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Our Veterinarians 2016-10-19T15:27:06+00:00

Our Veterinarians

Name Locaton Specialty
Winston-Salem
Emergency
Charlotte
Emergency
Winston-Salem
Emergency
Charlotte
Surgery
Matthews
Neurology
Matthews
Oncology
Charlotte
Emergency
Matthews
Internal
Winston-Salem
Emergency
Winston-Salem
Neurology
Greensboro
Oncology
Winston-Salem
Surgery
Matthews
Emergency
Matthews
Cardiology
Huntersville
Oncology
Charlotte
Emergency
Charlotte
Ophthalmology
Greensboro, Huntersville
Behavior
Charlotte
Emergency
Matthews
Surgery
Winston-Salem
Internal
Winston-Salem
Emergency
Matthews
Emergency
Huntersville
Surgery
Charlotte
Internal
Greensboro
Surgery
Huntersville
Emergency
Charlotte
Internal
Winston-Salem
Emergency
Greensboro
Surgery
Matthews
Emergency
Huntersville
Emergency
Matthews
Oncology
Charlotte
Surgery
Greensboro
Radiology
Winston-Salem
Emergency
Greensboro
Emergency
Matthews
Surgery
Winston-Salem
Emergency
Charlotte
Internal
Matthews
Oncology
Huntersville
Exotics
Matthews
Neurology
Matthews
Internal
Rock Hill
Emergency
Rock Hill
Emergency
Rock Hill
Emergency
Rock Hill
Internal
Matthews
Emergency
Matthews
Emergency
Greensboro
Ophthalmology
Huntersville
Emergency
Winston-Salem
Internal
Greensboro
Emergency
Huntersville
Emergency
Charlotte
Ophthalmology
Winston-Salem
Rehab
Charlotte
Emergency
Greensboro
Emergency
Winston-Salem
Neurology

Winston-Salem

Kathleen Neshek

DVM

Education:

  • BS – University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, 2010
  • DVM – University of Minnesota – College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015

Internship:

  • Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery – Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral, 2016

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Neshek completed her Veterinary Medical Degree at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Immediately following she moved to Bowie, MD to complete a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship. It was during her internship that she developed a love for emergency and critical care. Dr. Neshek is eager to further her knowledge and explore her passion for emergency medicine with Carolina Veterinary Specialists.

Areas of Special Interest:

Laceration and wound management, Sled dog medicine

Charlotte

Karla Andrews

DVM

Education:

  • BS – North Carolina State University, 1990
  • DVM – Oklahoma  State University, 1996

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Andrews has been practicing Emergency Medicine since graduating in 1996. She has been an Associate with Carolina Veterinary Specialists since our opening in 1998.

Winston-Salem

Lisa Olsen

DVM, DACVECC

Education:

  • BS – University of California, Davis – 2004
  • DVM – Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine – 2008

Internship:

  • Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery – Iowa State University – 2009
  • Specialized Emergency and Critical Care – Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center – 2010

Residency:

  • Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center – 2013

Board Certification:

  • Diplomate – American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care – 2014

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Olsen has spoken locally, regionally, and nationally related to topics in critical care medicine, and has a strong commitment to educating.  Upon completion of her residency, she took a position in the intensive care unit at Iowa State University.  She more recently returned to private practice, relocating with her husband from Charleston in 2017.  She strives to make emergency and critical care medicine approachable for her clients, her staff, her regional referring veterinarians, as well as her colleagues at Carolina Veterinary Specialists.  She has published in scientific literature on several topics related to critical care medicine, including gunshot wounds, electrolyte derangements in diabetic ketoacidosis, and dyslipidemias in critically ill dogs. 

When not at work, Dr. Olsen enjoys spending time with her husband, their young daughter, and their pets, a Golden Retriever named “Roubaix”, and their cat, a Maine Coon mix named “Memphis”.  Additionally, Dr. Olsen has been a long-time avid bicyclist, a culinary enthusiast, and thoroughly enjoys the cinema.

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Trauma resuscitation
  • Transfusion medicine
  • Sepsis and shock therapy
  • Advanced life support therapies – long term mechanical ventilation, peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis

Charlotte

Gregory Arnold

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Education:

  • BS – Tarleton State University, 1997
  • DVM – Texas A&M University, 2001
  • Fellowship – University of Tennessee, 2005

Internship:

  • Kansas State University, 2002

Residency:

  • North Carolina State University, 2005-2008

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2009

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Arnold published several articles during his orthopedics fellowship at the University of Tennessee. He co-authored book chapters in Veterinary Clinics of North America on kinematics, kinetics and physical rehabilitation and was awarded the “best laboratory research publication of the year” through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009 for his resident research on the mechanical testing of surgical biomaterials. Following completion of his residency in 2008 he returned to Texas and worked with the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. In 2011, he and his wife moved back to her hometown of Charlotte and joined Carolina Veterinary Specialists as one of our staff surgeons. He and his wife have twin girls. Dr. Arnold has given lectures at both local continuing education meetings and national symposiums

Areas of Special Interest:

Cranial cruciate ligament injuries, fracture management, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, cardiothoracic, oncologic and reconstructive surgeries, wound management

Matthews

Robert Bergman

DVM, MS Diplomate, ACVIM, Medical Director – Matthews

Education:

  • BS – West Virginia University, 1994
  • DVM – University of Georgia, 1997-1998

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship – University of Georgia, 1997-1998

Residency:

  • Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 1998-2001
  • Master of Science, Virginia Tech, 2001

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology), 2001

Professional Accomplishments:

Following his residency, Dr. Bergman taught at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine for 2 years prior to starting the Neurology service at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte. Dr. Bergman has authored more than 30 articles, abstracts, and book chapters, and he lectures nationally on various topics related to neurology and neurosurgery. He currently serves as Chief of Staff for the CVS Township Road location.

Areas of Special Interest:

Spinal Fusion, Neurosurgical Oncology, Inflammatory Diseases of the CNS

Matthews

Krista Kelsey

DVM, Diplomate ACVR-RO

Education:

  • BS – Siena College, Loudonville, NY 2004
  • DVM – University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 2009-2013

Internship:

  • Small Animal Rotating Internship, University of Florida 2013 – 2014

Residency:

  • North Carolina State University CVM, 2014-2017

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Radiology – (Radiation Oncology), 2017

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Kelsey was trained in Radiation Oncology at NC State University. There, she became proficient in the use of stereotactic radiation therapy as well as conventional radiation therapy. She was involved in multiple clinical trials including the development of a novel pain assessment tool in dogs undergoing radiation therapy. She has a special interest in stereotactic radiation therapy (also sometimes called stereotactic radiosurgery/SRS/SRT/SBRT).

Areas of Special Interest:

Stereotactic radiation therapy, radiation therapy for brain tumors, cancer pain management

Charlotte

Robert Messenger

DVM

Education:

  • DVM – Ohio State University, 1974

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Messenger received his DVM degree from Ohio State University in 1974. He served in the US Army Veterinary Corps immediately following graduation. He was honorably discharged from his military obligation in 1977 and returned to Charlotte in 1979. Dr. Messenger has practiced emergency medicine in North Carolina for 40 years.

US Army Veterinary Corps, with duty stations in Boston, Massachusetts, San Antonio, Texas, and Delta Junction, Alaska.

Trained in public health. He has been a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society since 1986 and has served on the Board of Directors of VECCS as Treasurer, and currently as its President. Dr. Messengers leisure interests include cycling, vegetable gardening, herpetology, hiking, volunteer support for Mecklenburg Council of BSA…all outdoor stuff. Indoors, he loves to cook.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Shock, trauma, and acid-base abnormalities

Matthews

Brier Bostrom

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)

Education:

  • BS – Furman University, 2001
  • DVM – University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, 2005

Internship:

  • Garden State Veterinary Specialists, 2005-2006

Residency:

  • Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, 2007-2010

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Small Animal, 2010

Professional Accomplishments:

After her residency, Dr. Bostrom spent 2 years practicing internal medicine at a referral hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Although exploring the desert was exciting, returning to the southeast was important, as Dr. Bostrom has always considered the south her home. Throughout the years, Dr. Bostrom has earned several honors and scholarships. During the last year of her residency, she earned the TVMF Waddell Scholarship Award in honor of her service to the teaching hospital. During her training, she has also participated in research utilizing immunohistochemistry, histopathology, PCR, DNA sequencing, and genomics, and she has presented on topics such as pancreatitis, copper-associated hepatopathy, diabetes mellitus and treatment strategies for diarrhea.

Areas of Special Interest:

Gastrointestinal disease, infectious disease and endocrinology

Winston-Salem

Matthew Braun

DVM

After completing his PhD in Materials Chemistry at University of Michigan, Dr. Braun went on to complete his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University with clinical training at Texas A&M University in 2005. In 2006, he also completed an internship at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University in small animal medicine and surgery. He has gone on to practice in the area of emergency medicine and joined Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2015.

Winston-Salem

Kathryn Bray

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM Neurology

Education:

  • BSA – University of Tennessee at Martin, 2008
  • DVM – University of Tennessee, 2012

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, University of Georgia, 2012-2013

Residency:

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery, North Carolina State University, 2013-2016

Professional Accomplishments:

After completing her veterinary education, Dr. Bray continued her advanced training with an internship at the University of Georgia, and a rigorous residency in neurology and neurosurgery at North Carolina State University. She presented two research projects at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in 2015, on magnetic resonance imaging of dogs with atlanto-axial subluxation and the use of a continuous infusion of midazolam for emergent seizure control. Additional publications include the first report of a complete eosinophilic pleocytosis in the spinal fluid of a cat, and a novel approach to the cranial thoracic spine of dogs and cats.
Dr. Bray lives at home with her husband and two big dogs, Buster and Dozer. She enjoys running and hiking, as well as home renovation projects!

Areas of Special Interest:

Neurosurgery, Neurologic emergencies, Intervertebral disc disease, Neuroimaging

Greensboro

Diana Burr

DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM

Education:

  • BS – Syracuse University, 2001
  • MS – University of Rhode Island, 2004
  • DVM (with Honors) – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008

Internship:

  • Small Animal Rotating Internship – Kansas State University, 2008-2009

Residency:

  • Oncology – Kansas State University, 2010-2013

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Diplomate, ACVIM
  • Oncology

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Burr graduated with Honors from the University of Illinois. During her clinical year, she was given several awards, including Nike’s Gift, which is awarded to a student with an interest and proficiency in oncology. Dr. Burr completed a small animal rotating internship at Kansas State University, After which, she had the opportunity to engage in cancer-based research for 1 year. Dr. Burr subsequently completed her oncology residency at Kansas State University in 2013. She believes in providing compassionate care to all of her patients and nurturing the human-animal bond. Outside of work, Dr. Burr enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

Areas of Special Interest:

Lymphoma, Mast Cell Tumors

Winston-Salem

Steven Cogar

Medical Director, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Education:

  • BS – University of Missouri, 2003
  • DVM – University of Missouri, 2007

Internship:

  • University of Tennessee, 2007-2008

Residency:

  • University of Georgia, 2008-2011

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2012

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Cogar graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri at Columbia for both his undergraduate and veterinary tenures, garnering many awards and scholarships along the way. During his surgery residency, he helped teach surgery courses to 3rd year veterinary students, and he helped to train 4th year students, interns, and residents on the clinic floor. Dr. Cogar published several orthopedic articles during the residency and presented at prestigious symposium (Veterinary Orthopedic Society, American College of Veterinary Surgeon Symposium). Dr. Cogar joined Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Winston-Salem in September 2011. His personal interests include sports, duck decoy carving, and fitness.

Areas of Special Interest:

Diseases of the Shoulder, Orthopedics.

Matthews

Jessica Cooper

DVM

Education:

  • BA – George Mason University
  • DVM – Kansas State University

Internship:

  • Friendship Hospital for Animals, Washington, DC.

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Cooper received her BA in Biology from George Mason University in 2006 and went on to receive her DVM from Kansas State University in 2010. She then completed a one-year rotating small animal internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC . Following that, Dr. Cooper moved to the Charlotte area and practiced small animal emergency medicine for 3 years before joining the staff at Carolina Veterinary Specialists as an Emergency Doctor.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency and Critical Care, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Matthews

Elizabeth Cox

DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Education:

  • BS – George Washington University, 2005
  • DVM – Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2010

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship, Iowa State University, 2010-2011

Residency:

  • VCA West Los Angeles 2011-2014

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Cox received her BS degree from George Washington University, graduating cum laude in 2005. She completed her veterinary training at Auburn University in 2010, also graduating with cum laude honors. While in veterinary school, Dr. Cox conducted pharmaceutical research, which was later published in the prestigious Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Dr. Cox finished an internal medicine and surgery internship at Iowa State University and recently completed a three-year cardiology residency at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, one of the largest and most technically advanced specialty centers in the US.

Areas of Special Interest:

Congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, arrhythmias

Huntersville

Christine Fahey

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

Education:

  • AB- Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 2004
  • DVM- Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 2008

Internship:

  • Rotating Internship- Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, 2008-2009
  • Oncology Internship- University of Florida, 2009-2010

Residency:

  • Medical Oncology Residency- University of Florida, 2010-2013

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2013

Professional Accomplishments:

After veterinary school, Dr. Fahey completed a one year rotating internship in Denver, CO. Dr. Fahey then completed an oncology internship followed by a medical oncology residency at the University of Florida. She worked at a private specialty practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for three years before joining Carolina Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Fahey has published studies on chemotherapy for lymphoma and osteosarcoma.

Areas of Special Interest:

Lymphoma, Mast cell tumors

Charlotte

Erica Feiste

DVM

Education:

  • BA – Hollins University, Biology
  • DVM – North Carolina State University

On the Job:

Dr. Erica Feiste became a veterinarian because she enjoys helping pets and the people who love them. Emergency medicine keeps her interested day-to-day because of the variety of cases she sees. Because of the nature of emergencies, she often works with clients and patients she’s never seen before, so she makes it her goal to bond with them as quickly as possible.

Areas of Special Interest:

Anesthesia and analgesia, soft tissue surgery, reproductive emergencies and endocrinopathies.

Charlotte

Tina Fife

DVM, Diplomate ACVO

Education:

  • BS – University of Miami, General Honors
  • DVM – The Ohio State University

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship – Michigan Veterinary Specialists
  • Ophthalmic Pharmacokinetics and Toxicology Internship – The Biological Test Center

Residency:

  • Eye Care for Animals, Tustin, CA, 2006-2009
  • Resident Award – Best Research Poster, ACVO conference, 2008

Board Certification:

  • Board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

Professional Accomplishments:

After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, Dr. Fife completed her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University. She then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Michigan Veterinary Specialists in Southfield, Michigan and a second internship in ophthalmic pharmacology and drug discovery in Irvine, California. Dr. Fife completed a three-year veterinary ophthalmology residency program with Eye Care for Animals, focusing on drug delivery systems to the eye. She is the recipient of the Resident Award, Best Research Poster, ACVO Conference, 2008.

Areas of Special Interest:

Canine and feline corneal disease and cataract surgery.

Greensboro, Huntersville

Gerrard Flannigan

DVM, Diplomate ACVB

Education:

  • BSc – Wildlife Biology, University of Guelph, 1982
  • DVM – Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, 1991
  • MSc – Applied Ethology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2001

Residency:

  • Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, 1998-2000

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, 2003 (Chair)
  • American Humane Association’s Advisory Board on Behavior and Training
  • Board of Regents of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Flannigan practiced general veterinary medicine for 3 years, prior to beginning his graduate work and residency. He is an adjunct clinical professor at NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine and lectures on behavior throughout North America.

Charlotte

Alissa Gallagher

DVM

Education:

  • BS – University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2003
  • DVM – Mississippi State University, 2008

Internship:

  • Rotating Internship – Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2008-2009
  • Surgery Internship – Georgia Veterinary Specialists, 2009-2010

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Gallagher completed her rotating internship here at Carolina Veterinary Specialists and then a surgery internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists. She practiced emergency medicine in Florida before joining our emergency team.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency Surgery, Wound Management and Trauma.

Matthews

Sean Gallivan

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Education:

  • BA – University of California, Santa Cruz, 1990
  • DVM – University of California, Davis, 1995

Residency:

  • Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 1996-1999

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2001

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Gallivan received his residency training in surgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Dr. Gallivan’s scholastic acknowledgements include Top Student in Small Animal Surgery and membership in Phi Zeta Honor Society. Prior to joining Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2008, Dr. Gallivan was the chief surgeon at Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center in Buffalo, NY for nine years. Dr. Gallivan is also certified to perform Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery and Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgery.

Areas of Special Interest:

Advance Fracture Fixation, Cruciate Ligament Injuries (TPLO and TTA), Head and Neck, Hepatobiliary Surgery (Liver and Gall Bladder), Pain Management.

Winston-Salem

Brian Geesaman

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)

Education:

  • BS- Elizabethtown College, PA, 2005
  • DVM- Western University of Health Sciences, CA, 2010

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship – VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, CT, 2010-2011
  • Internal Medicine and Oncology Internship – Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2011-2012

Residency:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine – 2012-2015

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Geesaman has participated in research evaluating vitamin deficiency in hyperthyroid cats. He has published an article outlining a unique case of high potassium induced by heparin therapy in a dog.

Areas of Special Interest:

Endocrine and gastrointestinal diseases.

Winston-Salem

Laura Gill

DVM

Education:

  • DVM – Texas A&M University

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine, Surgery, Neurology, and Emergency Medicine Internship

Professional Accomplishments:

After receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University, Dr. Gill relocated to Greensboro from Houston, TX. Since then, she has completed a 1-year rotating internship in small animal medicine, surgery, neurology, and emergency medicine and worked for one year as a general practitioner. Dr. Gill now focuses exclusively on emergency medicine. In addition to her work, she has volunteered for various animal rescue groups and The Conservators’ Center for big cats, and she has taught multiple pet first aid courses. In her spare time, Dr. Gill enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities and spending time with her dog and cat family.

Areas of Special Interest:

Trauma and Critical Care, Internal Medicine, and Neurology.

Matthews

Brent Gordon

DVM

Education:

  • BS – University of Maryland, 2005;
  • DVM – Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 2014

Internship:

  • Carolina Veterinary Specialists- Small Animal Medical and Surgical Rotating Internship, 2014-2015

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Gordon received his DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and then completed an internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists. He has a history in bio-medical research and has previously worked at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins. In his free time he enjoys backpacking, the outdoors, and travel.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency medicine, surgery

Huntersville

Ellyn D. Gouldin

DVM, DACVS-SA

Education:

  • BS: University of Richmond, 2005
  • DVM: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 2005-2009

Internship:

  • Cornell University Hospital for Animals, 2009-2010
  • Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, 2010-2011

Residency:

  • Hope Veterinary Specialists

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Small Animal, 2016

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Gouldin is originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond where she was admitted to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.  Following college she remained in Virginia and attended the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.  During veterinary school Dr. Gouldin was admitted to the Phi Zeta Honor Society and received multiple awards for academic achievement.  She then completed a rotating internship in Ithaca, NY at Cornell University followed by a specialty surgical internship at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas.  After the surgical internship Dr. Gouldin started her surgical residency at a private practice in Ohio before completing the residency at Hope Veterinary Specialists in Pennsylvania in 2015.  Dr. Gouldin was a staff surgeon for one and a half years at a private practice in New Jersey before joining the team at CVS.  She obtained board certification status in 2016.

Areas of Special Interest:

Orthopedics, minimally invasive surgery, surgical oncology, cardiothoracic surgery

Charlotte

Julie Hartfield

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)

Education:

  • BS – Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University
  • DVM – Louisiana State University

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medical and Surgical Rotating Internship – Carolina Veterinary Specialists

Residency:

  • Louisiana State University

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Hartfield received a bachelor of science in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry from Louisiana State University. She then attended graduate school at LSU and performed research involving cardiac disease and oxidative stress on the brain. She received a Phi Zeta award for her research and also was a speaker at the American Heart Association the same year. Dr. Hartfield then pursued veterinary medicine at LSU followed by an internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists. She recently completed her internal medicine residency at LSU and has returned to join Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte.

Areas of Special Interest:

Immune-mediated disease, hematology and endocrinology

Greensboro

Jennifer Hoch

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Education:

  • BS – Auburn University, 1998
  • DVM – Auburn University, 2001

Internship:

  • University of Illinois, 2001-2002
  • Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, 2002-2003

Residency:

  • Iowa State University, 2003-2006

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2007

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Hoch began clinical referral practice in 2006 in Virginia. She joined the Carolina Veterinary Specialists team in 2007. Dr. Hoch has received teaching awards and scholastic acknowledgements, including membership in Phi Zeta Honor Society. Dr. Hoch has published research articles and a book chapter. She has served as a laboratory teaching assistant for the BioMedtrix Canine Total Elbow Replacement Certification Course and the IMEX Complete Course in External Skeletal Fixation. Dr. Hoch is also certified to perform the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery.

Areas of Special Interest:

Fracture Repair, Wound Healing, Tumor Removal and Reconstructive Surgery.

Huntersville

Amelia Huff

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Clemson University 2003-2007
  • DVM – Texas A&M University 2008-2012

Internship:

  • Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Rotating Internship 2012-2013

Areas of Special Interest:

Soft tissue surgery, critical care, wildlife and exotic medicine

Charlotte

Jordan Jaeger

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)

Education:

  • BS – University of Oregon, 1991
  • DVM – Oregon State University, 1998
  • MS – The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 1998-2002

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship – University of Illinois, 1998-1999

Residency:

  • The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 1998-2002

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Small Animal, 2003

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Jordan Jaeger was awarded the coveted SCAVMA Outstanding Teacher award while a resident at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in June 2001. He also earned the prestigious Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital Service Award in June 2002, which is awarded to one resident every year. Dr. Jaeger joined Carolina Veterinary Specialists after completion of his residency in the summer of 2002. He has lectured at local meetings and continuing education seminars.

Areas of Special Interest:

Some of his interests include Nephrology, Urology and Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections. He is currently conducting a clinical trial to explore the impact a specific diet has on renal function.

Winston-Salem

Shelley Johnson

DVM

Education:

  • BS – St. Andrews Presbyterian College, 1994
  • MS – Wake Forest University, 1997
  • DVM – North Carolina State University, 2004

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship – Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2005

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Johnson obtained a Masters Degree in Biology from Wake Forest University, and then taught high school science for two years before attending North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Throughout her veterinary schooling, Dr. Johnson knew she wanted to be an emergency medicine clinician, and won the Excellence in Small Animal Emergency Medicine award as a 4th year veterinary student. Dr. Johnson completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in 2005, and has enjoyed working as an Emergency Medicine Clinician at Carolina Veterinary Specialists since that time.

Areas of Special Interest:

Gastrointestinal Diseases and Surgery, Snakebites of NC.

Greensboro

Linda Lew

DVM, MSc, Diplomate ACVS

Education:

  • BSc – University of Guelph, 1983
  • DVM – University of Guelph, 1990

Internship:

  • University of Prince Edward Island, 1992
  • MSc – University of Saskatchewan, 1996

Residency:

  • University of Saskatchewan, 1993-1996

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1998

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Lew was an associate veterinarian at a general small animal practice in Ontario, Canada before completing an internship and residency. She has published several articles and book chapters and taught at the University of Saskatchewan prior to joining a private referral practice in Chicago, and subsequently, the Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2000.

Areas of Special Interest:

Thoracic, Hepatobiliary, Reconstructive, General Soft Tissue and Orthopedic Surgery.

Matthews

Ingrid Lombardino

DVM

Education:

  • BA – Neuroscience, Smith College, 2003
  • DVM – Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2011

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medical and Surgical Rotating Internship – Carolina Veterinary Specialists

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Lombardino received her DVM from Cornell University with a special focus in exotic pets. She then completed a small animal medical and surgical rotating internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists prior to joining our team of emergency doctors. Dr. Lombardino currently serves as Director of Emergency Service for the Matthews Hospital.

Areas of Special Interest:

Critical care, toxicology, pain management, reptiles, fish, and other exotic pets.

Huntersville

Kelly McClure

DVM

Education:

  • BS: Northern Michigan University, 2000
  • DVM: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
  • Internship: Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2007-2008

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. McClure has worked in the surrounding Charlotte area for 8 years as a general practitioner.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency Medicine and Neurology.

Matthews

Claudia McFadden

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM Oncology

Education:

  • BS – Microbiology, University of Maryland, 1996
  • BS – Animal Science, University of Maryland, 1996
  • DVM – VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 2000

Internship:

  • Small Animal Internship – Florida Veterinary Specialists, 2000-2001
  • Oncology Internship – Florida Veterinary Specialists, 2001-2002

Residency:

  • Colorado State University, 2002-2005

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Oncology, July 2005

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. McFadden finished her residency and training program at Colorado State University and then started the oncology program at Carolina Veterinary Specialists. She has developed a foundation, Murray’s Fund, at Carolina Veterinary Specialists to assist owners in financial need in covering the costs of cancer therapy. In support of this endeavor, she participates in several fundraising events throughout the year, including the annual Dog Walks with the American Cancer Society. Dr. McFadden is currently involved in starting the radiation therapy department at Carolina Veterinary Specialists.

Areas of Special Interest:

Osteosarcoma and Lymphoma, Novel Therapeutics, Clinical Trials.

Charlotte

Daniel Mertens

DVM, Diplomate ACVS, Medical Director-Charlotte

Education:

  • BA – University of Colorado, Boulder, 1992
  • MS – University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1995
  • DVM – University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1997

Residency:

  • Cornell University, 1998-2001

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2003

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Mertens taught and did research at Texas A&M University following his residency. During his tenure at Texas A&M, Dr. Mertens received the prestigious national Phi Zeta award for most outstanding manuscript in the basic science category in 2003. Dr. Mertens has numerous publications including articles and book chapters and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. In 2005, Dr. Mertens left academia to join the team at Carolina Veterinary Specialists.

Areas of Special Interest:

Minimally Invasive Surgery including Arthroscopy, Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy, Surgical Oncology and Advanced Orthopedic Surgery such as joint replacement and limb-sparing procedures.

Greensboro

Sharon Mortenson

DVM, Diplomate ACVO

Education:

  • BS – Frostburg State University
  • DVM – Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 1995

Internship:

  • Small Animal Internship – University of Missouri, 1995-1996

Residency:

  • Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Therapy Residency – University of Illinois, 1996-2000

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Radiology

Professional Accomplishments:

After completion of her residency, Dr. Mortenson joined the faculty at the University of Illinois for one year before joining Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2001.

Areas of Special Interest:

Abdominal Ultrasound, Radiographic Special Procedures and CT.

Winston-Salem

Abby Mulchi

DVM

Education:

  • BS – North Carolina State University, 2008
  • DVM – North Carolina State University, 2012

Internship:

  • Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2012-2013

Professional Accomplishments:

Prior to veterinary school Dr. Mulchi was involved in genomic research at NCSU – CVM where she co-authored multiple publications. It was these experiences that lead her to attend veterinary school. During her spare time, Dr. Mulchi taught mentally challenged adults enrolled in the compensatory education program through Wake Technical College. During her clinical rotations, she also received an award for oncology. After veterinary school she completed the rotating medicine and surgical internship at CVS – Greensboro/Winston Salem. Here she received a lot of experience in Emergency Medicine and realized this was her passion. After her internship she practiced at a mixed animal veterinary hospital in rural North Carolina for 1 year. She has now returned to CVS to pursue Emergency Medicine.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Emergency Surgery, Oncology, Neurology

Greensboro

Louis (TJ) Muse

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Guilford College, 2004
  • DVM – North Carolina State University, 2009

Internship:

  • Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2009-2010

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Muse took part in many organizations while attending veterinary school and attained awards in clinical nutrition and anesthesia. He also took part in clinical research involving researching activity level in dogs with asymptomatic heart disease. He completed a post-doctoral internship with Carolina Veterinary Specialist in Greensboro, NC before signing on with the emergency department in Winston-Salem.

Areas of Special Interest:

Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.

Matthews

Michelle Nanfelt

DVM, MS, DACVS

Education:

  • MS – Anatomy & Neurobiology, Colorado State University, 2001
  • DVM – Colorado State University, 2005
  • MS – Clinical Science, Colorado State University, 2010

Residency:

  • Colorado State University, 2007-2010

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2012

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Nanfelt graduated with honors from Colorado State University in both her Masters of Science in Anatomy and Neurobiology and DVM degrees. During her residency, Dr. Nanfelt authored two grants for her research related to portosystemic shunts, receiving funding through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007 (Surgeon-in-Training Grant) and the Center for Companion Animal Studies and Professional Veterinary Medical Grant Program at Colorado State University in 2008.

Areas of Special Interest:

Reconstructive and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Portovascular Anomalies, Medical and Surgical Veterinary Oncology, Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques.

Winston-Salem

Annie Noeller

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Newman University, 2002
  • DVM – Kansas State University, 2006

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine Internship – Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2006-2007

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Noeller graduated with honors in Chemistry and Biology and was awarded her Bachelor of Science Degree in 2002. She was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 2002, where she was awarded with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2006. She then moved to North Carolina and completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Carolina Veterinary Specialist in 2007. She worked at a local practice as a Small Animal Practitioner from 2007- 2012 before signing as an emergency doctor in Winston-Salem.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Wound Care, and Pain Management.

Charlotte

Lidia Pallo

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)

Education:

  • BS – Cornell University, 1998
  • DVM – University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2002

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship – VCA Berwyn and Aurora Animal Hospitals, 2004-2005

Residency:

  • Small Animal Internal Medicine – University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2006-2008

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Pallo practiced both equine and emergency medicine before completing her Internal Medicine residency. Prior to joining Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2010, she was employed as a staff internist at Illinois’s VCA Animal Hospital. Dr. Pallo has been published by Compendium: “Fluoroquinolones; Then and Now” and has spoken at various educational seminars for local practitioners, interns, and veterinary students.

Areas of Special Interest:

Renal Disease, Endocrinology and Feline Medicine.

Matthews

Shannon Parfitt

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

Education:

  • BS – University of Georgia, Athens, GA 2002
  • DVM – University of Georgia, Athens, GA 2007

Internship:

  • Rotating Internship – The Animal Medical Center, 2007-2008

Residency:

  • Medical Oncology Residency – University of Florida, 2008-2011

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2011

Professional Accomplishments:

Following veterinary school, Dr. Parfitt completed a one-year rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York. Dr. Parfitt then completed her residency in medical oncology at the University of Florida, during which she received the University of Florida’s award for the most outstanding resident seminar presentation. Dr. Parfitt’s research interests included radiation therapy and transitional cell carcinoma. She sees appointments on Thursdays in Huntersville and all other weekdays in Matthews.

Areas of Special Interest:

Urogenital Cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma.

Huntersville

Lauren Powers

DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice), Diplomate ABVP (Exotic Companion Practice)

Education:

BA – Boston University, 1990

DVM – Tufts University, 1994

Residency:

North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM), 1995-1997

Board Certification:

  • American Board of Veterinary Practitioners – Avian Practice, 1997 (recertified 2006 and 2016)
  • American Board of Veterinary Practitioners – Exotic Companion Mammal Practice, 2012

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Powers worked in general private practice for a year before her residency and for five years after her residency at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) before joining the staff at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2002. Dr. Powers is also an adjunct assistant professor at NCSU-CVM. She currently serves as the president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV). She served as the chairperson of the AAV Research Committee from 2006 through 2012. She served as vice-president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) from 2007 to 2009, and served as a board member for the AEMV from 2007 to 2010. She was a 2011 and 2012 recipient of the AAV President’s Award for Outstanding Service, the 2008 recipient of the AEMV President’s Award, and has received numerous other professional honors and awards. Dr. Powers has written more than twenty scientific journal articles and book chapters and has lectured extensively locally, regionally, and nationally. Dr. Powers completed a clinical drug safety trial for the use of Advantage Multi for Cats (Bayer) in domestic ferrets, and has conducted several other research studies while at Carolina Veterinary Specialists, including an investigation into the metabolism of the anticonvulsant drug phenobarbital in African grey parrots and ongoing studies investigating a newly characterized intestinal parasite of cockatiels, Spironucleus meleagridis.

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Avian and Exotic Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, Avian Neurologic Diseases, Immune-Mediated and Endocrine Diseases of Ferrets, Cardiac Diseases of Ferrets

Selected Publications:

  • Speer B, Powers LV. Anatomy and disorders of the beak and oral cavity of birds. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice. 2016;19(3):707-736.
  • Levy MG, Powers LV, Gore KC, Marr HS. Spironucleus meleagridis, an enteric diplomonad protozoan of cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus): Preliminary molecular characterization and association with clinical disease. Veterinary Parasitology 2015;208(3):169-173.
  • Northrup NC, Barron HW, Aldridge C, Powers LV, Greenacre CB, Hutcheson J, Morrisey JK. Outcome for client-owned domestic rabbits undergoing limb amputation: 34 cases (2000-2009). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 2014;244:950-955.
  • Powers LV, Papich, M. Pharmacokinetics of orally administered phenobarbital in African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus erithacus). Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2011;34(6): 615-617.
  • Powers LV. Bacterial and parasitic diseases of ferrets. Veterinary Clinics of North America Exotic Animal Practice 2009;12:531–561.​

Matthews

Russell Quigley

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Neurosurgery Certificate of Training

Education:

  • BS – University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2000
  • DVM – University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2004

Internship:

  • Small Animal Internship – University of Guelph, 2005

Residency:

  • Neurology Residency – Veterinary Neurological Center, 2008

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2008
  • American Veterinary Medical Association

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Quigley’s main research has focused on the intracranial manifestations of the fungal organism Coccidioides immitis (valley fever) that is endemic to the southwestern United States. He subsequently presented an oral abstract on the Intracranial Manifestations of Coccidioidomycosis during the annual ACVIM forum in Seattle, 2007. Dr. Quigley has also authored a paper reporting the first documented case of a green algal infection in a dog. The paper is titled Disseminated Chlorellosis in a Dog and is currently published in the Journal of Veterinary Pathology (2009). Dr. Quigley has extensive training in both medical and surgical neurology, including seizure disorders, intervertebral disc disease, brain and spinal tumors, neuromuscular disorders, and congenital brain and spinal malformations. He is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Dr. Quigley joined a specialty veterinary hospital in southeastern Michigan following his residency in 2008 and worked as the sole neurologist at the practice until August 2011. Dr. Quigley joined the team at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in September 2011.

Areas of Special Interest:

Spinal Surgery, Inflammatory Brain Disease, Neurological Manifestations of Fungal Infections.

Matthews

Lauren Reid

DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)

Education:

  • BS – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001
  • DVM – University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2005
  • MS – Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2011

Internship:

  • University of Illinois, 2005-2006

Residency:

  • Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2008-2011

Professional Accomplishments:

In joining CVS, Dr. Reid returns to her hometown of Matthews, NC. Prior to her residency, Dr. Reid worked as an emergency veterinarian in the Triangle area for two years. She has worked as a board-certified specialist in internal medicine since 2011 and joined CVS in 2013. She has been an author of scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been a presenter for continuing education seminars. She is a member of professional honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Zeta, and Gamma Sigma Delta. She graduated top of her class with Summa Cum Laude honors in her DVM program. She completed a master’s degree in biomedical sciences with research on the effects of trilostane and mitotane on aldosterone in canine Cushing’s disease.

Areas of Special Interest:

Endocrinology, Hematological disease, Gastrointestinal disease, Infectious disease

Rock Hill

Michelle Turner

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Georgia Institute of Technology, Industrial Engineering
  • DVM – University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2009

Experience:

After graduation, Dr. Turner spent 2 years in a small animal private practice in South Carolina before making the switch to Emergency Medicine.  She spent 6 years in Columbia, SC at an emergency and referral hospital followed by a year in Veterinary Industry with Hill’s Pet Nutrition.  In 2017, Dr. Turner returned to the ER and joined Carolina Veterinary Specialists at their new Rock Hill location.

Special Interests:

Dr. Turner’s interests include feline medicine and surgery, wound care, trauma cases and hospice care.  She enjoys teaching and mentoring staff while on the job.

Dr. Turner and her husband, Paul, stay busy with their 2 children, Layla and Cash, 3 dogs, 2 cats and a guinea pig.  She enjoys traveling, camping, hiking and live music.

Rock Hill

Lindsey Louderback

Education:

  • BA – Colgate University, 2008
  • DVM – Kansas State University, 2016

Internship:

  • Rotating Small Animal– VCA, 2016-2017

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Louderback completed her Veterinary Medical Degree at Kansas State University in 2016. She then moved to Norwalk, CT to complete a one-year rotating small animal internship. It was during her internship that she developed a love for emergency and critical care. Following the internship, she moved to South Carolina to join Carolina Veterinary Specialists.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency and Critical Care, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine

Rock Hill

Heidi Cooley

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Zoology Auburn University, 1998, Cum Laude
  • DVM – Auburn University 2001

Dr. Cooley has been practicing in the MetroCharlotte region since 2006, and has practiced throughout the U.S. prior to settling down in Rock Hill, SC. She has special interest in feline medicine and geriatric pet care, and is currently working towards advanced certification in hospice and palliative care.

Her Husband, Troy and two daughters, Madeline and Cece, live on a small hobby farm with goats, sheep and chickens. Her house is full of furry and feathered friends with four dogs, four cats and Murphy, the macaw. Dr. Cooley’s goal is to provide pet parents a partner in care, and she strives to provide all patients with a comfortable and caring environment.

Rock Hill

Kathleen Bonawandt

DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)

Education:

  • BS – Cornell University, 2003
  • DVM – Michigan State University, 2007

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship – Long Island Veterinary Specialists, 2007-2008

Residency:

  • Small Animal Internal Medicine – Animal Specialty Center, NY, 2008-2011

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Bonawandt practiced small animal internal medicine in metropolitan New York for four years before relocating to North Carolina. She has additional training in evidence based natural medicine, earning certification in veterinary Western herbal medicine. She takes an integrative approach to conventional veterinary medicine for pet owners interested in herbal treatments.

Dr. Bonawandt also performs current, minimally invasive techniques to treat her patients. She has taken advanced training in Interventional Radiology and Interventional Endoscopy as well as other image-guided procedures. She is a member of the Veterinary Interventional Radiology Interventional Endoscopy Society and the Veterinary Endoscopy Society. In addition, she is a member of the AVMA. She is published in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association and given numerous educational seminars for local practitioners, veterinary interns and residents.

Special Interests:

Endourology, Immune-mediated disorders and hematology.

Matthews

Jennifer Rupinski

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Mississippi State University, 2007
  • DVM – Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2011

Internship:

  • Carolina Veterinary Specialists- Small Animal Medical and Surgical Rotating Internship, 2011-2012

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Rupinski received her DVM from Auburn University and then completed an internship here at Carolina Veterinary Specialists. She then practiced general and emergency medicine for several years in Arizona before returning to CVS to join our emergency team. In her free time, Dr. Rupinski enjoys spending time with her multiple three-legged pets.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency medicine, exotics, pain management

Matthews

Jason Scott

DVM, BS

Education:

  • BS – University of Tennessee, Knoxville,  1997
  • DVM – University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, 2001

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery – Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. 2001-2002

Professional Accomplishments:

After completing his internship, Dr. Scott and his family moved to Charlotte. Since that time he has worked in the emergency and critical care field as an ER doctor and in the development of several ICUs. His outside activities and interests include running, music, sports (international soccer, football) and enjoying life with his family and close friends. He and his wife have 4 children and share their home with 3 dogs, a cat, fish, and a tortoise.

Areas of Special Interest:

Diseases of the thorax, pain management, radiology and emergency surgery.

Greensboro

Kelly Sigle

DVM, Diplomate ACVO

Education:

  • BA – University of Florida, High Honors, 1991
  • Post-Baccalaureate studies in Microbiology, University of Florida, 1996-98
  • DVM – University of Florida, 2002

Internship:

  • Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2002-2003

Residency:

  • Iowa State University, 2003-2006

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Sigle was elected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1990 and she was elected a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Research Honor Society in 2001. Dr. Sigle has published articles on cataract surgery, uveitis and glaucoma. She frequently lectures and provides continuing education on a wide range of ophthalmic topics including glaucoma, inherited ocular diseases, uveitis, and ocular emergencies.

Areas of Special Interest:

Intraocular Surgery, Glaucoma, Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease, Feline Ophthalmic Diseases.

Huntersville

Erin Barr​

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Biology, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, 2007
  • DVM – Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine, 2011

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship – Carolina Veterinary Specialists

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Barr received her DVM from Purdue University, before returning to the south to complete a small animal medical and surgical internship with Carolina Veterinary Specialists. She then worked as a general practitioner here in Charlotte prior to returning to CVS to join our team of emergency doctors. In her free time Dr. Barr enjoys traveling, kayaking and running. She shares her home with a rescued cat named Eloise.

Areas of Special Interest:

Wound Management, Soft Tissue Surgery, Neurologic Disease

Winston-Salem

Susan M. Simmerson

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)

Education:

  • Undergraduate: North Carolina State University (biochemistry)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Ross University, St. Kitts, West Indies. 2005
  • Clinical 4th year: Texas A&M University. 2004-2005

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship – Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, Akron, Ohio. 2005-2006

Residency:

  • Small Animal Internal Medicine – University of Minnesota, Veterinary Medical Center. 2006-2009

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Susan Simmerson is a board certified internal medicine specialist. In addition to enjoying all aspects of practice within internal medicine, Dr. Simmerson holds special interest in kidney disease, hepato-biliary disease, gastrointestinal disease and critical care. Prior to joining Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2015, she worked in private practice at Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral Hospital in Bowie, Maryland for over 6 years. While there she also developed and directed the hospital’s internship teaching program. Dr. Simmerson has published in the scientific literature on the topic of protein losing enteropathy in Yorkshire terrier dogs and she lectures regularly at continuing education meetings on many various internal medicine topics.

In her free time Dr. Simmerson enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She is also an avid outdoor enthusiast.

Greensboro

Candyce Thompson

DVM

Education:

  • BS- North Carolina A&T State University, 2011
  • DVM- North Carolina State University, 2015

Internship:

  • Miami Veterinary Specialists, 2015-2016

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Thompson entered veterinary school as a Laboratory Animal Scholar. Soon after she began her course work, she realized that emergency medicine was her passion. She has participated in many research studies involving equine and canine reproduction. Dr. Thompson has been inducted into many scholarly societies, has received numerous awards and has participated in many organizations. When she is not in the clinic, she enjoys collaborating with other veterinarians to increase the diversity and morale in veterinary medicine.

Areas of Special Interest:

Radiology, Teaching, and Emergency and Critical Care

Huntersville

Matthew Thompson

DVM

Education:

  • BA – Wake Forest University, 1995
  • DVM – University of Georgia, 2000

Internship:

  • University of Saskatchewan

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Thompson has spent his entire career in emergency medicine. After completing his internship, Dr. Thompson was employed as an emergency veterinarian at veterinary referral hospitals in Brooklyn, NY and NJ for several years. He and his wife moved to Charlotte, and Dr. Thompson joined CVS in the fall of 2006.

Areas of Special Interest:

Hematology, Respiratory Medicine, Cardiology, Infectious Diseases.

Charlotte

Amy Treadwell

DVM, Diplomate ACVO

Education:

  • BS – University of Findlay, 2000
  • DVM – University of Florida, 2005

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship – Georgia Veterinary Specialists, 2005-2006
  • Ophthalmology Internship – Veterinary Ophthalmology Services, 2006-2007

Residency:

  • Comparative Veterinary Ophthalmology Residency – Eye Care for Animals, 2007-2010

Board Certification:

  • Board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Professional Accomplishments:

After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Animal Science at the University of Findlay, Dr. Treadwell earned her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. She then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta, Georgia and a second internship in comparative ophthalmology at Veterinary Ophthalmology Services in Nashville, Tennessee. Following two years of internship, Dr. Treadwell completed a three-year comparative ophthalmology residency program with Eye Care for Animals. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

Areas of Special Interest:

Cataract Surgery, Intraocular Surgery, Blepharoplastic Procedures, and Glaucoma.

Winston-Salem

Jean Tuttle

DVM, CCRP

Education:

  • BS – West Virginia University, 1996
  • DVM – Tuskegee University, 2000

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Tuttle graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tuskegee University in 2000, where she was elected to the Society of Phi Zeta in her junior year. She also served as President of the Student Chapter of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. In 2007, she completed the requirements for certification in canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Tuttle joined the staff of Carolina Veterinary Specialists as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in May 2009.

Charlotte

Trisha Venzke

DVM

Education:

  • BS – The Ohio State University, 1998
  • DVM – The Ohio State University, 2003

Internship:

  • Small Animal Rotating Internship – Michigan Veterinary Specialists, 2003-2004

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Venzke received both her BS and DVM degrees from The Ohio State University. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists. She spent a year and a half as an emergency veterinarian in Raleigh, NC, before coming to CVS in 2006. She has a particular interest in emergency and critical care and is an associate doctor with Animal Emergency & Trauma Center.

Dr. Venzke is an avid Buckeye fan ! In her spare time, she enjoys her chickens (including Rooster Reznor), goats (Minnie and Pearl), attending rock concerts and enjoying her family with husband Tommy and two boys Zeplin and Nugent.

Areas of Special Interest:

Ophthalmology emergencies, Caring for the critical post-op patient, Thoracic/respiratory emergencies.

Greensboro

Alycia Washington

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Texas State University, 2004
  • MS – Texas State University, 2008
  • DVM – Texas A&M University, 2013

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Washington grew up in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas State University and earned a degree in Animal Science with a minor in photography. She later earned a Master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and developed a fondness for turtles. Dr. Washington received her DVM from Texas A&M University and began her career at an emergency/referral hospital in the Dallas area. In her free time, Dr. Washington enjoys traveling, watching movies, making jewelry and spending time with her husband Bartley and their pets.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency/Critical Care and Internal Medicine

Winston-Salem

Lindsay Williams

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM Neurology

Education:

  • BSA — University of Georgia, 2006
  • DVM — University of Georgia, 2009

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Cornell University, 2009-2010
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery, Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2010-2011

Residency:

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery, University of Tennessee, 2011-2014

Professional Accomplishments:

After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Williams completed an internship at Cornell University, followed by a neurology specialty internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists. She recently completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee. During her academic career, she trained numerous students, interns, and residents. She presented research at the South Eastern Veterinary Neurology Group Conference in 2010 and the Comparative and Experimental Medicine and Public Health Symposium in 2014. Recently, she authored a paper published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research on PET brain scans in healthy dogs. Dr. Williams also published the first reported case of spinal extramedullary hematopoiesis in a dog. During her free time she enjoys painting, running, hiking, and traveling.

Areas of Special Interest:

Spinal Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, Inflammatory Diseases of the CNS, Neuroimaging