Erin O'Connell


Christy Chason

Christy worked as a veterinary assitant for us years ago, and has returned to work here again after getting her degree as a respiratory therapist.  She just missed our patients way too much!  Christy continues her work at a human hospital, and we're happy to have her back with us again.  She's eager to help you with your pet's care, in any way possible.   Her Pug, Ella, is her buddy, and Christy helps care for her father's Old English Bulldog, Cubby, who is somethin' else!    


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Jane Lange 

Jane has always been an animal lover and is able to bring her caring skills to our office and your beloved pets.  She has helped with animal rescues, including orphaned wildlife, for years in addition to having pets of her own.  She and her husband of 53 years, RJ, have a son and four grandsons in Florida and a daughter and three more grandsons in Thomasville.  Jane loves walking in the woods, working with her flowers, and helping others with home improvement and remodeling projects.  She and RJ share their love and attention with their sweet dog, Talle.   


Leslie was born and raised in Cairo and brings many years of experience with veterinary care to our team.  She works the front desk as receptionist and helps out everywhere needed.  She and her husband of ten years, Eddie, have two sons; both attend Shiver.  Kyle sings in the chorus and older brother Carson plays football with Cairo's Recreation Department.  Leslie's fur babies are Tinkerbell the Chihuahua and Rubble, the Shi Tzu cross.  She enjoys spending time with her family during her free time.

We are delighted to offer the services of the only licensed canine physical therapist in our area. Erin was trained as a human PT 20 years ago, then acquired special training and expertise with four-legged patients.  Her tools include laser, accupressure (no needles), therapeutic massage, exercise training, and more.  She shares her skills with many sports and agility participants, but also can bring relief to post-operative or trauma patients, as well as "old dog" aches and pains.  She is available at our office by appointment, on Wednesdays. 

Amanda Parker

ABOUT US

Amanda works closely with Dr. Ackerman as her assistant and also helps at the front desk.  She was born and raised in Thomasville, and graduated from Thomas County Central High.  While working with us, Amanda is also attending school to further her education.  Outside of work, she loves to be outdoors, doing projects, traveling, and spending time with her family.  Her family includes Mason, Cam, and Hayden, plus four-legged Gus the Old English Bulldog, Charlie (the adopted mutt), Zoey Jane, a Lab mix, and Gwen-Ivy, the house cat.  

Danny Hendrix, Team Coach 



Danny Hendrix is the Team Coach for AMC. He works with us through his company, TeamMaker. 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.

Leslie Turvin

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Daisy, along with her two littermates, was left in a box on our doorstep one cold winter night in January, 2012.  She quickly 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 and seems to help a lot of them relax while they are here for care.  By the way, 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 Veterinarians, Staff, and Furry Friends: (left to right)

We welcome you to our Animal Hospital!

Kneeling in Front:  Dr. Ackerman with Hooligan, Amanda Parker with Grady


Seated: Danny Hendrix, Christy Chason, Leslie Turvin, Jane Lange with Fly, Bonnie Smith with Little Man,

Lori Ashe with Toot

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Lori Ashe

Lori Ashe 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 dogs. Lori has also taught our Canine Obedience classes here in the past. Her family includes a Potbellied pig named Mia Ham, Toot and Fly, her Agility Papillons, "B" the Golden Retriever, Grady the Lab, two horses, seven chickens, step-daughter Hannah, and last (but not least!) husband Duane. They live in a farmhouse in Whigham, and participate in Rendezvous events where people relive the lifestyle of Colonial times. Lori is also training her dogs to perform in Agility trials, and doing splendidly. Toot is an Agility Champion with both UKC and AKC, and Fly is following close behind in her pawprints.

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 has turned into a happy, healthy member of the family. 

Dr. Janet L Ackerman D.V.M.

Dr. Janet Ackerman opened the hospital in 1986, with the goal of promoting the health and well-being of companion animals and horses. She has two adult sons, who both grew up in 4-H.  Jared now works in the agriculture industry, and Dustin is a firefighter. Dr. Ackerman has two cool horses- Breeze and Mikey (who love to go trail riding).  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 more aptly named! Outside the office, Dr. Ackerman enjoys nature photography, trail riding, hiking, fishing, home improvement projects, and scuba diving.