Our vets.

Emily Ansel

DVM

On The Job

Dr. Emily Ansel is excited by all aspects of emergency medicine. She especially enjoys cases involving internal medicine, toxins, wound care and reproduction.

Education

  • Internship, Small Animal & Surgery, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Duke University, Durham

Off Duty

Outside of work, Dr. Ansel enjoys reading, exploring the outdoors and spending time with her family. She has a special interest in purebred dogs and has participated in various dog sports with her Vizsla and Brittany dogs.

Katherine Blincoe

DVM

On The Job

Dr. Katherine Blincoe brings a positive and bright attitude to work. She is particularly interested in emergency procedures including laceration repairs, thoracic limb amputations, foreign body removal, enucleations, and gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. She is also passionate about feline urethral obstruction and congestive heart failure cases.

Education

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA California Veterinary Specialists, Carlsbad
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale AZ
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Christopher Newport University, Newport News VA

Off Duty

Dr. Blincoe and her husband have a Labrador retriever, Wendy, and two cats, a black-and-white polydactyl, Rorschach, and an orange tabby, Shakespeare. She enjoys cooking, visiting with family, playing games, and spending time outside walking her dogs or drinking tea on her porch.

Lauren Block

DVM

On The Job

Dr. Lauren Block’s favorite cases are urgent emergencies. She loves stabilizing patients and seeing her efforts take effect. Her professional interests include urethral obstruction, pericardiocentesis, and hemoabdomen.

Education

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, Weymouth MA
  • Clinical Rotation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Granada
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Off Duty

Dr. Block lives with her husband, young daughter and black Lab, Lacey. She enjoys exercising, staying active and traveling.

Kelly Catanzaro

PhD, DVM

On The Job

Dr. Kelly Catanzaro is interested in treating feline upper respiratory diseases as there are a myriad of potential treatments and she finds it gratifying to identify which ones work best for each patient. Her interests also include Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases as well as infectious diseases, which were the subject of her PhD research.

Education

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, MedVet Akron, OH
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Animal Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park

Off Duty

Dr. Catanzaro and her husband have many pets, but her oldest (and most special) is her tortoiseshell cat named Hampster who she’s had since college. In her free time, Dr. Catanzaro enjoys hiking, being outdoors and renovating every room in her house.

Publications & Articles

Nick de Silvia

DVM

On The Job

Dr. Nick de Silvia’s professional interests include emergent endocrine diseases, autoimmune disorders and acute toxicities.

Education

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, Cary NC
  • Clinical Rotation, Auburn University, AL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada
  • Bachelor of Science, Queen’s College, Barbados

Off Duty

Dr. de Silvia lives with his wife, who is also a veterinarian, their two children, rescue mutt and two cats. Outside of work, he likes making homemade pasta and bread, exploring new places and playing pickleball.

Bennett Deddens

DVM, DACVR
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology

Diagnostic Imaging

On The Job

Dr. Bennett Deddens is particularly interested in ultrasound with emphasis on vascular anomalies and acute abdomen cases. He is trained in both large and small animal medicine.

Education

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, Radiology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Equine Medicine & Surgery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Clinical Rotation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

Off Duty

In his free time, Dr. Deddens enjoys listening to music and participating in outdoor activities like running, camping, mountain climbing and snowboarding. He likes spending time with his wife, who is also a veterinarian, and his daughter. His three cats were all rescued from shelters after Hurricane Florence in 2018.

Isel Del Valle

DVM, CVA

On The Job

As an experienced emergency clinician, Dr. Isel Del Valle is particularly interested in Eastern medicine, acupuncture, stabilization of septic patients, sports medicine, and rehabilitation.

Education

  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Chi Institute, Reddick, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Regional Veterinary Referral Center, Springfield, VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC

Off Duty

Dr. Del Valle is passionate about travel, gourmet cooking, dressage, gardening, family time, and Duke University sports. She has a horse, a dog and a cat.

Rhiannon Doka

DVM

On The Job

Dr. Rhiannon Doka provides compassionate and informative care for clients to make the best decisions for their pets’ cancer treatment options. Her goal is to give patients as much quality time as possible doing the things they love.
Dr. Doka’s special interests include comparative oncology, hematopoietic malignancy treatment, clinical trials, targeted cancer therapy and immunotherapy.

Education

  • Residency, Medical Oncology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Medical Oncology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Hospital of the Carolinas, Cary NC
  • Clinical Rotation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores FL

Off Duty

Dr. Doka enjoys spending her free time with family and friends. She has two dogs, Duffy and Taygan, and one cat, Rizzo, that always keep her on her toes.

Tara Enzweiler

VMD

On The Job

Dr. Tara Enzweiler appreciates the wide variety of cases, challenges, and fast pace of emergency medicine.

Education

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, Cary NC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Science-Business, University of Notre Dame, IN

Off Duty

Dr. Enzweiler is an avid fan of Notre Dame Athletics. She enjoys spending time visiting North Carolina’s beautiful beaches, staying active, playing sports, and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.

Frances Hinkle

DVM, DACVR, DACVR-EDI
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology and Equine Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging

On The Job

A dedicated clinician, Dr. Frances Hinkle’s professional interests include musculoskeletal imaging, ultrasound and computed tomography (CT).

Education

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology-Equine Diagnostic Imaging
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, Radiology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Services, Rochester, NY
  • Internship, Equine Medicine & Surgery, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington KY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M, College Station

Off Duty

When not at work, Dr. Hinkle enjoys hiking, exploring, cooking and spending time with her husband and dogs.

Publications & Articles

Randi Johnson

DVM

On The Job

Dr. Randi Johnson finds treating toxin ingestion, endocrine emergencies and sepsis the most gratifying.

Education

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, Cary, NC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH

Off Duty

Outside of work, Dr. Johnson enjoys running, reading and spending time with her husband, two dogs and bird.

Stephanie Knapp

DVM, DACVR
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology

Diagnostic Imaging

On The Job

Dr. Stephanie Knapp is passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of her patients and clients. She enjoys collaborating with her colleagues to find new and improved methods of figuring out the “puzzles” associated with each case. She promotes a low-stress experience for her patients by using hands-free radiology techniques to obtain diagnostic images when possible.

Prior to becoming a veterinary radiologist, Dr. Knapp worked as an emergency clinician and she still as an “ER spirit.” She likes using imaging to diagnose emergency conditions like foreign bodies and abscess. She finds cancer imaging particularly gratifying.

Education

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, Radiology, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center, CA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Truman State University, Kirksville MO
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Truman State University, Kirksville MO

Off Duty

Dr. Knapp and her husband enjoy outdoor activities and travel to beautiful places. She and her dog as interested in “canicross,” a sport involving cross-country running with dogs, on the local trails.

Jennifer Knutzen

DVM

Education

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, Raleigh-Durham, NC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Bachelor of Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Mathematics, University of Colorado, Boulder

David Lee

DVM, DACVS

On The Job

Dr. David Lee is most interested in orthopedic surgery, particularly surgical stabilization of the knee following cranial cruciate ligament rupture and joint replacement.

Education

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Residency, Anesthesiology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Off Duty

Dr. Lee enjoys woodworking, working about the house and watching his two sons play ultimate frisbee.

Sarah Leigh

DVM

On The Job

A highly experienced clinician, Dr. Sarah Leigh is passionate about integrated, collaborative medicine. She thrives in the fast-paced ER environment and enjoys treating and managing complex cases.

Education

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Florida Veterinary Specialists, Tampa
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN

Off Duty

A fan of outdoor sports, running and sports training, Dr. Leigh enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, dogs Stan and Shy and cat Joseph.

Maureen Levesque

VMD, DACVR
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology

Diagnostic Imaging

On The Job

An experienced clinician, Dr. Maureen Levesque is especially interested in imaging the musculoskeletal system. She also finds participating in emergency cases to be extremely gratifying.

Education

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, Radiology, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Grafton MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, Los Olivos CA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

Off Duty

When not working, Dr. Levesque enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her young son. She shares her home with two scruffy dogs and two kitties.

Cecelia Lounsberry

VMD

On The Job

Dr. Cecelia Lounsberry is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in oncology, emergency and critical care.

Education

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, PA

Off Duty

Dr. Lounsberry enjoys working out and spending time with her family, her dog, Millie, and cat, Smudge.

Kristen Malinak

DVM

On The Job

Dr. Kristen Malinak has a background in public health and spent two years working in Asia. She loves emergency medicine and enjoys stabilizing a sick patient and watching how their case unfolds over time, ideally with them going home to a happy family at the end.

Education

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Friendship Hospital for Animals, Washington DC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA

Off Duty

Away from the hospital, Dr. Malinak loves to travel and explore new cultures through food. She also rides horses in the English sport of Eventing and enjoys hiking and spending time with her boyfriend.

Marina Manashirova

DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal

Surgery

On The Job

Dr. Marina Manashirova’s interests include surgical oncology, wound management, and any condition involving the thorax.

Education

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA

Off Duty

Dr. Manashirova’s family consists of her husband, daughter, and a 24-year-old ball python. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.

Kimberly Piner

DVM

On The Job

A highly experienced clinician, Dr. Kimberly Piner particularly enjoys treating cases of toxicity, urethral obstruction and parvovirus.

Education

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, Portland OR
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus

Off Duty

When not at work, Dr. Piner enjoys running obstacle races and spending time with her husband and two children. She has three cats, one three-legged calico, one bobtail and one polydactyl.

Kelsey Routh

DVM

On The Job

As an emergency clinician, Dr. Kelsey Routh communicates effectively with clients and uses essential problem-solving skills to diagnose and treat her patients. She finds cases involving shock stabilization, blood transfusions and internal medicine particularly gratifying.

Education

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, Cary NC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

Off Duty

Outside of work, Dr. Routh enjoys hiking, discovering new restaurants and spending time with her husband and German shorthaired pointer, Laney.

Camille Sherrod

DVM

Education

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Arts, Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Carly Stevens

DVM

On The Job

Dr. Carly Stevens has worked in both a cell biology and genetics lab. Her clinical interests include treating histiocytic sarcoma, lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma and tumors.

Education

  • Residency, Medical Oncology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Medical Oncology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Bachelor of Science, Cell Biology, University of California, Davis

Off Duty

When not working, Dr. Stevens enjoys bicycling, hiking, listening to podcasts, trying new recipes and watching movies. She has a mixed-breed dog adopted in California and named after a local beach.

Cate Wadman

DVM

On The Job

Dr. Cate Wadman is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in internal medicine, especially working up endocrine disorders.

Education

  • Clinical Rotation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Union College Schenectady, NY

Off Duty

Dr. Wadman enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring the outdoors and spending time with her younger brother and her Grenadian pothound.

Ashlan Westbrook

DVM

On The Job

Dr. Ashlan Westbrook is most interested in emergency and critical care cases, and she has previously worked in Ethiopia, researching epizootic lymphangitis in working equids.

Education

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Raleigh-Durham, NC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Off Duty

Dr. Westbrook enjoys being outdoors with her golden retriever, Palmer, finding new music and bands, traveling, snowboarding and surfing.

Allie Wetzel

MS, DVM

On The Job

Dr. Allie Wetzel is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She is particularly interested in toxicologic emergencies and developing effective pain management protocols.

Education

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Master of Science, Forensic Toxicology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Associate of Science, Biology, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL

Off Duty

Dr. Wetzel enjoys living on her mini farm with her wife, two miniature horses, chickens, dogs and cats. In her free time, she does CrossFit competitions and gardening.

Summer Wheeler

DVM

On The Job

Dr. Summer Wheeler’s special interests include wound care, treating cardiomyopathy and blocked cats, and performing ultrasounds.

Education

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, Murray State University, Murray, KY

Off Duty

Dr. Wheeler enjoys lifting, spending time with her fiancé, reading and watching movies. She also loves spending time with her cats, dogs and foster kittens.

Candace Wimbish

DVM

On The Job

As an emergency clinician, Dr. Candace Wimbish is particularly interested in trauma medicine, pain management and feline medicine.

Education

  • Internship, Veterinary Clinical Medicine & Public Health, US Army, Fort Hood TX
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, University of Texas, Arlington

Off Duty

Dr. Wimbish is married, and she and her spouse enjoy camping, hiking and birdwatching. She has many pets, including a Siberian husky, three cats, a sugar glider, chickens and bees.

Rachel Wong

DVM

On The Job

Dr. Rachel Wong is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in oncology and internal medicine.

Education

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, San Diego State University, CA

Off Duty

Dr. Wong enjoys spending time with my two Maine coons, Meyer and Goji, and cockapoo, Huckleberry.

Sirima Yaemsiri

DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

On The Job

Dr. Sirima Yaemsiri is particularly interested in extracorporeal therapies such as hemodialysis and therapeutic plasma exchange. She recently completed a yearlong advanced certification program in extracorporeal therapies.

Education

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Off Duty

When not at work, Dr. Yaemsiri enjoys spending time outdoors, cycling around the Raleigh greenway and visiting new breweries. She is a big fan of Chihuahuas and currently has a geriatric Chihuahua named Grover.