General Practice Appointment Hours:

Mon-Fri: 8:00AM – 5:00PM,
Sat: 8:00AM – 12:00PM


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Celeste Baker, DVM

Hospital Director, Owner

Dr. Baker opened Eastside Animal Medical Center in 2002. Originally from Tucker, Georgia, she obtained her degree in Biology from Presbyterian College and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

She lives in Grayson with her two children, Ella and Bradley, and numerous four-legged friends. Labrador Retrievers Chloe, Tank, and Wrecks are kept in line at home by pint-sized Pita the Dachshund. Keeping the mice at bay are feline friends Cookie and Gus. All of Dr. Baker’s animals have been recruited for various aid at the hospital over the years, either as blood donors or training aids.

In her spare time, Dr. Baker enjoys coaching soccer, swimming, trail running, and mountain biking.

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Saskia Houghton, DVM

Born in Tampa, Florida, Dr. Houghton grew up enjoying year-round flip-flops and sunshine. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Florida State University and working as a designer for a few years, she decided to return to school and seek a degree in veterinary medicine from St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine on Grand Cayman Island. She then completed her clinical year of schooling with the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Shortly after completing her degree, Dr. Houghton happily joined the Eastside Animal Medical Center team, working in both general practice and emergency medicine.

Dr. Houghton has a passion for developing client relationships and enjoys challenging internal medicine and surgery cases.

She currently resides in Athens, Georgia, with her husband Rich and her crew of misfits: Ari, Olive, Rocko, Cash, and Clementine. She is an avid knitter and enjoys pet photography in her free time. Many of her photos appear on this site.

Kelly Brunick, DVM

Kelly Brunick, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Brunick joined Eastside as an emergency veterinarian in July of 2016 after graduating from St George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Kennesaw State University.

Originally from Quantico, VA, and numerous military bases all over (she is a military brat), she now resides in Athens, Georgia, with husband Brandon Hughes and their broad menagerie of special four-legged friends. Peanuckle, Leto, and Ghanima make up the Fearless Feline Three who preside over the Canine Crewe made up of Weiss Guy, Bruce, and Gustav.

In her spare time, Dr. Brunick enjoys knitting, hiking, and dancing.

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Katie Hotop, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Hotop joined Eastside as a general practice veterinarian in June of 2017. Dr. Hotop grew up in Lawrenceville and attended Brookwood High School. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University with a major in Microbiology and a minor in Spanish, she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at the University of Georgia in 2016.

After working elsewhere for a year, she is happy to be back in her hometown.

Dr. Hotop enjoys preventative medicine and dermatology cases.

She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Jeff, two cats, Ellie and Olive, and her new puppy Riley. In her spare time, Dr. Hotop enjoys rock climbing, running, and reading.

Cassandra Dyal, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Cassandra Dyal grew up in Savannah, Georgia, and attended Armstrong Atlantic State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She worked as a veterinary assistant for a year before applying to veterinary school, and was ecstatic when she was accepted to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. After graduating in in 2012, she began practicing in Winder. Dr. Dyal joined Eastside Animal Medical Center as an Emergency Veterinarian in 2017, but continues to work in Winder as a general practitioner. In her limited spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family:  husband Jeremy, and sons, Jeremy and Shawn. Her four-legged menagerie  includes Great Dane Libby, felines Cairo, Arya, Linkin, and Widget, and the Baaaaa-d goats, Lettie and Maura. Dr Dyal enjoys biking, kayaking, reading, and staying involved with Extra Special People in Watkinsville.


Amber Berlin, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Amber Berlin is a Midwestern transplant to the South. She grew up in central Illinois and was raised on a sheep and cattle farm. Dr. Berlin completed both her undergrad and veterinary degrees at the University of Illinois, finishing in 2013. After practicing in the cold Illinois winter for one year, she decided the warmer states were more appealing in which to live.

Dr. Berlin resided in South Carolina for 3 years before settling in Lawrenceville with her fiancé. Dr. Berlin enjoys the adrenaline rush, thus emergency medicine fulfills this devoir.

Dr. Berlin shares her house with 3 small special dogs- Holly a loud rat terrier mix who likes to make trouble, Pete a 3 legged Chihuahua who can be a jerk, and Diva- well there isn’t much to say about her because her name explains it all. Dr. Berlin likes to spend her free time playing outdoor volleyball, gardening, hitting up the gym (but is allergic to cardio), and just being outside- at least while it’s warm.