The team at Companion Animal Hospital is comprised of highly trained and experienced animal health professionals who have a genuine love for working with pets. Our staff treats every patient with the highest quality of medical care as well as a gentle touch.

Dr. Carie Wisell


Owner & Veterinarian of Companion Animal Hospital:

Dr. Wisell was born in Albany, Ga just a few blocks from Companion Animal Hospital. She retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2003. Her passion for animals led her to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (UFCVM) where she graduated in 2008. After graduating she returned to her home town to serve her community with unique, personalized care of both clients and patients. She spent 1.5 years practicing veterinary medicine in Sylvester, Ga and helping guide the formation of Best Friends Humane Society. Here she learned the many facets of rural and shelter medicine. October, 2009, Dr. Wisell purchased Companion Animal Hospital where she provides high quality care for pets and prides herself on taking the time to ensure pet owners understand why and how she treats the issues their pets are experiencing. She enjoys spending time with all animals, her husband & furry kids, and just about any outdoor recreation. Dr. Wisell enjoys riding motorcycles, remodeling homes, painting, drawing (animals of course) and learning new things. She is dedicated to rescuing pets and has created the Adoption Option program. She has a deep passion to help inform all people on how they may help keep their furry family members healthy and happy.

Shara Slankard


Practice Manager & Head Customer Care Specialist:

She was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL where she became a military wife, eventually bringing her to Albany, Ga. She enjoys meeting and speaking with people and providing top notch customer service. She’s a big FSU fan and loves spending quality time with her family (furry babies too) any chance she gets. Her cheerful personality is contagious and she’s always ready to jump in to help the customers and their pets in any way possible. Shara runs the front desk; helps manage inventory and coordinates many facets of the practice to ensure we are ready and able to see your pets in a timely manner. She is a real asset & we’re quite sure you’re going to enjoy meeting her.

Teena Wright, CVT


Head Veterinary Technician
Certified Veterinary Technician

Teena has been in the veterinary field for many years. She started out as a kennel tech then went to school earning her AAS in Veterinary Technology and passing the VTNE in 2014 becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Teena has always had a deep passion for animals, she was that child that would bring home stray animals, help rescue kittens and squirrels when she was young….let’s be honest she still does this. She moved here with her husband, two children, two dogs and two cats in May of 2017. They are from the Mid-West where they enjoyed riding dirt bikes in the hills but have now traded those in for kayaks on the water. Teena enjoys volunteering with Best Friends Animal Society and RAVS (Rural Area Veterinary Services), she is currently undergoing training with FEMA and HSUS to become a member of the Animal Rescue Team.

Keith Wisell


Owner of 4 Paw Pet Salon & Vice President of Companion Animal Hospital:

After spending 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, Keith attended the International Academy of Pet Design in 2008. He completed lOOOhr of Professional Grooming courses and received many breed certifications. Keith also has a highly sought after talent for grooming cats! He is Dr. Wisell’ s husband and an equal partner in Companion Animal Hospital. He enjoys old muscle cars, riding motorcycles, hiking with his wife and dogs, and renovating houses. Keith is always enthusiastic and ready to make any pet sparkle. He delights in seeing the faces of owners after their pets are transformed and able to create just about any look for your pet.

Keith’s certified breed:

  • Feline Lion Cuts
  • Miniature Schnauzer Cut
  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • West Highland Terrier
  • Wire Fox Terrier
  • Advanced Poodle Cuts
  • Bichon Frise
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier
  • Scottish black Terrier
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Teddy Bear Cut

Anne Schoch


Customer Care Specialist and Veterinary Assistant:

After many years away, Anne has returned to the veterinary field she enjoys so much. She enjoys meeting the clients and their pets and learning everything she can to be the best in her field. She enjoys cooking, collecting old cookbooks and antique kitchen ware and of course spending time with her many furry children. We are so very happy Anne decided to return to the veterinary care field! She will be one of the first faces you meet when you come visit us. Anne adores the animals and for the first time is at the front desk meeting all the wonderful clients. She had many years experience as a veterinary assistant and we often draw on her experience to fill-in as a veterinary assistant also. Anne prides herself on being thorough and takes the time needed to ensure the Dr. knows exactly what the pet owner’s concerns and needs are for each visit.

Sherri Hendley

Sherri was born and bred on a south Georgia farm. After years in transportation management, she chose to follow her passion and started as a vet tech in Sylvester with Dr. Carie in 2007, then became Director of Animal Control and Rescue at Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County for over 4 years . She then volunteered with Red Rover, a national organization that responds to animals in crisis and provides emergency sheltering and disaster relief services. After that she returned to work with Dr. Carie in 2017. Her interests are fishing, hanging out with her 2 nephews, 1 niece, and 3 grandkids, watching football, and of course playing with her dogs Jellybean (Maltese mix) and Dudley (Puggle).

Cherie Jones


Bookkeeper & Customer Greeter:

Cherie is an Air Force “brat” and Albany High School graduate. She is an avid computer gamer and book reader. She loves panting, Sci-Fi movies, and various arts & crafts. She is owned by 4 rescue babies (2 cats & 2 dogs). Better known as “Mrs. Cherie,” she comes to us with over 40 years bookkeeping experience and managerial skills. She was the full time Practice Manager until recently when she decided to dedicate a bit more time to her painting and time with her family and furry kids. We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Cherie help stomp out all the day-2-day business “fires.” She helps with just about every aspect of running the business. At 70 years young, she is an energetic lady who will have you laughing, but a real fireball in the business world. We couldn’t have survived this wonderful adventure without her amazing talent!

Alexa Sanchez

Veterinary Technician

Alexa was born in Puerto Rico and moved here when she was just 9 years old. Her passion for animals has always been obvious and just grew as she got older. At age 14 she started volunteering at Chehaw Park, and that’s when she knew she wanted to work with animals for the rest of her life. She is currently attending Penn Foster College to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She enjoys going horseback riding, kayaking, camping and walking all the amazing trails Georgia has to offer.

Mallory Watson

Mallory was born and raised in Lee County, and is currently in school to be a Veterinary Technician. She enjoys spending time outdoors, is a huge Georgia Bulldogs and Falcons fan, and loves spending time with her family and pets. She currently has 3 dogs, 3 cats, and a pet snake. She gets her passion to help animals from her Dad, as a child she would always see him bringing in strays and nursing them back to health. This is a love she is also teaching her daughter. Its always been her dream to work with animals, and working at Companion is making that dream a reality.

Sarah Wise