I have been working in the veterinary industry since 1999 and I absolutely love my job! It started because of my love and passion for animals and grew due to a desire to be more involved in my community, assisting clients with helping their pets live happier, longer lives and a need to feel responsible for how business is growing. I am a member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. It is a great pleasure to work here because I love to be around compassionate, kind hearted veterinarians and staff members and because I truly appreciate every client and patient and the bond that develops when a client finally meets veterinarians they feel they can completely trust with their pets well-being. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my family. We have 2 dogs who have been a part of our family since 2005: Elizabeth, a Labrador retriever and Rizzell, an Australian Cattle Dog. I also enjoy cooking, gardening and swimming.
I look forward to making your experience a great one here at Southwoods Animal Hospital. Please feel free to reach out to me if there is anything I can do to help us exceed your expectations.
Registered Veterinary Technician
I was born in Nashville, TN, but my family relocated to Greensboro when I was in the 4th grade. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician graduating from Central Carolina Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in 1976. At the time, CCCC was the only accredited program for veterinary technicians in the southeastern part of the United States but is now one of three in NC, so I feel very fortunate to have been a part of that history. When I first started at Southwoods Animal Hospital in 1997, I had been a stay-at-home mom for several years. It was scary getting back in the profession again as things had changed quite a bit. Dr. Joe evidently felt I was up to the challenge and I have been at Southwoods for 16 years! I have been married for 34 years to the same great man, have two wonderful children and son-in-law, and am the proud “Nana” to a grandson who is the light of my life.
I knew at the age of 11 years old that I wanted to help animals. One of my friend’s fathers found a beagle puppy in a lake where someone had tried to drown him because he was sick. I begged my parents to let me take him but unfortunately he passed away from distemper virus soon after. It was at that moment that I made up my mind to pursue veterinary medicine and save as many animals as I could. I have definitely lived up to that promise! I presently have 10 dogs and 6 cats!
My grandson has top billing with my spare time, but I also enjoy taking canine acting classes with my corgi Franklin, taking my dogs to various parks for hikes, and plan to do agility training with my border collie sometime in the near future.
Growing up, I always had numerous cats, dogs, horses and pocket pets. I shared the love of animals with my mom. My cousins and I would find wildlife (squirrels, bunnies, opossums, birds, etc.) that maybe one of the dogs or cats attacked and we would give it a proper burial in our own “pet cemetery” in the woods. We had a log book and each animal had a special name. For example “abunnyrabbit” (ebony rabbit) and cause of death, “a cat got it.” The list was placed in a tin can and buried on site, I’m sure that can is still there to this day.
My love for animals inspired me to make caring for them a career. I started working at Southwoods Animal Hospital in November of 1997 and Southwoods soon became my second family. My first family consists of a wonderful husband, three children and three wonderful and amusing grandchildren, five dogs and one cat. My hobbies include fishing at the coast and hunting with my husband.
I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2006. When I was growing up, my family always had pets. Being around animals just made me happy, and after doing an internship at a wildlife rehabilitation center when I was at school, I realized just how much I enjoyed helping them. I worked at a vet hospital in Charlotte for four years before moving to Greensboro. I currently have two cats and a beagle. I enjoy hiking, reading, and spending time with friends.
Veterinary Assistant / Customer Service Representative
I was born in Casper, Wyoming. My father was in the military, so naturally I have lived in many places while I was very young but have been in Hope Mills, North Carolina since I was five years old. When I was three years old, my older sister had a guinea pig and I was very jealous so my mom bought me a mouse thinking that it was going to be an easy pet for me to take care of. It didn’t take much time for my one pet mouse to turn into fourteen mice almost overnight. Needless to say, my mom quickly decided that a mouse was not a good pet for me.
We moved to North Carolina when I was five we and got our first family dog. Madison was a black and white mutt that my mom rescued from a Pet Smart adoption fair just before I started kindergarten. It wasn’t long till we knew she was MY dog and I would be changed forever! Over the years more pets came and went. From hamsters to horses and hermit crabs to turtles, my childhood was always surround by pets of my very own. Madison passed away when I was in the fifth grade when she was hit by a car just outside my house. Her spine was damaged and there was nothing they could do to save my best friend. At that very moment I knew I was going to be a veterinarian.
I moved to Greensboro after graduating high school in 2014 to attend UNCG where I am currently working on my B.S in Biology with a concentration in Pre Veterinary Medicine. After spending a semester away from my Boston terrier, Tatum, I moved into an apartment where he could be with me. I started Volunteering at Southwoods where after several months of dedication I was asked to become a member of the team. After I graduate from UNCG I hope to attend Veterinary School to pursue my life long goal.
Customer Service Representative
I started working at Southwoods Animal Hospital in May, 2001 after graduating from UNCG with a degree in environmental biology and a minor in chemistry and geography. I have worked as a receptionist, technician, and surgical technician since beginning work at Southwoods Animal Hospital. I live with my husband, three sons (plus one due in March 2014), two dogs and one cat.
Customer Service Representative
I was born and raised in Ramseur, NC. Growing up my family always had a variety of animal goats, chickens, peacocks, dogs, cats, and hamsters. So of course being around animals has always made me happy and eager to learn more about them. So in 2007 I started attending North Carolina State University and in 2011 I graduated with a degree in Agriculture Business Management and Livestock and Poultry Management. I worked at an animal hospital in Raleigh for three years before moving back home to the Asheboro area. I currently have two cats Sylvie Mae and Munch who we like to call “Munchester Biscuits” a Boston Terrier names Dallas Ann and an Australian Cattle dog named Alice. I enjoy hiking, and spending time with family, friends and of course my animals.
Animal Care Staff
I was born in Sophia, North Carolina. My passion is caring for animals. When I was going through some hard times at a young age, I surrounded my life with animals and they healed me. I have always wanted to help animals, not just to return the favor, but they depend on us and I believe it’s our duty to heal them, love them and show them compassion.
I have worked with wildlife, dogs, cats, horses, birds, and exotic animals since I was a little girl. My job is very rewarding and I am amazed to see animals near death make a complete 360 turn around with love, care, and medications. It is great seeing them make a complete recovery and go home to their very happy owners.
I enjoy outdoor activities, powwows, and spending time with my husband and family. I have wonderful animals that have been a true blessing from God – Leo (Great Dane), Ta Shina (wolf hybrid), Mia (long haired Chihuahua), four cats (Grizz, Abby, Bonnie, and Sabrina) and two hedgehogs (Kintan and Dottie).