Our Team

Meet our team of professionals below.

Meet Our team

Veterinarians

Dr. Shannon Foy

Owner & DVM

Dr. Shannon Foy

Growing up on a small farm in Apex, North Carolina, Dr. Shannon Foy, owner and Wilson veterinarian, was always surrounded by animals. Her family had cows, pigs, dogs, cats, rabbits, a horse, and a pet chicken. Before she even understood the word “veterinarian” Dr. Foy knew she wanted to be an “animal doctor.”

In high school, Dr. Foy worked at Apex Veterinary Hospital milking cows, feeding bovine and equine patients, cleaning stalls and cages, and learning how to properly care for animals. In college, she worked at Crossroads Veterinary Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina as a kennel assistant, veterinary receptionist, and veterinary assistant. Dr. Foy is a 1991 magna cum laude graduate from North Carolina State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. While attending veterinary school, Dr. Foy earned the Small Animal Clinical Proficiency Award and the Pfizer Excellence in Swine Medicine Award. She joined Brentwood Veterinary Center in 1995 and purchased the hospital in 2007 from Dr. Scott.

“Pets are such an important part of many people’s lives. They are an important part of a family,” Dr. Foy said. “I enjoy my role in keeping that pet as healthy as possible for as long as possible. I enjoy the challenge of determining why a pet may not be feeling well and the satisfaction of helping a sick pet return to health. I am honored when a pet parent entrusts me with the health of their four-legged friend.”

Dr. Foy is the former President of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include surgery, internal medicine, and wellness care. When not at the hospital, Dr. Foy enjoys gardening, water and snow skiing, deep-sea fishing, and caring for Sophie, Abby, and Lulu—her dogs and cat. She most enjoys spending time with her family—her husband, Randy, and her twin son and daughter. She gives back to her community by participating as a Sunday school teacher, a Bible study facilitator, a choir member, and a former member of the American Cancer Society’s “Reach to Recovery” program. Brentwood Veterinary Center is proud to have this courageous two-time cancer survivor at its helm.

Dr. Ariel Fulghum

DVM, CVA, CVFTA, CVTP, CTPEP

Dr. Ariel Fulghum

Charlotte native Dr. Ariel Hickey Fulghum joined the team at Brentwood Veterinary Center in May of 2015. She first became inspired to pursue a career as a veterinarian while she was an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Though she was majoring in biology, an injury to a family pet confirmed her interest in a path devoted to helping animals.

“While I was in school, my horse lost her left eye,” Dr. Fulghum recalls. “This motivated me to apply to veterinary school.”

After completing her undergraduate degree (graduating with university honors and biology honors), Dr. Fulghum earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University in 2013.

Since joining our staff, she’s pursued professional interests that include exotic pets, acupuncture, internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine. Dr. Fulghum also practices Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, which includes acupuncture, herbal therapy, and food therapy. She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) as well as a Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT) and is currently working to become certified in canine rehabilitation. Dr. Fulghum has most recently added certification in palliative care & end-of-life services to her list of achievements and massage therapy. Dr. Fulghum is also a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

When she’s not at our animal hospital, Dr. Fulghum enjoys CrossFit, obstacle course races, horseback riding, reading, watching movies, and painting. Dr. Fulghum and her husband, Bryan, are the pet parents to two Shepherd mixes named Annabelle and Lexxie. They also have two guinea pigs named Ajax and Disco.

Dr. Taylor Smith

DVM

Dr. Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith joined the team at Brentwood Veterinary Center in July 2022. She is originally from Memphis, Tennessee and moved to Zebulon in 2022. She attended The University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated in 2022. Prior to working here, she was in vet school. Taylor Smith shares her home with her two dogs Samson and Luna and her cat Jeanie. In her free time, she enjoys working out, playing rugby, walking her dogs, and making music. She is very excited to begin her career in North Carolina and looks forward to providing the best possible care to all fur babies.

Management

Heather Finch

Practice Manager

Heather Finch

Heather started working at Brentwood Veterinary Center in the kennel in June 2009. She earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science (with a minor in agricultural business management) from North Carolina State University in May 2014.

When she is not working, Heather loves spending time with her husband and daughter, reading, shopping, and going for walks outside. She has three pets at home that keep her quite busy, including two cats (Charley and Kat) and an Australian Shepherd mix (Addie.)

Veterinary Assistants

Krissy Williams

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Krissy Williams

Krissy is a certified veterinary assistant that has been on the Brentwood Veterinary Center team since October 2014. With over 15 years of experience in the veterinary field, we’re lucky to have her on our team. Her particular interests in the veterinary medicine field itself include surgery and dental care.

During her off time, Krissy loves spending time with her husband and son. Her favorite hobby is snowboarding. She has a Great Pyrenees mix at home that keeps her on her toes.

Mackenzie Wheeler

Veterinary Assistant

Mackenzie Wheeler

Mackenzie has been on the staff at Brentwood Veterinary Center since 2014. She started as a kennel kid and eventually moved into assisting the technicians and doctors with their appointments. This includes bathing patients, taking care of boarders, helping in the lab (getting samples), and filling medications.

She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Mackenzie’s favorite part of the job is taking care of our client’s pets as if they were one of her own. She hopes to attend graduate school in the next few years to continue her education.

Mackenzie Coley 

Veterinary Assistant

Mackenzie Coley

Mackenzie joined Brentwood Veterinary Center in December 2017. She also enjoys learning new things to ensure she provides all patients with exceptional care. She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster and is studying to receive her degree in Veterinary Technology with the hopes of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician and is certified to perform abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiograms.

In her free time she enjoys going to the gym, kayaking, shopping, and spending time with her 3 beagles: Maxx, Drake, and Honey.

Kayli Smith

Veterinary Assistant

Kayli Smith

Kayli joined Brentwood Veterinary Center in October 2021. She is originally from Bailey, NC. Kayli is attending Pennfoster and is studying to receive her Veterinary Technician degree within the next two years. Kayli is Fear Free Certified and is excited to further her knowledge of the veterinary field to better understand and assist patients.

Kayli shares her home with her six dogs and one cat! When she is not helping patients she is hiking with her dogs, kayaking with her boyfriend Johnathan, or studying!

Kali

Kali Kasulis

Veterinary Assistant

Kali Kasulis

Kali is a Veterinary BioScience major at the University of Mount Olive with a minor in Biology and Chemistry. After her undergrad, she wants to go to veterinary school to become a large animal veterinarian. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her cat. Her favorite animals are cows and goats.

Hunter

Hunter

Veterinary Assistant

Hunter

Bio coming soon!

Abby Lee

Veterinary Assistant

Abby Lee

Abby joined the team at Brentwood Veterinary Center in June 2022 and previously worked at Riverside Veterinary Hospital. She is from Nashville, NC, and she attended Nash Community college to study Veterinary Technology. She graduated in 2022.

Abby shares her home with her mom and dad, Sunni (rabbit), Fern (dog), and her pet geckos: Daenerys, Khaleesi, and Rango. During her time off, she enjoys playing video games and taking naps.

Nicole Jeffries

Veterinary Assistant

Nicole Jeffries

Nicole joined the team at Brentwood Veterinary Center in July 2022 and previously worked at Crossroads Veterinary Hospital. She is originally from Florida, and she attended Duke University to study Biology. She graduated in 2017.

Nicole shares her home with her husband, Emilio, and her four cats; Daisy, Lexi, Gloria, and Bash.

grace

Grace

Veterinary Assistant

Grace

Grace is a senior at Wilson Early College Academy pursuing her Associate’s degree in science. She gained her love of animals from watching her mom care for all types of animals growing up. She has a cow named Callie and loves Labradors. Grace is attending North Carolina State University as a pre-vet major.

Casey Bunting

Kennel Assistant

Casey Bunting

Casey is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at Nash Community College. She is excited to be on the team and in her free time, she likes to hang out with friends, go to the gym, and play with her golden retriever, Rosie.

Customer Service

Hannah Slaughter

Customer Service Representative & Bather

Hannah Slaughter

Hannah joined the team at Brentwood Veterinary Center in July 2021. She is originally from Wilson. She attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, New York, and studied Musical Theater from 2011-2012. Before working here, she worked in the food and beverage industry, then 3 years at Banfield Pet Hospital in Rocky Mount. She shares her home with her partner, James, and her little looney toon dog, Muffin. She enjoys working with the local theatre companies, working on music, and lots of coffee during her off time.

Kimberly

Kimberly Pugh

Customer Service Representative & Veterinary Assistant

Kimberly Pugh

Kimberly joined the team at Brentwood Veterinary Center in November 2021. She is originally from Wilson, NC. Prior to working here, she worked at HWY 55 for 8 years as a waitress and a 911 center as a telecommunicator. She shares her home with her parents, siblings, and pit/lab mix named Ella Grace. On her time off she enjoys spending time with Ella and her family. She also loves going out with friends.

Sabrina Wilson

Veterinary Assistant & Customer Service Representative

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina is a valuable member of our team with over 20 years of experience in the veterinary medicine field. She is certified to perform ultrasounds and electrocardiograms. If you have any questions about these diagnostic methods, she will always be happy to help.

Sabrina’s hobbies include reading, gardening, reading, and cheering for the Atlanta Braves. She also enjoys cruising around on a pontoon boat and spending time off with her husband, daughters, and 3 grandchildren. She also likes to spend time with her Jack Russell Terrier (Rambo), mini donkey (Ginger), borderdoodle (Carlos), and horse (Tomahawk). 

Tiffany Howard

Customer Service Representative

Tiffany Howard

Tiffany joined the team at Brentwood Veterinary Center in April 2022. She is originally from Rocky Mount, North Carolina and moved to Church Hill Tennesse in 2014. She then eventually moved back to Nashville, North Carolina in 2019. Tiffany graduated in 2013 from Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, North Carolina with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Prior to working here, she worked at many veterinary hospitals and is also an entrepreneur of J+D Bedding which was started in 2005 as an FFA project and has continued to serve family farms around North Carolina. She shares her home with her spouse, Nick, and her two daughters, Sarah and Olivia. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and traveling to the mountains.

Flo

Office Manager

Flo

Managing the office really, really well is Flo, our resident cat. She loves to greet our clients and cause mischief around the practice.

Kennel

Maryurie

Maryurie Ruiz

Kennel Manager & Customer Service Representative

Maryurie Ruiz

Maryurie has been with us since May 2021. She has loved animals for as long as she can remember and is excited to learn and grow here. She has two beautiful sons (5 and 2 years old) and shares her home with a Chihuahua named Elsa, a pit bull named Nala P, and a turtle named George. In her free time, Maryurie enjoys spending time with her significant other and 3 beautiful boys. She also enjoys boating, swimming, and riding four-wheelers!

Abby

Abby

Kennel Attendant

Abby

I started out working at Brentwood in 2020. I plan to go to Nash Community College and complete the Veterinary Technician program to become a registered veterinary technician. I enjoy playing softball and spending time with my dog.

jessica

Jessica

Kennel Attendant

Jessica

I am currently going to college for a major in business and a minor in zoology. After graduation, I would like to start rescuing different kinds of animals. I like to spend my free time with my pet baby (Belle), friends, family, and traveling.

photo coming soon

Alexi

Kennel Attendant

Alexi

Alexi is a junior at Hunt High School, Gained a love for animals from living on a farm with step dad, enjoys hanging out with friends and playing with her dog named Jada

photo coming soon

Calvin

Kennel Attendant

Calvin

Calvin joined the team at Brentwood Veterinary Center in December 2022 and is a Wilson local. He attends Hunt Highschool and will be graduating in 2023.

Prior to working at Brentwood Veterinary Center, he worked as a team member at Chick-fil-a.