Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Pressly

I have lived in Charlotte most of my life and graduated from East Mecklenburg High School in 1987. I attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for undergrad studies, and graduated in 1992. Upon graduation, I was looking for a new adventure and moved out west to work on a Dude Ranch in Colorado. After several months on the ranch, I was placed in charge of the herd health for all the horses. I was so inspired by my time in Colorado that I went back to school in 1993 at NCSU. Go WOLFPACK!! While in school, I was working as a large animal veterinary technician. I was so influenced by the work I was doing, I decided to enroll in Veterinary School at Ross University, which is located on St. Kitts. I completed my senior clinical rotation at NCSU. After graduating in 1998, I went to work with my long-time mentor, Dr. Richard Cochrane, treating large animals in the triangle area. Upon moving back to Charlotte in 1999, I continued working with large animals. I suffered a near fatal crash in June 1999 while on my way to a large animal service call. I suffered a broken back and a badly lacerated left forearm. After several months of rehab, I returned to what I loved, veterinary medicine. I decided at that time to make the transition to small animal medicine.

Prior to opening Pressly Animal Hospital, I was an emergency medicine clinician, and associate in both corporate and local private practice. During my time as an associate I noticed a lack of involvement of private practices with local rescue organizations. So, our brand was born "WE ARE THE VOICE OF FORGOTTEN PETS"! I quickly came to terms with my calling and opened Pressly Animal Hospital in July 2011.

Here at PAH, we are very fortunate to work with over 80 different local and long-distance rescue organizations, as well as Humane Society of Charlotte, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control. These wonderful committed individuals and organizations are allowing me to do what I feel called to do, help animals find their FURREVER homes. I really enjoy coming to work every day with a staff and clients committed to education and healing.

In my free time, what little I have, I spend it with my three daughters, hiking, fishing, boating, water skiing, farming, and of course rescuing animals both big and small. Our animal family consists of our 3 rescue dogs (Duke, Colin, and Emma- PAH's honorary receptionist), 1 cat (Daisy), cows and a donkey named Molly. Just recently we have added 3 sheep (Daisy, Dollie, and Dibbs) and 8 chickens (Lily, Piper, Roxy, Charlotte, April, Martha, Helen, and Georgia) to our farm. We will soon be adding 4 goats and looking into possible horse and donkey.

Thank you to all our clients and friends that support our practice and mission to help all pets have a better life. Remember stewardship of all creatures is our responsibility.

To contact Dr. Pressly, you can email:

Dr. Drake

I grew up in Toledo, OH and graduated from Whitmer High School in 1979. I was influenced by our family's veterinarian Dr. Bill Mewborn and enrolled at The Ohio State University, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management in 1984. I then followed through graduating from The Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.

After graduation, I returned to Toledo and started practicing as an associate at Countryside Animal Hospital, the same hospital where I worked performing kennel help during my undergrad. In 1991, I became a partner in that practice, when one of the owners decided to retire. In 1995, I became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. I left the practice in 2009 and worked as a relief veterinarian at several hospitals and the local emergency clinic. I moved to Fort Mill, SC in October 2011.

I began doing relief work at Pressly Animal Hospital in December 2011, and became their referral vet for all acupuncture needs. I joined PAH full time in November 2013.

I have two grown children, TJ and Alyssa. TJ is 27, and a manager of a brewhouse at a micro-brewery in Columbus, OH. Alyssa is 23, and graduated Cleveland State University spring of 2017. She studied Education for Special Needs children. I am extremely proud of both.

I enjoy being outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, biking, kayaking and horseback riding. I also enjoy gardening and growing my own vegetables. I have a Labrador Retriever named Duck.

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