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Emergency Veterinary Care

Carolina Veterinary Specialists is as an extension of your family veterinarian, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Late nights, weekends, and holidays – any time that you are unable to reach your vet, we are here to help. We provide care in the emergency, and then communicate with your family veterinarian so they can mange the condition long term.

Our entire staff is committed to emergency medicine.  We have a veterinarian in the hospital 24 hours a day.  We have access to a wide breadth of resources: including in-hospital laboratory testing, a 24 hour Intensive Care Unit with dedicated ICU nursing, and collaboration with our board-certified veterinary specialists.

Enjoy peace of mind for yourself, and outstanding care for your pet, with the most experienced emergency veterinary team in North Carolina.

Veterinarians for Emergency Medicine

Kathleen Neshek
Winston-Salem
Tiana Royer
Huntersville
Micah Doyle
Greensboro
June Crook Mason
Greensboro
Karla Andrews
Charlotte
Lisa Olsen
Winston-Salem, Greensboro
Stephanie Bedwell
Winston-Salem
Robert Messenger
Huntersville
Matthew Braun
Winston-Salem
Jessica Cooper
Matthews
Rachel Rice
Huntersville
Erica Feiste
Charlotte
Alissa Gallagher
Charlotte
Laura Gill
Winston-Salem
Brent Gordon
Matthews
Amelia Huff
Huntersville
Shelley Johnson
Winston-Salem
Ingrid Lombardino
Matthews
Kelly McClure
Huntersville
Abby Mulchi
Winston-Salem
Annie Noeller
Winston-Salem
Michelle Turner
Rock Hill
Lindsey Louderback
Rock Hill
Heidi Cooley
Rock Hill
Derrich Phillips
Rock Hill
Jennifer Rupinski
Matthews
Jason Scott
Matthews
Candyce Thompson
Greensboro
Trisha Venzke
Charlotte
Alycia Washington
Greensboro

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

Huntersville

Tiana Royer

DVM

Education:

  • BS – University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign 2008-2012
  • DVM – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2013-2017

Areas Of Special Interest:

  • Neurology, internal medicine, wildlife medicine, soft tissue surgery

Greensboro

Micah Doyle

DVM

Education:

  • BS- Business Management, Tulane University, 2009
  • BA- French, Tulane University, 2009
  • DVM- Louisiana State University, 2017

Internship:

  • Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2017-2018

Professional Accomplishments:

While in veterinary school, Dr. Doyle was a Medical/NIH Summer Scholar and presented her work at symposium at Cornell in Ithaca, NY. She also served as Class Representative and president of the Internal Medicine club and participated on the student legislative board and several other clubs. As a veterinarian, she works to facilitate strengthening the human-animal bond and enriching both clients’ and pets’ lives alike.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency and Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Ultrasound

Greensboro

June Crook Mason

DVM

Education:

  • University of Missouri Veterinary Medical School, 1996

Internship:

  • Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care

Professional Accomplishments:

Growing up on a farm outside a small town in Arkansas, Dr. Crook Mason knew from an early age that she wanted to be a veterinarian.  On her journey to becoming a veterinarian, she first became an RN. She worked in the ICU, ER, served as a flight nurse with an air rescue company and became board certified in emergency nursing. Her love for animals was still strong, however, and she returned to her original desire to be a veterinarian. Dr. Mason graduated from the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical School in 1996, then pursued an internship in emergency and critical care at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From Wisconsin, she moved to Southern California where she worked for twenty years as an emergency vet, serving a large portion of that time as Director of Medicine. She and her family decided to leave California and move to North Carolina, a place she says the people are kind to each other and values are still strong.

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, Greensboro

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

Winston-Salem

Stephanie Bedwell

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Clemson University, 2013
  • DVM – University of Georgia, 2017

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine & Surgery Rotating Internship – Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2017-2018

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Bedwell graduated with honors in Animal and Veterinary Science and was awarded her Bachelor of Science Degree in 2013. She was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Georgia in 2013, where she was awarded with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2017. She then moved to North Carolina and completed a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Greensboro. During her internship she found her love of emergency medicine and joined on as an emergency doctor in Winston-Salem.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Preventative Medicine, and Infectious Diseases

Huntersville

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

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.

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

Huntersville

Rachel Rice

DVM

Education:

BA – St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2008

DVM – University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, 2016

Internship:

Small Animal Rotating Internal Medicine and Surgery – Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2016-2017

Personal Accomplishments:

Dr. Rice began research while in undergraduate studies where she researched limb regeneration in salamanders. During veterinary school at the University of Minnesota, she simultaneously began her Masters in Public Health and she managed the SAVMA symposium, an annual conference held at rotating veterinary schools. Dr. Rice completed several clinical rotations at the University of Chiang Mai veterinary school in Thailand. Dr. Rice completed her rotating internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists and continued as an associate after its completion. She is currently completing her Masters in Public Health.

Special Interests:

Emergency and critical care, soft tissue surgery, public health ​

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Derrich Phillips

Dr. Phillips received his B.S. in Animal Science from Clemson University in 2002 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 2006. Dr. Phillips enjoys small animal critical care medicine and surgery. In his free time Dr. Phillips enjoys spending time with his wife and their 3 children.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency and Critical Care

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

Candyce Thompson

DVM

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Laboratory Animal Medicine: North Carolina A&T State University 2011
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: North Carolina State University 2015

Internship and Residency:

  • Small Animal Rotating Internship: Miami Veterinary Specialists 2015 – 2016

Work History:

  • Relief Emergency Veterinarian: Pet 911, 2015 – 2017

Awards and Honors

  • George H. Hitching’s New Investigator Award in Health Research Summer 2013
  • Alpha Chi Honors Society Fall 2010–Present
  • Alpha Kappa Mu National Honors Society Fall 2010–Present
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society Fall 2010–Present
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, The Honor Society of Agriculture Spring 2009–Present

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