Dr. Melissa Edwards, DVM
Dr. Edwards has worked in the veterinary field in some capacity for most of her life. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia in 1994. She started the Animal Medical Center of Rome in 2002. She enjoys complicated medical and surgical cases and especially helping people to learn more about preventative care for their pets. Her favorite parts of her job are working with her awesome staff and being able to witness and enjoy the Pure Love and Strong Bond shared by people and their pets. She lives in Armuchee with her husband Sam, two human sons Eli and Gabe and a menagerie of animal children: Faith Sapp, Paschal (AKA Mr. Eggwards), Tiger, Daisy and Sweet Tobie. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog Paschal, mountain biking, gardening, kayaking, exploring the outdoors and attending Eli and Gabe’s sports and events.
Dajah Fennell, Veterinary Assistant
Dajah has been with AMCOR since September of 2020. She assists Melissa and the technicians, as well as watch over pets that stay at the clinic throughout the day. Dajah has lived in Rome for most of her life. Her “daughter” is a spoiled chihuahua named Pixie. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her friends and family. When she’s not working, Dajah volunteers at a local equine sanctuary and rescue. She is also an adult leader for her church’s youth group. Dajah loves animals and helping to make sure they are happy and healthy makes her so so happy. She believes that after all the joy they bring us they deserve the best protection. Dajah’s favorite part of Animal Medical Center is the AMAZING work team and AWESOME pets she gets to see everyday!
Lauren Stephens, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Lauren is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who has been part of the AMCOR family since August 2010. She obtained an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology and passed the state board Veterinary Technician National Exam in April of 2016. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Berry College. She and her husband, Brett, have one son, Barrett, an African Gray parrot named Kramer, and a cat named Danika. Helping pets feel better is one of her favorite parts of the technician position, specifically performing diagnostic dental radiographs and teeth cleaning procedures as well as providing hands-on nursing care for post-surgical patients and in-house patients. She is very thankful to be making a difference in our clients and their pet’s lives alongside the BEST teammates ever.
Alexis Sapp, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Alexis has been working alongside Dr. Edwards since 1994 and helped open the practice in April of 2002. She has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2004 and has been in the field of veterinary medicine since 1990.
One of her favorite parts of being involved in veterinary medicine is experiencing the unique and precious bond between pet parents and their furry children. It is so rewarding to have the ability to guide pet families along the journey of life by educating them about preventive care such as proper nutrition, health benefits of spaying and neutering, dental care, vaccinations and basic obedience. And when the time comes at the end of a long wonderful life, to depart this world, it is an honor to stand alongside the family and comfort them as they say goodbye to their beloved pet. In addition to her career, Alexis enjoys participating in a variety of sports and activities with her children. She also enjoys volunteering for Pet Partners with her dog, Dorsey, as a registered therapy team in the community which includes elementary schools, nursing homes, hospitals and colleges.
Brandy Fretwell, Client and Patient Care Manager
Brandy has been with AMCOR since June 2009 and is our Client and Patient Care Manager. Brandy discovered her love for animals when she held a tiger cub at Riverbend Mall in the early 80s. It is her smiling face that is waiting to greet your furbaby at each visit. Brandy enjoys interacting with our clients and educating them on how to have a long and happy companionship with their fur babies. She loves being the voice for those who bark/meow and cannot communicate with us. It brings joy to her heart to watch a patient grow and change during all stages of life.
Brandy lives in Rome with her husband Sylvester and their two sons. Along with her human children, she also has 3 fur babies, Alize, April and War Eagle. She enjoys watching cooking shows such as Triple D or Hell’s Kitchen and trying new recipes, watching football, street racing and medical shows. Even though she lives in Georgia, she is a huge Florida Gator Fan.
Daija Jones, Veterinary Assistant
Daija has been working at AMCOR as a Veterinary Assistant. She is interested in becoming a Veterinarian Technician. It has always been her dream since a small child to care for animals.
Daija has two kids, a daughter and son, Amorie and Cyllin. Two dogs Lakoda, Blake, and a cat named Cleo. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, adding plants to her collection, and DIY crafts.