Our Team

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DOCTORS

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.

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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.

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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.

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MANAGERS

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.

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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.

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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.

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MEDICAL TEAM

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.

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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.

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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.

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Kristen Martin
Kristen MartinVeterinary Nurse Assistant
Kristy recently moved from Michigan to North Carolina with her husband of 10 years, her Shih Tzu, Walter, and her cat, Lentil. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Arts Education.

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CLIENT SERVICES TEAM

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.

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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…

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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…

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Danielle Aldrich
Danielle AldrichClient Service Specialist
Danielle was born in Michigan but she calls North Carolina her home. In 2016 she graduated with a Certification in Veterinary Assistance and in 2017…

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RESORT SPECIALISTS

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.

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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.

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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.

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Blake Dunkak
Blake DunkakResort 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.

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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.

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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.

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Josie Battiste
Josie BattistePet Resort Specialist
Josie is originally from Albuquerque, NM and has lived in NC for the past ten years. She loves her community and town and is very happy to be able to work with animals. Josie lives with her fiance’ and has a lifelong love of animals, having a dog, two cats and a snake at home.

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Alexis Rolka
Alexis RolkaPet Resort Specialist
Alexis was born in Florida, but has lived in North Carolina most of her life. After graduating Northwood High School in 2018, Alexis plans to go to college and study athletic training. She has a passion for sports, especially swimming and soccer, and any other type of fitness training!

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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.

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Emily Hudek
Emily HudekPet Resort Specialist
Emily Hudek was born and raised in Washington state. She moved to North Carolina to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian.

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SEASONAL RESORT SPECIALISTS

Sarah Salzman
Sarah SalzmanResort 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.

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