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.
Family: Husband Steve and daughter Heather
Pets: Papillon named Spock who frequently comes to keep her company at the practice, rescued Border Collie mix named Drifter, cat named Neko, and a fish named Ferdinand
Hobbies: Road bike cycling, listening to audiobooks, dog training, gardening, and public speaking
Favorite Animal: 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 girlfriend Chelsea is also a veterinarian practicing with both farm and companion animals.
Team Member since 2013
Miranda attended Vance-Granville Community College as a high school student, and is currently working on an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Cedar Valley College. 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.
Pets: Great Dane named Loki, Scottish Terrier named Aggie, Border Collie mix named Lucy
Special Talents: Photography
Favorite Animal: Dog
Favorite Movies: The Patriot and Grease
Customer Service Representative
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.
Memberships: AAHA and NABA
Children: Autumn and Alissa
Hobbies: 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 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 one grandson. She enjoys spending time with her family during her spare time.
Team Member since 2010
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.
Children: Samantha (daughter) and Riley (grandbaby)
Pets: Cayeanne (Pit), Molly (Pom), Bailee (Beagle mix), Raven (Whippet Mix), and Binky, Paven, Lily, Bootie, and Mallie (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!
Team member since 2016
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.
Pets: Bandit (a puppy dachshund) & Polly (1 year old cat) & Remi (a 1 ½ yr old 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!
Nichole joined our team in December 2016. She began her college education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and will be entering into the Veterinary Technology program at Cedar Valley College this 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.
Pets: Pitbull mix named Nico, a Labrador mix named Bella, and two rats named Stuart and Stevie
Favorite Animal: Horse
Favorite Movie: Lion King
Most Amazing Place She’s Ever Been: Puerto Rico