Meet Our Vets in Westside Atlanta, GA

Our Westside team is a group of dedicated pet lovers committed to excellence. We are passionate about our work and strive to provide care that nurtures the human-animal bond. Learn more about our extraordinary team and make an appointment today!


A team with over of combined experience:

Dr. Amy Mathews

Since 2011

Dr. Amy Mathews grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee's Veterinary School in 1986. Dr. Mathews has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Buckhead area since 1989.

She and her husband, Clay, live outside of Atlanta with Mr. B, a small mixed breed dog adopted from Atlanta Pet Rescue, Cutie Caboose Moon, who was brought into the Buckhead office as a stray kitten, and an African Grey Parrot named Mac. Dr. Mathews loves living in the country, bike riding, and reading.

Dr. Jessica Jenkins Medical Director

Since 2013

Dr. Jenkins is a Georgia native who grew up in a small town just south of Savannah. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Armstrong Atlantic State University and then went on to receive her DVM at University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Prior to joining The Village Vets in 2013, Dr. Jenkins worked for a small animal practice in Myrtle Beach. She has a special interest in dentistry and internal medicine.

Dr. Jenkins currently resides in Smyrna, where she lives with her three-legged cat, Horatio. In her spare time, Dr. Jenkins enjoys nature walks, hiking, creating new recipes, and watching sports.

Dr. Alissa Stephens

Since 2011

Dr. Alissa Stephens grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey. In 2008, she graduated from Rutgers University and moved to Atlanta to complete an internship at Zoo Atlanta. She began vet school in 2011 at the University of Georgia and during the summer and winter breaks, worked as a vet assistant at TVV Buckhead. Dr. Stephens joined us as a vet in 2015. She is currently completing her certification in veterinary acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Florida. Her special interests include general surgery and acupuncture.

Dr. Stephens and her husband, Chris - practice manager at TVV - live in Canton with their four rescue dogs: Stitch, a Lab mix; Virginia, a Boxer/Anatolian Shepherd mix; Madison, a Pitbull mix; and Captain Jack, a German Shepherd mix.

Dr. Vrinda Nargund

Since 2014

Dr. Nargund grew up in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She completed a 7-year joint undergraduate and veterinary medicine program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Tufts University. She also received her Master’s degree in Public Health during vet school. Upon graduation in 2003, she moved to Atlanta to do a fellowship at the CDC in the Foodborne Diseases division. She has practiced veterinary medicine since 2004. Her special interests in veterinary medicine are nutrition, gastroenterology, and geriatrics.

Her interests outside of work are cooking and traveling. Dr. Nargund and her husband, Ratish, live in Alpharetta with their three sons and two dogs.

Dr. Courtney Merrow

Since 2019

Dr Courtney Merrow is an Atlanta native. She attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate and veterinary studies. She moved to Nashville after graduation in 2009 where she practiced for a decade prior to moving back to Georgia. Her special interests include internal medicine and dentistry.

She resides in Marietta with her husband and two children and a rescue dog named Alice and a cat named George. In her free time Dr. Merrow enjoys spending time with her family and friends and attending Atlanta United games.

Dr. Emily English

Since 2021

Dr. Emily English was born and raised in a small coastal town just north of Boston, MA.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in 2008, after which she worked in Mental Health and Social Services for several years.  After deciding to make a career change, Dr. English worked as a Veterinary Assistant while completing the necessary prerequisites for veterinary school.  Her veterinary studies were completed at the University of Georgia and she received her DVM in 2019.  Her professional interests include small animal emergency medicine, dermatology, behavior and forensic pathology.

Dr. English lives in Atlanta’s westside neighborhood, Riverside.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling (especially internationally!), binging true crime podcasts, reading thriller/suspense novels, and attending Atlanta United games.  On her days off she can usually be found walking any one of her 4 rescue pups on the beltline or along the river.  Dr. English’s fur-babies include: Winston, a Lab mix; Dallas, an American Bulldog/Pointer mix; Joy, a Beagle/Pitbull mix; Lyla an American Staffordshire Terrier; Mark, her outgoing tabby cat; and Olive, a one-eyed grey tabby cat.

Dr. Will Draper Practice Director

Since 2000

“Dr. Will” grew up in Inglewood, California. He graduated from Morningside High School in 1984, then attended Tuskegee University in Alabama (4th generation) for both undergraduate and veterinary medical studies. He received his DVM in 1991, followed by a 1-year internship at North Rockville Veterinary Hospital in Maryland. He moved to Atlanta in 1992, married veterinary school classmate Dr. Françoise Tyler in 1993, and together they founded The Village Vets in 2000. His special veterinary interests include dermatology, internal medicine, and practice management.

He 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 (which also includes his wife, Dr. Tyler). He has served on the board of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA), and presently serves as a director on the board of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)- the first African-American to do since the organization was founded in 1933.

Dr. Will lives with his family in historic Inman Park, "Atlanta's first suburb". He's a big fan of Atlanta Braves baseball, United soccer, and Hawks basketball. In his leisure time he enjoys playing golf (with as many strokes as he can so he gets his money's worth), acrylic painting ("No patience for oils"), and considers himself a better-than-average singer and interior decorator. He is a true lover of all music- his passion is following the Dave Matthews Band, having attended over 55 shows to date.

He and his wife have four children: David, Tyler, Gabrielle, and Olivia. Four-legged kids include dogs Louie, Frank, Bella and Beauford- as well as "the boss", feline Charlemagne (Charlie).