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Staff


Meet the friendly staff at Uptown Veterinary Hospital!

  • Dr.
    Jen Larson
    – DVM, Owner
    I grew up south of Atlanta in the small town of Fayetteville, GA. My interest in veterinary medicine sparked after shadowing a veterinarian at Zoo Atlanta when I was in the 4th grade.
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  • Eric Tempel
    - Associate DVM, ABVP

    I am originally a native of northeastern Kansas. I was inspired to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after adopting a Siberian Husky named Mila. Along with my family and other pets, Mila continues to be a source of inspiration for me.

    After earning a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Kansas, I attended Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating cum laude in 2013. Following one year of private practice, I returned to the academic setting to acquire additional training and elevate my level of patient care. In 2015 I completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Virginia Tech’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I remained at Virginia Tech for an additional two years and recently completed an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners residency in canine and feline medicine.

    In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, walking our dogs, and watching Kansas Jayhawks basketball (Rock Chalk!). My other hobbies include playing guitar, reading, and automobiles. I am excited to be a part of the team at Uptown Veterinary Hospital and look forward to meeting you and your pet!

  • Dr.
    Joy Fine
    - Veterinary Associate

    I am originally from Perrysburg, Ohio. I have a Bachelor of Science from the University of Richmond where I was a member of the university dance company, a member of the Alpha Phi sisterhood, and founded the pre-veterinary club.

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  • Kerry Chapman
    - Registered Technician
    I was born in Scranton, PA, but grew up in Greensboro. My husband and I moved to FL, GA, and Ohio before finally making our way back to North Carolina nearly 20 years later. It was hard leaving Cincinnati, where we raised our family and made great friends, but it's good to be home.
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  • Traci Wayne
    - Registered Technician

    Hello! My name is Traci Wayne and I am a registered Veterinary Technician here at Uptown Vet. I am a South Carolina native, but I’ve lived in the Gastonia area for approximately 12 years. I just began my adventure here at Grace but my experience in veterinary medicine started with graduating from the veterinary technician program at Gaston College in 2012. After that I worked in a small animal, general practice for three years before moving on to emergency/ICU medicine for almost two years. Once my husband, Terry, and I had our first child, Emma, I decided to return to general practice. I love client communication, education and making those wonderful lasting relationships with both patients and their owners.

    Terry, Emma and myself have four fur legged babies at home. Trixie and Abby are our sweet, senior labs and we have Mabel and Pyewacket, our sweet cats.

    When not at work I love spending time with my family and you can usually catch us at any University of South Carolina sporting event! Go GAMECOCKS!

  • Khori Parish
    – Veterinary Assistant
    I joined the Uptown team after bringing in my 5 rabbits for an examination by Dr. Jen. I recently started veterinary technician school and was excited to hear that Uptown was hiring.
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  • Kaitlin Gray
    - Veterinary Assistant
    I am excited to be the newest member of the Uptown Vet team! In the fall of 2018, I will be attending veterinary technician school. I've been volunteering at the Humane Society for several years in their Spay and Neuter Clinic and as a foster. At home, I have a one-eyed dog named Whittaker, a cat named Charlie, and 1-5 foster kittens depending on the day. My passion is caring for animals, and I will do everything I can to make sure your furry family members are happy and healthy!


    In my free time, I enjoy playing guitar, baking things that are terrible for me, kayaking, and reading. I pretend to like running.

  • Nancy Swanagan
    - Receptionist
    I have always had a love for animals, and while growing up in Columbus, Ohio was blessed to live in a house full of little critters. I received a degree in natural resources and wildlife management which led to a job at the Columbus Zoo.
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  • Lacee Hunsucker
    - Receptionist/Vet Assistant

    I am excited to start my new adventure here at Uptown Vet. so I can continue to share my passion on helping with animals. In the past I have helped at shelters with fostering pets in to find good homes. I was born and raised in salisbury, NC. I was a college athlete at Mars Hill University playing softball before moving back to Charlotte. Now I am in my final year of college at UNCC where I am pursuing a degree in Biology. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family as well as my 2 fur babies Daisy Mae & Hope. In my free time I enjoy exploring Charlotte’s food and drink seen. Also, I enjoy playing slow pitch softball with my friends & family. A little fun fact, I love any classic car. I own a 66 mustang that I am working on at the moment. Hopefully in the next year I will be able to take it to a few car shows.

  • Shannon DeBruyne
    - Receptionist

    I am known as the bubbly receptionist.  I have a strong passion for people and animals.  I love my job and look forward to meeting you!

  • Synthia Barringer
    - Marketing Manager

    I started at Uptown Vet as a volunteer, helping with the front desk duties.  I became passionate about helping the business grow, so I now serve as the marketing director.  I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people in Charlotte and their sweet fur babies!

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Charlotte Office

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

10:00 am-2:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed