Maria Crow

Ashley Brannen

Donna Folsom

Donna is thrilled to be part of our team! She's happily married to her BF of 18 years and the proud mother of 3 incredible young men.  The family adopted two 4-legged girls, Roxy and Sadie (both Pit Bulls) and they've been perfect additions.  Donna's professional life has been dedicated to public service, having worked as a fire inspector, paramedic and soldier in the US Army.  Her experience in these fields helps her do a super job of taking care of clients and their beloved pets.  


Daisy, along with her two littermates, was left in a box on our doorstep one cold winter night in 2012.  She quick​ly endeared herself with everyone at the office and made herself right at home.  She continues to amuse us with her antics and curiosity!  There's no telling where you might find her.  She's friendly to dogs, provides free Cat Scans, and helps patients relax while here for care.  Her two littermates also found excellent homes with our staff members. Yay!

By the way, Daisy Mae (being the trendy cat that she is) has her own Facebook page. Check it out and Like her!

Our Veterinarian, Staff, and Furry Friends: 

We welcome you to our Animal Hospital!

Left to right-  

Front Row:  Janet Ackerman, DVM, with Hooligan and Donna Folsom with Niles

Back Row:   Julee Whitehead with Flynn, Bonnie Smith with Jeanne Marie, Ashely Brannen, Lori Ashe with Cheeky, Stephanie Butler, Danny Hendrix, and Maria Crow 

Not pictured:  Jonathan Bynum 


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Dr. Ackerman
and Mikey

Lori Ashe

Lori has over 30 years of grooming experience and can turn your scruffy pet into a runway model! Her work is beautiful and she has a wonderful touch with all kinds of animals. Lori has also taught our Canine Obedience classes here in the past. She has had countless pets, including Agility Champion Toot the Papillion, squirrels and a pot bellied pig.  Presently her family includes Cheeky, the Papillion, Grady the Lab, two horses, chickens, step-daughter Hannah, and last (but not least!) husband Duane. Cheeky is training to be a Dock Diver and Barn Hunter and having a blast.  They live in a farmhouse in Whigham and participate in Rendezvous events where people relive the lifestyle of Colonial times. 

Bonnie Smith

Bonnie takes care of the bookkeeping and business needs of the practice and sometimes fills in as receptionist also. She and her husband, Rickey, have two daughters, Jennifer and Kerri, who are still close by. Both have children of their own, and grandsons Justin, Jakson, Jaken and Jesse along with granddaughter Jemma are the lights of Bonnie's life! Occasional orphaned birds, puppies, or kittens are her extended family. Doodle Bug is her most famous pet; he came to our office after being abandoned and near death in a dumpster. Bonnie's TLC saved him, and he became a happy, healthy member of her family. 

Janet L. Ackerman, D.V.M.

Dr. Janet Ackerman opened Animal Medical Center in 1986, with the goal of promoting the health and well-being of companion animals and horses. Her two adult sons both grew up in FFA. Jared now works in the agriculture industry and Dustin is a Firefighter and Medic. Dr. Ackerman has two cool horses- Breeze and Mikey, who love to go trail riding, and a mini who's full of mischief.  She has bred and raised Australian Shepherds, Dachshunds, and Labs in the past and presently has a mixed-breed rescue dog named Hooligan.  Never was a dog better named! Outside the office, Dr. Ackerman enjoys nature photography, trail riding, hiking, anything on the water, and home improvement projects.

Maria and her husband of 14 years have 3 active sons, Miguel, William, and Caydin.  The family enjoys their Pit Bulls (Big Boy, Nala, and Louetta), and a Chihuahua named Chuckle.  She loves working with animals and has learned a tremendous amount about pet care in a short time!  She is bilingual and that has offered invaluable help for our Spanish speaking clients.  She and her family enjoy football, hunting, fishing, and spending time at the beach.  


Ashley began as a volunteer her in 2020 and has moved up to become a Kennel Tech.  She loves animals and grew up raising chickens, turkeys, and quail along with other wildlife, including honeybees.  She has two dogs, Mabel and Bella, and two cats, Misa and Norris.  Ashley has been an FFA member for five years and loves every aspect of agriculture.  After high school, she plans to obtain her Vet Tech degree and pursue a lifelong career working with animals. 

Danny Hendrix has been our Team Coach for several years.  He works with us through his company, TeamMaker, and his competent and compassionate approach to people make an invaluable contribution to our staff. With over 25 years in Christian ministry, Danny has learned to be a good listener. His passion is to make the AMC team its best!
Danny is the blessed husband of Heather, who teaches third grade at Shiver School, and the proud father of Hyatt, Truett, & Ellis.

Danny Hendrix, Team Coach 

Stephanie Butler

Stephanie is a certified veterinary technician with five years’ experience in internal medicine. Due to the lack of kittens in specialty med she has decided to come back to the world of general practice and lend her expertise to Dr. Ackerman and the AMC team.  She also teaches vet tech students at Southern Regional Technical College and currently taking online classes towards her bachelor's in veterinary technology. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, sewing, gardening, and reading. She and her husband Will live in a tiny cabin built from wood milled off the family land in southern Grady County.  They share their home with Mazzy the lab, Buttercup the Italian greyhound mix, Niles the greyhound, and Coral the 19 year old cat.

Julee Whitehead

​Julianea Whitehead volunteered at the office and was soon promoted to Kennel Tech and is now learning new skills that enable her to assist Dr. Ackerman.  Julee was raised around animals, from exotics to household pets, and they have always sparked her interest and held a special place in her heart.  She hopes to use her new experiences with us in her future career in veterinary medicine.  Julee will make sure all pets have a clean, safe environment while they are with us.  She loves nature and enjoys a good laugh.  

Jonathan Bynum

Jonathan is our "Gentle Giant" and is learning fast about how to care for your furry friends!  For fun, he likes to spend time outdoors, with fishing being his favorite activity. He also enjoys video games and movies at home.  His family has four dogs, Spud, Bit Bit, Tootsie, and (his favorite) Odie, along with chickens they have raised.   Jonathan plans to further his education by pursuing a degree in Wildlife Management at SRTC.


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