Sanford Animal Hospital's Dedicated Team
Our team of veterinary professionals is dedicated to delivering the best customer service and compassionate care to you and your pets.
Margie Giles – Office Manager
Margie joined our team in 2015 after working in the optometric field for 27 years. She has had a love of animals all her life and is thrilled to be working so closely now with them now! Margie has three children and two grandchildren, and lives in Sanford with her Pitbull, Sophie and her Boxer, Bull. We at SAH, are so happy that Margie found her way here!
Michelle Walker – Lead Receptionist
Michelle is originally from New York and now resides in Sanford with her fiancé, Joe, her two children, Xander and Sydney, a foxhound named Leah, and a lab named Logan. She came to Sanford Animal Hospital in 2012, after deciding to leave the funeral service business where she worked as a licensed funeral director, to spend more time with her family. Michelle is also very active with the Save A Lab Rescue. She will always greet you with a smile and a laugh on your way out the door!
Brittany Conklin — Receptionist
Brittany joined our team in September 2017 after moving to Sanford from Charlotte, NC, with her husband and two cats, Calvin and James Dean. She grew up on a farm in Monroe, NC where she developed her great love for animals. She has been a hairstylist for the past twelve years and loves working with people, which is why this is an easy transition.
Her career goals includ one day obtaining her Veterinary Technicians license. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys are, painting, family time, music and being involved with her church.
Kim Mcleod, RVT – Lead Veterinary Technician
Kim grew up in Rochester, NY and moved to North Carolina in 1985 to attend the Veterinary Technician program at Central Carolina Community College. After graduation she worked the College for 11 years as the lab facility manager and animal clinical practices lab assistant. She left that job to work as a large animal hospital supervisor at NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine for the next five years, and then worked in private practice with Apex Equine Hospital before coming to settle at Sanford Animal Hospital as one of our primary technicians. Kim loves all animals, but has a special passion for dogs and horses. Kim has three dogs, Lucky, Ellie Mae and Ginger, and a horse named Smokin’s Frostbite. She always has a hug ready for you if you are having a bad day!
Heather Corbin, RVT – Veterinary Technician
Heather graduated from Central Carolina Community College in 2005 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science Veterinary Medical Technology. She has been working at Sanford Animal Hospital since the spring of 2005. Her interests include client education, patient care, and international health certificates. If you need to travel with your dog anywhere in the world, she will get you there! Heather lives with her husband, Brandon. They have been married only two years, but they are high school sweethearts! She also has a sweet Pitbull name Rocket and four cats that still live at home with her parents (they just aren’t ready to leave the nest.) In her spare time, Heather enjoys family time, shopping, fishing, and photography.
Morgan Asbill, RVT – Veterinary Technician
Morgan has been at Sanford Animal Hospital since 2012. She starting working in the kennels and is currently one of our wonderful Veterinary Technicians. We could not get through the days without her! She recently graduated from the Central Carolina Community College with a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology, and we were so happy when she accepted a position here.
Morgan is particularly interested in pet dentistry, wellness, and providing exceptional care to our hospital patients. She is also very creative and helps to keep us organized. She lives with two adorable beagles named Abby Lou and Lucy, and a mischievous cat named Silas who can open the refrigerator door!
Dustin Strickland, RVT – Veterinary Technician
Dustin joined the Sanford Animal Hospital team in August of 2013, first working in our kennel and then as an assistant, to help him towards his goal of becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. He graduated from Central Carolina Community College as a Veterinary Technician in May of 2017. We are happy to say he accepted a full-time position here with us and look forward too many years of working with Dustin.
He is interested in learning more about behavior and animals, as this is such an important part of what we do and how to understand why our animals do the things they do. In his spare time, Dustin is a big football fan, the Baltimore Ravens are his favorite team. He is also a big foody and loves all types of food, is a fan a Star Wars, and enjoys rock music and fishing. We are lucky to have him here and look forward to helping him learn and grow as a Veterinary Technician.
Rebecca Spencer – Veterinary Assistant
Rebecca joined our family in 1997 fresh out of high school, and she has always been an invaluable member of our team. She was born in Jacksonville, NC but raised in Sanford from the tender age of three. Rebecca’s special interests include inventory management and using her OCD for organization, senior pet care, and neonatal care.
Rebecca and her husband Ryan have three daughters, Katie, Hannah, and Sarah. Over the years she has had many dogs and cats come into her life, but she currently lives with six dogs (Karleigh, Kassie, Drake, Sully, Ozzy, and Mick), a cat (Fred), two bunnies (Sheldon and Leonard) and 19 chickens. She loves to read and is an avid crafter, always with at least one project started. As you can see, it is never a dull moment around their house!
Karla Cortes — Veterinary Assistant
Karla grew up in Salemburg, NC and moved to Sanford to attend the Veterinary Medical Technician program at Central Carolina Community College. She will be graduating in May of 2018.
She started working at SAH in May of 2017 to gain experience and knowledge to help her through her studies. She is doing a fantastic job, always willing to pitch in and help when need, we are very lucky to have her. She also speaks Spanish which is so helpful in connecting with our Latin community. Karla lives with her ShihTzu mix, Miley, who she loves spending time with.
Amy Ruebeck — Veterinary Assistant
Amy grew up in the small coastal town of Belfast, ME. Shortly after graduating from High School, Amy moved to North Carolina. She took a position at Sanford Animal Hospital in early 2017, first in the kennels and then quickly moved up to be a Veterinary Assistant, where she gets to care for all of the animals. She started volunteering for H4hUS, an organization that provides an outlet for “end of life” dogs and horses that have been abandoned. They take these animals in and retrain them for animal assisted therapy programs for Veterans and Active-Duty Military.
It was after this, she realized how much she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine so she could use her passion for animals in a positive way. Amy now looks forward to learning all she can with us at SAH, going to school, and becoming a RVT. We hope to help her along her way!
Tara Gillis — Veterinary Assistant
Tara joined the Sanford Animal Hospital staff in August 2017 as a Veterinary Assistant. She is currently a second-year Veterinary Medical Technology student at CCCC, here in Sanford. She will graduate in May 2018! When she is not studying, at school or at the clinic she enjoys her time with Scamp and Miley, her two dogs. Tara is smart, fun and loves the animals, she is a great asset to our clinic, and we are glad she is here with us!
Marie Dandron – Kennel Assistant
Marie has worked at Sanford Animal Hospital for seven years as a kennel technician, caring for all of the boarding cats and dogs. She is a wonderful asset to our team and truly enjoys the animals she cares for. Marie lives with two cats - Dallas is her baby girl named after her favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys, and Pokey is her boy cat whom she has had for eight years. Marie also helps with the feral cat population in her neighborhood by having all the stray cats spayed and neuter when she can catch them. You can rest assured that when your pet is boarding here at Sanford Animal Hospital, they are getting the very best care possible from Marie!
Lindi Renwick – Kennel Manager
Lindi has worked on and off at Sanford Animal Hospital for the past 30 years. For the past four years, she has worked here full time as the Kennel Manager. She graduated from a Veterinary Technician program in 1989, but prefers to care for dogs and cats that are boarding here and need a little extra care and love while you are away from home. Lindi lives with two dogs, a lab mix named Wilson and a Great Dane named Otis. She also has three cats, Squirrely, Simon and Spanky. In her spare time she enjoys running, sleeping, and collecting Beanie Babies. She has two daughters, Anna and Lori, which we have all enjoyed watching grow up with while Lindi has worked here at Sanford Animal Hospital.
Peyton Fox – Kennel Assistant
Peyton joined his sister, Deanna, in April of 2016, here at Sanford Animal Hospital. This is Peyton’s first job, working in our kennel, and he is doing a wonderful job! We are very happy he came to join our team. Peyton is 16-years-old and currently attends high school. He enjoys being part of the hospital and especially loves being around all the dogs and cats! He lives with his mom and his Pitbull, Georgia. Outside of work, he loves Netflix and shopping. Peyton says he sees himself working here for a long time, and we hope that is true!
Jenna Elliott – Kennel Assistant
Jenna recently joined our kennel team in the summer of 2016. Not only have the animals benefited from her, but all the staff has as well, because she loves to bake! She even drops off bakery goods on her days off for us to eat. Jenna is a junior in high school and has been a competitive swimmer for the past seven years. She has been around dogs her entire life - she has a 7-year-old Papillion named Charmher, and mom has bred Border Collies and is a very talented dog trainer. In her spare time, Jenna likes to backpack with her dad, play the guitar, and hopes to one day travel the world and open a bakery in Segovia, Spain. We will do what we can to support her dreams and keep eating her cookies, cupcakes, and whatever else she will bake for us!
Mackayla Fry – Kennel Assistant
Mackayla is originally from Pennsylvania, but now lives in Sanford. She started working at Sanford Animal Hospital in June of 2016, as part of our kennel team. She quickly became a very valuable member and works quite well with the dogs and cats. Mackayla is a junior in high school and plays in the marching band, as well as many sports. She hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, possibly with the Military and work with bomb sniffing dogs! But first, she wants to travel the world with her best friends. We will hopefully be here to help her make all her dreams come true!
Don Partridge — Kennel Assistant
Don starting working at Sanford Animal Hospital in September 2017. He is working with Lindi in the kennels caring for all of our boarding clients. We could not be happier, as not only is he wonderful with all the animals, we now also have ready-made Handy Man on staff!
You will see Don mowing the grass, blowing the leaves from the parking lot and up on roof changing the furnace filters! Our surgery suite also got a new coat of paint – thank you Don for becoming a valuable member of SAH!
Amanda Blakely – Pet Groomer
Amanda has been grooming animals at Sanford Animal Hospital since 2003. She enjoys grooming both dogs and cats to create the perfect haircut for your pet. She is very patient and willing to spend the extra time to make sure that your pet gets the personal attention to ensure a happy grooming experience. Most dogs love coming to spend the day with her!
Amanda and her husband, Michael, welcomed their son, Kyler, in the summer of 2015. They live on a farm with horses, cows, and chickens. In her free time, Amanda enjoys showing in dressage horse shows.