Heather had a variety of pets while growing up in Charlotte; she cared for everything from dogs and guinea pigs to fish and hermit crabs. She never tired of visiting the zoo and poring over her collection of books about different animal species. Heather always knew that a career spent tending to animals was the perfect fit for her—she decided to dive headfirst into the veterinary world, and hasn’t looked back since!
After her college years, Heather took a position at a local animal hospital to get her foot in the door of the animal-care world. It wasn’t long before she was hooked! Heather helped pets and animal owners at two different pet hospitals for a total of six years, meeting Dr. Panuska at one of them, before joining his team here at Friendship Animal Hospital in September of 2016 as a veterinary receptionist.
Here at the hospital, Heather enjoys building one-on-one relationships with the area’s animal owners, and she never tires of swapping fun pet stories. She’s also fond of placing follow-up calls to check on recovering patients after their time at the clinic is over.
In her spare time, Heather likes kayaking, boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and jet-skiing on the lake. She also enjoys hiking, crafting, cheering on her Carolina Panthers, and spending time with her dog. Heather lives in Indian Land, South Carolina with Triton, a comedic Boxer who loves going to local dog parks, visiting the lake, exploring the beach and mountains, and pretending he’s a lapdog even though he weighs more than 60 pounds.