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
Veterinary Specialities: 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
Veterinary Specialties: 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 21 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; 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, pet snakes Sphinx and Scarab, and hermit crabs Diglet and Twiddler. Dr. Laura is a member of the National and North Carolina Medical Associations, the American Veterinary Dental Society, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, the House of Rabbit Society, and the Association of Avian Veterinarians. In addition to practicing medicine, she is a talented harmonizer, cake decorator and balloon-animal twister!
Dr. Erica Johnson, DVM
Dr. Erica Johnson attended University of New England and received a double Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology and Psychobiology in 2009. She has always had a love and understanding for animals and wanted to pursue a career with animals. She graduated from Ross University in January 2013 and finished her clinical year at Louisiana State University. Upon graduation she moved to Athens, GA and worked for Banfield Pet Hospital for 1.5 years. During this time she developed an interest in acupuncture and chiropractic. She decided to move to Charlotte to start a new chapter in her life and pursue holistic medicine while also practicing conventional medicine, surgery and dentistry. In her free time she loves to spend time with her island premium blend Kali, merle collie Jackson and her cat Sir Hudson. She loves the outdoors, fitness, living a healthy/clean lifestyle and looks forward to learning more about Charlotte, NC!
Kandace Koukoutsis, DVM, CVA
Veterinary Specialties: Conventional, Acupuncture
Dr. Koukoutsis grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Miami University in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology with a minor in History. She went on to veterinary school at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2005. Dr. Koukoutsis moved to Detroit, MI for a rotating internship in Internal Medicine/Surgery/Emergency Medicine at Michigan Veterinary Specialists and then stayed for an additional year to work as an ER doctor. She completed a Cardiology internship at MedVet Columbus before going into small animal general practice. She has been working in general practice for the past 9 years and loves it! She has developed an interest in Acupuncture and Physical Therapy and became certified in Acupuncture in 2013 through IVAS. She is excited to move to Charlotte with her husband, daughter and son and cannot wait to start her new adventure at Atrium Animal Hospital. Dr. Koukoutsis in her free time loves to bake, read and spend time with her family.
Dr. Amy Lin, DVM (Joining the Atrium team July 2, 2018!)
Veterinary Specialties: 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. 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
Veterinary Specialties: 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. Currently, Kathy is enrolled in the Clinical Aromatherapy (Essential Oils) Program at Highland School of Natural Healing in Asheville. She has two wonderful human children, Erin and Sean, and two furry four-legged children, Bentley and Pepper who round out the family!
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
Specialities: 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
Specialities: 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.
Specialities: 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
Specialities: Boarding, Baths, and 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.