Our Team

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Linda Sands, DVM
Linda Sands, DVMVeterinarian
Dr. Linda Sands grew up in the South, spending most of her childhood in Florida. She attended UGA, where she met and married her husband, Steve, and has been married to him for over 30 years.

Michelle Pineda, DVM
Michelle Pineda, DVMVeterinarian
Dr. Pineda is one of the founding owners of Dogwood Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort. Dr. Pineda has a love of cutting-edge medicine and soft tissue surgery.

Katharine Holder, DVM
Katharine Holder, DVMVeterinarian
Dr. Katharine Holder is originally from the mountains of North Carolina. She attended North Carolina State University for her undergraduate degree in animal science as well as her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Tim Snarski, RVT
Tim Snarski, RVTMedical Manager
Tim Snarski was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He attended King’s College for General Science and Johnson College where he earned an Associate degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.

Heather Anne
Heather AnnePet Resort Specialist
Heather recently moved to North Carolina with her boyfriend Joe. Together they have a dog, Boo and two cats, Squirrel and Danger Battle Cat. Heather enjoys being around all animals and keeping them happy and well cared for. In her free time, she likes to read, try new restaurants, and explore all the places she has not experienced yet.

Elizabeth Armentano
Elizabeth ArmentanoOffice Manager
Elizabeth Armentano was born in Boone, North Carolina, but shortly thereafter her family moved to Chapel Hill and she has been here ever since. Elizabeth got married and purchased her first home with her husband in 2015.

Joie Austin
Joie AustinVeterinary Nurse Assistant
Joie was born in Blythewood, SC, but has called NC home for the past 20 years. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in art history. Joie lives on 7 acres in Hillsborough in the home she and her husband built.

Rachael Chandler
Rachael ChandlerPet Resort Specialist
Rachael is a NC native who has always loved animals. She is currently earning an Associate of Science degree with the hope to eventually earn a degree in Veterinary Medicine.

Blake Dunkak
Blake DunkakPet Resort Specialist
Blake is an NC native, born and raised in Durham. Although he’s never had his own pet, (family allergies) Blake has always loved animals, especially dogs. He hopes to one day get his own dog, but working at dogwood fills that void for now. Blake is currently a student at UNC Asheville, where he is pursuing a degree in New Media.

Sheila Early
Sheila EarlyPet Stylist
Sheila was born in Asheville, North Carolina but grew up in Charleston South Carolina. She recently relocated to Cary to be closer to family.

Nathan Fox
Nathan FoxPet Resort Specialist
Nathan grew up in Chapel Hill and is currently a student at Northwood High School. His primary focus is Musical Education. His goal is to receive both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Musical Education.

Kristy Galbavy
Kristy GalbavyPet Resort Coordinator
Kristy was born and raised in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. She recently moved to North Carolina with her boyfriend Bill, who is attending law school at NCCU.

Dahlia Gilliam
Dahlia GilliamVeterinary Nurse Assistant
Dahlia was born and raised in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee, but she has called Chapel Hill home since 2012. Her passion for animal husbandry was sparked at a very young age while tending to the pigs, chickens, peacocks, and horses on her mother’s farm.

Cristy Howell
Cristy HowellPet Resort Specialist
Cristy grew up in southern Florida but now calls Pittsboro, NC home. She has a passion for working with horses but loves the smaller four legged furry friends just as much.

Makayla Janson
Makayla JansonClient Service Specialist
Makayla lived for three years in Raleigh, NC, and then her family moved to Pittsboro. Ever since then she has enjoyed living and growing up in the small town of Pittsboro…

Shannon Leith
Shannon LeithClient Service Specialist
Shannon is originally from up north but has been living in the south most of her life. She is married and has two young children. She and her family moved to NC…

Beth Lupold
Beth LupoldPet Resort Manager
Beth came to Dogwood in October 2010 as a Pet Resort Specialist, and has since moved up to Pet Resort Manager. She has a passion for all animals and couldn’t ask for a better place to call her second home.

Amanda Montgomery
Amanda MontgomeryPet Resort Specialist
Amanda was born and raised in Southern Pennsylvania, but moved to Pittsboro, NC in the summer of 2016. After graduating high school in 2018, she plans to continue her education and become a veterinarian.

Ivy Morgan
Ivy MorganVeterinary Nurse Assistant
Ivy was born and raised in Chapel Hill. She is graduating from UNC Greensboro in May ’16 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.

Heather Pope
Heather PopePet Stylist
Heather grew up in Hickory, NC, surrounded by pets. As the daughter of a veterinarian, she enjoyed a childhood with dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, horses, geese and goats.

Sarah Salzman
Sarah SalzmanPet Resort Specialist
Sarah was born in Tampa, Florida but raised in Santa Clarita, California. She moved to Chapel Hill 7 years ago and is currently a junior at Northwood High School, in the graduating class of 2017.

Gabby Spence
Gabby SpenceLead Client Services Specialist
Gabrielle was raised in Sewell, New Jersey. She recently moved to Durham, North Carolina, with her boyfriend, Michael, who is employed at Research Triangle Park.

Ben Stieren
Ben StierenPet Resort Specialist
Ben grew up in Illinois and has spent the last several years living in Oregon. He recently moved to North Carolina to be closer to family and is going to school for business administration.