James WilliamsDVMManaging Veterinarian
Dr. Jim Williams is the founder of Dogwood Animal Hospital. After attending North Carolina State University for 3 years for his undergraduate program, he transferred to Auburn University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1980.
Upon completion of Veterinary school, he returned to his home town of Fayetteville and has been very fortunate to work with pets and their owners to provide a long healthy life for the pets while strengthening the human-animal bond. His motto is to provide the highest standard of care to the pets with superior client service.
When not in the hospital, he enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, going to the beach and spending time with friends and his 3 sons. He is the proud owner of 2 Portuguese Water Dogs, Benedito and Carolina.
Dr. Williams is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.
Christine FairclothDVMAssociate Veterinarian
Dr. Chris Faircloth is a 1991 graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She began her career with Dogwood Animal Hospital (formerly Ponderosa Animal Clinic) as a volunteer in 1982 where she gained her first experience with animals in a veterinary setting. While continuing her college education Dr. Faircloth worked for Dogwood during summers as a technician and a receptionist. After obtaining her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree she worked for a short time in Raeford and then joined Dogwood Animal Hospital in 1993. She has a special interest in medicine and surgery of dogs and cats. Dr. Faircloth loves her Dogwood family and is so proud of the work they do. Originally from Iowa she has been a long time resident of Fayetteville. She met her husband Mark in high school in Fayetteville and they have two wonderful children Jessie and Jake. Dr. Faircloth loves reading, golfing, and spending time with her family.
Lauren O'NealDVMAssociate Veterinarian
We welcomed Dr. O'Neal to our practice in October 2021. Dr. Lauren O’Neal was born in Palm Beach County Florida and was raised on the Treasure Coast. While earning her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Biology at Hawai’i Pacific University, Dr. O’Neal worked at the Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu Zoo and a small animal clinic as a technician. During her time on Oahu she continued learning a great amount of knowledge in exotic medicine. She completed and published research from the Oceanic Institute on dolphin and shrimp projects. She has a deep love and passion for exotic medicine and has worked at multiple zoos and aquariums over the last decade.
After completing her Bachelor’s, Dr. O’Neal attended veterinary school at Ross University in St. Kitts. During her three years on island she did extensive sea turtle research and was part of the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Stranding Network.
She then went on to complete her clinical year at Auburn University in Alabama. During her time at Auburn she was able to work at the Raptor Center for specialty training with a large variety of birds and exotics.
When Dr. O’Neal is not working you can find her SCUBA diving, outdoors, at the gym, or spending time with her fiancé (James), two rescue cats (Maybelline and Lily) and two dogs (Peach and Jellybean). She looks forward to meeting all of your furry/feathered/scaled kids and is very excited to be part of Dogwood Animal Hospital.
Kathryn CordovaDVMAssociate Veterinarian
Dr. Cordova joined our practice in October 2021. As a graduate of Iowa State University she has over 8 years of experience and is a welcome addition to our Dogwood family.
Dr. Cordova began her career in veterinary medicine as a kennel attendant in des Moines Iowa. She attended Iowa State University and obtained a Bachelors Degree in animal science and psychology. While attending school she worked at small animal practice as a receptionist and kennel technician. She then went on to attend veterinary school at Iowa State University and graduated in 2013. Dr. Cordova moved to Arizona shortly after and began her career in small animal medicine, where she practiced for 6 years before moving to Pueblo, Colorado to continue her career in private practice. She moved to NC in the spring of 2021.
Dr. Cordova's primary interest include preventative care medicine, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery.
When not working, she enjoys spending time with husband and son. She is also an avid reader.
Jessica SantosPractice Manager
Jessi Santos has been working in the veterinary field for 20 years and has held positions in all departments within the animal hospital. When not at work here at Dogwood, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family including her many four legged ones.
Animal Care Team
Meet our talented team of animal care nurses. With over 35 years of combined experience they are here for you and your pets every day.
Nadia, Natalya, LouAnn, Nichelle, Angelique, Angela, Nicole, Madison, Donavan (left to right)
Not pictured: Erin, Registered Veterinary Technician and Melanie: Laboratory/Pharmacy Assistant