Dr. Kate Crumley graduated from North Carolina State University with her DVM degree in 1992 and she also holds an MS degree in Biochemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her veterinary career path includes 7 years of mixed practice experience, companion animal medicine and surgery, and practice ownership in the roles of partner and as a sole owner. She has been active with AAHA beginning in veterinary school and has participated in a number of volunteer roles as well as serving on the Board of Directors and as AAHA President 2014-1015. She is passionate about top-notch veterinary medical care and about developing people into leaders who can make their practices thrive.
Her veterinary practice, Heartwood Animal Hospital, serves the rural North Carolina community of Youngsville, just north of Raleigh. Dr. Crumley built the hospital from the ground up, first opening the doors in 2000. Team training is a priority for her, and it is wonderful to watch people rise to their next level. Numerous team players have advanced through AAHA’s distance education veterinary technician program (DEVTP) with Dr Crumley as preceptor. She has especially enjoyed coaching her current practice partner and watching his professional development flourish both medically and from a business perspective. He joined the practice in 2015 immediately after graduation, he became a partner in the practice in 2016, and they have an active transition plan on track for him to assume full ownership in 2019.
Dr. Crumley is quick to give credit to Blue Heron for helping Heartwood succeed; she has been a client and has personally experienced the challenges and victories that come with working ON your practice while at the same time working IN it. She loves working with other veterinarians to help them achieve their best; working together to create a practice that will provide financial security, a fun work environment, and excellent service and care. Her goal as a part of the Blue Heron team is to inspire veterinarians to feel fantastic about their legacy.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr Crumley enjoys recreational road biking, gardening, travel, and listening to audiobooks. She, her husband Steve, and her daughter Heather when she’s home from college live on the quiet back-roads of beautiful North Carolina. Of course their dogs, Spock (Papillon) and Bucky (Bernese Mt Dog), and the cat, Neko (camera shy) all get their fair share of attention, too.