Meet the Team at South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital
Get to know our exceptional team at South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital in Woodstock, GA. With professionalism and heartfelt compassion, we strive for positive experiences in every visit for you and your beloved pet. Join our mission to provide the best possible care for your furry companions!
Get to Know Our Veterinary Team in Woodstock, GA!
DR. RANDY BECK
Dr. Randy Beck grew up in the small town of Cheraw, South Carolina, also known as “The Prettiest Town In Dixie.” After graduating from Clemson University, he completed his veterinary degree at the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine. He is proud to tell you that his blood runs orange on game day!
Dr. Beck began his career in Alpharetta, GA, working at a high-volume animal hospital where he became Chief of Staff. He later became the owner of South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital in 2001.
Special interests for Dr. Beck include ultrasound, orthopedics, soft tissue surgeries, and dentistry. He is married to his lovely wife, Aimee, and has two children. When he is not at the clinic, he stays busy coaching, fishing, biking, and pretty much anything that involves being outdoors.
“I am very proud of SCVH and love being a part of this community. Our clients have become our friends, and I look forward to the next 30 years with all of them!”
Dr. Beck has two Golden Retrievers, Lola and Caroline, and three cats, Russell, Charlie, and Birdie.
DR. CARRIE DAUGHERTY
Dr. Carrie Daugherty graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from West Virginia University and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1996.
Dr. Daugherty is a member of GVMA, AVMA, and Back Country Horsemen of America. She has particular interests in feline medicine, ophthalmology, behavioral medicine, dentistry, and ultrasound.
She and her husband, Trevor, live on a small farm with their three horses, two Labrador Retrievers, and two exotic shorthair cats. She spends most of her free time horseback riding in the mountains of north GA, riding UTVs, and enjoying other outdoor activities.
Dr Michael J Grasso
Dr. Michael J. Grasso joined South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital in May 2021. Prior to this, he was the Medical Director and CMO of Cobb & Cherokee Emergency Clinics before they transitioned ownership in August 2019. He stayed on as Medical Director under the new ownership until transitioning to primary care veterinary practice in 2021. He is native to Dubois, PA. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA in 1995, where he graduated with honors with a double major in biology and chemistry and a minor in psychology. He is a member of Lambda Sigma National Honor Society as well as Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. His undergraduate thesis in the field of behavioral ecology entitled Badges of Status and Their Effects of Status Signaling in Dark-eyed Juncos was published in August, 1995 edition of The Condor. He graduated from veterinary medical school at The Ohio State University in 1999 with honors. He is a member of Phi Zeta National Veterinary Honor Society as well as Omega Tau Sigma Veterinary Fraternity. He completed an official rotating internal medicine, surgery, and emergency/critical care internship at The University of Minnesota in 2000. During this time, he published an article entitled Portosystemic Shunts Can Be Congenital.
He has professionally prepared and presented the clinical conference entitled Wound Healing and Wound Management and has presented continuing education sessions amidst the community. After decades of providing quality and evidence-based emergency, surgical, and critical care service while helping to bring a teaching and learning environment to a practical setting, he is now enjoying the nuances of the primary care setting including getting to know the clients, consistent follow-up, working together as a team with the other great doctors and staff at South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital, and helping the hospital’s clients know they can count on his knowledge and experience at their primary care vet’s hospital. Emergency abdominal/thoracic surgery, cytology, immune-mediated disease, and avian/exotic medicine are professional interests.
Outside work interests include: spending quality time with his wife, Sarah, and son, Jarod; fishing; outdoors; baseball; racquetball; tennis; playing poker; music, and fine dining.
DR. GIANNA PLAKSA
Dr. Gianna Plaksa received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2023. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Business Administration. She was a division 1 gymnast at Central Michigan.
Dr. Plaksa grew up in Mountain Top, which is in northeast Pennsylvania. She traveled all around the country for gymnastics but had never been to Georgia and is excited to explore all it has to offer! She enjoys any outdoor activities including hiking and fishing.
She has special interests in ophthalmology, surgery, and internal medicine. Additionally, her goals are to become certified in acupuncture and rehab medicine for companion animals.