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. 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.

Lela Midkiff – ICU Technician

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chris Jackson – Referral Coordinator and Administration

Chris is from the Mississippi Delta, specifically Clarksdale, Mississippi. He found his way to Tupelo by enrolling in a local church program that lasted 10 months. After the program, he decided to call Tupelo his home. He has a Criminal Justice Degree from the University of Mississippi and a minor in the Arabic language. Despite his college degree, he has grown up an animal lover. From having dogs to boa constrictors and everything in between, he loves being around wildlife. When he’s not at the office, you can find him trying out a new coffee shop with his wife or on the disc golf course. He is an avid disc golfer and loves being outdoors, especially with his wife.

Tammy Palmer – Overnight Veterinary Technician

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.