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!
Dr. Emily Credit, DVM
Dr. Emily Credit grew up in Rochester NY and obtained her BS degree at a small liberal arts school called Keuka College in Upstate NY. Her DVM degree was achieved from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Throughout veterinary school, Dr. Credit always had a soft spot for “pocket pet” exotics and fell in love with caring for these animals during her clinical year of veterinary school. She was also exposed early on to integrative medicine and enjoys combining Eastern with Western Medicine. When she is not at work, Dr. Credit loves spending time with her dog Luna and two cats Gizmo and Rorschach. She also enjoys reading, listening to music, and singing (but mostly in the car). Dr. Credit has heard amazing things about North Carolina and is excited to explore it to the fullest.
Dr. Jennifer MacDonell, DVM, CVA
Veterinary Specialties: Conventional, Surgery, and Acupuncture
Dr. MacDonell grew up in Detroit, Michigan and attended Michigan State University before completing her doctorate at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. After veterinary school, Dr. MacDonell completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital where she rotated between positions in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, and Soft Tissue Surgery. During this time she also realized a passion for teaching, which led her to become the Clinical Instructor for Junior Surgery and Shelter Medicine at the University of Illinois in 2015.
Dr. MacDonell strongly believes in an integrative approach to patient care. As part of her doctoral degree she was privileged to study Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Acupuncture at the China Agricultural University in Beijing, China, and received her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida.
Above all, Dr. MacDonell is deeply passionate about her four-legged family, which includes Rosie the rescue pit bull terrier, Tora the tailless cat, and Ripley the cord-eating kitty. In her spare time, she enjoys quaint coffee shops, unique thrift store finds, inspirational and peaceful yoga classes, and a good hike with Rosie.
Kandace Koukoutsis, DVM, CVA
(Joining the Atrium Team in March 2017)
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.
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.