Meet Your Veterinary Team
Our team is here to help. At Pressly Animal Hospital, we treat you and your pets like our family. Get to know our awesome team below:
Dr. William Pressly
Dr. Pressly's Bio
Before opening Pressly Animal Hospital, I was an emergency medicine clinician and associate in corporate and local private practice. As an associate, I noticed a lack of involvement in private practices with local rescue organizations. So, our mission was born: WE ARE THE VOICE OF FORGOTTEN PETS. I quickly came to terms with my calling and opened Pressly Animal Hospital in July 2011.
Here at PAH, we are very fortunate to work with over 80 different local and long-distance rescue organizations, as well as the Humane Society of Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control. These wonderful, committed individuals and organizations allow me to do what I feel called to do and help animals find their FURREVER homes. I really enjoy coming to work every day with staff and clients committed to education and healing.
In my free time, what little I have, I spend it with my three daughters, hiking, fishing, boating, water skiing, farming, and of course rescuing animals both big and small. Our animal family consists of three rescue dogs (Duke, Colin, and Emma — PAH’s honorary receptionist), one cat (Daisy), cows, and a donkey named Molly. Just recently, we have added three sheep (Daisy, Dollie, and Dibbs) and 8 chickens (Lily, Piper, Roxy, Charlotte, April, Helen, and Georgia), and 11 goats (Mollie, Millie, Fern, Minnie, Rick, Morty, Pearl, Butter, Bessie, Hopps, and Barley) to our farm.
Thank you to all our clients and friends that support our practice and mission to help all pets have a better life. Remember, stewardship of all creatures is our responsibility.
Dr. David Drake
Dr. Drake's Bio
I grew up in Toledo, OH, and graduated from Whitmer High School in 1979. I was influenced by our family’s veterinarian, Dr. Bill Mewborn, and enrolled at the Ohio State University, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management in 1984. I then followed through by graduating from Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.
After graduation, I returned to Toledo and started practicing as an associate at Countryside Animal Hospital, the same hospital where I worked performing kennel help during my undergrad. In 1991, I became a partner in that practice when one of the owners decided to retire. In 1995, I became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. I left the practice in 2009 and worked as a relief veterinarian at several hospitals and the local emergency clinic. I moved to Fort Mill, SC, in October 2011.
I began doing relief work at Pressly Animal Hospital in December 2011 and became their referral vet for all acupuncture needs. I joined PAH full time in November 2013.
I have two grown children, TJ and Alyssa. TJ is the manager of a brewhouse at a microbrewery in Columbus, OH. Alyssa graduated from Cleveland State University in the Spring of 2017. She studied Education for Special Needs children. I am extremely proud of both.
I enjoy being outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, biking, kayaking, and horseback riding. I also enjoy gardening and growing my own vegetables. I have a Labrador Retriever named Duck.
To contact Dr. Pressly or Dr. Drake:
email: [email protected]
attn: Dr. Pressly or Dr. Drake
Dr. Marian Benitez
Dr. Benitez's Bio
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Small Animal
I graduated top of my class at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. My desire to pursue surgery led me to advanced surgical training where I completed a medical and surgical internship at the University of Georgia and a three-year small animal surgical residency at Kansas State University.
I am a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, but I have a special interest in orthopedic procedures for cranial cruciate ligament rupture and gastrointestinal diseases. My Masters of Science thesis focused on pain management considerations of small animals and I’m very invested in bringing about excellent pain management for my patients.
I am the sole owner and operator of Dogwood Veterinary Surgical Care, PLLC. My goal is to bring advanced surgical procedures into local veterinary practices to better serve clients and their pets.
Learn more about Dr. Benitez at www.DogwoodVeterinarySurgery.com.
Please visit www.tplocharlotte.com for additional information on surgical treatment recommendations for dogs with cruciate ligament (ACL) injury with Dr. Benitez and Dogwood Veterinary Surgical Care.
I was born in San Diego, CA but have lived in the Charlotte area for almost 30 years. I graduated from Independence High School in Mint Hill where I met and married my high school sweetheart. I started working in the veterinary industry just out of high school as a part-time receptionist. Over the years, I have worked in many roles in the hospital, including receptionist, kennel help, veterinary assistant, lead pet nurse, and hospital director. I worked with Dr. Pressly in a corporate setting several years ago and our paths crossed again when Pressly Animal Hospital opened in July 2011.
I began working at Pressly Animal Hospital when it opened as a pet nurse. Since October of 2013 I have been the Practice Manager.
My husband and I currently live in Indian Trail with two children and a Bulldog/Staffordshire Terrier cross rescue named Zoe. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and I also love to attend church, plan parties and go shopping.
To contact Kristina, you can email: [email protected]
I have lived in Charlotte for most of my life. I graduated From North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, majoring in Environmental and Lab/Animal Science with a minor in Waste Management. I have been working in the veterinary field since 2009. I worked with Dr. Pressly once before and then came to work side by side at PAH in November 2015.
I have a lovely wife, Whitney, and together we have two young boys and a daughter. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and working in the yard.
When I’m not working I enjoy traveling, camping, horseback riding, and doing my pet watercolor art. I share my life with a wonderful husband of 13 years, our small farm (zoo), and 4 dogs: Sledge (Great Pyreneese, refused to pose for picture), Bella (terrier mix — the scared looking one), Halli (the princess in the front), and my bestest boy Rusty (the hound who poses and hogs all the camera time!). Outside of my fur-children, I share my time and my heart split between 15 nieces and nephews. I thoroughly enjoy being anywhere there are animals and littles running around.
I was born in Decatur, Georgia but have been in the Charlotte area since I was about 2. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Major in Business Management and a minor in Media arts. I initially wanted to be a film editor until I started volunteering at the Humane Society where I was eventually hired and worked there for 6 years. I enjoyed the experience so much that I made the decision to go back to school to become a Registered veterinary technician. I graduated from Gaston College in 2021. I did my internship for school at PAH and was hired upon completion of my training. I became registered in January of the following year.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to plays, watching movies, and spending time with my family and friends. I have one dog, an Australian Shephard / Border Collie mix named Harley Quinn.
I was born and raised in Charlotte. I moved back after graduating from North Carolina State University in 2021 with a major in Animal Science and a minor in Psychology. I’m currently planning on applying to Vet School for the class of 2027. I currently own one crazy German Shorthaired Pointer named Boone ! In my free time I like to spend time with my friends and family, go hiking or travel.
I was born right outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up with an older brother named Bryant, and no, we are not named after the basketball player. I had lived in North Carolina since 2nd grade, moving from Waxhaw to Mint Hill right before I started college at High Point University. I live on a farm and have two Maltese Yorkie mixes (Jax and Lilly) and a Maremma-Anatolian livestock guardian dog (Emma). I play soccer, play video games, and lay around with my many different pets in my free time.
I have been an animal lover since I was a child. My very first pet was a cat that lived to be 19 years old. I moved to Charlotte in 2002. My early career was in Property Management, but my love for animals took over and led me into this industry. I have an affinity for the unique look of hairless animals, and I currently own a Sphynx, a gray Tabby, a Border Collie mix as well as a Chinese Crested, all rescues. I also foster for various local rescues, so there’s always a third dog of some kind in the mix.
In my spare time, if I’m not with my animals, you will find me crafting or spending time with my husband and 2 grown children. To contact Colene directly, you can email: [email protected]
Hi, I’m Mandy. I was born across the pond in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. When I was 13 years old, my family moved to the United States. My educational background is in Childhood Development and Special Education. I’ve been working at Pressly Animal Hospital for 2 years now. I have two grown children and a little dog Charlie. In my free time I like to hike and enjoy going to concerts.
Client Service Representative
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