Dr. Tanya Burtis (Owner)

Dr. Burtis grew up in central Michigan. She went on to major in Biology and Psychology, with a minor in Biochemistry at Hope College in Western Michig...

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Dr. Tanya Burtis (Owner)

Dr. Burtis grew up in central Michigan. She went on to major in Biology and Psychology, with a minor in Biochemistry at Hope College in Western Michigan, then graduated from Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She and her new family then moved to North Carolina, and she began as an associate veterinarian with Dr. Tapley in1997. She now owns the practice and is dedicated to continually offer the best medicine to all our clients’ pets for their entire lifetime. She lives here inWaxhaw with her husband and three children (Nick, Evan and Elena), and 4 cats (Charlotte, Teddy, Juniper & Minnie Mae). She loves quiet time at home when she is not at the hospital.

Jason Burtis (Vet Camp Director)

Jason is Dr. Burtis' husband and has been at Waxhaw Animal Hospital since 2007. Jason also is a Teacher of Spanish and French at Marvin Ridge High Sch...

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Jason Burtis (Vet Camp Director)

Jason is Dr. Burtis’ husband and has been at Waxhaw Animal Hospital since 2007. Jason also is a Teacher of Spanish and French at Marvin Ridge High School and works here as our Vet Camp Director. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family.

Cindy Byler (Director of Admin)

Cindy is a native of this area growing up in Monroe, NC. She began working at Waxhaw Animal Hospital in 2005. She lives in Lancaster with her husband ...

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Cindy Byler (Director of Admin)

Cindy is a native of this area growing up in Monroe, NC. She began working at Waxhaw Animal Hospital in 2005. She lives in Lancaster with her husband Mark and daughter Holly. She has 2 dogs: Sophie and Bear. They also have 4 cats: Macy, Lucy, Marie, and Sterling. Cindy enjoys fostering kittens and spending time with her family in her spare time. Cindy works as our director of administration and director of reception as well.

Myka Jowers (Director of Medical Services/Veterinary Assistant)

Myka is from Wilkes, NC originally and now lives in Lancaster, SC. She started at Waxhaw Animal Hospital in 2013 and is a veterinary assistant. She ha...

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Myka Jowers (Director of Medical Services/Veterinary Assistant)

Myka is from Wilkes, NC originally and now lives in Lancaster, SC. She started at Waxhaw Animal Hospital in 2013 and is a veterinary assistant. She has a dog named Bane & a cat named Killian. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband Robert and son Cova, traveling and loves going to Disney.

Dr. Sonia Borrell (Associate Veterinarian)

Dr. Sonia Borrell was born and raised in Miami, FL. She graduated from the University of Miami and attended St. Matthews University School of Veterina...

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Dr. Sonia Borrell (Associate Veterinarian)

Dr. Sonia Borrell was born and raised in Miami, FL. She graduated from the University of Miami and attended St. Matthews University School of Veterinary Medicine as part of the charter class. She was then accepted to the clinical year program at NC State School of Veterinary Medicine. She started at Waxhaw in 2013 and now lives in Monroe, NC with her husband Edvinas and her son Edison. Dr. Borrell’s interests include Exotic Animal Medicine. She believes strongly in the importance of husbandry and its education to treat these exotic pets. She is also passionate about geriatric care for our older pets, as she has 2 senior pets herself. She is completely fluent in Spanish. Dr. Borrell is an avid crafter and loves spending time with her family. She has 2 cats: (Baci and Captain Meow) and a dog (Aaron).

Dr. Glenn Baron (Associate Veterinarian)

Dr. Glenn Baron graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. He moved immediately to North Carolina and soon start...

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Dr. Glenn Baron (Associate Veterinarian)

Dr. Glenn Baron graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. He moved immediately to North Carolina and soon started working at Mathews Animal Clinic doing large and small animal medicine. From 1991 until 2001 he was the practice owner,but then decided to make a career switch. He got a Masters in Elementary Education and became a fifth-grade teacher. Today he is a retired teacher anda part-time veterinarian. He works with us at Waxhaw Animal Hospital and at Matthews Animal Clinic. He lives in Waxhaw with his wife on the horse farm called Gone to Ground Farm. He and Joan have two adult children, Katie and Patrick and two grandchildren (Wylder & Nora). They also have a dog named Baron.

Dr. Joy Fine (Relief Veterinarian)

Dr. Fine is originally from Perrysburg, Ohio. She obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Richmond. Dr. Fine earned a Doctor of Veterina...

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Dr. Joy Fine (Relief Veterinarian)

Dr. Fine is originally from Perrysburg, Ohio. She obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Richmond. Dr. Fine earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University. She completed in certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute in 2012. When not working, she enjoys practicing tai chi, dancing, cooking, and attending performing arts events.

Haley Bade (Director of Public Relations/Veterinary Assistant)

Haley is a native of the area and grew up in Waxhaw. She began working at Waxhaw Animal Hospital in 2016 as a kennel technician/receptionist. She is n...

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Haley Bade (Director of Public Relations/Veterinary Assistant)

Haley is a native of the area and grew up in Waxhaw. She began working at Waxhaw Animal Hospital in 2016 as a kennel technician/receptionist. She is now a veterinary assistant and loves helping with all types of animals. She lives in Monroe with her fiancé Michael & they have 2 dogs (Brinley & Mercy), 4 cats (Hyde, Matilda, Louise & Fester) and 4 sugar gliders (Luna, Mowgli, Stanley & Stella). Haley enjoys spending time with her family/friends and fostering baby kittens.

Nicollette Pfaff (Veterinary Assistant)

Nicollette was born in Charlotte, NC and grew up in Pennsylvania and moved back to Charlotte when she was 8 years old. She started at Waxhaw in 2017 a...

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Nicollette Pfaff (Veterinary Assistant)

Nicollette was born in Charlotte, NC and grew up in Pennsylvania and moved back to Charlotte when she was 8 years old. She started at Waxhaw in 2017 as a kennel technician/receptionist and now is a veterinary assistant and surgical assistant. She lives in Lancaster with her boyfriend Nick, and they have 1 cat (Kairi), 2 dogs (Zephyr & Ginny) and 2 snakes (No Feet & Penne). Nicollette enjoys spending her free time playing video games, spending time with friends/family and working in her garden.

Keenan Freitas (Executive Director/Veterinary Assistant)

Keenan is a native from Hawaii and moved to North Carolina in 2013 where he graduated from Lees-McRae College with a bachelor’s in wildlife biology ...

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Keenan Freitas (Executive Director/Veterinary Assistant)

Keenan is a native from Hawaii and moved to North Carolina in 2013 where he graduated from Lees-McRae College with a bachelor’s in wildlife biology and minor in Wildlife Rehabilitation. Keenan started at Waxhaw in 2021 as a veterinary assistant. He has a wildlife rescue team that helps many orphaned and injured animals. He also has a dog named Lilly. In his spare time, he enjoys playing in volleyball tournaments and hanging out with friends.

Madison Barrett (Kennel Manager/Veterinary Assistant)

Madison is a native of Monroe, NC and graduated from Piedmont High School. She enjoys spending time outdoors and spending time with friends & family. ...

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Madison Barrett (Kennel Manager/Veterinary Assistant)

Madison is a native of Monroe, NC and graduated from Piedmont High School. She enjoys spending time outdoors and spending time with friends & family. She has 2 dogs (Darla and Bean), a leopard gecko (Dickey), and a bearded dragon (Viper). She works as a receptionist, veterinary assistant, and our kennel manager.

Payton Holmes (Veterinary Assistant)

Payton is from Graham, NC originally. She graduated fromLees-McRae College in 2019 with a degree in Wildlife Biology. She moved to the area in 2020 do...

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Payton Holmes (Veterinary Assistant)

Payton is from Graham, NC originally. She graduated fromLees-McRae College in 2019 with a degree in Wildlife Biology. She moved to the area in 2020 doing wildlife rehabilitation. Payton started at Waxhaw Animal Hospital in 2023 as a veterinary assistant. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. She has 2 dogs (Pippa and Oakley), a crested gecko (Squirt) and two ball pythons (Monty and Miso).

Avery Kuhn (Veterinary Assistant)

Avery is a native to the Indian Land, SC area. She graduated from Indian Land High School and started with us in 2015. She started as a receptionist a...

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Avery Kuhn (Veterinary Assistant)

Avery is a native to the Indian Land, SC area. She graduated from Indian Land High School and started with us in 2015. She started as a receptionist and now is a veterinary assistant. She has 2 dogs (Lily and Cash), 2 cats (Eloise and Callie), goats, chickens and cows. She loves spending time with her family such as her husband Taylor and her son Harrison in her spare time. She also enjoys gardening and spending time with friends/family.

Stacy Laws (Veterinary Assistant/Off-Site Receptionist)

Stacy has been a veterinary technician since 1990 and has worked at Waxhaw Animal Hospital since 2010. She lives in Nokesville, Virginia and does remo...

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Stacy Laws (Veterinary Assistant/Off-Site Receptionist)

Stacy has been a veterinary technician since 1990 and has worked at Waxhaw Animal Hospital since 2010. She lives in Nokesville, Virginia and does remote follow-up calls. She has 1 dog (Ike), 1 cat (Sprite), and 2 horses (Cindy Lou Who, Gem, and Seraphina). In her spare time, she likes to read, hang out with her horses, and spend time with family.

Lori LeGault (Receptionist)

Lori is a native of Waxhaw and started working with us in 1999. She is a receptionist now but has worked as a veterinary assistant as well. In her fre...

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Lori LeGault (Receptionist)

Lori is a native of Waxhaw and started working with us in 1999. She is a receptionist now but has worked as a veterinary assistant as well. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Dan and her kids (Zoey and Dexter). She has 2 dogs (Lily and Rocket), 2 bunnies (Peppermint and Black Nibbles), and 5 cats (Cherry, Apple, Marshmellow, Simon and Cinnamon).

Julia Moore (Receptionist)

Julia is a native of Waxhaw and graduated from Cuthbertson High School. She started as a receptionist at Waxhaw Animal Hospital in 2022. She has 3 dog...

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Julia Moore (Receptionist)

Julia is a native of Waxhaw and graduated from Cuthbertson High School. She started as a receptionist at Waxhaw Animal Hospital in 2022. She has 3 dogs (Lexi, Cam & Cooper) and 2 cats (Jazzy & Stormi). In Julia’s spare time she likes to go hiking and spend time with her friends and family.

Sarah Shaw (Off-Site Receptionist)

Sarah grew up in New Jersey and moved to Waxhaw, North Carolina in September of 2000 and moved back to New Jersey in 2022. Sarah had been working in t...

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Sarah Shaw (Off-Site Receptionist)

Sarah grew up in New Jersey and moved to Waxhaw, North Carolina in September of 2000 and moved back to New Jersey in 2022. Sarah had been working in the dental field but realized she had a passion for helping animals and so joined the reception staff at Waxhaw Animal Hospital in September of 2005. She is married and has one daughter Kendra and three cats (Nash, Charlie and Link). Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves hiking and reading in her spare time.

Morgan Burgess (Receptionist)

Morgan is a native of Waxhaw and graduated from Parkwood High School. She started as a receptionist/kennel technician in 2022 and loves working with a...

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Morgan Burgess (Receptionist)

Morgan is a native of Waxhaw and graduated from Parkwood High School. She started as a receptionist/kennel technician in 2022 and loves working with animals. In Morgan’s spare time she likes to gofishing and spend time with her dog Lily.

Amy Salim (Receptionist)

Amy is originally from Lumberton, NC. She moved to Charlotte in 2000 and lives with her husband Ahmed, daughter (Sophia) and son (Nate). She is a wild...

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Amy Salim (Receptionist)

Amy is originally from Lumberton, NC. She moved to Charlotte in 2000 and lives with her husband Ahmed, daughter (Sophia) and son (Nate). She is a wildlife rehabber and has 3 cats, 2 bunnies, 2 chickens, and 2 turtles. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and crafting. She started at Waxhaw Animal Hospital in 2023 and is a receptionist.

Madison Date (Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Assistant)

Madison is from Waxhaw, NC and goes to Parkwood High School and graduates in 2023. She enjoys playing soccer and is going to collegein Asheville to pl...

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Madison Date (Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Assistant)

Madison is from Waxhaw, NC and goes to Parkwood High School and graduates in 2023. She enjoys playing soccer and is going to collegein Asheville to play. She has a cat named Iroh and in her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family.

Elena Burtis (Kennel Assistant)

Elena is a native from Waxhaw, NC and started working at Waxhaw in 2021 as a kennel attendant. Elena goes to Cuthbertson High School and graduates in ...

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Elena Burtis (Kennel Assistant)

Elena is a native from Waxhaw, NC and started working at Waxhaw in 2021 as a kennel attendant. Elena goes to Cuthbertson High School and graduates in 2025. She has a cat named Teddy and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and riding horses.

Melanie Russo (Kennel Assistant)

Melanie is from Monroe, NC. She graduated from Piedmont High School in 2022. She is a kennel assistant and loves taking care of animals. In her spare ...

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Melanie Russo (Kennel Assistant)

Melanie is from Monroe, NC. She graduated from Piedmont High School in 2022. She is a kennel assistant and loves taking care of animals. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and hanging out with friends. She has 3 dogs (Bailey, Maggie and Scarlet) that she also loves spending time with.

Alex Underwood

Alex is a native from Monroe, NC. She graduated from Wingate University with her Bachelor’s in biology & is now going to the University of Tennessee...

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Alex Underwood

Alex is a native from Monroe, NC. She graduated from Wingate University with her Bachelor’s in biology & is now going to the University of Tennessee for her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses, playing guitar, singing, and hanging outwith friends and her fiancée Sam.

Haley Dawson

Haley is a native of Monroe, NC. She is graduating from Piedmont High School in 2023. She works as a kennel assistant and love working with animals, i...

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Haley Dawson

Haley is a native of Monroe, NC. She is graduating from Piedmont High School in 2023. She works as a kennel assistant and love working with animals, including wildlife. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses, hanging out with family and her pets including 2 dogs (Harley& Wicket), and her leopard gecko (Mondo).

Eric Osterberg

Eric is a native from Waxhaw, NC. He graduated from Cuthbertson High School and graduated from NC State with a bachelors in animal science. He has 3 d...

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Eric Osterberg

Eric is a native from Waxhaw, NC. He graduated from Cuthbertson High School and graduated from NC State with a bachelors in animal science. He has 3 dogs (Wylie, Buddy, and Luna). In his spare time Eric enjoys hanging out with friends and his family.