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Meet Our Team
Dr. Robbie Jones McLeod, Owner/Veterinarian
Dr. Robbie has been providing veterinary services in Western North Carolina for the past 15 years. A 1998 graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, she moved back to the mountains and opened her first Practice, Country Lane Animal Hospital in 2002. In August of 2009, Dr. Robbie along with her Practice Manager, Kristee decided to open up Cherokee Animal Care Clinic in Whittier.
Dr. Robbie is skilled in all levels of veterinary medicine for large and small animals, including exotics. Some of the services she provides include General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Dental Care, Routine and Orthopedic Surgeries, Geriatric Care and Reproductive Services.
Dr. Robbie lives in Whittier, NC with her husband Rusty, 5 year old daughter Aerin, step-daughter, Taylor, 7 year old Whippet, Windy, 2 cats (Nigel and Finley), 2 horses (Cazador & Candela) and other farm friends.
Dr. Robbie is dedicated to the health, happiness and well-being of all of her patients. She strives to make sure that every pet and their family is 100% satisfied with the care that they receive at Cherokee Animal Care Clinic!!
Kristee Kaye, Vice President/Practice Manager
Kristee Kaye and her family have been raising Paso Fino show horses in Cullowhee, NC for the past 20 years. Their farm has produced some of the top show horses in the Country. In May of 2009 Kristee, along with Dr. Robbie McLeod teamed up together to open Cherokee Animal Care Clinic, in Whittier. “I wanted to combine my love of animals and business back ground to help other people in the community. I am so fortunate to work every day with a team of people that care as much about the well-being of pet’s and their owners as I do.”
Kristee has 17 month old twin daughters, Katherine and Elizabeth and furry children Roxie (beagle/border collie), Hooligan (Cat) and Kosda (Cat).
Jamie Hall, Practice Manager
Jamie is a 2009 graduate of NC State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. She has been our Practice Manager since September of 2009 and lives in Haywood County. Jamie grew up on her family's cattle farm and loves the large animal side to Veterinary Care.
Along with her cattle, Jamie also has 7 goats, 1 donkey and her pet child, Luke (seen above). .
Dr. Jenny Gibson, DVM
Dr. Gibson joined our team in 2013 and is a 1996 graduate of LSU's College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation she returned home to practice at a small animal clinic in Pensacola, FL. After eleven years she decided it was time for a change and came to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. "I have a passion for small animal general practice with special interests in dermatology and feline medicine. My husband and I are currently raising 3 cats and 1 dog. During my free time, I enjoy landscaping and refurbishing our home, as well as exploring and enjoying beautiful Western North Carolina."
Dr. Keith Reason, DVM
Dr. Reason is a 2003 graduate of University of Dublin College of Veterinary Medicine in Ireland. After graduating Dr. Keith moved back home to the mountains of Western North Carolina and married his college sweetheart Christy. They have two children, Ciara (age 7) and Kaden (age 4). The Reason household also includes four cats and two dogs.
Dr. Reason first became part of the Cherokee Animal Care family in 2011 during Dr. Robbie's maternity leave. We have been fortunate enough to have Dr. Keith back with us every Thursday.
Amanda Shell, Registered Veterinary Technician
Amanda has been working in the veterinary field since 1999, mostly in small animal practices and emergency clinics. She is 2002 graduate of Central Carolina Community College, with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. Later that same year Amanda became a Registered Veterinary Technician. Cherokee Animal Care was lucky enough to have Amanda join our family in September of 2009.
Amanda lives in Cherokee, NC with her husband Elliot and 10 year old son Elliot, JR. Her furry children include: Beau (Lab Mix), Sully (Rottweiler) Sam (Kitty Cat) and Treymont (Kitty Cat).
Kaitlyn Lineberger, Certified Veterinary Assistant
We were very lucky to have Kaity join the Cherokee Animal Care family in late 2015. "I grew up in a home full of animals, always bringing home strays and finding them new homes. I ended up working as an animal caretaker at farms across the Country and decided to go back to school to become a certified veterinary assistant" Kaity lives in Whittier with her Fiance Donnie, and canine fur babies; Chicken Nugget, Bacon and Finn.
Kristin Partridge, Receptionist
After being a long time client, we were very fortunate to have Kristin join our clinic in early 2015. Kristin, was born and raised on the Cherokee Indian Reservation and is a true animal lover. We were all very proud of her, as Kristin just graduated with an Associates Degree in Medical Office Administration.
Mariel Keyser, Head Kennel Technician
Mariel is originally from Huntersville, NC and moved to Sylva in July of 2015 and joined the Cherokee Animal Care Family soon afterward. "As a lifelong animal lover, I was very excited to start working at Cherokee Animal Care and pursue one of my passions!" Mariel lives with her fiance John, and 2 fur babies Sadie (dog) and Paprika (rabbit).
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I love this vet! Dr. Robbie is the best! Great staff also! The staff is so caring. I had to board my two cats while I was in the process of moving and they took great care of them! Not only that I was worried because my cat wasn't breathing well and she ended up having asthma and Dr. Robbie did everything to get her back to feeling better. My baby is doing great!!