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).
Mariah was born and raised in Georgia. She has always been drawn to the love and care of animals. In 2018 Mariah did wildlife rehabilitation work where she found her love for exotics and wildlife. She currently attends Athens Tech and is applying to the vet tech program this year. She plans to go on to vet school and maybe 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).