Our Careteam

Jamie Gawron

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.

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Leslie Kneece

Technician Supervisor

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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Reception 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 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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Veterinary Assistant

Jan grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina with her parents, three brothers, and a house full of pets. She’s always had a soft spot in her heart for our animal companions, and is thrilled to help them live better lives on a daily basis! Jan is a proud member of Fullwood Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Assistant team.

Before entering the veterinary profession, Jan worked with human patients for many years as a Registered Nurse. When the time came to change her career path, she knew that she wanted to remain in the healthcare field; why not use her existing skills and improve pets’ health at the same time, Jan thought, by working in the field of animal medicine? It wasn’t long before she was hired on as a Veterinary Assistant and began her training in the field of veterinary care. Next, Jan started managing mobile pet-vaccine clinics and traveled all over the state performing vaccinations!

Jan joined the Fullwood Animal Hospital family in May of 2018 and serves as a Veterinary Assistant. Medically, she’s fond of surgery and behavior work, and she especially likes to experience the joy of seeing puppies grow and thrive.

When she isn’t tending to the needs of pets here at the hospital, Jan can be found spending quality time with her daughter. Together, they enjoy cooking, shopping, and hiking.

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