Our Veterinarians

Dr. Christy Montgerard

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Montgerard didn’t always know she wanted to be a veterinarian—she had graduated college with a psychology degree before someone sat her down and asked why she hadn’t pursued a career in animal care. Already unsatisfied with the job market, Christy decided to take a leap of faith. She worked as veterinary assistant, took the necessary science courses, and applied to veterinary school. As soon as she got in, she knew she’d made the right choice. Dr. Montgerard had found her calling!

Christy was born and raised in rural North and South Carolina, then moved to Charlotte when she was 16 years old. After graduating from Appalachian State University with her Psychology degree in 1998, she began working at a vet’s office that same year. In 1999, she returned to school at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to begin her veterinary education. By 2006, she’d graduated from North Carolina State University with her veterinary degree.

After completing small-animal and zoo internships, Dr. Montgerard returned to the Charlotte area in 2007 to marry her high-school sweetheart, Hank. She settled in at Fullwood Animal Hospital in 2012, when the previous owner was looking for someone to purchase the clinic. After working here for nine months, Christy purchased the hospital in December of 2012.

At the clinic, Dr. Montgerard especially likes connecting with clients and establishing lasting relationships. She never takes for granted the trust that pet parents place in her! Medically, Christy enjoys surgery, dermatology, and internal medicine.

Dr. Montgerard and her husband have four children: 14-year-old Ariel, 13-year-old Spencer, four-year-old Nate, and one-year-old Naomi. A number of pets round out the family. There are four cats: Cho Cho, Oliver, Jack, and Rose, two dogs named Hank and Dolly, and Willie the corn snake.

Although Christy doesn’t have much time for hobbies, she tries to be active in the church and spend time with friends whenever she can. Her family also enjoys hiking, and spend most weekends in the mountains searching for promising new hiking areas.

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Dr. Jennifer Hawthorne


Dr. Jennifer Hawthorne grew up in a small North Carolina town, where she was surrounded by animals on her family’s beef farm. She had always loved pets, but didn’t seriously consider a career in veterinary medicine until she found out about the pre-veterinary program offered at North Carolina State University. On the spot, Dr. Hawthorne decided to become a veterinarian!

Dr. Hawthorne earned her undergraduate and veterinary degrees at North Carolina State University, and even worked for a year as a radiology technician at the school. After marrying and moving to Georgia, she completed a small animal internship before moving to the Charlotte area and signing on at a local animal hospital.

In March of 2013, Dr. Hawthorne helped to fill in at Fullwood Animal Hospital when Dr. Montgerard was on maternity leave. The two have known each other since their veterinary school days at North Carolina State! Dr. Hawthorne is particularly fond of the close-knit camaraderie around the clinic, and her primary medical interest is radiology.

Dr. Hawthorne and her husband Shawn have two young children, Hayden and Emma. The family lives with Lacy, an elderly mutt, as well as two cats named Isabelle and Marty. As a family, they enjoy visiting local parks, eating together, and watching movies from their impressive film collection.

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Dr. Amy Tellez


Dr. Amy Tellez was raised on a family farm in Minnesota alongside her parents, three siblings, and animals large and small. For her, a love for the earth’s creatures came quite naturally. As she got a little older and started to develop a fascination with the world of biology and the sciences, one career choice seemed to make perfect sense: veterinary medicine. Dr. Tellez’s dream hasn’t wavered since! She’s proud to now serve as a veterinarian here at Fullwood Animal Hospital.

After her veterinary schooling, Dr. Tellez launched her veterinary career at a mixed-animal practice in rural Wisconsin, gaining crucial hands-on experience with companion animals and larger farm animals. Next, she traveled to Ecuador in South America to serve with the Peace Corps of America. Dr. Tellez taught small-animal surgery at a veterinary school in the Andes Mountains, a life-changing opportunity that gave her an entirely new set of life skills and experience!

Dr. Tellez returned to the United States and worked in a number of spay-and-neuter clinics and small-animal practices, then transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry for a time—she worked in the fields of clinical trials and information management for research and development in both veterinary and human healthcare. Over the past several years, Dr. Tellez has focused on a new interest of hers within veterinary medicine: incorporating herbal medicine, acupuncture, and food therapy as an integrative approach to traditional veterinary care. She joined the Fullwood Animal Hospital team to begin incorporating this approach here at the clinic, and couldn’t be happier with the results she’s seen!

At home, Dr. Tellez and her husband share their lives with their two sons, their daughter, and two dogs: Luca, a rescued Yellow Labrador mix, and a spunky German Shepherd mix rescue named Sofi. In her free time, Dr. Tellez enjoys going on hikes with her family, crocheting with her daughter, and reading—she especially loves to read to her kids and is currently home-schooling all three!

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