Our team is here to take compassionate and high quality care of you and your pets. Meet our staff below.
George Allan Edwards – DVM, Hospital Director
Dr. George Edwards is the owner and hospital director of Magnolia Veterinary Surgery. Dr. Edwards is a native of Louisville, MS. He completed both his Bachelor of Science degree and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree at Mississippi State University. Dr. George graduated from MSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and continued to pursue his career in veterinary surgery through an internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College, in Prince Edwards Island, Canada, followed by a one-year surgical internship at Animal Hospital Specialty Center in Denver, Colorado. He then completed a three-year, small animal surgical residency under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Hancock at a private veterinary surgical referral hospital, South Paws Veterinary Surgical Specialists, in Mandeville, Louisiana, where he stayed on as an associate surgeon for two additional years. In February of 2015, Dr. George and his wife, Sara Catherine, moved their family to Tupelo to established Magnolia Veterinary Surgery. George, Sara Catherine, and the Edwards family have fallen in love with Tupelo and are proud to be back home in Northeast, MS.
Dr. George’s areas of interest include orthopedics, particularly diseases of the ACL, complex fracture repair, and regenerative medicine.
Dr. Edwards is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.
Sara Catherine (Stafford) Edwards – DVM, Hospitalist
Dr. Sara Catherine Edwards is the owner and clinic hospitalist of Magnolia Veterinary Surgery. Dr. Edwards is a native of West Point, MS. She earned her Bachelor of Science at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University in 2009. During veterinary school, Dr. Edwards developed a special interest in canine rehabilitation, and pursued further education in this emerging area of veterinary medicine at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine CCRP course training. Dr. Edwards has had the pleasure of practicing a mixture of general practice veterinary medicine, veterinary surgery, emergency medicine, and veterinary rehabilitation. Dr. Edwards is passionate about her current position at MVS as the clinic Hospitalist, where she closely takes care of each individual patient’s needs before and after surgery. Dr. Edwards resides in Tupelo, MS with her husband, Dr. George, three kids, and two dogs: Nicolas, a Siberian Husky and Jake, a British Labrador Retriever.
A.K. Aguirre – Overnight Veterinary Technician
A.K. Is a native of Tupelo, MS. She received a swimming scholarship to attend Wingate University in North Carolina where she majored in biology. While at Wingate she worked in the rat lab and received a DuPont Summer Research Grant to study the protective effects of vitamin E on Alzheimer’s disease; this started her love and passion for research. After receiving her Bachelors of Science degree from Wingate A.K. studied epidemiology at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where she received a Master of Public Health.
A.K. has worked in human and large animal clinical trails, veterinary medicine, as well as manufacturing. But, she has a special love for veterinary medicine.
In her spare time she loves spending time outdoors and gardening.
Jessie McKissick – Referral Coordinator and Administration
Jessie is our referral coordinator, who works with our pet owners by helping them schedule surgery for their fur babies. She is very compassionate and understands our pet patients are family members to their owners. She always lends a friendly ear while helping with each case.
Jessie is from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2011, she graduated from the University of New Orleans where she earned two bachelor’s degrees, Accounting and Business Administration. In 2016, Jessie moved to Saltillo with her husband, Matt, their two children, Madden (10) and Finnley (3), and their Labrador, Lily. In her “free” time, you can find Jessie around town with her spray tanning company, Wanderglow. Jessie says she loves northeast Mississippi and her Magnolia family – ALMOST as much as she loves New Orleans!
Samantha Hester – Surgery Technician
Samantha Hester is from Tupelo, Mississippi. She spent 11 years in general practice veterinary medicine before joining Magnolia in 2017. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her two boys Ethan & Dylan (usually watching Marvel movies), and fangirling over Cole Swindell. She has one fur baby, a dog named Bowen, who she rescued after being hit by a car several years ago.
Liz Quarles – Surgery Technician
Liz Quarles is from Pontotoc, Mississippi. She has two dogs, Mia and TB, and two cats, Brooks and Nala. Liz loves spending time with her four-legged babies and boyfriend, Tyler. She graduated from Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi with an Associates of Arts degree in 2016 and is now pursing her Veterinary Technician degree through Penn Foster.
Lela Midkiff – Veterinary Technician Assistant
Lela has a huge heart for animals and has always wanted to work in a field with animals. Lela is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at Penn Foster College, where she is working towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Technologist. Lela was raised in Fulton, MS where she completed high school and graduated from Itawamba Community College. She enjoys spending time with her German Shepherd, Sadie, and her cat, Willie.
Meagan Johnson – CVT, ICU Veterinary Technician
Meagan is a certified veterinary technologist with a BS from Mississippi State University. Born and raised in Tupelo, Meagan started out as a kennel technician, and worked her way up before attending school. After graduation, she spent time in veterinary general practice as a technician before joining of team. Her time spent outside work usually involves traveling with her boyfriend, outside adventuring with her corgi, or inside being lazy with her three cats. She is also a mommy-to-be to a little boy and is super excited for his arrival this December.
Michelle Bentson – ICU Veterinary Technician
Michelle is from Elimsport Pennsylvania & currently resides in Columbus Mississippi. She enjoys spending time with her husband who is in the Air Force & sweet daughter Claire. Michelle has two adorable pit bulls named Titan & Sophie. Michelle completed a veterinary assistant program in Colorado Springs, Colorado from Pima Medical Institute in 2010. Since then she has loved working in the Veterinary field. She is presently enrolled at Penn Foster to achieve her Veterinary Technician Certification.
Tammy Palmer – Overnight Veterinary Technician
Tammy Palmer Herring is our overnight veterinary technician and has worked with animals for the past 14 years. She says, “It’s the most enjoyable job you could ever have!” Tammy has lived in Guntown all her life and graduated from Saltillo High School in 1991. She is married to Richard Herring. They have one fur baby, Rim. He’s a 15-year-old Jack Russell. Rim is the joy of her life and is always by her side.