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 General Medical Director

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

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. Laura Hooper

Since 2012

Dr. Laura Hooper was born and raised in Lexington, SC. She attended Clemson University and Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation from veterinary school in 2007, she completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Auburn University.

Dr. Hooper and her husband, Matt, reside in Marietta with their three children and two fluffy pups, Deacon and Duke.

Dr. Will Draper Practice Director

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; five dogs, Max, Louie, Frank, Bella and Carter Beauford (named after the drummer for Dave Matthews Band); and two cats, Zig-Zag and Charlemagne.