Our Team

Blue Ridge, GA Veterinarians

Dr. Garry A. Day, Veterinarian/Managing Partner

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Dr. Garry Day is our veterinarian and managing partner who joined our practice in June of 1981 after graduating from the University of Tennessee. He’s a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Day grew up in Copperhill, Tennessee, where he spent a lot of his time raising Golden Retriever puppies as a young teenager. He was interested in studying in the science or medical related field, so his love for animals helped him choose veterinary medicine. In college, he majored in Animal Science, where he was set to complete his undergraduate in May of 1978. Gratefully, he was accepted into their veterinary school early before he had even received his undergraduate degree!

Some of his favorite and most satisfying things about being a veterinarian include “practicing good quality medicine and seeing positive outcomes as a result, establishing long term relationships with clients and their pets, and helping the Ocoee Animal Hospital grow from its inception as a small animal hospital in an underserved area into one of the premier practices in the region.”

Dr. Day spends time with his wife, Linda, and his children, Emily and Laura. Emily is an internal medicine resident and lives with her husband, Steven, in Charleston, South Carolina. Laura holds her Masters of Science in Nursing and is an ICU nurse in Augusta, Georgia. At home, Dr. Day and Linda take care of two cats – Striper, a gray tabby; and Tennessee, an orange tabby.

In his free time, Dr. Day enjoys hiking, backpacking, scuba diving, swimming, yardwork, exercising, traveling, visiting National Parks, watching college sports, reading, and of course, spending time with his family.

Dr. Michael J. Zager, Veterinarian/Co-Owner

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Dr. Michael J. Zager is one of our veterinarians and co-owners of Ocoee Animal Hospital. He’s been with us since 1979 and his professional interests include large animal medicine and surgery, including dentistry and reproduction. He’s a member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Dr. Zager received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He also completed his pre-vet in food and animal science. He completed veterinary school at the University of Georgia of Veterinary Medicine in 1979 focusing on veterinary care.

When he was 14 years old, Dr. Zager worked in a veterinary hospital for the first time. He cleaned cages, walked dogs, maintained landscaping, and anything the doctor asked him to do. This same doctor also stressed the importance of hard work, dedication, compassion, and always striving to learn more, which helped Dr. Zager choose an education in veterinary care from a young age.

At home, Dr. Zager has one yellow Labrador retriever and one black and white cat that he takes care of alongside his wife, Cindy. Dr. Zager and Cindy enjoy hiking, traveling, and going to the theater. They have two grown daughters that they’re extremely proud of.

Dr. Fran Miske, Veterinarian/Co-owner

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Dr. Miske was born and raised in upstate New York.

She graduated from veterinary school at the University of Tennessee in 1987.

She began practicing medicine in Blue Ridge, Georgia that same year.

Dr. Fran lives on a farm in Fannin County Georgia.

She has 8 horses, 9 dogs and numerous cats.

In her leisure time she enjoys cooking, traveling and horsemanship.

Dr. Philip Arnall, Veterinarian/Co-owner

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Dr. Philip Arnall joined Ocoee Animal Hospital in June 1992. His professional interests include dentistry, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and orthopedic surgery. He’s a member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and thoroughly enjoys the problem solving of veterinary medicine by listening to and developing a relationship with our clients.

His love for animal care started back in 1981, when his mother told him to apply for a summer job in his hometown of Perry, Georgia. Instead of packing peaches like most high schoolers his age, he went to work for Dr. Smith at Smith Animal Hospital and worked there for four straight summers. His education includes his undergraduate in Agriculture from the University of Georgia in 1987 before attending the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in 1990.

At home, Dr. Arnall spends quality time with his wife, Lydia, and their multiple pets – a Labrador Retriever mix named Fender, three cats named Rudy, Elsie, and Nadia, four hens, and one rooster lovingly named John Wayne. His hobbies include “do-it-yourself” home repairs, hiking, fishing, coin collecting, patch collecting, and vacationing with his wife and children.

Dr. Deanna Belyeu, Veterinarian

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Dr. Belyeu is our associate veterinarian who joined the team in July 2000. Her education includes an undergraduate from Auburn University in Microbiology and Animal/Dairy Science in 1993 and 1995 before continuing to attend Auburn University for veterinary school, graduating Cum Laude in 2000. She’s a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.

“Being a veterinarian is a journey,” Dr. Belyeu says. “Through my journey, I have grown in knowledge, personal strength, compassion and a desire to serve. My journey has its challenges, along with happy and sad times. I continue to be amazed at the wonderful relationships and the many incredible experiences I have been blessed to be a part of during this journey.”

Dr. Belyeu thanks her father, a retired veterinarian, for her inspiration and influence into the veterinary world. Because of his dedication and passion, alongside her childhood experiences, she is now in a professional field she loves. She also volunteered at the Fayetteville and Lynchburg Animal Clinics as a teenager and worked with research dogs and in the Auburn Small Animal Pharmacy.

At home, Dr. Belyeu and her spouse, Shannon, care for their four children and five pets. Their children, Analea, Austin, Teagan, and Walker, “are incredible children. They each bring their unique personalities to our family and we rarely have a dull moment.” Their five pets include three dogs, Atticus (a Chihuahua), Cash (a Labrador mix), and Yeti (Maltese mix), a domestic short-haired cat named Kona, and a Flemish giant rabbit named Mo. Dr. Belyeu’s interests include spending time with her family and friends, watching college (SEC) football, traveling, working in the yard, and visiting wineries and microbreweries.

Desiree’ Echo Stensing, DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Growing up in Eufaula, AL, Dr. DES inherited her love and compassion for animals from her mother. Her family always had a menagerie of pets in the house and couldn’t imagine doing anything else for a living!

Dr. Stensing graduated from Auburn University in 2011, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Microbial, Cellular, and Molecular Biology. She attended Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2015. She joined Ocoee Animal Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian June 2015.

She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA). Her veterinary interests include emergency cases, infectious diseases, shelter medicine, internal medicine, and ultrasound. She also enjoys cytology and “anything involving a microscope!”

Dr. DES most enjoys “seeing the difference (she) can make in the quality of a patient’s life.” Whether it is getting an older arthritic patient on daily pain medication, so he/she can play again, or prescribing antibiotics for an infection, helping her patients live happier and healthier means the world!

At home, Dr. Stensing is a pet parent to 1 cat, Crackers, and 3 rambunctious, misbehaving mixed breed dogs: Buddy, Lotus & Emma. Her free time is spent outdoors hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, shooting guns and playing racquetball. Indoors, she enjoys movies, painting, crafting and home renovations with her husband, Brannon.

Jenny Leonard, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Dr. Leonard graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology. She then attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2017. After graduation, she began working as an associate veterinarian at Ocoee Animal Hospital.

While in veterinary school, Dr. Leonard was a volunteer and intern with with Georgia Aquarium. She also served as a veterinary assistant at Ball Ground Animal Hospital. Dr. Leonard is a member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Christian Veterinary Mission. Her professional interests include surgery, internal medicine and exotics.

She was drawn to veterinary medicine initially due to the belief that she could “help people by helping a member of their family” and continues to be motivated by the desire to create lasting relationships with both her patients and clients.

When she is not at our animal hospital, Dr. Jenny Leonard spends her free time reading, listening to music, crafting and hiking. She shares her home with a mixed-breed rescue named Koda.

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