Meet Our Veterinarians

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!

Veterinarians in Decatur: Team Photo

A team with over of combined experience:

Dr. Will Draper

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; three dogs, Max, Louie, and Frank; 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. 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. Chris Simmons

Since 2015

Dr. Christopher Simmons is a 2014 graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. His late father, Dr. Ken Simmons, was also a prominent veterinarian from West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Simmons is a compassionate person who loves to interact with his clients. His professional interests include ultrasonography, clinical pathology, and neurology.

Outside of veterinary medicine, he, his wife Amanda, and their goofy Labradoodles, Bennie and Griffin, are avid supporters of Florida Gator athletics and Atlanta United. He also enjoys playing recreational basketball.

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. A. Olly Neal

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. Amanda Slider

Since 2012

Dr. Amanda Slider, originally from Marietta, GA, did her undergraduate studies at Georgia Southern University before graduating in 2009 from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Slider has a special interest in emergency, critical care, and surgery.

She currently lives in Marietta with her husband, Chris, and their children, Leah, Ryan, and Lexi. She also has a sweet orange tabby named Kiah. In her spare time, Dr. Slider enjoys scuba diving, snowboarding, movies, and watching UGA football!

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.

Dr. Sean Jones

Since 2018

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. Jones earned his bachelor and veterinary doctorate from Louisiana State University. He practiced exotic medicine in New Orleans and emergency medicine in Baton Rouge before relocating to Atlanta. Dr. Jones has a strong interest in small animal emergency and critical care medicine.

Dr. Jones spends his free time mountain climbing, camping, traveling the globe, and going to concerts. He also is an avid Saints and LSU Tiger fan.

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