Meet the Staff

Dr. Ashley Tharp

Dr. Ashley Tharp

Veterinarian/Practice Owner

Dr. Ashley Tharp is the owner of Four Paws Animal Hospital.  She has lived in Georgia since 1984 and grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia. She is a 1994 graduate of Milton High School in Alpharetta. She graduated from Emory University in 1997 with a bachelor of arts in history. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She was an associate veterinarian in the Cumming area prior to buying Four Paws. She has been married since 1998 and lives in North Fulton with her husband and three children. The Tharp family currently has five dogs and two cats. She has one very spoiled Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Jessie who comes to work with her every day.  
She is an active supporter of dog and cat rescue groups, and is a foster for Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue and Trust. She is also a supporter of Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, and has provided veterinary care for hundreds of dogs and cats that have been saved by that particular rescue organization. Her activities and interests outside of work include long distance running, playing with her kids, trips to Disney World, UGA and Dallas Cowboys football, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Dr. Jaime Cho

Dr. Jamie ChoAssociate Veterinarian

Dr. Jaime Cho is an Alpharetta native and attended The University of Georgia where she received her undergraduate degree and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include surgery, internal medicine, dentistry, dermatology, and behavior medicine. She is an active member of Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Cho is wife to Eric and mother to their four legged animal, a Jack Russell Terrier mix named Iris. When she is not here at the hospital, her passions include cooking, traveling, cheering for the UGA football team, and playing outdoor sports with her friends and family. Her most recent interest has been playing golf alongside her husband. Dr. Cho’s competitive yet compassionate nature is what has allowed her to challenge and push herself professionally to learn the best veterinary medicine and offer the highest quality care to her four legged patients.

Dr. Ally Whalen

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Ally Whalen has been a member of the Four Paws team since June 2017. She is from Acworth, GA. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Emory University and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The University of Georgia. Knowing early in her academic career her true passion for animals, Dr. Whalen started working for various veterinary clinics as a kennel and veterinary assistant in high school. Dr. Whalen and her finace, Jonathan are parents to two very spoiled rescue cats, Punky and George. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Whalen is eager and excited to offer high quality veterinary care to the furry members of your family. 

Tom Bagwell

Tom BagwellPractice Manager  

Tom has been a member of the Four Paws team since February 2016. Tom grew up in Cumming and attended South Forsyth High School where his interest in Veterinary Medicine began. He grew up with horses, dogs, and cats. He has worked with a variety of animals over the years. He currently lives in Cumming with his 3 dogs. His family also has a horse that they rescued in 1989. In his free time, Tom enjoys photography, horseback riding, hiking, road trips, traveling to new places, home improvements, and spending time with his 4 legged children. Tom is a member of the Georgia Veterinary Managers Association. 

Kim Brown

Kim Brown

Kennel Manager

Kim has been a member of the Four Paws team since 2012.  She was born in Madrid, Spain where her father was stationed in the military. She loves to travel to different places and meet new people. Kim loves to dance, sing, cook, loves animals and spending time with her family. Her favorite color is blue. Kim attended John Jay High School, in San Antonio, Texas.   She has always had a love for animals and really wanted to work with them. Kim now lives in Lawrenceville with her twin daughters and has four dogs. Kim is now doing what she has always wanted to do, work with animals and keep learning more about them.

Maryanne Watts

Maryann WattsVeterinary Assistant

Maryanne has been part of the Four Paws team since June 2015, but has been a client of Dr. Tharp's since the opening of the practice. She has pursued her love of animals with a Bachelor in Animal Science, raising a puppy for the Guide Dog Foundation named Baldwin, and snuggling with her corgis. 

Sierra Alligood

Sierra Alligood

Veterinary Assistant

Sierra has been a member of the Four Paws team since August 2014. She enjoys caring for and playing with the animals while they are boarding. She was recently promoted from Animal Caretaker to Veterinary Assistant and is looking forward to furthering her education in the veterinary field.

Bailey Hallock

Veterinary Assitant

Bailey has been a member of the Four Paws team since July 2017.

Zac Pailet

Veterinary Assistant

Zac has been a member of the Four Paws team since July 2017. 

Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown

Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Michelle has been a member of the Four Paws team since May 2015.  She is from Knoxville, Tennessee and has a Communications Degree from the University of Tennessee.  She is a mother of 3 children, 2 cats and 1 amazingly handsome bulldog. She was previously a client and her love for animals brought her to Four Paws. 

Mel Gentry

Mel PachecoReceptionist

Mel has been a member of the Four Paws team since the summer of 2013. She is currently in school working towards an Associate's Degree in Business Management. She enjoys Pilates, cooking, dancing, and spending time with her husband, Matt, and her two cats, Snarfred and Pants.

MeConya Bivens

Receptionist
MeConya Bivens

MeConya has been a member of Four Paws since 2010. She is originally from Alabama. She has also been a Massage Therapist for several years. She is a mother of 2 children. She love to travel, puppies, and riding motorcycles. MeConya has enjoyed learning so much about veterinary medicine while working at Four Paws. 

Katelyn Anderson

Receptionist

Katelyn has been a member of the Four Paws team since September 2016. She grew up in Stone Mountain and recently graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Anthropology. Katelyn has two cats Chompy and Mr. Kitty and one dog named Chester. She loves traveling, running, camping, and spending time with her family. 

Selena Mejia

Selena Mejia


Animal Caretaker

Selena has been a member of the Four Paws team since March 2016. She is a full time student at Georgia Gwinnett College. Selena is orginally from Yuma, Arizona before moving to Georgia. In her free time she enjoys being with her two dogs, dancing, and attending festivals. Selena also enjoys traveling. 

Tyner Stanton

Animal Caretaker

Tyner has been a member of the Four Paws team since March 2017.