Dr. Tara Zak

Dr. Zak is a 1995 UGA graduate living in the Hamilton Mill community. She shares her home with her 2 sons, Briggs and Brandon; as well as her 3 dogs, Maggie & Murray (Parti Standard Poodles) and Taco (Chihuahua). In her spare time, she can be found barking at the Dawgs in Athens or on the tennis courts. She is also a proud supporter of Mill Creek Athletics, as her sons play lacrosse and soccer.

Judi Jackson

Office Manager

Krysti Shaw


Krysti started in the veterinary field over 21yrs ago; working as kennel manager in high school, progressing to technician for 10 years and finally settling in her favorite position as front desk receptionist as it allows her to interact with clients and their pets. She still loves the opportunity to help when needed in the back though. Krysti lives in Gainesville with her boyfriend and a pack of dogs and cats. When not at the hospital she can be found at a dog show where she participates with her French Briards; Arya, Mirabella and Raven.

Melissa Trent

Veterinary Technician

Melissa began working in the veterinary field during high school and is one of the technicians who helped open the clinic with Dr. Zak. She lives in Dacula with her husband Cecil and their son, Jeremy. They have 3 dogs, Jacoby, Jaxon, and Boston, as well as 2 cats, Jet and Josey. She is passionate about the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox!

Shelby Gilbreath

Veterinary Technician

Shelby is a recent college graduate hoping to attend veterinary school in the fall. She lives in Jefferson and has two dogs, Miller and Elvis. She loves to paint custom pet portraits in her free time and enjoys interacting with the clients and pets!

Jannett Lopez

Kennel Assistant

Briggs Bishop

Kennel Assistant

Briggs has officially worked for Hamilton Plaza for the 2 years as a kennel assistant. He is currently a senior at Mill Creek High School where he excels in academics and on the lacrosse field. In his free time he enjoys lacrosse, fishing, and boating with his friends.

Dee Frady


Dee is one of our groomers and has been grooming for over 20 years. She loves the relationship she has with her grooming clients and their pets. Dee is originally from Florida but now lives locally with her son, Jace. They have a cat named Cappuccino and a hamster. In her spare time, Dee enjoys going to estate sales and spending time with her son.

Elaina Alvarez


Elaina lives locally with her three beautiful girls and three rescue kitties. Her spare time is kept busy keeping up with her daughters and finishing her degree in college.

Vickie Mcaulay