David Walker, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. David Walker fulfilled pre-veterinary medical requirements at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, and received a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He continues to increase his knowledge of veterinary internal medicine and surgery through reading, seminars and labs.
Dr. Walker grew up in Harrison, Ohio, near Cincinnati. He enjoys spending time with friends and family including his wife, Michele Walker, daughter, Madison, and their Silky Terrier, Ally. In his free time he also enjoys running, biking, scuba diving, swimming, golfing, reading, and traveling.
Trivia: Dr. Walker has been scuba diving with 28 (and counting) bull sharks in Belize and has dived as deep as 115 feet.
Clare Bonifant, DVM
Dr. Clare Bonifant grew up in West Newton, Massachusetts. She received a BA degree from Harvard, an MBA degree from Dartmouth and a DVM degree from NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Bonifant's family includes husband Ben, two daughters, Ellie and Daisy Grace, three dogs, Gideon, Sadie, and Pepper. When not at work, Dr. Bonifant enjoys outdoor activities with her family, puttering in the garden, minor home improvement projects, and teaching herself to knit. She is a golf and tennis enthusiast and recently donned the mantle of "Soccer Mom" to become the manager of her daughter's soccer team.
Michelle Diener, DVM
Dr. Michelle Diener was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She later received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Diener enjoys traveling, fishing, camping, and going to UNC football and basketball games with her husband Steve and daughter Addison. She has a Golden Retriever named Brie, a West Highland White Terrier named Zoey, and an Amazon Parrot named Merlin.
Amy Lehman, DVM
Dr. Amy Lehman earned a Bachelor degree in Biology with a concentration in Conservation Biology from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She then lived in West Africa as the director of Arcadia’s study abroad program in Equatorial Guinea before matriculating to veterinary school at North Carolina State University.
After graduation, Dr. Lehman practiced veterinary medicine in Alaska, where she particularly enjoyed working with Alaska’s canine athletes and even saved the life of a small town’s elected feline mayor. She decided to abandon the exciting Alaskan frontier to rejoin the Armadale team as a veterinarian.
Ashley Gavitt, DVM
Dr. Ashley Gavitt grew up in Queens, NY and currently resides in Cary, NC. She received an undergraduate degree from Hofstra University and earned a DVM degree from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the Armadale Animal Hospital team, Dr. Gavitt practiced in East Moriches, Long Island, NY.