Russell Sprinkles, DVM
Hi everyone, my name is Dr. Russell Sprinkles. My wife, Rosan, and I founded Grace Animal Hospital in 2006. In founding Grace Animal Hospital, we had a strong desire to bring high-quality medicine and surgery to Gaston County in a down-home, relaxed family atmosphere. In fact, our newly constructed facility was built entirely on providing a fear-free, comfortable atmosphere for the pets while remaining state of the art in both equipment and staff. Professionally, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from North Carolina State University and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I graduated at the top of my veterinary school class, including being inducted into The Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. My professional interests include preventative wellness care, endocrine diseases, soft tissue surgery, and pain control. I am a current member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and an accredited veterinarian with the United States Department of Agriculture. I am actively serving as a member of the Gaston County Health and Human Services Advisory Board. My family and I are members of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Lowell, North Carolina. My wife and I are both Gaston County natives as well as high school sweethearts from South Point High School. We have a teenage son named Caden who is very active in theater and music along with Darcy the dog and three cats named Laura, Mia, and Jasper. In my spare time I am an avid mountain biker and actively volunteer with the Piedmont Area Singletrack Alliance, a volunteer organization that builds and maintains mountain bike trails for Gaston County Parks and Recreation. Please feel free to come by our office any time for an introduction and tour of our facilities or just grab a cup of free coffee and relax in the porch swing.
Matthew Woods, DVM
Hello! My name is Dr. Matt Woods and I am excited to be joining the staff of Grace Animal Hospital in April of 2018. I was born and raised in Gastonia and call this home. My undergraduate studies were done in Biology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte (Magna Cum Laude). I received my doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 (Summa Cum Laude). Upon graduating veterinary school, my family and I moved to Charlotte, NC where I have been practicing for the last 13 years. In 2009, we relocated back home to Gaston County to be closer to family and love now being able to practice so close to home. My wife Ashley and I have two sons, Jonathan and Ethan. We love spending time outdoors together, especially camping, hiking, golfing, and traveling any chance we get. We have 2 wonderful rescue pups, Penny and Georgia as well as a cat named Oscar that has been with me for 18 years and is still going strong.
Joey Morrissey, DVM
Hello, my name is Dr. Joey Morrissey. I will be joining the team at Grace Animal Hospital in the spring of 2020, and I look forward to getting to know you all. I grew up in nearby Spartanburg, South Carolina and completed my undergraduate biology degree at the University of South Carolina Upstate. After completing USCU, I chose to head down to Athens, Georgia to attend the University of Georgia College of Veterinary medicine (Go Dawgs!). After graduating from UGA in the Spring of 2019, I called the mountains of Asheville home for the next year, practicing small animal medicine. I have one very spoiled dog named Ace, who loves to adventure with me. In our spare time, we enjoy hiking, trying all sorts of new foods, and watching football. I look forward to joining the community of Gastonia and hope to spend many years here taking care of your pets.