Aki Matsuda, Veterinary Assistant
Aki Matsuda is a veterinary assistant who has been with Benning Animal Hospital since July 2009. She began her career in companion animal care in 2006.
When asked what she enjoys most about her work, Aki says that she is able to gain a wide array of experience in animal care, the doctors and owner have a great respect for the staff, and that the hospital has a home-like atmosphere.
Aki has a shepherd mix named Corona, a pit bull mix named Jager and a black Lab mix named Johnny. Her interests include cooking, fishing and hiking.
Denise Holm, Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Assistant Denise Holm comes to our animal hospital all the way from Seattle, Washington. She has been with Benning Animal Hospital for one year. Before Benning Animal Hospital, Denise worked with Russell County School District. She is currently pursuing a degree in mathematics.
At home, Denise has six dogs: five cavalier king Charles spaniels named Shelby, Tootsie, Elvis, Simon and Hunk; and one boxer named Bobo. In her free time, Denise enjoys conformation dog showing, hiking, spending time with her kids and line dancing.
Tempra Hannagan, Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Assistant Tempra Hannagan is originally from Springfield, Illinois. She holds an Associate Degree of Science in Criminal Justice with certification in Homeland Security.
Tempra has several pets at home, including four dogs (Gracie, Onyx, Striker, Laney), three cats (Oscar, Milo, Ariel), two horses named Rain and Cosmo, and a ball python named Teddy. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, painting and horseback riding.
Cassie Bell, Veterinary Assistant
Cassie is originally from Phenix City, AL. She started working in the veterinary field after her move to Santa Cruz, CA, and realized her passion was working with and helping animals. Cassie’s professional interests include microscopic lab work, blood draws, and placing I.V. catheters. She hopes to earn her certification as a Registered Veterinary Technician soon. In her downtime, Cassie enjoys playing Overwatch and Dungeons and Dragons and writing fiction (she currently has 2 novels in progress). Cassie has an 8-year-old hound mix named Rant, and a 2-year-old staffie mix named Rollo.
Stephanie Wideman, Veterinary Assistant
Stephanie is originally from Lindale, TX. She specializes in small and exotic animals and emergency services, and is currently going to school to become an RVT and plans to major in pathology. Stephanie’s interests include surgery/dentistry, traveling, fishing, and playing softball. She has an 8-year old pit/heeler mix named Dot. She adopted her from the city of Tyler Animal Shelter when she was 3 years old.
Ashley, Reception Manager
Ashley is the reception manager at Benning Animal Hospital. She is originally from Columbus, GA. Ashley is a graduate of Columbus State University where she earned her degree in criminal justice. She also earned a certificate from Columbus Technical College in medical coding. Ashley has worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years.
At home, Ashley has a lab mix named Buddy and two dachshunds named Alex and Chappie. In her free time, she enjoys reading good books, watching movies, hiking trails, walking dogs and vacationing with her husband.
Diann Daniel, Receptionist
Diann joined the team as a receptionist in 2007 with 40 years of customer service experience. She has enjoyed working at Benning Animal Hospital because she “loves her co-workers, and the doctors are simply awesome.”
Diann owns two cats named Lupin and Tia Dalma; and four dogs named Crank, Mr. Gibbs, Lakota and Pumpkin. In addition to caring for her pets, Diann likes to solve jigsaw puzzles, read, collect Harry Potter memorabilia and spend time with her family.
Veterinary assistant Laura has been working in the animal field for over 5 years. Prior to her involvement in the veterinary industry, Laura worked as a preschool teacher for 7 years. She decided for herself to obtain experience in a different profession, moving into veterinary medical practices.
Laura grew up in Gadsden, AL, where she developed interests in hiking, kayaking, and watching football. At home, she has several pets named Cheeta, Paca, Chewie, and Knox.
Pet Boarding Team
Penny Moores, Pampered Pets Manager
Penny began her pet care career here at Benning Animal Hospital in December 1999. For over 16 years, she has helped provide a home-like environment for boarding animals.
As the Pampered Pets Manager, Penny helps bathe, feed, clean, and play with the pets boarded at the hospital. However, it’s her caring and nurturing attitude that keeps pets wanting more. “I love having boarders that are excited to come back,” Penny states. She also credits the hospital’s great work environment as a major contributor to both her and her clients’ happiness.
At home, Penny has a Jack Russell terrier mix named Pebbles and a domestic shorthair named Meho. She enjoys crafting, bicycling and working in her garden.
Diane Brosamer, Pampered Pets Assistant
Diane Brosamer came to Benning Animal Hospital from Las Vegas, Nevada. She previously worked at Knott’s Berry Farms in California for 10 years before moving to Georgia. Diane has taken pre-vet courses and has worked with a range of animals including reptiles, goats, sheep and birds.
Diane is a certified weight coach through Purina and uses her skills to concentrate on animal weight management. She is also certified in veterinary laser therapy.
At home, Diane has a chihuahua named Zelda, a blue heeler named Apache, and a Siamese mix named Tobias. She and Apache compete in various canine sporting activities including dock diving, obedience training, rally, lure coursing, barn hunts and agility. Diane hopes to try canine tracking someday. She also enjoys camping and hiking.
Reginald A. Weeks, Kennel Manager
Reginald joined the Benning Animal Hospital staff in 2008 as a kennel technician and is currently the senior kennel assistant. He has been in the pet care field for eight years and says he is always eager to meet new people and their furry friends. His cental professional interest is ensuring the wellbeing of each animal at Benning Animal Hospital.
When he isn’t working, Regie likes to spend time with his son and family. He considers himself a master of conspiracy theories. Regie also enjoys playing basketball.
Amanda Brosamer, Kennel Assistant
Originally from Las Vegas, Nev., Kennel Assistant Amanda has worked at Benning Animal Hospital since 2012.
Amanda has a Jack Russel/Scottish terrier mix named Miley, a Queensland heeler mix named Delilah and a domestic longhair cat named Lilly.
In her free time, Amanda participates in various canine sporting events with Delilah and Miley, including agility, barn hunts, dock diving, rally, lure coursing and obedience training. She hopes to compete in tracking in the future. Amanda enjoys horseback riding, camping and whitewater rafting.
Jonathan, Kennel Assistant
Jonathan is one of our top-notch Kennel Assistants here at Bennington Animal Hospital. He helps make sure that all the boarding patients are comfortable and happy, and provides assistance in our kennels. Originally from Smith Station, Alabama, this southern gentleman provides compassionate care for all animals that enter our facility, each and every day. Some of his professional interests include sports, animal documentaries, animal behavior, and marine biology.
Away from the office, Jonathan finds enjoyment in spending his leisure time by swimming, supporting Alabama Football “Roll Tide,” and taking his pet, Rodger the Rabbit, for walks and a breath of fresh air.