Meet Our Veterinary Team
Practice Partner since 2000
Dr. Kate Crumley earned her education from NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and has special interests in dentistry, pain management, anesthesia, surgery, and animal behavior. She is an active member of prestigious veterinary groups including the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA), and the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS). She is always attending national conferences for leadership training and to be one the cutting edge of the newest information in veterinary medicine. She was President of AAHA from 2014-2015 and the Board of Directors since 2008.
Dr. Crumley has had many interesting experiences in the field, including helping many unique animals. She’s helped a lion with a toothache and a wallaby with cataracts! She has a passion for dogs and medicine, and a fascination for all animals. Her favorite part about being a veterinarian is being able to work closely with the animals every day. It’s a really good experience when she and her team are about to make a big difference by relieving pain and seeing a patient who clearly feels better after their care.
Husband Steve and daughter Heather
Papillon named Spock who frequently comes to keep her company at the practice, cat named Neko, and a Bernese Mountain Dog named Bucky.
Road bike cycling, listening to audiobooks, dog training, gardening, and public speaking
Dogs! All dogs are fun.
Practice Partner since 2016
Dr. James Murray was born in Yorktown, VA and studied biochemistry and animal sciences at Virginia Tech. He was then accepted into the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2015. During his years in veterinary school, he focused his studies in small animal medicine with a particular interest in dentistry and orthopedics. He also completed a two month study abroad program in India focusing on zoonotic diseases and parasitology, along with working with elephants. He is an active member with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology (AAVD). As an avid dog lover, he adopted a beagle mix named Minnie during his first year of veterinary school. They actively train in agility and enjoy long trail runs together. Besides spending time with his dog, he also enjoys golfing, tennis, ice hockey, and playing board games. Both of Dr. Murray's parents are human physical therapists, his brother Scott is currently studying at Concordia University in Minnesota, and his wife Chelsea is also a veterinarian practicing with both farm and companion animals.
Associate since 2019
Dr. Chelsea Landa was introduced to the world of veterinary medicine as a young girl as she followed her father, an equine veterinarian, around. She deeply admired his skill in caring for ill animals and helping their owners. Along her path to becoming a veterinarian, she first completed a master’s degree in researching the effects of weaning strategies on cattle immune systems at Virginia Tech. Following her master’s, she attended Virginia Tech for veterinary school, where she focused her studies on both small and large animal medicine and surgery. She has enjoyed the variety that veterinary medicine has to offer, and the ability it brings to help people care for their beloved pets. In her job, she enjoys developing relationships with pet owners and helping them to provide their pets with an improved quality of life and longer lifespan through preventive medicine, surgical interventions, and detection and management of underlying diseases.
Dr. Landa met her husband, Dr. Murray, during veterinary school, and together they have a beautiful daughter named Meredith. Their fur family includes two cats named Rafiki and Freya, who have both been with Dr. Landa since before vet school, and hold a very special place in her heart. She also used to have horses in her life, and hopes to have more of them soon. In her spare time, she loves hiking with her family, eating delicious food, and going to the beach. She also hopes to get back into reining, a western style of horseback riding. Most of all, reading a good book on the beach surrounded by her family is her happiest place to be.
Team Member since 2013
Miranda attended Vance-Granville Community College as a high school student, and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Cedar Valley College. In February 2019, Miranda passed the North Carolina State Board Exam and is a Registered Veterinary Technician. Miranda has been interested in the field of animal care since she went to her grandfather’s animal hospital as a child. She loves animals and enjoys providing care for them. Miranda is a Fear Free certified professional, she has fostered over 20 dogs and helped them find loving homes, and she has earned the Gold Status Presidential Community Service Award. Miranda is proud to be part of our team – which she considers to be her second family – and she loves getting to know our clients and their pets.
Great Dane named Loki, Scottish Terrier named Aggie, Border Collie mix named Lucy
The Patriot and Grease
Customer Service Representatives
Team Member since 2007
Arline chose her career path because she loves animals and the medical field. Her favorite part about working at the practice is developing a bond with the pets and pet parents over the years. She also loves working with our wonderful team! Arline does an excellent job connecting with the people and animals she helps, and she loves problem solving.
Autumn, Alissa, and Anaya
Camping and Fishing
What Would Arline do with $1,000,000?
She would start a rehab farm for abused spouses, children, and animals, where they could be a part of therapy in a safe place.
Team Member since 2018
Betsy grew up on a small farm with many different kinds of animals, and has always loved animals and helping people, so a career in the veterinary industry was a perfect match! Her education includes a certification in cosmetology from Vance Granville Community College, so she brings unique experience to the team! In her job, she loves building relationships with clients and their pets, and loves being able to give them the very best care. Most of all, she loves being a part of an amazing team/family!
Lucy, her cat
Kayaking, spending time with family and friends, and traveling
Facts about Betsy:
She’s traveled to 48 states and 5 countries
Most Amazing Place She’s Been:
Team member since 2015
Brandy graduated from Wake Tech with her Medical Office Administration Degree. She has always loved animals and worked at a kennel for a few years, but wanted to get more into the medical aspect, with the animals.
Bandit (Dachshund) & Polly (Cat) & Remi (Boxer mix)
Facts about Brandy:
She played volleyball from middle school through college & loves doing anything outdoors such as four wheeling, fishing, camping.
What would Brandy do with $1,000,000:
Buy a big house with a bunch of land, plenty of inside & outside kennels and start a Dog Sitting business! You can never have too many dogs around!
Team Member since 2016
She began her college education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and started the Veterinary Technology program at Cedar Valley College last fall. Nichole has a goal to help animals live healthy lives, and she loves being able to meet this goal every day while working with our amazing team.
Pitbull mix named Nico and a Labrador mix named Bella
Most Amazing Place She’s Ever Been:
Team Member since 2017
Jessyca chose a career veterinary medicine because helping animals has always been a passion of hers. She enjoys working with people as well as taking care of their fur babies, and loves being part of such an amazing team.
A German Shepherd named Skylar, a Border Collie named Cassie, a Mixed breed named Oscar, a cat named Charcoal and a horse named Sky
Facts About Jessyca:
She trained Skylar for her BH Obedience title; likes trail riding with her horse, camping and being outdoors
Most Amazing Place She’s Ever Been:
Team Member since 2018
Ivy knew from a young age, after losing a cat, that she wanted to help educate owners and save pets’ lives, so she pursued a career in veterinary medicine. She brings with her a lot of experience, particularly in feline medicine! She previously worked at feline-only practices for three years, as well as the DoveLewis ER & ICU animal hospital in Portland, Oregon. She also has worked with the county and local police, and avian and exotic rescues. Ivy obtained her certification as a veterinary assistant from Cedar Valley Veterinary Technology School, and is currently completing her last classes to obtain her associate of applied science. She plans to soon become a certified veterinary technician after sitting for the Veterinary Technician National Examination.
Partner, Markus, a helicopter pilot and instructor from Harstad, Norway who has had her heart
ever since he swiped right
Norah (DSH) adopted from the Humane Society; Pumpkin (Persian mix) rescued from being target shot; Luna (DSH) rescued from a neglect situation
Playing Xbox One, spending time with Markus and her cats, Netflix, being with family, snowboarding, and motorcycles
Greatest Life Accomplishments:
Completing school, surviving NC weather and a cross-country move from Oregon
One Thing She Absolutely Loves:
Team Member since 2012
Denise loves animals and one of her favorite parts of working at the practice is being able to have a hand in saving animal babies that might not otherwise make it! She loves being able to interact with animals daily. They get so excited to see her! She likes to think she has a special kinship with them.
Samantha (daughter) and Riley (grandbaby)
Bailee (Beagle mix), Raven (Whippet Mix), Tippy (Peekapoo), Binky, Jolene, Lily, Lynxy, and Malie (cats)
Historical Romance Novels
What Would Denise Do with $1,000,000?
Send herself, Samantha, and Riley to college, pay off her house, and bring more animals into her family!
Team Member since 2018
Violet decided to pursue her career in the veterinary industry because of her love for animals.
From a young age, she has always shown compassion for sick and injured animals. The most
rewarding part of her position is having the chance to learn new things every day and to be able
to take care of animals who need it the most.
Tank (American Bulldog)
Taking her dog hiking, and spending time with her family
Team Member since 2014
Jane has been with Heartwood Animal Hospital since June, 2014. She has lived in Wake Forest, NC for 20+ years. Jane is married with one child and two grandsons. She enjoys spending time with her family during her spare time.