Dr. Rory Hekking

Medical Director


Dr. Hekking grew up playing in the creeks of Virginia, catching crayfish, salamanders, and anything else that crossed his path (including a snapping turtle!). He didn’t realize the depth of his connection to animals until his dog, Sable, passed away suddenly while in high school. It was at that time that he dedicated himself to helping owners and pets develop their special connection and to keep it going as long as possible. He has developed special interests in dental health and caring for senior pets.

Dr. Hekking became a die-hard fan of Brigham Young University while earning his undergraduate degree from the school. After graduation he moved across the country back to Virginia to get his veterinary degree from Virginia Tech. He has been in Georgia ever since he graduated and loves spending time both in the city and the mountains with his wife, two daughters, and spaniel mix, Olive. In his free time you will catch him absorbing any and all sports, fishing, and playing with his family.

Dr. Cindy Cheng


Dr. Cheng wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a little girl growing up in Norfolk, Virginia. While growing up her cat passed away from a disease that could have been prevented with a vaccine. Unfortunately, her family was never even offered the vaccine. It was at that time that Dr. Cheng decided she wanted to become a veterinarian so that other pet owners didn’t have to deal with the same heartache. She attended Virginia Tech for her undergrad and earned her DVM from the University of Georgia. She liked Georgia so much, she decided to stick around. Since then she has been with Etowah Veterinary Hospital for over 30 years and developed special interests in surgery and preventative healthcare. She is dedicated to ensuring her patients are offered the highest level of care to ensure her patients live a long, happy life. Dr. Cheng treats her patients with lots of love and cares for them as if they were her own.

Dr. Cheng has a cat, Shorty, and enjoys spending time with her husband Paul. In her time away from the clinic you will often find her on the water kayaking or walking around some of the local botanical gardens. She is also an avid sports fan, outdoor photographer, and reader.

Client Services

Mandy – Client Services Representative

Mandy’s warm, welcoming, and bubbly personality will greet you the moment you walk through the door. She has been helping our clients with anything they need for almost 15 years now! She is a born and bred Georgian, living in Decatur, Kennesaw, and now Woodstock.

Outside of work, Mandy is a wonderful wife, mother, and Nana. She’s also got a houseful of two-legged, four-legged, and flippered friends. Her 4 dogs, 2 cats, 1 snake, fish, and backyard chickens keep her busy and entertained all the time. When she gets a break, she loves camping, boating and going to the beach.

Lab and Kennel Staff

Sandy – Registered Veterinary Technician

Sandy is new to Georgia, but not new to vet medicine. After living in Colorado Springs for 40 years, she has decided to move closer to family and call the beautiful state of Georgia home. While Sandy has always had a soft spot for animals, the passing of her childhood dog was the catalyst for a career in veterinary medicine. Sandy received her veterinary technician license from PIMA in Colorado and gets to spend each day doing what she loves. You can find her helping with blood draws, dental cleanings and chatting with clients. She enjoys getting to know and educating our clients. She is a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Sandy loves to spend time with family, hiking, playing games being a one-woman pit crew for her son’s motorcycle races. She is also a talented DIY-er, loving to build things and use power tools. She has one dog, Buddy, and a kitty cat, Susie.

Savannah – Veterinary Assistant/ Kennel Technician

From a young age Savannah took a keen interest in animals. You could find her saving birds that fell from their nests and taking care of squirrels and baby rabbits. She even helped a wild goat birth her twins. Now, you can find her working as a vet assistant and giving the same compassionate care and love to our patients. You’ll see her greeting sick patients and assisting doctors with yearly exams.

Savannah’s greatest achievement so far (there is more to come!) is working hard to earn her veterinary assistant certificate and working at a veterinary office. It took lots of dedication and commitment. Another great achievement in Savannah’s life is meeting and marrying her husband, Chris. They enjoy fishing, hiking, swimming and barbecues with friends.

Administrative and Property Maintenance

Lisa – Practice Manager

Lisa started as the Practice Manager in June 2000. She attended Purdue University and received a certificate in Practice Management. She is married and has one daughter and two grandsons. Her pet family includes Luke, a Great Dane mix and two cats Mew Tin and Slater. In her free time, she enjoys boating on the lake and entertaining friends

Tammy – Human Resource Manager

Tammy started working at Etowah Veterinary Hospital as the Humane Resource Manager in 1998. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband; traveling, riding motorcycles, and scuba diving. She has one daughter, two step sons, and two grandchildren. She also have a Boston Terrier mix named Lucy and a cat named Simon.

Frankie – Inventory Manager

Frankie started working for Etowah Veterinary Hospital as the Inventory Manager in January 2015. She has two boys, Jake and Chase, and a crazy Shiba Inu named Tucker. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies and being outside.

Larry – Property Maintenance

Larry has been doing contract work for our practice since 2010 and recently joined us as a full-time employee.