Born and raised in this area (a true native!), attended University of Tennessee for undergraduate and veterinary school. Came “home” in 1981 and has been here since then. He attended his 35th year reunion in February, 2016 in Knoxville. He also serves as Managing Partner for Ocoee Animal Hospital.
Dr. Day and his wife Linda met while students at UT and live in Epworth. They are active members of First United Methodist Church in Copperhill. They have two grown daughters; Emily and her husband Steven live in Charleston, SC where she is a resident physician in internal medicine, and Laura is an ICU nurse in Augusta, GA.
In his time away from work he enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, watching UT sports, backpacking, swimming, scuba diving and traveling. The Days currently have three spoiled cats (Striper, Gatsby and Tennessee) at home.
Dr. Deanna Belyeu is a native of Lynchburg, Tennessee. She followed in her father’s footsteps by pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. She attended Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2000 with honors.
Shortly after graduation, she came to work at Ocoee Animal Hospital and is approaching her 16th year. She is passionate about veterinary medicine in general, but has special interests in wound reconstruction and oncology.
Dr. Belyeu and her family live in Mineral Bluff, Georgia. Deanna and Shannon have 4 children, all between the ages of 16 and 10. They enjoy a Belgian mare named “Tiny”, a donkey named “Donkey,” a rabbit named “Mo,” a cat named “Tater,” and 3 dogs (“Cash,” “Yeti” and “Atticus”).
Dr. Belyeu enjoys watching SEC football, listening to live music, visiting local wineries/microbreweries, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends. “My life has been and continues to be a wonderful journey.”
Dr. Zager has been with Ocoee Animal Hospital since 1979. He has worked in every department at Ocoee, but his current responsibilities are predominately in large animal medicine and surgery (cattle, horses, llamas/alpacas, goats, sheep, swine).
Dr. Zager has been a frequent speaker at local livestock meetings. He has been Cattlemen’s Association Veterinarian of the year in 2010 and has an office named for him at the Georgia Aquarium. Dr. Zager was honored as a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.
Dr. Zager was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Griffin, Georgia.
He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2012 Dr. Zager was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He celebrated his 37th class reunion in 2016. Dr. Zager currently serves on the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) Board of Directors and is a member of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Board.
Dr. Zager and his wife Cindy live in Gilmer County, Georgia. They have two adult daughters. When not tending to the needs of animals, large or small, Dr. Zager enjoys spending time with his family as well as hiking, good food and traveling.
Dr. Arnall has been affiliated with Ocoee Animal Hospital since 1992 and became a partner of the practice in 2003.
Although Dr. Arnall enjoys all facets of veterinary medicine, his special areas of interest include small animal orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. When not seeing clients and patients, Dr. Arnall can often be found making small repairs or installing new gadgets around the hospital as the resident handyman.
When not working, Dr. Arnall enjoys being at home or traveling with his family. He and Lydia have two children, Darcy and Ethan. The Arnalls live just outside of Blue Ridge with 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 4 backyard chickens.
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. Desireé Stensing is our new associate veterinarian who has been here over one year. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Microbial, Cellular, and Molecular Biology from Auburn in 2011. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine May 2015. Her special interests include internal medicine, ultrasonography, clinical pathology/cytology, shelter medicine, and wildlife rehabilitation.
Her husband, Dr. Brannon Rickman, graduated from vet school with her and is currently practicing herd health and small animal medicine in Chatsworth, GA. They currently live in Ellijay, Georgia. They have two cats, Cheese and Crackers, and two dogs, Buddy and Emma.
Dr. Des enjoys anything outdoors including hiking, camping, fishing, and mountain biking. She also likes to play sports and go to the movies.
A native of Peachtree City, GA, Dr. Jenny Leonard got her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Georgia in 2013. She then went on to graduate from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2017. She is currently residing in Ellijay with her rescue pup and bed hogger, Koda.
Dr. Jenny is very happy to be joining the Ocoee Animal Hospital family as she embarks on her new career as a veterinarian. She is looking forward to helping the many patients and clients who she will be meeting in the future. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, music, and reading anything she can get her hands on.