Meet Our Veterinary Team

When you bring your pets to our Oxford vets, you can have peace of mind, knowing that they will be cared for by a team of compassionate, friendly professionals. We’re pet owners, too, so we know just how important it is for your pet to receive quality care. Experience the difference at Bottletree Animal Hospital.

Veterinarians

Name: Apryl Garcia

Owner, Manager, and Veterinarian 

Education:Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn, AL, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 1998, Chi Institute, Reddick, FL, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, 2012

Most rewarding moment: Being able to be an advocate for all pets and help to educate pet owners about proper wellness and preventative care to provide a long-lasting relationship with pets and their people.

Greatest accomplishment: Being a wife, mother, and business owner!

What do you do in your spare time? What spare time?

Favorite comfort food: Dark chocolate. Yum! I think of it as a health food.

Biggest pet peeve: No work ethic and no common sense

Favorite vacation spot: Costa Rica. That is where my husband and I were married, and has been our only vacation so far.

Favorite animal quote: “Above all else, do no harm.”

Advice to pet owners: Do not take on the responsibility of additional pets if you do not have the time, energy, effort, and means. Help to find someone who does in those instances. I want to see your pets have great lives!

Three things you’d be surprised to know:

  1. I used to be a Jazzercise instructor and LOVE to ZUMBA!
  2. I am a vet with one pet! (at the moment)
  3. I lived in South Africa for a month in vet school, doing research.

Name: John Shin

DVM

Joined Bottletree in September 2017, and has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2013.

Most rewarding moment: The day-to-day satisfaction of making a difference.

Greatest accomplishment: Becoming a veterinarian.

Favorite comfort food: Ramen

Biggest pet peeve: When people neglect their animals.

Advice to pet owners: Obesity can kill!

Three things you’d be surprised to know:

  • I practiced veterinary medicine on elephants in Thailand.
  • I was born and raised in Canada.
  • Cooking is a passion of mine.

Favorite quote about animals: “When a black cat crosses your path, it means he is going somewhere.”

Biggest fear: Toronto Raptors missing the playoffs.

Last book you read: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Most unusual pet you have ever owned: A 3-legged cat.

Veterinary Assistants 

Glennis Marshall

Veterinary Assistant

Q: What was the most rewarding moment of your career?

A: My dog, Little Buddy, was used to donate blood to save another dog’s life, and the owner was so very thankful!

Whitney Thompson

Veterinary Assistant

Q: What are some things people would be surprised to learn about you?

A: I’m a twin, cows are my favorite animals, and I’m deathly afraid of very dark water with sharks. I’m also studying to be a geologist. It ‘rox!’

Reneé Derrow

Veterinary Assistant

Q: What has been your most rewarding moment working with animals?

A: When they come back just as excited to see me as I am them.

Q: What’s your favorite comfort food?

A: Ham and beans with cornbread

Brooke Jackson

Veterinary Assistant

Brooke’s biggest fear is when people take their dentures out. Her biggest pet peeve is people smacking on their food.

Groomers & Kennel Attendants

Gabrielle Lott

Canine Image Consultant

Gabrielle is the most well-known hula hooper in the state. She’s also terrified of swallowing a watermelon seed.

Receptionists

coming-staffKelly Crossen

Veterinary Receptionist

Q: What are some things people would be surprised to learn about you?

A: I donated my eggs to my sister so she could have a baby…and she did! A little girl. I’m also obsessed with super hero movies and TV shows. I even have a giant coffee table book full of comic book heroes.

Shelby Kivelle

Veterinary Receptionist

Q: What are some things people would be surprised to learn about you?

A: At the age of 23, my back had to be fused together. I also lived in Hana Maui in the rainforest and am extremely quiet around people the first few times I meet them.