Meet the award winning, board-certified veterinary
neurologist who leads our team.

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Born and raised in South Carolina, Dr. King spent most of his adolescent life in Charleston; he has come to love the lowcountry and considers it his home. After attending South Carolina’s Governor School for Science and Mathematics and studying Marine Biology and Oceanography at the University of South Carolina’s Honors College, Dr. King found a career path he was passionate about in veterinary medicine.

Dr. King was accepted into the veterinary medicine program at the University of Georgia, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2006, along with being awarded several scholarships and merit awards. After completing a three-year residency at the University of California – Davis, Dr. King became one of only 200 ACVIM Board-Certified Veterinary Neurologists in the world. He then returned to Charleston as the first Veterinary Neurologist and Neurosurgeon in South Carolina and Coastal Georgia. Shortly thereafter he founded Live Oak Veterinary Neurology.

When he’s not working, Dr. King loves being outdoors – fishing, shooting clay pigeons, boating and golfing. He and his wife Jori have three dogs and one cat: Rooster, Fezzik, Jasper & Mira. They’ve both fallen in love with their new hometown of Savannah!

Our amazing staff is the backbone of Live Oak Veterinary Neurology.
They'll make sure that your pet is well taken care of - and more importantly - loved!


Jori grew up in Connecticut and spent most of her adult life in Charleston, SC. She received her Bachelor's degree in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, and her Associate degree as a Veterinary Technician in 2015 from Trident Technical College. She's been working with animals since 2012 and loves the passion that comes with the job. When she's not caring for her furry patients, she's planning her next meal. This self-proclaimed foodie owns several hundred cookbooks and regularly reads about 50 food blogs. On the weekends, Jori can be found with her husband (Dr. King) on a boat, enjoying Savannah and the beauty of the lowcountry. A cause that is close to her heart is the non-profit organization called Noah's Arks Rescue - founded by her mother in 2008. This organization focuses on giving animals a second chance at life - by supplying abused, tortured, and neglected animals with emergency medical care and rehabilitation services. She and Dr. King have three dogs and one cat: Jasper, Fezzik, Rooster & Mira.  


A native of the Savannah area, Alyssa obtained her Associate degree in Veterinary Technology from Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, GA in 2013, and subsequently her Veterinary Technician Registration. Animals are her passion – she’s an avid wildlife lover, and rehabs injured or orphaned wildlife in her spare time. Alyssa also raises future service puppies for Southeastern Guide Dog based out of Tampa, FL. Her weekends are spent with her husband Ryan enjoying the outdoors – hiking, boating, or doing something spontaneous. They live in Guyton on their funny farm with: An Australian Shepherd (Booker), a Great Dane (Dutchess),a future service puppy (Boone), a cat (Ellyette), a tiny tortoise named Sgt. Murphy and a flock of hens.

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Jim Roddenbery

Jim graduated from Ogeechee Technical College with his Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2016 after spending two years as a collegiate swimmer in North Carolina. His love of animals was evident at a young age and has only grown since entering the field in 2014. When not at work, he likes to spend his time watching sports, spending time on the water, or travelling with family to St. George Island, FL which holds a special place in his heart. He shares his Savannah home with his two Siberian Husky's (Vegeta & Goku), deaf Pitbull (Sophie), and two cats (Ashe and Tina)


New to the Savannah area, Rhonda was born in Baltimore, MD, but calls Indianapolis, IN home. She attended Athens Community College in Athens, AL where she took courses in business. She has been working in the Veterinary field about 7 years as a CEO (Client Experience Officer). She really enjoys interacting with the clients and patients and being the first person who gets to meet and greet everyone when they come in the door. Rhonda has 2 dogs: Wicket and Squiggle which are rescues - she lovingly calls them her two kids that will never move out! When she's not working, she enjoys traveling, reading, and being with friends and family - especially her two sons and grandson. 

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Kaitlyn comes to us from sunny Clearwater, Florida! She attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where she graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelors and two Minors. She first began her career at Busch Gardens, Tampa working with both domestic and exotic animals. When not on the clock you can find her spoiling her 5 fur children, studying/practicing real estate, or traveling back to Florida’s beaches for the weekend!

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Britani grew up in Statesboro, GA and has had a passion/love for animals her entire life. She attended  Ogeechee Technical College and completed the Veterinary Technology program to receive her Associates degree and become a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2018. She has two fur babies of her own that are her pride and joy- Tilly, a black lab and Pip, a tabby cat. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her animals, family, and friends, as well as horseback riding and reading.


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Shayla was born and raised in Valdosta, GA. In her hometown, she volunteered at the local animal shelter for 4 years. Following her passion for animals, she moved to the city of Savannah where she graduated from Armstrong State University with a bachelors in Biology. She enjoys applying her years of experience to the well-being of patients at LOVN. Her dream home would living on a farm but for now she and her husband, Antonio, live with their pitbull (Oreo), bearded dragon (Arlo) and a fish (Zira). When not working, Shayla can be found at dog parks with Oreo or fishing with her husband.