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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Mary

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

Receptionist

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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Amy Alexander

Veterinary Assistant

When she was growing up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, Amy’s family had a small rescue cat that was extremely shy. She spent most of her first year hiding under the bed! If someone in the family was sick, though, the little kitten would come out and sit on their pillow until they felt better. She taught Amy that there are more to pets than meets the eye—now, she gets to return the favor by working as a Veterinary Assistant!

Amy used to work as a cashier in the retail business, but longed for something more. She’d always though it would be wonderful to work with animals, so she decided to apply at several animal hospitals in the area. She was thrilled when Dr. Booker called her in for an interview! In June of 2007, she started here at the clinic full-time.

When she isn’t at work or spending time with her beautiful cat Miss Piggy, Amy loves art, reading, and learning new things. She used to compete in Irish dance when she was younger, and still has a great passion for all forms of dance.

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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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Caitlin Bruce

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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Amanda Nickel

Pet Stylist

Although she’d been transfixed by animals since she was a little girl, Amanda found herself working in retail management as an adult. It wasn’t long, though, before she realized her true calling lay in animal care. Amanda decided to make a change and do what really made her happy: making pets look and feel great!

Born in Iowa, Amanda grew up in Michigan and Illinois. Her veterinary career began when she applied for an entry-level dog bathing position at a local pet care store. Although she was working harder than she had in years, Amanda absolutely loved it! It wasn’t long before she was being trained to groom dogs and cats.
In the fall of 2014, Amanda was offered an opportunity to relocate to North Carolina to be closer to her family. She moved to Mint Hill in November, and settled in here at Fullwood Animal Hospital shortly afterward. She particularly enjoys seeing the looks on pet owners’ faces when they first view their freshly-groomed pet; for Amanda, it’s like performing multiple makeovers every day!
Amanda shares her home with two dogs, Olive and Gus, who are best friends. When she isn’t at work or spending time with her pups, Amanda enjoys crocheting, making wire-crafted jewelry, and improving her drawing and painting skills. She’s been a vegetarian for over 15 years, and loves learning new recipes and styles of cuisine.
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