Decatur Management Team

CEO/Practice Director

Since 2000*

drdrape contact

“Dr. Will” grew up in Inglewood, California, and graduated from Morningside High School in 1984 before matriculating to Tuskegee University (4th generation) for both undergraduate and veterinary medical studies. He was accepted to veterinary school after only 3 years of undergraduate studies; and after receiving his DVM in 1991, he continued his training at North Rockville Veterinary Hospital in Rockville, Maryland before moving to Atlanta in 1992.

He loves music (big Dave Matthews Band fan), movies, painting with acrylics, and enjoying family activities. His favorite veterinary interests include dermatology, internal medicine, and surgery. He married his classmate, Dr. Françoise Tyler, in September, 1993. They have 4 children; son David (9/97) and daughters Tyler (5/99), Gabrielle (11/01), and Olivia (7/03). They also have 4 dogs (Max, Louie, Frankie, and Etta James) and 2 cats (Zig-Zag and Charlemagne).

Dr. Will has served as the featured veterinarian on WebMD's web series, "Ask The Veterinarian”, and serves as a veterinary expert in WebMD magazine. He received the Purina ProPlan 2013 National "Veterinarian of the Year", and has been honored as one of Atlanta's "Best Vets" in Atlanta Magazine consistently since 2001, and was selected as a FIVE STAR veterinarian in that same publication- an honor bestowed to only 7% of the veterinarians in the metro Atlanta area.

*Practice Founder and Partner

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Practice Manager/COO

Since 2001*


Donnie is the Practice Manager/COO of The Village Vets Decatur. He is also a partner in all three practices. He received his B.S. in Biology from Georgia State University in 1992 and worked with Dr. Draper for years before taking on the role of running the Decatur office. He and his wife Jennifer, a local radio broadcaster, live in Jefferson, GA and have a combination of 7 dogs, 7 cats and 2 pot- bellied pigs, and a chicken.

Donnie has been with the Decatur practice since it opened in 2001, but has worked with Dr. Draper since they both worked for a practice in Tucker, GA in the early 90's.

Donnie enjoys reading and cycling, but his passion is running; he usually gets in about 8 miles daily before most people even wake up.

Why he does this: "I have loved animals since I was a kid."

*Practice Partner

Hospital and Team Manager

Since 2001*

michele lester

Michele, a Decatur native, is a graduate of both Shamrock High School and Kennesaw State University. She currently resides in Decatur with her husband and two children.  When not at work, Michele enjoys spending time with family and friends.

While Michele has been with The Village Vets of Decatur since it opened in March 2001, she has been working with Dr. Draper since 1994 (while in high school) when they both worked at a practice in Tucker.

Why she does this: "I have always loved animals. Being able to work with them is a wonderful way to spend my time.  The Village Vets staff loves what they do."

*Practice Partner

Hospital Manager

Since 2006*


Kim was born in Montgomery, Alabama and moved to the Atlanta area in 2006, at which time she joined The Village Vets Team. Kim's mother and sister also live in Atlanta. Kim has 6 dogs and 4 cats - all of whom she rescued.  They each have their on special little stories of how they came to her, or vice versa.  Her dogs include Diablo, a 6yr old "special needs" min pin, Boogie, a foster who is a 2 yearr old Jack Russell terrier that was found on side of the road after having been hit by a car, Aiden a Lab mix that was surrendered to her at 4 weeks old after a house fire. Eibhear, a Boxer mix that she found on the side of the road as a walking skeleton when he was about 3-4 months old. Benjamin, a Chihuahua surrendered to her at 6years of age after a back injury that left him unable to walk... he has since recovered and lastly, as far as the dogs, Lizzie, was surrendered to her at 11 years of age due to skin allergy issues.  Kim's 4 cats are Wink (who is blind), Herbie, Neavin, and Biscuits - all domestic shorthairs.  She also has 3 guinea pigs! Kim's most notable talent is her unique way with animals - she is able to gain their trust and make them feel safe and calm.  When she is not at the beck and call of her animals, Kim enjoys working in the yard, cooking and reading.  Her biggest passion outside of working with animals, is Auburn Football and Softball

Why she does this:  "I love working with animals and helping their owners.  I love the entire Village Vets family".

*Practice Partner

Hospital Manager - After Hours Emergency

Since 2007


Tomika has been an animal lover as long as she can remember.   Originally from Columbus, Ohio, it was there she began working in veterinary medicine after attending Kent State University as a pre-veterinarian Biology major.  Tomika’s immediate family is still in Ohio which includes her mother, father, an older brother, a younger sister, 1 niece, and 3 nephews.  After moving to Atlanta in 1996 she began working at various animal emergency practices.   For the past 10 years Tomika has also worked at Emory University as a Pathology Lead Research Specialist where she has had several articles published relating to cardiomyopathy and toxicity, and its association with HIV/AIDS.  Tomika has 2 Cocker Spaniels - Haynes  and  Rudy.  

Why she does this:  “I LOVE working in emergency medicine and tending to the sick and injured furry creatures.  My hope is to help heal the patients and ease their owners’ minds during what can be a traumatic situation.”

Technician Manager, Certified Veterinary Assistant

Since 2008

leona tryon

Leona was born in Dallas, TX and shortly afterwards moved to the Atlanta area, where (other than 2 yrs in Corpus Cristi) she has lived since. Leona claims her most notable achievement to date, is her son, Julian. They have two cats, Adrian and Queso. Favorite hobbies are painting, crafts, music, going to concerts and spending time with her son.

Leona is a certified Veterinary Assistant (Level One) and has been working with animals for the past 7 years – 3 of which she worked at PAWS Atlanta.

Why she does this: Leona says that working with animals makes her feel like she is helping take care of people’s family members.

Technician Supervisor

Since 2006

melita pinkston

Melita is a native-Atlantan.  When not working, she enjoys "reading a good book" and spending time with her four beautiful children, and most especially, her grandson.

Why she does this:   "As a child, whenever anyone asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, I always said that I wanted to take care of animals.  I enjoy working at The Village Vets because the atmosphere is always pleasant and my co-workers are family away from my own family.".

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