Meet Our Team

Ellen Brown - Office Manager and Head Veterinary Assistant

Ellen has been caring for family pets since 1985. She has assisted Dr. Rodger Kleisch from the beginning, and has been an integral part of the growth and longevity of FOAH. With Ellen's understanding of medicine, compassion and management of individuals, Ellen has moved from kennel help to veterinary assistant to Office Manager. While she manages, she continues to increase her medical knowledge and always enjoys working with pets and their owners.

Tera Orman - Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist

Tera has been caring for family pets since 1993, and became a part of the FOAH team in 2003. Throughout her tenure here, Tera has increased her medical knowledge and enjoys surgical procedures and medicine cases. Tera is an alumnus of Southeast Guilford High School and has enjoyed living in this area her whole life. She is a valued member of not only FOAH but also within the community, with involvement in charities and recreational sports.

Taylor Meza - Veterinary Assistant

Taylor has been a part of the Forest Oaks Animal Hospital family since 2009, when she was hired as Kennel Assistant. She left briefly in 2014, but returned in 2015, expanding her knowledge base to become a valuable assistant to the doctors here.

Amber Ward - Veterinary Assistant

Amber is a member of our technical staff and joined the staff in 2015. Amber has always loved animals of all sorts, and conscientiously bred corgis for a while. When the opportunity opened for a position at Forest Oaks, both the current staff and Amber could not have been more excited about the opportunity. She has cut back her hours in order to spend more time with family, but you will still see here around, as she fills in where needed so other staff members can schedule time off.

Rachel Carter - Veterinary Assistant

Rachel has been a part of the Forest Oaks family since high school, accepting a position as kennel assistant in 2015. In 2019, she became a Veterinary Assistant, eagerly learning new skills to help the doctors in their important work caring for our patients.

Rachael Nance - Veterinary Assistant

Rachael began caring for pets in Fayetteville, NC in 2012. She and her new family moved to Greensboro in 2015, where she continued her work with an animal hospital in town. After her family grew, she wanted to work closer to her home. We were fortunate to have her join the Forest Oaks family in fall of 2020

Liz Kronenberg - Veterinary Assistant

Liz joined our staff in 2019 as kennel assistant. She worked as kennel assistant for a year, adding skills and knowledge for a year, then made the transition to Veterinary Assistant when the position opened up.

Ellis Mobley - Veterinary Assistant

Ellis began job shadowing in 2019, while he was deciding if Veterinary Medicine was the right career choice for him. By early 2020, he had learned valuable skills and we were able to make him a part of our team. He is currently a student at NCSU and plans on enrolling in the North Carolina State University Veterinary School when he finishes his undergraduate work.

Camryn Coble - Veterinary Assistant

through hands on training and with online training for Veterinary Technician. Camryn has been a kennel assistant since 2018. She is currently making the transition to Veterinary Assistant 

Paige Ingold - Veterinary Assistant

Paige has been a kennel assistant since 2020. She is also making the transition to Veterinary Assistant through hands on training and with online training for Veterinary Technician

Lisa Duggins – Receptionist

Lisa is one of our full-time receptionists here at FOAH. She joined our staff in 2015 after moving to the area from Virginia. Lisa is not only a valued receptionist, but can translate a great deal of medical knowledge and is a great resource for initial medical questions

Tara Way - Receptionist

Tara joined our team in July of 2019, filling the spot Kay Bowman left when she retired (many probably remember Miss Kay fondly). Tara had never worked in a veterinary hospital before, but has done an admirable job learning how to handle the fast pace and stress of a busy hospital environment.

Donna Cummings - Receptionist

Donna worked for 21 years at another hospital prior to her retirement. Donna decided to come back to work part time for now, and we are able to add her to the front desk staff at FOAH. She brings a solid knowledge base with her, and is a good resource at the front desk.

Karla Bergman - Groomer

Caring for your pampered pets since 2006, Karla brought her skill here in 2010. Karla graduated from Southeast Guilford High School and lives in this area with her many dogs. Karla achieved her National Dog Grooming Master Certification through the NDGAA in 2017. 

Kennel assistants:
- Davis Jones
- Erica Ridgeway
- Tessa Small
- Mia Ward


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Please Note: We are closed the first and third Saturday of each month























Read What Our Clients Say

  • "We would not have our beautiful girl if it weren't for the loving staff at Forest Oaks. If we still lived in NC, we wouldn't go anywhere else."
    - Lenora Metz
  • "I bring all my babies, both past and present here. They truly care about our animals and are good people. A good vet is priceless!!"
    - Tracey Shrouder
  • "Dr. Kleisch and his staff are the best. We had multiple visits to other vets for one of our dogs. He handled the skin problem in one visit. All our pups go there now. Nice and reasonable."
    - Martha Honus