About Us

Office Staff

Courtney Whitcher

Hospital Administrator

Courtney began her career with veterinary clinics when she joined the staff at Bartow Animal Hospital in 1996. She graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2002 having earned a business degree. She is married and has one daughter.

Cathy Lagneaux

Human Resources and Accounting Assistant

Cathy has worked in the veterinary industry since 1990. She joined Lake City Animal Hospital in 2003 as a receptionist.

Cathy and her family have been fostering cats and kittens for a rescue group for several years. In addition to fostering, she has three cats, and just recently adopted another kitten and a boxer puppy. Cathy enjoys spending time with her family and reading.

Lexi Ellison

Administrative Assistant

Lexi was born and raised in Cartersville, GA, and started at BAH in May of 2019. She graduated from Cass High School in 2020, and is currently attending Georgia Highlands College to pursue a degree in Business Administration. She has 5 fur babies who she loves dearly, 3 Boxers, 1 Pitbull, and 1 Husky.

Paula Escobedo

Lead Receptionist

Paula has worked in the veterinary industry since 2006. She has held multiple positions in this industry and loves every aspect of veterinary care. She has a passion for pets and this shows in her quality of client/patient care. She enjoys going above and beyond for clients and their pets. She is completing her BA in Human Resources. When she is not working or doing her studies, she enjoys spending time with her family that includes a Rottie named King and a cat named Mammita.

Sydney Bringhurst


Sydney started working at Acworth Animal Hospital in 2020. She attends North Paulding High School, alongside taking classes at Kennesaw State University. She has had dogs her whole life, and has always had a passion for animals. When she’s not studying, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Mary Hagel

Mary joined Acworth Animal Hospital in 2003, and she also now works at Lake City Animal Hospital as well. She belongs to one handsome dog named Brutus. She is also the proud parent of seven cats, who own both Mary and Brutus.

Gretchen Mueller


Gretchen joined our team in September of 2019. She graduated from Georgia Southern University in May of 2019 with a BA in Writing and Linguistics. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her three dogs.

Hannah Whitlock