Emergency Team


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Dr. McIntire is a 1985 graduate from the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine. Early in her career she practiced emergency medicine and since 2006 has come back to it. Reading and attending continuing education sessions to keep current with standards of care keeps her busy and satisfies her love of learning. Dr. McIntire and her husband, Scott have been married since 1987. They have one daughter, two sons, one dog and two cats. Her spare time is spent with her family, garden and reading books.

Chris Johnson, DVM

DrJohnson-240x300.jpgDr. Chris Johnson attended undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri. In 1994, he graduated from veterinary school. He moved to Atlanta in 1995 and has practiced as a day practitioner and emergency clinician. He has been married for 19 years and has three children. Dr. Johnson enjoys running and racquetball, and his hobbies include collecting action figures, and enjoying show tunes.

Brigid Burns, DVM


Dr. Burns completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia in 2014, then graduated from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2018. As an Atlanta native, she is excited to be home after 8 years! She enjoys the fast pace of emergency medicine, as well as the connections she makes with her clients. She also has a particular interest in feline medicine, and likes to make her feline patients feel as comfortable as possible during their visit. Dr. Burns lives in Inman Park with her fiance, David, and enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, and cheering on the Dawgs and Atlanta United. 

Brittany Sanders, DVM


Dr. Sanders is 2018 graduate from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sanders moved to Georgia with her dog, Melody. Her hobbies include bouldering, running, and fencing.

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Christy, Registered Veterinary Technician 

CRChristy began her career in veterinary medicine over 20 years ago. She became a registered technician in 2007 and has been furthering her education by attending conferences and online courses. She has cared for patients in many different types of emergencies in her years of working in this field and her sympathy, compassion and nursing expertise is an invaluable asset. She also enjoys raising injured and orphaned wildlife in her spare time. She has been married for 25 years, has 2 children, 3 dogs and 8 chickens. In her free time, she enjoys gardening.

Vonnie, Registered Veterinary Technician 

VCVonnie began her career in veterinary medicine in 1979. She became registered in 2007, and has continued in her career with a true heart. She loves her cases as much today as she did the first day she walked in the doors of an animal hospital. She has a special talent with fearful or anxious patients, having a calming effect on them. This allows them to be treated without stress. She loves goats as well as her 9 year old pit bull named Keepher.

Corinne, Registered Veterinary Technician 

CECorinne graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh in 2014 with a desire to go into emergency medicine. She has since become a Registered Veterinary Technician and is now fulfilling her lifelong passion of caring for animals. She has been a volunteer with a local rescue group since 2008 and continues to volunteer in her spare time. Her compassionate nature and upbeat attitude have been a valuable asset for the working environment. She enjoys reading and being outdoors, especially traveling to the mountains and camping. She has taken an interest in wildlife rehabilitation. She currently owns one dog, Jax, 4 chickens, and an ever-changing 20 gallon fish tank.

Mary, Registered Veterinary Technician

MSMary joined the SAVES Emergency team in the summer of 2016. She has worked in day practice for the last 3 years after graduating from Gwinnett Technical College and becoming a registered technician in 2013. She thoroughly enjoys the diversity of cases and the challenges they present since joining the SAVES team. In her spare time Mary likes to paint, sew and pretend she has time for Pinterest projects. She has two 13 year old Labrador Retrievers and three spunky kitties that rule her and her husband’s lives.

Trish, Registered Veterinary Technician

TITricia began her veterinary technician career in 2001. She attended UCONN and SCSU and studied animal science and biology. She joined SAVES in February 2016 after moving from Connecticut. Her career has allowed her to work in many specialties such as oncology, internal medicine, critical care, surgery, neurology, and cardiology. With her wide base of veterinary technician knowledge, she brings a lot of experience and ability to share that knowledge and experience. In her free time she is enjoying down time with her family and hanging out with the dogs on the farm.

Mikayla, Registered Veterinary Technician 


Mikayla joined our team September of 2017. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh in 2017 and is currently studying for her boards to be a registered veterinary technician. Mikayla also works at Cat Care of Fayette, where she gets to work on exotics and our feline friends. Mikayla enjoys phlebotomy and running our lab work. She is the proud mom to two pups Jasper and Max, and a cat named Lily who she rescued. When Mikayla is not caring for your pets she likes to travel, hike, and hang out with friends.

Veterinary Technicians

Hannah, Veterinary Technician 

HHannah graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of West Georgia, before having a change in interest and pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. She is currently enrolled in the RVT program, so that she can become a Registered Veterinary Technician. When not working, Hannah spends her time with her two quirky cats, Jezebel and Dinah, and her sweet Labrador retriever, Cate. She enjoys working with all animals, but has a particular interest in exotics and wildlife. Some of her hobbies include nature photography, spoiling her adorable godchildren, reading, archery, spending time with her friends and family, and getting her very special cats out of the awkward positions they find themselves in.

Paige, Veterinary Technician

PAPaige joined the SAVES team in early 2016. After moving from the big city of Las Vegas, she soon learned that her passion would involve caring for animals. She has since begun studying to become a Registered Veterinary Technician where she plans to further her knowledge in emergency medicine. An advocate for the “bully breeds”, she owns a loving Pit Bull Terrier named Gracie. In her free time she enjoys reading, catching up on the latest Netflix shows, and spending time with family and friends. Paige hopes her time in veterinary medicine will help make an impact on the public and speaking up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.

Cristi, Veterinary Technician

CMCristi began her veterinary medicine career 20 years ago. After being a stay at home mom for 10 years, she has now returned to the workforce with some familiar faces by joining our practice in 2016. Cristi has always had a love in caring for animals. In her free time she enjoys being with her family, going to Lake Hartwell, and watching baseball and football.

Erin, Veterinary Technician 

ELErin began working at SAVES Center in August 2016. She has been in the veterinary field for over 15 years. in her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors and anything that comes along with that. Erin also enjoys rescuing wildlife and spending time with her family.

Nathan, Veterinary Technician 

NRNathan has been with SAVES for several years now. He has always had a passion for animals. He started with a goal to explore the possibility of becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine, but has since decided to pursue a career in human medicine. The care and compassion he shows to every patient he assists in treating are a huge asset to SAVES. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys biking and spending time outdoors. He is the parent of a cat named Sloan and a German Short Haired Pointer named Benny.


Ryan, Veterinary Technician 

Ryan fell in love with animals at a young age. Her mother worked as a technician for a hospital in Atlanta. She would often go to work with her and spend hours playing with the animals. When she turned 16 she began working at the same hospital. She worked her way up from kennel assistant to technician and after a few years was offered a position on the critical care and emergency team. She worked the overnights and attended college and eventually transferred to the University of North Georgia. After going back and forth about a veterinary degree or a nursing degree, Ryan decided her place was and always will be in veterinary medicine. Ryan is passionate about her role in veterinary nursing. She is currently working on her licensed veterinary technician degree and would love to one day specialize in emergency and critical care. In 2018, Ryan became a mom to a beautiful baby boy named, Liam. 

Robin, Veterinary Technician 



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