Dr. JoAnne Roesner
Dr. JoAnne M. Roesner is Founder and Medical Director of Loving Hands Animal Clinic, an American Animal Hospital Association accredited general practice and specialty referral hospital. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Board Certified in Canine and Feline Practice. She opened the clinic in 1993 with a vision for delivering compassionate excellence in veterinary care.
JoAnne is a teacher, so Loving Hands Animal Clinic is a teaching hospital. Students range from middle school children to veterinary students to even graduate veterinarians. The clinic serves as a practical training site for veterinary colleges; Loving Hands has trained students from the United States, Canada, Hungary, Germany, and Argentina. Dozens of middle school children spend two to three hours per week at Loving Hands in the clinic's Shadow Program to learn about careers in veterinary medicine. Staff members visit local schools regularly to talk about pet care and careers in veterinary medicine.
JoAnne frequently lectures at veterinary colleges and conferences, including the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. JoAnne is active on the Student Liaison Committee of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She serves the American Animal Hospital Association as a Student Advocate at Auburn University and the University of Georgia.
JoAnne graduated sixth in her class from the University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine and completed a postdoctoral internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
JoAnne married Tom Denham in 1995. Tom serves Loving Hands Animal Clinic as Web Master. Tom has been a Baptist minister, pastoral counselor, marriage and family therapist, college instructor, business manager, investment company officer, computer network engineer, and database administrator, and financial forecaster. You can see some of his current work at www.dailyoptionstrategies.com and at www.theologicalreflections.com.
Dr. Karen Ellis
Dr. Karen Ellis and Dr. JoAnne Roesner became friends while working together in the 1980s at a busy Atlanta area small animal practice. Karen joined Loving Hands Animal Clinic in December 2005.
Dr. Ellis graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Pursuing her interests in alternative healing methods, she achieved certification in Massage Therapy from the Atlanta School of Massage in 1994, and certification in neuromuscular therapy from the Heartwood Institute in 1995. Karen became a Reiki Master in 1997. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Dr. Ellis completed training in veterinary acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1997. She is working on a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese veterinary herbal medicine at the Chi Institute, after completing an initial course of training in 1999.
Dr. Ellis combines the best methods of conventional medicine and Traditional Chinese approaches to provide excellent overall care for pets. These methods include:
- ⋅ Conventional and Traditional Chinese medical diagnostics
- ⋅ Conventional medicine and surgery
- ⋅ Acupuncture, Chinese herbal, and nutritional therapies
- ⋅ Western herbal medicine
- ⋅ Flower essences
- ⋅ Cold laser therapy
- ⋅ Massage and energy therapy
Dr. Ellis is a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, and the Veterinary Behavioral Medicine Association.
Karen is an avid organic gardener. She enjoys hiking, flat water kayaking, reading mystery novels, and playing with her own pets. Karen did extensive volunteer work with Alter care, the HIV/AIDS organization, in the 1990s.
Dr. David Martinez-Jimenez
Dr. David Martinez-Jimenez was born in Spain, where he completed his veterinary degree in 2002. After graduation, he performed several externships in exotic pet, zoo, and wildlife medicine in Spain and the United Kingdom. In 2004, he completed a Master's degree in Wild Animal Healt h at the Royal Veterinary College and Institute of Zoology of London. He then moved to the United States, where he completed an internship in exotic, zoo, and wildlife medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia.
Dr. Martinez volunteers at Zoo Atlanta in addition to his work at Loving Hands. He has several publications in scientific veterinary journals, book chapters and has presented in veterinary meetings.
He is a member of the
- ⋅ American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- ⋅ Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA)
- ⋅ American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
- ⋅ Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV)
- ⋅ Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)
- ⋅ Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV)
- ⋅ American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV)
- ⋅ Wildlife Disease Association (WDA)
- ⋅ Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice (VCNA)
David accepted a job with Loving Hands and very quickly moved here from North Carolina, bought a house, and had a baby with his wife Corby who is also a veterinarian.
Dr. Sarah Petraitis
Dr. Sarah Petraitis joined the Loving Hands Medical Staff in February 2013 and is a native of Albany, New York. She attended Cornell University, where she completed her undergraduate studies and also received her veterinary degree. Dr. Petraitis has spent time in Kenya and South Africa working in conservation biology and rehabilitation of Chacma baboons.
As a veterinarian, Dr. Petraitis has developed her professional interests in the areas of surgery, dentistry and behavior. She shares a home with her husband, German Shepherd, Achilles and two cats, Kala and Brie. Together with her husband, she enjoys hiking and swimming with their dog.