as his 5 grandchildren, live in the area
Jessica came to work at Family Pet Hospital in April of 2014. She joined the team as a receptionist and became the practice manager in 2016. She stays updated on continuing education articles and courses to be sure that your pet receives the best care possible and that you receive the quality service you deserve. She enjoys painting, watching movies, and spending time with her pets. The two loves of her life are her Golden Retriever mix, Bear, and her cat, Dahlia.
Head Veterinary Assistant - Assistant Manager
'I joined the team back in November 2015. I'm the head veterinary assistant and assistant manager. One of my favorite quotes is 'Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life'. At Family Pet Hospital that is beyond accurate. Working here I have found a true love for my career and a team that has become my family.'
Destiny joined the team in June 2016. She is so excited that she gets to take care of your pet. She enjoys reading, writing, and hiking, but most of all, she enjoys getting to know her clients and making their pets of her family.
Veterinary Assistant - Kennel Technician
Sydney started working with us in 2016 as a kennel technician and has progressed to our team of veterinary assistants. She is interested in becoming a veterinary technician in the near future. Sydney enjoys taking care of our patients and providing a positive experience for them. She has a dog, Sandy, a kitten, Ollie, and a bunny named Tucker. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as exploring the outdoors with her dog Sandy.
'I joined the team in July 2017 and the staff and amazing clients have made me truly love my job.
The best part of my day is meeting the pets and getting to know their unique personalities when checking in.'
Head Kennel Tech
Alicia has been working at Family Pet Hospital for 5 years as the head kennel tech. She takes excellent care of all the dogs and cats that are boarding with us. Alicia feeds, walks, and plays with all the pets that come to visit Family Pet Hospital. We are not surprised to find Alicia sitting in a boarder’s run, giving some TLC.
'Hello! My name is Alejandra. I am one of the kennel technicians at Family Pet Hospital. My job is to walk, feed and play with all of the adorable boarders we get everyday. I joined the wonderful team the summer of 2017.'