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 AustinRegistered Veterinary Technician
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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CLIENT SERVICES TEAM

Emily Hudek
Emily HudekClient Service 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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Amber Rodriguez
Amber RodriguezClient Service Specialist
Amber is a Florida native and has lived in North Carolina for 4 years. She’s a Birth Doula with a family of 3 plus two sweet pups….

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Jemeesa Yarborough
Jemeesa YarboroughClient Service Specialist
Jemeesa is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She has recently returned to North Carolina after completing her Master of Music degree at Florida State …

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PET STYLISTS

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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Kristen Martin
Kristen MartinGroomer
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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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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Abby Manning
Abby ManningPet Resort Specialist
Abby was born and raised in Georgia, but she has spent the last 10 years in North Carolina. Abby is a student at NC State University. After…

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Alyssa Reives
Alyssa ReivesPet Resort Specialist
Alyssa was born and raised in Pittsboro, North Carolina. She has a basset hound and two cats named Max, Amos, and Socks…

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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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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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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.

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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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Elena Shipp
Elena ShippPet Resort Specialist
Elena is a student at Northwood High School. She takes part in Science Olympiad, the marching band, and the school musical. Her focus in school…

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Heather Bell
Heather BellPet Resort Specialist
Heather is from Burlington NC and has a 21 year old son that is currently enrolled at ECU studying sports management. She has a degree in Animal Care and Management and …

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Justin Minor
Justin MinorPet Resort Specialist
Justin was born in North Carolina. He is currently attending Central Carolina Community College. Justin has been in boy scouts all of his life and earlier this year…

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Sara Stewart
Sara StewartPet Resort Specialist
Sara grew up in Durham, North Carolina and moved to Pittsboro about 3 years ago. She has a passion for all animals, but especially has a love for dogs. Sara…

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