A Team Who Roots For You

Friendly Veterinary Experts

SweetWater Veterinary Hospital is the newest veterinary hospital in the Coweta County area and the only animal hospital to serve the City of Palmetto. We provide exceptional veterinary care for dogs, cats, and exotics- which includes birds, reptiles, small mammals, and zoological animals. We are committed to educating and building relationships with clients & pets to prevent health issues and promote a better quality of life. We provide a veterinary experience with a calming hospital atmosphere, the newest technology, and a big focus on team experience- all of which translates to a better experience for you and exceptional care for your pet. Through the most modern advances in diagnostics, medicine, and surgery we strive to keep your special family members in optimal health. Each visit will be a personalized experience where we tailor every service to your pet’s specific needs.

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Dr. Sara Collins Powell

Practice Owner

Dr. Sara Collins Powell is our exotic specialty veterinarian who has over 8 years of experience working with exotic pets as well as zoological and aquatic animals.

Dr. Powell went to the University of Georgia for her undergraduate degree as well as for veterinary school. She then spent two years at Auburn University to specialize in exotic animal medicine. Dr. Powell also loves seeing dog and cat appointments too!

Dr. Powell is originally from Augusta, GA and moved to Newnan, GA in August 2019. She is married to Hanson Powell and they have a mini golden doodle named Finn! Sara is active in the Newnan Junior Service League and loves mentoring students from local schools as well as vet students from Auburn and UGA.

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Dr. Melynda Stephenson

Practice Owner

Dr. Melynda Stephenson is our companion animal veterinarian who has over 10 years of experience.  Her veterinary interests include small animal internal medicine, dentistry and ultrasonography.   

Dr. Stephenson graduated from Furman University with her undergraduate degree and Auburn University for both her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master’s in Biomedical Science Degrees.

Dr. Stephenson was raised in Newnan, GA and graduated from The Heritage School. She returned to Newnan several years ago to raise her family in the same close-knit community she experienced herself. She and her husband enjoy watching their kids compete on the sports field and travelling. Their busy household includes an Aussie named “Rip” and a rescue kitty named “Mr. Meowser.

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Dr. Sara Collins Powell

Veterinary Nurse

Ali Shelton is our Full-Time Veterinary Nurse and she is happily married to her best friend Johnathon. She has been working in the Veterinary field for over eight years and loves every minute of it! She has always had a passion for animals since she was a little girl. Ali is here to help with the care of your furry family members and provide whatever they may need. She feels it is important to learn new things each and every day. Ali is here to help give your pets happy, healthy lives. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call, email, or drop by and ask!

Years in Practice: over 11

Education: She is currently in the process of completing her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. Once she has her degree, she plans to attain her Veterinary Technician License so that she can become more equipped to help each pet who comes through the door!

Interests: Spending time with her husband, friends, and family, movies, listening to music, trying new recipes in her kitchen, going out to dinner, swimming, going to the beach or the park with her nieces and nephews.

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Social Media Manager

Cathy works remotely on Just For Pets social media. She posts for us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumbler! Be sure to “Like us” on Facebook and see all of our new patients and Pet of the Week posts! Cathy brings a lot of skills and over 20 years of experience in the veterinary field. She has worked with small and large animals, exotics, and wildlife. Cathy is very much interested in senior care for pets as well as pet fitness. She enjoys keeping up our social network sites and updating new information for our clients. When she has free time, she writes for the entertainment and arts industry.

Years in practice: over 23

Education: Holyoke Community College, Union Institute and University, Southern New Hampshire University

Interests: Gourmet cooking, spending time with family and friends, theatre, movies,fine arts, performing arts, martial arts, yoga,and traveling

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Veterinary Receptionist
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Veterinary Assistant

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