Companion Animal Hospital Doctors



Troy received his Bachelor degree in Chemistry from The University of Indianapolis and his Master’s degree in Animal Behavior and Reproduction from UGA.

In 1995, he graduated from UGA with his degree in Veterinary medicine. He purchased “Country Health Large Animal Vet Services” in Commerce. Troy’s special interests include reproduction, embryo transfer, and orthopedic surgery.



Dr. Denise Weaver is a 1994 graduate of the UGA Veterinary School. She received her zoology degree from the University of Georgia. Dr. Weaver is married to Dr. Troy Pickerel and they have 4 children. She is originally from Sumter, SC. She enjoys swimming, music, reading, and any sport her kids are playing.



Dr. Navarro Torres was born and raised in Puerto Rico.  She obtained her degree in veterinary medicine from Ross University in 2015.  Dr. Navarro is fluent in both English and Spanish and is learning Portuguese.  She enjoys trying new foods and traveling.



Dr. Anderson is originally from South Carolina, but attended the University of Georgia for veterinary school.  Dr. Anderson pursued additional training after graduation by completing an internship with an emphasis on internal medicine, emergency, and surgery. Her interests include feline medicine, internal medicine, and emergency care. She also enjoys the community aspect of general practice that allows developing long lasting bonds with pets and pet owners.
Dr. Anderson is happy to call Athens home and enjoys spending her free time outdoors, gardening, cooking, and taking care of her three cats and one dog.

Companion Animal Hospital Staff


Registered Veterinary Technician

She is a lifelong resident of Madison County
Married to Hansel, has 1 son named Dillion (Dillion owns Wolfbranch
Rerievers, and trains retrievers)
Graduated from Athens Technical College with Associates Degree in 2008
She currently on the advisory board for Veterinary Technician program at
Athens Technical College
Has a menagerie of animals at home that range from dogs, pigs, goats,
horses, chickens, rabbits, and even a gecko
Has worked at Companion since 2008


Veterinary Assistant

Hometown: Bowman, GA, now lives in Athens, GA
Has 1 dog, a Newfoundland named Scooter, and 1 cat named Henry
Her favorite part of the job is patient care. If your pet is ever staying with us you can be sure she is giving them extra love and attention.
She is currently attending Piedmont University as a nursing student
Started working at Companion in 2015


Veterinary Assistant

Hometown: Warner Robins, GA

Has 1 extremely cute, fluffy cat named Mister (Pictured)

Currently attending UGA, studying Animal Science with an emphasis in Animal Biology

Applying to vet school in 2020

Enjoys hiking and anything to do with music

Has worked at Companion since December 2019


Veterinary Assistant

Hometown: Bowman, GA
Has 1 dog named Phoebe
Showed livestock through 4-H
Favorite things are animals, her niece Mary, and nephew Kooper
She is passionate about animals, but is currently attending Athens Technical College to pursue a degree as an esthetician
Started working at Companion in 2019


Groomer and Veterinary Assistant

Hometown is Ft. Lauderdale, FL, but she has lived in Athens, GA over 20 years now
Married with 3 children (Bonnie, Masion, and Spencer)
Has 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 turtles
Has worked in the veterinary field since 1995, has many years of valuable experience
Has worked at Companion since 2004


Veterinary Assistant

Hometown: Florence, SC

Graduated from University of South Carolina with a double major in Biology and Anthropology

Has 2 dogs, a mixed breed named Cooper and a Chihuahua named Meg.

He is attending the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2024. Worked at Companion since 2018 and continues to work some Saturdays



~Born in Devizes, England
~Married to Daniel
~Between both of us, we have 3 daughters, 2 sons, 3 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren
~Has 3 dogs, Rocky (pictured), Bella, and Miley, and 5 cats
~Has worked at Companion since 2002
~One of her biggest passions in life is working with animals and being rewarded with a big lick in the face for a job well done



Receptionist, on Saturdays ONLY, but used to work here full time until
2011, when she became a full time GaGa (aka Grandmother)
Has 1 daughter, 2 Awesome Grandsons (Luke and Bruce)
Has 1 cat named Smokey
Lived in Athens area for 10 years now, but moved here from Midway, GA
Loves working at Companion with such wonderful co-workers



Originally from Danielsville, GA, now lives with her lovely family in
Commerce, GA
Married to Daren, has 1 beautiful daughter named Madisyn
Has 2 dogs, (Dozer is a pitbull, and Queen is a rescued lab/pit mix)
Has 1 cool cat named Snowball
Has worked at Companion since 2011
She enjoys relaxing trips to the beach and mountains with her family


Kennel Assistant

Hometown: Athens, GA

Has 4 cats and 4 dogs

Currently in high school at Athens Christian School

Hopes to become an RN

Has worked at Companion since 2018


Kennel Assistant

Hometown: Winterville, GA

Has 2 dogs, Cooper (Pictured) and Duke

Currently attending Athens Technical College, to pursue a career as an RN

Enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her dogs

Has worked at Companion since April 2019