David Orton 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. DVM Julie Tarabula Knudsen Dr. Julie Tarabula Knudsen, or “Dr. K,” is a native of North Georgia. She was born to be a veterinarian to care for all creatures great and small. As a daughter of a veterinarian, she grew up with a “backyard menagerie” that included not only dogs, cats and traditional farm animals, but ostriches, emus, llamas, peacocks, and more. It was not uncommon to find her caring for an injured baby deer, bird, or squirrel with the hopes of returning it to the wild. At a very young age, her veterinary career began as a kennel attendant and as an assistant helping her father on Saturdays.
Dr. Julie earned both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees from the University of Georgia, and she is a proud “Double Dawg.” Dr. K has a passion for client communication and building lifelong relationships with families and their beloved pets. Her professional interests include dentistry, surgery, geriatric medicine and pain management. She is dedicated to helping her patients lead the happiest, healthiest, longest life possible. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Dane, their son, and two rescue Golden Retrievers, traveling, and UGA football. DVM Dane Knudsen Dr. Dane Knudsen grew up in sunny Savannah, Georgia, but headed north to the Georgia mountains to complete his Biology degree at Young Harris College. He graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, and has since enjoyed making the Cumming community his home.
Dr. Knudsen cannot recall a time in his life when he did not have a profound compassion for animals and their welfare. Although he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, his clinical interests include dermatology, dentistry, and ophthalmology. He is passionate about educating owners on preventive wellness care. During his free time, Dr. Knudsen enjoys relaxing with his wife, Dr. Julie, and son. Their two golden retrievers, Scarlett and Grigsby, have special jobs taking care of them all. Dr. Dane also enjoys anything Georgia Bulldogs, especially football, being in the great outdoors, and exercising. DVM John Tarabula 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.
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 5 grandchildren who know him as Papa. In addition to playing with the grandchildren, he enjoys deep sea fishing, hiking and riding his tractor.
He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Georgia Veterinary Medical Association where he sits on the Board of Directors. DVM