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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Lindsey Bullen is board certified in veterinary nutrition.
Lindsey Bullen
DVM, DACVN
Nutrition
Lindsey Bullen
DVM, DACVN
Board Certified in Veterinary Nutrition
Nutrition
Servicing Locations
Founded in 2017 at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, Dr. Lindsey Bullen’s clinical nutrition service provides nutritional recommendations for over 1,000 patients per year. Her special interests include assisted feeding, treating multiple disease states, and weight loss in dogs and cats.

As one of the roughly 100 board-certified veterinary nutritionists in the U.S., Dr. Bullen has a strong passion for teaching and education. She is an adjunct professor at Lincoln Memorial University and devotes a lot of time to training veterinary students, interns, and residents. She also participates in BluePearl’s emERge program, which focuses on emergency medicine mentorship, as an expert speaker.

Learn more about Dr. Lindsey Bullen.
Dr. Nick de Silvia’s professional interests include emergent endocrine diseases, autoimmune disorders and acute toxicities.
  • 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
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.
Dr. Rhiannon Doka is a veterinarian in our oncology service.
Rhiannon Doka
DVM
Oncology
Rhiannon Doka
DVM
Oncology
Servicing Locations
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.
  • 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
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.
Dr. Maggie Lynch is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a black cat wearing a cone.
Maggie Lynch
MVB
Emergency Medicine
A dedicated clinician, Dr. Maggie Lynch thrives in the emergency room. Her medical interests include treating trauma cases, especially in younger animals, as well as diabetes and Addison's disease.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists, VT
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University College of Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of New Hampshire, Durham
Away from the hospital, Dr. Lynch and her partner enjoy trying new food, hiking with their dogs and growing a beautiful garden. She also likes reading, painting and cooking.
Mische McDonald-Lynch is board certified in small animal surgery.
Mischa McDonald-Lynch
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Mischa McDonald-Lynch
DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery - Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Mischa McDonald-Lynch is particularly interested in advanced wound management, reconstructive surgery, orthopedics, and minimally invasive procedures. She has published research and taught seminars about pathophysiology of hip dysplasia.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, Medford MA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biologic Basis of Behavior, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Dr. McDonald-Lynch enjoys reading, exercising, and going for long walks with her husband and their four large dogs. Pit bulls and Great Danes have a special place in her heart!
Dr. Amy Melendy is a certified canine rehabilitation therapist.
Amy Melendy
DVM, MPH, CAC, CVA, CCRT
Emergency Medicine
Amy Melendy
DVM, MPH, CAC, CVA, CCRT
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
An experienced clinician, Dr. Amy Melendy’s passion is integrative medicine. She is also interested in acupuncture and chiropractic procedures.
  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture
  • Certified Animal Chiropractor, Options for Animals College of Chiropractic, Wellsville KS
  • Master of Public Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, CA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Ecology, Ethology and Evolution, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Melendy is a runner and eventer (horses) and stays busy as the Regional Supervisor for North and South Carolina’s United State Pony Clubs. She spends any remaining free time with her small herd of thoroughbreds and sassy ponies, pack of rowdy dogs, handful of daughters and one very patient husband.
Dr. Curtis Ostrom is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Curtis Ostrom
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Curtis Ostrom
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
A highly experienced clinician, Dr. Curtis Ostrom’s professional interests include shock, palliative/hospice care and the human-animal bond.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Dr. Ostrom shares his home with his partner, two dogs and one cat. His hobbies include singing, cooking and reading.
Dr. Carly Stevens is a veterinarian in our oncology service.
Carly Stevens
DVM
Oncology
Carly Stevens
DVM
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Carly Stevens has worked in both a cell biology and genetics lab. Her clinical interests include treating histiocytic sarcoma, lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma and tumors.
  • 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
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.

Dr. Jill Thomason is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Jill Thomason
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dr. Jill Thomason is committed to utilizing her skills and knowledge in veterinary medicine to enhance the health and wellbeing of animals and their owners. Her clinical interests include ophthalmology, neurology and endocrine emergencies.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Friendship Hospital for Animals, Washington D.C.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
In her free time, Dr. Thomason enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, kayaking or anything else outdoors with her Blue Heeler mix, Jackie.
Dr. Sirima Yaemsiri is board certified in small animal internal medicine.
Sirima Yaemsiri
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Internal Medicine
Sirima Yaemsiri
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
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.
  • 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
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.