Our Staff

Team Leadership

Julia - Animal Hospital of Sandy SpringsJulia

Office Manager; Veterinary Technician

Every since she was a small child Julia has been an animal nut. She has had pets ranging from hamsters & parakeets to dogs & cats. She even used to play in the yard with bugs and worms. Julia has helped train and take care of neighbors’ dogs since the young age of 5, so it seemed only natural to make a career of it.

In 1994 she began her veterinary career as an assistant. By 1998 she was lead technician and front office assistant. She earned a degree in animal science in 1999. By 2001 she decided to leave New Jersey for Atlanta. Shortly after arriving in Atlanta Julia began working with Dr. Ahearn. By 2008 Julia had become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Julia also holds a certificate in Dog Training and Behavior.

Julia lives in Alpharetta with Her boyfriend Mike, Her 5 year old Terrier mix Yoda, and her 2 cats Scrapee (15yrs) & Domino (2yrs). In her free time she enjoys watching Nascar and UFC & doing her nails every Sunday.

Animal Care

Animal Hospital of Sandy SpringsSapna

Veterinary Assistant

Sapna has been working in the veterinary industry for over 13 years. She enjoys not only working with animals but also educating pet owners as well. She has always had a passion for animals and at an early age found herself bringing in any stray she found in the neighborhood. Sapna has three pets at home; Summer, Hurley and Monkey. When she’s not in the hospital you might find her watching a new movie or attending a local fair.


Donna - Animal Hospital of Sandy SpringsDonna


Before she was an employee here at the Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs, Donna was a client. One day on a routine visit with her dog, Donna decided to inquire if Dr. Ahearn had any openings. It just so happened that the clinic was looking for a part-time receptionist! Donna joined the team in 2007 and transferred into full-time work a short time later.

Donna worked in the corporate world for 25 years before she started her journey in veterinary medicine. After her retirement, she realized she missed interacting with coworkers and clientele. Donna feels incredibly fortunate to have joined the team here at the Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs, and feels that she’s able to connect with the hospital’s clients on an even deeper level because she is a former client herself.

Donna has two pets of her own at home. Maddie Rose is a Maltipoo who has appointed herself the neighborhood’s Chief of Police, and Sassy is a Shih Tzu who acts more like a human than a dog.

Animal Hospital of Sandy SpringsJoe


Joe has been working in the veterinary field for over four years and really enjoys interacting with clients and their pets. He has two dogs named Tucker and Bronx as well as two cats named Kiki and George. In his free time, Joe enjoys relaxing at home or traveling.


Gia - Animal Hospital of Sandy SpringsGia

Pet Groomer

Gia has always enjoyed working and creating with her hands. She’s very proud to be able to use her skills to improve the lives of pet owners’ beloved companions! Gia has served as a Pet Groomer here at the Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs since 2007.

Gia grew up on a farm in Brazil, where she was surrounded by cows, pigs, horses, chickens, and goats from an early age. She moved to Miami with her husband, and they both started working at Gia’s brother-in-law’s veterinary hospital in 2003. Gia’s sister-in-law, who studied grooming at the Manhattan School of Dog Grooming, taught Gia the art of pet styling; she’s been sprucing up pets ever since!

At home, Gia and her husband—who also works in the animal-care field as a Veterinary Technician—live with their young daughter, a Labrador/shepherd mix named Prince, Fuzzy the pug, and a cat named George.