Meet Our Team
Why trust your pet’s health with Charlotte’s only holistic veterinary hospital: Atrium Animal Hospital?
Because you’ll get the very best integrative care for your pet, whether it’s conventional medicine, natural veterinary care, natural complementary veterinary approaches or a combination.
Consider these 3 reasons why you’ll find us to be Charlotte’s veterinary hospital.
- OUR TEAM: Our veterinary professionals are highly skilled in offering gentle, individualized care.
- OUR MISSION: We’re Charlotte’s only veterinary practice specializing in holistic, individualized care in a comfortable, Earth-friendly environment.
- OUR CREDENTIALS: When you compare us with other Charlotte veterinary practices, look for the AAHA logo and membership in major alternative veterinary care organizations.
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Dr. Kim Vita Hombs, DVM, FAAVA, CVA, CVH, CVT, Owner
Special Interests: Holistics, Herbals, Acupuncture, Integrative
Dr. Kim Hombs is a 1986 graduate of Oklahoma State University. Upon graduation, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where she worked for 7 years in a large Charlotte-based veterinary practice. During this period, she developed a deep interest in holistic, integrated medicine. In 1994, Dr. Hombs became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society). A vision of opening her own clinic soon became a reality in 1996 when she opened Atrium Animal Hospital. Her professional passion for integrative veterinary medicine blends conventional and natural complementary therapies. Dr. Hombs is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through IVAS and Chi Institute. She is also certified in Chinese herbal medicine, tui-na and food therapy. In 2010, she became certified in the use of Therapeutic Class IV Laser. In March of 2015, she became a Fellow in the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncture. She is currently the only Fellow in North Carolina and one of twenty in the country. She is an active member of AAVA, AAHA, AHVMA, and AVMA. Dr. Hombs has 2 furry, four legged daughters! She enjoys spending time with her dog and being outdoors in nature.
Dr. Laura Lathan, DVM
Special Interests: Conventional, Dentistry, and Exotics
Dr. Laura Lathan grew up in North Carolina and earned her DVM degree from North Carolina State University in 1995. Over her 25 years in clinical practice, she has developed a special interest in dentistry and exotic (rabbit, bird, reptile, and “pocket pet”) medicine. Dr. Laura moved to Charlotte in 2007 and is delighted to be practicing at Atrium Animal Hospital. During her years at Atrium, she has grown her exotic clientele to 40% of her patient load, and sees exotics on a daily basis. Atrium has always been a strong supporter of wildlife, and Dr. Laura is happy to donate her services to the local wildlife rehabilitation group. She enjoys all things “teeth” and attends national dental education seminars regularly. She currently lives in Matthews with her husband Rob, sons James and Jackson, Smithy the dog, and snakes Sphinx and Scarab. Dr. Laura is a member of the national and NC Veterinary Associations, the American Veterinary Dental Society, and the Vet Associations for Exotic Mammal, Avian, and Reptile and Amphibian. In addition to practicing medicine, she is an active leader in Scout Troop 118, and a talented vocal harmonizer, cake decorator and balloon-animal twister!
Dr. Erica Johnson, DVM, CVMMP
Special Interests: Conventional, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner
Dr. Erica Johnson attended University of New England in 2009 and received Degrees in Marine Biology and Psychobiology. She has always had a love for animals and decided to pursue a career in this field. She graduated from Ross University Veterinary School in January 2013. Her last clinical year was spent at Louisiana State University. Upon graduation she moved to Athens, GA and worked at Banfield Pet Hospital. During this time she developed an interest in acupuncture and chiropractic care. She moved to Charlotte to start a new chapter in her life and to pursue holistic medicine in addition to her conventional medicine, surgery and dentistry. In 2018, Dr. Johnson became a Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner with Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute. When not working at Atrium, she spends time with her island premium blend Kali, merle collie Jackson and cat Sir Hudson. Her daughter Maizie keeps the family busy but they find time for fitness, the outdoors and a healthy life style!
Dr. Amy Lin, DVM
Special Interests: Conventional
Dr. Amy Lin was born and raised in sunny south Florida. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree in Animal Science, Nova Southeastern University for her graduate degree in Marine Biology, and then the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech for her doctorate degree in veterinary medicine. After graduating in 2018, Dr. Amy Lin and her husband, Tony, moved to Charlotte with their three rescue dogs: Cloud, Ella, and Ginger. She has a strong interest in complimentary medicine, behavior, dermatology, nutrition, dentistry, and much more. In her free time, Dr. Amy Lin loves taking her dogs on hikes, practicing yoga, traveling the world, scuba diving, and healthy cooking. She and her husband are looking forward to exploring Charlotte's local restaurants, hiking trails, and farmer's markets!
Dr. Patrick Morrison, DVM
Special Interests: Exotics, Conventional
Dr. Morrison was born in frigid Michigan, but grew up along the East Coast in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He returned to the cold to study at the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!) where he received an undergraduate degree in Biology before attending Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduating as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Before moving to Charlotte in August 2018, he was practicing in Northern Virginia seeing primarily exotic animals; reptiles, rabbits, guinea pigs, “pocket pets”, birds, etc. His other veterinary interests include preventive medicine, surgery, and pain management. In his free time, when he is not basking in the sun with his pet bearded dragon, Gru, you can typically find him hiking a trail or taking in a baseball game. Dr. Morrison is a member of the American and North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians.
Dr. Sarah Krieg, DVM
Special Interests: Conventional, Acupuncture
Dr. Sarah Krieg grew up on her family’s dairy named Mecklenburg Farm in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from the University of North Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and minors in art history and environmental science. She then spent two years off from school working various jobs including being a Starbucks barista, kennel technician, veterinary assistant, waitress, and a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission intern. She also embarked on a road trip across the United States and Germany during this time to explore and learn more about veterinary medicine. Dr. Krieg traveled to China in 2016 after her first year in veterinary school to begin her training in acupuncture through the Chi Institute. She graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2019 and moved up to Charlotte, NC with her dog Aberdeen and cat Tiger Lily. Dr. Krieg is a Fear Free Certified veterinarian that is especially interested in behavior, acupuncture, preventative medicine, physical therapy, and pain management. In her free time she enjoys just about any kind of outdoor adventure, but especially rock climbing and slacklining.
Dr. Ray Khare, DVM, MS, CVA
Special Interests: Conventional, Acupuncture
Dr. Rachelle (Ray) Khare grew up as a Navy brat, so she has a long list of places that she calls home. One of her most beloved on that list, was living in Fort Collins, Colorado where she received her undergraduate and graduate degree in Microbiology at Colorado State University. She has been in the veterinary field (holistic, rehabilitation, general practice, and even research) as early as her first job in high school, where she fondly remembers going into work for late night treatments after field hockey practice. She attended veterinary school at the University of Tennessee and began her formal training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Beijing, China with the Chi Institute after her first semester. Dr. Khare is a Fear Free certified veterinarian who is also certified in acupuncture and Chinese food therapy. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in TCVM, herbal therapy certification, and chiropractic certification. In addition to TCVM, her professional interests also include internal medicine, pain management, physical therapy, soft tissue surgery and exotics. Dr. Khare shares her home with cats, dogs, rabbits, and parrots; but when not at home or the practice, you will most likely find her practicing yoga, kayaking, hiking, or brewery hopping with her husband.
Dr. Matt Ritter, DVM, DACV
Board Certified: Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons
We’ve partnered with Dr. Matt Ritter to provide experienced orthopedic expertise when necessary.
Dr. Ritter received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2002. He followed this with a surgical internship at the University of Pennsylvania, a surgical residency at Michigan State University and became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and Board Certified in 2007. Dr. Ritter provides surgical services at Atrium Animal Hospital including Tibial-Plateau-Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), Cruciate Ligament Repair, Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO), Laryngeal tie-back surgery, and Fracture repair in addition to other surgical procedures. In his spare time, you will find Dr. Ritter watching his kids soccer matches! He enjoys hiking, camping, woodworking and spending time with his 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 rabbits and 8 children!
Dr. Kimberly Josey, DC
Dr. Kimberly Josey attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree. She moved to Charlotte upon graduating from Cleveland Chiropractic College in 2000. Prior to attending Cleveland, Dr. Josey spent her teens and early adult years showing horses. She attended rated shows by the NCHJA, SCHJA and NCDCTA associations. Animals were always her passion resulting after the completion of her AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) certification shortly after graduation. Dr. Josey has experience treating performance animals including agility, fly ball, and dock diving to name a few. In addition, she is always honored to treat family pets, rescues and service animals. Dr. Josey enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Four legged children include a rescued greyhound and a Welsh/Paint pony.
Kathy Currlin BS, PTA, CCRP, CVT
Special Interests: Pre/Post surgical management, Soft Tissue Injury, Exercise Programs, Age & Stage Conditioning, and Canine Athletes
Kathy Currlin joined the staff of Atrium Animal Hospital in July of 1999. Originally from San Francisco, California, she graduated from De Anza College and San Francisco State University with degrees in Physical Therapy and Physiology. She completed her Certificate Program in Canine Rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee in 2004 to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. She was certified in Tui-na, a Chinese Medical Massage and Manipulation Technique through the Chi Institute in 2004. Kathy is certified in Therapeutic Class IV Laser and utilizes physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation and soft tissue manual therapy techniques. She works with the veterinarians to provide Atrium Animal Hospitals Physical Rehabilitation Program which includes post- surgical management, soft tissue injury, exercise/sport programs, Ferno underwater treadmill, and “age and stage” conditioning from puppy to elderly dogs. Kathy also works with many canine athletes who compete in agility, fly ball, and dock diving. She completed her training in Clinical Aromatherapy thru the Highland School of Natural Healing in Asheville, NC.
Allyson Massie, CCMT, RA
Allyson Massie has been a part of the Atrium Animal Hospital staff since 2013. She is originally from Wisconsin, and has been living in North Carolina for the past 8 years. She attended University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire for a degree in biology and always knew she had a passion for animals. She currently works as a member of our Rehab department, utilizing a number of modalities including the underwater treadmill, therapeutic ultrasound, and our class IV K-laser. In the summer of 2015, she spent time at The Chi Institute to further her knowledge in TCVM, including training in Tui na, a form of Chinese massage. This year she earned her certificate as a CCMT, Certified Canine Massage Therapist through Equissage, the world's oldest and leading program for animal massage therapy. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors, especially hiking in the North Carolina mountains. Her family includes her sweet dog Baby, and two Hemmingway cats, Rocky and Apollo.
Charlotte’s First and Finest Veterinary Rehabilitation Team
Special Interests: Underwater Treadmill, Electrical Stimulation, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Training & Conditioning, Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, and Tui-na.
Since 2004, we have been providing rehabilitation services for pre/post surgical management, soft tissue injuries, exercise programs, age and stage conditioning, and canine athletes.
Front Desk Staff
Special Interests: Answer Phones, Schedule Appointments, and Customer Service.
At the front desk you will always be greeted with a warm and welcoming smile. We answer all of our clients concerns in a timely manner while checking in/out clients, scheduling appointments, and much more.
Special Interests: Assist Doctors, Blood Draws, Catheters, and Surgery Preparation
You will be greeted by our veterinary assistants/technicians as they take you into your exam room. They are always there to help the doctors with exams, procedures, labs, radiographs and documentation.
Charlotte Boarding/Kennel Staff
Special Interests: Boarding, Baths, Nail Trimmings and Filings.
Our kennel staff takes pride in maintaining a clean area for your pets to stay, whether day boarding or boarding overnight. They also give baths, nail trims, and take our canine friends out three times daily.