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. Lauren Forhecz, DVM
Dr. Lauren Forhecz is originally from Tampa, Florida. She moved to northern Virginia as a teenager, and she attended Virginia Tech for her Bachelor's degree. She remained in Blacksburg and worked as a veterinary technician for two years before she went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Dr. Forhecz joined Long Animal Hospital in 2014.
Her biggest sense of satisfaction comes from interacting with clients to make a positive difference in their lives and those of the animals they love. Dr. Forhecz enjoys all facets of veterinary medicine, but her special interests include surgery and neurology. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her Pomeranian, Pebbles. She also enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and cheering on her favorite football team (Go Hokies!).
Dr. Samantha Fulton, DVM
Dr. Samantha Fulton grew up in Great Falls, Virginia. Living outside of Washington DC, she was able to volunteer at large and small animal facilities, which exposed her to caring for creatures of all sizes. She attended Longwood University in Farmville, VA for her undergraduate studies, and earned a degree in Biology with a focus in Animal Medicine in 2009. During college, she was also an active member and current alumni of the TriBeta National Biology Honors Society, as well as Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. After college graduation, Dr. Fulton decided to earn her Veterinary degree abroad. She graduated in 2014 from St. Georges University of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada (West Indies), after completing her Clinical year of training at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. Towards the end of her clinical year of training, she came to Long Animal Hospital for a 2 week externship to emerse herself in Small Animal Medicine. She fell in love with the staff, practice, and clients, and has been with us ever since!
Dr. Fulton enjoys all aspects of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine, however her special interests include surgery (orthopedic and soft tissue), as well as internal medicine. During her free time, she enjoys exploring Charlotte with her family, friends, and dog Boss!
Dr. Frances Deller, DVM, CVA
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. Jonathan Marrone, DVM
Dr. Marrone was born in upstate New York and raised in the Atlanta area. He attended the University of Georgia for both his undergraduate studies and veterinary education. After graduating in 2011, he moved to Charlotte to practice small animal medicine and surgery.
At work, Dr. Marrone has particular interest in soft tissue surgery, dentistry and dermatology, in addition to spending time with owners to ensure understanding of what can be complex medical issues. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, friends and his dog, Bluto, as well as traveling, cooking and rooting for Atlanta sports teams.
Dr. Amber Johnson, DVM
Dr. Amber Johnson grew up in a rural area of North Carolina, where her love for animals began at an early age. From assisting on the farm to coordinating enrichment activities for wildlife, Dr. Johnson knew she wanted to provide the best care possible to animals in need.
Dr. Johnson received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Campbell University. Shortly after, she moved to Wilmington, NC to pursue a master’s degree before she went on to earn her DVM at Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California. While she loved the California weather, scenery, and cultural diversity, she was ready to reconnect with her Southern roots and family. She accepted a position at Long Animal Hospital following graduation.
Dr. Johnson enjoys many aspects of small animal medicine, however, her special interests includes gastroenterology, dermatology, and endocrinology. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her cockapoo, Sharlott and cat, Sonny. She also enjoys traveling, cooking and relaxing with a good book by the lake or ocean.
Dr. Liz Foreman, DVM
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
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. Andrea Powalie, DVM
Dr. Andrea Powalie is originally from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She has been working in the veterinarian field since she 15 years old (as a kennel attendant, receptionist, and veterinary assistant) all through school. She attended Coastal Carolina University where she obtained a bachelors degree in biology. After graduation, she attended University of Georgia where she obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May of 2018.
Dr. Powalie has started her career as an emergency veterinarian where she is dedicated to serving you and your pet in difficult situations. She has taken a special interest in the One Health initiative- recognizing the importance of the relationship between humans, animals and our environment in all parts of the world; Other special interests include emergency medicine, internal medicine, and surgery.
During her free time, she enjoys being out on the water, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family at the beach.
Dr. Alison Edwards, DVM
Dr. Alison Edwards did her undergraduate work at Lake Erie College and The Ohio State University. Dr. Edwards decided to pursue a dream of living abroad and went to veterinary school at The Agricultural University of Wroclaw in Wroclaw, Poland. After earning her veterinary degree in 2005, she traveled around Europe for a year and then settled in England for 6 years. In 2011 she returned to the USA and has been working in emergency medicine ever since. In August of 2018 she joined the Long Animal Hospital Emergency department as an Associate. In her spare time Dr. Edwards enjoys hiking with her 3 dogs and traveling.
Dr. Kim Patrick, DVM
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.
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.
“Clean, smelled great, and very pleasant people working the front desk. Our questions were answer timely and Dr. Wittmann was great with our German Shepherd, Peanut!!”