About Us


Whitney Watchorn

Whitney is originally from Wisconsin, but moved to Eatonton, Georgia in 1997. She joined the Air Force in 2009 where she worked as a vehicle mechanic. She went to tech school at Port Hueneme in Oxnard, California. She was stationed in Aviano, Italy for two years and then Cheyenne, Wyoming for three years where she was honorably discharged in 2015. In 2015 Whitney became a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College. Whitney moved to Athens, GA in 2017. Currently she attends Athens Tech and will be applying to the Vet Tech program this year. She has one daughter, Rayne, and two blue healer mixes, Chance and Cooper.

Amber Kelly, RVT

Amber completed her Veterinary technician training in 2018 and is now a registered veterinary technician! She owns a Green Cheek Conure named Nigel and a Pomeranian named Miffy. On her weekends off, Amber likes to spend time in Augusta with her parents and two brothers

Caitlyn Higginbotham

Caitlyn is a second year honors student at the University of Georgia, and is double majoring in Animal Science and Fisheries.  She has ridden horses for seven years, and is a a member of the UGA IHSA Club Equestrian Team.  She is also an active member of the UGA Pre-Vet Club.  She has been working at Sycamore since April, and  loves getting to know the owners and patients!  She plans to go to vet school after  graduation and become a veterinarian.

Jeff M. Legato DVM


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 one dog (Dahlia).