Our Staff

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Jeanne Saxon, Office Manager

Office manager Jeanne Saxon has been part of the Matthews Animal Clinic staff for more than 40 years. She is a native of Iowa and moved to Charlotte when she was 15 years old.

A devoted Carolina Panthers fan, Jeanne can be found at a Panthers game when she's not working. Jeanne has three dogs, Louise, Coal and Blue, and four cats, Sixty, Coffee, Remus and Max. She also enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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Lisa Sidders, Front Office Manager

Originally from Athens, OH, front office manager Lisa Sidders has worked at Matthews Animal Clinic since 1991. Lisa is proud to work with the knowledgeable veterinarians and caring staff at the clinic and loves talking to clients and their pets.

When she's not at work, Lisa can be found reading, walking and watching her daughter play soccer. Her four dogs and one cat also keep her busy.

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Faye Honigman, Receptionist

A receptionist at Matthews Animal Clinic since 1991, Faye Honigman is proud of the high-quality care provided at the hospital and loves the family-like atmosphere in the clinic. When she's not at work, Faye can be found spending time with her grandchildren, hiking, canoeing and tubing.

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Patty Powell, Receptionist

Receptionist Patty Powell was a client at Matthews Animal Clinic for 35 years before she joined the staff in 2005. The care and attention the doctors and staff provide to patients has always impressed Patty.

Patty is active in breeding and showing dogs. She is a pet sitter and groomer in her spare time. She is also a member of the Siberian Husky Club of America, the Charlotte Dog Training Club and the Central North Carolina Siberian Husky Club. Patty also is a trainer with Charlotte Dog Training. Patty's other hobbies include watching baseball, gardening and spending time at the lake.

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Shirley VanCamp, Receptionist

Shirley VanCamp was a client at Matthews Animal Clinic since 1990 before she joined the clinic staff in 2007.Shirley has been an avid animal enthusiast her entire life. She is an active member of The American Bloodhound Club, Southeastern Bloodhound Club and The Golden Retriever Club of America. What spare time she has away from home and work she can be found at AKC dog events all over the country or Wilmington NC with grand baby, Scarlett and family. Shirley enjoys her job and calls her co workers her MAC Family.

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Dawn Dameron, Registered Veterinary Technician, Head Technician

Dawn Dameron has been a veterinary technician at Matthews Animal Clinic since graduating from Gaston College in 2009. In 2016 she became head technician. Dawn’s favorite aspects of working at MAC are the rewarding experiences and family-like atmosphere. Dawn has two dogs, Nola and Maggie, and a spirited cat, Jadis. She enjoys going to auto shows/races and going to concerts with her friends. Her hobbies include hiking, raising chickens, traveling, and reading.

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Katie Scott, Veterinary Technician

Veterinary technician Katie Scott began working at Matthews Animal Clinic as a kennel attendant in 1999. A native of Matthews, Katie attended Gaston College and received her Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2007. Katie loves working with animals and enjoys the learning experiences the hospital provides.

When she's not at work, Katie can be found spending time with her husband Shannon, stepson Blaine, daughter Kelsey, and son Kraven. She also keeps busy caring for her dogs, Sarah, Ariel, and Papi.

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Vicki Ritch, Surgical Technician

Surgical technician Vicki Ritch has been caring for pets at Matthews Animal Clinic for more than two decades. Vicki loves working with animals and the family-like atmosphere at the hospital. Vicki's hobbies bowling, golf, dancing and spending time with her pets. She has two dogs, Spanky and Skeeter, and five cats, Breezy, William, Boots, Missy and Prissy.

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Janie Santos, Registered Veterinary Technician

Janie is a Charlotte native, graduated from Gaston College in 2013. She graduated with her degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology. She has a three year old Guinea Pig named Piper. She enjoys music/concerts, making friends and loved ones laugh, Duke Basketball, and Carolina Panthers.

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Bailey Backus, Registered Veterinary Technician

Bailey Backus graduated from Gaston College in 2015 with a degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and began working for Matthews Animal Clinic shortly thereafter. Bailey is very passionate about veterinary medicine and loves to learn new things in the field. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gaming, meditating, science fiction and playing with her cat, Knox.

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Sara Hartley, Veterinary Technician

Sara joined Matthews Animal Clinic in 2015. She loves working with animals every day and loves learning new things. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, photography, going to the beach, and spending time with her friends and family including her 2 cats: Jasper and Puck.

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Ashley Love, Veterinary Technician

Ashley is currently pursuing her degree to become a Registered Veterinary Technician with Penn Foster in Veterinary Medical Technology. She has loved animals since she was little and has many of her own; 1 cat Chloe, 1 dog Jasmine, 1 rabbit Meg, and as of right now 55 goats including kids (goat babies).

In her free time she enjoys traipsing through the woods, helping her dad with their goats, and riding 4 wheelers. She also has her CNA and a passion for working with Alzheimer’s patients. She is known as a crazy husky and goat lady by many.

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Jessica Honeycutt, Registered Veterinary Technician

Waxhaw, N.C. native Jessica Honeycutt joined the Matthews Animal Clinic staff in 2004. She became a certified veterinary Technician after attending Gaston College and earning her Associate's Degree in Applied Science in 2005.

She and her husband had their first child in 2011.

Jessica is very active in Union County Agriculture, leading the 4-H Livestock club for kids and The Cattleman's Association. She enjoys raising and showing cattle. In her free time she enjoys gardening and spending time with her dogs and pet goat.

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Lily Day, Technician Assistant

Technician Assistant Lily Day joined Matthews Animal Clinic in 2014. She loves working with animals everyday. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Blake, and their two dogs, Azula and Kodiak. When she is not at work Lily's hobbies are playing volleyball and hiking with the dogs.

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Jordan Farry, Technician Assistant

Jordan is a Charlotte native and graduated from UNCP in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She has worked in various animal related jobs since 2011 and joined the Matthews Animal Clinic team in 2016. When not working, Jordan’s hobbies include reading her favorite book series: Harry Potter (Go Badgers!!) and other amazing reads such as "Alice in Wonderland" and "Where the Red Fern Grows", and watching her favorite movies (most of which are the Disney Classics) and is always planning her next trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. While doing her favorite activities, Jordan’s 2-year-old rescue dog Gibbs is always there by her side. Jordan and Gibbs also enjoy watching Panther’s Football, taking long walks, and heading to the beach to play in the surf and sand.

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Jackie Jacek, Veterinary Technician Assistant

Jackie has been with Matthews Animal Clinic since 2016. She started as an intern and was then hired once she received her certification in Veterinary Assisting. Jackie loves working at the clinic and loves working with animals everyday. In her free time, she loves to read, paint, go camping, and spend time with her family and pets.

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Dana Vergara, Veterinary Technician Assistant

Dana did her internship with Matthews Animal Clinic for her Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Assistant program. She was hired as a receptionist and veterinary assistant in late 2017. She is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and moved to Matthews in 2015. Dana loves animals and has four of own, 2 dogs named Selby and GiGi, a cat name Chloe and a chinchilla named Atilla. Her hobbies are playing with her pets, sleeping and eating.

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Lauren Tyler, Technician Assistant

Lauren began working at MAC as a kennel worker in 2014 until promoted to Veterinary Tech Assistant in 2015. She currently attends Belmont Abbey College where she is getting her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Lauren loves the environment here at the clinic with the variety of patients she meets and the things she learns daily. When she is not at work, she spends time with her three cats: Sally, Chubby, and Scooter. She also like to spend time with friends, sleep, and eating Mexican food.

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Sam Griffith, Surgical Assistant

Sam began working at MAC as a kennel worker in 2014, then became the kennel assistant manager in 2015, and worked his way up to surgical assistant in 2017. Sam loves monitoring the animals during their procedures and making sure they stay safe in our hospital. When he is not at work, Sam likes to be up to date with the newest technology and video games.

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Alex Soto, Technician Assistant

Alex Soto started out working in the kennels back in 2015. Working and taking care of animals has always been a passion of Alex’s growing up. Since her opportunity to work at MAC as a Veterinary Assistant, Alex has been enjoying learning new things and developing new experiences each day. In her free time, Alex enjoys an active lifestyle, keeping fit at the gym and spending time with friends and loved ones.

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Nikki Guinn-Robinson, Groomer

Nikki was born and raised here in Matthews. She has been with Matthews Animal Clinic since October 2011. Nikki has been in the grooming/pet industry for 13 years, but grooming professionally for 5 years. She has a son and two pit bulls she calls family. She loves being in this industry, and wants to one day own a Bully Breed and Arabian Horse Rescue. She also works in the boarding facility on the weekends.

Her interests, when not working are playing games with her son, taking care of her pets, riding horses and spending time with her family.

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Ashley Gabriel, Groomer

Ashley has been with Matthews Animal Clinic since 2007. She started working in the kennel department and within a year she had moved up to surgical assistant. Always wanting to master new endeavors, she studied grooming and became our newest groomer about four years ago. Ashley is a native of the Charlotte area and is the proud mother of two beautiful boys, Mason and Gunnar. Her hobbies include running and spending time with her family and pets Peanut, Briggs, and her cats, Akasha and Monkey.

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Sharon Hughes, Groomer

Sharon Hughes started grooming at Matthews Animal Clinic in 2000 and now has 20 years experience. Sharon left the clinic for a few years to stay home with her second son. She rejoined us 2 years ago part time and is glad to be back in the "MAC" family. She lives in Waxhaw with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs, 1 cat and chickens. Sharon loves the outdoors, trail running, exercising and gardening in the warmer months. Football season will find her at all the Panthers' home games.

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Shannon Scott, Kennel Manager

Shannon Scott has been with Matthews Animal Clinic since 2012. After graduating with a Business Degree from the University of Portland, he has gained over 25 years of management experience working in various fields including restaurant, retail, construction, and online. He and his wife Katie, who is also a part of the Matthews' family, stay busy with their 3 children: Blaine, Kelsey, and Kraven and their 3 dogs: Sara, Ariel, and Papi. In his free time, Shannon enjoys studying classic and Spanish guitar. If there are any questions you have about boarding or are interested in a kennel tour, he would be happy to help.