Technician SupervisorChrystina Riggs
Chrystina Riggs joined our team in September 2005. She attended Georgia State University, majoring in English Rhetoric & Folklore. Chrystina has two cats (Grimley Fiendish, Whalebone) and a dog (Mocchi). Her hobbies include old time radio shows, Italian & Asian horror films, alternative British comedy and visiting the north Georgia mountains.
"I have always love animals, but was apparently in denial for some time. Instead of going to vet school, I became a book store supervisor, then an English teacher, then a criminal intelligence analyst. Finally, I listened to that little voice after years of it kicking me in the brain with steel-toed work boots, using my heartstrings as a trampoline, and poking me with a stick every time one of those accursed ASPCA commercials came on TV. I had worked for Buckhead Animal Hospital under the former owner as a part-time receptionist previously so returning as an assistant was like coming home. My co-workers, patients, and clients here at VCA Buckhead Animal Hospital have become like family to me; there is nowhere else I would ever work and hope to retire from this hospital one day. I am presently sutdying to become licensed in veterinary technology. It's a wild, crazy ride, but I've always love rollercoasters."
Veterinary AssistantDemetrice Gray
Demetrice Gray joined our team in August 1999. Demetrice loves having the opportunity to share her gift for caring for animals in the VCA Buckhead environment. She lives in Conyers, Georgia with her four dogs (Ciara, Sky, Blade, and Keey Board). Outside of work, Demetrice enjoys searching for treasures at yard sales and participating in sports.
"Even through all the ups and downs, changes and turnarounds, you and I still returned to life's journey. Now the true gifts you and I give makes the path through life's journey much more livable. I share my true gifts to life living it's journey."
Veterinary AssistantBrittany Johnstone
"I have never questioned my particular calling in life: caring for and working with animals. As Anatole France once said, "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's life remains unawakened." I have found my niche here at VCA Buckhead Animal Hospital. I believe it is a rare quality in a person to deliver personal and loving patient care and to be able to empathize with pet owners the fact that a pet is an extension of oneself. My dream has always been to have a career that both challenged me and gave me an opportunity to experience new situations and to continue to learn and grow on a daily basis. I consider myself lucky to have such a forum with fellow animal lovers and the occasion to educate the public on animal care. I enjoy the potential to create a relationship with every patient and their owners that walk through the door, and this makes me wake up in the morning knowing I'm going to make a difference in someone's life as well as the life of their pet."
Veterinary AssistantJerry Lerdahl
Jerry Lerdahl began working with us in April 1992. Originally from Minnesota, he now lives in Atlanta with cat, Bast and his new dog, Hathor. Jerry enjoys working at VCA Buckhead Animal Hospital because of his love for working with animals. His special interest is ancient Egyptian history.
"I do what I do because I love animals. I want the client to know that I think of their pet as a family member. I want them to know they will get the best of care. This not home, but it is the next best thing!"
Veterinary AssistantJennifer Pabian
"Working with animals has been a dream of mine since I was a child. Fortunately, I have been blessed to have a job, as a technician, to do so. I enjoy the bond I am able to share with animals on a daily basis. My favorite part of this job is the nursing care of the animals by making them feel not only physically better but emotionally comforted as well. The relationship we form throughout the process is truly rewarding. Working with animals on a day to day basis enables me to have better connection with animals than I ever could have imagined. It is a huge part of what makes me happy with my life."
Veterinary AssistantAmanda Whitcomb
Amanda Rose Whitcomb started working with us in November 2005. She was born in Mason City, Iowa and attended North Iowa Area Community College to train as a Medical Lab Technician. She now lives in Atlanta with her dog (Argus) and four cats (Jade, Fizban, T-Bob, Mr. Joey Pants). Amanda likes working at Buckhead Animal Hospital because of the great people and every day is different. In her free time, Amanda enjoys knitting, baking, sci-fi conventions, thrift store shopping, board games, and video games.
Veterinary AssistantKasundra Wilder
Kasundra splits her time as a Veterinary Assistant between here and our sister hospital down the street. We sure to keep her busy and it's obvious she loves what she does! You almost always see her as you do in this photo - with her dog Robbie and always smiling.
"I've always loved taking care of animals ever since I was a little girl. Now that I work in the field, there is nothing else that I would rather do. Every time I come to work I enjoy taking care of the patients and making clients happy. I work with a great team of veterinarians and technicians where every day I learn something new. Being in the field of veterinary medicine, I have discovered a greater passion to expand my knowledge in animal health care. I love my job and I love the fact that I can meet different people and see many different animals everyday."