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Our doctors have a combined 48 years of working exclusively with exotic animals. All three are members of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.
|Dr. Jason Hutcheson earned a BS in Biology from Georgia Southern University in 1994. He then obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1998. He worked at For Pet's Sake while attending vet school and joined the veterinary staff full time in 2001. In 2006, he purchased the practice from Dr. Shepherd. He and his partner live with a Sheltie, an Amazon parrot, and a Texas longnose snake. He is also the owner of Basic Soap & Candles, LLC.|
Dr. Holly Burchfield graduated from Clemson University in 2011. She attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated with an emphasis in Zoological Medicine in 2015. Dr. Burchfield has a special interest in wildlife and serves as the Director of Veterinary Medicine at the Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE). She lives in Kirkwood with a full house of a tortoise, a bearded dragon, two ridiculous cats and one old hound dog.
|Dr. Mimi Shepherd graduated from Florida State University in 1975 earning a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics. After working at the Food and Drug Administration for a few years she attended the University of Georgia, earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. In 1999, she obtained Diplomate (Avian) status of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Shepherd lives with a flock of small birds, three dogs, and one tortoise.|
|Janelle Portress, RVT, is the Lead Technician at For Pet's Sake. She has been a registered veterinary technician since 1987 and never realized her love of exotics (especially reptiles) until joining For Pet's Sake in 2006. Currently, she resides with four cats, one dog, four tortoises, one bearded dragon, and one uromastyx.|
|Stacy Henderson has been a veterinary technician here since 1995. She is a lover of all things furred, feathered and scaled. She loves working with these animals as well as educating people about how to properly care for them. Every day is something new and exciting! Her own family consists of her husband, two human kids, cats, birds tortoises and a dog.|
|Mark Miller is originally from Minnesota. He is one of our veterinary technicians. Prior to working for For Pet's Sake, Mark worked in three public aquariums, including Georgia Aquarium, and has also worked as a curator for Rainforest Cafe. He has a cat named Charlie, an African grey parrot named Max, and a macaw named Midori.|
|Debbie Trantin joined For Pet's Sake for a second time in July of 2015. She shares a space in the lobby with the resident Amazon, JoJo, who has been known to announce the arrival of the clients. Most of the time JoJo can be found on her cage playing with her wooden blocks. Debbie is the one at the front desk. While Debbie finds exotic animals quite fun, her preference is for the small furry mammals. When she's not working, she enjoys yoga classes and other activities. Her family consists of cats, guinea pigs, and a few finches.|
|Katie Argo is the Operations Manager, handling important tasks such as payroll and office snacks. Katie attended Georgia State University where she studied Anthropology. She is very passionate about primates and feminism. She currently lives in the East Lake neighborhood with one sweet kitty, a sassy uromastyx, a Meyer's parrot, and a clumsy black lab.|
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