The Village Vets of Decatur


The Village Vets of Decatur, which was formerly Decatur Village Veterinary Center, is located in the heart of the city of Decatur; one of metro Atlanta's most popular and sought-after neighborhoods. It opened its doors on March 26, 2001. at its first location on E. Howard Avenue, which was the same facility of the former Decatur Veterinary Hospital; Dekalb County's first small animal veterinary practice.

Decatur Vets


Dr. Will Draper

Since 2000


“Dr. Will” grew up in Inglewood, California, and graduated from Morningside High School in 1984 before matriculating to Tuskegee University (4th generation) for both undergraduate and veterinary medical studies. He was accepted to veterinary school after only 3 years of undergraduate studies; and after receiving his DVM in 1991, he continued his training at North Rockville Veterinary Hospital in Rockville, Maryland before moving to Atlanta in 1992.

He loves music (big Dave Matthews Band fan), movies, painting with acrylics, and enjoying family activities. His favorite veterinary interests include dermatology, internal medicine, and surgery. He married his classmate, Dr. Françoise Tyler, in September, 1993. They have 4 children; son David (9/97) and daughters Tyler (5/99), Gabrielle (11/01), and Olivia (7/03). They also have 4 dogs (Max, Louie, Frank, and Etta James) and 2 cats (Zig-Zag and Charlemagne).

Dr. Will has served as the featured veterinarian on WebMD's web series, "Ask The Veterinarian”, and serves as a veterinary expert in WebMD magazine. He received the Purina ProPlan 2013 National "Veterinarian of the Year", and has been honored as one of Atlanta's "Best Vets" in Atlanta Magazine consistently since 2001, and was selected as a FIVE STAR veterinarian in that same publication- an honor bestowed to only 7% of the veterinarians in the metro Atlanta area.

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Dr. Stacy Stacy

Since 2003


Dr. Stacy grew up in Stockbridge, GA before attending the University of Georgia for both undergraduate and veterinary studies. She received her DVM in 2003. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine, cruciate repair and infectious diseases.

Born Stacy Poulos, she married Chad Stacy, an architect, in August 2003. They reside in Decatur with their daughter Ella, and son Ethan, along with their two cats, Crawford and Annabel Lee and their dog, Elouise – a French bulldog..

Her personal interests include exercise, gardening, home renovation, cooking and socializing with friends.

Dr. Stacy was honored as one of Atlanta's "Best Vets" in the Nov. 2010 issue of Atlanta magazine - her third consecutive honor in the publication. She was also selected as a FIVE STAR Veterinarian in that same publication - an honor bestowed to only 7% of the veterinarians in the metro Atlanta area.

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Dr. Janine Franco

Since 2008


Dr. Franco is an Atlanta native, and after graduating from Woodward Academy, matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania where she received her undergraduate degree. She received her DVM from the University of Georgia in 2006. She joined The Village Vets of Decatur in June 2008.

Janine and her husband, Alan, live in Decatur with their daughter, Eden (11/08), son, Lewis (4/11), cats Riesling and Brown Guy, and their dog, Alfie.

Dr. Franco is conversant in Spanish, and is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

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Dr. Melissa Finke

Since 2008


Raised on Long Island, NY, Dr. Finke received both her Bachelor's degree in 1995 and her DVM in 1999 from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Finke and her partner Jon live in Vinings, GA with their son Landon Jacob Roth (1/15). 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's hobbies include traveling and horseback riding. She has a French bulldog - Moxie.

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Dr. Elaine Streithof

Since 2009


Dr. Streithof received her bachelor's degree at The University of Virginia and enjoyed a career as a graphic designer for several years before attending University of Georgia Veterinary School of Medicine. She completed a small animal internship at Oklahoma State University in 2002 and has been an emergency and critical care clinician since then. Dr. Streithof says she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, "Annie" and "Gracie", three cats, "Fiona", "Wallace" and "Boots", and her fiancé, Michael.

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Dr. Dianna Doss

Since 2011


Dr. Doss attended North Georgia College prior to moving to the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine; where she graduated in 1998. Prior to joining The Village Vets, she worked at practices in Grayson, Covington and Loganville.

Dr. Doss enjoys 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, Dr. Doss can usually be found on the softball field with her girls.

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Dr. Deva Prather

Since 2011


Dr. Prather is originally from Orlando, Florida. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor. In 2003, Dr. Prather graduated from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. Following graduation she worked in emergency medicine for 2 years. She has been practicing in the Decatur area since.

She and her husband, Donald, live in Oakhurst with their three children - sons, Connor (8/06), Nicholas (6/08) and daughter, Katherine (1/11). They also have two dogs – Ginger and Jessie and one cat – Mia.

Dr. Prather enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and photography. Her special interests in veterinary medicine includes surgery, emergency care and working with shelter and rescue pets.

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Dr. Anneke Lothridge

Since 2011


Dr. Lothridge, originally from Athens, GA, did her undergraduate studies at 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 and their daughter, Anna (5/09) and son, Jacob (11/10). In her spare time, Dr. Lothridge enjoys yoga, reading, sewing and spending time outdoors - “especially at the beach.”

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Dr. Amanda Slider

Since 2012


Dr. Amanda Slider received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Georgia Southern University. In 2009 she graduated from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Slider has a special interest in emergency, critical care, feline, and shelter medicine. Her hobbies include scuba diving, water sports, traveling, snowboarding, and spending time with her husband Chris, their daughter Leah (12/2013), as well as her seven nieces and nephews. They have two energetic orange tabby cats, Zeke and Kiah.

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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 – especially watching Manchester United, lazy walks with his two Labradoodles Ella and Tusker, and spending quality time with his son Greyson (5/10).

Dr. Calcutt is excited to be a member of the team at The Village Vets, and looks forward to building many wonderful relationships as he follows his passion for small animal medicine and surgery.

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Dr. Alycia Cullen

Since 2014


Dr. Alycia Cullen was born in Providence, RI, but spent her childhood split between Paris, France, and Lawrenceville, GA. In 2008, she graduated with her bachelor's degree in environmental biology from Columbia University. She attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated with honors in 2012. She spent two years in general practice in southwest Virginia, and returned to Atlanta in 2014 to join The Village Vets team.

Dr. Cullen's special interests include emergency medicine and surgery. Her hobbies include singing, quilting, hiking, skiing, scuba diving, and reading. She lives in Decatur with her husband Ralph, their son Everett (10/14), and her dog, Dakota.

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Dr. Chris Simmons

Since 2015


Dr. Christopher Simmons is a 2014 graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and is the son of a veterinarian, Dr. Ken Simmons, from West Palm Beach, FL. He is a compassionate person who loves to interact with his clients. Outside of veterinary medicine, he, his wife Amanda, and their goofy labradoodle “Bennie” are avid supporters of Florida Gator athletics. He also enjoys playing recreational basketball. His professional interests include ultrasonography, clinical pathology, and neurology.

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Dr. Kari Addante

Since 2010


Dr. Kari Addante is a Gwinnett County native. Growing up in the once rural area of Grayson, animals were always among her best friends. Combined with a strong affinity for the sciences, her quest to learn all about them culminated in her graduating magna cum laude from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She was also inducted into the Phi Zeta National Veterinary Honor Society. Prior to attending UGA, Dr. Addante worked for over 15 years as a veterinary technician and hospital manager.

Dr. Addante loves her job as a veterinarian and is especially interested in internal medicine. She also has a special place in her heart for felines and their unique needs.

Currently, Dr. Addante and her husband Powell reside in Watkinsville with their two cats Samantha and Ben.

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