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Meet The Doctors

Dr. Reed, Hospital Director

Dr. Reed was born on a family dairy farm in Ithaca, New York. As a young farm boy, he developed a passion for the husbandry and health of animals, whether they were dairy cows, farm dogs and cats or even wild, undomesticated animals. Whenever veterinarians from Cornell University came to the family farm to treat cows or calves, young Dr. Reed was by their sides, asking a million questions. He knew that he would someday join their ranks.

Dr. Reed graduated from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Following graduation, he worked at a practice that treated both large and small animals. He then operated his own large animal practice where he treated dairy cattle, horses, llama, pigs and goats. As the number of family farms started to dwindle, he made a career switch to companion animals. In 1991, he opened Pointe South Animal Hospital in Randleman, NC. In 2000, he opened Blue Flint Animal Hospital in neighboring Asheboro. In 2007, he and his family relocated to Denver where he opened West Shore Animal Hospital in 2008.

Dr. Reed currently resides in Denver with his wife, Peggy, and their daughter, Anna. The Reeds also have four grown children. Their house is home to two cats, Homer and Gidget and three dogs, a Border Collie mix named P.D. a Bull Terrier puppy named Lucy Lilly Belle and a Chihuahua named Skippyjon Jones.

When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Reed enjoys riding bicycles, woodworking and keeping bees.

Dr. Mclean, Associate Veterinarian

Dr. John McLean was born and raised in Lincolnton, North Carolina. As an only child, he always had cats and dogs growing up as companions, sort of like surrogates for siblings. While working on his Eagle Scout merit badge prerequisite, he mentored at a local animal hospital. With that experience, combined with his love for animals, he realized veterinary medicine would be an ideal career choice.

He attended Lincolnton High School and UNC Chapel Hill, where he earned a B.A. in Chemistry. He then attended NC State and earned a B.S. in Zoology. Subsequently, he attended NC State College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1988.

Dr. McLean has been practicing companion animal medicine and surgery exclusively for over 25 years.

He recently returned home from practicing in Henderson, North Carolina to attend to his elderly parents. He currently resides in Lowesville.

He is the proud father to three children: a daughter, Cameron; and two sons, Cody, and Julian. He is also a proud grandpa to his grandson, Trenton.  He is also the father to several furry critters: Willie, a Chihuahua; and two cats, Stewy and Clarise.

His hobbies include: Panthers football, Carolina basketball, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his children.

Meet Our Staff

Patti Austin, Certified Master Groomer

Patti hails from Boston originally, was raised in California, met her husband, Clayton, a native North Carolinian, and joined him here. She graduated from grooming school in 1977 and would never think of doing anything else! She also is certified in dog obedience training. She shares her home with Alice, a cattle dog mix, Gibson, a retriever mix, and Summer, a loving calico cat. Patti is the proud “Grammy” of Talon, Dominick and Emma, who are the children of Patti’s twin daughters. Patti also has a grown son who attends school in California.

Lexie Rendell, Hospital Manager

Lexie joined West Shore Animal Hospital’s team in June 2009. Lexie was born and raised in Oswego, NY and moved to the area in 2008. She has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Zoology and an M.S. in Human Service. Her animal experience includes working for 3 years as an outdoor bird keeper and penguin trainer at Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY. Lexie and her husband, Rob live in Denver with their son Ethan and their three rescues; Amos, a golden retriever mix, Penelope ("P"), a lab mix, and Nabisco ("Squishy"), a frisky feline, who actually believes he is a small dog.


Danielle Murphy 

Danielle joined West Shore Animal Hospital as a receptionist in October 2013. She was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. Danielle graduated from High Point University with a B.A. in Communications- Journalism and a Minor in Business Administration. She currently lives in Mount Holly with her husband, Kevin, and their three dogs, Addie, Reese, and Mollie. In her spare time, she likes to relax at home and spend time with her husband and fur babies.

Paige Carle 

Paige joined our team at West Shore Animal Hospital in October 2016. She is one of our smiling receptionists. Paige was born and raised in Stanley, NC but currently resides in Dallas, NC with her husband Josh, and three dogs: Opie, Remy, and Keno. Before coming to West Shore Animal Hospital, Paige worked in the moving/rental industry. When Paige is not working at the front desk, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and fur babies.


Kristy Thompson 

Kristy was born and raised in Denver, North Carolina. She joined our team in April 2013 as a veterinary assistant. Kristy graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Accountancy. She currently lives in Iron Station with her husband Jay, seven dogs, six cats, three horses, a cow, donkey, goat and chickens. She enjoys spending her free time riding horses and playing with all her fur babies.

Becky Punch 

Becky joined West Shore Animal Hospital in September 2014. She is originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina. Becky attended the University of South Carolina for two years and then graduated from Midlands Technical College with a degree in health science. She started working in the veterinary field in 2008. She has worked in both small animal hospitals and in emergency/specialty hospitals. Becky currently lives in Newton, North Carolina with her husband, Matthew and their canine children, Gunner, Griffon, and Crusty and feline children, Steve and Girl. When Becky is not working at the hospital, she enjoys sporting events, whether it be attending events or watching them on TV, concerts and going on vacation!

Janice Haire 

Janice joined our West Shore team in October of 2015. She has a degree in Business Communications and after working in customer service for over 20 years, she decided to she wanted to do what she loved best, working with animals. Animals have always been her first love, since the day her Dad brought home her first bottle fed puppy that was abandoned when its mother had been hit by a car. She loves nurturing animals. In Janice’s time off, you can find her training with her German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. She has two German Shepherds in her home, Leyland and Mylon, and two Belgian Malinois, Dutch and Danica. These four do have to compete in her home with her two smaller dogs, Sid and Rosie. They are a lot of work, but completely worth it. Mylon is the special one of the household; she was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and is still going strong. 

Brittany Lester 

Brittany joined our team in March 2016 as one of our friendly front desk receptionists and has recently transitioned into one of our new veterinary assistants. She was born in West Virginia, but raised in Denver, North Carolina. During high school and college, she focused on medical and business courses and before joining our team, she worked as a surgical technologist. She lives at home with her three dogs, Kapone, Jingles and Gaffney. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, relaxing and spending time with her family and friends. 

Kennel Staff

Lori Dukats

Lori is one of our newer employees. She joined our team in July 2016 as our full time kennel attendant. Prior to working at West Shore Animal Hospital, Lori had her own business of cleaning and organizing houses. She has always dreamed of working with animals so this job is a dream come true for her. She lives here in Denver with her husband Eddie and has two adult children, Alisha and Ryan. In her spare time she likes to read, spend time with her family, ride her Harley motorcycle and go to NASCAR races. 

Emma McLaughlin

Bio and Picture coming soon.

Kylie Dugan

Bio and Picture coming soon.

Haley Osborn

Haley joined West Shore Animal Hospital in August 2015. She is a part of our kennel staff in the afternoons and weekends. She attends North Lincoln High School. When Haley graduates high school, she wants to become a veterinary technician and hopes to continue working at West Shore. Haley and her family have an older yellow lab and a new puppy.  When Haley is not at work or school, she like to play on the water, baby sit, play with her dogs and spend time with her family and friends.

Anna Reed

Anna, who is Dr. Reed's daughter, began helping out in the kennel in the winter of 2014. In this picture, she is holding her puppy named Blaze. She is also responsible at home for 7 chickens, 2 guinea pigs and a fish. In her free time, Anna plays the piano, takes ballet and rides horses. When she grows up, she plans on being a veterinarian like her dad.                   

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