Emily Wilson, D.V.M. – Vet
Ever since Emily’s first viewing of The Lion King at the young age of five, her interests have been primarily focused on lions and other big cats, with the ultimate goal of one day becoming a veterinarian. She accomplished that goal by completing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.
Emily spent many of her summers during her undergraduate years at Lee McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, and throughout vet school, working as an animal keeper at Tiger Haven. This big cat sanctuary in Kingston, TN is home to 300 lions, tigers, and other big cats. She also completed internships at the Conservators’ Center in North Carolina, as well as the Nashville Zoo. Emily has traveled to South Africa for a wildlife conservation internship in Hoedspruit, and a summer with a veterinarian in Lephalale. On these trips, she participated in everything from collecting data on lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and various hoofstock, to assisting with immobilization of antelope and rhinos for relocation and veterinary care.
Emily enjoys all aspects of exotic cat medicine, and is especially interested in cancer and neurologic diseases affecting these felines. During her training UTCVM, she was privileged to contribute to research sponsored by the National Institute of Health, which she looks forward to continuing.
In her free time, Emily enjoys hanging out with her dog, Lulu, taking pictures, drawing, and collecting rocks/gemstones. She is very happy to be a part of the In-Sync family!
Adriene Goforth – Lead Keeper
Adriene first came to In Sync as an intern during the Summer of 2013. She was also enrolled in vet tech courses and working at a local petting zoo, but quickly realized that In Sync was where she wanted to stay. When offered a keeper position during her internship, she enthusiastically agreed!
Outside of In Sync, Adriene enjoys gardening and has an ever-growing African Violet collection. She is a true crime television aficionado and a lover of all cake.
Andrea Torina – Curator
Andrea first came to In-Sync as a volunteer in 2009. We knew in the first 4 months that Andrea was going to be a great asset to In-Sync. Andrea used to volunteer with the Kids wheelchair Basketball as a coaching assistant. She has always loved working with her own cats and wanted someday to work and learn all she could about big cats. Andrea learned very quickly and showed that she could be very dependable. In 2012 we were able to hire Andrea as a keeper and we are very fortunate to have her on our staff. Andrea loves to read and feels it’s one of the best ways of learning about the cats she now cares for. She also likes to make jewelry and can play 3 instruments. Andrea wanted to someday work with the big cats in Africa; we hope now, she is here to stay!
Kendal Crixel – Keeper
Kendall has always had a soft spot for animals. She volunteered at the SPCA for a year where she learned how to train dogs. During this time she helped train shelter dogs to hopefully make it easier for them to be adopted. When she started volunteering at In-sync Exotics she instantly feel in love with exotics and big cats. Kendall was hired at the beginning of November 2016 and has loved being a keeper. She is taking classes to get her degree in zoology and plans to help all kinds of exotic animals in the future. Kendall adopted an adorable black kitten from a shelter and he follows her all around. His name is Meeko. Kendall’s favorite thing is watching TV and cuddling with Meeko.
Jennifer Hatch – Keeper
Jennifer has always been drawn to animals, especially cats, reptiles, and raptors. Jennifer started volunteering in January 2016, and knew that she wanted to work with big cats in the future. Jennifer attends Tarrant County Collage and is working towards a degree in zoology. She was hired as a staff member in October 2016, and is very thankful for her opportunity to work with these majestic animals. She really likes learning everything she can to help out the cats. Jennifer enjoys being with nature, going on hikes, and camping. She loves to see wild things in their natural state. She wants to learn more about big cat species in the wild and hopes to see less harm to them all, one day.
Renato Lule – Keeper
Renato grew up around animals all of his life and has always felt an attachment to all of them big or small. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. He started as an intern in January of 2017 and was hired on as a keeper once his internship was over in April of 2017. He hopes to continue to learn as much as he can about any and all of the cats and continue to provide them the best home possible. When he isn’t working, Renato enjoys reading comic books and playing video and board games.
Brittney Russel – Vet Tech and Clinic Manager
Brittney started as a volunteer with us in 2013 and was asked to join In-Sync full time in 2016 as our veterinary technician and clinic manager. She fell in love with veterinary medicine at a young age while following around her family’s veterinarian who took care of their many pets. He allowed her to do her first ultrasound at age 8 and she was hooked! While she had worked mostly in small animal general practitioner clinics, she always aimed to work with avians, marine life, and large exotics. She moved to Hawaii where she spent time enjoying underwater photography and working with many avian species and birds of prey. Upon her returning, Brittney had an opportunity to assist in surgery on a bobcat who had been ensnared in a trap. After that experience, she was determined to seek out more work with large exotic cats; including her childhood favorite, the Lion. She now assists Dr. Emily Wilson in providing the best medical care for our beloved cats. She especially enjoys continuing her education, clicker training the cats for medical procedures, and performing dental cleanings on her patients. She shares her home with her fiance, Matthew, and their two children, Ashlyn and Aiden. They have 6 cats, 5 chickens, 4 fish, 2 dogs and a ball python.