Meet Our Team in Smyrna
Our amazing veterinarians and support staff here in Smyrna are collectively motivated by their love of animals and passion for excellent veterinary care. Learn more about them below!
Dr. Katherine Rottersman, M.S., D.V.M.
Owner and Veterinarian
Prior to earning her DVM in 1981 from Auburn University, Dr. Rottersman completed her Bachelor’s at the University of Georgia and her Masters in Microbiology from Eastern Kentucky University. Areas of veterinary medicine in which she has special interest include oral surgery and dentistry. The most rewarding aspect of her career is developing relationships with people and their pets that last a lifetime, and through multiple generations.
Dr. Rottersman considers veterinary medicine to be her greatest gift, because every day is a new adventure. She shares her home with a Swedish Vallhund named Neo, a German Shepherd named Darla, and two domestic shorthaired cats, Marco and Sophie.
Dr. Stephanie Hunter, D.V.M.
Dr. Hunter obtained her DVM and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2007. She has always loved animals and been drawn to a career that is dedicated to helping pets and easing their suffering. She believes strongly that veterinarians must be their voice and advocate on their behalf, because they deserve nothing less. Dr. Hunter considers it a privilege to work in veterinary medicine, and to serve in a field that is dedicated to helping animals.
She has a four-legged companion of her own, Sir William Wallace, a domestic medium hair cat, and enjoys dancing, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends. Along with animals, she absolutely loves dark chocolate, and greatly admires animal rights activist and anthropologist Jane Goodall.
Dr. Jennifer Ponce, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Ponce was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia. She graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2006 where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology pre-veterinary medicine. She then continued on to graduate from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine with honors in 2013. She is an active member of AVMA, GVMA and the national Veterinary Honors Society Phi Zeta. Dr. Ponce is very interested in Small Animal soft tissue surgery and is interested in learning more about Orthopedic Surgery and Internal Medicine. Prior to being accepted into veterinary school, she was a cardiovascular dissector for human transplant services at Cryolife Inc. Outside the office, Dr. Ponce enjoys spending her spare time biking, stand up paddle boarding and hiking. She is head over heels in love with her two Cane Corsi, Ali’i Nui and Arabot, who participate in dog shows, Barn Hunt, Agility, Obedience, and Dock Diving. She is welcomed at home by her older Great Dane Nicola who enjoys sleeping on the couch with her three cats Baci, Forza and Squirt.
Stefanie Lopez, AVA
Lead Veterinary Assistant
Stefanie grew up in a multi-pet household. Being a quiet, reserved child, she always felt more comfortable around animals. It comes as no surprise, then, that she knew she would one day end up working with animals. Stefanie became a certified Veterinary Assistant through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) online program, and has been a member of the Windy Hill family for 10 years. She finds it very rewarding to help animals along through every life stage, and be a part of their journey.
Stefanie and her husband, Carlos, have 3 dogs and a cat: Darwin, a Golden/Corgi mix; River, a Shar Pei mix; Izyk, a German Shorthair Pointer; and Vader, a Siamese mix. One of her passions is training and competing in dog sports; she and her canines have competed in many events together including agility, barn hunt, dock diving, competition and rally, and obedience and nose work. She loves all things movie and TV-related, and considers herself to be a pop culture connoisseur.
Maresa has always dreamed of working with animals for as long as she can remember. Her goal is to help enhance the lives of all animals in the best way she can. She is working towards becoming an RVT (registered veterinary technician) and helping people and their pets for many years to come. Maresa has a rescued shih tzu named Mila Bear, and a rabbit named Latte. During her downtime she enjoys painting, playing instruments, and traveling the world with her family and friends.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Callie graduated from Globe University in Woodbury, MN in 2012, and received her RVT license in September of 2014. She grew up on a farm in South Georgia, and knew from an early age that all she wanted to do was to be around the animals, interact with them, and most of all, help them. Becoming a veterinary technician was the easiest decision she has ever made in her life. As a VT, Callie loves knowing that she’s made a difference in both an animal’s life, and their owner’s. She considers the human-animal bond to be the most heartwarming aspect of her job, and finds being a voice for the voiceless to be both empowering and fulfilling.
Callie has many hobbies, including spending time with her crazy family and friends, traveling, cheering on the Georgia Southern Eagles, pinning projects on Pinterest, and randomly bursting out into song and dance (because she’s amazing at it).
Callie has been married to her amazing husband, Keyur, for over 8 years. Their son Dougie is the light of their lives and is just as enthusiastic about animals as his mom. Callie’s family also includes a 13-year old Miniature Schnauzer named Pearl, and 2 tuxedo kitties—Ricky, her 10-year old couch potato, and Sunshine, her crazy 2-year old drama queen.
Kim loves animals of all shapes and sizes, and she enjoys helping them in any way she can. She and her husband, Tim, live with 2 dogs and a cat named Biscuit Loretta, Harlie Jade, and Ottoman Fitzgerald. Outside of work, Kim loves reading, attending sporting events, and spending time outside.