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Our Careteam

Your pet’s emotional and physical well-being is prioritized with every visit.
We put the patients first!

Lexie

Lexie

Hospital Manager


As a child, whenever Lexie was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she always said it would have something to do with animals. Her passion for creatures big and small began with killer whales and eventually moved to dogs and cats. Something about them just called to her, and ultimately led her to her career as Hospital Manager here at West Shore Animal Hospital.

Lexie earned her undergrad degrees in Zoology and Psychology. Before relocating to North Carolina, she spent some time at a zoo in New York, working with penguins and other outdoor birds. Upon moving the Charlotte, where there were no nearby zoos, Lexie officially made the transition to veterinary medicine. In 2009, after moving to Lake Normal, Lexie joined the West Shore team as a veterinary tech and worked her way up to manager.

Professionally, Lexie appreciates the fact that no two days are the same and you just never know what might happen. Having been an integral part of the team for nearly fifteen years, Lexie has built some amazing relationships with our patients and their human counterparts. Seeing them come through the door is like seeing an old friend or family member. It really is the best feeling!

Lexie currently resides in Denver with her two active boys, Ethan and Aiden. Their family is made complete with Penelope, a miniature pinscher and cocker spaniel mix whom Lexie rescued in 2012. Penelope accompanies Lexie to work every day and loves to swim whenever she has the chance.

When she’s not busy managing the clinic or chasing after her kids, Lexie can often be found trekking back and forth to Disney World, where she has participated in multiple 10ks and half marathons. She also enjoys crafting, lounging on the beach or by the pool, eating Mexican food and sipping margaritas. 


Danielle

Danielle

Receptionist


It’s always nice to find a job that you truly enjoy. After being unhappy working at various jobs, Danielle landed on her feet at West Shore Animal Hospital as a receptionist. She has enjoyed working with people and animals so much that she’s now been there for almost nine years!

Danielle hails from Orlando, FL, where she grew up in a loving, caring family that included her parents and two sisters. While she didn’t have any pets growing up, many of her friends and family members did and Danielle saw how close the bond was between them and their animals. This made her want pets of her own when she got older.

Danielle’s favorite part of her job is interacting with pet owners, putting a smile on their faces and showing them that the staff truly cares for their animals.

In her free time, Danielle enjoys traveling and she loves attending music festivals. She and her husband are currently eagerly and excitedly anticipating the birth of their first child!


Lauren

Lauren

Receptionist


Growing up in Mount Holly, NC, Lauren found herself constantly surrounded by animals – from dogs to pigs to horses, and just about everything in between. She credits her mother’s passion for horses as her inspiration for pursuing a career in the veterinary industry. As a Receptionist at West Shore Animal Hospital, Lauren is thrilled to be able to help others who share her love of animals.

This is Lauren’s first job working at a veterinary clinic. She joined the West Shore team in October of 2021. Professionally, Lauren enjoys getting to meet all the sweet pets and their owners when they come in for services. She especially loves playing with the puppies! Lauren is eager to learn more about the different ailments that animals experience and the various ways we can make them feel better.

At home, Lauren has two dogs of her own: Sadie, a German shorthaired pointer, and Scout, a German shepherd mix. Sadie loves to run and hunt squirrels and birds all day long. Meanwhile, Scout prefers to lounge around and watch Sadie.

In her spare time, Lauren enjoys doing anything outside – especially riding four wheelers or going to the beach. Spending time with her family and her dogs is what brings her the most joy.


Megan

Megan

Receptionist


When Megan was a toddler, her parents would bring her to the zoo a lot. It was during those many memorable trips – particularly the time spent in the petting zoo – that Megan officially fell in love with animals. As a Receptionist here at West Shore Animal Hospital, Megan is able to share that love with our patients and their human friends.

Prior to joining the West Shore team, Megan had been working in the human medical field. She always felt there was something missing, however, and in 2019, found what she’d been seeking when she responded to our ad for a front desk role. She relishes in the fact that every day is unique. It’s a joy to see and interact with both new babies as well as our older patients who have been with us for years.

Outside of work, Megan shares her life with her husband and best friend, Rocky. Together, they have five children and one grandson (so far!). Their massive animal family consists of four dogs – Keiko, Kaia, Holland and Shiloh, who can smile on command; a cat named Fiona, a hamster, three fish, and an angry crawdad. They also have two pot-bellied pigs, a hedgehog, a chinchilla and several chickens. All of their babies – whether furry or finned, are well-loved and living their best lives.


Jenn

Jenn

Receptionist


All pet owners want is for their animals to get the best health care possible. As a receptionist at Westshore Animal Hospital, Jenn completely understands this. Her entire reason for entering the veterinary world was to help people get the best care for their beloved pets to help lead long, healthy, happy lives. Safe to say, her job is perfect for her!

A native of Peachtree City, GA, Jenn’s first experience working at an animal hospital came as a technician assistant. After working as a hair stylist for a few years, she realized that her true passion was working with animals. After relocating to North Carolina, she was eventually able to land on her feet at Westshore Animal Hospital.

From being around the friendly owners and staff members to getting to be around animals, Jenn enjoys multiple aspects of her job. She relishes the opportunity to work with the team every day.

Jenn is married to her husband, Madison, and together they have one dog, six cats and a total of 5 chickens (for now, they plan on getting more). She enjoys taking care of her pets, gardening, taking trips to breweries and cooking the vegetables that she and her husband grow!


Paige

Paige

Receptionist


Every animal hospital needs a receptionist to handle the everyday duties of the office, and for West Shore Animal Hospital, Paige is that trusty receptionist. She considers her coworkers family and loves getting to know clients and their pets!

Paige, who says her biggest accomplishment is being a mom, enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Cory and their blended family, which includes her son Easton and his daughters Addi and Kenzie. Add in their dog Keno and cat Barry into the mix and you’ve got quite the household!


Alyssa

Alyssa

Veterinary Technician


Different people have different reasons for entering the veterinary field. Alyssa’s reason is quite simple – she has always had a passion for animals. The connection that she has felt to them led to her wanting to interact and care for them. She was able to join the team at West Shore Animal Hospital, where she’s been able to bring her dreams of working with animals to life!

Raised in Tarboro, NC, Alyssa spent most of her early years spending time with her friends, family and pets. She graduated college and was able to find a job working at a childcare center, before COVID struck and shut it down. After being unemployed for months, West Shore Animal Hospital gave her an opportunity to join the team as a kennel technician, and she quickly moved up to veterinary technician.

Alyssa loves taking care of and nurturing hospitalized patients, as it keeps her on her toes. She also enjoys running and reading ear cytologies due to all of the interesting bacteria she gets to see.

In her free time, Alyssa enjoys doing makeup, watching Netflix and spending valuable time with her beloved dog!


Brittany

Brittany

Technician


After spending some time working in the medical field, Brittany realized that it wasn’t making her happy. After a brief stint working as a receptionist at West Shore, she realized that being around animals was more fulfilling than being in human medicine. Today she’s a technician at West Shore Animal Hospital and looking to heal and help as many animals as possible!

Nothing makes Brittany happier than seeing the relationships that her clients have with their pets. Whether it’s seeing an older client with an animal that’s their only companion, or meeting a young girl who is about to enjoy her first puppy,

Brittany’s hobbies include going jet skiing and spending time with her friends and family, especially her husband Dylan and their young son, Bryson. They recently added a puppy named Tyson to the household, and the dog and their son have been inseparable ever since!


Janice

Janice

Veterinary Technician


When Janice was a toddler, she got her first dog and immediately fell in love with it. Little did she know, it would mark the beginning of her lifelong love for animals. She would grow to pursue a career in the veterinary world, and today she’s a veterinary technician at Westshore Animal Hospital!

A native of Belmont, NC, Janice hails from a small family. She considers her grandmother and father to be her two biggest influences in life, as her grandmother instilled toughness in her while her father pushed her to always be her best.

Janice enjoys several aspects of being at Westshore Animal Hospital. She loves handling appointments and interacting with people and their pets. She also likes to perform medical treatments on animals; it comforts her knowing that she’s helping them feel better.

When she’s not helping animals at the hospital, you can find Janice spending time with her 7 interesting dogs, or taking in the beauty of nature while going on hikes!


Kristy

Kristy

Technician/Assistant


Bio coming soon.


Morgan

Morgan A.

Veterinary Technician


Growing up, Morgan had many animals over the years. Her dad lived pretty far away, and she would go out and spend long summers and holidays with him. There, she had pets galore, from cats and dogs, to bunnies and even a rat. One of Morgan’s favorite memories was picking out her dog, Rascal, who she spent every day with during the summer. This experience revealed Morgan’s deep love of animals, which would remain constant and one day shape her career aspirations.

Morgan started her journey at a boarding and day care facility. When she relocated to the Denver and Lincolnton area, she landed a job here at West Shore Animal Hospital as a kennel technician. She remembers watching in awe as the vet techs would work with the patients. She admired how caring and gentle, yet quick and precise they were. It didn’t take Morgan long to determine this was what she wanted to do, so she worked her way up to technician’s assistant and now a full time veterinary technician.

Professionally, Morgan enjoys performing blood draws and working with the chemistry and blood machines, as she finds this work interesting yet challenging. She also loves taking care of the more critical or elderly hospitalized patients, because she loves the feeling of getting them through that struggle and easing their pain.

At home, Morgan is mom to seven fur-babies of her own. Carolina Rose is a lemon AKC registered American Basset Hound. Her second Basset Hound, Opie, is a little lacking in the intelligence department, and forever getting into things he shouldn’t. Her third pup is a poodle that Morgan found on the side of the road on a cold wet day in January. He’s a feisty little old gentleman who loves riding in his purse. Then there are the kitties: Kiki, Charlotte, Stachio, and Mr. Business.

Morgan is a registered foster for Lincoln County. In addition to the pets she helps to rehome through various rescues, she’s also notorious for finding stray animals on the side of the road. In what little free time that she has, Morgan and her boyfriend enjoy showing their 2002 Z06 Corvette and attending car meets with the dogs.


Morgan D.

Morgan D.

Technician/Assistant


Growing up in West Palm Beach, Morgan could usually be found with a stray cat in tow, or carrying around a frog she’d found. Her passion for animals is what ultimately drove her toward a career in the veterinary industry, and not surprisingly, it suits her perfectly. As one of West Shore’s veterinary technicians, Morgan is able to put her love of animals to work, helping our patients enjoy happier, healthier lives.

While she was still living in Florida, Morgan launched her career at an emergency veterinary hospital, where she worked until she relocated to North Carolina in 2019. Shortly thereafter, she joined the West Shore Animal Hospital team, where she frequently draws from her experience in emergency medicine. Working with patients who have urgent care needs keeps her on her toes and challenges her every day.

At home, Morgan has one dog of her own – a young pit bull named Layla. Together, the two go on endless adventures, hiking and exploring. Layla also enjoys swimming and is always up for a car ride. Then there is Wheezy, a remarkably tolerant rescue cat who will let Morgan do just about anything to him, including giving him baths and walking him on a leash.

When Morgan isn’t busy working or caring for her fur babies, she can usually be found doing something (anything!) outdoors, whether it’s hiking, fishing, or just hanging out with friends around a fire. Her favorite place to be is the mountains. There’s just nothing like the sense of accomplishment you get from finally reaching the peak, not to mention the incredible views!


Shana

Shana

Technician/Assistant


Shana credits her father with instilling her love of animals. Growing up, she can recall countless stories about the many animals he has owned over the years, from dogs and cats to bats and baby gators. Being able to come to work every day and make the lives of animals better (and, of course, sneak in as many snuggles as possible) brings Shana tremendous joy.

When Shana was a teenager, she got a job working as a receptionist at a local animal hospital. It didn’t take her long to decide a career in veterinary medicine was in her non-so-distant future. She took an at-home course to become a Veterinary Technician, and this led her to where she is today. 

Professionally, Shana enjoys getting to know our patients on a more personal basis. She finds it very rewarding when a nervous pet comes in and, by the time they leave their appointment, they’re much more comfortable and actually enjoying the attention. She also has a particular interest in exotic patients, especially reptiles.

At home, Shana’s family consists of her husband, their two children and their own furry gang. Currently, they have a senior tuxedo cat named Ninja, who Shana bottle raised from the age of two weeks; a shepherd mix named Tilly and a red Doberman named Asher.

A self-described “old soul,” Shana loves reading fantasy novels, crocheting or spending time out in nature. You will almost always catch her dancing around or goofing off, because she can’t sit still. Shana’s greatest joy in life, and what she considers to be a true gift, is making other people smile.


Hannah

Hannah

Kennel Supervisor


If she’s going to be brutally honest, Hannah will tell you she prefers being around animals more than being around people. Having grown up on a farm, she’s always had a special connection with the furry and four-legged kind. When her family rescued a former bait dog, Hannah decided that she would one day become a voice for those who cannot advocate for themselves. As Kennel Supervisor and one of our tech assistants, Hannah takes great pride in what she does and treats each animal as her own.

Hannah started out volunteering her time at local rescues and animal shelters. From there, she was hired at a pet resort and doggie daycare center before eventually making her way to West Shore in August of 2020. Professionally, Hannah enjoys learning new things and assisting the techs and doctors. She has a particular knack for making our boarders feel comfortable and is happy to provide their owners with peace of mind, knowing that their fur babies will be in excellent hands while in our care.

At home, Hannah has several pets of her own, including a lab mix named Kendall, two Chihuahua mixes named Kai and Rico, and a golden retriever named Ryder. She also has two Holland lop bunnies named Bentley and Oakley. 

Besides volunteering, Hannah loves to draw – a talent for which she’s won several awards growing up.


Courtney

Courtney

Kennel Staff


Working with animals isn’t just a job for Courtney. It’s a passion. In fact, she couldn’t imagine doing anything else! As one of our Kennel Technicians, Courtney firmly believes that every animal deserves a positive boarding experience, and she strives to provide that kind of experience to each and every guest.

Courtney’s journey began with volunteer work at a local dog and cat rescue, which she did throughout high school. From there, she landed her very first job at a dog daycare and boarding facility before moving on to launch her own pet sitting and dog walking business. While her business endeavor was a success, Courtney decided to go in a different direction when she moved to Catawba. She joined West Shore Animal Hospital team in 2021 and hasn’t looked back since!

Professionally, Courtney has quite the knack for setting the minds of pet parents at ease. It’s important to her that our clients know that when they entrust their loved ones to us, they will be receiving plenty of love and care. Getting to know each animal’s unique personality is also rewarding; they are all so amazing in their own special way.

Outside of the clinic, Courtney resides with her boyfriend, Justin. Together, the couple have a veritable zoo of their own, with three wonderful dogs (Ruby – a Pit Bull, Odin – a Rottweiler and River – an Australian Shepherd), three cats (Flynn, Twain and Mickie), two parrots (Mellow – a Pineapple Green Cheek Conure and Lila – an Indian Ringneck), a Holland Lop rabbit (Waffles) and 20+ chickens.

When she’s not busy tending to her ever-growing animal family, Courtney enjoys going to flea markets and antique stores, visiting farmers markets, traveling to the mountains, fishing, and collecting gem stones. She has also fostered and rehomed countless kitties – many of whom were initially feral.


Pet Visits

22,005

Pet Visits

Treats Given

19,115

Treats Given

Mouths Cleaned

19,166

Mouths Cleaned

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