Meet Our Team

Emi Kooyman, DVM

Dr. Kooyman spent almost 20 years as a Controller in a Fortune 500 Company before leaving the industry to become a Veterinarian.

During her time as Controller, she had the opportunity to participate in philanthropic organizations and was always drawn to support animal welfare causes. She was actively involved with rescue organizations; fostering, transporting, and sitting on the Board of the local Humane Society. She decided to go to vet school with the intent to provide services to underserved populations and work towards the goal of reducing the euthanasia rate in our shelters.

After graduating from UGA in 2016 and working as a shelter vet for 5 years, she opens this surgery center with the goal of making spay neuter affordable and convenient for all, and hoping for the day there are no more homeless pets.

Sara, Business Manager

Sara has always had a love and deep respect for all animals. Her main career interests lie in business and management, so ever since she was old enough to work, she has been helping manage her own family’s business, gifting her 10 years of office administration experience. During this time she volunteered, fostered, and eventually worked as a shelter manager for three years at her local humane society.

She is honored to hold this Business Manager position at Spay Neuter Vets. She is happy waking up every morning knowing that with every surgery performed - countless lives will be saved.

Her current goals are to work alongside her amazing team to provide affordable yet high quality spay/neuter services to the community. Additionally, she wants to ensure all dog & cat parents feel at ease when dropping their babies off at Spay Neuter Vets, knowing that they will be treated with the utmost care.

Colleen, Vet Assistant

Colleen began her animal welfare career in 2009 working at a large animal shelter in Tennessee. She obtained experience in adoptions, admissions, performed kennel work, and completed behavior assessments. Upon moving to Georgia, she continued her work as an admissions intake specialist at a local humane society before becoming promoted to a veterinary assistant. Colleen has been working with Dr. Kooyman doing spay neuter surgeries since 2016 and brings with her a passion for veterinary medicine, especially anesthesia and surgery. She is currently studying to become a veterinary technician. When not at work or studying, Colleen lives with her 3 cats and has a very green thumb growing a multitude of house plants.

Estela, Vet Assistant

Estela is originally from Spain where she has a background in hospitality work and education. She started working at the local humane society in 2019 and immediately fell in love with the animals. With a special talent for nursing and providing medical care, Estela is currently pursuing a veterinary technician degree. She has been working with Dr. Kooyman assisting with spay neuter surgeries in a high volume capacity since 2020. Estela lives with her partner and 2 crazy dogs she adopted from the shelter. She is fluent in Spanish and is readily available to help our Spanish speaking clients with any questions or concerns.