Lorna McLeod, DVM
Dr. Mcleod earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1996 and has practiced in Winston-Salem and the surrounding Triad since 1997. Dr. McLeod is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and serves as Secretary of the Forsyth County Veterinary Medical Association. She is also a member of the Animal Association of Feline Practitioners. She volunteers with Aarf, FFF, TGRR and FCAP. She also enjoys traveling, antiquing, gardening and spending time with family.
John Polnak, DVM
Dr. Polnak received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from St. George’s University in Grenada, and completed his clinical year of Veterinary Medicine at Georgia University in Athens, GA. He has special interests in surgery, ultrasound, and acupuncture; and attends several medical and surgical conferences throughout the year to stay on top of the newest techniques so he can offer thorough and compassionate care to each of his patients. Dr. Polnak currently resides in Advance, NC, with his wife, 2 children, and 2 dogs. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking from old family recipes, and exploring what NC has to offer. Dr. Polnak also has a taste for adventure and is scuba certified and loves traveling.
Christine Kline, DVM
Animal Health and Wellness Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Christine E. Kline has joined our team. A native of New York, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Kline brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from working as an emergency/critical care and relief veterinarian for 17 years at over 100 different veterinary practices. She and her husband, an equine veterinary surgeon, have relocated to Davie County, North Carolina. She is looking forward to spending many years with us at Animal Health and Wellness Hospital.
Lane Anderson is from Texas Hook Em Horns where she started her career working with animals on a cattle ranch after graduating high school. She developed an interest in veterinary medicine after reading all of the James Herriot books when she was young. Lane enjoys reading, cooking, relaxing and fishing at the coast when she has time.
Bethany has always had a soft spot for animals, especially Boston Terriers and Pit Bulls(she has one of each!). She has been a vet assistant for 10 years and enjoys every minute! When not saving animal lives, Bethany enjoys being at home with her daughter and son.
Emily is another one of our NC State Animal Science graduates. She recently married her college sweetheart Christian. In her downtime, she enjoys relaxing by playing video games and watching sports (GO PACK). She also loves spending time with her fury creatures: Drago, Crixus, Arya and Cotton. When not working with animals, she is at home crafting for her Esty website.
Sidney came to North Carolina from Mexico 20 years ago and is our only bilingual staff member. She lives in Clemmons with her husband and two children and has been a veterinary assistant for the last two years. She joined Animal Health and Wellness Hospital in May of 2019. She is currently training to be a certified veterinary technician. At home, she cares for three dogs, a cat, and an African Gray Parrot named Katie. Sidney is an avid runner and hiker.
Mekayla is from Pinnacle, North Carolina and a graduate of West Stokes High School. She joined us at Animal Health and Wellness Hospital in May of 2019. She too is an avid hiker. At home, she cares for three Blue Heelers, cattle herding dogs which hail from Australia.
Renee comes to us with 5 years of experience in the animal field. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a BS in Exercise Science. She is pursuing her Master’s in anatomy and physiology with a goal to get her PhD in anatomy. She is a USA fitness competitor in her free time. She loves spending time with her fur children: Aubi, Arye, Amie, and Azie.
Allyson is a true Winston-Salem native. She has lived here her whole life except when she attended UNC Wilmington and received her B.S. in Biology and Marine Biology. When she is not working as a veterinary nurse, she enjoys cooking, gardening, painting and video games.
Crystal’s deep rooted love of horses was the basis behind wanting to learn all she could about veterinary medicine. We are thrilled that she has joined AHAW as a veterinary nurse. Crystal spends time away from work with her horse “Spirit”, two dogs “Asher and Milo”, and her cat “Rascal”. She gives back to the community by teaching children to ride horses.
Jade is our veterinarian in training! She is pre-vet studying Biology at UNC Greensboro and also on her way to becoming a certified veterinary technician through Pen Foster. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys hiking, fishing, and taking care of her dogs “Fitz” and “Lilly” and her rabbits “Honey” and “B”.
Christie has been a veterinary receptionist for 10 years so we welcomed her smiling face to Animal Health and Wellness Hospital in 2016. She was born and raised in Wallburg, NC and has a particular love of greyhounds and participates in events sponsored by Greyhound friends of NC. In her free time, she enjoys all fun activities with her daughter!
Michelle joined Animal Health and Wellness Hospital in 2018, bringing with her 25 years of experience with animals both large and small. She earned her bachelor’s degree in equine science from Virginia Intermont College in Bristol and maintains a lifelong passion for pet care. Her other interests include riding her motorcycle through the Forsythe countryside, collecting antiques, and helping the homeless.
Erica is one of our newest employees that you will meet as you enter our hospital. This is her first time working in veterinary medicine but comes from the human medical field. She enjoys shopping and riding four-wheelers when she’s not with her fiance and their 6 children. You can also find her on the sidelines at Bowman Gray Stadium watching her fiance race.
Groundskeeper and Maintenance
We don’t know what we would do without Robert here at Animal Health and Wellness Hospital. He has been with us since the very beginning helping to keep the place going. Born and raised right here in Rural Hall, he lives with his wife and spoiled Shih Tzu. Give him a wave next time you see him!
We are honored here at Animal Health and Wellness Hospital to live in Marko’s world. Since he came to us a few months after we opened in 2013, he has become a fixture here and even has his own Facebook page. His demands are simple- canned food and catnip. Sorry ladies, he is taken- he only has eyes for his roommate, Miso.