Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 7:30am - Noon | Sunday: Closed
Now accepting appointments every day


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Shelby Hixon, D.V.M.

Dr. Shelby Hixon grew up in Woodstock, GA. After swimming for and completing her bachelor of science at the University of Alabama, Dr. Hixon received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University.

She is excited to care for the pets of Cumming and loves being able to educate clients on how to keep their pets healthy and happy. Dr. Shelby’s professional interests are dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, and nutrition. She highly respects our nation’s military working and police dogs. As such, she holds a special interest in the surgical and medical treatment of these canine athletes.

In her free time, Dr. Hixon trains brazilian jiu jitsu and takes her dogs to the park.

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David Orton, D.V.M.

Dr. David Orton is a “native” Georgian who received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UGA and has been practicing in North Georgia since 1998.

He always wanted to be a veterinarian and it shows. His gentle and kind nature is loved by pets and their people too! Although he enjoys all aspects of patient care his professional interests are preventive medicine, dentistry and surgery. He is an excellent surgeon.

When Dr. David is not caring for the pets at Creekside Animal Hospital he enjoys soccer, landscaping, home improvement and hanging out with his boys.

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John Tarabula, D.V.M.

Dr. John Tarabula is the owner of Creekside Animal Hospital and the Animal Medical & Surgical Center in Canton. He attended the University of Georgia where he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. ​He is currently a member of the Association ​of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners where he holds a certificate for a Silver Standard Cat Friendly Hospital for Animal Medical and Surgical Center. In addition he sits of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. John knew he wanted to be a veterinarian at a young age and started his career as a kennel attendant in middle school. Now, these years later, Dr. John knows he is blessed to practice in a community where he has developed lasting relationships with his patients and their families. Although he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine his clinical interests include dermatology, dentistry, exotics and surgery.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Cindy, and has 3 grown children who have given him 4 grandchildren who know him as Papa. In addition to playing with the grandchildren, he enjoys deep sea fishing, hiking and riding his tractor.

"My cat, Toby, has big problems. Huge! No other clinic wanted to take on these problems. Then I found Creekside. They have been the difference between life and death for my boy. They got him to the specialist he needed, and they have treated him with such love and respect despite his condition. They have never given up on him. I was concerned the clinic would lose this special quality with the passing of Dr Adams. While he is greatly missed, the new doctors are just as amazing. Dr Donnerstag is a rock star! The clinic is always clean, the staff is friendly and courteous, and my cat is doing well despite his issues. I couldn't ask for more!" - Melissa Estes