Meet the Veterinarians & Staff atFoster Animal Hospital
Steve Foster, DVM, CCRT
Dr. Steve Foster is a native of Concord. He is one of four children of the founding father of Foster Animal Hospital, Dr. Tom Foster. Dr. Steve decided he wanted to be a veterinarian at age 7 after watching his father deliver a calf. When asked by his father what he thought of the procedure, he stated, “It sure was bloody!”
Dr. Steve graduated from Concord High School in 1978 (Go Spiders!), attended NC State University from 1978-81 (Go Wolfpack!), was accepted one year early to Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine (War Eagle!), and graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1985.
He met his wife, Joanna, in Auburn, and they have four children: Katie, Annie, Sarah, and Thomas. In addition to the two-legged children, they have three dogs, a Yorkie mix named Vesey, a Miniature Schnauzer named Bo, and another Miniature Schnauzer named Tilly. They also have one cat named Coonie.
Upon graduation, Dr. Steve went into practice with his father at Foster Animal Hospital. The practice has grown to the current staff of five veterinarians, and transitioned from being a mixed animal to a small animal only facility. Throughout the last 33 years, Dr. Steve has enjoyed all aspects of veterinary medicine, as well as learning the business of running a veterinary practice. He especially enjoys getting to know his clients and patients on a personal level. Dr. Steve is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT). He became certified to help animals recover faster from injury and surgery, as well as, to help the geriatric population deal with degenerative arthritis. The results have been amazing, even to Dr. Steve!
Dr. Steve's hobbies and outside interests include family time, golf, college football and basketball, and traveling. He and his family log many hours road-tripping to Auburn for football games and to Raleigh for football and basketball games. In the rest of his spare time, he most likely can be found on the links or hiking a trail somewhere.
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Mark Plott, DVM, CCRT
Growing up, Dr. Mark Plott moved every three to four years which allowed him to see many parts of the world. His family settled in North Carolina when he was in high school. Despite many moves, Mark always had dogs and cats and a memorable raccoon that fostered his love of animals. While in middle school, he worked at a Tennessee Walking Horse stable. When he entered college at UNC Chapel Hill, he had intentions of becoming a certified public accountant. Yet while looking through various career brochures, he came across information on becoming a veterinarian. He decided this was his path and entered veterinary school at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine.
He joined Foster Animal Hospital after graduation in 1990 and has been with them ever since. He really enjoys this community and has watched it grow tremendously over the years. He is proud that the practice has become AAHA certified which sets a high standard of care for our pet patients and customers. All practice members are Fear Free certified which offers a higher level of care and compassion to our pets.
Dr. Plott loves to do surgery. He also enjoys working with older cats and dogs. In order to augment his knowledge in these two areas he has pursued training in canine rehabilitation and is now a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. He looks forward to the expansion and growth of our Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center and enjoys seeing the physical improvements in his patients. He knows what an important part of the family pets are to their owners. He sees and hears a lot of interesting anecdotes about pets, their families and the many inspirational life lessons that are learned from this relationship.
Dr. Plott and his wife are transitioning to being empty nesters as his three adult children attend college. He also has five cats and four dogs. In his free time he enjoys hiking with his family, small DIY projects and running.
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Robin Moser, DVM
Dr. Robin Moser earned her Bachelor's degree in zoology and animal science from N.C. State University. She received her DVM from Auburn University (2010 BCS National Champions--Go War Eagle!) in 1983. Dr. Moser practiced small animal medicine in several states before settling in Concord in 1994. She started at Foster Animal Hospital the following year.
As a child, every "stray" in the neighborhood just happened to follow her home. She was always trying to bring more pets into her family. Between her infinite love of animals and her unique style of handwriting, her mother knew she was destined to be a Veterinarian. Dr. Moser loves her job because something new is always coming in the door and usually has an interesting person attached to the leash or carrier. So grab a leash or carrier and your pet and come on in and meet her.
She currently resides with one husband, three children, and two cats, Bobbles and Tori. These numbers have been known to change but hopefully only by the number of dogs and cats.
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Robin Lake, DVM
Dr. Robin Lake originally studied engineering at the University of Florida. Although enjoying the analytical thinking of this field, she sought a more meaningful connection with work. As a child Robin had avidly collected stuffed animals and papered her walls with pet posters; she later loved real animals of all kinds and found many of them liked her back. Veterinary school seemed a natural choice. She went back to UF for her veterinary degree and has found a perfect combination: helping pets and their people, solving new challenges every day, and doing work that often feels like play.
Dr. Lake has been part of the Foster Animal Hospital team since 2001. One of her favorite aspects of the job is meeting patients as puppies and kittens, then getting to know them and their families over the years. It's rewarding to care for pets through every life stage.
Aside from all things animal-related, Dr. Lake's interests include gardening, runDisney, photography, and the outdoors. She shares a home with her husband, two daughters, and two canine sons, standard poodle Dash and Havanese Franklin.
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Lisa Seals, DVM
Dr. Lisa Seals is a native of Buffalo, New York, snow capital of the north. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Niagara University and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee.
Lured by warmer temperatures, Dr. Seals abandoned her yankee roots and moved to North Carolina. She accepted a position at Foster Animal Hospital in 2007 after working in the surrounding area for 8 years. Dr. Seals loves all four legged animals with cats holding a special place in her heart. Early childhood experiences with stray cats helped to form her fondness for felines and their behavior. Dr. Seals' other interests include surgery, dentistry and dermatology.
Outside of work, Dr. Seals resides in Charlotte with her feline companion, Abby. She enjoys an active lifestyle of jogging, skiing, biking and socializing with friends. She is always up for a challenge and looks forward to entering local races and triathlons when time permits.
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Joanna Cagle, Practice Manager
Joanna Cagle joined Foster Animal Hospital in 2001 as practice manager. She obtained her B.A. in business management and history from North Carolina State University in 1977.
Foster Animal Hospital has been a part of Joanna's life since 1958 as her father is Dr. Tom Foster, who founded the hospital in October 1958. Taking care of pets has been a large part of her life personally. She spent many days and summers working in the hospital with her dad. After college she spent 23 years in the banking industry where she loved helping people achieve their goals. When the opportunity arose, she joined her brother, Dr. Steve Foster, in managing the daily operations of the hospital. Her passion for excellence in the care of our patients and their human owners is a priority in her daily responsibilities.
She is married and has two daughters and one granddaughter. She has had many "furry" children over the years and currently has three cats.
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Kenya , Hiring and Training Manager
Kenya has been with Foster Animal Hospital as a full-time technician since July of 2000 and now serves her team as a leader as well as the Hiring and Training Manager. She is a Kannapolis native and loves this area with its small-town feel but with city life close by when needed.
Growing up Kenya's past time consisted of bringing home the strays she would find in the neighborhood. Enjoying the satisfaction of either mending them back to health, finding them new homes, or adding them to her family is the reason Kenya decided to pursue a career in the veterinary field.
Kenya has a passion for emergency situations, critical care, learning new medical procedures and client education. She knows the more we educate our clients the better outcome we have with our patients. She loves the everyday challenges that come with never knowing what kind of case is going to present itself today.
Kenya's family consists of Stephen, Brylie, "mini me" of a daughter, Ceciley, and two rowdy little Dachsunds named Harley and Quinn because everyone knows you can't have just one Dachsund. Kenya believes that a house is not a home without a dog. Life is Good!
Sharon , Surgery Manager and Licensed Veterinary Technician
Sharon graduated from Central Carolina Community College in 1992 with an Associate in Applied Science degree. She became a member of the Foster Animal Hospital family that same year and was their first Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Sharon spent some of her childhood years growing up in a rural area. The mindset was different then; pets were kept outside and only received rabies vaccinations. Losing a beloved dog to many preventable issues spurred a desire to learn more about veterinary medicine. She spends her days giving nursing care to hospitalized pets, passing her knowledge on to others, and teaching everyone how to give the best care possible to their furry loved ones. She enjoys surgery with our wonderful doctors, and her favorite part is dental cleanings.
Traveling with her family or friends and having exciting new adventures has become a new passion. She has one very lovable rescued dog named Cassidy. Cassidy enjoys coming to work with her mom and now that she is entering her senior years she is an improved senior thanks to Dr. Steve and his rehabilitation sessions. Her philosophy: A person's life just would not be the same without a beloved pet.
Candace , Veterinary Technician, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant
Candace graduated high school with honors from First Assembly Christian School in 2004. She received her Veterinary Assistant degree and her Veterinary Technician associates degree through Penn Foster Career School/ Penn Foster College. Candace also received her assistant certification for Canine Rehabilitation through the Canine Rehab Institute. Candace joined Foster Animal Hospital in 2008 in the resort area, and has transitioned several times by working as an exam room and treatment assistant and now a canine rehabilitation assistant.
Candace strives to work with animals and pet owners towards better care and education, and she eagerly accepts further opportunities to learn and to serve our patients. Seeing the bond between animals and their owners is what makes every day worth it for her. Prolonging that bond brings her happiness as well as happiness to the animals and their families.
Candace has always lived in a zoo: one toy poodle, four cats, one bearded dragon, one hognose snake, her husband and daughter. Family has been a great help to her over the years, and giving back the help means even more. Her hobbies are reading a good book, volunteering at church, going to plays/ productions and watching movies.
Kristin , Veterinary Receptionist
Kristin joined the Foster Animal Hospital team in the fall of 2014. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro majoring in Philosophy. She has always had a passion for animals that started at an early age. She grew up helping her family take care of their many pets which included goats, cats, birds, fish, dogs, various reptiles and amphibians. Kristin is thrilled to have finally found a place where she can pursue her true passion and learn about all aspects of the veterinary field. She also loves that her job allows her to interact with people as well as animals and enjoys building relationships with both.
In her spare time Kristin enjoys spending time with her dog Oscar and cat Dobby.
Kristen , Veterinary Receptionist
Kristen is a native Charlottean who decided to leave many years of retail management behind for a more rewarding career in the Veterinary field. She has always enjoyed client interaction and has found it to be extremely rewarding, however, she never knew it could be so much better...just add animals!
She had the exciting opportunity to work for a Mobile Veterinarian for 5 years before joining the wonderful team at Foster Animal Hospital. Kristen has found that helping pet owners through both healthy and difficult times can be very gratifying and is where her heart lies. Kristen looks forward to the future, when she will own a Alpaca Farm and make mittens.
Kristen enjoys going to concerts, cooking out on the grill, watching the Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys, and reading autobiographies.
Debbie , Housekeeper
Debbie joined the Foster Animal Hospital team in August 2005. She is our Housekeeper. Debbie feels that providing an exceptionally clean veterinary hospital experience allows our clients and patients to enjoy their visit and focus on the quality medical care they receive. She loves to hear clients say how good things smell in the hospital and "can I take you home with me?”
Debbie has several pets of her own. In fact, there are too many to mention except to say that they are mostly small and very cute, and all are sweet as pie and very well loved.
Lesley , Certified Pharmacy Technician
Lesley joined Foster Animal Hospital in July 2003. She has always shared a love for animals which was helpful in her new position in our Resort and SPAw. Never working in the animal field before, she gained useful knowledge working closely with our Resort guests. Some years later a pharmacy was added to the hospital, and Lesley began dividing her work time between the two areas. In 2008, Lesley was selected for the full-time Inventory Manager position, where she now manages the day-to-day operations in our pharmacy. Even though she enjoyed working closely with the Resort guests, she has found another love. She enjoys being able to provide the best service to your pets by ensuring that Foster Animal Hospital dispenses only the safest, highest quality medications to your furry friends.
Lesley decided to expand her education so she took a class for pharmacy technicians through Rowan Cabarrus Community College. In November 2008, she passed the national test and became a Certified Pharmacy Technician.
Lesley lives with her husband and her lovable pit bull Chomper. When not working, she enjoys reading, movies, and spending time with her family.
Danielle , Pharmacy & Technician Assistant
Danielle is originally from Sydney, Australia and moved to North Carolina in 2009. Danielle always loved being around animals and has a passion for caring and learning about everything in the veterinary field. Danielle originally started her career in the field as a veterinary receptionist in Mebane, NC. Since moving to Concord and joining the Foster Animal Hospital team, she now has the opportunity to be more hands on with animals.
Danielle lives with her husband Joshua and their two yorkies, Alessandra and Bruce. She enjoys traveling, music, movies, cooking and just being with her family.
Kimberly , Technician Assistant
Kimberly joined the Foster Animal Hospital team in October of 2015. She attended UNC-Asheville Majoring in History. Kimberly has always had a special place in her heart for animals. Not only has she grown up with a wide variety of pets, but was known when she was younger to constantly try to bring home sick or injured pets. She worked for years in customer service and loved working with people. Kimberly says she is so excited to get to have a career where she can pursue both her passions for helping animals and people. She is currently enrolled in the Penn Foster College Veterinary Technician program.
At home Kimberly has a house full. She resides with her mom, dad, sister and beautiful daughter Alice and of course her animals which includes 3 dogs, a kitten, and a Chinchilla. Besides chasing after her daughter she loves to read biographies and watch almost any sport, especially when her favorite team, the Red Sox, are playing.
Sallie , Technician Assistant
Sallie Katherine joined the Foster Animal Hospital team in the summer of 2015 after completing an internship with us. She is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University and is currently enrolled in a Veterinary Technology Program at San Juan College where she is working toward becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Sallie Katherine loves working with clients and their pets during veterinary visits and feels it is important to put them at ease to make their visit as relaxing and stress free as possible.
In her free time, Sallie Katherine runs an animal rescue in Salisbury, NC and enjoys spending time with her foster dogs until they find their forever homes. She shares her home with a handsome, rescued Australian Shepherd named Stanley, who loves to hike and play fetch, a pitbull named Izzy who loves to give kisses, and a Great Pyrenees named Rosie who resembles a cloud.
Kristin , Technician Assistant
Kristin joined the Foster Animal Hospital team in April 2016. She grew up in Kannapolis and graduated from A.L. Brown High School in 2002. Kristin has always loved animals, even snakes. She started working in the veterinary field as a veterinary assistant in 2004. She absolutely loves working with animals and has a true passion to care for them.
Kristin thoroughly enjoys working with her Foster Animal Hospital team. She feels that we have an exceptional culture and we're like a family. It's not just a job to her, each day is full of excitement and passion. Kristin's high interests are Veterinary Radiography and Pathology. She excels in her thorough, detailed patient note-taking skills and data entry. She can turn any small notation into a novel. Kristin plans to go back to school to study Biotechnology very soon.
Kristin has a beautiful 16 year old daughter, whom she loves spending time with. They like to go to the movies, the park, out to eat, and the mall together. She has a lovable hound mix named Biscuit.
In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, cookouts, bonfires, 4-wheeling and roller blading.
Shanique , Technician Assistant
Shanique was born and raised in Myrtle Beach. She has always had a love for animals, of all species, and a desire to help them when needed. Growing up, she had every kind of pet her parents could get her. As she got older her interest in animals and their care continued to grow. Shanique decided that she wanted to study animals and gain knowledge so she could better help them. She started an externship at Foster Animal Hospital for school and at the end of it was offered a permanent position on our team.
Now she works with an “amazing staff” and she loves to interact with people and help make their loved ones better. She has a rowdy cat named Killua who makes life fun. Her hobbies include reading books and spending time with family.
Leah , Technician Assistant
Leah joined the Foster Animal Hospital team in August of 2018 after graduating from Northwest Cabarrus High. She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster College for Veterinary Technology, and plans to become a Licensed Technician in the near future. Growing up, there was no doubt she had a love for animals. It wasn’t until high school that she discovered it was her passion. She has always been determined to find a career that she loves, but that also makes a difference in peoples' lives. She discovered that veterinary medicine is the perfect match.
Leah enjoys a variety of hobbies in her free time. She loves anything outdoors, staying active, and occasional painting and videography.
Leah has two dogs, Bear and Tom. Bear is an Anatolian Shepherd mix, and Tom is a white Lab. They were both rescued back around 2012, and have grown to be the best of brothers, with some crazy personalities!
Emilia , Licensed Veterinary Technician
Emilia graduated from Gaston Community College in 2018 with an Associate in Applied Science degree. She then started an externship at Foster Animal Hospital and was soon hired as a full-time team member. After she takes her Boards in 2018 she will be a licensed technician, and plans to work in general practice for a good while and maybe eventually in emergency medicine.
Emilia knew she wanted to work at Foster Animal Hospital because of the great experience she had when she shadowed here and also because of the care we had shown for her own family pets. She wants to do the same for future clients and pets and knew this was a great atmosphere where she could learn those traits. Emilia has two tuxedo cats, one named Porcha and the other Tenny, which is short for Slatina, the Romanian village where Emilia was born. Her family also owns a “few” animals, including 4 dogs, 5 cats, 5 turkeys, 4 ducks, 12 chickens, a horse, a miniature donkey, a miniature horse, and a rabbit.
When Emilia is not taking care of animals she enjoys going for a run, drawing, listening to music and spending time with friends and family.
Andrew , Veterinary Receptionist
This is Andrew Orr. He was born in the past in Ann Arbor, Michigan, during the present he lives in Charlotte, and died sometime in the far future. He attended college to study astrophysics and finished in 2016 with a major in English and Film. Three years passed as a whirlwind of adventure between television shows, film sets, and what not.
He came to a crossroads of moving west or changing careers. We will assume you have realized his decision at this point. Growing up his aunt put him to work on a farm taking care of the animals and his mother made him toil at dog shows all across the country. And, now you know the rest of the story.
He also has a cat but that is neither here nor there.