Our Team

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, as well as supervising the rehabilitation department.  Dr. Edwards resides in Tupelo, MS with her husband, Dr. George, three kids, and three dogs and cat.  

 

Lela Ramey – Surgery Veterinarian Technician and Assistant Office Manager

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 Practice Manager program at Penn Foster College, where she is working towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. Lela was raised in Fulton, MS where she completed high school and graduated from Itawamba Community College. Lela enjoys spending time with her husband, Devan and their two dogs, Sadie and Aliza.

 

Samantha Hester – Surgery Veterinarian Technician and Anesthesia 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. 

 

Michelle Bentson – ICU and Anesthesia Veterinarian 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.

Liz Randolph- Surgery Veterinarian Technician

Liz Randolph is from Pontotoc, Mississippi. Liz loves spending time with her two dogs, Mia and TB, her cat Brooks and husband, Tyler. She graduated from Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi with an Associates of Arts degree in 2016. She is now pursing her Veterinary Technician degree through Penn Foster to become a Certified Veterinary Technician

 

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.

Kayla Justice – Reception/Referral Coordinator

 Kayla was born and raised in Mantachie, MS. She attended Mantachie High School where she graduated in 2009. Kayla has loved animals her whole life and knew she wanted to work with them one day. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 5 years and enjoys being a technician to sick or injured animals. Kayla married her high school sweetheart, Cody, and they have a young daughter, Hayslee who keeps her busy! Outside of work, she enjoys family time and spending time with her Rottweiler Cooper and her Chihuahua, Chloe.

Paige Gadd- ICU and Rehabilitation Veterinarian Technician 

Paige is from Nettleton, Mississippi. She graduated from Itawamba Community College with an associates degree in 2019. She has always held a strong compassion for animals, which led her to pursue enrollment in the Penn Foster Veterinary Technology program. She has recently begun assisting with physical therapy and has grown very passionate about rehabilitation after surgery.  Paige shares her time with her husband, Harley and her Goldendoodle, Maple.

 

Baylee Carr- Reception/Referral Coordinator

Baylee is from Guntown, Mississippi. She graduated from Itawamba Community College with an associates degree in 2020. She also graduated from Accelerated Dental Academy in 2020. She has always loved helping others and loving on animals which led her to our office. Baylee spends her time with her family and friends. In her spare time she enjoys hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors. 

 

Bailee Stone- Surgery Veterinarian Technician

Bailee is from Stuttgart, Arkansas and now resides in Baldwyn, Mississippi with her husband. She has a bachelors in animal and dairy sciences from Mississippi State University and is a certified Magna Wave PEMF Practitioner. She has always has a heart for helping animals and they have always played such a big role in her life. When she is not at work she spends time with her 3 dogs and 8 horses as well as helps her husband train horses for his business, Big Ridge Performance Horses.

John Miller-  Surgery Veterinarian Technician

John was born in Chamersburg, PA, and raised in Louisville, MS.  He has lived in Tupelo for 10 years and has always had compassion and love for animals. Since childhood, it has been a dream of John’s to work with animals and pursue a career in veterinary medicine and surgery. He is currently enrolled in ICC to obtain a major in veterinary science and general studies.