Our mission at SurgiPet is to provide low cost services that will aid in the prevention of pet suffering and economic euthanasia. We believe that the human-animal bond should be preserved for all families including those experiencing economic hardship or limited income. Because our services are limited, our costs for operation are limited allowing us to keep our prices affordable. Our goal is to improve the health and longevity of pets that would otherwise go untreated.
Kurt Potgieter, DVM, PhD
Dr. Kurt Potgieter, or “Dr Kurt” as he is known by clients, graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois in 2007. He has been a devoted veterinarian during his many years in private practice and has always enjoyed getting to know his clients and their pets. Throughout his career, Dr. Kurt has held a special interest and talent for veterinary dentistry, non-routine surgery, and orthopedic surgery. An avid sailor, Dr. Kurt has sailed through many of the world’s most beautiful places, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and across the Atlantic Ocean stopping off at some the worlds hidden gems including St Helena (U.K.) and Fernando de Noronha (Brazil). He even sailed through the Great Lakes from Lake Huron, MI to Oswego, NY – the leg around Niagara Falls through the Welland canal locks was especially interesting. Dr. Kurt spent time in NY city at the New York Botanical Garden and the American Museum of Natural History studying the molecular systematics of the Dogbane and Milkweed plant families. He also did postdoctoral work in electrophysiology studying signal transduction in feeding network neurons in a predatory sea slug. His hobbies include horseback riding – although he has not done much recently, beekeeping, spending time with his pets, raising chickens, gardening, and constantly repairing his backhoe. We are so thankful that Dr. Kurt has decided to bring his many years of experience to SurgiPet.
Dr. Jaime Feroli, DVM
Dr. Feroli is originally from West Townsend, Massachusetts. From there she completed her undergraduate degree in Biology, Chemistry, Wildlife Management and Pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of Findlay in Ohio. She spent an adventurous year living on a Wildlife Sanctuary in Texas assisting the veterinarian with wild animals such as vultures, bobcats, monkeys and bears! After that she graduated from Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. With one year of private practice under her belt she made the rewarding switch to non-profit medicine. She was a staff veterinarian at Lifeline Animal Project and medical director for the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. Dr. Feroli’s professional passions include dentistry, finding creative surgical solutions, cardiology and heartworm disease.
In her free time, Dr. Feroli can be found at home with her vizlsa, Dash and her cat, Grey. More likely though, you will find her and her husband at the farm or on the trail spending time with their three horses, Digit, Tyr and Fig. Dr. Feroli and her husband enjoy camping with the horses and exploring different parks all over the south.
Amy Orlin, DVM
Veterinary Medical Advisor
Dr. Amy Orlin has worked as a small animal veterinarian for over 30 years. After graduating from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, she worked as an associate in a small animal private practice in Snellville, GA until 2001. At that time she left the private practice world to work as the first shelter veterinarian at Dekalb Humane Society, now known as Paws Atlanta. This is where she learned to perform HVHQ (high volume high quality) spay and neuter surgeries on shelter dogs and cats. This experience prepared her to cofound Project CatSnip in 2002, a program of the Atlanta Animal Alliance, where she performed high volume, low cost feline spay/neuter from a mobile clinic. Dr. Orlin cofounded WellPet Humane in 2008, another program of the Atlanta Animal Alliance. As the Medical Director of WellPet, she ensured the low cost, high quality veterinary care of thousands of dogs and cats belonging to pet owners with financial hardships. Dr. Orlin is now dedicating her time and experience to continue to assist pets belonging to people with limited financial means, through the nonprofit charitable organization now called The Boca Fund, as well as working with FurKids Animal Rescue and Shelters as a Shelter Veterinarian. We are grateful to Dr. Orlin for bringing her years of experience to SurgiPet as our Veterinary Medical Advisor.
RVT, MBA, Hospital Administrator
Stephanie Patterson has been a part of the veterinary medicine world for over 27 years and is dedicated to improving the lives of pets and their people. She and her husband Mark developed The Patterson Foundation, a non-profit animal welfare program that oversees several projects including SurgiPet. Stephanie is also an avid lover of nature and wildlife. She and her husband have devoted much of their lives to educating others about wildlife conservation. When not at work she is either working in her gardens, playing in the woods, reading, catering to her cats, or finding new projects for her husband to do at home.