Jeff M. Legato, DVM
Don’t let the accent—or the lack of one—fool you! Dr. Jeff Legato was born in Georgia and grew up in the Athens area. His original degree was in geology, which was kinda-sorta-maybe used while he worked at a research lab for 15 years. During that time, he began riding and showing horses. This led to his decision to switch careers, so he started veterinary school at the (gulp!) age of 40! After graduating from the University of Georgia at Athens in 2005 and doing an internship in Sunset, LA, he was an equine vet in Greenville, NC until 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, GA. After seven years he was given the opportunity to have his own practice close to home, and he’s now happy to be the owner of Sycamore Veterinary Services, where he is a USDA-accredited veterinarian offering small animal, livestock and equine veterinary care. Dr. Legato has a daughter (Stefanie) and a granddaughter (Heidi), as well as two cats named Odin and Luna and one dog, named Dahlia.
Christine became an animal lover with the adoption of her first dog 13 years ago and went on to volunteer with a pit bull rescue group in her home state of Connecticut. After spending many years working in the movie cinema business, last year she decided to make a career change and move into the veterinary field where she could make difference for animals.
She and her family made the move to Georgia in 2020 and in addition to working at Sycamore, Christine is pursuing an education in Veterinary Medical Management.
When she’s not working, Christine enjoys going to fairs, amusement parks, the movies, and restaurants. She also loves spending time with her two dogs: Princess Pop-Tart (who yes, is known for stealing the toaster pastries from lunch bags) and Koa, who loves water and stealing treats from Princess.
Lead Technician Assistant
Jazmine, who joined our team in January 2022, is certified as a veterinary assistant in Georgia and is working toward becoming a certified veterinary technician. Jazmine was given her first dog, Magoo, when she was just seven years old. He is now 13 and deaf and joins 10-month-old cattens Simon and Henry in her home. In her free time, Jazmine enjoys hiking, reading, crocheting and spending time with family and friends.
Part-time Veterinary Technician
From the time she was a young child, Briana was interested in animals and veterinary medicine—she remembers being fascinated by the hospital when her family took their dog to the vet. She has followed that interest into the veterinary field, first as a job shadow and now as an assistant and technician. She is also currently studying at UGA as a Fisheries and Wildlife major, with the intention of becoming a veterinarian in the future.
When she’s not studying or working, Briana loves being active in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, walking, or running. She shares her home with an unusually active bulldog named Millie.
Ally joined our team in December 2021. At 15, she knew she wanted to work with animals after loving every second she spent with them while working with her mom at a grooming facility. She shares her home with three dogs, Great Danes Ade and Boudreaux, blue heeler Ray Ray, tabby cat Maggot, and pot-bellied pig Poe Poe, who will roll over for belly rubs. Ally enjoys reading in her free time.
Kaitlyn, who joined us in February 2022, realized her love of animals when she was a junior in high school. She is currently studying animal science at UGA and shares her home with Bubba, a 3-year-old black Lab. In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys art, cooking, tennis, practicing yoga and spending time with family and friends.
Kimberly joined our team in February 2022. She graduated from Penn Foster with an associate’s degree in science and veterinary technology and is currently in school to become an RVT.
She realized just how much she loved animals when, as a high school senior, she worked at a local humane society in her home state of New Jersey.
Kimberly has a large furry family that includes a Jack Russell Terrier named Princess and eight cats—Simba, Rajah, Tigger, Leo, Bella, Nala, Sebastian, and Salem.
When she’s not working, Kimberly enjoys fostering kittens, reading, spending time with her family, and attending her niece and nephew’s sporting events.