Meet Our Team

Dr. Doug Ruff


Dr. Douglas Ruff is a small-animal practitioner who has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1997. A native of Madison Florida, Dr. Ruff says that as a young boy he always had a special interest in animals. Becoming a veterinarian allowed him to pursue what has been a lifelong interest and passion for animal care and helping people.

In 1990, Dr. Ruff entered the University of Florida where he undertook a pre-veterinary curriculum. By 1993, he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Animal Science.

Concurrent to Dr. Ruff's senior undergraduate year, he entered the University of Florida' College of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. His areas of particular professional interest include internal medicine as well as soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.

After graduating, he pursued a teaching internship at Kansas State University for one year. After completing the internship he moved to Okeechobee Florida and practiced large and small animal medicine for two years. In 2010 he moved to the Lake Park area and practiced for 6 years. In September 2007 he built and opened Hahira Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Kelly Barrett


Dr. Kelly Barrett is a small animal practitioner who has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2009. Dr. Barrett is a native of Auburn, AL and is a second generation veterinarian. Growing up in rural Alabama, she developed an interest in veterinary medicine working with her father on the family farm. A great deal of her childhood was spent being actively involved in 4-H showing cattle.

Dr. Barrett entered Auburn University in 2000 and received a Bachelor's of Science in Animal Sciences in 2004. She then attended Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2008 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

Upon graduation Dr. Barrett worked on both small and large animals in Fayetteville, TN for 2 years before returning home to Auburn, AL to practice for the past 3 years. She has a general interest in all small practice but is particularly interested in internal medicine and wound management.

Dr. Barrett is married to Valdosta native and Veterinarian, Dr. Jay Barrett. They live here with their handsome sons, beautiful daughter and dogs (Linus & Josie) and three cats (Ajax, Squash, and Chigger). She enjoys spending time with her family and watching Auburn football.

Dr. Tanner Branham


Dr. Tanner Branham began his journey to becoming a veterinarian in 2013 when he was accepted to the University of Georgia for his undergraduate studies. Four years later, he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science. In May of 2021, Dr. Branham received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Branham was born and raised in Kathleen, Georgia and attributes his initial interest in veterinary medicine to his high school’s FFA program, where he was an active member of the show cattle team. His professional interests now include small animal medicine, orthopedics, and anesthesia. He was drawn to the South Georgia area by his wife, Annelise Brown, who is a teacher at Valwood School in Hahira. The two were married in June 2021 and reside here with their two dogs, Rafe and Mae. In his spare time, Dr. Branham enjoys hunting, fishing, playing golf, and rooting for the Dawgs in Sanford Stadium.

Dr. Danielle Dispenza


Dr. Danielle Dispenza is a small animal practitioner who has recently graduated veterinary school from Mississippi State University. Dr. Dispenza was born and raised in Boca Raton, FL, and had a love for animals from a young age. She spent many weekends as a teenager at a trail riding stable working with horses and learning animal care. She attended the University of Florida where she obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Animal Sciences in 2016. During her undergraduate career, she worked at a wildlife rehabilitation center, spent a summer working with large animals in Belize, and she worked as a veterinary technician for several years. All of these experiences solidified her desire to become a veterinarian, and she graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2021 from Mississippi State University. She has an interest in all areas of small animal practice, but has a special interest in ophthalmology, dentistry and clinical pathology.

While at Mississippi State University, Dr. Danielle Dispenza met her future husband and fellow veterinarian, Dr. Dave Dispenza. Together, along with their 2 dogs (Mannix and Juniper), 5 cats (Linda, Thomas, Sophie, Madelyn, and Pete), and guinea pig (Calvin), they have recently moved to the area. Outside of work, Dr. Dispenza loves spending time with her family, cooking, and working on DIY projects.

Dr. David Dispenza


Dr. David Dispenza was born and raised in Wellington, Ohio where he spent his formative years working on farms and raising sheep. He loved working with animals, but he took an unconventional route to veterinary medicine. His first career was in hydraulics and fabrication, specifically involving heavy equipment and prototype fabrication. While he loved what he did, he knew his life had another purpose. He pursued a career in veterinary medicine and earned his degree at Mississippi State University on May of 2021. While there, he met his wife and fellow veterinarian, Danielle Dispenza. They moved to South Georgia in 2021 and have been practicing in the area since. Dr. Dispenza and his wife recently welcomed a precious little girl into their family.

Dr. Dispenza enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but he particularly enjoys orthopedics, feline medicine, and soft tissue surgery. He also enjoys cattlework and working with small ruminants.

When Dr. Dispenza isn't working, he can be found tinkering with cars, working on house projects, cooking, and spending time with his family.

Jenny Warren

Practice Manager

Jenny began her career at Hahira Veterinary Clinic as our bookkeeper in February 2011. For a couple of years, she also filled in as one of our receptionists in the afternoons. In September, Jenny took over the role of Practice Manager. Jenny and her husband Brian along with their 3 dachshunds (Hamilton, Jango and Klaus) live in Valdosta. When she’s not working, Jenny enjoys reading, painting, and visiting with her family.

Rachel Huckaby


Rachel joined the team in 2021 as a receptionist. She believes mindfulness and caring in the workplace are keys to success. She has always had a love for animals and is looking forward to getting to know each and every one of your fur babies. She is a Mama to a very astonishing little boy. Together they enjoy spending time with family, going to the beach, having pool days at home and playing with their rescue dog, Buck! He found his forever home with them in 2019!!

Katy Fulghum


Bio coming soon!

Amanda Cook


Bio coming soon!

Alice Ashley


Alice joined our team in August of 2022 as a receptionist. She was born in Hahira and currently lives with her husband, Vic, in Adel. In her spare time, Alice and her husband enjoy going to car shows.

Dee McDonald


Dee joined our team in 2010 and has filled many roles. She has worked as a vet tech, medical records technician and a receptionist. She is a long-time resident of Hahira and currently resides on a small farm with her two children, who help raise goats, chickens, quail and their dogs, Walter and Daisy. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, fishing and hunting.

Jodee Tidwell

Veterinary Technician Supervisor

Jodee has been a Vet Tech since 2012 and started with our team in August 2014. She is our Vet Tech supervisor and hopes one day to pursue her dream of getting a license to be a wild life rehabber and have a rehab center for students and people to learn about animals. She lives in Hahira with her German Shepherds (Zephyr and Zepellin) and cat (Edgar Allen Poe) which she has adopted through the years. She is very adventurous through her travels, loves going to the gym and spending time with friends.

Ashlin Copeland

Veterinary / Dental Technician

Ashlin started working with us December 2013 as a Vet Tech. She started as a vet tech in 2006 and could not imagine doing anything else.As a young child she knew she would be working in the veterinarian field. One of her favorite jobs in the vet clinic is dental hygiene. She lives in Valdosta with her husband and 2 children. Ashlin has rescued and fostered many furbabies throughout her career and continue to do so when able. She hopes to one day provide hospice care for shelter pets.

Billie Tidwell

Veterinary Technician

Billie began as a vet tech in 2017 and joined Hahira Veterinary Clinic in 2021. Billie and her husband moved to Moody Air Force Base from Guam with their two dogs, Kovu and Ash. In her free time, she enjoys art and spending time with her husband and friends.

Becca Hens

Veterinary Technician

BBecca joined our team in August of 2021 as a Veterinary Technician. She began her vet tech career after graduating vet tech school in 2015. Becca is originally from Cairo though now resides in Hahira with her husband Justin, twin boys Rivers and Reed, newborn son Huck, and two dogs Roscoe and Eulee. She loves everything to do with vet medicine, especially reproduction and surgery. In her time off she enjoys spending time with family, along with fishing, hunting and going to the lake with her dad.

Taylor Evans

Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

Haley Palmer

Veterinary Assistant

Haley joined our team in January of 2022 as a Veterinary Assistant. She lives in Valdosta with her boyfriend, Ben, and three fur-babies: Athena, Bear and Yogi. In her free time she enjoys watching and going to sporting events, spending time outdoors and just being with her family and friends.

Skyleigh Dorman

Veterinary Assistant

Skyleigh joined our team in March of 2022 as a veterinary assistant, while attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where she is majoring in Animal Science. After graduation she plans to attend veterinary school. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Tillman Edmondson

Veterinary Assistant

Tillman joined our team in 2018 as a kennel assistant and has worked his way up to Veterinary Assistant. He has a French Bulldog puppy named Raphael and attends GMC college where he is earning his Business Degree. Tillman enjoys golfing and spending time with his friends and family.

Erica Eddy

Kennel Supervisor

Erica began working with us May 2021 in our kennel taking care of your pets while they are here in the clinic. She lives in Hahira with her three sons and their cat Mipha. She is currently attending Wiregrass Technical College studying medical billing and decoding. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her sons, friends and family. She also enjoys baking and crafting.

Breanna Watson

Kennel Assistant

Bree started working with our team in August 2018 working in our kennels. She is the friendly face that your pets see every morning. Her dream is to become a veterinarian. She attends VSU for her Pre-Vet classes and will transfer out of state to complete her major. Bree lives in Hahira with her 2 dogs, Maverick & Kahlua. In her spare time she enjoys painting and photography.

Addy Gaston

Kennel Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Sierra Shaw

Kennel Assistant

Bio coming soon!