Our Team

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Laura
Laura
Office Manager
Is a hands on manager who jumps in frequently to help wherever she is needed in the hospital. She is a compassionate, caring, and always looks for ways to improve our practice for employees, clients, and pets. When not at work, Laura can be found enjoying mountain time, kayaking, and hiking with her husband and 3 pups.
Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn
Hospital Liaison
Kaitlyn has worked in many roles at Academy before taking on the responsibility of Hospital Liaison. Her positive attitude, sense of humor, and commitment to care make her a vital part of our staff. In her personal time, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her 3 pups and bunny rabbit.
Christa
Christa
Head Technician
While she is a new member of our team, Christa has over 15 years of experience providing quality patient care, leading surgery, and overseeing advanced procedures. Her passion for veterinary medicine and her attention to detail make her a great asset to Academy Pet Hospital. Join us in welcoming her to our staff!
Dawn
Dawn
Receptionist
Bubbly team player. Dawn has been at Academy Pet Hospital since the very beginning and has deeply cared about so many of our clients and pets! Although she typically works in our reception area, she is cross trained in all areas of the hospital and enjoys working with patients. Dawn's heart is in everything that she does (which is a lot) and her desire to help others is what makes her teammates sing her praises.
Jennifer
Jennifer
Receptionist
While you may not recognize her face, Jennifer is often the voice that our clients hear most often. Jennifer chose veterinary medicine because she enjoys working with our appreciative clients AND their equally wonderful furbabies. When she is not at the clinic she can be found spending quality time with her nieces or her adorable pit mix Emma. Our team looks to Jennifer daily for her leadership, understanding, and sense of humor.
Jessica
Jessica
Receptionist
Jessica came to our reception team from human medicine and she isn’t looking back. She enjoys learning about veterinary care and sharing that knowledge with our customers on a daily basis. When she is not at work, she can be found loving on her 3 huskies or spending time with her friends. Her teammates appreciate how giving and understanding Jessica is and value her open communication.
Krishus
Krishus
Receptionist
Kris is an incredibly kindhearted person who grew up rescuing a variety of animals and has always known that she would join the veterinary team. After working a few years as a veterinary assistant, Kris ventured into animal training for exotic and marine mammals until she moved to Spring Lake and joined the Academy team. When not loving on her cute furry patients, she enjoys evening walks with her German Shepard and taste testing food at all the local restaurants.
Tahlur
Tahlur
Receptionist
Tahlur, like another of our receptionists, is a transplant from the human healthcare industry whose passion for animals led her to our hospital! Outside of work she loves spending time with her pups Kali and Kola, binge watching true crime, and spending time outside (hiking, kayaking, and hammocking). We are so happy that Tahlur has joined our compassionate team!
Annie
Annie
Veterinary Assistant
Began working in the kennel area of the hospital while training to become a veterinary technician. Annie believes that our role is to serve as the advocates for our patients and provide them with comfort as well as care. On her personal time, Annie is often accessorizing with her incredibly adorable dog Taz. Our team relies on Annie’s endless patience, compassion, and understanding of animal behavior.
Alex
Alex
Veterinary Assistant
A compassionate educator for our clients. Alexandra knows how important our patients are to their families and wants to ensure that every owner has access to care for their pet. Newly married, when she is off the clock she can be found spending time with her husband and cats, Amber and baby Grant. Our team is made better by Alex’s positive energy, sense of humor, and determination to see things through.
Jordan
Jordan
Veterinary Assistant
Jordan is our newest veterinary assistant, but she has felt like a natural part of the team since her very first day. She has several years of experience in veterinary medicine, has completed her veterinary technology degree, and has a deep compassion for her patients and their owners. Outside of work, Jordan loves spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Courtney
Courtney
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Courtney grew up in California but has fortunately settled in North Carolina with her husband, 2 boys, and super handsome dog Bane. While she has recently joined the Academy family, she is far from new to veterinary medicine and has been a registered veterinary technician since 2011. She has a passion for dental care, herding breeds, and spending her weekends at BMX parks with her kids. We are thankful that Courtney has joined us to provide excellent patient care!
Charlene
Charlene
Kennel Technician
Charlene is a Fayetteville native who has recently returned after college and joined our team. She is an incredible asset to our boarding facility! Her compassion and attention to detail are critical to the excellent care she provides her patients.
Dr. Ryan Reid
Dr. Ryan Reid
Owner / Director of Facility Services
Dr. Ryan Reid was a member of the 4-H Club while growing up, and his experience helping to care for and raise his Polled Hereford Steer, Big Red, made a permanent impression. The steer arrived at Dr. Reid’s family ranch in the summer of 1991, sick with a severe respiratory disease. After eight months of an intense daily healthcare routine—which included medications and prescription feed, high-powered fans to help lower the steer’s temperature, regular bathing, and more—Big Red recovered and was healthy enough to place second in the race for Grand Champion! Dr. Reid saw firsthand what the power of proper animal healthcare could do, and he hasn’t looked back since.

Dr. Reid is originally from Cedar Creek, Texas, where he grew up as the oldest of four siblings. He attended Texas A&M University to earn his degree in biomedical science, and obtained his Master’s degree in public health at the University’s School of Public Health. Next, Dr. Reid earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

After his schooling, Dr. Reid decided to serve his country as a member of the United States Army. He spent seven years on active duty as a Veterinary Corps Officer, and is currently a veterinarian in the U.S. Army Reserves! After his active-duty service, Dr. Reid entered into the world of private practice. He and his wife, Dr. Shannon Poole, also own Cross Creek Animal Hospital. Dr. Reid has been serving the pets and animal owners of the Fayetteville area since 2014!

Outside of his interests in the veterinary care world, Dr. Reid is an avid marathon runner—his crowning achievement thus far was completing the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge in 2016, in which he ran 48.3 miles over four days!—and also loves to travel. He and his wife have been to Finland, Denmark, Russia, Italy, and Malaysia thus far, and he hopes to visit Alaska in the near future.

At home, Drs. Reid and Poole share their lives with two dogs, a Border Collie named Diablo and Watson the Sheep Dog, as well as three Maine Coon cats: Sherlock, Tamale, and Mayhem.
Dr. Janet Johnston
Dr. Janet Johnston
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Janet Johnston is a pet owner herself, and she knows exactly how she would like her own animal companions to be treated at the vet’s office. She makes it her mission to offer that same level of care for every patient and pet owner that she meets! Dr. Johnston is proud to help pets and animal parents as a member of the veterinary team here at Academy Pet Hospital.

Dr. Johnston graduated from the University of Findlay in 2005 with her pre-veterinary degree and a chemistry minor, then headed to Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to earn her Doctorate. She graduated in 2009 and moved to North Carolina that year, and with the help of several well-established small-animal practitioners in Fayetteville, transitioned from equine medicine into small-animal care. It wasn’t long before Dr. Johnston joined the Academy Pet Hospital team, where we are happy to have her as a member of our family!

Dr. Johnston’s clinical interests include wound management, lameness evaluation and treatment, and soft-tissue surgery. Dr. Johnston is certified in veterinary acupuncture and is even a current member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

When she’s not helping pets here at the clinic, Dr. Johnston likes playing tennis, hiking and camping, woodworking, dabbling in arts and crafts, and traveling. She’s also an avid horseback rider and even trains ex-racehorses to be hunter and jumper prospects. Dr. Johnston lives in the country with her husband, daughter, a pair of dogs, and three horses.
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