Meet our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

The Coats Veterinary Hospital doctors and entire team look forward to meeting you and building a relationship with you and your pets!  We cannot wait to “wow” you with the exceptional veterinary care we provide!  Call us at 252-407-1616 to speak to one of our caring veterinary team members.

Leigh H. Walker, DVM


Dr. Walker is a 2006 graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Richmond. Originally from upstate New York, she has called North Carolina home for over 20 years, 14 of which have been serving the Rocky Mount community at CVH.  Dr. Walker knew she wanted to be a veterinarian at an early age, and vividly remembers creating a time capsule in 2nd grade with a photo of her and a pet rabbit that said “Future vet in Virginia”.  She has always had a subconscious draw to the South after visiting Virginia and North Carolina regularly while growing up.  She spent most of her childhood outside catching frogs, toads and insects in the woods near her home.  Her professional interests include palliative care and client education.  Dr. Walker had the honor of working with and learning from Dr. Coats for over six years. Dr. Walker purchased Coats Veterinary Hospital in January of 2013 and works to preserve Dr. Coats’ vision of a long lasting small business that serves for the good of the whole–our patients, our clients, our team, and our community. Dr. Walker lives in Wake Forest with her husband, Tommy, her three young children, their English Lab, Peppa, and their new Cavanese puppy, Ollie.

Melissa P. Wells, BS, CVPM, CCFP

Certified Veterinary Practice Manager

Melissa is a North Carolina native who received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a Minor in Professional Communication from Meredith College.  Melissa has led the Coats Veterinary Hospital team since 1997 and, in 2013, earned her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager designation.  In an effort to nurture both an exceptional experience for our clients and their pets as well as a thriving work culture for our team members, she also became a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional in 2019.  Melissa’s passion for service is not reserved solely for growing leaders within the CVH family but also extends to our local community where she is active in her church’s outreach programs.  To decompress, she loves to craft and decorate, hunt for thrift store treasures and relax at the beach.  Melissa lives in Nashville with her husband, their two teenage children, their cat, Ophelia and their Golden Retriever, Amos.

Brenda S. Owens, DVM, CVA


Dr. Owens attended North Carolina State University for undergraduate and veterinary school. She graduated from veterinary school and has been with Coats Veterinary Hospital since 2009. Dr. Owens has lived in Wisconsin and North Carolina and is an avid Green Bay Packers fan. She currently lives in Raleigh with her Cocker Spaniel Caraway, and her cats, Adelaide, China Cat, Terrapin, Kitty, and BT. Dr. Owens is a member of the NCVMA, AVMA, IVAS, AAVA, and AAHA. Dr. Owens is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist offering holistic care and acupuncture and has a strong interest in dentistry and soft tissue surgery.

Amanda C. Lehnberg, DVM


Dr. Lehnberg earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Davidson College and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State. Dr. Lehnberg joined the Coats team in 2013. A North Carolina native, Dr. Lehnberg currently lives in Raleigh with her yellow Labrador retriever, Jesse. Dr. Lehnberg is a member of the AVMA and AAHA. Dr. Lehnberg has a special interest in dermatology and dentistry.

Jenee M. Kwiatkowski, DVM


Dr. Kwiatkowski obtained her Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. She joined the Coats team in 2018. Dr. Kwiatkowski is a North Carolina native and currently lives in Wake Forest with her dog Sasha, cat Russell and new Golden puppy. She is a member of AVMA and AAHA. Dr. Kwiatkowski has a strong interest in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, radiology and cardiology.

Alejandra J. Vall, DVM


Dr. Vall earned her Bachelor of Science in Organismal Biology from Christopher Newport University in Virginia and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Vall joined the Coats Team in 2019. Dr. Vall recently relocated to Rocky Mount from Florida. Dr. Vall is a member of the AVMA and AAHA. She obtained her Veterinary Dental Certification from the University of Illinois and is Fear Free Certified.


Records Administrator

Carmen, one of our Records Administrators, began working with Dr. Coats in September of 2000 and continues to be a part of Dr. Walker’s CVH team. She was born in Roswell, New Mexico and grew up as an Air Force dependent and calls Alabama home. Carmen has two adult daughters, five out of this world grandchildren, a husband, one dog, and two cats. Carmen enjoys reading, golfing, and spending time with her family. Carmen is also a 30+ year member of the First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount where she sings soprano in the Sanctuary choir.


Director, Social Marketing and Brand Communications & Records Administrator

Meet our Customer Service Rep/ Records Manager, Stephanie! Stephanie has been with CVH since 2010. She lives at home with her husband Chris, and their 2 dogs Gunner and Duncan. They also have 17 chickens, and a pet snake named Blossom. Stephanie enjoys going to yard sales, refurbishing furniture, and gardening. We are extremely lucky to have her with us at CVH!


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Mandy earned her Associates of Science at Baker College in Jackson, MI and got her Veterinary Technician License in 2007. She has overall 24 years experience in the veterinary field. Originally from Michigan, she has moved to several states before landing in Rocky Mount with her husband Jon and her two dogs, Beau and Annie. Mandy likes to spend her free time crafting and camping when she can.


Veterinary Assistant

Kayla joined the CVH team in 2017 and sayd that working with small animals is her passion in life! She enjoys client education, Radiology, and building long lasting relationships with fur babies and their families. Kayla soon plans to further her knowledge and become a Registered Vet Tech. Kayla married her high school sweetheart Rob and they recently welcomed a new baby boy into their family. Kayla and Rob also have three 4-legged babies – Thor, Sadie and Zoey – and 1 cat, Pele.


Veterinary Assistant

Every veterinary hospital needs its resident cat lady and ours is Pamela! Pamela joined our team in 2018 and has a passion for cats to which nothing compares!  She is truly the CVH “cat whisperer” and we are so proud of her talents.  Pamela lives in Rocky Mount with her husband and their 4 feline kids and their dog, Boomer.


Veterinary Assistant

Jenna became a member of the CVH family in 2019, while she was enrolled in the Nash Community College Veterinary Technician program.  She continues to work toward completing her education to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.


Veterinary Assistant

Mercedes recently joined the CVH team in 2020 as a veterinary assistant. She has a Batchelor of Science degree in Animal Science from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University. She is extremely passionate and has a deep love for her furry friends. Her 2 dogs were Diamond and Mojo.  She loves being part of the CVH family. In her spare time she enjoys going to the movies and hanging with family and friends.


Veterinary Assistant

Hailee became a member of the CVH family in 2021.  She lives with her family on their farm in Louisburg with their many farm animals.  Hailee has two King Charles Cavaliers, Copper and Malibu.  She enjoys spending time with friends and when she’s not at work, you can find her riding and showing her horses, Sundae, Splash and Diamond. We are thankful that she chose to become part of the CVH family!


Veterinary Assistant

Ashlan eagerly joined our team in 2022 as a veterinary assistant.  She is currently pursuing her Veterinary Medical Technology degree at Nash Community College to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). She lives with her family in Rocky Mount. In her free time, Ashlan enjoys hanging out with friends, cooking/baking, and naps with her two fur babies – Bella and Kya.  Ashlan has a strong love for animals and is both blessed and thankful to be a part of the CVH family.


Veterinary Assistant Support

Colton joined the CVH family in 2021.  He lives with his family in Nashville and attends Northern Nash High School.  He has two dogs named Zoe and Little Bit. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors and watching sports.


Client Service Representative

Taylor is one of our Awesome Customer Service Representatives! Taylor has part of the CVH family since 2015. She lives with her dog Dani Grace and her cats, Sophie and Harper. She enjoys spending time with her family and fur babies. When she’s not at work, you can find her on the beach with her friends, or volunteering with Odin’s Orphans Rescue. We are so lucky to have Taylor as part of the CVH team!



Client Service Representative

Joanna joined the CVH family in 2021 and takes great care of our clients as one of our Customer Service Representatives.  Joanna lives with her big baby, Bentley, her rescued bearded dragon, Crippy, and her cat, Batata.  When she’s not here working or loving on our patients, Jo likes to garden, cook, play music and spend time with her friends, family and, of course, her four-legged babies.  We are so grateful to have her as part of our team!


Resort Manager

Meet our Resort Manager, Johnna! She has been with Coats Vet since 2002. She lives in Louisburg with her husband and son, 4 horses, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 hamsters, and a rabbit. Johnna is a champion barrel racer and enjoys teaching her son the equine basics of riding. She spends much of her free time on weekends at horse shows or the beach with her family.


Resort Assistant

Hunter lives in Louisburg with his family and attends Bunn High School.  He has several pets at home including horses, dogs, goats and pocket pets.  In his free time, Hunter enjoys anything outdoors and shows livestock in 4H.



Customer Service Representative

Ashley joined our friendly CSR team in 2022 and comes with several years of customer service experience. She lives in Zebulon with her family and her dog, Dexter. When she is away from work, Ashley spends her time barrel racing, hunting and gardening.


Resort Assistant

Meet Ann! Ann has been part of the CVH team since 2005. She lives in Battleboro, NC with her daughter and granddaughters. In her spare time, Ann enjoys spending time with her granddaughters and looking after her furry friends at home. In her previous life, Ann was a hairdresser in the Rocky Mount area.


Resort Assistant

Bio coming soon!



Resort Assistant

Riley joined the CVH team in 2022. She LOVES working with our canine friends in the Resort. Riley is currently a student and lives with her family and their pet dogs in Nashville.



Meet our exclusive dog Groomer, Kathy! Kathy has been an important part of the CVH family since 2007, and has more than 20 years of experience in the Grooming Industry. Kathy is married to her husband Andy and is pictured with her dog Sketti. She enjoys attending grooming seminars and continuing educational classes. We are so lucky to have her here at CVH!