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."
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Veterinary AssistantRobyn Collins
Robyn started with the VCA family in 2012 in Columbia, MD. She transferred to VCA Buckhead Animal Hospital when she and her husband moved to the Atlanta area. Robyn earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology with a concentration in zoological nutrition at The Florida State University in 2009. Robyn grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland working on a neighborhood farm and has always had an interest in animals. She has worked with Walt Disney World’s Department of Animal Health in the Animal Nutrition Center previously to joining the VCA family. Robyn and her husband currently share their home with a Russian Blue and Siamese mix named Blue, and a Miniature Pinscher and Chihuahua mix named Nibbler.
"I work with animals because they are more then just that. They are family. It is a privilege to be able to care for our clients family members and to see them grow up. Knowing that I can make even a small difference in a pet’s life makes my day."
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 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.