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Meet Dr Nancy Buchinski
Dr Nancy Buchinski knew as a very young child that she wanted to take care of and work with animals.Growing up Dr Buchinski's family always had pets-dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, turtles. But, this was especially true while her family was living in Louisiana while her father was stationed there in the Army. In that area it was not at all unusual for pets to be abandoned. These dogs and cats frequently ended up at her family's home. Frequently the females that showed up were unspayed and pregnant. Due to this there was often a litter of kittens as well as a litter of puppies needing care. She often experienced kittens nursing on dogs and puppies nursing from cats and learned at an early age about the care animals needed and the love they shared. The family would take care for the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens and when ready work to find homes for all of them. This early exposure awakened a wish to work with and help animals and headed Dr Buchinski to vet school at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia.
Dr Buchinski was born in Kansas while traveling around the world. She loved the Army "brat" lifestyle which gave her lots of chances to both see different places and to meet new people. She attended Clemson University for her undergraduate studies in Zoology before making the move to Athens, Georgia for Veterinary School from where she graduated with her veterinary degree in 1989 with surgical honors. Mountain Park Animal Hospital became her new home right out of school when she joined the previous owners as an associate veterinarian. In 1997 she and her husband Joseph took over as owners of Mountain Park. As both owner and veterinarian at Mountain Park Animal Hospital she stays very busy. Ownership is both a challenge and a source of enjoyment to Dr Buchinski. She loves working up medicine cases and performing surgeries while thriving on getting to know her extended family-the owners and pets that visit her practice. She loves being able to hand out snuggles, hugs and love to her patients while working to keep them healthy and to heal them.
Her family includes two adult sons, Adam and Alec, who have grown up with the animal hospital being part of their lives. Of course, love of animals has been passed on to both sons. It is not surprising that the Buchinski home is filled with animals and animal love. When not seeing patients and their owners at the hospital Nancy enjoys both giving and receiving lots of affection from her human children and her four-legged children. Currently the house contains 2 dogs and 3 cats-all of whom get along amazingly well. "Sadie" is a petite, sweet chocolate Labrador-cross who was abandoned at the animal hospital as a scrawny puppy and needed a "forever" home. "Rocky" is a very handsome (and he knows it) Boxer that came to Dr Buchinski as a 2 year old in need of a new family. He loves to try to be a lap dog and give and receive as much love as possible. The cat children include: "Sophie" and beautiful and calm spotted brown tabby cat that loves to groom her dogs, "Gracie" a foundling that was brought into the hospital and was bottle fed and raised by Alec, and "Little Bit", a black and white cat that is the newest addition as a tiny kitten and still a bit shy.
When she has free time Dr Buchinski enjoys: gardening, exercising, reading, needlepoint and spending time with friends and family.
Meet Dr Gari-Anne Jerry Austin
Dr Jerry grew up surrounded by a plethora of pets including: dogs, gerbil, a rabbit , guinea pigs, frog and toads. As a young child she assisted her aunt who raised German Shepherds and ran a boarding kennel. Inspired by the stories of James Herriot and a love for learning about animals and their care, she embarked on the road to vet school.
Since graduating from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, Dr Jerry has practiced general medicine, surgery and dentistry on cats and dogs. She has a special interest in toy breeds and Feline Immunodeficiency positive (FIV +) cats, but is comfortable with large breed dogs as well.
In addition to "Crazy Aunt Mary" with all the German Shepherds, Dr Jerry is surrounded by her 4-legged children: "Frannie" a 4 1/2 pound feisty Toy Fox Terrier and watchdog extraordinaire, "Dexter" a chihuahua and assistant watchdog, "George" a chihuahua-mix who was rescued after being hit by a car, "Al" and "Patches"- FIV + cats and "Tippy" the cat whose job it is to exercise the dogs.
When the work day is over, and the pets are fed and cared for, Dr Jerry relaxes by reading (fiction-especially historical romance), practicing yoga, dancing (Cajun and line dancing are favorites) and walking. You can often find Dr Jerry walking at Mountain Park Park on her lunch hour.
Meet Dr Susan Leck
From the tender age of 5, Dr Leck knew that she wanted to be an animal doctor. Being able to help animals, heal them, and keep them happy and healthy is what she loves to do. She treats a variety of pets, including dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, sugar gliders, hedgehogs and pet birds. She feels that all pets are family members and deserve veterinary care, from the smallest mouse to the largest Great Dane. Dr Leck enjoys the challenge of soft tissue surgery and working up internal medicine cases.
Dr Leck was born in Trenton, New Jersey (although she has no memory of her time there); she grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma (and vividly remembers hiding in a closet under the stairs during tornado warnings); and moved to Tucker, Georgia at the age of 17. She attended the University of Georgia working toward a Zoology degree before being accepted early into the College of Veterinary Medicine at UGA. After four years of veterinary training, Dr Leck graduated Cum Laude with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1991. A major milestone in her career was becoming a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Canine and Feline Practice form 1998 through 2008, an achievement very few veterinarians accomplish. Dr Susan Leck joined Mountain Park Animal Hospital in 2007 and is glad to have become a part of this AAHA accredited hospital.
Through the years Dr Leck has owned hermit crabs, gerbils, chinchillas, guinea pigs, a finch, a white capped Pionus parrot and cockatiels. She cannot imagine life without a dog, and has been a pet parent to Miniature Schnauzers, Yorkies, a Lhasa-poo and a Maltese. Dr Leck's current furred and feathered family members include an elderly Cockatiel named Elmo born in 1991, and a cranky Cockatiel named Kes who was born in 1995. The house is ruled by a sassy Yorkshire Terrier named MJ and constant cuddling is demanded by a loving Maltese named Smidgeon. Allergic family members prevent the addition of any feline companions in the home.
In her time away from work, Dr Leck enjoys going to the beach or the mountains, shopping, reading, listening to music, watching movies and spending time with her family. She has also been active in two animal rescue groups: Cats in the Cradle and Schnauzer Love Rescue.