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Discover a family of exemplary doctors and staff with Hope, all passionate about our veterinary services for your special pets.
After completing his DVM at Auburn University, Dr. Fuller attended the University of Georgia where he received his Masters of Science in anatomy and completed his residency in theriogenology. Following his graduation from UGA, he entered a PhD program in reproductive physiology at Texas A&M where he studied molecular genetics.
Dr. Fuller taught anatomy at University of Georgia while completing his master’s degree in anatomy and his residency in theriogenology. Next at Texas A&M University, he taught physiology and anatomy to undergraduate students. His research focused on gene expression in cattle embryos. Upon graduation from Texas A&M, Dr. Fuller moved back to Alabama and provided relief work for veterinarians for three years. He then became a full time associate at Clay Chalkville Animal Hospital for another three years. On April 3, 2000, Dr. Fuller opened Hope Animal Clinic.
Dr. Fuller enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. He especially enjoys orthopedic surgery and reproductive work, using frozen semen in conjunction with hormonally-timed ovulation protocols.
Dr. Fuller is married to Mimi Hand Fuller. They have four children: Elizabeth, Katherine, Joseph and Thompson. Dr. Fuller and his family live on a farm in central Alabama where they have a small herd of cattle, three horses, six dogs, and two cats. All the Fullers love animals!
After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, Dr. Schmidt moved to Southern California, where she practiced general and emergency medicine for two years. In 2015 she and her husband, Dr. Adam Hauser, relocated to Alabama when he accepted a position at the University of Alabama –Roll Tide!– and she joined the Hope Animal Clinic staff.
Dr. Schmidt grew up in Ohio and is an avid Buckeye enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys college football–especially Buckeye and Alabama football–good food and wine with family and friends, and spending time with her husband, their two beautiful daughters–Audrey and Grace, and their pets–Archie, a Terrier mix, and 2 wonderful cats, Mr. Kitters and Hugs.
Dr. Schmidt’s professional interests include orthopedic surgery and emergency medicine, but she loves all aspects of small animal practice.
Dr. Giambrone has enjoyed the benefits of an Alabama and Auburn education. During his studies at both universities, he took advantage of opportunities working with exotics. While an undergraduate student at Alabama, he performed research on reptiles. Later, during his doctoral studies at Auburn University, he completed an internship at Gulf World Aquarium where he worked with an array of exotics including birds, reptiles, dolphins, and sea lions.
Dr. Giambrone first came to Hope Animal Clinic as a veterinary preceptor. In May 2015, he returned to Hope after completing his DVM at Auburn. In January 2019, we were so happy that he rejoined the Hope team! Dr. Giambrone enjoys working with all animals but has a special interest in exotics. His personal pets include the following wonderful menagerie: 5 dogs, 3 cats, 1 snake, 1 bearded dragon, and quite a few birds and fish.
Dr. Giambrone is passionate about providing the best pet healthcare possible and about coming alongside pet owners to help ensure the very best for their pets. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Giambrone enjoys spending time with his wife (who is also a veterinarian), his children, University of Alabama athletics, and hiking.
Dr. Sims graduated from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019, where he endured as the sole Alabama fan in his class. Throughout his college career, Dr. Sims sought out animal-related opportunities for service and work. As an undergraduate, he participated in community service projects which included a rotation at the Montgomery Zoo. During vet school, Dr. Sims shadowed a local veterinarian to develop his skills and knowledge of veterinary medicine. Dr. Sims enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine, but has developed special interests in nutrition and surgery. His surgery interest springs from having successfully performed surgery on his own cat, Remington, 3 separate times!
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Sims enjoys playing video games, exercising at the gym, and watching Alabama football – Roll Tide! He and his wife, Chante, enjoy watching movies while snuggling with their two cats, Batman and Remi, and love going on hikes with their two dogs – Strider, a German Shepherd, and Koda, a Belgian Malinois.
Dr. Beck moved just down the road from his hometown of Phenix City to Auburn University for his undergraduate studies and stayed there for veterinary school as well. While an undergraduate student, he served as an ambassador for the College of Agriculture where he recruited new students to Auburn and showed
them why the Auburn family was right for them. While in school, he also began work as a kennel technician before transitioning to a veterinary technician at a local clinic in Columbus, GA. Furthering his professional experience, Dr. Beck worked in the Auburn University Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s pathobiology lab and anesthesia services. Today, he enjoys his work as a member of Hope’s team of physicians where surgery and dermatology rank high in his medical interests but communicating with clients to ensure the best care for their pets is his passion.
Not only did Dr. Beck’s time at Auburn launch his career, but it also impacted his personal life. While at Auburn, Dr. Beck met his wife Samantha who was attending Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy. Since they married, they have expanded their pet family of 2 cats, Tilly and Tuco, to include an adorable chocolate Labrador Retriever named Tiki.
Apart from their careers, Dr. Beck and Samantha enjoy all things sports related but especially Auburn football and basketball. Good food and spending time with family and friends at the lake as well as playing with their pets top their list of most enjoyable pass times.
Dr. Beck strengthens the Hope team of doctors through his medical skills and great client communications. Welcome Dr. Beck!
Dr. Lushington spent her entire college career at Auburn University and wouldn’t have had it any other way – War Eagle! During her undergraduate years, Dr. Lushington spent school breaks working at Hope,starting in the kennel and later training as a technician. During veterinary school, she completed an externship Veterinary Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, where she shadowed five veterinarians to learn more about orthopedics and sports medicine. Orthopedics and surgery are Dr. Lushington’s special interests although she enjoys all aspects of small animal practice.
Outside her veterinary career, Dr. Lushington is passionate about sports–especially Auburn athletics! But Disney, the Olympics, good movies, cars, and trivia games also top her fun list along with spending time at her family’s river house, traveling, and spoiling her Poodle mix, Cam.
Having worked at Hope throughout her veterinary career journey, Dr. Lushington has stepped right in her new role as a doctor, bringing with her the full breadth of experience in animal care. She’s back home at Hope, and we are glad she is!
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April has always had a love for animals. Growing up she not only had dogs and cats, but also welcomed birds, turtles, pigs, ferrets, flying squirrels, and a chinchilla. April graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The University of Montevallo. She began grooming in 2012 and from there her passion grew. Her favorite part of being a groomer is bringing out the charm of each pet. April is married and has two beautiful children. She is also a fur mom to two dogs – Barbara and Peanut, two cats – whom her kids call Pizza and Taco, and a bearded dragon named Spike. When asked her favorite thing about working at Hope she said, “I love that Hope Animal Clinic cares about family and here at Hope we know that pets are family too!”
Patty has been a groomer for over 13 years. She started out as a Vet Tech and was encouraged to learn grooming so she could grow. Patty says her favorite part of grooming is “seeing our four-legged family members clean, happy, and prancing because they know they look good”. Patty likes to read and collect antiques. She has a shih tzu named Cookie (affectionately called Monster) and two spoiled cats, Chloe and Gibbs. Patty says she loves working at Hope because “it is like working with a big family who all share the same goal – loving and caring for our fur babies.”
Bradley came to Hope in March of 2021. He started out in the Kennel but became the grooming bather in August of 2021. Bradley says his favorite part of working in grooming is “taking the time to get to know every dog that comes through our department and making lifetime best friends.” He has two dogs – Diesel and Ollie, two cats – Bama and October, and a bearded dragon named Nugget. When Bradley is not working at Hope, doing God’s work is his biggest goal. He loves being the youth director at his local church.
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