Stephen Pope, DVM

 James Isbell, DVM

Meet Our Veterinarians

Dr. Isbell began working with his father who was a veterinarian in Gadsden, AL. as a young boy and states that he has literally worked in the veterinary field his entire life.

In 2003 Dr. Stone was appointed the Assistant State Veterinarian of the Georgia  Department of Agriculture (GDA) and was the Animal Emergency Coordinator for the State and chief veterinary advisor to the Animal Protection Division. She was instrumental in initiating Reportable Animal Disease System (RADS) website for the GDA to report animal diseases. She is the author of brochures "Equine Strangles- Now a Reportable Disease" and creator of the RADS poster, both of which appear on the website. She also assisted with writing the 2004 Georgia Veterinary Practice Act for veterinarians in the state of Georgia. She is author of the book Agrisecurity: Protecting Georgia's Agriculture and Food (Copyright 2005, Boca Publications). She is author of the Emergency Support Functions Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy for Georgia emergency operations plan (GEOP) Manual for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) for responding to agriculture crises in the State. She organized and moderated a State- wide veterinary conference on "Foreign Animal Diseases and Emergency Management" in 2004. She has authored numerous other articles on pet care, companion animal diseases, the RADS system, and Mad Cow disease for various professional publications and newspapers. Her current interests in veterinary medicine include internal medicine, and infectious disease. She lives in Woodstock with her husband Bruce Mitchell, her feline daughter Sara Jayne, and her avian son Rudy McTootie.

Graduated Auburn University as DVM in 1960

Served in the USAF Veterinary Service as Captain until finishing his tour of duty in 1962

Owner of Isbell Animal Clinic from 1962 to 2008

President of Alabama Veterinary Medical Association - 1980

Private pilot for over 20 years

A Woodstock resident since 2008 and part of the Affordable Vet Center family since 2015 and now serves as our fill in doctor and major mentor.

Dr. Stephen Pope was born in Athens, Georgia and spent most of his childhood in South Georgia and Alabama, with two years of high school in Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh. It was there he began working at age 15 for a veterinarian and shifted his focus away from medical school to vet school, with his heart set on Auburn. He returned to Alabama and graduated high school from Charles Henderson in Troy, Alabama in 1985. He then entered Auburn University as an undergrad, earning his B.S. in Biology in the pre-vet program. In 1988, he started vet school at Auburn and graduated with his DVM in 1992. Immediately afterwards he started work as an associate vet in Dunwoody, part of a three hospital practice that grew later to five clinics in the Atlanta area. In 1997, he switched to ER and continued as an ER vet until the summer of 2006, when he then accepted the medical directorship and moved back to day practice.  He continued as Medical Director there until 2017, after which he started a new path and began working at Affordable Vet Center in Woodstock. He currently lives in Buford, Georgia with his sassy cat, Ella. His interests are cooking, exploring new cities, going to movies and collecting.

Growing up, I knew few things outright at a young age, but two of those things were: (1) I was going to be a doctor when I grew up and (2) I was really fascinated by animals. I knew the first one because my grandmother told me so, constantly. I knew the other because I spent a good deal of time with my grandparents on their farm in south Georgia with my own pony, a mustang named Blackie, and thirteen dogs, at least one of whom was also named Blackie. Also, because my favorite show was Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom; Marlin Perkins was my hero. What I didn't know then, or really give any thought to, was that I could make both myself and my grandmother happy in one becoming a veterinarian. It had never occurred to me then. I didn't realize this until I met Greg Serra.

Greg lived across the street from my aunt in Pennsylvania, where I moved to in high school for a couple of years. He was my age, in the same grade, a friend of the family and worked in an animal hospital, along with his brother, as a kennel boy. He was a meek, friendly, math-whiz of a kid with blazing red hair and a Ford Falcon. We became fast friends and shared many a late night battling it out in Risk and playing baseball on his ColecoVision. Not long after meeting he asked me if I'd like a job replacing his brother who was leaving for college and I thought the extra money could come in handy. I said of course, so at the age of fifteen I got my first real clock-punching job and started working the kennels with Greg.

By the time I turned sixteen, I announced to my grandmother and my aunt that they could still have a doctor in the family, but it'd have to be on my terms:  I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian.  Despite the noise and the smells and the back-breaking labor in the kennels, I knew I had found my calling. My usually hard-to-please grandmother took it in stride and in her broken English, Greek-laden accent took to calling me "Dr. Dog" . By seventeen I was accepted into Auburn and started my journey towards fulfilling my dream.

Eventually, I moved back to Alabama, starting undergrad at Auburn as I had planned, in the summer of '85. Soon after starting my second year of undergrad, I got a phone call telling me that Greg had died in a car wreck, alone on a dark and winding Pennsylvania back road. I was eighteen, and he just a few months older. It was the first time I lost someone so close to me in age, and in spirit, and I have never stopped mourning that day. Two years later, I got my acceptance letter from the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine and 25+ years later, here I am, practicing the craft I had finally chosen and chased for so many years.

​So to answer why it is I do what I do, you must definitely give props to both my grandmother, GiaGia Fannie, and Marlin Perkins for laying the groundwork. You can thank all the vets who encouraged me along the way, from kennel boy to Medical Director. You can give a shout out to the many clients and pets that have touched and affected me on my continuing journey. But the one person who deserves the most credit, all of my thanks and my eternal gratitude is my friend Greg, who put it all together so many years ago and gave me the one gift I never knew I wanted. For without him, I don't know where or what I would be, but it most certainly would not be a successful and blessed veterinarian.

​​​Bruce Tyler, DVM

Dr. Stone is semi retired and has been working for Affordable Veterinary Center LLC since 2016. She is a native of South Carolina and earned her B.S. degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Zoology in 1976 from Clemson University. After completing her Master's degree, she worked at the Greenville Zoo as Curator of Birds and Big Cats. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The University of Georgia of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. While in veterinary school she was awarded The John Morton Award for Humane Animal Care (large animal). She completed an externship in zoological medicine at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, S.C.

Dr. Stone moved to Georgia in 1981. She was in various private practices in metro Atlanta as a small animal/ avian/ exotic animal practitioner. From 2002- 2005 she taught biology at Gwinnett Technical College as an adjunct professor in the Veterinary Technology Program.

Phone: 678-503-2009
1910 Eagle Dr. Suite 1300
Woodstock, GA 30189

Nelwyn Stone, DVM

Graduated Drew University Madison NJ in 1970 with a B.A. in Zoology

Graduated University of Montreal in 1976 with a D.V.M.

General Practice/ Internship Pittsfield, Mass. 1976- 1978

General Practice Lexington, Mass. 1978- 1979

Manager/Vet Dekalb- Gwinnett Animal Emergency Clinic 1979- 1980

Tyler Animal Hospital, Owner. Saint Simons Island, GA. 1980- 2015

Affordable Vet Center Woodstock, GA 2015- present 

Loves Standard Poodles, Working Out, and Reading

Affordable Vet Center is devoted to giving your pets the best care at an affordable price. We hold ourselves highly accountable to practice good medicine for your so- loved pets. At Affordable Vet Center we are proud to offer a wide variety of services including affordable vaccines, in-house lab work, other laboratory procedures, prescription pet foods, dental cleanings, spays, and neuters. We are a full service vet clinic and complete in-house pharmacy able to diagnose and treat your pets, with a 3,600 sq. ft. clinic located in Woodstock, GA. We offer efficient service with state of the art equipment and full surgical center to treat your pets with the respect and kindness they deserve.

​We also have extended Saturday hours to 5pm to better serve you.