Meet the friendly staff at Bel-Aire Veterinary Hospital!

Dr. PackardJulie Packard, DVM

• 1973 Graduate of NCSU with B.S. in Conservation
• 1978 Graduate of Rapid City Regional Hospital School of Nursing and worked in Surgery as an R.N. for 10 years
• 1988 Cum Laude Graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
• Worked as Associate Veterinarian for Reidsville Veterinary Hospital for 2 years, then opened Bel-Aire Veterinary Hospital with her partners
• Member of NCVMA, AVMA and CCVMA since 1988
• President of Central Carolina Veterinary Medical Association for 2 years
• North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association District Representative for 4 years
• North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association 2003-2004 Vice President.
• North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association 2005-2006 President.
• North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association 2006-2007 Immediate Past-President

• Loves living in the country with her husband and 6 cats, science fiction, old movies, sewing and gardening are some of her pastimes.
• 2007 NCVMA Veterinarian Of the Year Award Recipient
• Alternate Delegate to the AVMA for North Carolina from January 2008 to July 2011
• Reporter for Veterinary News Network
• Worked with the Oak Ridge Horse Show since 1992
• Volunteers with Feral Cat Assistance Program for spaying and neutering once a month for over 10 years
• Involved with Triad Golden Retriever Rescue in various capacities since 1984

Years in Practice: 30

Kristin SmithKristin 

Office Manager

Kristin started with us as a veterinary assistant and kennel manager. She grew up in the area, graduated from Northwest High School and completed 1-1/2 years of computer science at Rockingham Community College. She lives on a small farm in Brown Summit with her husband and 2 boys who have practically grown up at out hospital. Her experience with computers has been a great help to us. She has become an integral member and is proficient in customer service, ordering, assisting the doctors in medicine and surgery. We depend on her greatly.

Years in Practice: 20
Northwest High School, Rockingham Community College
Interests:  Living in the country, sharing time with her family, decorating, cooking, church activities, and horseback riding

Ruth JeacomaRuth 

Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Ruth started working here when she was in high school. She has worked her way from the kennels to being a versatile employee throughout the hospital. She is detail oriented and loves to please the clients and their pets. She is only working part time while she is busy taking care of her 3 young children. We are counting on her coming back when the kids are in school.

Years in Practice: 16
Interests:  Family, animals

Ashley MartinAshley 

Lead Receptionist/Vet. Assistant

Ashley started with us as a kennel assistant in August 2009. She quickly worked up to veterinary assistant/receptionist. She spent her childhood on her family's horse farm in Madison, NC. Her love for animals guided her into the veterinary profession. She obtained her veterinary assistant certificate in 2010. Ashley lives In Stokesdale with her husband and son. They have 3 dogs and a horse. In her spare time she enjoys camping, horseback riding, church activities, and spending time with her family.

Years in Practice:11
Veterinary Assistant Certificate 2010




From a background in the apparel industry she decided she needed a career change.  Her love for animals influenced her decision to go into the veterinary field.  With a strong history in customer service and and desire to meet new people becoming a receptionist at a veterinary hospital seemed like the perfect fit!  Leslie was born and raised in Lexington, NC and moved to the Greensboro area in 1977.  She went to college at UNCG where she obtained a Bachelors of Science degree.  She loved the area so much so decided to stay and make her home here.  Leslie has 2 children and a grandson that she loves spending time with.  In her free time (if she ever gets any!) she likes to do zumba and travel.  She is looking forward to meeting each of our clients and building relationships with them and their babies!



Registered Veterinary Technician

Nathan joined the Bel-Aire team in the beginning of 2020 and has quickly become an invaluable part of the family.  Nathan grew up in NYC with his mother and sister who immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1979.  He lived in NYC until he started Military school in Pennsylvania where he received his Associates degree in Biology.  After graduation, Nathan moved to NC to further his education.  He enrolled in the veterinary medical technology program at Central Carolina Community College and received his Associate in Applied Science.  He sat for his National Veterinary Technician exam and state boards and became a licensed Veterinary Technician for the state of NC in 2018.  He began his career as an ER veterinary technician where he treated patients that came in for serious medical emergencies.  He enjoyed this work but wanted to work in a practice where he could get to know the patients as well as their owners, so that he can form bonds that are only found  in a general practice.  

Tarra RisleySarah 

Veterinary Assistant

Sarah started here after graduating early from Northwest Guilford High School. Growing up in Colfax, her family has been bringing their pets to see us since '94, so she was thrilled to join a practice that was so familiar. Sarah started working as a kennel assistant and has now moved on to vet assistant. Currently in school to become a registered veterinary technician, she is motivated and always eager with each patient. We enjoy helping her with her degree and she is excited to learn alongside Dr. Packard and staff. She is very nurturing and detail-oriented.

Years in Practice: 6
Northwest Guilford High School, GTCC, Penn Foster
Interests:  Animals!



Veterinary Assistant

Mindy started with us in February of 2019.  She moved to the area from New York.  She has been in the veterinary field since 2006.  She started her career as a kennel technician and worked her way up to veterinary assistant.  She brings a lot of knowledge, compassion and kindness to her work.  She has a teenage son and enjoys spending time with him, as well as, with family and friends.  She enjoys movies, music (she knows the lyrics to EVERY song!) and traveling.  Her dream would be to get an RV and explore the countryside. 

Miriam FaleyMiriam 

Kennel Technician

Miriam moved with her family to North Carolina from Pennsylvania in 1975. She has adapted well to the southern way of life and sometimes breaks with a little southern drawl. She graduated from high school and attended UNC-G in the late 80's and early 90's. She has worked in animal care for over a decade. She likes to get to know all the animals that board with us and their individual quirks. Miriam has a great love for art and music. She is responsible for many of our arts and crafts projects.

Years in Practice: 10

Art, music, cats, food (Mediterranean), VW Bugs, & Dr. Who



Kennel Technician

Catelyn started working at Bel-Aire in 2019 as a kennel technician.  She lives in Madison, NC where she also attends high school.  She lives with her family, along with 4 dogs, 3 cats and 3 ducks.  Besides her love of dogs, she also has a love for horses.  She has been riding and competing for 2 years.  After high school she plans on going to college to study veterinary medicine and equine science.




Allison has always been an animal lover, and in 2013 friends from the dog show world encouraged her to pursue grooming professionally.  The next year, she took it to the next level by completing training at the world renowned Nanhall school of pet grooming.  Whether your dog is headed to the show ring or needs to look its best around the house, Allison will provide a low stress experience with masterful results.

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