Suzanne Edwards, LVT Hospital Manager

Suzanne has been working in the veterinary field since she was in high school.  She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2005 from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She has worked in various aspect of veterinary medicine, including general practice, emergency, neurology and dermatology, before finding her true calling in dentistry.  She has worked in veterinary dentistry for over 7 years.  She lives in Matthews, NC with her husband, David and her cat, Cookie Monster.


Alyssa Podaras, Client Services

Alyssa has always had a passion for animals ever since she was a child. She spent several years of her childhood growing up on a wolf reservation where she was able to listen to them howl every day. She first started working with animals in 2016 beginning at a doggy daycare and boarding facility. While working there, she adopted her first ever puppy, Azula, who became her whole world. Alyssa graduated from UNCC in May of 2018 with a bachelors degree in Japanese Studies. Beginning in August of 2018, she made the switch to working in the veterinary field and has found her lifelong career. Alyssa enjoys working with all of our furry patients and has brought life to our social media pages, which is a huge passion of hers. When not working, she loves spending time with Azula and her two snakes. She likes working out and taking dance classes which she one day hopes to compete for! She also considers herself to be a bit of a nerd. She enjoys cosplaying, traveling to anime conventions, and playing video games when she's at home.


Emily Worsham, Client Services

Emily started her career in veterinary medicine in 2013. She has truly found her calling in this field of medicine. When you come to HVDOS, Emily is always there to greet you with a big smile and make you feel right at home!  She is often found giving our patients pats and cuddles so that they have a great dentistry experience from the moment they walk in the door!

Emily enjoys all aspects of veterinary dentistry and animal care, but her favorites include: taking care of our pet parents, making sure that their special family members are receiving the best care, and assisting during procedures.  She is a North Carolina native and currently resides in the Lake Norman area. Emily has 2 pets of her own, Maya the Pit Bull Terrier and Kittles the black cat. In her free time Emily enjoys going on adventures with Maya, hanging out at the lake and exploring new cities.


Christian Francis, RVT, VTS Dentistry, Lead Technician

Christian, a North Carolina native from Lexington, NC, is a registered veterinary technician with a passion for veterinary dentistry. After working in small animal general practice for the majority of her career, she is proud to be a member of The Hospital for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery team, focusing solely on the oral care of pets. Christian obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dentistry in 2018.   She enjoys traveling, reading and cheering on the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, and the North Carolina Tar Heels. Christian and her husband Kevan share their Charlotte home with three little dogs, Max, a Pekingese, Gilbert, a Toy Poodle, and Gus, a Chihuahua.


Victor Benitez, Dentistry Assistant

Bio coming soon!


Taylor McCoy, Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon


Lindsay Willis, Veterinary Assistant

In February 2018, Lindsay found her new calling. After working in retail for several years, she made the change to start working with us at the Hospital for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery. Lindsay loves being a part of our team and especially loves working with all the animals that come in. Some of her favorite things about her job include: taking our dogs out for walks, keeping our animals company throughout the day, and giving them all lots of love and attention while they’re with us. She shares the inside of her home with 3 dogs, 4 cats, a snake, and a mini pig! Outside of her house, she also takes care of 2 barn cats, 2 big hogs, several chickens, and 7 honey bee hives! Lindsay has found a home away from home working here.