Our Veterinarians
Dr. JoAnne Roesner

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. stephanie hall

Dr. Stephanie Hall

Dr. Hall grew up in Alabama and has been caring for animals her entire life. She spent her childhood on her grandfather’s cattle farm and helped him tend to horses, goats, chickens, pigs, emus and various other species. Stephanie graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Animal & Dairy Science, went on to earn her DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and then began her veterinary career by proudly serving her country in the Army. Dr. Hall has been stationed at Fort Knox, Guantanamo Bay, Okinawa and Parris Island.

She is now proud to call Georgia her home and is a very welcome addition to the Loving Hands family. In addition to having a special love of surgery, Dr. Hall is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and is also working towards broadening her medical knowledge with Traditional Chinese Medicine & Chiropractic. In her free time, you will find Stephanie outdoors, playing sports or enjoying a movie.


Dr. Emily McManus

Dr. Emily McManus

Dr. Emily McManus grew up in Canton, Georgia. She has had a love for animals from a young age and grew up riding horses and volunteering at her local animal hospital. She attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where she majored in biochemistry before attending veterinary school at the University of Georgia. She is a graduate from the class of 2016 and is very eager to start her career in veterinary medicine.

Her professional interests range from surgery and dentistry, to internal medicine and cardiology. She has a background in research and was involved in both undergraduate and graduate research programs, including work with the Center for Ribosomal Origins and Evolution and the Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program.

In her spare time Emily enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, and spending time with her dog Kiri, her cat Mr. Remington, and her fiance Patrick.


Dr. Pamela Donnerstag

Dr. Pamela Donnerstag

Dr. Donnerstag graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Following her graduation she moved to Georgia where she has been actively practicing small animal veterinary medicine. Her special interest and passion is in feline care.

During her free time, Pamela enjoys gardening and is an active participant in her community’s Home Owners Association. Together with her husband they enjoy traveling around the country and participating in Renaissance Festivals.


Dr. Eric Schimler

Dr. Eric Schimler

Dr. Schimler, born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2017. Since the age of 16, his passion for animals was evident, beginning with walking dogs to taking a position as a veterinary assistant at the local practice where his family pets were seen. Throughout the years to follow he continued to pursue his career in veterinary medicine, working only at veterinary clinics and eventually fulfilling his lifelong dream. Dr. Schimler has a special interest and passion for surgery, dentistry, dermatology, communication and forming long term, nurturing, interpersonal relationships with coworkers, clients and furry patients.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys the outdoors, triathlons and running half-marathons with his girlfriend Laurel, who is currently enrolled in UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. He can also be found lazing around the television watching his beloved Atlanta sports teams and spending time with his 6 year old Lab Mix, Woodford.