Internal Medicine

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Internal Medicine

Our board-certified veterinary internists are trained to diagnose and treat systemic diseases, excluding those requiring surgery and those affecting the special senses (eyes, nervous system, hearing). Commonly referred conditions include:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Renal failure
  • Infectious diseases

Carolina Veterinary internists rely on a vast variety of blood tests as well as radiography, endoscopy, and ultrasound to determine the cause of your pet’s illness. When necessary, they are supported in their diagnostic efforts by our other pet specialists.

Your veterinarian can advise you as to whether a referral to an internist is appropriate for you and your pet.

Veterinarians of Internal Medicine

Gavin Olsen
Greensboro
Brier Bostrom
Matthews
Brian Geesaman
Winston-Salem
Julie Hartfield
Charlotte
Jordan Jaeger
Charlotte
Lidia Pallo
Huntersville
Lauren Reid
Matthews
Kathleen Bonawandt
Rock Hill
Susan M. Simmerson
Winston-Salem

Greensboro

Gavin Olsen

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Science: Mississippi State University, 2003 – 2007
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine: Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2003 – 2007

Internship:

  • Small Animal Rotating Internship: Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2007 – 2008
  • Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency: Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2008 – 2011

Work History:

  • Internal Medicine Specialist: Iowa Veterinary Specialties
  • Internal Medicine Specialist: Charleston Veterinary Referral Center

Professional Accomplishments:

  • College of Veterinary Medicine Envoy – Fall 2004 – Spring 2005
  • 1st place Phi Zeta Abstract Competition at MSU-CVM – Fall 2004
  • Graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi State University – May 2004
  • 4th place Abstract Presentation Competition for American Society of Animal Scientists Southern Section – Spring 2003

Publications:

  • “Use of terbinafine in the treatment protocol of primary intestinal cryptococcosis in a dog.” Journal Am Animal Hospital Assoc. 2012 May-Jun;48(3):216-20.
  • “Coccidiosis.” 5 Minute Veterinary Consult. 5th (finalized for publication in 6th ed.)
  • “Comparison of radiographic and urine antigen resolution of clinical blastomycosis.” Poster presentation – ACVIM Forum 2011.

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

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.

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

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.

Huntersville

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

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

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.

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.