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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: "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: cooking, 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 Kaylee Perry
Dr Kaylee Perry grew up right here in Lilburn and graduated from Parkview High School. She was always interested in animal science and pursued that at UGa during her undergraduate years before attending veterinary school at the Royal Veterinary College in London, England for a year. Though she loved her time overseas, she knew home was calling and transferred to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine from where she graduated in 2015.
A love of animals has always been part of Dr Perry and she had many pets growing up from dogs and cats to frogs, turtles, lizards, and sea horses. It wasn't difficult to have such a love for a variety of pets since she grew up with one older brother, a father who studied as a marine biologist and a mother who also loved animals. She dreamed of becoming a veterinarian from the young age of 9, after she rehabilitated a pigeon that she found tangled in a ball of string in her yard. She dedicated the rest of her schooling working towards that goal. During her undergraduate years she also started working with the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. to raise and train puppies to be future service dogs. Dr. Perry enjoyed this so much, she continued this service at Auburn University.
Currently, she is proud to be a part of an eclectic family that including four sweet dogs and two cats! "Angel" is the eldest, a 17-year-old Toy Manchester Terrier, who still has some spunk! The second is "Tank", an 11-year-old boxer shown here, who still runs circles around everyone else! Ellie is an energetic Beagle mix who was adopted from the shelter and loves to snuggle and show off all her tricks! "Kendra" is a black lab and and retired Seeing Eye dog who is quiet and shy, but the most patient member of the family. The two sweet tabbies include "George", who was a "foster failure" and "Mr. Tilney" a loving stray who claimed his membership to the family during Dr. Perry's second year at vet school. Thankfully, all of the members of the family get along well together, but there is never a dull moment!
Dr Perry has a love for animal reproduction and exotic animals, especially reptiles. She has been striving to learn more about both reproduction and exotic animal medicine since her graduation. Dr Perry is also involved with Christian Veterinary Ministries and has had the opportunity to serve in several interesting locations through this ministry.
She is an advocate for the Georgia Aquarium, where she volunteers in her free time. Her favorite volunteer work is with sea turtle rehabilitation. Other things that Dr Perry enjoys in her free time includes: dancing, gardening and singing.
Dr Perry loves to make new friends, so please don't hesitate to stop in and say "Hi!".