Jason Lenhardt
Jason LenhardtPractice Administrator and Co-Founder
Jason is the Practice Administrator and Co-Founder (along with his wife, Dr. Jodi) of Harmony Animal Hospital.

He graduated from the University of Florida in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in finance and minoring in real estate. Upon graduation, Jason remained local to the University of Florida, establishing a career with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter as a financial advisor, and later as a salesman and customer support specialist for a large regional supply company. He was then given the unique opportunity to work for the University of Florida Tissue Bank where he climbed the administrative ranks and was asked to open a satellite office branch in Los Angeles, California.

After several years in southern California, Jason and Dr. Jodi decided to move to the Triangle area of North Carolina. Jason then worked for Fresenius Medical Care as the area manager for seven branches of their dialysis treatment centers. Afterwards, and with his strong entrepreneurial spirit, he decided to go to work for himself rehabbing dilapidated homes here in the Raleigh area. He obtained a real estate broker’s license and still enjoys investment real estate.

Jason jumped at the chance when Dr. Jodi proposed opening their very own veterinary hospital and has been by her side during the entire process. His real estate construction background helped when building the hospital and his previous medical, managerial, and financial experience makes him a well-qualified practice administrator.

Jason loves being a father of three and enjoys traveling, having new experiences, and learning to golf in his spare time. He hopes to learn how to play the guitar one day. He’s a huge animal lover and proudly owns dogs, cats, and chickens!


Jennifer Burch
Jennifer BurchTraining Coordinator
Jennifer was born and raised in Raleigh. She graduated from North Carolina State University in 2001 with a degree in animal science and has been in the veterinary field for the past 17 years.

Jennifer is currently the Training Coordinator at Harmony Animal Hospital where she supervises the Kennel Attendants and Technician Assistants along with overseeing the training of our entire technical team.

Jennifer shares a home with her husband James and their children, Christopher and Savannah. She has three dogs named Mick, Sadie, and Juliette, as well as three cats named Reagan, Riley, and Oscar.

When not at work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her kids, gardening, hiking, camping, and working on home improvement projects.

Click here to read an interview with Jennifer.

Breanna Kassman
Breanna KassmanAdministrative Assistant
Breanna was adopted from South Korea at 3 months old. She is the youngest in the family with 2 older brothers. She grew up in upstate NY and moved to NC in 2001. Her experience with animals includes working as a kennel attendant and a CSR in different veterinary practices and working in stables since she was 10. She volunteered at a therapeutic riding center and it was an amazing experience for her. She has always had pets growing up and has loved animals since she can remember.

Breanna lived in Boone for a few years attending Appalachian State and she finished her degree in business administration at UNC-Greensboro where she met her husband, Paul. They currently have 3 pets – 2 dogs Kali and Lena and 1 cat Ophelia. Kali and Ophelia were adopted from animal shelters and Lena was abused and neglected before she was rescued.

They live in Morrisville and in her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, yoga, spending time with friends and family, walking her dogs, and shopping. Breanna is very excited and happy to be part of the Harmony Family.

Customer Service Reps

Jennifer Petersen
Jennifer PetersenLead Customer Service Representative
Jennifer grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has been a dog lover all her life, having grown up with Miniature Schnauzers and Chihuahuas. She graduated from Wingate University in 2004 with a degree in Education and taught sixth grade Social Studies for almost five years before relocating with her husband to Cary in 2011.

Jennifer’s background includes several years as a Veterinary Assistant and three years of experience as a Veterinary Receptionist in other veterinary hospitals. She very much enjoys seeing clients and their pets every day and knowing that she is helping to make pets healthier and happier! She and her husband adopted a comical mixed-breed pup named Lucy in September 2011 from Best Friends Pet Adoptions.

In their spare time Jennifer and her husband enjoy baking, singing, and training Lucy. Jennifer also enjoys running 5K races and has recently discovered a love for photographing portraits of people and their furry family members.

Click here to read an interview with Jennifer.

Karla Tousley
Karla TousleyCustomer Service Representative
In 2002, Karla relocated from Upstate NY down to North Carolina, after finishing high school. Her love for animals started at a young age, as most of her family members have rescued countless animals. Growing up she had a Golden Retriever, Goldie, who became an amazing sister to a blind Shar-Pei, Bailey. Caring for Bailey’s eye showed Karla just how much gratification and enjoyment can come from aiding an animal that needs a bit more attention than usual.

Currently she has one cat, Lucy, who is epileptic, which has taught Karla more than she could have imagined! In her free time she enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephew, reading, crafting, knitting, swimming, and hiking. She’s excited to be a part of Harmony Animal Hospital, because they offer top-notch care, and have the best doctors and staff of any animal hospital she’s ever seen!

Melanie Southers
Melanie SouthersCustomer Service Representative
Melanie was raised on Skyline Drive in Stanley, VA. She grew up fishing, hiking and camping in the mountains with her father and 3 younger brothers. Growing up, Melanie had 4 dogs, a cat who was mute and a chinchilla named Chico. This is where her deep love for animals began.

She is passionate about building genuine relationships with patients and going the extra mile for anyone she meets. Before beginning her journey with Harmony, Melanie worked for a cell phone provider offering on-site and off-site assistance to businesses and in customer care. In October of 2017, she moved to Raleigh, NC to be with her fiancé.

Melanie and her fiancé have a Bullmastiff, named Dixie and a kitten, named Daisy Mae, both of are rescue pets. When she is not spending time with her family, she enjoys traveling, cooking, painting and fishing. She is very excited to be a part of the Harmony family and to help give the exceptional care, service and love that all of our patients deserve.

Shantel McDuffie
Shantel McDuffieCustomer Service Representative
Shantel was born and raised in Queens, NY, where she studied theatre for more than 8 years. After relocating to NC in 2016, she returned to school to continue her education in science. A trip to Winston Salem to visit Percherons and farmland with her boyfriend, sparked an interest in pursuing a veterinary position. Using her theatre experience and passion for science, Shantel creates an engaging and welcoming environment throughout the hospital.

When Shantel is not at work she spends her time, study, playing video games, exercising, visiting the outer banks and playing tennis. On most nights you can find her snuggling with her adopted cat, Baise Prometheus Wigglesworth the First.

Shantel is excited to be a part of the Harmony Animal Hospital family and looks forward to meeting pets and their owners everyday.


Mandi Walnoha
Mandi WalnohaLead Veterinary Technician
Mandi was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. She received a B.A. in Psychology from a small liberal arts school in Pennsylvania. Shortly after college she moved to Columbus, Oh where she decided to fulfill her interest in animal care and received an associates degree in veterinary technology from the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford. Mandi moved to North Carolina shortly after receiving her associates degree where she began her career in veterinary medicine.

Mandi came to Harmony with over 3 years of experience as a veterinary technician. She purchased a home in Fuquay-Varina where she resides with her boyfriend, her 3 dogs: Charlie, Echo, and Madison, and 1 large cat: Doobie.

When not working, Mandi enjoys trying out different restaurants with her boyfriend, spending time with her pets, and fixing up her home.

Rhiannon Snipes
Rhiannon SnipesVeterinary Nurse
Rhiannon was born in New Bern, North Carolina, but has been in the Harnett County area for most of her life. Her love and passion for animals started at an early age since her mother often rescued them. Growing up, their home was more like a farm, from dogs and cats to chickens and horses.

Currently, Rhiannon is pursuing an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology at San Juan College. In the future, she would like to specialize in large-animal medicine, particularly equine. Rhiannon has a son, River, who enjoys animals as much as she does. They have two fur babies – Dixie, an Australian Cattle Dog, and Sahara, a Quarter Horse cross. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, barrel racing, archery, being on the lake or anything outside.

Ashley Landau
Ashley LandauVeterinary Technician
Ashley moved to NC in 2010 after growing up in Orlando, FL. After completing her B.S. in hospitality and tourism management in Florida, Ashley decided she wanted to go back to school and pursue her love for animals.

Ashley graduated from Central Carolina Community College in May 2013 with her degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. She comes to Harmony Animal Hospital with 3 years of experience and is a registered Veterinary Technician.

Ashley currently lives in Apex with her husband and 2 furry daughters Lilly and Patsy. She enjoys various crafts, gardening, and spending time outside.

Click here to read an interview with Ashley.

Chelsea Cole
Chelsea ColeVeterinary Nurse
Chelsea was born and raised in North Carolina. Her grandparents had a horse farm in Garner, and both of her parents loved animals and made them part of her family throughout her childhood. She grew up in Cary and attended school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied anthropology. While in school, Chelsea volunteered with a local animal shelter and found her passion for working with animals. She is thrilled to be at Harmony where she can care for animals every day. In her spare time, Chelsea loves singing and playing the piano and, of course, playing with her two cats. She has a grey tabby named Aiden and an orange tabby named Jax.

Click here to read an interview with Chelsea.

Mariah Lewis
Mariah LewisVeterinary Technician
Mariah was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio but moved to Cary, North Carolina in early 2013. She discovered her love for animals shortly after that when she started to volunteer at sanctuaries taking care of rescued farm animals. She loves all animals and creatures and is known as the “spider saver” at Harmony. Some of her favorite animals include pigs, horses, and of course, dogs and cats.

When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with her family and boyfriend, Griffin. She has a Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound named Atlas. She spends almost all of her free time with him and takes him just about everywhere with her. They go hiking, swimming, and travel often to the beach and mountains together. She also has a cat named Olive, but plans to expand her furry family this summer.

She’s been in the veterinary field for over 2 years and has played many roles in the hospital but has a passion for being a veterinary technician. She is so excited to continue her career with Harmony where she gets to help animals every day and continue her passion.


Michaela Batayneh
Michaela BataynehTechnician Assistant
Michaela was born and raised in the 40/42 area in Johnston County, North Carolina and obtained her Bachelors degree in Public Relations at East Carolina University in 2013. After working in corporate settings for a while, Michaela decided to peruse her interest in the medical field. Combining her love for animals and interest in medicine, Michaela found the perfect entry-level position at Harmony Animal Hospital.

Michaela shares her Fuquay-Varina home with her husband David-lee and their daughter Charlotte (Charlee) along with their 2 Australian Shepherds Gatsby and Whisper. They also magically acquired an orange and white domestic shorthair cat in 2016 named Buttercup, but they call “Kat”.

In her spare time Michaela enjoys spending time with her family, Photography, naps (if she’s able to take one) and Crossfit.

Jessy Kraft
Jessy KraftTechnician Assistant
Jessy Kraft is originally from Saratoga Springs, New York. She moved to Rochester, New York, with her high school sweetheart to attend college. In 2012, she graduated from Monroe Community College with her Associate’s degree of Science in Health. When her husband accepted an IT job in Research Triangle Park, they moved to Cary, North Carolina, and then purchased a home in Fuquay-Varina. They own five beautiful hens and have three fur-kids: two Shelties named Blue and Sam, and a mini Aussie named Jack.

Jessy has always wanted to work in the veterinary field. When she saw a job listing for a Vet Assistant, she decided to pursue her passion. She was hired by a mobile clinic and loved working with the animals there. Searching for her next opportunity, she was thrilled to find Harmony Animal Hospital –and is so excited to be a part of the team!

Meghan McAnulty
Meghan McAnultyTechnician Assistant
Meghan was born and bred in Holly Springs, NC. As a little girl, she developed a passion for animals and cared for many different pets through the years, including dogs, cats, horses, chickens, chinchillas, hamsters, and fish. Meghan dreams of obtaining her DVM, and will start school at North Carolina State University in the fall of 2017 to study Animal Science.

When she’s not working hard as a kennel attendant here at Harmony, Meghan spends her free time with her dog, Diego, as well as her family. She also enjoys baking, going for walks, traveling, and watching movies.

Meghan is extremely excited to be a member of the Harmony team, and feels honored to be able to care for animals every day.

Alex Willis
Alex WillisKennel Attendant
Alex has lived in North Carolina his whole life, living first in Winston-Salem and then in Troutman NC.

He developed an interest in veterinary medicine during his first college biology course. He’d always loved animals but it wasn’t until this class that he realized that veterinary medicine was the path his life should take. In 2017, Alex received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Appalachian State University.

He’s currently working part-time at Harmony while earning his master’s degree at NC State in interdisciplinary physiology. Before coming to Harmony, Alex interned at the North Carolina Zoo at the VHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. After completing his master’s degree, he hopes to attend NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

When he’s not at school or work, Alex spends time in Troutman with his family and his dog Boss. He also enjoys scuba diving, Dungeons & Dragons, and video games.

Kennel Attendants