Sprayberry Animal Hospital Doctors
Dr. Scott Richter, Owner & D.V.M.
Dr. Richter is the owner and also one of our loving Doctors here at Sprayberry Animal Hospital. He is originally from Kansas but has been in Georgia for the past 50 years. In 1977 he graduated from The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, “when the wooly mammoths walked the earth,” he jokes. Dr. Richter is famous around here for his jokes and pranks and is bound to light up the room with his contagious cheer. He has always felt “blessed” to have become a veterinarian because of his love for animals, but it is apparent that he also loves their owners! He gushes that “People who own pets are some of the kindest people in the world.” His favorite part of being a veterinarian is the long-term relationships that develop over years of taking care of people and their pets. He also mentions that he has met some of his best friends while working in the field.
Along with Sprayberry, Dr. Richter also owns Harmony Crossing Animal Hospital in Eatonton, GA, where he lives on a farm with his lovely wife, Kim, three dogs, three horses, and two cats. When asked about his pets, he says, “My wife says that the dogs are easier to train than me” and states that it is “well documented that it takes more than 50 years to train a husband.” Along with the fur children, they also have two adult children, a daughter, Taylor, and a son, Connor. Taylor recently graduated from Georgia Southern University cum laude and is planning on going to graduate school, and Connor is enjoying college life at the University of Georgia. Since he lives on a lake, Dr. Richter likes to fish and enjoys water sports in his free time. He also likes playing fetch with his dogs, horseback riding, reading, driving his tractor, and watching UGA football!
Dr. Steve Fairchild, D.V.M.
Dr. Fairchild was born in Illinois, but because he was a self-proclaimed “Air Force brat,” his family moved every few years. As a boy, he always enjoyed biology and being with animals. He especially loved going on farm calls with his grandfather, who was also a vet. When he discovered that he could make a living working with animals, the choice was easy. Dr. Fairchild attended The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and has been in Georgia for almost 40 years. He jokes that he “almost has his citizenship papers.” Dr. Fairchild is available to see your pocket pets, birds, and reptiles and has a special interest in orthopedic surgery. Not only does he take care of many animals at work, but he also is the leader of quite a pack at home with three sons, two stepsons, two daughters, three grandkids, and five furry friends. It is no wonder he praises his wife, Shirley, as a “patient and loving” woman. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, scuba diving, traveling, and reading.
Dr. Do Young (Daniel) Kwak, D.V.M.
Dr. Kwak is a graduate of The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, where he also did his undergraduate work. He grew up here in Marietta, where he attended Lassiter High School after moving to the U.S. in 1998 from Seoul, South Korea, with his parents and sister. Dr. Kwak first became interested in veterinary medicine after the loss of his first puppy. He says, “I wanted to know how I could have made the situation better; I wanted to know my options.” His quest to help his friend eventually led him down the path to become a veterinarian so that he could help other animals in their time of need. Dr. Kwak lives here with his wife Anne and two sons Arron and Aiden, with their three dogs Achu, Aji, and Ar. In his free time, he enjoys golf, tennis, watching T.V. shows and movies, and expanding his culinary palate! Dr. Kwak speaks English and Korean.
Dr. Chad Tubbs, D.V.M.
Dr. Tubbs grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, home of the Ole Miss Rebels, but moved south to attend Mississippi State University for his undergraduate education. There, he met his wife Mandi in an Organic Chemistry class. She then moved to Atlanta to attend Nursing School at Emory University, and Dr. Tubbs stayed behind to attend Veterinary School at Mississippi State. They Currently live in Kennesaw with their daughter Ellie and son Nash and two dogs Coco and Baxter. Dr. Tubbs enjoys working on projects around his house and yard and anything outdoors in his free time!
Dr. Lauren Washburn
Dr. Lauren Washburn grew up moving around the country from New Jersey to Wyoming to Florida. After earning her undergraduate degree in Biology from Florida State, she moved up to Georgia and graduated from vet school from the University of Georgia. She lives in Kennesaw with her boyfriend Will, Copper the Golded Retriever, Raleigh the Mutt, and Winnie the cat. She started working at Sprayberry in 2019 and loves getting to know the great clients and their wonderful pets, as well as working with her fun and caring co-worders. Dr. Washburn’s work interests are preventative care, geriatric medicine, and dermatology. She loves spending time with her family in her free time, cheering on the Seminoles, Dawgs, and Braves, and anything and everything Disney!
Dr. Pridgen was born and raised in West Virginia, where she grew up on a family farm. Being the youngest girl in the family, she was mostly found doing chores outside with the menagerie of animals on the farm. She obtained her bachelor’s in biology from Alderson-Broaddus Colleg in Phillippi, WV, on a volleyball scholarship. She then traveled down and attended Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. She lives in Marietta, GA, with her husband, Trace, one adorable pittie named Fenway, two kitties, Simon and Henry, and occasionally foster dogs from a local pit bull rescue. Dr. Pridgen has an interest in preventative medicine, dermatology, and nutrition. She enjoys hiking new trails and being outdoors, running, going to the movies, playing and coaching volleyball, and leading worship with her husband. Dr. Pridgen has been a part of the Sprayberry family since July 2019.