Dr. Cindy Johnson of Peak City Vet has a highly trained and compassionate veterinary staff that commits to providing the best medical care for your pets. Peak City Vet staff are not just pet lovers but pet owners themselves. So they understand the importance of working hard to keep your pets healthy. 

Dr. Cindy Johnson with her dog Loki

Dr. Cindy Johnson

Owner, and Head Veterinarian

Dr. Cindy Johnson has had a heart for animals since childhood. So, becoming a veterinarian is living out her dream. She began this journey by receiving her Bachelor’s in Biology and Associates in Veterinary Technology from Morehead State University in Kentucky. Then she graduated from veterinary school at The Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) She is also an AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) certified animal chiropractor. After working for an animal hospital in Columbus, Ohio, she decided to venture away from her native Ohio to enjoy the warm weather and beautiful outdoors of the “Peak of good living.” She worked at a Raleigh- based veterinary clinic for nine years. After over 10 years of veterinary experience, she decided it was time to take on a new venture and opened Peak City Veterinary Hospital. When not completely immersed in the world of Veterinary Science, she relaxes while embracing the outdoors and attending concerts. She also enjoys working out and spending time with family which includes her pitbull Loki, and cats, Fender and Gibson. Read more about Dr. Cindy Johnson and her journey in Cary Magazine.

Dr. Cindy Johnson's Veterinary Technician Danielle Lucas

Danielle Lucas

Veterinary Technician

Danielle has heartfelt compassion for all animals. Benefiting their well-being is what makes her thrive. This is why Danielle worked hard for her Associates in Veterinary Technology from Miller-Motte College from which she graduated in 2019. It’s also why she loves to ride horses, owns five cats (Olaf, Mushu, Skittles, Pixie, and Cri-kee), and owns five dogs (Lucy, Dapper, Franklin, Zena, and Nyla.) Even with all the furry family members, she still finds plenty of room in her house and heart to foster other animals. She loves Apex, has lived in Apex her entire life, and has no intentions of living anywhere else! This means she is a great resource for local tips for she enjoys helping people while trying her hardest to get a laugh out of them while doing it. Danielle is very family-oriented. So, when not working Danielle spends her free time with her son, Colton. Together, they spend their time playing with their furry family and sometimes go out to enjoy car shows.

Julie Woodard

Practice Manager

Julie Woodard is the practice manager and joined the Peak City Vet team in April 2023. She was born in Emsworth, a sleepy little town in Hampshire, England. She came to the United States after her oldest child graduated high school and wanted to attend university here. The veterinary career field was not her first choice, but she fell into it by accident and has not looked back since. She has been a manager for over 9 years in private, corporate, and emergency practices. Her passion is training. She likes to improve team members’ skills and knowledge of the job while building their confidence in their abilities. If team members feel they are part of a supportive and appreciative work environment, their morale will boost, and they will approach their job with more self-confidence. This then brings about an atmosphere in a practice that encourages every team member to feel valued and welcomed. Julie now lives with her youngest child and her dogs, cats, and bird. In Julie’s free time, she loves to travel and spend time with her grandchildren.

Illiana Cheever

Veterinary Assistant

Illiana Cheever originally hails from Utah where she attended Brigham Young University. At BYU she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology and Developmental Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Illiana feels that Veterinary Medicine is the most fulfilling and inspirational thing she has ever been a part of so her current goal is to eventually become a veterinarian. She, along with her husband, Sullivan have two side-of-the-road kitten rescues. Their names are Pinto Bean and Navy Bean and both add a lot of character to her family. Outside of Veterinary Science her interests are art and design projects such as painting, jewelry making, and embroidery. Illiana also enjoys reading books and surfing whenever she gets the chance.

Krysten Zenere

Customer Service Representative

Krysten was born and raised in Florida and from a young Krysten had a passion for working with animals. So with an entrepreneurial spirit, at the early age of 16, she started her own pet sitting business. Her responsibilities ranged from giving pets love and exercise while their owners traveled to caring for pets with special needs like diabetes. Her business quickly grew from one to a group of committed clients. By the time Krysten graduated high school she decided to pursue one of her other passions by getting a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Florida State University. Although an FSU grad, Krysten is a University of Miami fan at heart. She has a rich family history in Miami, which includes her grandfather playing football for UM. She moved to North Carolina in 2016 with her family. It’s here that she returned to her love for animals. She started working as a pet care specialist at a pet hotel. There she learned in-depth about dog behavior and quickly worked her way up to being a supervisor. Having a desire for continued growth, she moved up into the vet industry in 2020. It’s the veterinary environment where she has found the perfect fit for she’s able to combine her passion for animals and her ability to empathize with clients. Now, every day she enjoys being able to help clients care for their pets. She loves working with rescues and has two rescue dogs of her own, Yuna and Aelin. Outside of work, she likes to read, and watch movies. She is also currently writing a fantasy book series that she hopes to one day publish.

Madison Slotta

Kennel Assistant

Madison is a high school student with big dreams of becoming a veterinarian. She has lived in North Carolina almost her whole life having moved to Cary at the age of five. Madison can’t imagine her future outside a career in animal science so she asked to job-shadow Dr. Cindy Johnson. In August of 2020, she officially began working at Peak City Vet. While working at the clinic, Madison has fallen in love with veterinary medicine. She has a passion for learning and works hard in school because once she graduates, her goal is to attend the North Carolina State School of Veterinary Medicine. When not spending time at Peak City Vet or school, Madison enjoys going to the beach, traveling, cycling, fitness activities, learning about nutrition, and playing with her sweet dog Harlee. She also enjoys learning the ins and outs of running a business from her dad, who is a small business owner.