Highlands Pet Hospital - Huntersville, NC - Our Staff

Highlands Pet Hospital

10050 Edison Square Dr. NW Suite A-102
Concord, NC 28027



Our Staff

Nancy Payne

I was born in Kingston, NY, but have also lived in Texas and Pennsylvania.  We currently live in Kannapolis, NC.  My husband and I are empty-nesters, as we have two daughters in college.  I was mostly a stay-at-home Mom over the years, but am really enjoying working with Dr. Condon and the staff at Highlands Pet Hospital now that my kids are grown. 

We have always had pets, and currently have 3 dogs and 2 cats.  Our dog Cooper (not pictured) was a rescue, as well as our two cats, Bella and Bentley.  Emma, our golden retriever, was born here in NC, and was happy to return home.  Gracie, our llasapoo, thinks she rules the roost.

I have really learned so much already working here, and enjoy my job tremendously.  I love all the pets I have met thus far in our office, and look forward to meeting you all soon

Leslie Coleman, RVT

I am a North Carolina native, born and raised in this area! I have always loved animals. Growing up, my family had dogs, cats, and fish.I was also always rescuing stray cats in the neighborhood. I started volunteering at the Humane society in 2007. While in technical school at Gaston College, I volunteered at the Valerie H. Schiendler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and the Animal Rehabilitators of the Carolinas. In 2009 I graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology. I participated in a very exciting internship at the North Carolina Zoo, where I gained experience with many different species.

As a certified Technician, I have joined several associations that provide me with continuing learning opportunities. I am a proud member of the International Veterinary Pain Management Association, along with the American Animal Hospital Association, National Association of Veterinary Technicians, and the NC association of Veterinary Technicians. I obtained my wildlife rehabilitation license , which allows me help injured wildlife like reptiles and bunnies. Possums are my favorite though!

I currently live with 3 dogs and 2 rabbits. I love my job, as it is a constant learning experience. I thoroughly enjoy working with Dr. Condon because she is such a caring doctor.

Jenny Hunter, RVT

I was born in Buffalo, New York and moved to the Charlotte area in 1980.  After many years in the food service and construction industries, I returned to school to pursue my dream of working in the veterinary field.  In 2006, I graduated from Gaston College with a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology.  I spent three years working with Dr. Condon at th emergency clinic, and later moved to a general practice.

I am excited to be joining the wonderful team here at Highlands Pet Hospital and to work with Dr. Condon again.  I live in Denver, NC with my wonderful husband of over 20 years, and our two dogs.  Mariah is  my elderly Siberian Husky, and Murphy is a recently rescued Dalmation.  Working with animals has always been my passion, and I'm looking forward to sharing that passion with all of the great clients here at Highlands.

Jennifer Harrison

I was born and raised in a small town of West Virginia. As a child I would bring home anything from turtles to cats or anything needing a home. I moved to North Carolina shortly after graduating High School. I completed a veterinary assistant program in 2003 and have been in the veterinary field since. I am currently working hard on becoming a registered veterinary technician. I am blessed to be a part of the Highlands Pet Hospital family. I currently live in China Grove, North Carolina with my loving husband and 2 wonderful children. We love and cherish our four legged babies- Kitty, our crazy orange tabby; AJ, out dachshund mix rescue; and Sissy, our beautiful 

Carolyn Hynes

I was born and raised in this area of North Carolina. I have always had a passion for all animals and veterinary medicine. I have wanted to become a veterinarian from a very young age. I graduated from Clemson University in 2018 with a B.S in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. I am currently attending North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). I enjoy working at Highlands Pet Hospital when I am back home for holiday breaks and summer. Dr. Condon and Dr. Joyce have been wonderful at helping me learn important technical and medical skills for my career in the future. Right now, I plan on pursing a veterinary career in mixed animal medicine, with a focus on behavior and rehabilitation. In my free time I enjoy volunteering at animal shelters, hiking and camping with my 2 dogs, as well as practicing yoga.

Aaron Kalma-Bruton

I recently moved to North Carolina with my wife and kids. I have worked with and around pets my entire life. My family opened the first pet store in New Mexico, they quickly branched out into pet boarding and training facilities. I became a vet assistant about 5 years ago, but have lots of experience caring for all types of animals. I look forward to taking care of all of you and your furry family members. I am a certified massage therapist and I love to use the skills that I have learned to make your pets feel calm and relaxed while in our care.

Jackie Larem, RVT

I moved to NC in 2006 and grew up right here in Highland Creek, where I got to watch our community grow over the years. I have preferred the company of animals for as long as I can remember, and even as a child I knew I wanted to work in the veterinary field. In August 2018, I made my dream a reality and graduated from Gaston College with a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology, and am now a registered veterinary technician. I am also Fear Free certified which has given me a special passion for behavior modification and providing my patients with the best hospital experience possible. Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my own pets - a cattle dog mix named Annie, a ball python named Shuri, and a tabby cat named Oopsie Daisy. I absolutely love being at HPH and getting to spend every day working with our excellent doctors and wonderful clients, and I can't wait to see what else the future holds!

Kathryn Aitken, CVT

I am originally from Colorado. My husband and I decided it was time for a change and with a sense of adventure we moved our young family here in 2016. I graduated from Bel-Rea Institute in 2007 as a Certified Veterinary technician. Throughout my career I have had experience working with a variety of animals including Llamas, Alpacas, and goats. I have enjoyed being part of a rescue group for giant breeds. I have a soft spot for all gentle giants, especially Great Danes. In my free time I love to go on mini adventures with my family exploring our new home state. When we are not out and about I enjoy a good cup of coffee, a good book and spending time with my kids and pups. I am also an avid photographer and crochet master.