Where Old Fashioned Values
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Rebekah Frick Julian, DVM, graduated from North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She practiced for one-and-a-half years in a high-volume, mixed-animal practice in Manchester, Tennessee, before joining James Animal Hospital and Lazy 5 Ranch Mobile Vet Service in October 2002. Dr. Julian takes special interest in geriatric medicine as she feels lead to help clients and their pets through the senior years as aging problems develop. She feels pain control, comfort in aging and facing geriatric diseases early are top priority in aging pets. As some clients select hospice care for their pet she feels client/patient relationships are even more important during this time. She also enjoys canine rehabilitation, dermatology and equine denistry. A native of eastern Rowan County, Dr. Julian graduated high school from East Rowan before going to undergraduate school at UNC-Wilmington. She married her high school sweetheart, Scott Julian, and they have 3 children: Noah, Eli and Hope. For enjoyment, Dr. Julian still enjoys running, playing with her children, traveling and participating in Outreach events for the community and the church.
Corrie Hampton Connolly, DVM, is a native of Rowan County where she attended West Rowan High School. She graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Poultry Science and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Her career at Lazy 5 Vets started the summer before she entered vet school, when the clinic was still James Animal Hospital. Dr. Connolly began working for Dr. Ted James as a technician and continued to work for Dr. James through vet school, taking a full time position as a veterinarian after graduation. In addition to seeing small animal patients at the hospital, Dr. Connolly also practices large animal medicine, specializing in exotic hoofstock. Her patients include deer, buffalo, zebras, antelope, and even a few giraffe. She also has a special interest in advanced reproduction techniques in exotic hoofstock and goats. Her interest in exotic hoofstock stems from being raised at the Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville, NC. Dr. Connolly's family includes her husband, Mike, daughter, Cindy, and son, Matthew. The household is completed the several dogs; Maggie, Ashe, Kate, and Lilly and 2 cats; Dori and Nemo. When Dr. Connolly is not working at Lazy 5 Vets or Lazy 5 Ranch, she spends her free time attending her children's soccer and t-ball games and caring for her family's small farm.
Ashley Wilke, DVM, is a native of Western Rowan County. She attended West Rowan High School and then received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from UNC-Wilmington. Dr. Myers graduated from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Throughout veterinary school she focused on both large and small animal medicine. Dr. Myers traveled extensively throughout the United States learning various cattle production methods and also received an award in ruminant diagnostic medicine during her time in veterinary school. Although she joined the Lazy 5 Vets Staff as a veterinarian in 2015, she has been a member of team since 2005 as a technician. Currently, she focuses on small animal medicine with special interests in ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery. In her spare time, Dr. Myers enjoys traveling, fishing, and spending time with her family including her two dogs (Maggie and Fancy).
Leah Jones, DVM, grew up in Cary, North Carolina. She received her Bachelors in Animal Science from North Carolina State University in 2012. Dr. Jones studied Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2016 with a focus of mixed animal medicine. Her professional interests include companion animal medicine with special interests in dentistry and medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and pets including horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.
Kelsey Stover, DVM, is a native of Rowan County where she attended East Rowan High School. She went to Western Carolina University where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Biology with chemistry and music minors. She studied Veterinary Medicine at NC State's College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2017 with a focus of small animal medicine with an exotics emphasis. During her time in veterinary school, Dr. Stover took opportunities to study different aspects of the field of veterinary medicine in countries such as China, Tanzania, and Ecuador. Her professional interests include companion animal medicine with special interests in feline medicine, cardiology, and rehabilitation. With rehabilitation, Dr. Stover is interested in acupuncture therapy and is in the middle of completing her acupuncture certification requirements. She also has an interest in avian medicine and enjoys working with both companion and wild birds. In her spare time, Dr. Stover enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family and friends, and hanging out with her two cats, Raven (short for Ravenclaw, Dr. Stover is an unabashed Harry Potter fan) and Wobbles (named appropriately as she is three-legged).
Scott Julian, Practice Manager, was born and raised in Salisbury, NC where he graduated from East Rowan in 1992. He graduated from UNCW with a BA in Psychology and minor in business. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Rebekah Frick, they moved to Raleigh where she attended vet school and he was a service manager at Raleigh-Durham Airport. After a brief stint in Tennessee, they moved back to good ol' Salisbury and became an EC teacher and coach at South Rowan High School. Scott became the practice manager with the Lazy 5 Vets in 2005 when Drs. Connolly and Julian bought the clinic from Dr. James. Although he loves most animals, Scott prides himself on taking care of any and everything at the clinic besides animals. In his spare time, he still loves to coach kids. He loves to spend time with his three kids, Noah (12), Eli (9) and Hope (5). He has three dogs, Linus (Jack Russell), Regis (cocker spaniel), Hermione (golden retriever), and a salt water aquarium.
Mike Connolly, Facilities Manager, was born and raised in rural New Jersey. Prior to moving to North Carolina, he spent 8 years working with exotic animals at Six Flags Great Adventure Safari Park. In 1992, Mike moved to North Carolina to help in the development, opening and operation of the Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville, NC. During his 16 year tenure with the Lazy 5 Ranch, he oversaw the care of the exotic animals including assisting in veterinary procedures, administering treatments, and performing all tranquilizations. In 1996, he married the oldest “daughter” of the Lazy 5, Corrie Hampton. Assisting unofficially since Drs. Connolly and Julian bought the practice in 2005, Mike officially moved to a full time position in July, 2008. Mike continues to use his extensive experience with exotic hoofstock and tranquilization, serving as our primary large animal technician and performing all of our large animal tranquilizations. When he is not working, Mike spends his time helping care for his two children, Cindy (7 years) and Matthew (4 years), and the small farm that he and Dr. Connolly share. He and Dr. Connolly have 3 dogs-Maggie, Kate, and Lilly. Mike’s hobbies are fishing, coaching Cindy’s basketball team, playing ball with Matthew, caring for the goats, and anything outdoors.
Best Team in the Business!!