Meet The Staff

Dr. Ashley Tharp

Veterinarian/Practice Owner

Dr. Ashley Tharp is the owner of Four Paws Animal Hospital. She grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia, is a graduate of Milton High School and Emory University. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She lives in North Fulton with her husband and three children. The Tharp family has two dogs and four cats.

She is an active supporter of Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, HERO Rescue, and Releash Rescue and is a foster for Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue and Trust. She has provided veterinary care for hundreds of dogs and cats that have been saved by these rescue organizations.

She has one very spoiled Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named Jessie, who comes to work with her every day. 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. Ally Whalen

Veterinarian

Dr. Ally Whalen 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 husband, Jonathan, are parents to two very spoiled rescue cats, Punky and George, and a rescue dog named Winnie. 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.

Dr. Alexa Howard

Veterinarian

Dr. Alexa Howard was born and raised in Charleston, SC, graduated from Porter-Gaud high-school, and attend UGA, where she obtained her bachelor's in biological sciences. Dr. Howard earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from UGA in 2019. Her professional interests include shelter medicine, nutrition, and endocrinology.

Dr. Howard and her husband, Jason, are parents to two rescue dogs, Layla and Ryder. In her free time, Dr. Howard loves exercising, painting, and exploring Atlanta restaurants. Dr. Howard is also a huge UGA football fan! She loves cheering on her Dawgs, and you can always find her in red and black during football season!

Office Staff

Pam Petrakovich

Pam Petrakovich

Practice Manager

Pam has been a member at Four Paws since December 2017. She is from Columbus, Ga. Pam and her husband Steve have two children Joshua and Ariel. Pam is also a fur mom of 3 rescue dogs, Cider, Wren and Rodger and Yeti (her cool cat!) She has always loved animals from a very young age, they are truly her passion. When she's not at work she and her husband and daughter love to do competitive shooting and spending quality time with their family and pets.
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.

Michelle Kern

Michelle Kern

Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

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

Jennifer DeFoor

Receptionist

Jennifer has been with Four Paws since December 2017. Jennifer is a Georgia native, growing up in Cumming. She is a UGA alum and is the mother of two boys. She has been in the veterinary world for the past 8 years. In addition, she has 2 canine fur babies of her own and enjoys seeing and taking care of everyone else's every day.
Candace Manswell

Candace Manswell

Receptionist

Candace joined our Four Paws family in 2019. Born and raised in Queens, NY, Candace has always had a passion for animals. She's worked as a Petcare associate prior to working for our clinic. She is a mother of one beautiful little girl, 2 fur babies, Diamond and Kane, and a leopard gecko named Spyro. She's currently enrolled in school to continue her education in the veterinary field.
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.
Selena Mejia

Selena Mejia

Veterinary Assistant

Selena has been a member of the Four Paws family since March of 2016. She first started as a kennel attendant then worked her way up to Veterinary Assistant. Selena is currently in school to be a labor and delivery nurse. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and attending different music festivals.
Danasia Oakley

Danasia Oakley

Veterinary Assistant

Jessica Savitt

Jessica Savitt

Veterinary Assistant

Jessie Tankersly

Jessie Tankersly

Veterinary Assistant

Tyner Stanton

Tyner Stanton

Animal Caretaker

Tyner has been a member of the Four Paws team since March 2017. He previously worked with animals on a small farm before joining the team. In December of 2018, he rescued a very sweet Australian Shepherd named Joon that came into our clinic. In his spare time, he enjoys working on computers and swimming. Tyner has built his experience with animals while working at a horse farm and spent his entire life around animals.
Ayanna Burgard

Ayanna Burgard

Animal Caretaker

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3571 Peachtree Pky, Suwanee, GA 30024

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