Dr. Denise Funk
Dr. Funk received her Bachelors from Berry College, and Masters and Doctorate from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. A native of Gainesville, Dr. Funk joined AMC as a veterinarian in 1996. Her interests include surgery, and preventative and internal medicine. She is actively involved in her profession and community on the state and local level including The Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA), Vetheart Georgia, UGA, and Rotary. Dr. Funk and her husband, Gary, have two children, two dogs, two cats and a horse. She enjoys being on the lake, riding her horse, and being with family and friends.
Dr. Chris Potter
Dr. Potter received his Bachelors from Lake Forest College and Doctorate from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Potter joined Animal Medical Care in 2001. Dr. Potter and his wife, Tiffany, have two children, two dogs, and three cats. He is a triathlete and an outdoor enthusiast.
Heather L. Tarpley, DVM, DACVP
Dr. Tarpley is a Georgia native and was raised in Gwinnett County. She completed undergraduate studies at Davidson College in 1993. She was awarded a Watson Fellowship which allowed for a year’s pursuit of independent studies outside the United States after graduation. She entered veterinary school the following year and graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. After over three years in private practice, Dr. Tarpley returned to the University of Georgia to complete a residency in veterinary clinical pathology in which she became board-certified in 2005. Subsequently she worked as a clinical pathologist at UGA’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Athens, but ultimately she resumed full-time practice where she could work directly with animals and their owners.
She served a community in north Georgia for nearly ten years as a veterinarian at a dynamic animal hospital, and in the latter years of her tenure there, as the hospital’s medical director. In addition to clinical pathology, her other professional interests include wound management, soft tissue and basic orthopedic surgery, and helping geriatric animals continue to enjoy their lives. She considers her profession of helping animals a great blessing and privilege and is honored to now be providing care to pets alongside Dr. Funk, Dr. Potter, and the hospital team of Animal Medical Care. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Tarpley enjoys quality time with people, sports, and reading.