Dr. Jordan’s Story

I joined Legacy Veterinary Group because I didn’t agree with the changes occurring in a profession that I truly love. Why should we model our profession after a human model that is broken? Why should we allow non-veterinarians to take over private-practice veterinary medicine? I worried about my colleagues and friends that had spent a lifetime building their business and when it came time to retire, they could not sell because there wasn’t a suitable buyer or adequate funds for a practice transaction.

I decided to take action rather than sit idly by and watch veterinary practices become medical factories…

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I started with one hospital and, we have grown and evolved through expanding partnerships into what it is today: Legacy Veterinary Group. I joined a company with a culture of TRUST as its cornerstone. Practices where core values center around doing the right thing, no matter what. A community of practices that we can proudly call our own.

We work with two groups of veterinarians. On the one hand, we have doctors that want to exit or plan to in the future. Jointly, we seek to maximize their net worth through customized buy-out strategies. On the other hand, we engage doctors that either want to own their own practice or work in practices that value their abilities.

Together we build a team comprised of veterinary entrepreneurs, associate veterinarians, and talented, compassionate staff members. We invest in facilities and equipment so that the level of medical care and client service is exceptional. Our practice-support and leadership team ensures that the practice is marketed enthusiastically, operated efficiently, and established on financially sound veterinary business principles.

I encourage you to get to know our founding & management team through their stories below. If you have questions, just call me. I am always ready to talk about what being a veterinarian means to me.

Timothy Jordan, DVM MBA

Meet Our Management Team

Dr. Timothy Jordan

Managing Partner

Dr. Timothy Jordan has been a practicing veterinarian for over 35 years and has worked with both large and small veterinary practices. He also currently owns and has previously owned several veterinary practices, modernizing their care and service to meet the needs of the communities they serve.

Dr. Jordan has a passion for veterinary surgery and has completed advanced training and certification to further his surgical skills and techniques. He has now performed over 3,000 different orthopedic procedures and can offer colleagues and pet owners alike an insight into the possible options and outcomes of many orthopedic and soft tissue problems encountered in a veterinary practice.

Dr. Christen Ragle


When Dr. Ragle is not saving the lives of animals or hanging with her pets, she makes fancy decorated cakes as a hobby. She also enjoys traveling and kayaking when the weather is nice.

Dr. Ragle has known veterinary medicine was her calling for quite some time—she’s been working in vet hospitals since 2006, and earned her DVM from St. George’s University in 2015. She has a special interest in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and puppy training.

After living in the Caribbean for three years, Dr. Ragle scuba dives and loves and travel. When she’s not seeing patients, she enjoys spending time with her three rescue dogs—a beagle, a Plott hound and a Newfoundland.

Dr. Wagner


Dr. Wagner grew up in Northern California and went to school there at Sonoma State University. He then went to the University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine as a graduate student in the Microbiology Department. While there, one of his duties was to be the interim Director of the J. S. Fulton Arbovirus Research Laboratory. While working with the veterinary students the decision was made to apply to veterinary school and then into private practice. After graduation he gained 5 years experience in a mixed practice in Kelowna, British Columbia before leaving Canada to return to California to start up the Glen Ellen Veterinary Hospital. With retirement in mind, after 32 years in business, he and his wife Pam, sold the practice and moved to North Carolina. He feels lucky to have become part of the Seagrove Animal crew. Part of the enjoyment of working at SAH is meeting all the local people and their pets. Both Bob and Pam are so grateful to have relocated to North Carolina ( since 2013 ).

When not working, Dr. Wagner is on his Harley, golfing or sitting on the deck with their dog " The Potato".

Dr. R Michael Peace, MS, DVM


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Dr. Spencer Ellis


Dr. Ellis has had a passion for helping animals for as long as he can remember. In high school and college, he worked as a veterinary technician, and in 2014 graduated from NC State College of Veterinary Medicine.
Keeping true to his passion for helping animals, Dr. Ellis has served on multiple mission trips to underserved areas of the country. He has also pursued his interest in internal medicine, radiology, soft tissue surgery and orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Ellis lives with his wife Catherine in Statesville. They have two dogs, Calie and Dixie, and a cat, Jasmine. In his free time,

Dr. Ariel Martin


Dr. Martin joined the team as a Veterinarian in the spring of 2022.
She was raised in Fayetteville, Ga. Then pursued her childhood dream of attending Undergrad for animal and poultry science and veterinary school at The Illustrious Tuskegee University.
After obtaining her DVM in 2020 she started a career in shelter medicine, clinical practice and pursuing mentorship with emergency medicine.
Ariel decided to move to Charlotte for a change in life pace and her husbands career.
Her professional interest is in fear free practicing and feline medicine. She has always had a strong connection with cats and realized there is a general misunderstanding associated with their behaviors and she enjoys being able to provide a safe and comfortable visit for all patients.
Currently her husband, daughter and fur son are her greatest supporters!

Dr. Heather Beveridge


Originally from coastal North Carolina, animal care became a passion for Dr. Beveridge early on: she grew up with horses and her first job was as an assistant at a local veterinary hospital. She went on to earn both her undergraduate degree and DVM from North Carolina State University and worked five years in large and small animal practice before coming to West Hills Veterinary Centre.

Dr. Beveridge has a special interest in orthopedics, veterinary sports medicine, geriatric mobility and pain management—which means she’s definitely a fan of senior pets and loves helping them achieve mobility and freedom from pain. She also enjoys the fact that at West Hills, clients are like family and patients are more than just pets.

When she’s not caring for your animal companions at the hospital, Dr. Beveridge enjoys horseback riding, herding with her border collies Happy and Dory, painting and cuddling with her cat Donnie.

Dr. Arlene Jimenez


Dr. Jimenez has been practicing veterinary medicine in Miami, Florida over 12 years. Her family is very excited to relocate back to the Raleigh area and experience beautiful North Carolina. She is happy to join the wonderful team of Creedmoor Road Animal Hospital as a bilingual Veterinarian. She is ready to help our patients live their best lives while developing meaningful relationships with families and their pets.

Dr. Jimenez grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where her love of animals began early in life. Her childhood was spent caring for a variety of animals from dogs and cats to birds with her grandfather. As a youth, she also volunteered with her mother assisting in an elderly facility.

Dr. Jimenez graduated with honors from Iowa State University for her undergraduate education in 2004 and completed her veterinary degree with North Carolina State University-College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She previously had a "Small Animal Rotating Surgery and Medicine Internship” in Coral Spring Animal Hospital from 2009-2010. Her professional interests include proactive wellness care, internal medicine, geriatric care, and a special interest in dermatology.

Dr. Jimenez married her high school sweetheart in 2007. They currently have 2 beautiful children, Valeria and Noah. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going on outdoor adventures, and relaxing at the beach.

Dr. Katie Smith


Dr. Katie Smith grew up in Hampstead, NC, and moved to Virginia for college. She enjoyed Virginia, but moved to Raleigh, NC years later for veterinary school. She and her husband fell in love with the area. She visited the Henderson area when she was an extern during her final year of veterinary school. The people and community were so nice and welcoming, that she knew she had to end up here. Since moving to this area, she and her family have never been happier, and they can't wait to spend many more years here.

Helping animals and the people who love them is her passion. Nothing is more invigorating than talking to someone about their fur baby, and she loves helping people understand how to keep their pet happy and healthy. Her favorite thing about working with animals is watching the bond and love between pet and owner grow throughout the years.

She is reminded that she is in the right profession every day. Whether it's sharing stories with a new client, completing a successful surgery, or managing a complex emergency, she has never felt more fulfilled than she feels at the end of every workday. As a veterinarian, she has an interest in many facets of small animal general practice. She especially enjoys dermatology, ophthalmology, and preventative medicine, but as a general practitioner, you are just as likely to see her delving into Dentistry, Cardiology, Oncology, and more!

She and her husband are happily settled in Youngsville, NC with their two cats, one dog, multiple fish, and their horse. They enjoy taking their Labrador Retriever on hikes over the weekend, or you might find them hanging out at the local shops and breweries.

Dr. Karina Butler-Perez


Dr. Karina Butler-Perez went to undergraduate school at Louisiana Tech University and received a bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She studied veterinary medicine at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, she completed a rotating internship at BluePearl Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and then an exotic animal internship at the Exotic Animal Hospital of Orlando. After her exotic internship, she was thrilled to move to NC to expand her interest in seeing exotics.

She's always had all types of crazy pets growing up thanks to her mom. From a young age, she knew she loved animals and wanted to help them. When she began taking her animal science classes as an undergrad and couldn't put her textbooks down because she was so excited to learn, she knew she had found the right place for herself.