Meet Our Veterinarians
The Johns Creek Veterinary Clinic goal has always been to assemble a veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service and veterinary health care. The Johns Creek Veterinary Clinic team displays an unrivaled commitment to our clients through continuing education, technological advances in veterinary medicine and service, and most importantly, administering compassionate care to all pets entrusted to us.
Dr. Chad Hargett
I was raised on a small farm in South Alabama near Auburn University. My parent’s farm provided great exposure to many different animals who always had a variety of ailments. During childhood we had cows, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, and of course, cats and dogs. We were also usually fostering a few injured wildlife. I always loved caring for the animals on the farm and hoped one day I could be a veterinarian. In adulthood, I decided to attend Auburn University, where I received my bachelors of science in Animal Sciences. I then was very proud to be accepted to Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where I graduated with my doctorate in 2000. I decided to take a job in Atlanta, and I started private practice work the same month I graduated. In 2004 my wife, Lorie, also a veterinarian, and I opened Johns Creek Veterinary Clinic. I have a special interest in emergency cases and critically sick patients. I also enjoy endocrine cases, including thyroid disease, diabetes, and Cushings Disease. I enjoy treating cancer patients as well, using chemotherapy. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, scuba diving, and traveling.
Dr. Lorie Hargett
I grew up on a cattle farm that was located on the state lines of Georgia and Alabama. My parents still operate this farm and even though my children, Trey, Nancy, Grace and Ella are “city kids”, we still love going home and getting back to nature.
As a young girl, I always had a special love for animals and there was always a menagerie of them around. The family pets of course were predominantly dogs, cats, and horses but my brother and I also enjoyed raising rabbits. However, cattle made up the greatest population of animals. In high school, I began showing cattle in the 4-H program. My senior year I had the great honor of showing the top Simmental Steer in the state of Alabama which was a product of my family’s farm. Even though I dreamed of being a veterinarian, I guess I just didn’t have the confidence to pursue that dream, so I attended Auburn University and graduated with a finance degree.
After working in the banking industry for 5 years, I realized that what I really wanted to do was return to my roots and work with animals. I enrolled again at Auburn University in the College of Agriculture and began working on a second degree in Animal and Dairy Science. It was during the next 2 years that I finally realized exactly what I wanted to do and I applied to the College of Veterinary Medicine and was accepted. The next 4 years were the most challenging but rewarding times of my life. Although I still have a love for large animals, the small animals won my heart. However, that is not all that won my heart during Vet School. It was there that I met my husband Chad who was in the class behind me. After graduation in 1999, I moved to the Atlanta area and began work in private practice. It was early in my career that I realized I had a talent for surgery. For the past 10 years I have cultivated that talent and I enjoy soft tissue and orthopedic surgery as well.
Chad graduated a year later and we were married in November of 2001. We both continued to work in private day practice and emergency night practice until December of 2004 when we opened Johns Creek Veterinary Clinic. Since then our love for veterinary medicine has grown much deeper as we have gotten to know our patients and clients as friends.
Dr. Arlene Kim
My love for animals started when I was very young, though for the longest time the only pets my parents allowed me to have were a series of hamsters (all named George for some reason and all ninja-level escape artists). And then we got the St. Bernard – quite a contrast! I attended The Westminster Schools, then majored in English Literature at The University of Chicago. Vet school at The University of Georgia was a crucible of hard work and soul-searching. At times it was frustrating and overwhelming, but getting out of the classroom and actually working with patients beginning my third year, really drove home the knowledge and desire that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I’ve worked at Johns Creek Vet Clinic ever since I graduated in 1998. Few things make me happier than seeing our “regulars” – patients and clients both – come through the door; it’s truly a special privilege, helping young animals grow and develop, learning the quirks of their personalities, and getting to know their owners better and better over the years. I also love working with exotic pets, which challenges me to keep expanding my knowledge and experience with every one I see.
In my free time, I enjoy playing music (piano, cello, among other things), carrying out late-night cooking experiments, reading and catering to my increasingly neurotic geriatric cats.
Dr. Paula Napier
Dr. Napier is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed their clinical training at North Carolina State University. They grew up in Buford, attended North Gwinnett High School, obtained a biology degree from Agnes Scott College, and transitioned to emergency medicine- working in the small animal ICU at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital. While at Ross, they performed research concerned with heartworm disease in dogs and cats, as well as a tick borne parasite, Ehrlichia canis, prevalent on the island of St. Kitts and becoming more common in the south.
When not working, you can find them making and enjoying craft beers, cooking, spending time with their family, and looking for adventure outdoors. Dr. Napier works with dogs and cats, as well as exotic pets and backyard chickens, but sets a hard limit not to treat anything with more than 4 legs. They are excited to be back home and can’t wait to work with you and your furry, feathered, and scaled family members!