Practice Manager, Registered Veterinary Technician
Jamie has been fascinated by the world of medicine ever since she was a little girl, and always knew that she would grow up to work in the medical field one day. When she realized that she could combine her scientific and medical passions with her lifelong love for animals, the choice was obvious! Jamie decided to dive headfirst into veterinary medicine, and she hasn’t regretted a single moment since.
Jamie is from Buffalo, New York and graduated from Medaille College in 1998 with her Associate’s degree in veterinary technology. Next, she relocated to North Carolina, and it wasn’t long before Jamie started her first job as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Six months later, she passed the North Carolina state board exams to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.
After working her way up the ranks to serve in a number of management positions—including stints as an Office Manager, Technician Supervisor, and Hospital Manager—Jamie was thrilled to join the Fullwood Animal Hospital family in May of 2018. She particularly likes working with numbers and spreadsheets, and she’s also fond of problem-solving and implementing various techniques to help the clinic run as smoothly as possible. Jamie is also passionate about working with a variety of personalities and helping others to grow in their careers; she believes wholeheartedly that a great team learns from one another, helps one another, and succeeds together!
In her time away from the office, Jamie likes completing DIY projects at home, working on her saltwater fish tank, and spending quality time with her family and pets. She has two wonderful daughters, Briana and Brooklyn, and shares her life with a pair of canine companions: Asia, a sweet and loyal one-eyed Pit Bull, as well as an adorable Chihuahua mix named Bungee.
Client Care Coordinator Supervisor
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 25 years total working in the veterinary industry!
Mary is from Union County, North Carolina and currently lives in Unionville with her husband of 25 years, Chuck. They have four children: Brooke, Dylan, Kyle and Kayla. She also has a new grand- daughter that she loves so much! The family has a Rat Terrier named Apple and a Toy Fox Terrier named
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.
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. She says 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 dog named Cammy that comes to work with her everyday and one cat named Tigger. 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 travel. Her long-time passion, however, is flying. In 2010, she accomplished her ultimate goal of flying a T-6 Texan airplane!
Client Care Coordinator and Social Media Extraordinaire
Nickie has always considered herself a “people person,” and she’s had a lifelong fascination with animal medicine. What better way to combine her love of working with the public and her passion for pet care, she thought, then by working in a veterinary clinic? Nickie gets to do what she loves every day—she’s a proud member of the Fullwood Animal Hospital reception team.
Nickie grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and worked in the human healthcare field before becoming a veterinary professional—she spent nearly a decade helping others as a Certified Nursing Assistant! She joined the Fullwood Animal Hospital team in the fall of 2018, and couldn’t be happier with her choice. Nickie particularly likes working alongside a team of animal-lovers just like herself, and her favorite part of her job is getting to meet and greet a variety of pet and human personalities on a daily basis.
Most of Nickie’s free time away from the office is spent with her family. She and her husband, Phil, have a son named Drew and also share their home with several pets: Buster, a Beagle; a Labrador mix named Lila; two box turtles named Ernest and Shelly and a cat named Roy. Nickie is a proud Air Force Mom and enjoys cooking and baking, doing yard work, and taking her dogs to the lake.
Client Care Coordinator
Growing up, Deanna was always eager to learn more about animals and how to care for them. It was her beloved pet dogs, however, who truly inspired Deanna to one day pursue a career that would allow her to work with animals. As part of the Fullwood Animal Hospital team, Deanna is honored to play a role in helping as many pets as possible enjoy long, happy and healthy lives!
Deanna started her journey as a receptionist at another local animal hospital before moving on to a doggie daycare. While she enjoyed the hands-on experience she gained there, she found that she deeply missed being in the veterinary field. She joined the Fullwood team in May of 2022. Professionally, Deanna enjoys keeping our clients well-informed. She also loves being able to interact with so many different species and breeds on a daily basis.
Outside of the clinic, Deanna is ‘mom’ to two dogs of her own: Mogley, who is a big teddy bear and a total mama’s boy, and Kushy, who is a burst of wild energy. Kushy loves a good wrestle but is well-trained and knows to stop as soon as he’s told.
In her spare time, Deanna enjoys hiking. Her favorite place to go is 40 Acre Rock – especially when there’s nobody else around and she can let Mogley and Kushy off-leash.
Technician Supervisor, Kennel Supervisor and Chief Happiness Officer
Sarah has always had a certain way with animals, and feels a sense of duty to give them the best lives that she possibly can. For her, a career spent helping pets simply makes sense! Sarah is a Technician Supervisor and Kennel Supervisor with the Fullwood Animal Hospital family.
Sarah is originally from Poughkeepsie, New York, but began her veterinary care journey at a clinic in Florida in 2009. (Her mother even operates her own dog boarding business in the state!) After a few years, she became the Practice Manager at another animal hospital before moving to North Carolina in early 2018 to continue her career in pet care. That April, Sarah was thrilled to join the compassionate care team here at Fullwood Animal Hospital—she’s been caring for the area’s pets ever since!
When she isn’t helping pets live happier, healthier lives here at the hospital, Sarah can be found painting and drawing, reading, or spending time with her own mischievous pet,
Registered Veterinary Technician
Joy decided to become a veterinary professional for one simple reason: because the field allows her to combine her passion for helping other people and her commitment to bettering the lives of pets. She gets to do just that on a daily basis! Joy is a proud member of the Fullwood Animal Hospital Veterinary Technician team.
Joy is a native of Raleigh and attended Veterinary Technician school to receive her licensure. She first joined the Fullwood Animal Hospital family in 2017 on a part-time basis, and was happy to accept a full-time role in 2020. Around the clinic, she enjoys challenging medical cases and also likes to learn something new almost every day—Joy finds that her career constantly keeps her on her toes!
Joy’s interests away from work include reading, horseback riding, watching documentaries, and doting on her own menagerie of pets at home. She lives with three dogs—Happy, who is more like a human; Elle, the world’s best ball-chaser; and sleep-loving Gus—as well as four cats who go by Tibby, Badger, Tick, and Colby. Joy also owns three lizards, a hedgehog, and a horse.
Nydia is from Charlotte NC and joined the team as a Veterinary Assistant, Jan 5th 2023! She has been around and rescued animals her whole life, she saw how many animals were in need and figured she could step in and help make a change in the animal community. She loves having a patient come in and seeing them come out so much better than how they started!
Nydia knows she’s in the right profession because she gets excited about starting her day and staying longer than anticipated because there is so much that needs to be done!
Nydia’s little family started in Jan 2022 when she welcomed her incredible son Ezekiel into the world! Outside of work, Nydia’s dream is owning her own dog treat business giving owners and dogs a great homemade treat that they will both love!
Animal Care Attendant
Jamison grew up with a love for pets that hasn’t quit to this day. She’s always treated the earth’s creatures with the same love and respect that she has for her own friends and family. For Jamison, putting that passion to good use by working in the veterinary field simply made sense! She’s a member of the Fullwood Animal Hospital kennel team, and couldn’t be happier to help the pets and animal parents of this area on a daily basis.
Jamison is a Mint Hill native and joined the Fullwood Animal Hospital family in the summer of 2020 after hearing about an opening from the Practice Manager, Jamie. It wasn’t long before she had signed on as an official member of the team! As an Animal Care Attendant, Jamison particularly likes spending time with the clinic’s boarding dogs, and she loves to bathe them and take them on walks outside. She also enjoys cleaning the kennel area to keep it spotless for the clinic’s furry visitors.
Away from the hospital, Jamison enjoys spending time with her family’s pets at home. She has a bird and three dogs: Samson, a loving and loyal German Shepherd; Jake the Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher mix who licks Jamison’s face every morning to wake her up; and a Chihuahua named Krull who is obsessed with food.
Ever since she was a little girl, Kristen harbored an intense love for animals of all shapes and sizes. Her family’s red Chow Chow made a lasting impression—Kristen knew that she wanted to learn more about pet care so that she could help all of the animals she possibly could. As a member of the Fullwood Animal Hospital family, she gets to use her grooming skills to help the area’s pets look and feel their absolute best every day!
Kristen is a North Carolina native and was only 17 years old when she first joined the kennel team at a local veterinary hospital. After working side-by-side with the two groomers there, she decided that she wanted to learn how to cut pet hair herself. The rest is history! Kristen has been grooming ever since.
After staying out of the workforce for a number of years as a stay-at-home mom, Kristen jumped at the chance to get back into grooming when a friend told her about an open position here at Fullwood Animal Hospital. She loves getting to meet a wide variety of animal personalities every day, and also likes the challenge of working with difficult or nervous furry clients. Kristen’s favorite part of her job, though, is seeing the looks on pet owners’ faces when their fully pampered pets are returned to them!
Most of Kristen’s free time away from work is spent with her family. She and her young son, Ethan, share their lives with three pets: a Pitbull named Skyler, a mixed-breed dog who goes by Half Pint, and a black cat named Lil Miss.
When Hannah was a child, her uncle gifted her 15 baby chicks to raise. The experience of caring for these helpless creatures and helping them grow into healthy adult chickens sparked a deep desire to learn more about animals. Over the years, this desire only grew, eventually leading Hannah to a career in the veterinary industry. Today, she is honored to play a role in helping our patients live their best lives!
Hannah attended the veterinary assistant program during her junior year of high school after taking multiple animal science classes. She then got an internship at a nearby clinic where she ultimately received her certification before joining the Fullwood Animal Hospital team. Professionally, Hannah enjoys building and strengthening relationships with people and their animal companions.
At home, Hannah has a small zoo of her own. Cat is a master groomer, Walter loves to cuddle but hates to be held, Myrtle loves to explore the outdoors, and Polly is a bundle of energy. Sadie, a blue heeler, is so smart she knows how to whisper, and Buttons, a cockatiel, loves to sing the Andy Griffith theme song. The crew is made complete with two hermit crabs who enjoy cuddling with each other.
In her spare time, Hannah likes to crochet, paint, spend time with her animals, and be outdoors.
Kendall is from Marshville, NC. She went to NC State and majored in Animal Science with a minor in Forensic Science. While in school, she worked as a veterinary technician at two different veterinary clinics to get the experience while in school.
She began working in the veterinary industry because it was always a dream of hers to become a Large Animal Veterinarian, but became a veterinary assistant after deciding 4 more years of school was not what she wanted to do. Her favorite thing about working with animals is being able to help them and getting to be around all the sweet babies!
Kendall states she knows this is the right profession for her because she wakes up excited knowing she gets to work with animals and an amazing team every day! She loves what she does so much, she raves to her friends and family about all of her happy moments and achievements throughout her work day!
Kendall lives with her lovely parents that have been married for 23 years and has an awesome younger brother who is 21 and works at the local Sherriff’s office! Her mother is a Cafeteria manager at an elementary school and her father farms, which was always his passion! Kendall’s passion was to become a Large animal veterinarian, but decided to stick with being a technician. She very much enjoys playing softball, basketball, cooking and horse back riding during her downtime.
Originally from Monroe, NC, she has called this town her home since her upbringing.
Stephanie’s journey into the veterinary industry was driven by her deep-rooted affection for animals. The pivotal moment occurred when her beloved childhood dog fell ill, sparking a desire within her to actively work with animals and provide them with compassionate care.
As she embarked on her career, Stephanie initially began working in the kennels, but her dedication and thirst for knowledge led her to expand her expertise as a Veterinary Assistant. This decision allowed her to further contribute to the well-being of animals and enhance her understanding of their needs.
Beyond her professional life, Stephanie finds fulfillment in her personal relationships. She shares her life with her husband, Jeffrey, and their beautiful daughter, Paisley. Their furry companions include a handsome golden named Marty, a mischievous yet endearing dog named Danni, and a lively cat named Clyde. Stephanie’s interests extend to enjoying trips to the beach, spending quality time with her family, and attending concerts or any event where she can experience live music.
Stephanie’s commitment to the veterinary field, combined with her love for animals and dedication to their welfare, make her a valuable member of the team.
Kamela’s passion for working with animals has been ingrained in her since childhood. Kamela’s earliest memories include catching lizards in the backyard, observing beetles in their natural habitat, and feeding ducks at the park. These experiences fostered her deep connection with animals and fueled her desire to pursue a career in the veterinary field.
Kamela’s journey began with her first job at an animal hospital, where she started in the kennel and gradually worked her way up to becoming a Veterinary Assistant. This opportunity allowed her to acquire a diverse skill set and grow both personally and professionally. Driven by her passion to promote animal health and well-being, Kamela continually strives to make a positive impact in the lives of animals and their owners.
What sets Kamela apart is her genuine love for animals and her keen interest in understanding their unique personalities and behaviors. She finds great joy in witnessing the bond between pets and their owners and takes pleasure in helping owners gain a deeper understanding of their furry companions.
The moment Kamela realized she was in the right profession was when she stepped into an animal hospital and witnessed the happiness radiating from both the dogs and their owners. This affirmation solidified her belief that working in the veterinary industry was her true calling.
Outside of work, Kamela enjoys the company of her fiancé and a lively menagerie of animals. Two adoring pit bulls and a handful of clever birds add to the excitement of her household. Kamela finds solace in hiking through parks, immersing herself in the wonders of wildlife. During her leisure time, you can find her indulging in video games, exploring her artistic side, and unwinding with Netflix.
Christopher lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 14 years and moved to NC with his mom in 2016. He began working in the veterinary field because he’s always had a love and interest in animals since a very young age. Christopher’s interests have never changed so he wanted to be able to work with animals in any way he could. His favorite thing about working with animals is being able to interact with all the patients and build life long connections.
Christopher knew he was in the right profession when he clicked very well with the environment and people working alongside him and really enjoys the work he’s doing.
Outside of work Christopher lives with his mom, 3 siblings and 4 cats. He is very much interested in Norse Mythology and art and hopes to one day be able to visit either Norway or Iceland!
Molly’s passion for animals and her commitment to their well-being have driven her career in the veterinary industry. Her journey in the field began as an intern at Fullwood, and her determination to expand her veterinary knowledge led her to her current role.
Molly’s educational pursuits align with her professional aspirations. Currently enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College, she is pursuing an Associates in Biological Science, a testament to her dedication to learning and growth. A lifelong resident of Indian Trail, Molly’s connection to the community is deeply rooted, and she aims to make a lasting impact on the lives of both animals and their families.
From a young age, Molly knew that the veterinary field was her calling. Her innate compassion for animals and her desire to care for those in need were clear indicators that she was on the right path. What she values most about her work is the ability to make a difference in the lives of animals who cannot advocate for themselves. This sense of purpose fuels her commitment to providing the best care possible.
Outside of her role at the animal hospital, Molly’s life is equally vibrant and dynamic. She shares her home with her parents, two brothers, and her beloved dogs, Cersei and Lily. Alongside her dedication to animals, she is also a martial arts enthusiast, holding a 2nd-degree black belt under the Joe Lewis Fighting System. Her diverse interests extend to music, where she enjoys singing and appreciating various genres. Nature walks with friends and family are a cherished pastime that allows her to unwind and connect with her surroundings. She also currently volunteers at Carolina Waterfowl.
Molly’s journey in the veterinary field exemplifies her unwavering commitment, compassion, and desire to contribute positively to both the animal kingdom and her local community. With her sights set on a future career as a veterinarian, Molly continues to grow and thrive within the realm of animal care.
Taylor graduated from Porter Ridge Highschool in the summer of 2020 and lives with her parents and younger sister in her childhood home. This is Taylors first job in the actual vet industry, but she previously worked as a pet sitter and a day care boarding attendant.
Her favorite thing about working with animals is taking care of them and making sure to meet all their needs. Taylor knew she was in the right profession when she worked at a doggy daycare and fell in love with caring for animals! She enjoyed working with them so much it didn’t even feel like work!
Her personal interests include, listening to music of all kinds & spending time with rescue animals. She is very passionate about working with animals and is also interested in the rescue side of the job!
Client Care Coordinator
Amber grew up surrounded by animals and there has never been a time without some sort of pet in her life. She has a passion for learning all that she can about all different types of animals whether it be a dog, cat, bunny, or reptile etc. She loves that each animal has their own funny or sassy personality!
Amber has always known she would eventually work with animals as it has always been a dream of hers since she was a little girl. She is a mother to three handsome boys who keep her very busy and a fur mom to a boxer (Roxy) and a quaker parrot (Minnie).
Client Care Coordinator
Originally from Shelby, NC, Emily’s passion for animals ignited in the rural landscapes of her hometown, fostering a love for wildlife and livestock. With an educational background in childcare development, Emily transitioned from teaching toddlers and pre-K children to discovering her affinity for environmental science at Camp Thunderbird in Lake Wylie, SC. In the veterinary field, Emily found her calling in educating pet owners about their furry family members, viewing pets as cherished companions and understanding the importance of comprehensive care. Her joy in working with animals stems from appreciating their unique personalities and witnessing their thriving environments. Emily’s unwavering enthusiasm, combined with her genuine care, makes her an invaluable asset to the Fullwood Animal Hospital team. Emily enjoys quality time with loved ones, crafting charcuterie boards, cooking, baking, and exploring the outdoors with her dog at the local nature center. Accomplishing homeownership at the age of 19 and boasting a diverse professional background, Emily brings versatility and empathy to her role.
Client Greeter/Employee Therapist
It’s important that pet owners and their pets feel welcomed and comfortable the very moment they enter Fullwood Animal Hospital. As the hospital’s resident client greeter and employee therapist, Oliver the cat ensures that every person and animal that walks into the clinic is acknowledged. People can’t help but to pet adorable Oliver on the head as they walk by, and who can blame them?
Oliver initially arrived at Fullwood Animal Hospital as a stray kitten with head trauma that was fighting for his life. Dr. Medrano took him home, allowed him to heal, rest and recover and before you knew it, he was fully healed and ready to join the hospital staff as an official member!
From laying on keyboards, to causing chaos on work computers, to stealing chairs, Oliver keeps everyone on their toes with his mischievous antics. When he’s feeling neglected, he will demand that someone pick him up and give him a head rub, which causes him to drool uncontrollably. He also has a pretty big appetite; he’s particularly fond of snacks!