Technician SupervisorAmanda Anastas
School: University of Georgia
Amanda graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Speech Communications. GO DAWGS!!!! Amanda has one furry child- a 13 year old mixed breed named Gretta. Amanda has a passion for pets and in her spare time enjoys going to the gym, taking Gretta for walks and of course watching Georgia football.
"I enjoy being a veterinary technician because I like working with people and I have always had a love for animals. I also love the investigative aspect of veterinary medicine."
Registered Veterinary TechnicianTraci Weaver
Registered Veterinary TechnicianTamar Williams
School: Georgia State University, Master of Science and Biology
Tamar is our surgical team lead and manages the day to day operations in our surgery department while also managing all the surgical equipment and surgical ordering. She also maintains our controlled substance supplies and inventory. Tamar has been in the veterinary field for over 15 years. She has also worked at Zoo Atlanta as an educator, avian trainer and animal caretaker. She was born and raised in San Diego, CA and moved to Atlanta, GA right out of high school to attend Clark Atlanta University. She graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and obtained a Master of Science in Biology from Georgia State University. Tamar has a Chihuahua named Vato and an American Pitbull named Diamond. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband DuJuan Sr. who is currently serving in the US Army and stationed at Fort Riley, KS. They have a 19 month old son DuJuan Jr who keeps them very busy. She also enjoys working out and line dancing. She really misses the California beaches and surfing but loves the southern hospitality of Georgia!
"I am a veterinary technician because I believe all animals deserve to exist in harmony on this earth. If I can be a part of making that happen, I can always be proud of what I have accomplished."
Licensed Veterinary TechnicianUsandrea Coleman
Veterinary Tech School: Fort Valley State University
Usandrea Coleman is our newest team member since January 2013. Early in her childhood, Usandrea was a natural animal lover with owning 2 dogs, a hamster and a cat. Also, as a child she experienced a very sad hit and run accident involving a dog from her neighborhood and from that point on she knew what her future was destined to be. Following her dreams, Usandrea later attended Fort Valley State University where she developed her skills and gained a lot of experience, majoring in Veterinary Technology. She is a true lover of bully breeds whom she calls "smushy faces". She loves spending quality time with family and on her down time enjoys just being at home with her 3 fur babies. Usandrea is our bright personality here at VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital and if you ever bring in a "smushy face", you better watch out because she will love them up with kisses.
"Why I do what I do..... is because I love being a voice for my patients and I will not sleep until I know I've done all I can to help them get better".
Shirley has worked as a veterinary technician for the past 25 years. She enjoys working with cats, dogs, and exotic reptiles. Shirley has had extensive training in nutrition, radiology, and general patient care. She is always available for her clients to answer any questions they have about their pets.
Shirley has a variety of animals that includes a 33 year old Arabian Horse, a 20 year old Cockatoo, a 9 month old Bearded Dragon, along with a dog and cat.
"I enjoy what I do because of the support team I work with and all of my patients and their owners."
Several years ago, I met and married a Southern gentleman and moved to Georgia from Minnesota. Shortly after we were married, a job became available at a small local veterinarian. I fell in love with this field, and knew it was what I was meant to do. We became the proud parents of two very lovable (canine) boys that needed homes, an American Bulldog named Winston and a Yellow Lab mix named Oliver. I ended up at VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital after a friend recommended that I apply here. I am very glad that I did. This is a unique hospital with talented people working together to help animals and their people.
Years later, my husband and I expanded our family and I decided to put vet teching on hold for a while. We are the proud parents of two sweet little boys. After a few years of being away from VCA Braelinn Village, I received a phone call from Dr. Traczewitz stating that a position had become available and to call back if I was interested. Of course I was! I have been back for over 2 years working with the surgical team and it feels like I was never gone.
"Since I was a child, I have always been drawn to animals big and small. They bring such joy to our lives that it seemed natural to start working with them and helping them. By helping them, we make such a difference in their "people's" lives, and it's very rewarding!"
Veterinary AssistantStacy Laughlin
Veterinary Tech School: Penn Foster
Stacy started here at VCA Braelinn Village in November of 2012. This was a complete career change for her. She is currently a Penn Foster College student, studying to become a licensed veterinary technician. Stacy is originally from Ohio and has lived in Georgia since 2004. Her k-9 kids are Willy Wonka and Bella!
"I enjoy doing what I do because caring for animals brings joy to my heart."
Surgical SupervisorMelisa Hendrix