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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. Miranda Ertel

DVM

Dr. Miranda Ertel

Dr. Ertel was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, where she first started in the veterinary field as a veterinary assistant. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in biology from Canisius College. In 2006, Dr. Ertel moved to North Carolina to attend North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2010 and has been a hard-working veterinarian for over ten years.

She shares her home with loving dogs from various shelters, some cats that took up residency at her house, and two horses. Dr. Ertel enjoys the variety of challenges that are presented each day of practicing veterinary medicine. She has a strong interest in creating a custom diagnostic and treatment plan that fits each patient and client’s needs. When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Ertel enjoys horseback riding, spending time outside with her furry children, walking, hiking the mountains, paddle-boarding, and socializing with fellow animal enthusiasts.

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

Haley Carter

Certified Veterinary Assistant & Customer Service Representative

Haley Carter

Haley is a certified veterinary assistant here at Brentwood Veterinary Center. She has been in the veterinary medicine field for over ten years. Working in a veterinary practice such as ours has been a dream job for Haley since she was little.

In her free time, Haley loves spending time with her daughter, reading, and taking family vacations. She has two dogs, a Labrador and Pug, as well as more cats than she can count.

Jada Bass

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Jada Bass

Jada joined the Brentwood Veterinary Center team in July 2014. She became a certified veterinary assistant in 2015, already having almost eight years of veterinary medicine experience. Jada is also certified in performing in-house abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds (certification received in 2019).

Jada cares for her three Dalmatians, Colt (pictured), Dottie, and Ace, at home. Dalmatians have been her favorite breed since she was a little girl. Jada also enjoys being outdoors, driving tractors on her daddy’s farm, or hunting with her husband, Hunter. She also enjoys reading books on the beach and being with her family and friends when she is not working.

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.

Taylor Pearce

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Taylor Pearce

Taylor is a certified veterinary assistant with an acute fascination with all animals, but cats and exotics are her favorite. She graduated from the veterinary medical technology program at Nash Community College. You can find her studying for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) when she is not working. Taylor loves learning new things and gaining new skills when it comes to providing animals with exceptional veterinary care.

Her primary hobby in her free time is crafting. Keeping her company at home are two orange tabby cats named Gene and Tigger.

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.

Greeting her when she comes home from work is her dog (Cotton), cat (Coalton James), and horse (Tomahawk). Her hobbies include reading, gardening, and spending time with her grandkids. If she could be anywhere at all, her favorite place to be is in the mountains.

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 started help in our kennel in December 2017. She also enjoys learning new things to ensure she provides all patients with exceptional care.

A beagle lover herself, Mackenzie has three of her own named Drake, Honey, and Max. Mackenzie also has two Labradors (Bella & Lexi), a Maltipoo (Sophia), and four goldfish (all named Fishy). Her hobbies include going to the gym, kayaking, shopping, enjoys being outdoors, and loves Chick-fil-A & Dunkin Donuts.

Devin Powell

Veterinary Assistant

Devin Powell

Devin began at Brentwood as a veterinary assistant in November 2020 after completing an internship with the Veterinary Medical Technology Program at Nash Community College. He plans to graduate in May 2021 and take the national board exam in July 2021.

Devin enjoys spending time with his Feist (Lucy) and Great Pyrenees (Konan) in his free time. He also enjoys riding his quarter horses (Cody and TC) on the weekends. After graduation, Devin plans to attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington to continue his education with business administration, focusing on animal resource management.

Kennel

Mariah White

Kennel Care Coordinator & Bather

Mariah White

Mariah graduated from Barton College with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She is a full-time firefighter for the city of Wilson and was a Captain in the Army Reserves. She got into the field because she wanted to be a veterinarian as a kid and became an intern at Brentwood Veterinary Center during her junior year at Barton College. Then she started working at Brentwood Veterinary Center during her senior year, and it has been “home” for her ever since!

Caring for animals is Mariah’s passion, and it has been the greatest job there is. She cares for three pets at home, including two Rottweiler mixes (Bonnie and Clyde) and a cat (Moo). Her hobbies include anything fitness, building/do-it-yourself projects, dog park adventures, and traveling.

Maryurie Ruiz

Kennel Attendant

Maryurie Ruiz

Maryurie has loved and cared for animals for as long as she can remember and hopes to learn and grow with Brentwood Veterinary Center. She has two beautiful sons (5 and 2 years old) and shares her home with a Chihuahua named Elsa and a turtle named George. She enjoys spending her free time with her sons and her significant other, boating, swimming, and riding four-wheelers!

Customer Service

Cathrina Light

Customer Service Representative

Cathrina Light

Cathrina is from California and joined the Brentwood Veterinary Center team in December 2020. She has always wanted to get into the medical field in some way and loves animals. For both these reasons, Cathrina thought that veterinary medicine would be a perfect fit!

She has three pets at home, including one Yorkie (Caesar) and two cats (Frankie and Rosie). Cathrina has a son named Charlie who wants to be a policeman! Her hobbies include going to museums with family, computer gaming with her significant other, playing board games, and reading books.

Jessica Snyder

Customer Service Representative

Jessica Snyder

Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She has had a passion for animals since she was young. Jessica joined the Brentwood Veterinary Center team to work in the kennel and has been here for 20 years.

Keeping her company at home are Jessica’s cat and three dogs. Her hobbies include gardening, kayaking, fishing, and baking.

Jennifer

Customer Service Representative

Jennifer

Jennifer has been on the team here at Brentwood Veterinary Center since April 2015. She has been working in the veterinary medicine field for over 20 years. Jennifer loves meeting pet parents and their pets.

At home, she has two pit bulls (Rayne and Rogue) and two cats (Killian and Church). Her hobbies include going to the beach, going to the gun range, and going snowboarding.

Hannah

Customer Service Representative

Hannah

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 a dog, Muffin. She enjoys working with the local theatre companies, working on music, and lots of coffee during her off time.

Carolyn Shelton

Customer Service Representative

Carolyn Shelton

Carolyn has been in the animal field since 1970. She has been on the team at Brentwood Veterinary Center since 1982. Keeping her busy at home, Carolyn has a puppy named Jax (pictured) and two cats named Orey and Ozzy. Her hobbies include baking and tending to her vegetable garden.

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.