Our Team


Dr. Arvid Edward | Medical Director

Hailing from Cincinnati Ohio, Dr. Arvid Edward is a graduate of Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine with over twenty-five years of experience as a practicing veterinarian.

In 2003, Dr. Edward was recognized in Los Angeles, California, by the Parent Involvement in Education Foundation and received an award for "Practicing the Highest Standards of Veterinary Medicine and Outstanding Service" to the community.

Above and beyond his experience as a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Edward is also an actor with a starring role in the kid's television show, "The Dooley and Pals Show". He has also appeared in numerous Disney ads and commercials; A Walt Disney World print work spread for Ebony magazine, a national Frito-Lay campaign commercial for "Rollitos", numerous pet-related radio segments; and is the star of the Amazon Prime reality television series "Pet Doctors of Atlanta".

Most recently, adding to his impressive body of work is being the resident veterinarian for the nationally syndicated TV show, "THE DOCTORS", and star on the international hit television show “Bondi Vet” and “Bondi Vet Coast to Coast”.

We are happy for Dr. Edward's contribution to the growth of our North Springs Animal Clinic.


Dr. Lee Izen | Veterinarian

Coming to you straight from Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Izen is a remarkable member of our hospital. He attended Auburn University to pursue an undergraduate degree, which he then transformed into a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University's School of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduation, he began his career in Wheaton, Maryland, but experienced a strong desire to return closer to home. Dr. Izen unveiled Terrell Mill Animal Hospital in Marietta, Georgia, in 1976, where practiced as Veterinarian and Medical Director. He watched his practice grow to a successful AAHA Certified Hospital, which was sold in 2013 to a corporate group.

During his years as a dedicated veterinarian, Dr. Izen has served in many capacities within the professional community, locally, on a state level, and nationally. He was elected President of the State of Georgia Veterinary Medical Association while serving on its board for ten years, served as Chairman of the State Peer Review Committee, as well as Chairman and point person for the passage of a new state Veterinary Practice Act. Locally, he served three terms as President and Board Member of the Cobb County Veterinary Emergency Hospital. On a national level, Dr. Izen sat on the AAHA Peer Review Committee for Published Articles, the AVMA Accreditation and Facility Inspection Committee, and three terms on the National Veterinary Advisory Board for Novartis Animal Health.

His personal interests include spending time with his family and his two wonderful dogs. He also enjoys Auburn football and coin collecting.

Our Veterinary Support Team

Addington Hobbs | Veterinary Technician

Addington “Addie” Hobbs dreamed of being a vet since she was 3 years old, when she had her own imaginary animal hospital room. Growing up in Sandy Springs, she began fostering dogs when she 12 and started her career at a vet clinic when she was 15. Addie is currently finishing her undergrad at Kennesaw State University and aiming to go to North Carolina State for vet school then start her career in emergency and critical care. Between her work as a vet tech and her classes, Addie likes working out at the gym and hiking.


Sam Martin | Customer Service Representative

Raised in the Atlanta area, Sam grew up surrounded by her big family, with pets always around. Having at least four pets in the household was standard, yet it was not until 2019 that she started working with animals.

Currently, Sam is. parent to two cats of her own, named Jacko, an orange tabby, and Titus, a tuxedo.


Courtney Kirkland | Online Pharmacy Specialist

Courtney oversees the online pharmacy program for our veterinary practice, ensuring clients receive savings, convenience, and peace-of-mind when purchasing medications and products for their pet's optimal health and wellbeing.

Courtney grew up in Brackettville, Texas. She has 7 years of experience in the veterinary industry working as a vet and kennel technician. She is a certified laser technician and safety specialist and at her prior clinic, she was the on-site laser technician.

In her free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her three children and their chocolate lab, Creek. She also enjoys reading, cooking and fishing. During the spring, she can be found with her husband on the diamond coaching Little League Baseball.


Brittany Pinto | Online Pharmacy Specialist

Brittany oversees the online pharmacy program for our veterinary practice, ensuring clients receive savings, convenience, and peace of mind when purchasing medications and products for their pet's optimal health and well-being.

Brittany was born to a Puerto Rican and Salvadorian family and raised in Miami, Florida. In 2020, Brittany graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor's in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry while on the pre-veterinary track.

Brittany has worked in a shelter clinic, two general practices, and a 24-hour emergency and trauma center for animals. Being in the field for six years, she worked as a kennel assistant, then a technician, a customer service representative, and a patient care coordinator on our team. These roles have molded her into the person she is today: a skilled communicator that connects clients and patients to the best veterinary care.

Even outside of work, Brittany still finds time to volunteer at shelter centers and offer extra hands or donations. A nature lover at heart, she loves hiking, biking, and kayaking and finding hidden spots to relax with her husky, Bleu.


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