Meet Our Veterinary Team in Canton
Riverstone Animal Hospital is equipped with veterinarians who are not only passionate about pet care, but also about strengthening the bond between pets and their owners. Learn more about our veterinarians below, and contact us with any questions.
Dr. Greg Nutt
Dr. Greg, co-owner of Riverstone Animal Hospital, opened the practice in 2002. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University in 1996. He is affiliated with the AVMA and Veterinary Honor Society and has completed continuing education hours in rabbit and exotic pet care. His veterinary career path began at a young age, when he and his family bred beagles and rabbits. This experience showed him the importance of the bond that people have with their pets and fastened his resolve to make caring for pets a career.
As a veterinarian, he enjoys sharing his love for his pets with the team and supporting the mission of serving pets and their owners. One of his favorite aspects of his position is witnessing the love that pet owners have for their pets and being able to give these owners healthier family members. He also looks forward to forming relationships and friendships with the people he sees. He goes the extra mile to provide his clients and patients with exceptional care, taking the time to sit on the floor with his them to get to know them while listening to his clients' needs.
Dr. Greg is married to Dr. Simone Nutt, his partner at the hospital, whom he met in college in California. Together, they have three four-legged family members. Beatrice the Beagle, who is Dr Greg’s favorite, Spud the Boston Terrier, and Banjo the cat who was rescued from RAH as a kitten. When he's not caring for pets at Riverstone, he enjoys fishing, kayaking, reading, gardening, camping, and spending time with his family. Although he is passionate about being a veterinarian and helping pets become well, his greatest accomplishment is being a great father.
Dr. Simone Nutt
Dr. Simone is the other half of the husband-wife team at Riverstone Animal Hospital. She graduated from Oklahoma State University and completed continuing education hours in feline medicine, internal medicine, ultrasound, endoscopy, and dentistry. The most notable moment of her career has been realizing the impact that veterinarians can have in enriching the lives of people. She has seen how valuable it is to her clients to find someone who truly listens and cares about how they feel about their pet and someone they can trust with their pet.
With a strong interest in medicine and working to eliminate pain and illness, Dr. Simone considers it an honor to care for pet family members. She also loves being able to work with great pet care team members who share her passion of helping the community care for their pets. As a veterinarian, she welcomes the variety that each day brings and investing in people's lives and form relationships. She loves seeing people every day who love their pets the way she does. One of her many goals is to truly find out what each owner's concerns and goals are and working with them in accomplishing those goals, rather than just treating each pet and client the same way.
Dr. Simone had the privilege of marrying her soul mate, Dr. Greg, and opening the practice with him. Together, they have three pets: A Beagle, a Boston Terrier, and a cat who rules over the dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys horse back riding, kayaking with her husband, reading, serving at her church, and camping with her family. She also loves reading the Bible and considers it a source of joy, as it never fails to be relevant to her daily life.
Dr. Ashley Ballew
Dr. Ashley joined the Riverstone team in April 2015. She graduated from the Berry College in 2009 for her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, and from the University of Georgia in 2013 with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. During vet school, she focused on exotic animals, and she loves the unique challenges and fun experiences that reptiles and pocket pets present. She also enjoys partnering with clients in education, especially focusing on animal behavior and helping others to understand their pets’ behavior to avoid problems in the future. She also focuses on heart disease and offers screening echocardiograms (heart ultrasounds).
Dr. Ashley grew up in Georgia and currently lives in Woodstock with her husband and her three dogs, a mix named Zelda, a greyhound named Beckett, and a mix named Artemis. She also grew up with lots of furry friends including guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, and chinchillas. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and traveling to new places.
Dr. Caleb Burks
Dr. Caleb is a North Georgia native. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Berry College and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia in 2019. Dr. Caleb has a special interest in ophthalmology, but is also passionate about cardiology, dentistry and soft-tissue surgery. Dr. Caleb’s caring manner with pets and his desire to form strong relationships with you as the pet owners make him a great asset to the Riverstone Team!
Dr. Caleb lives in Ball Ground with his wife, two dogs, a cat, and a small family of pet rats! In his spare time Dr. Caleb reads, travels, and practices German Longsword and similar historic European martial arts.
Hello, I’m Dr. Yen and I joined our Riverstone team in June of 2023. Prior to my time here, I practiced in pharmacology before graduating from UGA’s veterinary program. Since joining the Riverstone team, I have appreciated the camaraderie and motivation of the team. I have enjoyed the amazing guidance from our seasoned doctors and everyone’s welcoming nature since day one. Specifically, I have a passion for internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work, I spend my time kayaking, gardening, hiking, and spending time with my cat, who I have lovingly named, “Poop.” I can’t wait to meet you and your pets!