Dr. Younker, CEO
Dr. Mike Younker graduated from The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. He and his wife and three girls have made Fayetteville home for all these years. He started LaFayette Center Animal Hospital in 1987 and this hospital merged with Huntington Creek Animal Hospital in 2008 to become Fayette Veterinary Medical Center.
Dr. Younker joined with several other of the shareholder veterinarians to purchase property and start Southern Crescent Animal Emergency Clinic in 2001. Upon building the facility and putting together the organization, the new board of directors made Dr. Younker the Hospital Director and now is CEO as we move forward with the expansion into an emergency and specialty center.
Dr. Younker loves veterinary medicine, both the practice and the business aspects. He enjoys mentoring young people who are interested in the profession at any level. A past president of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Younker has served on several boards. Even though he is nearing the typical age of retirement, he is more motivated than ever to see improvements and strides in veterinary medicine and desires to leave the practice of veterinary medicine on the south side of Atlanta in great shape for generations to come.
Dr. Brogdon, Director of Specialty Medicine
Dr. Dan Brogdon received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Georgia in 1978. He attended graduate school and completed an ophthalmology residency and obtained a Master’s degree in comparative ophthalmology at the University of Illinois from 1983 to 1986. He attended the Basic Eye Course at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California in 1985. Dr. Brogdon is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and his Master’s degree involved the study of corneal healing and epithelial growth factors.
Dr. Brogdon retired from the US Army as a Colonel where he served as the United States’ military only board certified veterinary ophthalmologist . Dr Brogdon also is board certified in the American college of veterinary preventive medicine (ACVPM). His assignments included clinical, research and command positions both in America and overseas.
Dr. Brogdon has founded and operated multiple specialty hospitals throughout Georgia and Florida.
Dr. Brogdon has authored numerous articles and is a popular speaker providing continuing education in the area of veterinary ophthalmology. He is active in organized veterinary medicine at the local, state and national level.
Dr. Wheat, Director of ICU
Dr. Wheat graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Loving emergency medicine, she started her journey with us and has been here ever since. Though currently the Director of Emergency Medicine, she still enjoys her time on the floor with our wonderful patients, clients, and staff. In addition to cats and dogs, Dr. Wheat has special interest in pocket pets and reptiles. Dr. Wheat is currently president elect of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. She has a special interest in a more global approach to the future of veterinary medicine. When not caring for her patients, she is the mother of 2 beautiful children, and many family pets. She loves to read, and spend time traveling with her family.
Dr. Pullin, Director of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Pullin joined SCAE in September 2013 following graduation from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include internal medicine, cardiology, and neurology. Dr. Pullin particularly enjoys the variety of emergency medicine and helping those in need. Her hobbies include traveling, tennis, and swimming. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, two boys, dog, and cat.
Kingslea Thompson, Practice Manager
Kingslea joined SAVES in 2017 as the Practice Manager. With a degree in Healthcare Administration from Auburn University, she has always seen the need for bridging the two worlds of medicine and hospitality. She grew up debating Veterinary school, but in the end, she more enjoyed the rewarding challenges of leadership, problem solving, and customer service. Her hope in this position is to equip the staff at SAVES to create an unbreakable bond with every pet owner, referring veterinarian, and coworker.
Kingslea and her husband live in Fayette County with their energetic German Shorthaired Pointer, Oakleigh. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and eating Chick-Fil-A. She is honored to join the team at South Atlanta Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center.
Christina, Administrative Assistant
Christina has been with SCAEC since our doors opened in 2001. She started as a technician with 26 years’ experience in veterinary medicine, and her affection for her patients was something to be admired. Throughout her years at SCAEC she has become a registered veterinary technician, and has assumed the position of Office Manager. She enjoys wildlife rehabilitation in addition to helping our many pets. She likes to cross stitch, crochet, knit, and quilt while sitting outside watching her chickens and ducks. She is married with 2 step kids and 1 son. She has 19 cats, 5 dogs, pigeons, doves, a horse, ducks, guineas, quails and over 200 chickens. Stay tuned for updates!
Robyn, Administrative Assistant
Robyn joined our practice in 2007 as a veterinary technician. As her time here grew she began using other talents to help the practice and is now in charge of all inventory, maintenance and assisting management. She earned a degree in Psychology and Art therapy from Barat College of DePaul University in Chicago but has always had a passion for helping animals. She has a special place in her heart for bulldogs of all kinds and is a proud parent of a French bulldog named Meredith. She enjoys spending time with her 2 beautiful daughters as well as 3 cats including a 3 legged cat named Jack Sparrow.