Veterinary Team

Blair Smith, DVM

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 internal medicine and ultrasonic and radiographic imaging. In her spare time, Dr. Smith enjoys time with her husband and pets and likes watching UF sports—GO GATORS! 

allan dozier, DVM

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.

Pat Gillis, DVM

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 and his two pets.

Jennifer Bryant, DVM

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 and their cat.

Mara Michael, DVM

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 live with their son and three pets.

Lauren Forhecz, DVM

Dr. Lauren Forhecz is an Associate Veterinarian at Rea Road Animal Hospital. She grew up in Tampa, FL, and as a young child dreamt of becoming a veterinarian one day. She attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate studies, where she then continued on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 2014. After graduation, she moved to Charlotte, NC, accepting a position at a small animal hospital, where she practiced for six years.
Dr. Forhecz enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, and her special interests include soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. Her biggest sense of satisfaction comes from making a difference in both her patient’s and client’s lives. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her Pomeranian, Pebbles. She also enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and cheering on her favorite team – Go Hokies!

Andrea Wait, Hospital Administrator

Andrea was born in Amsterdam, New York, and has resided in Charlotte for more than 15 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 rescue dogs.

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