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.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Nutrition
Fellowship, Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, North Caronia State University, Raleigh
Residency, Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, North Caronia State University, Raleigh
Internship, Small Animal Medicine, Surgery & Nutrition, North Caronia State University, Raleigh
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Caronia State University, Raleigh
Bachelor of Arts, Zoology, North Caronia State University, Raleigh
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Dr. Bullen has been married for over 10 years, and she and her husband have two young sons. She has one dog and two cats. Her hobbies include soccer, rock climbing, reading, playing video games, teaching martial arts, running, playing volleyball, and backpacking.
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 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. 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!
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. 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 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.