Our Veterinary Team
Meet Our Veterinary Team
Our Veterinary Team
Our personalized service and focus on preventative education and treatment enables us to follow the golden rule of treating both you and your pet like family. We want what is in the long-term best interest for your animal, and our mission is to give your pet the longest and best life possible. The result is optimized health for the animal and an optimized experience between pet and pet parent.
Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Duffy Jones
Dr. Duffy Jones is a native of the Atlanta area, and he grew up within walking distance of Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital. Dr. Jones is a graduate of Christ the King Elementary School and Marist High School. He attended the University of Notre Dame, and later Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine (now renamed the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University). There, he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.
After that, Dr. Jones completed a one-year rotating internship in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and surgery at Georgia Veterinary Specialists. He then spent five years working at Bells Ferry Veterinary Hospital and South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital. In August of 2005, he opened Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital in Buckhead.
He is currently on the Board of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, where he has served in virtually every position and capacity and is now a CE teacher. He has recently become a WebMD Pet Health Community Guest Expert, and has contributed to blog posts and podcasts for Victoria Stilwell’s Positively website.
He has written a book, “The Business Side of Veterinary Medicine”, and is a co-founder and partner in a consultancy (DVM Success) that helps other independent veterinary practices thrive.
Dr. Jones considers himself lucky to have married the girl next door, Courtney. They have been blessed with two sons, Dawson and Grady, and a daughter Sydney. In his spare time, Dr. Jones likes to fly fish and play basketball and soccer.
He is very involved as a parent volunteer at Christ the King School and his alma mater Marist School. There, he has recently served as a varsity soccer coach, coaching his two sons and two nephews.
The Jones home is currently run by Rosie and Millie, two spoiled Royal Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
Dr. Edith Rogers
An Atlanta native, Dr. Rogers previously served as a staff veterinarian at Adobe Animal Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, a 21-doctor practice open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. She began practicing small animal medicine in Beverly Hills, CA at the Miller Robertson Animal Hospital.
A graduate of The Westminster Schools, Dr. Rogers received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Georgia, and a DVM from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She then completed a one-year rotating internship at Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, New York’s largest facility for animal care, research, and education. Animal Medical Care has over 90 veterinarians and an average of 50,000 cases a year.
In April 2009, Dr. Rogers returned to Atlanta with her family. She is thrilled to be home and even more excited to have joined the dedicated team of Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital. Dr. Rogers lives in Buckhead with her husband, Michael, and their three beautiful children.
Dr. Rogers’ family includes two dogs, Jack and Lucy, and their cat Phoebe.
Dr. Sharon Nath
Dr. Nath moved to Atlanta in 1991 from Rochester, New York. She earned her doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia in 2003 and completed a one-year rotating internship after graduation. Dr. Nath previously worked at Buckhead Animal Clinic until she joined Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital in 2011. She has two teenage daughters and a mixed-breed dog named Stevie G.
Dr. Tara Rittle
An experienced small animal veterinarian and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Dr. Tara Rittle’s practice philosophy focuses on preventative medicine, client education, and working with pet owners to assist them in making the best decisions for their pets. Palliative and hospice care are areas of special interest as well.
A native of Palmyra, Pennsylvania, she attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and completed an internship in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine at Tufts. She remained in Massachusetts, treating small animals and exotic pets before relocating to Atlanta in 2007.
Dr. Tara was honored in Atlanta Magazine’s 2010 Pet Edition as a ‘Best Exotics Vet’, but has since limited her practice to cats and dogs. She received her training and certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2010 and joined PHAH in 2013.
In her free time, Tara enjoys cooking, supporting local restaurants, yoga, adventure travel, and reading.
Dr. Tara shares her Buckhead home with two cats, Dimi and Gus, a Hairless Chinese Crested dog, Wizard, and two leopard tortoises, Mortimer and Frank.
Dr. Mark Belyeu
Dr. Mark Belyeu hails from Ft. Lauderdale and received both his undergraduate degree in Biology and Business and his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Florida. His professional interests include wellness care, dentistry, surgery, ophthalmology, pain management, and emergency medicine. He completed a post-graduate, one-year rotating small animal internship at VCA Alameda East Animal Hospital in Denver, CO. In 2015, he relocated to the great city of Atlanta to be closer to family and friends.
In his free time, Dr. Mark enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and enjoying local restaurants and breweries.
Dr. Mark’s four-legged companion, Grizz Lee, is always by his side, ready for the next adventure.
Dr. Brittany Kaufman
Dr. Brittany Kaufman grew up in Alpharetta and started working in her local vet clinic at the young age of 13. She studied animal science at The University of Tennessee, then attended the University of Georgia’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kaufman has been practicing small animal medicine in the Atlanta area since 2010. Her interests include soft tissue surgery and geriatric medicine.
In her free time, Brittany enjoys spending time on the lake with family and friends. She enjoys staying involved in the community, coaching Special Olympics basketball and serving as a fairy god parent of Bert’s Big Adventure. She is a graduate of Leadership Georgia (class of 2013).
Brittany and her husband Michael have one golden doodle named Eleanor Beardsley the Great, aka “Ellie” or “Bear Bear”.
Dr. Jennifer R. Keuten
Dr. Keuten is a 2005 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She also earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Auburn University. Growing up in Fort Lauderdale FL, her love of the ocean began at an early age, and she knew that she wanted to pursue Veterinary Medicine as a career. While in Veterinary School, Dr. Jennifer completed numerous aquatic and marine mammal programs in the Florida Keys, Sarasota, and Woods Hole, MA.
Dr. Jennifer enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine, specifically surgery, dentistry, and geriatric medicine. She values building lasting relationships with people by caring for their pets. She thoroughly enjoys helping owners navigate through all stages of their pet’s life. Dr. Jennifer knows that having a pet can be stressful at times and understands that Veterinarians are an integral part of putting “puzzle pieces” together between the pet and their owners.
In her free time, Dr. Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, trying new restaurants, and attempting to exercise. She also loves to browse antique stores, watch HGTV, and be a “personal shopper” for friends.
Dr Jennifer has the most sweet and friendly long-haired Miniature Dachshund named Stella. Stella loves to give kisses, roll over for tummy rubs, and bask in sun beams.
Dr. Dana Stewart
Dr. Stewart grew up in Long Island, New York and completed her undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University. She received her degree in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Shortly after graduation, she moved to upstate NY and accepted a position practicing emergency and companion animal medicine. She remained upstate for 8 years where she met her now-husband, Chris. In January 2020, her family decided it was time for the next chapter and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she accepted a position at Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital.
Dr. Stewart enjoys fostering relationships with clients and in doing so providing the best possible patient care for their furry family member. Her professional interests include dermatology, soft tissue surgery, and preventative medicine. Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, son, dogs- Charli (Belgian Malinois mix) and Apollo (Chow chow/Bloodhound mix), and their cat Mando. They enjoy trying new cuisine, CrossFit, hiking and traveling. Dr. Stewart is a CrossFit level 1 trainer and when you cannot find her at the office, you can likely find her in her garage gym working out.
Dr. Stewart is Fear Free Certified.
Dr. Tracy Navarra
Dr. Tracy grew up in Marietta, Georgia. After earning her BS in Biology from the University of Georgia, where she graduated with the highest honors from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.
She then completed a one-year rotating small animal internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington D.C. She continued practicing in the D.C. area until the desire to be closer to family brought her back to Atlanta in 2016.
Dr. Navarra has a strong interest in internal medicine. She respects how complicated disease processes can be, and she dedicates her time and energy to creating thoughtful and thorough treatment plans for each unique patient. Additionally, she has advanced training in emergency/critical care, ultrasound, and ophthalmology.
“What has surprised me the most in my career was how much I loved working and getting to know the pets’ owners. I have always had a deep love for animals but witnessing and improving the bond between humans and their pets is truly the most rewarding part of my job.”
She is thrilled to be back in Georgia, and even more excited to have joined the dedicated team at Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital in 2020. Dr. Navarra lives in Decatur with her husband, Erich, and her adventurous son, Finn.
Dr. Navarra currently shares her home with Stella, a 10-year-old lab, and Chill, a very laid-back cat.
Dr. Jayme Douglas
Dr. Jayme earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from the College of Charleston before heading to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine for her Veterinary Degree – Go Dawgs! During the summers of Veterinary School, she worked as a Veterinary Nurse and was involved as a volunteer with several rescue organizations, as well as spay and neuter clinics.
Dr. Douglas’s favorite summer was spent working with Elephants at the Southern Thailand animal hospital, combining her passion for animals and travel. She has spent the past three years working at an Emergency & Primary Care Veterinary Clinic in Atlanta. She is now thrilled to join the staff at Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital!
Dr. Douglas’s professional interests include emergency medicine, preventative care, surgery, dermatology, and behavioral therapy (especially ensuring that nervous babies enjoy coming to the vet).
Jayme spends her spare time traveling, exploring the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, spoiling her three rescue babies (Nahla & Nellie – pictured) and her three-legged, most perfect, cat (who thinks she’s a dog), Olive.
Dr. Leanne LeFavi
Dr. Leanne LeFavi is from Savannah, GA. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in 2015 and her DVM from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019 (Go Dawgs!). In undergrad and veterinary school, she spent summers working with her favorite parasite ~ heartworms ~ in an infectious diseases research lab.
Dr. LeFavi’s veterinary interests include feline medicine, dermatology, oncology, and preventative care. She is also Fear-Free certified for all pets.
Leanne lives in East Atlanta with her rescue Border Collie (Olive), her spicy Torti (Skittles), and senior citizen Main Coon (Tiggs). On weekends, you can find her bopping around on the beltline with Olive!
Dr. Leslie Priest
Dr. Priest grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and received her undergraduate degree in biology from Florida State University. Prior to veterinary school, she worked as a veterinary assistant and receptionist in a small animal hospital, and as a veterinary assistant at an animal shelter in South Florida. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Florida in 2005, graduating with honors.
Following graduation, Dr. Priest spent three years working at a practice in Marietta, GA. Prior to joining Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital in 2015, Dr. Priest worked for six years in animal welfare, serving pet owners who were financially struggling. Her experience of working with pets that may not have received timely veterinary care exposed her to a large amount of very unusual, often advanced medical and surgical cases. Dr. Priest has also worked in spay/neuter programs to help control the problem of homeless pets ending up in shelters. Her special interests include preventative care, geriatric medicine, dentistry, and general surgery.
In her free time, Leslie enjoys yoga, hiking, and spending time with her family. She shares her home with her husband, two children, and her Pitbull mix, Little Bit.
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Jasmine grew up in a military family, so she is not “from” anywhere– but she is looking to make Atlanta her home! She started out majoring in psychology at Auburn University but learned she could turn her love for animals into a career, so she moved to Florida and switched her major to veterinary technology. Jasmine graduated with her Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology in May 2019 from Pensacola State College and passed the national boards to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in December 2019.
In her free time, Jasmine enjoys eating breakfast food, catching up on her favorite shows, traveling to other countries with friends, and cuddling with her dog, Bella.
Brittany grew up in Alpharetta, GA, and attended the University of West Georgia, where she graduated with a degree in Biology. She began her career as a zookeeper, but soon realized her passion for the veterinary field. She went back to school in 2015 to get her license as a veterinary technician. Brittany enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Kyle, and her daughter, Claire, or catching up with friends.
Brittany is also a mom to her furry children, who include Choo Choo the dog, and two cats, Steve and Charlotte.
Melissa is a native of the metro Atlanta area and has worked in the veterinary field since 1999. She spent 12 years working in emergency and critical care. During that time, she studied Biology and Chemistry at Georgia State University. She received her RVT license in 2007. In her many years in the field, she has gained knowledge and experience with not just cats and dogs, but also with exotics, wildlife, and farm animals. She has since retired from wildlife rehabilitation after years of nursing many orphaned and injured wild creatures back to health. She worked at PHAH in the summer of 2011 and rejoined the hospital in 2016. In her limited spare time, she enjoys binging television shows and taking naps. The only way you will find her outdoors is if a pool is involved.
Melissa shares her home with her son, 3 dogs (Fletcher, Preston, and Edward), 4 cats (Chopper Ferguson, Jasper, Sebastian, and Ninja Jack) and Sebastian the African Grey.
Michela’s passion for animals started at a very young age and she always knew she was going to be helping them when she got older. A Louisiana native who now resides in Mississippi, Michela graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s in Veterinary Medical Technology. She’s been in the field for over 10 years and has recently joined the PHAH family in March 2022 as our TeleHealth Veterinary Nurse. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and spending time with her family and friends.
Michela’s furry/feathery children include her basset hound, Rebel, her dachshund mix named Sadie, and cockatiel named Pasqual.
Paige’s love of animals led her to become a veterinary technician. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, she graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Veterinary Medical Technology. Paige is currently following her passion here in Atlanta and has been at PHAH since June 2012. In her free time, she enjoys going out to the lake, sports, hiking, and cooking.
Her furry children are her dogs Koda and Toby, and her cats Calvin and Tito.
Kim was born in Toronto, Ontario, but grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. Kim spent her adolescent years in West Palm Beach, where she graduated from Wellington High School. After graduating, she went on to Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, Colorado, where she earned her A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. Kim returned to Florida and worked in both day practices and an emergency clinic, before moving to Atlanta to be closer to her family, and further her career in veterinary medicine. Kim joined the Peachtree Hills family in January 2014.
In her spare time, Kim enjoys nature walks along the Chattahoochee with her roommate’s dog, Cooper.
Chelsea has been an Atlanta local most of her life. After graduating from Kennesaw State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology, she wanted to fuse her passion for animal care and human understanding. Chelsea joined Peachtree Hills in 2015 as part of the reception team. Over time, she transitioned to the role of Veterinary Assistant and worked on completing her degree in veterinary technology. In November 2020, she graduated from Penn Foster with an A.S. of Veterinary Technology and passed her boards to receive her license as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). She finds an enormous amount of fulfillment and passion in her career and is excited for what lies ahead! In her spare time, you can find her hanging in a hammock by the Chattahoochee or exploring the local art festivals.
Chelsea has always fancied herself a “crazy cat lady”, obsessed with her three mischievous cats, Biju, Bruce, and Luna.
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Taylor was raised in West Tennessee, then lived in Nashville for 11 years before moving to Atlanta in 2020 with her husband. She has always worked in healthcare and has had a passion for animals her whole life. It took long enough, but after many years she finally made the switch to combine the two when she started working here at PHAH in 2020! Outside of work, Taylor enjoys good food, hiking, and trying new breweries with her husband.
She has three handsome kitties whom she spoils on the daily- a 7-year-old back cat named Binx (yes, from “Hocus Pocus”), a 12-year-old, long-haired gray tabby named Squeaky, and a 4-year-old orange and white Maine Coon mix.
Megan was born in San Antonio, Texas. She went to college at Texas A&M University and graduated in 2020 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. She moved to Georgia and decided to further her education, so she applied and has been accepted into the Institute of Medical Ultrasound here in Atlanta.
She wants to use her Sonography license in veterinary medicine when she is done! In her free time, she loves to explore trails, new cities, and go to concerts.
Megan has an 8-year-old Morkie named Ruby!
Rachel moved here from Florida after graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Performance Theatre and work experience for Walt Disney World. She started working at PHAH as a receptionist and crossed-trained as a veterinary assistant. Outside of work, Rachel loves gardening, crafting with friends, and cooking/baking at home with her boyfriend.
Rachel has two dogs, Paige and Blondie, who are the cutest siblings, and a lovable cat named Bella.
Eunice was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in Georgia. She was exposed to animal care here through the Atlanta Zoo, Atlanta Aquarium, and animal rescue shelters. She began to take interest in all creatures and knew at a young age that she wanted to have a career helping animals. After graduating from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, she was able to take her first step into the veterinary field here at PHAH. She is excited to learn more here and eventually become a Registered Veterinary Technician.
In her free time, Eunice enjoys watching anime, going to the gym, and listening to true crime podcasts.
Eunice has a Maltipoo mix named Ahmi, and a rescue cat named Ashe.
Shaun Russ has been part of the PHAH team since 2012 but he worked with animals as a licensed groomer for several years before that. He loves animals so much he has his own “zoo” at home: four cats (including rescue kittens!), a dog, a turquoise green cheek conure named Sprite, and a yard full of chickens. His wife, Francina, jokes that he has three loves in his life: his vintage Bronco, disc golf, and her – but she’s not sure where she falls on the list. When he’s not at work or loving on his pets in Kirkwood, he’s working on his PDGA rankings with his disc golf buddies.
Drew grew up in Griffin, GA and currently attends Kennesaw State University. Although only recently making the switch, he always had plans to get into the animal care field. He is very good at reaching stuff in high places.
Drew enjoys spending time with his dog and following any and all of Atlanta’s extremely successful sports teams.
A native of Oxford, Alabama, Kayla has a love for critters on both the large and microscopic scale. She graduated from Auburn University in December 2016 with a B.S. in Microbiology and a minor in Animal Sciences. While completing her undergraduate studies, she worked as an assistant in the diagnostic Serology-Virology lab at Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She plans to continue on to veterinary school and hopes to pursue a career in immunotherapy and diagnostics.
In her downtime, Kayla enjoys exploring Atlanta, reading, cooking, and trying to keep up with her dog, Petey.
Laura loves her role as a veterinary assistant at Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital. Previously working in marketing and journalism, she pursued a career in the veterinary field after volunteering in shelter medicine. She is currently in school part-time to become a registered veterinary technician. Free time hobbies include long-distance running, baking (and devouring) chocolate chip cookies, and reading. She resides with her spouse, a sweet pit bull, and a rambunctious hound mix outside the Perimeter.
Kendall was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate studies where she majored in biological science. Animals have been her passion since a little kid. She wanted to become a veterinary assistant to learn skills that will help her in her future career as a veterinarian!! Go dawgs!
Carson grew up in Fredericksburg, VA and graduated from the University of Virginia where she majored in Biology. She moved to the Atlanta area in June of 2022. Carson has worked with many different types of animals through traditional and holistic approaches. Since a young age she has aspired to become a Veterinarian and will soon be attending veterinary school! In her free time, she loves to workout, participate in sports (especially field hockey), read, and explore Atlanta.
Dalton is originally from Seattle, WA, grew up in Indiana and has been in Atlanta for 7 years now. They have worked in animal medicine for a few years now and plan to start school soon to become a register veterinary technician. Their hobbies include hiking, kayaking, and spending time with friends.
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Katie is a Florida native who started off working in human medicine. After relocating to Georgia, she decided to follow her passion for animals and started her career in veterinary medicine here at Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital.
Katie is the proud mom of one long-haired sassy chihuahua named Bella and an adventurous Cairn Terrier named Barkley. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, and exploring Atlanta with her fur babies.
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Darius was born and raised in South Georgia. He moved to the Atlanta area at the age of 22 and it has been a great experience. He has been working in the animal field for over three years. Working in the field showed him how much he loves dogs, which gave him more of a reason to get his own.
Darius currently has one dog, Zoe, who is an excellent partner to have by his side.
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Breia has a deep love for animals. Prior to joining our PHAH family, she was a therapeutic riding instructor. She graduated from Kings Way Christian school and studied Sociology at Kennesaw State University. Breia’s long-term goal is to become a registered veterinary nurse. Outside of work, Breia enjoys riding horses, cycling, crafting, spending time with her boyfriend, and watching the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Breia has a two-year-old cat named Big Bron. He is a King!
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Victoria is a Georgia native. She has been in the veterinary field as a receptionist for over ten years. In her free time she enjoys spending time and making memories with her high school sweetheart, whom she married, Andriciar.
Victoria is a proud dog mom to the sweetest Chihuahua she has ever met, Princess!
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Nikkii was born and raised in Ohio. After spending 13 years in the human medical field, she and her husband decided to re-locate to Georgia for a change. She has always had a love for animals, which led her to us! In her free time she enjoys reading, playing board games, and being outdoors.
A sweet six-year-old rescue puppy named Izzy, or as they affectionately call her, “Miss”.