Registered Veterinary TechnicianCecilia Bouchain
Cecilia Bouchain joined the VCA Lilburn team in June 2013. Before transferring to VCA Lilburn, she was a vet tech at VCA Buckhead Animal Hospital for 2 years. Cecilia was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, where she received her Bachelor’s degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. As a licensed veterinary technician in Georgia, Cecilia has also worked in emergency medicine before working here. She now lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia with her Jack Russell Terrier (Spike). In her free time, Cecilia enjoys running, hiking, traveling, reading and going to the movies.
Registered Veterinary TechnicianElise Byers
Veterinary Tech School: Gwinnett Technical College
Elise is the newest member to the VCA LAH team. She grew up in Snellville and went to Shiloh High School. Elise is a recent graduate of Gwinnett Tech with a Veterinary Technology degree. She completed 5 clinical rotations including 1 at Emory University. Elise also holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Georgia State University. Elise has a 2 year old lab mix named Coco Chanel. Coco Chanel was a rescue from the Humane Society and Elise got her when she was 3 months old. They love going for long walks and playing with her toys. Elise's hobbies include playing softball, hiking, canoeing, reading, hanging out with family and friends, and watching a good movie. "I love working with animals and helping people. I enjoy working in the medical field, there are always new and interesting concepts to learn about. I love this hospital and enjoy being a part of a team."
Registered Veterinary TechnicianMelinda Zerfowski
Veterinary Tech School: Chattahoochee Tech
Melinda joined the VCA Lilburn family in March 2014. She is from Decatur, Illinois and moved to Georgia in 2005. Melinda is a Registered Veterinary Technician and comes to us with 11 years experience in the veterinary field. She has experience in day practice, emergency and critical care, and specialty medicine.
Melinda has 3 dogs and 4 cats. Petey is a 6 year old foster turned forever dog. She also has Gemini, a 13 year old Pit Bill, and Onyx "Bubba", a 12 year old Great Dane. Her kitties include Laila, an 11 year old Persian mix. Jinx is an 8 year old foster whose mother died in a hit by car accident. Last, but certainly not least, are Paris and Rose who were both strays she adopted.
Melinda enjoys running and triathalons-she's an Iron Girl!! She has done 3 tough mudders. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and loves canoeing and biking. Melinda has a 5 year old daughter who ran her first 5k last year and is training for more. Melinda is also a wellness and weight loss coach with Herbalife, helping others achieve their health and fitness goals.
"Educating clients is the absolute key to healthy and happy pets! I love talking to owners and helping them keep their pets healthy and make the best decisions for them."
Veterinary Assistant SupervisorChris Hanes
Veterinary Tech School: St. Petersburg College
Christa “Chris” has been working in the Veterinary field since she was 18. Born and raised in Apopka, Florida, she began working in the Orlando area where she lived until 2011 when she moved to Lilburn, Georgia. Chris attended classes at The University of Georgia until September 2012 when she joined the VCA Lilburn Team. She enjoys working with animals both in the classroom and in the field.
Chris is currently a student of St. Petersburg College where she is working towards becoming a Registered Technician in the State of Georgia as well as her Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology.
In her spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with her Husband outdoors as well as relaxing at home with her cats; Acadia, Hailey and Henley.
"Chris enjoys sharing her knowledge with clients to allow them to better care for their pets."
Veterinary AssistantAlexis Tetrick
Veterinary Tech School: Penn Foster
Alexis joined the VCA LAH team in December 2013. She transferred to us from VCA East Anchorage. Alexis also volunteered with the humane society for 2 years and worked in dairy at Berry College for 2 years. She was an Animal Science Major at Berry College for 2 years and is currently enrolled at Penn Foster in the Veterinary Technician program.
Alexis is the proud pet parent of a 1 year old Golden Retriever/Husky Mix named Ruby. She enjoys going to the park with her husband and dog on her off days.
"I enjoy working with animals because it is a challenge. You only have so much information to go on and pets can't tell us exactly what might be bothering them. I like that we are essentially the voice for pets in guiding owners of what their pet needs. I also have simply always had a strong love & desire to work with animals and people that share my passion."