Meet the Exceptional Staff of Rea Road Animal Hospital


Allan Dozier, DVM (Owner)

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Dr. Dozier was born in Opp, Alabama, and raised in Leesburg, Florida. He earned a BS in animal science at the University of Florida and his DVM at Auburn University. Dr. Dozier has more than 40 years of experience as a veterinarian. He has a special interest in surgery, including orthopedics. For many years, he has volunteered his services in caring for sick and injured wildlife and pet rescue groups. He enjoys fly fishing, woodworking, skiing, and gardening in his spare time.

Blair Smith, DVM

Blair Smith

Dr. Smith received degrees in biology and Spanish at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She then received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the University of Florida. Her professional interests include ultrasonic and radiographic imaging. In her spare time, Dr. Smith enjoys time with her husband and UF sports—GO GATORS! She has three dogs: Winston (standard poodle), Patsy (terrier mix), and Deacon (labradoodle).

Pat Gillis, DVM

Pat Gillis

Dr. Gillis grew up in Illinois and received his BA in Asian studies from the University of Oklahoma. After a stint in the United States Navy, he received his DVM from Oklahoma State University in 1981, and then received his masters in large animal surgery from Texas A&M. His veterinary interests include wound repair, dermatology, surgery, and nutrition. In his spare time, Dr. Gillis spends time with his adult children, Andy, Kerry Anne, and Erin. He has two dogs: Zipper (Boston terrier) and Tank (French bulldog/pug).

Jennifer Bryant, DVM

Jennifer Bryant

Dr. Bryant received her B.A. in biology from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1990 and her DVM from Auburn University in 1994. Although a Virginia native, she has practiced in the Carolinas since graduating from veterinary school. She enjoys the varied nature of small animal practice and finds all areas interesting and rewarding. In her spare time, Dr. Bryant enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, gardening, and spending time with her husband, Marty, and their cat, Blaze Banshee.

Mara Michael, DVM

Mara Michael

Dr. Michael grew up in Freeport, Long Island. She attended Hofstra University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences. She received her DVM from Michigan State in 2002. Her veterinary interests include dental therapy, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. She and her husband, Jason, live with their son, Spencer, and their animals, Jack, Sidney, and Scrappy (cats) and Woody (Cairn Terrier).

Emily Brown, DVM

Emily Brown

Dr. Brown was born in Indiana, but grew up in Indian Trail, NC. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical training at Auburn University. Her special interests include ophthalmology, dermatology, dentistry, and feline medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Brown enjoys horseback riding and spending time with family and friends. At home, she has a horse, a dog, and three cats of her own.


Andrea Wait, Hospital Administrator

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Andrea was born in Amsterdam, New York, and has resided in Charlotte for more than 10 years. Her management background includes more than 20 years of experience in multiple fields, as well as continuing education on veterinary practice management twice a year or more. In her spare time, she enjoys scuba diving with her husband at their vacation home in Curaçao. Andrea has two dogs, Beezer (Belgian Malinois), and Beeches (Standard Poodle).

Veterinary Technicians

Stephanie Pendleton, RVT

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Stephanie, a native Charlottean, has been working for Dr. Dozier since the summer of 2000. She graduated with honors from Western Carolina University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Stephanie then went on to receive an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Gaston College, where she was recognized with an award for clinical excellence. Stephanie passed her state and national boards in 2002 to receive her North Carolina State license in veterinary technology. She is also PennHip certified. Her professional interests include orthopedic surgery and anesthesia. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and their yellow lab, Duchess, and cat, Geno.

Nick Reimers, RVT

Nick Reimers

Nick began working for Dr. Dozier in 1997 while in high school. He graduated from Gaston College in 2002 with an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. After Spending 6 years in Colorado, Nick is excited to be back in North Carolina. When he is not at work, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter backpacking, fishing, and gardening. Nick has two dogs, Kaya and Kiwi (Australian Cattle Dogs) and one cat, King Tubby.

Certified Groomer

Melissa Hegel

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Missy is a certified pet stylist with 10 years of experience in grooming. Her former work experience includes grooming at PetSmart and Petco.

She loves pampering your pet, and in her spare time, she enjoys shopping at the mall and spending time with her standard poodle, Max.

"We are so pleased and blessed to have Dr. Dozier and your clinic. Time and time again, you all and Dr. Dozier especially have been unfailingly kind, considerate and caring beyond most of any care we have experienced at vets. Having bred goldens for over 50 years we have experienced many vet clinics. Dr. Dozier tops them all. He is unhurried, makes one feel like you are his only client in all the world, takes his time, is thorough and careful and you feel you have his 100% undivided attention. No vet in the hundreds we have worked with has been so available, so kind, willing to take his time, as Dr. Dozier. HE IS THE BEST! Certainly the wonderful staff is a reflection, plus we comment all the time that Dr. Dozier seems to have very little turn over. You all must be happy and respected. Bless you all!" - Ann Chase
"We love Dr. Michael!! She has been so wonderful going down the path with us on our elderly yellow Lab, Bailey Baroo. She has worked with us to find the right blend of food, medicine and exercise to give us more years with him and we appreciate that when she hears hoof beats she thinks horses, not zebras! Everyone at RRAH is wonderful, but Dr. Michael is extra special!" -Lesli An Orio
"Rea Road has been our family vet since the day they opened. I would not trust my pets to anyone else." - Michelle Kingston
"Best vets ever in Charlotte! They have taken such amazing care of my kids and of me, their fretting mom. I wouldn't trust anyone else." - Pamela Shaw
"Rea Road has the most caring staff. Dr. Dozier is truly wonderful! We have taken our babies there for years and they truly love them as much as we do." - Mattie Collins-Walker
"Very simply, we love Rea Road Animal Hospital. Knowledgeable, kind and compassionate!" - Heather Theriault
"Rea Road Animal Hospital has been our vet since we moved to Charlotte 9 years ago. Our dog, Bandit, will be 18 years old in September and we attribute his longevity to the doctors and especially the staff at this establishment. We have recommended the facility to our friends and neighbors and they have used the hospital for vet services, boarding, grooming and a place to love their pets." - Stephen & Heidi Kramer