Our Team

Dr. Melissa Teeples

Dr. Melissa Teeples

Dr. Teeples is originally from Tallassee, Alabama. She attended Auburn University for her undergraduate and DVM degrees, graduating in 1986 and 1989, respectively. Dr. Teeples was initially motivated to a career in the veterinary field by her love for animals and a thirst for knowledge. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, she worked in veterinary hospitals as a receptionist, kennel worker, and veterinary technician—so she knows the veterinary field from all angles! Dr. Teeples relishes making a difference in her patient’s well-being, and her areas of interest include general medicine, internal medicine, and nutrition. She is a current member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Teeples has been with her husband, John, since 1985, and they have two grown children who reside in Denver, Colorado. Her fur family consists of Cinderella, the perfect Chihuahua; Simone, a Jack Russell with endless energy; Brenda, an athletic mixed breed; and Kevin, a Border Collie mix who goes to work every day at John’s contracting business. The three bigger dogs run daily with their dad, but Cinderella enjoys more of a leisurely lifestyle. In her free time, Dr. Teeples enjoys hiking and traveling.

Dr. Rae Harris

Dr. Rae Harris

Dr. Harris grew up in Columbus, GA, and earned her DVM degree from the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating Cum Laude in 2019. Prior to attending veterinary school, she spent five years working as a veterinary assistant at Paws Humane and 2nd Avenue Animal Hospital. Dr. Harris loves the opportunity to dive into a challenging surgery or work up a complicated case, and she cherishes the opportunity to make a difference not just in the lives of her patients and clients, but the community as a whole. She’s a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and is particularly interested in soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Harris’ fiancee Anna-Claire works with Animal SOS in Columbus, and their love of animals is evident by their fabulous fur family of nine dogs: seven chihuahua mixes and two pittie mixes! She has had two of them, Pinky and Chloe, since they were born, and they’re now 16 and 12 years old. When she’s not working, Dr. Harris loves to be outdoors in the woods or on the water—hiking, mountain biking, boating, and fishing.

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