Our Careteam

Leslie Kneece

Hospital Manager

Leslie was looking for a new path to take after she’d sold the restaurant she used to own. While driving past an animal hospital that was under construction, she thought that working with animals seemed like something she could see herself doing—after all, she’d always had pets! She’s worked in the veterinary field since 1987, and to this day she’s grateful for being given the chance to find her true calling.

Leslie was born and raised in central Virginia. After working at a clinic in Charlotte, Leslie moved to Union County and came to Fullwood Animal Hospital. As the Hospital Manager, she’s in charge of everything from staffing to scheduling to bookkeeping. The best part about her job is that she gets to learn something new every day; Leslie says that the clinic staff never truly knows what may be in store for them on any particular workday.

Currently, Leslie has one pet of her own: an Australian Shepherd named Rowdy Oliver. When she’s not at work, Leslie prefers to be outside and considers herself a beach bum at heart. She also likes to fish and watch golf. Her long-time passion, however, is flying. In 2010, she accomplished her ultimate goal of flying a T-6 Texan airplane!

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Front Office Manager

Although Mary never dreamed she would work at an animal hospital, she took a chance one day and applied. After taking some time off to spend with her first child, Mary decided to get back into the field and started at Fullwood Animal Hospital in 1997. She’s now spent over 20 years total working in the veterinary industry!

Mary is from Union County, North Carolina and currently lives in Unionville with her husband of 16 years, Chuck. They have two children: Brooke is 21, and Dylan is 14. Both kids share their mother’s love of animals! The family has two Rat Terriers, Rosey and Apple, a Toy Fox Terrier named Esme, and a cat named Binx.

Outside of work, Mary likes to go to the beach and on camping trips with her family and dogs. She also loves to check out yard sales with her husband, make crafts, and volunteer at special functions for their church. One day, she hopes to go on a Missions trip to help those less fortunate than her.

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Sandy Joyner


One day in 1995, Sandy walked into Fullwood Animal Hospital to put in an application. She began talking with someone who was sitting at the front desk with her feet propped up and a lovable dachshund on her lap. Little did Sandy know that it was the clinic’s previous owner, Dr. Booker! Two days later, Sandy was called in for an interview and has worked here ever since.

Originally from Charlotte, Sandy moved to Union County four years after she married her husband. Even after almost 20 years working in the veterinary profession, Sandy is still amazed by the feeling of helping a pet recover from being sick or injured. She particularly loves the medical side of her job: placing catheters, giving medications, assisting in surgery, and even cleaning up bodily fluids! Sandy also likes working with fearful pets and helping them to feel comfortable at the clinic.

Sandy and her husband Jimmy have two sons and a daughter, as well as a granddaughter. They share their home with three dogs named Josie, Nikki, and Dozer, and also care for a cat named Chelsea that Sandy rescued from work. 

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Tristan Donovan

Veterinary Assistant

Tristan has felt a distinct fascination with animal care ever since he was young. He constantly asked for toy veterinary kits and stuffed animals during his childhood Christmases; rather than cartoons, he would choose to watch Animal Planet. Now, Tristan’s passion has led him full-circle—he’s thrilled to jumpstart his veterinary journey as a member of the Fullwood Animal Hospital family!

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Tristan moved with his family to Goffstown, New Hampshire when he was six years old. He was in the sixth grade when he chose to shadow a local veterinarian for a school requirement—that sparked a fascination with the world of veterinary care that hasn’t wavered since. During his third year of collegiate studies, Tristan was given the opportunity to complete a work-study requirement at his local animal shelter, allowing him to experience hands-on medical work for the first time.

After graduation, Tristan moved from New Hampshire to North Carolina in order to pursue his next goal: helping animals in the south. When he came across a job opening at Fullwood Animal Hospital, Tristan knew that he’d found the perfect fit! Now, he’s a Veterinary Assistant here at the clinic and has developed a special passion for client education. Most of all, Tristan loves going home every day knowing that he’s made a true difference in the community.

Away from work, Tristan enjoys reading and writing, crocheting and knitting, and spending time with his own pets at home. Since moving to North Carolina in 2014, he’s become the parent of two mischievous cats—Jimmy, an orange-and-white tabby, and a tiny kitten named Toby—as well as a Rottweiler mix, Katie, who likes to think she’s a lap dog.

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Bryan Porter

Veterinary Assistant

Bryan grew up right here in Matthews, where Fullwood Animal Hospital was his family veterinary clinic ever since he was a young boy. He’s had a passion for pet care ever since he can remember, and is thrilled to help the animal companions of his hometown as a member of the clinic team!

Before becoming a veterinary professional, Bryan spent 11 years working in biology research; it was then that he found he had a knack for working hands-on with animals. He joined the Fullwood Animal Hospital family in June of 2017 on a part-time basis, and quickly decided to join the team full-time as a Veterinary Assistant. Bryan especially likes staying on his toes with emergency work and surgery, and he loves being able to calm down nervous or excited patients.

Outside of animal care, Bryan’s passion is music—he’s toured all over the country, recorded on many albums, and even played with the Marshall Tucker Band! He lives with two sibling German Shorthaired Pointers named Imelda and Otis.

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Caitlin Bunce

Animal Care Attendant

One summer night before her senior year of high school, Caitlin was relaxing on the beach during a family vacation, pondering what career field to pursue after graduation. Just then, a couple walked by with a dog. The dog pulled the leash right out of his owner’s hand and bolted over to offer Caitlin a slobbery kiss. Ever since, her mind was made up—she wanted to give something back to the animals who had always brought her joy and companionship! Caitlin is proud to begin her journey as a veterinary professional right here at Fullwood Animal Hospital.

Caitlin grew up here in Matthews with her parents and three brothers. She joined the Fullwood Animal Hospital team in early January of 2017. She serves the area’s pets and animal parents as an Animal Care Attendant, and loves to tend to the clinic’s visiting dogs and cats, as well as lend a helping hand in the examination rooms when needed. Most of all, Caitlin loves chatting with the area’s loving pet owners and getting to learn something new every day. She hopes to attended North Carolina State University in the future to continue her veterinary education—ultimately, she plans on becoming a veterinarian herself!

At home, Caitlin and her family live with one cat, Casey, who prefers to relax in the windowsill or chow down on his food. Caitlin also has one dog of her own: Luna, a Great Dane who is frightened of just about everything despite her massive size.

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