Our Veterinary Support Staff

Take a moment to learn about the support staff who make our veterinarian's lives a little bit easier. Meet our team's technicians, assistants, and receptionists!

Christine Akers Practice Manager

Christine joined Bowman Animal Hospital in 2000.  She graduated from North Carolina State University in 2004 with a degree in Sociology and Environmental Sciences.  She says her love for animals and people were always a passion that came naturally.   Her first childhood dog was a Standard Dachshund named Chiggers but she loves them all – short, tall, fuzzy, small – and that’s no lie!

Her favorite part of her job is meeting new people and educating pet owners to ensure our companion animals live happy, healthy long lives.  She loves making lasting friendships with owners and their pets.  Throughout the years, all of her pets, currently three dogs and three cats, have found their way into her heart and home after being rescued.

When not at work, Christine enjoys gardening and kayaking.  Relaxing in a hammock or on the beach with a good book is not a bad way to spend the day either.   She can often be found with her husband Ken, listening to music or watching their daughter, Maggie, play volleyball.

Christine Akers Practice Manager


Sharita (Rita) Williams (they/them) Director of Operations

Rita was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. They have been passionate about the well-being of pets and veterinary medicine since a very young age and have been in the field for 18 years. In pursuing their veterinary career, they relocated to Virginia where they started working as a veterinary assistant in general practice. Rita later moved to North Carolina with their family where they found a passion for emergency and specialty medicine. Over the years they have ruthlessly advocated for their fellow assistants and technicians. They were motivated to seek out positions that would allow them to directly impact change for their team. They have since then served as an ER shift lead, practice manager and specialty veterinary technician manager. Rita is excited to now serve as the director of nursing at Bowman Animal Hospital and assist in providing the gold standard of care to pets in need.

Rita is a firm believer in honoring best practices in medicine, teamwork and outstanding customer service. It is very true that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. With that being said, they strive to ensure every client and pet has a great experience from the moment they walk through the door.

Outside of work, Rita enjoys spending time with their three boys and 3 pets, two dogs, Luther and George and a bearded dragon, Kakoa. Rita is a talented and fun free spirit who enjoys singing, karaoke, playing the piano, the outdoors, traveling, and is a huge foodie!

Sharita (Rita) Williams Director of Nursing