Don’t let the accent- or the lack thereof fool you. Dr. Jeff Legato was born in Georgia and grew up in the Athens area. His original degree was in geology, which he sorta-kinda-maybe used while he worked at a research lab for fifteen years. Sometime during that era, he began riding and showing horses; this led to his decision to switch careers. He started Veterinary school at (gulp) the age of forty!! After graduation from UGA in 2005 and an internship in Sunset, Louisiana, he was an equine vet in Greenville, North Carolina until the crash of 2008. He moved his family back to Georgia in 2009 and spent two years doing relief work until a full-time position opened in Norcross. He commuted there for over seven years. The opportunity to have his own clinic close to home was too good to pass up- he is now happy to be here at Sycamore! Shelly (his wife) is certainly happy that he’s no longer on the road! He also has a daughter (Stefanie), a granddaughter (Heidi), two cats (Odin and Luna) and two dogs (Dahlia and Ginger).
Karen has been an avid animal lover her entire life and ridden horses since before she walked. Her initial career found her in Human Resources, Business Development, and Client Retention. Her passion and love of animals brought her back into the field of Veterinary Medicine. Karen has been a Veterinary Technician since 2007, upon completing her studies at St. Petersburg College. Her desire to further her education and career with animals lead her to Berry College, where she completed her Pre-Veterinary Sciences. Following her dreams of riding her horse and year-round good weather, she relocated to Norco, CA and completed her Bachelor’s in Biology, Animal Science, at La Sierra University, where she met her Husband, David. They relocated back to Georgia in 2018 and purchased their 122 acre farm in Stephens, GA, Oglethorpe County. They share the farm with their 5 horses, two goats, a miniature cow, 9 chickens, 4 dogs, 2 cats, and a parrot.
Mariah was born and raised in the small town of Danielsville, Georgia. Her and her family have owned many different animals since she could remember- from turtles and birds, all the way to goats and snakes. She has always had an easy connection and desire to work with animals. In 2018 Mariah did wildlife rehabilitation work where she found her desire to work with exotics and wildlife. She currently attends Athens Tech and is applying to the Vet Technician program in the fall. She plans to go on to Vet school and one day specialize in exotics.. She has three dogs (Lincoln, Oliver and Kaiser), two snakes (Bibo and Eve), two rats (Parmesan and Maple) and one Chamelion (Uno).
Samantha was born in Connecticut and moved all over, but having spent most of her time in Georgia, this is where she calls home. She has always been passionate about animals. She has ridden and cared for horses her whole life and continues that passion ridding at a local barn in Winterville. She also owns a dog named Pepper. Currently, she attends UGA as a Junior working on a double major in Biological Science and Applied Biotechnology with an emphasis in Animal Science. In the future, she hopes to attend vet school and work as a small animal or equine veterinarian.