Working toward the same goals together, striving to keep innovating veterinary medicine, revolutionizing care, and showing their hometown heart!
Dr. Cortland “Cory” Cheney started his career in veterinary medicine at Tri-County Veterinary Service in 2012 after graduating from the Ohio State University. Prior to veterinary school, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in environmental science from Kenyon College. His interest in veterinary medicine started while growing up in rural Ohio raising sheep, working with other livestock, and enjoying the outdoors. Professionally, he enjoys dentistry, surgery, and internal medicine. In his free time, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors adventuring with his wife Alexis and hanging out with his two cats, who keep him busy picking things up off the floor that they don’t believe should be on tables. He would like to thank our wonderful clients and furry patients for all of their support in this endeavor to provide the communities of Gibsonville, Elon, and Burlington with high quality and ever-improving veterinary care.
Dr. Jennifer Wiegel is a 2014 graduate of Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in Connecticut and has had a life-long passion for small companion animals, particularly cats. Prior to joining the team at Phoenix, Dr. Wiegel worked in both emergency medicine and shelter medicine. She still works emergency some weekends. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery and feline medicine and behavior. Dr. Wiegel moved to North Carolina from Iowa after graduating from veterinary school in 2014. In her spare time, Dr. Wiegel enjoys spending time with her husband, Fredric. Together, they enjoy movie-going, traveling to new and exciting places, and solving escape rooms. Fun-fact about Dr. Wiegel: She has been to all 50 states and to 23 countries and counting! Dr. Wiegel also enjoys spending time outdoors and cross-stitching. Dr. Wiegel and her husband share their home with four feline companions – Smokey Jo, Carolina Jane, Sergeant Boots, and Marigold Marie.
Registered Veterinary Technicians
Hi, my name is Ashley Rhoads and I am Registered Veterinary Technician. I have two associates degrees pertaining to the veterinary field: Veterinary Medical Technology, and Animal Care and Management. I am so proud of where I started working as a kennel assistant in 2010, working hard, going to college to get where I am today being able to call myself an RVT. I absolutely love being in this field, it’s my calling my passion. I have always wanted to work with animals and I love educating everyone I can about animal healthcare, preventatives, illnesses, basically any topic pertaining to veterinary medicine. The more knowledge I can share with owners about their furry companions and how to keep them healthy, the happier I am. Outside of work I am an outdoorsy person, I love hiking, camping, playing Disc golf, and taking my 2 dogs for walks. I also love watching all my cats play around in the house with each other and all their toys.
Our Veterinary Assistants
Terrie joined the veterinary world in 2006. Since then she has worked in both general practice as well as emergency medicine. She decided on veterinary medicine to try and do as much good for animals as she could. She is a proud wildlife rehabber and animal rescuer and we are also very proud of her as she actively is working towards getting her Veterinary Medical Technology degree! She loves all animals (especially flamingos). Terrie is an avid film buff and the person you want on your team for any TV/Movie trivia. In her spare time she likes to read and knit. Fun fact: if you see her in public and she gives you a funny look, you may be waving at her twin sister Amanda!
With over 25 years of veterinary experience, Kim has enjoyed every job she has held in the veterinary field! Her career started by leaving a production management position that didn’t fall within her personal values. Upon her new job search someone asked her if she could do anything she wanted to do, what would that be? She replied, “Work at a Vet!” Fate then took over as she looked in the classifieds and there was a job opening at the veterinary clinic just one block from her home. She applied and the rest is history. We are so glad to have her personal values on our team here at Phoenix! Kim is so incredibly proud of her children. “They are wonderful human beings, successful, and they make me a better person. Plus they gave me 8 beautiful grandchildren!” When off the clock, Kim can be found on the back of a Harley with her husband Mike, spending time with her church family, taking the boat out for a little fishing, or quilting beautiful patchwork.
Felecia has been working in the veterinary field since 2017. She chose to work in veterinary medicine like most of us, she simply loves animals. Nothing brightens her day like a cute new puppy! She also enjoys her days when she is scheduled to work in our lab or pharmacy. It’s a nice change of pace to fill prescriptions and run diagnostics for just a day. Her proudest accomplishment is buying her own home at the young age of 24 and we are proud of her too! When she is at home you can find her snuggling with her cat Lola, and puppers Pancake & Bacon as she falls asleep watching her favorite sitcom “The Office”.
Antel has been working in the field of veterinary medicine for the past 14 years, since graduating from Tuskegee University with a B.S. in Animal Science. She was lead to this field by her passion to care for pets when their pet-parents are unable to. Half of her career was spent in emergency medicine where she worked in the intensive care unit. After getting married and starting a family 5 years ago, Antel said she needed a slightly slower pace and returned to general practice, but she is anything but slow-paced! Antel is always ready for appointments, surgeries, or whatever walks through the door. When she’s not caring for pets at work, she can probably be found enjoying the outdoors with her 2 fur-babies, husband and 2-year-old son.
For years I pondered over the emotional satisfaction that comes with helping save an animal's life. Not only the feeling, but the story behind every case is what drove my first steps into veterinary medicine. After high school, I went on to Alamance Community College to complete my animal care and management degree and was blessed to find an opportunity through my internship to obtain my very first assistant job in the field of veterinary science. After graduation, I transferred to UNCG to complete my undergraduate biology degree, forcing me to transfer hospitals to continue my education as a full-time student and full-time worker. Every animal is unique and delivers a story that will stay with me for a lifetime. Once graduation arrives, I will pursue my dreams of becoming a board-certified veterinary surgeon. In the meantime, I strive to better myself through physical exercise as well as helping others reach their fitness goals. I am most proud of my ambition and drive to better myself not just physically but mentally and spiritually.
Customer Service Representatives
Susan has been working in the veterinary field since she was 21 years old (we won’t tell you how many years that has been). She went into this industry because she thought she would love to pet puppies and kittens all day long (anyone who is reading this and works in veterinary medicine just laughed out loud). Susan also liked the idea of saving animals lives. “Watching them recover from some of the most tragic events and returning to their owners loving arms always warms my heart.” Susan also loves snapping a photo of all our fur-babies that walk through the door and she has helped many owners find their lost pets. “Helping people find their lost pets is a very good feeling too.” She is proud of how long she has been in this industry and learned many people/communication skills. If the Carolina Tarheels are playing basketball, you might as well forget changing the TV to anything else because she lives and breathes Carolina blue! She also loves hanging out with her three dogs Jerry Lee AKA Boo Boo Kitty the German Shepard, and her two Weiner dogs Muffin and Holly. She also loves deep-sea fishing and collecting antique dishes.
After a successful career at Belk, Sheree starting working in the Veterinary industry. She wanted a job that would provide interesting and diverse working days (boy did she choose the right industry!). Sheree says “Each day is a learning experience.” While helping animals she loves the satisfaction of helping people. Sheree is very proud of her journey of life and how far she has come, especially her past and obstacles she has overcome. She states “I am proud of times I have failed at something because out a that failure, I have learned something and grown. Proud of choices I have made and how they shaped me into the person I have become. Proud of taking that “1st step”, which is often the hardest in a journey. Proud of helping someone and sending positive energy out into the world. Proud of stopping and realizing it's important to take care of yourself. Proud of being able to ask for help if needed. Proud of being able to be honest with myself and others. Proud I am able to accept others as they are...I embrace their uniqueness and celebrate our differences. Proud I can sometimes bring a smile to someone's face. Last but not least, I am so very proud of my daughter, Jessica. She shares the same love and passion for life and also works in a vet's office.” Sheree’s favorite after-work activity involves any outdoor activity, especially working in her yard, water sports, and hiking.
Ashley has been working in the veterinary field for over 10 years and played many roles from Kennel Attendant to Assistant to Customer Service Representative. “I am the mother of two of the most awesome girls ever, Hayley & Kennedi, you are my biggest achievement!!!!”. Ashley is also proud that her care for animals lives on in her children as they both go above and beyond for Ashley's grand puppies Oakley, Lily, & Bronco Benjamin. Ashley is our office prankster and has quite the green thumb! When at home she loves being with her hubba Brandon, spending time with her girls & grand dogs, and doing anything outdoors.
Hannah is currently a kennel attendant in training to be a veterinary assistant! While she has worked emergency previously for a short time, she is still green to the veterinary industry but boy does she pick up skills fast! Hannah chose to work in the veterinary industry because she has a passion for helping any animal that she can. Away from work, Hannah loves to spend time with her family or riding her horse through the county-side. She also has four doggie babies: Kimber Kain, Abel, Nelli, & Jake.
Cassie may be the youngest member of our group but don’t underestimate this team member. She graduated from River Mill Academy in 2018 and then starting building her skills to enter into the veterinary field. “I chose to work in this field because my passion has always been animals and I want to be able to help them in some way.” Cassie enjoys being part of the Phoenix Animal Hospital team she states “I am proud of the fact that I care for others so deeply, I feel like it helps me excel in the field I am in”. Cassie considers herself a meat and potatoes kinda girl. She enjoys making a hearty home-cooked meal especially ribs, baked chicken, any kind of pasta followed by a sweet treat. Her co-workers wouldn’t mind if she brought us one of her delicious apple pies! Her pride and joy is her baby boy Blaze the Catahoula, to put it in her own words “He is just perfect”.
Ever since she was a young girl growing up on a beef farm in Snow Camp, Alexis always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Though this dream didn’t come to pass, life placed her in the right place at the right time and she couldn’t be happier how it turned out. Her veterinary experience all started in 2012 at a Large & Small Animal Vet. “I applied for a technician assistant position at Tri County Vet and received the job. I was happy working as many hours as they could give me so I could pay for undergrad. At the time, I was living at home with my family and commuted an hour each way to college every day. I am proud of working 30+ hour weeks while going to school full time, this allowed me to graduate debt-free from NC A&T State University with a Bachelors Degree Majoring in Agriculture Education & Minoring in Animal Sciences. Tri County Vet holds such a special place in my heart because it was the first job where I felt I could be me and co-workers felt like family (Shout-out to my TCVS fam!).” During that time Alexis was also working alongside her soon to be husband, Cory. “When we were working together everything seemed to just click, so when the time came to buy his own practice in 2015, he asked me to come along. Now I assume the role as Practice Manager here at Phoenix Animal Hospital. I am actively working towards my Certified Veterinary Practice Management (CVPM) certification. Working behind a desk is hard some days because I really miss the client/patient interaction, but I get my chances to fill in when things get a little crazy or if someone is out of the office.” When away you can find Alexis outside in her garden, in her kitchen whipping up a meal that would make her “Mawmaw” proud or playing some 1960’s country on the guitar. Even though she and her husband are always together at work and at home, spending time with him is still her favorite thing. They have two tenants that pay no rent: adopted kitties Clarice AKA Puddie/Kahleesi & Rosie AKA Fluffy-Puddie/Floof/Floofy/Floofer.