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:
attn: Dr. Pressly or Dr. Drake
Dr. Martha Lukey
Dr. Lukey's Bio
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
I recently moved to South Carolina from Ohio and I am loving it! I live with my fiancé, and my 5, yes I said 5, cats! I’ve been in the animal field for almost 9 years. Helping animals is truly my passion. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, painting, and meeting all kinds of new furry friends (Yes, even my free time is spent around animals). I’ve been in the Pressly family since May of 2020.
Hey there! My name is Dalia, but everyone calls me Dee. I was born and raised in a small town in New Jersey. I have just recently made the transition to Charlotte this year to follow my veterinary dreams and to continue my veterinary career. I am currently pursuing my Bachelors in Biology at UNCC, with dreams of getting into Veterinary school at NC State. I have a furbaby named Chanel. She is a toy poodle with a whole lot of sass, and she’s never met someone she doesn’t love.
I have been working for Dr. Pressly for 3 months. Since working here, I am continuing to grow and learn as a Nurse and a student. Animals are my passion, and I will always treat your furbaby with the same love and care that you do when they come for their visit.
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@example.com
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.
I began working at Pressly Animal Hospital in September 2020. I’m well versed in all things clerical, as well as all things pottery. After graduating from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in ceramics, I began dog sitting, which developed into working full time in the pet industry. My love for animals began at a young age when my grandfather let me bottle feed a calf and has continued to grow ever since. I’m the proud owner of a super mutt (Lab/Husky/Chihuahua/Beagle) named Lavender, who in my eyes, is the best girl ever! When I’m not at Pressly, I can be found at Clayworks of Charlotte as a studio assistant or traveling somewhere interesting in my free time with Lavender.
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