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Veterinarians in Youngsville: Dr. Murray

James Murray


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.

Veterinarians in Youngsville: Dr. Landa

Chelsea Landa

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.

Veterinarians in Youngsville: Dr. Crumley

Kate Crumley

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

Favorite Animal:
Dogs! All dogs are fun.

Practice Manager

Veterinarians in Youngsville: Miranda

Miranda Nemitz, RVT

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.

Gwyn (Westie), Loki (Great Dane),  Aggie (Scottish Terrier), Lucy (Border Collie mix)

Favorite Animal:

Favorite Movies:
The Patriot and Grease

Customer Service Representatives

Veterinarians in Youngsville: Arline

Arline Prowell

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.

Veterinarians in Youngsville: Betsy

Betsy Shirey

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:

Cat Exams in Youngsville: Kitten Laying on Bed

Grace Ellis

Team Member since 2019

Grace loves working in reception because she gets to build relationships with clients—being able to build relationships with pets, too, is the cherry on top! The most rewarding part of her job is being a part of helping and healing pets, while getting to know owners, too. Grace and her husband, Luke, met in 2010 and they were married in 2017. In a happy coincidence, Luke’s brother David is married to Grace’s sister Bethany!


Two cats: Sushi, a domestic longhair; BabyCat, a domestic shorthair


Spending time with her niece and nephew, reading, and traveling

Greatest life accomplishment:

Marrying her best friend

One thing she absolutely loves:

Traveling and seeing new parts of the world

Veterinarian Assistants

Veterinarians in Youngsville: Brandy

Brandy Driver

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!

Veterinarians in Youngsville: Jessyca

Jessyca Given

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.

Skylar (German Shepherd), Cassie (Border Collie), Oscar (Mixed breed), Charcoal (Cat) and Sky (Horse)

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:
Kiev, Ukraine

Favorite Book:
The Bible

Favorite Movie:

Animal Hospital in Youngsville: Dog Sitting Outside

Cathy Salati

Team Member since 2019

Bio and picture coming soon!

Tiger Graybill Selfie

Kelsey Graybill

Team Member since 2019

Kelsey graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Her family says she’s wanted to be a vet ever since she could talk, and she’s never wanted to be anything else. Getting into veterinary school right after college didn’t go as planned, but a new journey was set in motion that brought Kelsey to Heartwood to learn what she can until she applies again. The most rewarding thing Kelsey finds about her role is the people, including the coworkers and clients who have entered into her life, as well as seeing pets change for the better.


One fat cat named Tiger, also known as “Chunk”


Working on her Etsy shop, hiking, and traveling

Greatest life accomplishment:

Not giving up on her dreams

One thing she absolutely loves:

Any book by Ted Dekker

Patient Attendants

Veterinarians in Youngsville: Denise

Denise Cooke

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 (granddaughter)

Bailee (Beagle mix), Raven (Whippet Mix), Tippy (Peekapoo), Binky, Jolene, Lily, Lynxy, and Mali (cats)

Favorite Books:
 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!

Pet End of Life Care in Youngsville: Elderly Dog

Miranda Medlin

Team Member since 2019

Bio and picture coming soon!


Veterinarians in Youngsville: Jane


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.


Heartwood Animal Hospital

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