Meet Our Staff

Lee

Lee

Director of Operations

Background: I have almost 24 years of veterinary medical experience. The first nine years were as a veterinary technician where I received training in diverse clinical settings. This training included small animal advanced dentistry, large animal research, and small animal emergency medicine. The next 5 years were spent working as a territory manager in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia for two leading veterinary supply distributors. In 2008, my wife and I opened Happy Tails Veterinary Emergency Clinic to provide a higher standard of emergency veterinary care and service in the Triad Community.

I received my BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1996. My family resides in North Carolina, and I have one brother and one sister. My brother graduated from NC State University and owns the Aquatic Management Group in Raleigh. My sister is a Duke University graduate, and she is Boarded in Veterinary Internal Medicine and practices in New Jersey.

Hobbies: I am an avid sportsman. My special sport’s interests are golf and tennis. More than anything, I love spending any available moment with my wife, Dr. Kelley Gebhardt, and our son Cullen. We both are very passionate about outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, kayaking, and mountain biking. It’s not unusual for us to drive to the mountains for a quick hike and then return the same day.

Pets: Before I met my wife, I worked very long hours and never had any pets because of it. So, when we met, I immediately fell in love with her two dogs (Ruby and Nugget). Since then, we have added three cats to our family (TJ Sexy Meow Meow, Nimbus, and Uno). Ruby and Nugget are no longer with us (crossed Rainbow Bridge), but we have provided a furever home for two new pups (Wyatt & Josie Earp). I never imagined that all our pets would have filled my life with so much joy. We love our pets so much and life would not be complete without them.

Shoneka

Shoneka

Business Manager

Background: Originally from Wilmington Delaware, I moved to North Carolina in 1992 for College. I graduated from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University with a BS degree in Animal Science. I started working in the veterinary field as a receptionist in 1998. I have been a practice manager since 2002. I really enjoy working alongside veterinary professionals because we share the same compassion and love for all animals. The best part of my job is that I know I am a part of a great practice where the staff cares about the welfare of all animals, the community, and about each other.

Hobbies: I enjoy volleyball, playing with my two sons and sleeping. Church is my way to rejuvenate and my husband and I love watching TV together.

Pets: Missy is my 16-year-old Shih-Tzu. I rescued Missy in 2005 when her family could not be found after she was hit by a car. These days she loves doing her happy dance around my feet when I come home and sleeping on my feet at bed time. She is my pretty little grey-haired old lady.

Angie

Angie

Customer Service Specialist

Background: I have been interested in all things medical for as far back as I can remember. I was fortunate to be able to work in the medical/dental industry in business management and on the clinical side for over 15 years prior to starting my family. It was a natural transition for me to start back to work in the veterinary field. With my love for animals, I am able to work with not one but two of my passions being a part of the Happy Tails Team.

Hobbies: I stay pretty busy raising and homeschooling my two children. I love being a tutor with Classical Conversations homeschool group. I enjoy reading, eating out and spending time with my family and friends. I like planning and taking road trips. With our schedules so busy, I’ll take any opportunity to snuggle with my kids or cat and take a nap.

Pets: A little over a year ago there was a tiny 1.2 lb kitten with giant ears that needed a home. Chester is now 11 lbs and has since grown into his ears and into our hearts. He has settled in nicely and can be found sleeping in his favorite spots or joining in whatever activity the kids are doing. You can be sure that whatever he’s doing, Chester reigns over the Clark household.

Joanne

Joanne

Veterinary Care Team

Background: I grew up in West Virginia and graduated from Fairmont State College as a veterinary technician in 1997. I moved to North Carolina in 1998 and received my veterinary technician license (RVT). I have worked in the emergency field since 2002. I love the flexibility of being able to help treat pets with different conditions or illnesses. I enjoy the challenge of handling exotics and reptiles too. I have found working in the emergency field will make you stay up to date and fresh on the newest medical trends and standard of care.

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and husband on my free days. We love the outdoors and enjoy camping and going to the beach.

Pets: I have a Jack Russell Terrier named Scooter and a new rescue terrier named Milley. They are squirrel and ball chasers and love to snuggle. We rescued Scooter 10 years ago from a shelter in Georgia. He will chase a ball all day if you let him but will also crawl under a blanket and snuggle with you. Milley was diagnosed with Parvovirus when she was 10 months old. Her owners couldn’t afford treatment and Susie’s Hope came to the rescue and paid for her to be treated. We were looking for another fur baby and adopted her from Susie’s Hope. Milley absolutely loves Scooter and gives us hugs. She was a perfect addition to our family.

Mikka

Mikka

Customer Service Specialist

Background: Being in love with animals my entire life, I began my career in the veterinary field over twenty years ago. I started out as a kennel technician but quickly found that my calling was behind the front desk. That is where I found my passion for helping clients and their pets. I’m thankful to be able to combine my love for animals with a career that I love.

Hobbies: When I’m not working, you’ll find me reading on the front porch, kayaking with my daughter, or enjoying a movie, or a park, with my youngest son. I also enjoy helping a local rescue group foster cats and kittens.

Pets: My children, and I, currently have one dog, two cats, and a kitten. Our dog, Nala, is a ten-year-old miniature schnauzer. She is my best friend and my constant companion. Our oldest cat, Ariel, is the old lady of our house. She enjoys long naps on the sofa and basking in the sunlight through the window. Juno, our most outgoing cat, is my daughter’s best friend. We rescued her as a one-week-old kitten, last year, from a local animal shelter. She was bottle fed and bonded, immensely, with us through that experience. She loves to play fetch and demands attention on a regular basis. George is the baby of the house and is a sweet, playful kitten. He was adopted, recently, through a local rescue group.

Crystal

Crystal

Veterinary Care Team

Background: I attended Western Carolina University for biology with a minor in history. My original plan was to attend veterinary school, but I knew I wanted a family first. So instead of going to veterinary school, I attended school to become a veterinary technician. In 2004, I graduated with honors from Stafford Institute for Veterinary Technology. I have worked in the veterinary field since my teens, but have focused on emergency medicine and critical care for over 15 years and counting. My other specialty is being a wife and mom. I am happily married to my high school sweetheart, Ian, and we have three boys, Andrew and Ivan, who are twins born in 2001, and Harrison is our youngest born in 2007. I love working nights and weekends because it allows me to benefits of being a stay at home mom so I can homeschool and be involved with all my kid’s activities. During the weekends, I am able to fulfill my calling in emergency medicine. It’s amazing to be both a stay at home mom and working mom!

Hobbies: My family and I are registered members of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe which is based in Hollister, N.C. We are very proud of our heritage and attend pow wows as often as possible. I frequently visit local preschool and elementary schools to discuss Native American culture and of course have given talks about animal safety for kids. My favorite past time is reading, and my favorite authors are Jodi Picoult and Mary Higgins Clark. I also enjoy singing and used to perform in musicals a lot as child and teen. My husband is a fan of classic and sports cars, so we frequently attend car shows when possible.

Pets: I am definitely a cat person and I am sure someday I will qualify as the crazy cat lady! However, right now my husband keeps me grounded and we only have one feisty cat named Luna. Of course, I love the pups as well! I am a sucker for Great Danes and Golden Retrievers.

Melissa

Melissa

Veterinary Care Team

Background: I have been working in the veterinary field since 2001. I first started as a kennel assistant, and then began working as an Emergency Technician at a specialty hospital in 2006. Working Emergency, I found that I loved the faster pace, as well as being there when clients and patients needed us there the most. After working ER for several years, I was promoted to Shift Supervisor in addition to my regular duties. I did this for 4 years before deciding that I wanted to focus strictly on the medical side of our field and rejuvenate my love of patient care. I also went back to school and graduated in 2015 with my Associates in Biology.

Hobbies: My hobbies include anything geeky! I love going with my friends to Renaissance Faires, ComicCon (I got to meet David Tennant, John Barrowman, and James Marsters), and fishing in the ocean. My friends and I will also get together and play games randomly (MTG, Munchkin, D&D, etc.), as well as meet up to watch Doctor Who when it airs. And if a movie has a midnight release date (especially if it’s a comic book or Star Wars movie)? You just might see me there dressed up!

Pets: I have 2 dogs and a cat. My yellow lab is named Nimbus (after the broomstick from Harry Potter) and she is a couch-hog. She will shove you off the armrest (or simply flop on you if you’re in the way). My other dog is a Boston Terrier named Mongo (from Blazing Saddles), and it’s a good thing he’s pretty. I adopted him when he was a puppy who had Parvo, and his original family couldn’t afford to treat him. His hobbies include snoring and spazzing. My cat Sneakers enjoys stomping on you while you try to sleep and laying in the bathroom sink. She is also very good at bossing the dogs around.

Kelsey

Kelsey

Veterinary Care Team

Background: Born and raised here in Greensboro, North Carolina, I have always had a fascination with animals and more recently found my proclivity for medicine. I have been working in the veterinary field since 2014 but have only recently transitioned to working in emergency where I’m definitely enjoying the new challenges and fast-paced environment it offers. Outside of being a tech, I graduated from Guilford College in December of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and have had the good fortune to intern at both the Greensboro Science and Conservators Centers.

Hobbies: I love almost anything outdoors but hiking and camping are my favorites.You’ll also find me reading everything from graphic novels to biographies, exploring a plant-based lifestyle and playing elementary school playground games with my adult friends.

Pets: I cohabitate with one older cattle dog mix named Spock who I “rescued” from Craigslist. We enjoy chasing wildlife and otherwise spending time together.

Alex

Alex

Veterinary Care Team

Background: I was born and raised in North Carolina, surrounded by a large family who taught me to love two things; the outdoors and music. I inherited a fondness for taking care of animals from my Grandfather who owned a Veterinary Hospital in Bryan, Ohio. When we would visit for the summer or holidays, his clinic was the first place I wanted to be. Of course I wanted to play with all the animals but my Grandfather was quick to teach me that caring for them was, first and foremost, hard work. I would help clean the kennels and floors, feed the borders and shovel the barn but I was just happy to be surrounded by animals. As I got older, my love for music grew and I learned to play the piano, the violin and then eventually, the guitar. I majored in guitar at Weaver Academy in Greensboro NC and went on to study communications and broadcasting at East Carolina University in Greenville NC. I never forgot my love for animals though. When I moved back to Greensboro, I started working at a small boarding facility and realized I had neglected a major passion in my life and decided to change career paths and become a Veterinary Technician. Since then I have made it my goal to learn all that I can to provide the best healthcare possible for all animals that need my help. I pride myself on hard work and a well rounded knowledge of veterinary medicine which allow me the privilege to have one of the greatest jobs in the world.

Hobbies: I still love to play guitar and sing. I spend most of my spare time playing music on the porch with my husband and teaching my daughter the same love for music we both have. I also write and do embroidery when I can find the time. My husband and I like going to concerts and taking family vacations to places we have never been before.

Pets: We have two dogs, Emmylou and Aries, and a cat named Page

Angela

Angela

Veterinary Care Team

Background: I was born and raised here in NC. I grew up in a small town called Germanton. My love of animals has been strong for as long as I can remember, and I used to bring home every critter I could find, much to my parents dismay 🙂 I started working in the veterinary field in day practice in the year 2000 as a kennel assistant and worked my way up to technician. In 2006 I got my first job in emergency medicine and loved the fast pace, and how much help we can give to animals who are truly in need. Emergency is definitely where my heart is. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 17 years and we’ve been together for 20 years. We have 4 children, and my youngest daughter is still at home.

Hobbies: I consider myself a “jack of all trades” in the hobby department. I have several I enjoy but crafting anything is a special passion. I love building and creating beautiful things and you will find several things in my home I’ve built myself. I also love plants and flowers and enjoy gardening although I won’t say I have a particularly green thumb.

Pets: We definitely have a house full of pets. We have three dogs, Savannah the great dane who is the troublemaker in our house, Maddie the boxer/pug mix and Spots the chihuahua. Two cats, Binx the Sphinx who is my sassy precious boy, and an orange DSH kitty named Winnie who adores my daughter and follows her around. The kitties were both named after characters in the movie Hocus Pocus. Two geriatric mules, Kate, who is 36 and has been my companion for over 24 years now, and Ruby who is 28+ years old. One horse, Kira, who is 23. 2 parrots, Spanky the macaw and an African grey named Tango. We also have 2 small lizards and a pond full of koi and goldfish 🙂 I love animals of all kinds and we have had an array of exotics over the years.

Amanda

Amanda

Veterinary Care Team

Background: I was born in Mississippi but raised in Louisiana. I’ve lived in 8 states and was also in the USCG. I have had pets my entire life and knew as a child that whatever career path I took, I’d work with animals. I finally settled in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2009 but didn’t start my path as a technician until 2015. I attended Miller-Motte College from 2015-2017 and graduated from the Veterinary Technician program. While attending school full time, I started at a small general practice as an assistant while also working for a mobile wellness clinic on the weekends. As graduation approached I did an externship at a VSH in Cary which is what sparked my interest in emergency medicine. I worked at a few different general practices to gain more knowledge and experience before starting my employment at Happy Tails in March 2019. The staff here is like family and we treat every patient as if they were our own. There is no better feeling than saving a pet in an emergent situation.

Hobbies: My hobbies include anything that has to do with music and the beach. I love going to concerts with friends any chance I get or being on the water in a boat enjoying the sun. I also help out with a few rescues in my spare time and when I have a chance I volunteer at FCAS.

Pets: I have two amazing fur babies that I spoil greatly. Axle is my 7 year old blue American pit bull and Karma is my 4 year old blue pit bull mix. They are literally my furry children. Axle loves to snuggle and give everyone those sweet puppy dog eyes. He loves to be under a blanket as much as possible when sleeping or begging for a treat. Karma is the troublemaker of the house. Her nickname is licky lou because she insists on giving lots of licks to your face when you aren’t expecting it. She just loves everyone she meets

April

April

Customer Service Specialist

Background: I was born in Illinois and moved to NC when I was about 10 and have lived here ever since. I’ve always loved animals and medicine which led me to start working in a general practice in 2008. I loved working in GP and decided to branch out and try Emergency care. I really enjoy working on this side of veterinary medicine.

Hobbies: I stay pretty busy with my kids and enjoy going to the mountains or the beach. I also love a good historical romance novel and a good Hallmark Christmas movie!

Pets: We have 2 dogs, Kiwi and Bears and a cat named Fatty.

Faith

Faith

Customer Service Specialist

Background: As a child I had always dreamed of working with animals. That dream became a reality in 2012 when I took my first job as a veterinary assistant in a small clinic in upstate NY. There I was able to assist with small animals including pocket pets in a general practice setting. In 2016 I moved to South Carolina and continued in the veterinary field working in general practice. There was a need for front desk help and I gladly stepped in, finding my passion for paperwork and client services. In 2019 I moved to North Carolina and shortly after became part of Happy Tails. Though I have never worked in an emergency setting before I am finding that I quite enjoy it.

Hobbies: In my free time you can usually find me curled up with a good book, I am an avid reader and I usually read more than 10 books a month. I also enjoy hiking (waterfall chasing), shopping, eating, and cleaning.

Pets: I currently have 2 beagles. A 2year old troublemaker “Autumn” and 11year old laidback “Happy”. I also have a Jack Russell/ pug mix (I call him a Jug head) “Chomper” who is 6 years old and is always my protector. Tangerine the 10-year-old orange fluffy cat loves to cuddle and even responds to his name. I also enjoy playing with my 2 Russian white dwarf hamsters “Spaghetti” and “Meatball”.

Michelle

Michelle

Veterinary Care Team

Bio coming soon!
Karolyn

Karolyn

Veterinary Care Team

Bio coming soon!
Danielle

Danielle

Veterinary Care Team

Bio coming soon!
Eric

Eric

Veterinary Care Team

Background: Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, my family moved to Greensboro in 1998. I began my career in Veterinary Medicine as a Kennel Attendant in 2006 during my senior year at Southern Guilford High School. I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with my B.A. in Biology in 2010, and immediately pursued Lateral Entry Licensure so that I could start working as a High School Science Teacher for Guilford County Schools. In 2014 I left Education and returned to Veterinary Medicine, working as an Assistant at a General Practice. In 2018 I transitioned from General Practice to Emergency Medicine, working as a Technician. I am currently pursuing becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician through my active enrollment in Penn Foster College’s online A.S. Veterinary Technology program.

Hobbies: When I am not relaxing at home I enjoy traveling to the beach, riding my bike, playing tennis, and photography.

Pets: I have a 9 month old toy Poodle named Rebecca, a 7 month old Pomeranian named Gracie, and a 5 year cat named Dante.

Tiffany

Tiffany

Bio coming soon
Monica

Monica

Bio coming soon
Sarah

Sarah

Bio coming soon

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Location

2936 Battleground Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27408
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After Hours Care

Office Hours:
Mon: 6:00pm – 8:00am
Tues: 6:00pm – 8:00am
Wed: 6:00pm – 8:00am
Thurs: 6:00pm – 8:00am
Fri: 6:00pm – 8:00am
Sat: 24 hours
Sun: 24 hours

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Call us: 336-288-2688
Fax us: 336-288-2686
Email us: happytailser@gmail.com

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