More Than 60 Years of Service to Charlotte, NC: Treating Dogs & Cats to the Best
Dr. Richard E. Killough, DVM
Dr. Killough's desire was to be a veterinarian when he was a small child living on a dairy farm in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Dr. Killough and his wife, Kay, graduated together from Indian Trail High School in 1961. After graduation, he was accepted to North Carolina State University, where he continued to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian. Since North Carolina did not have a school of veterinary medicine, Dr. Killough applied and was accepted at Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1968.
After graduation, Dr. Killough was on the staff of Sandhill Veterinary Hospital in Southern Pines, North Carolina for four years. Dr. Cliff McLean and Dr. Joe Currie were the owners of this AAHA-accredited hospital. Dr. Killough always felt he received wonderful mentorship and guidance for his career in their hospital. Family ties brought the Killough's back to Charlotte in 1972, where they found a permanent home at Long Animal Hospital.
Dr. Forest B. Long was the founder of the hospital, which was established in 1948. He built the hospital on good service to his clients and dedication to the highest quality of veterinary medicine. Dr. Killough has always strived to provide the same high-quality medicine and customer service to his clients. Several years after being in partnership with Dr. Long, Dr. Killough purchased the hospital. Dr. Long continued to be a part of the hospital for many years until his retirement in 1987.
Dr. and Mrs. Killough have two children. Dr. Brian Killough is also a veterinarian and on the staff of Long Animal Hospital, which makes Dr. Killough, Sr. extremely proud! Kay Killough, and Judy Killough (wife of Dr. Brian Killough) are part of the management team. Kara Ruth King, the Killoughs' daughter, is a medical representative with St. Jude's heart division. They have four grandchildren: Jake Killough, Paul Killough, Hannah Killough, and Kara Grace King.
Dr. Brian Killough, DVM, CCRP
Dr. Brian Killough grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and began working at Long Animal Hospital with his father at the young age of 12 as a kennel assistant. Dr. Killough graduated from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and his areas of special interest include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, endoscopy, abdominal/cardiac ultrasound, and oncology.
Outside of practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Killough enjoys spending time with his wife, Judy; their three children, Jake, Paul, and Hannah; and their two dogs, Licky and Maggie.
Dr. Brad Brown, DVM
Joined Long Animal Hospital in 1996
Dr. Brad Brown performs small animal medicine, surgery, and pet dentistry. Dr. Brown is a veterinarian with a compassionate personality who emphasizes client education, diagnostics, and practical treatment. He is dedicated to providing you and your pet with exceptional veterinary care. He especially enjoys internal medicine and ophthalmology.
Dr. Brown was born and raised in Jamestown, North Carolina. He attended college at North Carolina State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry in 1992. After graduating, he entered the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.
Following graduation, Dr. Brown moved to Charlotte and became an Associate Veterinarian with Long Animal Hospital. He currently resides in south Charlotte with his wife, Janelle, and their three children. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, fishing, and following NC State athletics.
Dr. Richard Wittmann, DVM
Joined Long Animal Hospital in 1998
Dr. Rich Wittmann performs small animal medicine, surgery, and pet dentistry. Dr. Wittmann's professional skills and compassionate demeanor are a valuable addition to our practice and he contributes greatly to our dedication to provide you with the very best veterinary care. He especially enjoys small animal dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine.
Dr. Wittmann grew up in San Diego, California. In 1994, he obtained a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry. Afterwards, he attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University, earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.
Dr. Wittmann currently resides in Charlotte with his wife, Nicole, his son, Nicholas, and his dog, Willow. His hobbies include San Diego sports teams, fly fishing, and coaching his son's sports teams.
Dr. Zack Yasin, DVM
Joined Long Animal Hospital in March 2013
Dr. Zack Yasin grew up in Perry, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate studies, earning degrees in Animal Science and Dairy Science in 2007. He stayed at the University of Georgia for veterinary school, earning his degree in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. After graduation, Dr. Yasin moved to Charlotte where he began practicing at a small animal clinic.
Dr. Yasin enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, and his special interests include internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his yellow lab, Daisy. He also enjoys skiing, playing soccer, and watching his favorite sports teams, the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs.
Dr. Frances Deller, DVM, CVA
Joined Long Animal Hospital in March 2015
Dr. Deller grew up in Charlotte starting her veterinary career working at Long Animal Hospital at the age of 16. She enjoyed the mentorship of many of the doctors, still practicing at the hospital, as she followed her childhood dream to become a veterinarian. Dr. Deller obtained a Bachelors in Animal Science, a Masters in Animal Science Reproductive Physiology, and DVM from North Carolina State University. After completing veterinary school, she practiced outside Washington DC in Alexandria, Virginia for 3 years. She was happy to return back to her hometown in 2015 and was married in September 2015 to her husband Dan Deller.
Dr. Deller loves practicing veterinary medicine with special interest in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry. When she is not practicing veterinary medicine she enjoys spending time with her family as well as 3 dogs, Oscar, Emmy (M&M), and Rone (Toblerone) and 2 cats, Lolli (Lollipop) and Poppy (Pop Rocks)...all named after candy. She also enjoys cooking, cycling and running.
Dr. Liz Foreman, DVM
Joined Long Animal Hospital in June 2018
Dr. Liz Foreman grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee where she majored in animal science and minored in biology. She aspired to become a veterinarian since the age of seven, frolicking around on her grandma’s farm attempting to gain the affection of the barn cats and volunteering at shelters at the age of twelve. Dr. Foreman worked as a surgery technician at a high volume spay and neuter clinic as part of the Charleston humane society after graduation where she spent lots of her time fostering anything that came in wounded and in need of repair.
Dr. Foreman initially started her vet school journey by attending Ross University on the island of St. Kitts, studying three semesters before transferring to the University of Georgia to be closer to her family and significant other. She married her husband, Chris, in December 2016 after completing final exams at UGA.
During her clinics at UGA, Dr. Foreman completed a visiting externship at Long Animal where she fell in love with the exciting practice as well as the employees. Dr. Foreman graduated in May 2018 having accepted a position at Long Animal to start in June 2018 and has been busily fulfilled since.
In her spare time, Dr. Foreman enjoys kickboxing, painting, traveling to visit family, and being on any patio with sunshine. One of her favorite things is being outside with Chris and her two pups, Rozzy and Schroeder. Since starting at Long, they have also acquired a kitten rescue who they named Conley. Dr. Foreman’s special interests include soft tissue surgery, behavior, and preventive medicine.
Dr. Mike Heinen, DVM
Joined Long Animal Hospital in November 2019
Dr. Heinen wanted to be an animal doctor as far back as he can remember... but in 3rd grade he decided on veterinarian. He was raised in Greensboro NC and was a member of the first ever veterinary Explorer Post and graduated from Grimsley Senior High. He was recruited and attended University of Georgia under an athletic scholarship. At the time, North Carolina did not have a veterinary college yet, but after receiving his BS at Georgia was accepted into the University of Georgia Veterinary and graduated in the spring of 1981.
Post graduation, he accepted a position with Dr. Calvin Tyner and Dr. Labe Sloop at Mooresville Animal Hospital. In 1985, he built Lake Norman Animal Hospital and made several additions in the many years to follow. He was the Chair of Iredell County for 10 years. He recently sold the practice but still loves the work we are lucky enough to do for those of us that love to work with animals. He enjoys all aspects of companion animal medicine, diagnostics, prevention, and both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He also has enjoyed a long history of working with many exotic species including ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, reptiles, birds, wildlife and more. Dr. Heinen was quite impressed with the staff and quality of medicine at Long Animal Hospital and thus has joined the staff.
Dr. Zach Chillag, DVM
Joined Long Animal Hospital in May 2020
Dr. Zach Chillag was born and raised in Columbia, SC. His kindergarten career aspiration was to become an entomologist (insects), which grew into his eventual decision to pursue veterinary medicine. He attended Wofford College, followed by the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Chillag was awarded an Army scholarship in vet school, and subsequently served four years, including one overseas tour in Guam. Following his military service, he practiced in his hometown for three years before moving to Charlotte to be closer to his family.
Dr. David Bichai, DVM
Joined Long Animal Hospital in June 2020
Dr. David Bichai was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. He developed a passion for animals at an early age, and starting working with the only local shelter in the city by the age of 13. Following his dream of becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Bichai moved to the U.S. in 2012 and acquired his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology from the University of South Florida. Shortly after graduation, he started veterinary school at the University of Florida where he earned his DVM.
Bichai was in NC for a surgical externship when he fell in love with the beautiful nature of the state, and decided to make Charlotte his new home. He accepted a position with the Long Animal Hospital family following graduation. Dr. Bichai has many areas of interest within veterinary medicine with special interest in ultrasonography, soft tissue surgery and integrative medicine.
Dr. Bichai has a strong love for traveling, art and food! He has participated in multiple study-abroad programs that includes Peru, Germany and Honduras. During his free time he is often exploring new cities and different cuisines, working on his small resin art business, or being a Bull-gator; soaking up the sun at a park. Dr. Bichai will be planting his roots in Charlotte with his two partners in crime; Frea the insta-famous cat model, and Bulbasaur the baby leopard tortoise!
Dr. Meghan Barnes, DVM
Joined Long Animal Hospital in June 2020
Dr. Meghan Barnes, a Louisiana native, has worked in the veterinary field for nearly a decade. She earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Louisiana State University, then her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ross University on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts in May 2020.
She will soon receive her certification in small animal acupuncture through the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. She is also a bit of a world traveler, having spent time at the Elephant Sanctuary in Chang Mai, Thailand, where she assisted with the rehabilitative care of injured and mistreated Asian Elephants. She hopes to serve in a mentorship capacity during future LOOP Abroad summer programs.
In her spare time, Dr. Barnes loves to travel, hike, play volleyball and spend time with her doggie daughter, Winkie. She is excited to be starting a new chapter of her life in North Carolina.
Dr. Lydia Hoeksema, DVM
Joined Long Animal Hospital in July 2020
Bio coming soon!
Dr. Kim Patrick, DVM
Joined Long Animal Hospital in April 2019
Kim Patrick grew up in Mauldin, SC and graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She then went on to the University of Georgia and graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. After graduation, she practiced in Gastonia, NC for 11 years. She then moved with her family to sunny Florida for 12 years, where she worked in a small animal practice and a veterinary emergency hospital. She is happy to come back to the Carolinas to be closer to family and join Long Animal Hospital. Kim is married to Rob, a pastor at Boyce Memorial Church in Kings Mountain, NC. Together, they have four children - Katherine - a graduate of Florida State University, Rachel - a student at the University of Florida, and Micah and Jonah - students at Kings Mountain High School, and a menagerie of pets. Kim enjoys water sports and other outdoor activities with her family.
Dr. Mark Buchert, DVM
Joined Long Animal Hospital in February 2020
Bio coming soon!
Dr. Juan Narvaez, DVM
Joined Long Animal Hospital in June 2020
Dr. Juan Narvaez grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended the University of Puerto Rico for his undergraduate studies, and later went to the University of Georgia where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2020. After graduation, he moved to Charlotte to begin his career as an emergency veterinarian.
Dr. Narvaez enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine, with special interest in emergency medicine, surgery, and toxicology.
Outside of work, he enjoys being outdoors, going to the beach, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with his family and friends, and his three dogs Marco, Penny, and Tucker.
Orthopedic Board Certified Surgeon (including TPLO)
Dr. Matt Ritter, DVM
When deciding a future career in the medical field Dr. Matt Ritter decided to be a veterinarian because he wanted to treat those who truly had no responsibility in their disease or condition. He graduated from vet school in 2002 from Iowa State University followed by a rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania, and 3 year surgical residency at Michigan State University. He was board certified in surgery January of 2007. He practiced in upstate South Carolina for 8 years after his residency before starting Acacia Mobile Veterinary Surgery in 2014. Matt stays busy outside of work with his wife, seven kids, 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 30 chickens. His hobbies before children included camping, hiking, wood working, and soccer. Currently his hobby is saving for college.
Jason Dean, RVT, CCRP
Jason Dean is a Charlotte native. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BS in Management in 1997. He was a pension analyst for 12 years before going back to school to follow his passion to work in veterinary rehabilitation. He graduated from Gaston College in 2011 with an AAS in Veterinary Medical Technology and is a Registered Veterinary Technician. Jason is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee.
In his spare time, Jason enjoys hiking in the NC mountains, stand up paddle boarding and traveling with his two dogs, a Lab mix, Ollie and an American Staffordshire Terrier mix, Sadie.
Bio coming soon!
Hello, my name is Dawn Marie! I have moved here about 2 years ago from Texas and have been loving the Charlotte area! I have 10 years of grooming experience, and have loved what I do from the start! I take great pride in my grooming abilities, and put a lot of love and effort into my trade. I love taking my 2 dogs for walks anywhere with a trail, and I have been married to my wonderful husband for 10 years, who is a Captain for American Airlines, which is what brought us to the east! I look forward to meeting and working with you now and in the future!.
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