At Simmons Veterinary Clinic, we are an evidence-based and supportive group that is driven to create a relaxed and kind environment for you and your pet.

Read below to learn more about our staff’s various backgrounds as well as their personal and professional interests.

Chris Simmons, DVM, MBA

Owner, Founder, Veterinarian, he/him

Originally from South Florida, Dr. Chris lives in Decatur with his wife, daughter and two labradoodles. Prior to opening Simmons Veterinary Clinic, he worked as an associate veterinarian in the area and spent a couple of years as a stay-at-home dad while completing an online Masters of Business Administration from the University of Florida.

Growing up, he was entrenched in the veterinary field as his parents owned and operated an entrepreneurial small animal hospital and pet resort. This unique experience imparted a sincere appreciation for the human side of veterinary medicine as well as the importance of creating fun moments for pets and their people.

In creating his vision for Simmons Veterinary Clinic, he developed the following foundational principle: To provide quality veterinary healthcare, we must equitably account for the collective emotional and physical wellbeing of each pet and person.

Dr. Chris enjoys ultrasonography, complex diagnostic problem solving, and finding creative ways to reduce animal stress at home or elsewhere. Outside of work, he loves exploring the Atlanta food scene and is an avid fan of the Florida Gators and Atlanta United.

Dr. Chris with his two doodles
(yep that’s him in the logo!) and Griffin

Teresa Chapman, DVM 

Associate Veterinarian

A native of Central Mississippi and graduate from Mississippi State University, Dr. Teresa (and her two dogs and two cats) moved to Decatur to join the Simmons Vet team. After honing her medical and surgical skills as an associate veterinarian in Indiana for two years, she is ready and excited to serve the community!

At a young age, Dr. Teresa was drawn to veterinary medicine because she cares. She saw the poor stray animals around her growing up and knew that she had to help. So she did! What’s more? She has also translated that willful and kind nature into her personal life by volunteering at local shelters and hospitals. 

Dr. Teresa enjoys clinical pathology, anesthesia, and surgery. And outside of work, she loves a good hike with her pups and reading a good book. 

Dr. Teresa celebrating her graduation from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021


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Love dentistry and surgery and a Fear Free approach? 
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Veterinary Nurse

Enjoy learning and taking ownership of medical appointments? Please email Dr. Chris at!

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Client Service Rep
(Not Currently Hiring)

Appreciate communicating with and organizing staff and pet parents? Please email Dr. Chris at!

Join Our Team!

At Simmons Veterinary Clinic, we prioritize our staff’s emotional and physical wellbeing. We feel that a constructive work culture is critical to address several common challenges affecting the modern workplace and in particular, the mental health crisis currently impacting our field.

That’s why we are only open on weekdays and operate as an outpatient-exclusive facility. It’s also why we offer robust benefits, salary-only wages, and notably, our contracts do not include a non-compete clause.

We are seeking team members who are eager to help us cultivate a creative and kind workplace. If you think you’d be a good fit, please click one of the following links to apply!