Dr. Johnson earned his BS in Biology from North Carolina State University in 1988, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from NCSU-College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He worked in small animal and emergency medicine for 4 years before starting North Carolina’s first all-exotics practice.
Dr. Johnson serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU-CVM. He publishes and lectures nationally about avian and exotic animal medicine.
Dr. Johnson’s areas of special interest include surgery, orthopedics, zoological medicine, and exotic animal dentistry.
Dr. Christine Eckermann-Ross
Dr. Christine Eckermann-Ross joined Avian and Exotic Animal Care after graduating from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Eckermann-Ross earned a BS in Biochemistry and worked as a research specialist in Radiation Oncology at UNC/CH.
Dr. Eckermann-Ross serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU-CVM, and has lectured at professional conferences on avian and exotic animal medicine and acupuncture. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and herbalist.
She has special interests in avian medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, surgery, and oncology.
Dr. Leonatti earned her Bachelor of Science from Truman State University in 2002, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. During college, Dr. Leonatti worked in the university’s herpetology lab, providing care for the lab’s reptile and amphibian collection. During veterinary school, she conducted a research project on infection of iguanas by a new species of bacteria. She volunteered her time at a nearby raptor center, and spent a six week externship at the Saint Louis Zoo.
Dr. Leonatti’s professional interests include reptile medicine, raptor medicine, ophthalmology, surgery, and behavior.