Dr. Randy Prezzano is originally from a small town in the rural Hudson River valley region of New York. In 1991, Dr. Randy moved to Florida and attended theUniversity of Florida where he pursued his degree in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Randy received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida in May 2000. Dr. Randy's career as a practicing veterinarian led him first to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and then to Ocala, Florida where he remained in practice for 10 years. Four of those years were spent as a partner in a large veterinary hospital. Dr. Randy began his career in veterinary medicine more than 23 years ago when he became a kennel assistant in high school and now he has been led to practice ownership here in Dacula.
Dr. Randy and his wife, Dr. Destiny, have a beautiful daughter and adorable twin boys. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Randy's interests include fishing, hiking, gardening, and relaxing with his family.
Dr. Destiny Prezzano graduated cum laude in 2005 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She began practicing as a veterinarian along with her husband, Dr. Randy Prezzano, in a large, progressive companion animal hospital in Ocala, Florida. Dr. Destiny has a strong passion for veterinary medicine that began at age 16 when she served as a kennel assistant. She went on to serve in the veterinary profession as a kennel manager, receptionist, general technician and intensive care unit technician prior to becoming a veterinarian.
Dr. Destiny's time away from the hospital is spent with her three children, a daughter and twin boys. Dr. Destiny grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and enjoys many of the winter sports, especially figure skating. She also enjoys hiking, scrapbooking,and cooking.
Dr. Jennifer Winsor Coval serves as an associate doctor at Apalachee River Animal Hospital. She is a 2001 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She also attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Dr. Coval resides in Grayson, Georgia where she shares her home with her husband Mark, her son & daughter, her cats; Ariel, Addison, and Frankie; and her dog Poppy.
Dr. Jessica Bremer is a native of Atlanta, completing both her B.S. degree in Animal Science & her DVM degree at the University of Georgia, with honors both times. Becoming a veterinarian had been her dream since the age of six. Dr. Bremer started working in the veterinary field as a kennel assistant in 2007, eventually becoming a veterinary assistant until starting vet school in 2010. Dr. Bremer loves the diversity of general practice, but has a special interest in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery & client education.
Outside of work she & her husband Ryan like spending time outdoors camping, hiking and kayaking. They share their home with their 2 dogs Logan and Little Squirrel, and Baby Cat, who is aptly named because he showed up at their home as a feral kitten and picked them to be his parents.
The rest of our team includes:
Christine Austin, CVPM - Hospital Administrator
I have been in the Veterinary field for over 25 years, starting out in NJ as a RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician). I received my B.S. Degree in Biology with a minor in business form West Virginia University. I went into Practice Management after graduation, and went on to receive my CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager) credentials in 2005 (the 1st in GA!) The blend of client, patient, staff and veterinary interaction is what makes my job challenging and rewarding. Every day is different. I have 3 cats, an Australian Shepard, and a husband and 12 year old son that keep me busy and happy.
Marsha Ballard - Veterinary Technician
I have been in the veterinary field since 1996 and have spent 13 of those years working in emergency medicine and ICU. I have been a part of the team at Apalachee River Animal Hospital for almost 7 years as a R.V.T. The most rewarding part of my job is being able to build relationships with our patients and their owners. When I’m not working, I spend all of my spare time with my 4 horses riding and training.
Veronica Pietras - Veterinary Technician, Nutritional Consultant
I grew up in NJ, and moved to Georgia 4 years ago from Florida with my husband, our dog Oakley, and cat Sterling. I briefly strayed from the field of veterinary medicine twice, but my heart always led me back to the profession I love. I have a special interest in feline medicine but also cannot resist the unconditional love of a dog. In my free time I go camping with my husband & dog, Oakley. Sterling prefers staying at home and cuddling up with me & a good book
Theresa Brantly - Veterinary Technician
Theresa has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years, working as a Veterinary Technician in every capacity, from emergency medicine, specialty & alternative medicine, and small animal medicine. Theresa is also competes with her dogs on a world class professional level in Agility, Disc Dog, and Dock Dog events. She shares her home with her SEVEN dogs and husband Kevin.
Brandi Wilson - Registered Veterinary Technician
Brandi joined our team in the spring of 2016.
Growing up I've always had a love for animals. I entered the veterinary field in 2008. I then decided to take my careeer to the next level & received my degree & became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2013. The following summer my husband Ryan, our cat Carl & I moved from Wisconsin to Georgia. I am beyond thrilled that ARAH & I found each other; I couldn't ask for a better hospital to work for or a better staff to be a part of. Most of my time is dedicated to my work & animals, but when I do have free time my husband Ryan & I enjoy grilling & entertaining friends. This is Carls favorite activity too because he LOVES attention & insists on sitting in anyone's lap that will pet or feed him!
Melissa Bires - Registered Veterinary Technician
Melissa graduated with honors from the Gwinnett Tech Veterinary Technician Programs class of 2016 and successfully passed her VTNE to receive her RVT credentials.
I am so excited to begin my career in such a top notch veterinary practice that strives to provide the highest standard of compassionate care! My husband and I are recent empty nesters with 2 sons that graduated from Georgia Tech. We are looking forward to enjoying more time together in the great outdoors going hiking and backpacking.
Josette Greider - Technician Assistant, Nutritional Consultant
My husband Jacob and I have 7 animals. Five cats (Mac, Marley, Mila, Stevie, and Poe) and two pitties (Gryffindor and Ravenclaw). All of which are spoiled rotten. I started working at Apalachee River Animal Hospital in August of 2012. Even after all this time, I still enjoy coming into work every single day because I absolutely love what I do! Our doctors & staff genuinely care about every single patient that walks in the door. Their passion definitely shows in their work, and with the lives they touch.
Caitlin Hosford - Technician Assistant
I have grown up in a family that has more animals than it does people! Starting with my pets, my passion for animals has grown and driven me to pursue a career in veterinary practice. I have recently graduated from The University of Georgia with a bachelors degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in biology. My long term goal is to apply to Veterinary school and become a veterinarian as good as the ones working here at Apalachee River Animal Hospital. Additional to being a Technician Assistant, I braid horses manes for hunter-jumper shows. I am very thankful to be able to surround myself with animals on a daily basis.
Susan Maka, Technician Assistant
"I have been working in the veterinary field for the past 4 years, 3 years in animal shelter work and one year at a veterinary practice in Mississippi. After working as an EMT for 3 years I decided that working with animals was my passion, and have never looked back! I have 3 dogs; Lula, and 8 year old Rat Terrier mix, Hallie, a 4 year old Cocker Spaniel mix, and Bogart, my 3 year old Chihuahua.
Blair Barbato - Customer Care Representative
I was born and raised right here in the Dacula area. I reside in Winder with my loving husband, and our two beautiful children (10 year-old son and 4 year-old daughter). We have two dogs Roxy and Odin. I have been in this industry since 2006, and I have an extreme love for animals. I have been at ARAH since June 2008, and in my experience, I have never worked for a more exceptional, compassionate, or thorough group of doctors and staff. I couldn’t ask for a better job, and I look forward to many more years serving the Dacula area.
Mickey Nuzzo - Customer Care Representative
After 29 years as a veterinary receptionist it still surprises me how much I love what I do. I started as a part time receptionist in 1985 at a large animal hospital in New Jersey. After 18 years we decided to move to Florida where I continued in this field for another 10 years. Just recently we moved to Georgia to be near family and that is what brought me to ARAH. As a new team member to this exceptional animal hospital I look forward to many more years working at a job I love coming to everyday.
Alyssa Toner, Customer Care Representative
I was born and raised in a small town in Massachusetts, and moved here to Dacula a few years ago with my dog Kato and two cats, Gabrielle & Jasper. Ever since I was a child I have known I wanted to be in the veterinary field, and my life has always revolved around animals. As a new team member, I am thoroughly excited to begin my journey into this field here at Apalachee River Animal Hospital!"
Esther Balta, Customer Care Representative
After spending most of my life in the north Georgia area, I now live in Grayson with my dog Oliver, and my two cats Geneva & Twig. I fell in love with the animal healthcare industry after working closely with rescue organizations in 2011 and have never looked back. It's a joy for me to be a part of the Apalachee River Animal Hospital team in keeping our patients as happy and healthy as I can!
Jennifer Hernandez - Customer Care Representative, Kennel Care Counselor
I grew up in Loganville and now live in Winder with my two dogs, Charlie and Bentley, and my cat, Peanut. Working with animals is my passion. Since joining the team at Apalachee River Animal Hospital I have decided to make it my career. I truly enjoy my job here as a receptionist and kennel counselor. My roles give me the opportunity to build relationships and make connections with not only the clients but also their pets.
Caroline Poe - Kennel Care Counselor, Technician Assistant
I grew up in the area and have always loved all animals. I live with horses, dogs, cats, cows & chickens so I spend much of my time with animals. I really enjoy working in the kennel at Apalachee River Animal Hospital because I get to comfort and care for others loved ones while they are here.
Reagan Reese, Kennel Counselor
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"Beginning my veterinary science career working alongside the Apalachee team is an amazing experience. Currently I have two rescue dogs, Wilbur & Mela. In my free time I enjoy camping, hiking, swimming and volunteering for the Georgia SPCA. I hope to continue with the career I love in animal science. "
Laura Cooper - Groomer
Laura has been with Apalachee River Animal Hospital since 2012, but has been grooming for over 25 years! "I enjoy making peoples pets look and feel their best.
Being a part of the team at Apalachee River Animal Hospital is particularly rewarding because I can rely on the entire staff in making the dogs and cats I groom get the best care from head to toe.