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Dr. Michael J. "Smokey" Puckett

Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Smokey was born and raised in Charlotte, the son of a veterinarian, Dr Lewis Puckett.

His love of equine medicine apparently developed at an early age. He remembers asking his Dad to take him on farm calls or to wake him up at night if he had an emergency.  

Smokey attended Auburn University for both undergrad and veterinary school where he graduated magna cum laude (if he does say so himself).  The next four years were spent honing his skills in equine medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University and in Lexington, Kentucky at Hagyard -Davidson & McGee Equine Practice. Working on thoroughbreds in the Bluegrass with Hagyard-Davidson & McGee was exactly what he had always dreamed of doing. However following the birth of their first son Jake, the call to come back home was too great. The next few years were very busy. The practice grew as did their family with two more sons, Pete and Travis.  Most of you have met Smokey's boys by now, quality time often meant taking them along with him on farm calls.

Sylvia must be commended as the wife of an equine veterinarian....rarely was there a holiday without a large animal emergency.  

Dr. Trenna Manwarren

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Trenna ManWarren graduated from the Veterinary College at Cornell University. In 1998 she relocated to the Charlotte area with her husband. Her interests include geriatric medicine, dentistry, and small mammal care. In addition to practicing veterinary medicine, she enjoys caring for her three children, cooking, horseback riding and mountain biking.



Dr. Richard A. Aschenbrenner

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery


Rick was born in the mid-West, raised in Pennsylvania and when he turned 18, he started his southerly migration by first attending the University of Delaware for his Bachelor’s in Animal Science and then The University of Maryland – College Park for his Master’s Degree in Animal Nutrition. He spent a few years doing some government service before again continuing south and graduating from The Virginia – Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and moving to North Carolina.

Dr. Aschenbrenner has spent more than twenty years helping the small animals of Cabarrus and surrounding counties. He practices general medicine and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery and growing up in the countryside has given him a love and interest for wildlife medicine.

Rick lives in the area with his wife, three kids and whatever assortment of dogs, cats, horses, and other scaled, feathered, or furry things have taken residence. He loves the outdoors- hiking and camping – sports – watching more than playing these days – and loves, loves, loves music – going to see it, listening as often as possible, playing it, and poorly singing usually to my family’s or technician’s unexplained grimace.

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Dr. Sophia Catania

Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery


Graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Completed clinical year at the University of Minnesota. 

I grew up in Syracuse, NY (the snowiest city in America, might I add), went to vet school on a Caribbean island, and completed my clinical year in the tundra of Minnesota. After experiencing all temperatures to every extreme, I decided to settle for the more moderate temperature of North Carolina for the foreseeable future. I am a mixed animal veterinarian, catering to your dogs, cats, horses, goats, etc.  I grew up riding hunter/jumper, and still continue to enjoy riding my horse in my free time. I currently have one very cute dog, who came back with me from the island of St. Kitts. His name is Kai. I enjoy spending time with him outside of work, lifting weights, hiking, and cooking! I am overall passionate about practicing a healthy lifestyle, for both myself and my animals, and am here to provide the same to your pets, big or small! 


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