Our Careteam

Elaine Groves

Receptionist

A longtime dog owner herself, Elaine had taken her pets to Dr. Caughman for many years. One day as Elaine was talking with him, she jokingly asked if there were any open positions at the hospital. In fact, there were, and Elaine quickly accepted!

Elaine was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, with her parents, brother, and many pets. She came to Dogwood Animal Hospital in 2006, and serves as a receptionist and support staff to all her colleagues at the clinic. Offering emotional support and giving words of encouragement to clients and their pets are just two of the many rewarding parts of Elaine’s job.

At home, Elaine cares for two dogs of her own: Maggie, a nine-year-old lovable red Bullmastiff, and Zano, a three-year-old brindle Bullmastiff. Maggie enjoys kissing anyone who comes into the house, and Zano is the bull in the china shop, tearing apart his beds and toys in record time!

Outside of work, Elaine enjoys making watercolor pencil portraits of pets. She’s also passionate about cooking and baking, and gets a thrill from having people eat her creations! Photography, car racing, tennis, knitting, and reading are some of her other hobbies.

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Karen Tuttle

Office Manager, Receptionist

Being a caretaker is in Karen’s nature—before entering the veterinary profession in 2002, she spent 18 years as a professional nanny! She says it was an easy transition from human kids to furry children.

Karen is an Atlanta native and grew up in the Sandy Springs and East Cobb area. In 2002, she took a job at another animal hospital, where the doctors and technicians taught her everything she needed to know and readily answered any questions she had. After relocating to the Lawrenceville area, she started working at Dogwood Animal Hospital in August of 2010.

Client communication is Karen’s forte. She loves getting to know clients and their pets, and says many of them are like family—some even call or drop by just to see how everyone is doing around the clinic!

Karen is married and has a daughter who was born in 2008. The family has a dog named Lucy and three cats: Nina, Princess Jasmine, and Tianna.

In addition to her duties at the clinic, Karen recently went back to school to complete her degree, and is currently a full-time student. Whenever she has spare time, she enjoys refinishing furniture, painting, going to thrift stores, and crocheting.

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Brandee Long

Registered Veterinary Technician

Brandee grew up in Orange County, California, where she was constantly bringing home stray animals. Her passion for pet care simply never wavered; she’s always wanted to serve as an advocate for the earth’s creatures! Brandee is proud to help animals and those who care for them as a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Brandee studied early childhood education in school before making the switch to the animal-care track; she attended Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville to earn her degree in veterinary technology. She completed an internship here at Dogwood Animal Hospital, and continued working at the clinic on weeknights and weekends until graduation in May of 2013. Afterward, Brandee signed on full-time as a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been caring for pets here ever since.

For Brandee, the most exciting part of her job is seeing a patient nursed back to full health. There is no better reward for her than seeing a pet wagging their tail happily when they’re feeling better!

Outside of her interests in the animal-care world, Brandee enjoys swimming and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Bryan, have a son named Beau and share their home with three fur-children: Huckleberry, Clover, and Petey.

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Aaron Guillory

Veterinary Assistant

A year after Aaron adopted his dog Allie, she developed a knee disorder known as a luxating patella. Watching the diagnostic work the veterinarian performed to treat his dog, Aaron realized this career path was something he wanted to do himself!

Aaron was born and raised in Snellville, Georgia. During his senior year of high school in 2013, he was dual-enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at Grayson Tech. Dr. Caughman sent out an email about an open Kennel Assistant position, and a few weeks later Aaron began working at the clinic! Currently, Aaron attends Georgia Gwinnet College and plans to go to the University of Georgia in a few years for veterinary school.

Aaron is the second-oldest of seven children. The family’s adopted dog, Allie, is three years old. She’s very nervous around new people, but will work up the courage to say hello after a few minutes!

Between work and school, Aaron likes to stay active. He ran cross country and track-and-field for four years in high school, and also enjoys biking around Stone Mountain when he gets the chance.

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Laura Allen

Veterinary Assistant, Kennel Technician

When Laura’s former cat, Missy, was diagnosed with diabetes, a regimen of insulin was prescribed. Caring for her beloved pet on daily basis made a permanent impression on Laura—she knew that she would like to work with animals professionally! Now, she’s able to use her skillset to better the lives of pets here at Dogwood Animal Hospital.

Laura is a Lawrenceville native and attended Grayson Tech to study in the school’s animal science program. She completed a semester-long internship right here at Dogwood Animal Hospital, and was hired on as an employee in the summer of 2015 after completing her requirements.

Currently, Laura attends school in Virginia and works here at the clinic seasonally. When time permits between her busy school and work schedules, she likes spending time with her own pets at home. She and her family share their lives with four cats: Archie, Nala, Priss, and Lilly.

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Kaden Campbell

Kennel Technician

When Kaden and his family brought their blue Doberman, Zeus, to Dogwood Animal Hospital, he quickly fell in love with the field of animal healthcare. During one of Zeus’s follow-up visits, Kaden decided to ask for an application! Now, he helps the pets and animal owners of the area as a member of the hospital team.

Originally from Oconee County, Kaden moved to the Lawrenceville area during his high school career and joined the Dogwood Animal Hospital family shortly afterward. He’s particularly fond of interacting directly with other pet owners just like himself, and loves getting to meet a variety of animal personalities every day.

Outside of work, Kaden enjoys spending time with his family and playing with the aforementioned Zeus, who particularly loves romping around with the biggest toy bone that money can buy.

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Melisa Andrewjeski

Receptionist

Melisa has always adored dogs, and wanted to do everything in her power to help our canine companions connect with their owners on a deeper level. She simply can’t imagine working in any other field! Melisa has served as a veterinary professional for over 16 years, and is proud to help the area’s pets and animal owners as one of Dogwood Animal Hospital’s receptionists.

A Lawrenceville native, Melisa began her animal-care career at another local pet hospital and then transitioned into emergency medicine. It was during her tenure at the emergency clinic that she met several employees of Dogwood Animal Hospital; in 2015, she made the switch back to small-animal practice and joined the clinic family.

Melisa lives with her husband, her two step-sons, and a pair of lovable Dobermans. Much of her free time outside of work is spent advocating for veterans’ rights—she even works to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder get better healthcare through natural medical options and service-dog companionship!

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Lauren Warwick

Veterinary Assistant, Kennel Technician

Lauren lived in rural Oconee County for two years of her childhood, where she was able to interact with a variety of wild animals on a daily basis. It didn’t take long for her to develop a passion for animal behavior and healthcare! She’s been passionate about veterinary medicine ever since she can remember—Lauren plans on becoming a veterinarian herself in the future.

Lauren studied animal care in the Grayson Technical Education Program during her senior year of high school, then began an internship here at Dogwood Animal Hospital. She even took on extra hours after school to learn more about the field! After her internship ended, Lauren was happy to accept a job offer—now, she’s a Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Technician here at the clinic.

Lauren will soon head off to the University of Georgia to earn her undergraduate degree in animal science, and plans on gaining acceptance into the school’s veterinary program to become a licensed veterinarian! Lauren would also like to study abroad in Africa and Australia, where she hopes to concentrate on wildlife observation.

Along with her parents and older brother, Lauren shares her home with a few pets of her own. The family has two loveable dogs: Milo is a protective German shepherd/Labrador mix, and Dachshund mix Toby is very intelligent and learns new tricks with ease.

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Amon Whitfield

Kennel Technician

Amon likes to describe his family home as a zoo—he’s been a pet owner himself nearly all his life, and wants to give something back to the animals who have offered so much love and loyalty throughout the years. As a Kennel Technician with the Dogwood Animal Hospital family, he’s able to do just that on a daily basis!

Amon’s family is originally from Tennessee but moved here to Georgia several years ago. He joined the Dogwood Animal Hospital team after responding to a “help wanted” advertisement, and has been here ever since! Amon’s favorite part of the job is getting to interact directly with a wide variety of pets every time he’s here at the clinic.

At home, Amon and his family live with six cats—Oscar, Luke, Veronica, Whiskers, Cameron, and Carrots—as well as Rob the bearded dragon and a pair of dogs named Pudge and Peyton. When he isn’t spending time with his own pets or caring for others’ here at the hospital, Amon enjoys immersing himself in music, film, and literature. He’s currently studying education at Georgia Gwinnett College, and plans on heading overseas in the future to teach English abroad.

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