Meet Our Team
Dr. Rebecca Teal
I was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana on December 20, 1960. My father was in the Air Force and our family moved about every two years. My mother took advantage of being stationed overseas and we traveled extensively. Consequently, I credit my father and mother with my love of travel, history, and reading. One of the earliest entries in my baby book was "loves to read and loves horses". Since the age of five, whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was jockey first, veterinarian second. I obviously grew too big to be a successful jockey!
Although we could never own a horse because of moving so often, my parents always made sure I could ride. They promised that when my Dad retired, I could have a horse of my own. At the age of 11, I got my first horse, a Tennessee Walking horse. My parents paid his board of fifteen dollars a month and bought feed. I worked part time to pay for extras such as showing. I was the proverbial "horse crazy" girl!
I graduated from Middle Georgia College with an Associate in Science degree in 1983 and the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1985. I entered the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in August of 1985 and graduated in May of 1989. Upon graduation I went to work with Dr. Bill Avra of Forsyth County Animal Clinic in Cumming, Georgia. I credit him with giving me the opportunity and confidence to practice as a mixed animal practitioner. Dr. Avra had opened Tri-County Animal Hospital in 1989 as a satellite of his clinic. Under his tutelage, I worked at Tri-County Animal Hospital and was able to purchase it in January of 1995.
My husband, Wesley Teal, is a retired Farrier. He supported us through school which allowed me to indulge my love of riding and showing Tennessee Walking horses. Our children are all four legged. We have several horses, one pot bellied pig, two cats, and two dogs. Our hobbies include horseback riding, blacksmithing, travel, reading, rollerblading, playing cards, watching movies, and art.
I love my job. Not only do I love working with the animals but also the people I have met through them. Some of my best friends were clients first. Forsyth County and the surrounding counties offer so much diversity that it is both a pleasure and a blessing to practice medicine in the area I now call home.
Dr. Lori Wyatt DaCosta
Dr. Lori Wyatt DaCosta is a Cherokee County native. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Georgia College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1995, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. She went to work at Tri-County Animal Hospital while still a student in vet school. Upon graduation, she became the second veterinarian on staff.
Dr. Wyatt DaCosta and her husband, Phillip, now live in Cumming. In addition to their son, Elijah Joshua, born December 21, 2007, the Dacosta's have three dogs. Phillip, once an amateur boxer, boxed on the 1992 Olympic team from Portugal. He also won two Golden Glove championships in the Featherweight and Lightweight divisions as well as competing in the World Boxing Championships.
Dr. Wyatt DaCosta enjoys horseback riding, rodeo, traveling, painting, and gardening. We are very fortunate to have her and value her both as a professional and good friend!
Dr. Ashleigh Wallace Huggins
Dr. Ashleigh Wallace Huggins was born and raised in Powder Springs, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia earning her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture as well as her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation from vet school in 2009, she married her loving husband Joel. They now live in Cumming, Georgia and are enjoying getting to know the area after settling into a beautiful new house. Dr. Huggins enjoys days at the lake, hiking with her German Shorthair Pointer Bernice, cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, and spending time with family and friends. We are extremely proud to have Ashleigh on our team!
Tracie Blackwell - Veterinary Technician
Tracie comes from Austell, Georgia. Traveling extensively around the state during her childhood, she settled in Pickens County with her husband Shane, her son Tyler, two step children Jacob and Haley, two Chihuahuas, one Poodle, and many chickens. Before joining the staff at Tri-County Animal Hospital in 1998, she held veterinary technician positions at Bells Ferry Animal Hospital and Etowah Animal Hospital. Her hobbies include art, gardening, movies, hiking, horseback riding and raising show quality chickens. Her animal skills are second to none!
Sue Smith - Practice Manager
Sue lives in Dawsonville, Georgia with her husband Ed, a retired policeman. They have 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 1 horse. Sue has lived all over the United States, from California to Connecticut, with a very short stay in England. Georgia has been her home for over 30 years so this is definitely where she feels settled. Her hobbies include horseback riding, hiking, gardening and being the best possible aunt to her two beautiful neices.
Brandy Cook - Kennel Manager
Brandy, commuting from Dawsonville, graciously decided to join our team as Kennel Manager with over six years of experience in the veterinary industry, and with an unmatched sense of understanding the needs of all four-legged companions. A native of Dawson County, she is the wife of John and mother of two beautiful girls, Misty and Summer along with their two dogs, a Chihuahua named Tiny Tank and a mixed breed named Bandit. She is a joy to watch as she effortlessly instills in our boarders and patients, a sense of well-being and comfort. We are lucky to have her on our team!
Lisa Branscum- Receptionist
After spending her formative years in Kentucky, Lisa moved to Sevierville, Tennessee and then to Georgia in 2002. She worked in public school systems for 13 years in Kentucky and in the home health care profession in Tennessee. With 2 sons, 4 stepdaughters, and 6 grandchildren, she has a knack for dealing with children! Now that she has found a new home and career at our hospital, it's a pleasure to see her apply that expertise to our four-legged friends. Her hobbies include baking and floral arrangements. In adjusting to her new career she has shown perserverance, a willingness to help and a positive and happy outlook!