Dr. Hiland – Medical Director
Dr. Hiland started with our practice as a veterinary assistant in 1996. She worked through high school and on breaks during college, rotating between our hospitals. After finishing her undergraduate work at The University of Georgia, she attended veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. Dr. Hiland started as a veterinarian here in June of 2007. Since then, she has worked between all four hospitals.
She has a Bernese Mountain Dog name Sophia and a cat named Chops. In her free time Dr. Hiland enjoys spending time with her children and traveling. In addition to interests in general surgery and medicine, she is certified in animal chiropractic care.
Dr. Baker was one of those little kids that always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian and took a steady path through her life to get to where she could have this wonderful job as her occupation.
She earned her Bachelors in Animal Science and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University.
She began working for Dr. Hiland in 2003 and has been with Trickum Ridge Animal Hospital and Etowah Veterinary Hospital since then. She loves that she is able to help her clients and patients when they are in need. She really tries to educate clients so that they are able to maintain their pet’s health for as long as possible.
When she is not at the hospital, she spends most of her time with her two wonderful and entertaining children, small flock of pets, and ever supportive husband. That small flock includes her border collie/beagle mix Logan and 3 cats Bacchus, Mena & Mogwai. They all have some kind of special circumstance and she has really learned a lot about veterinary medicine just caring for her own pets.
When there is a moment to just do something that she thinks is fun, she loves to read, work in her vegetable garden and travel.
Her role here is to help your pets stay healthy and make sure that we are providing the best customer experience. If she can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to let her know. We are here for you and it is an honor that you have chosen us to share in the important role of caring for your furry family members.
Dr. Handley is the newest addition to our veterinary team at Trickum Ridge Animal Hospital, and she currently shares her time between here and our Waleska practice. Dr. Handley worked as a Veterinary Technician Assistant for over 7 years before attending veterinary school. She earned her undergraduate degree at Kennesaw State University and attended the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK for her veterinary degree and is a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS). Dr. Handley is a Georgia native and is happy to be able to practice medicine in her home state. During veterinary school she attended placements with farm animal practices throughout the English countryside, as well as a stint with Her Majesty’s Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. These opportunities allowed her passion for large animal medicine to grow alongside her longstanding love for companion animal medicine. In her free time, Dr. Handley enjoys furthering her riding lessons she started in England, going on hikes with her little sister, fishing with her dad, and cheering on her favorite sports teams with friends and family.