Meet Our Veterinary Team

The compassionate veterinary team at Providence South Animal Hospital provides the best possible care for our patients and their owners in Waxhaw. 

Administrative Staff

Neil Kelker

Hospital Manager

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I have been working in veterinary medicine in the Charlotte area since November 1992, and at Providence Animal Hospital since January 2014. I am the Hospital Manager at both our Waxhaw and Charlotte locations. 

I graduated with a degree in Biology with a minor in Business from Western Carolina University. I have experience working in both general veterinary practice and specialty medicine.

My interest are travel and sports. I’m originally from Pittsburgh (Go Steelers, Pirates and Penguins!). I also enjoy golf and try to play as much as I can.

Chris Christifulli


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Originally from Wisconsin, I have been living in Waxhaw for the past 8 years with my husband and our two black labs, 12 year old Baron and 4 year old Rosie. We also have a grown son who, for the time being, is living in Arizona.

Being from Wisconsin I’m a die hard Green Bay Packer fan. When not at work I enjoy hiking, exploring North Carolina, reading, working out and dreaming about taking a trip to England.

Previous to working for Providence Vet I was a dog groomer for 5 years and worked for an event planning company. I have grown up with animals my whole life and I enjoy seeing everyone’s fur babies that come through our doors.

What I love most about my job is getting to see everyone's fur babies and play with the new puppies and kittens.

Veterinary Assistants

Jessica Smith

Veterinary Assistant

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I am a God-loving 29 year old from Fort Mills, and have been working in the veterinary field for 8 years. I have 2 children, a fiancé and 2 dogs, a toy poodle (Treasure), and a Blue heeler (Denbigh).

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, going to church, outdoor activities, and gardening.

I love going to work everyday because everyday is not the same. I love caring for animals and helping them and their health. I am very passionate about my work. I strive to be the best I can be everyday.

Jennifer Griffin

Veterinary Assistant

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Sarah Maloni

Veterinary Assistant

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I have been working in the veterinary field since 2003 working my way through kennels, reception and vet assistant.

I have a wonderful husband and together we have a daughter and a fur-child named Savannah.

My hobbies include chasing around our toddler, camping, crafting and woodworking.

Carlina Smith

Veterinary Assistant

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Since I was a girl, my love for animals has developed into a passion over their well-being that actually guides my life choices. Over the past few years, I first became vegetarian and a cruelty-free consumer before finally joining the veterinary field.

I know no life without a pet and my most recent and current pet, a senior chihuahua, actually came into my life through my job. She was my first foster and a typical foster fail at that. I am fur-ever grateful for her as she keeps me company, makes me laugh, and she teaches me a lot both as a pet owner and a Veterinary Assistant being that she is a diabetic canine.

Becoming a Vet Assistant has changed my life and I am happy to be here and help your fur babies. I love that my job is a mix of three of my interests; animals, science and medicine. My job helps to fulfill my desire to want to make a positive difference in the world and I like that I'm always learning. I also enjoy developing relationships with clients and their pets. How can I not smile over friendly faces, tail wags, and cuddly purrs?

John Womack

Veterinary Assistant

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New Patients Welcome

Providence South Animal Hospital provides comprehensive veterinary care for your cherished pets in Waxhaw.

Contact Us

(704) 843-0208