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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Jenn Capezio

Veterinary Assistant

Before becoming a veterinary professional, Jenn was a stay-at-home mother for 10 years. She’s no stranger to nurturing others! By working in the field of veterinary medicine, she’s able to use her instincts to improve the lives of pets and their owners on a daily basis.

Jenn grew up in Glen Burnie, Maryland and started her journey in animal-care at a local veterinary clinic there, where she learned the ropes of the profession. After taking time off to raise her kids, she and her family relocated to Georgia in the summer of 2016, and Jenn joined the team at Dogwood Animal Hospital that fall. She’s been here ever since! Her favorite part of the job is the fast-past nature of every shift—no two days are ever quite the same, and Jenn loves to stay on her toes.

Along with her husband and three children, Jenn shares her home with a trio of loveable pets: Lilly, a rescued pit bull/boxer mix; a Labrador/Chow mix named Cooper; and a pit bull named Diesel. When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the clinic or doting on her own animal companions at home, Jenn enjoys attending concerts, watching her kids compete in their sporting events, and going on fun road trips with her family.

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Brittany Lindsey

Veterinary Assistant, Kennel Technician

Brittany grew up watching Animal Planet on television; seeing all of the dogs and cats in need sparked something in her that just wouldn’t quit. By the time she had entered middle school and started rescuing stray cats from around her neighborhood, it was clear that Brittany was destined to work with pets! Now, her journey has come full circle—she’s a proud member of the Dogwood Animal Hospital family.

Brittany is from Mitchell, Georgia and joined the team here at Dogwood Animal Hospital in the fall of 2016 as a Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Assistant. She currently attends Gwinnett Technical College and hopes to earn her Veterinary Technician’s Certification in the future!

Brittany lives in Winder with her cousin, a young Great Dane named Booger, and a Labrador puppy who goes by Marlow. When time permits between school and work, Brittany can be found cuddling up with her dogs at home with a good book in hand.

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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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