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 Tech School: S.U.N.Y. at Dellhi
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 AssistantMarcel Yates
Marcel grew up in Atlanta and started working at VCA Buckhead in 2014. During his spare time he enjoys riding his bike, rollerblading, skateboarding, playing the guitar, Capoeira (Brasilian Martial Arts), listening to music, dancing, painting, hiking, traveling, kayaking and watching movies. Marcel has two cats named Sara and Ellanor. "I've liked animals for as long as I can remember. Something about them calms me. I have been able to be a part of the recovery process for many animals and it is truly a great feeling to know that I was able to help a patient to get well again. Working with animals has increased my compassion and patience for people and for this I am thankful. I'm very happy to be a part of the team at VCA Buckhead AH and look forward to a bright future in veterinary medicine.