Our Team

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Dekalb Animal Hospital in Fort Payne! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 256-845-0046 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

DR. JESSICA JONES

Dr. Jessica Jones was born and raised in Fort Payne and joined DeKalb Animal Hospital in 2016 after returning to her hometown. Dr. Jones completed her clinical year at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Auburn University and was a member of the Auburn University Equestrian Team. Dr. Jones currently resides in Mentone alongside her Shih Tzu, Lexie Mae Mae, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Phoebe, as well as many horses and cows.

DR. JOSEPH MCNEW

Dr. Joseph McNew was born and raised in Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky before receiving his DVM at Auburn University. He and his wife, Emily, have two children and four grandchildren. When not working, Dr. McNew enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors and taking care of his many pets.

DR. LINDA GALBRAITH

Dr. Galbraith was born in Biloxi, MS and was raised in both Huntsville, AL and Maitland, FL. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and was a 1993 graduate of University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Galbraith practiced veterinary medicine in Eustis, FL for 20 years before retiring to Mentone and joining the staff of DeKalb Animal Hospital. She has been happily married for 20 years and enjoys horseback riding in her free time.

LUISA PENA

Luisa has been working as a tech at DeKalb Animal Hospital since December 2012. She has a great love for all animals and has two dogs, one cat, several sheep, and chickens.

PAULA EVANS

Paula is our office manager and has been with DeKalb Animal Hospital for 25 years. She has a great love for animals and is very thankful that she gets to spend her life surrounded by them. When she is away from work, she loves spending time with her husband and daughter.

NATALIE WRIGHT

Natalie has been with DeKalb Animal Hospital for 3 years and is a client service specialist. She is a native of Fort Payne and has always had a great love for animals. When away from work, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family, horseback riding and being outdoors.

LINDY LACKEY

Lindy is a tech at DeKalb Animal Hospital and has dreamed of working with animals since she was a little girl. She is a native of Fort Payne and considers herself incredibly blessed to be able to wake up every day and do what she loves in the town where she was born and raised.

ARIEL SKINNER

Ariel, a tech at DeKalb Animal Hospital, was raised in Jackson County, AL, and graduated from North Sand Mountain High School. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and rescue dog, Delilah, who is blind.

PATRICIA OROZCO

Patty has been working with DeKalb Animal Hospital as a tech since August 2014 and she makes our clinic much brighter because she always has a smile on her face. Patty is also currently attending Northeast Alabama Community College to be a registered nurse. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym and running.

RENEE THOMAS

Renee serves as both a tech and client service representative at DeKalb Animal Hospital. She was born in Whitesburg, KY and went to Sylvania High School and Plainview High School before attending Northeast Alabama Community College, where she earned an Associate's degree in medical assisting. Renee currently resides in Ider alongside her eight dogs and ten cats. When she is not working, Renee enjoys reading, cooking and spending time outdoors.