Meet Our Team in Decatur, GA

Who are we? And how did we come to do what we do? Meet our team of veterinarians and read their stories to learn how they came to be The Village Vets. Don't forget to stop in soon to meet the team in person!

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A team with over of combined experience:

Dr. Will Draper Practice Director

Since 2000

“Dr. Will” grew up in Inglewood, California. He attended Tuskegee University (4th generation) for both undergraduate and veterinary medical studies and received his DVM in 1991. He moved to Atlanta in 1992 and founded The Village Vets in 2000 with his wife, Dr. Françoise Tyler. His special veterinary interests include dermatology, internal medicine, and surgery.

He’s well-known in the Atlanta area as one of the best vets around and has received a number of accolades including being ranked as a FIVE STAR veterinarian in the Atlanta magazine—an honor bestowed to only 7% of the veterinarians in the metro Atlanta area.

He is a big fan of Atlanta sports (especially Braves baseball) and enjoys all types of music. His true passion is following the Dave Matthews Band, having attended over 50 shows to date. He and his wife have four children: David, Tyler, Gabrielle, and Olivia; five dogs, Max, Louie, Frank, Bella and Carter Beauford (named after the drummer for Dave Matthews Band); and two cats, Zig-Zag and Charlemagne.

Dr. Melissa Finke

Since 2008

Raised on Long Island, NY, Dr. Finke received her Bachelor's degree in 1995 and her DVM 1999 from the University of Georgia. Having previously worked at a practice in Woodstock for 6 years, she loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, with a special interest in surgery.

Dr. Finke and her son, Landon, live in Kirkwood along with their French Bulldogs, Moxie and Archie. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and horseback riding.

Dr. A. Olly Neal ER/Critical Care Medical Director

Since 2018

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Neal earned a degree in animal science from Alcorn State University in Mississippi before receiving his veterinary doctorate from Tuskegee University in Alabama in 2004. He practiced small animal general practice and emergency medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada before relocating to Atlanta. Dr. Neal's professional passion is small animal emergency and critical care medicine

Dr. Neal enjoys spending time with his three children, two dogs and one cat, and is also a big college football fan. He travels back to Haywood County, Tennessee to visit friends and family whenever he can.

Dr. Janine Franco

Since 2008

Dr. Franco is an Atlanta native, and after graduating from Woodward Academy, she attended University of Pennsylvania where she received her undergraduate degree. Her veterinary studies were completed at the University of Georgia and she received her DVM in 2006. Dr. Franco is also conversant in Spanish and is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Janine and her husband, Alan, live in Decatur with their daughter, Eden, and son, Lewis, as well as their cats, Riesling and Brown Guy, and their dog, Alfie.

Dr. Deva Prather

Since 2011

Dr. Prather is originally from Orlando, Florida. She earned both her bachelor’s degree and her DVM from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation in 2003, she worked in emergency medicine for 2 years, before joining our team. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include surgery, emergency care, and working with shelter and rescue pets.

She and her husband, Donny, live in Oakhurst with their three children, Connor, Nicholas, and Katherine who all attend City Schools of Decatur. They also have two dogs, Ginger and Ashley, and one cat, Currie. In her free time, Dr. Prather enjoys spending time with her family, as well as yoga and reading.

Dr. Anneke Lothridge

Since 2011

Dr. Lothridge, originally from Athens, GA, did her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia before graduating in 2009 from Colorado State University's veterinary school.

She now lives in Decatur's Oakhurst neighborhood with her husband, Britt, their children, Anna and Grady, and their rescue dog, Bishop, a Boston Terrier. In her spare time, Dr. Lothridge enjoys yoga, reading, sewing, spending time outdoors - especially at the beach, and running, which over the last several years, tops the list of her favorite things to do!

Dr. Kaya Bryant

Since 2020

Dr. Kaya S. Bryant was raised in Orange Park, Florida.  She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a minor in both Spanish and African American studies.  In May 2020, she fulfilled her childhood dream by earning her DVM from Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include Fear- Free medicine, dentistry, and public health.

Dr. Bryant’s hobbies include practicing yoga, traveling the world, eating good food, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Dianna Doss

Since 2011

Dr. Doss attended North Georgia College prior to moving to University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 1998 with her DVM. Prior to joining The Village Vets, she worked at practices in Grayson, Covington, and Loganville. Her favorite areas of veterinary medicine include both small animal and emergency medicine.

Dr. Doss and her husband, Joe, live in Oxford with their two daughters, McKayla and Katie, and their three dogs Bubba Gump, Lula, and Tramp. When not working, she can usually be found on the softball field with her girls.

Dr. Emilia Hand

Since 2019

Dr. Hand was born and raised in Texas, where she attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate degree. She received her DVM from Auburn University in 2019 and then moved to Atlanta to join The Village Vets team. Dr. Hand’s professional interests include emergency medicine and surgery.

In her free time, Dr. Hand enjoys traveling, outdoor activities (especially hiking and camping), and spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs, Josie and Gracey.

Dr. Alexandra Morgan

Since 2020

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Morgan went on to receive a degree in animal science from the University of Kentucky (GO CATS), where she was a member of the Wildcats volleyball squad. After earning her DVM from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019, she began a one-year internship at a veterinary referral and emergency hospital in Texas. Small animal emergency/critical care and surgery are her professional interests.

Some personal interests include spending time with her family and friends, playing and watching sports, trying new restaurants, painting, and enjoying the company of her dogs.

Dr. Katherine McKinney

Since 2020

Dr. McKinney grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. She completed her undergraduate studies in biology and psychology at the University of Virginia, and graduated from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Immediately after graduation, she joined a small animal general practice in Spartanburg, SC and settled in Atlanta in early 2020. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine, and working with geriatric animals.

Dr. McKinney and her husband, Chico, live in Clarkston with their 5 dogs (mostly beagles) and 2 cats. In her spare time Dr. McKinney enjoys hiking with her hounds, working out, and spending time with family at the beach.

Dr. Amber Hines

Since 2020

Dr. Hines is a native of Columbus, Georgia. After completing her bachelor's degree in animal science at Tuskegee University, she went on to pursue a DVM from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 2019, Dr. Hines completed an internship at a referral and emergency hospital in Texas. She enjoys surgery, as well as emergency and critical care medicine. Her personal interests include anything artsy, sunflowers, and tacos! She especially loves spoiling her bird and three dogs!

Dr. Adam Calcutt

Since 2011

Originally from Manchester, England, Dr. Calcutt received his DVM from St. George’s University, Grenada in 2008. Following two successful years working at an animal hospital in Chicago, he and his family moved to Decatur in 2010 so that his wife, Sarah, could pursue her career at Emory University.

Dr. Calcutt has travelled extensively, enjoying many aspects of veterinary medicine - from darting lions in Uganda to rehabilitating orangutans in Borneo. It was during his time in Africa where he was studying Great White Sharks that he met his wife, Sarah.

His personal interests include flying, scuba diving, soccer, lazy walks with his Labradoodle, Tusker, and spending quality time with his two sons, Greyson and Heath. Dr. Calcutt especially enjoys the successes of both his “home” team, Manchester United and, of course, Atlanta United.