Altadena Valley Animal Clinic

Front Office Staff

Joy Wertz

Meet the Team

Sahara Gonzalez


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Liz Studdard

BJ Butler
Marlee Bell

Savannah Wood

Lindley Lawrence

Scott Espanet

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Following graduation, first in her veterinary class, from Auburn University, Dr. Miller practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Montgomery, Alabama, before returning to Auburn where she practiced as a clinician in the Wilford & Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital Community Practice service. Although she loved her time living in the loveliest village on the plains, she decided to move "home' to Birmingham where she grew up to practice for the past three years.

Dr. Miller is married to David Miller, and together they have a two-year-old daughter, Sadie, and two mischievous beagles, Bartlet and Anna.

Her professional interests include client education and communication, dermatology, ultrasound, and ophthalmology. In her spare time, Dr. Miller enjoys cooking, Auburn football, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She is so excited to be a part of the outstanding staff at Altadena Valley Animal Clinic.


Dr. Miller is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Technicians/Assistants

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Amy Sanford
Cats Swinsick

James Harmon

Dr. Julie Grimes

James Harmon
Jade Rigsby

Lindley Lawrence

BJ Butler

Johnna White
Hunter Parsons

Catie Swinsick

Marlee Bell

Sam Gonzalez

Katy Broughton

Dr. Melissa Joseph Miller

Sam Gonzalez

Lynda White

Sahara Gonzalez

Dr. Melissa Miller
Scott Espanet

Jade Rigsby

Kennel Staff

Savannah Wood

Johnna White

Katy Broughton
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Carrie Pressley

Joy Wertz


Caroline Hagan

Dr. Julie Grimes

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Stephie Soltys

Dr. Grimes grew up in Anniston, AL owning an array of animals that ranged from cats to horses. She attended Auburn University, where she became a 1982 graduate of the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. She began practicing in Birmingham, AL in 1984 and made her purchase of Altadena Valley Animal Clinic in 1995. As well as veterinary services, the clinic offered regular boarding for cats and dogs up until 2008, when Dr. Grimes expanded into the neighboring building. This expansion produced 8 luxurious doggy suites as well as a spacious new cat boarding area and cat playroom. What Dr. Grimes loves about her job as a veterinarian is building long term relationships with her clients, human and animal. She loves treating pets from puppies and kittens all the way to their geriatric stages of life. In her free time, Dr. Grimes loves spending time with her husband, 3 children, daughter-in-law, and 2 grand children. Of course, Dr. Grimes also has animal children as well. She currently owns Lucky Lou, a quirky, tail-less black cat; Dinah, a sassy black cat; and Smokey, a dachshund who loves to dig holes in the backyard. She also frequently babysits her grand-dog, a Boston Terrier Mix, named Alia.

Dr. Grimes is a member of the Jefferson County Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Lynda White

Amy Sanford

Hunter Parsons

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Sam Gonzalez

Jessica Kerrick, LVT

Dr. Sarah Foster

Dr. Sarah Foster has practiced small animal medicine in the Birmingham area for the past two years, and is excited to join the Altadena Valley team! Dr. Foster is originally from North Carolina, and attended Auburn University for her undergraduate and veterinary degrees.


Her professional interests include canine rehabilitation and internal medicine. She is a third-generation veterinarian and a die-hard Auburn fan (War Eagle!). Dr. Foster and her husband, Ryan, have a particular soft spot for rescue animals and currently have four dogs, all rescues. 

Carrie Pressley

Jessica Kerrick
Stephie Soltys
Dr. Julie Grimes

Dr. Melissa Miller

Dr. Sarah Foster Hittie 

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