Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Teresa Danford
    Owner/Lead Veterinarian

    Dr. Danford grew up training dogs and showing horses in Upstate New York. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin and stayed to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1999. Upon graduation, Dr. Teresa worked in rural Wisconsin hospitals until she moved to Raleigh in 2004. When not caring for your furry family members Dr. Teresa manages the busy lives of her 14 and 17 year-old-sons. Free-time in the Danford home is filled with camping, music festivals, and a splash of dance.

  • Dr.
    Michele Dick
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Michele grew up on a hobby farm in Eastover, SC and then moved to Albemarle, NC in 2005. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2018 at NC State University. She is currently working on obtaining her veterinary acupuncture certification through the Chi Institute. In her free-time Dr. Michele enjoys yoga, hiking, gardening and spending time with her spouse, Macey, and two dogs, Izzie and Nova. 

  • Dr.
    Kimberly Foca
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Foca is initially from New Jersey where she completed her Bachelors in Biology at Rutgers University.  To pursue her passion for science, she moved to Oahu to attend the University of Hawaii where she received a Masters in Developmental and Reproductive Biology focusing her research on preterm/premature birth.  Dr. Foca then pursued her veterinary degree at Ross University in the Caribbean and completed her clinical year at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine; emphasizing her studies on small animal and exotic medicine.  She instantly fell in love with Raleigh and the community, and decided to remain in the area upon graduation.  Besides caring for animals, Dr. Foca enjoys exploring the Triangle, practicing archery, and hiking with her coconut retriever, Daisy.  She also has two cats from Hawaii named Sir Lucas Magellan and Menagerie.

  • Stephen Wolfe Jr.
    Practice Manager

    'Unconditional love is not a one way street. Unconditional love is given to us to do something with.' Phen's passionate vision into animal welfare began with a cat named 'P' (ask him about his tattoo dedicated to that illustrious cat), and continues with a tripod cat named Que; a mauled bait-dog, Benson; an auction-won puppy, Alou; and too many (but always room for one) more! Phen's education and experience with animals is vast; not only in veterinary hospital skills, but also extensively in animal rescue work -- from puppy-mill and dog-fighting-ring raids to animal cruelty cases and rehabilitation. Phen is the founder of the Paperbag Pitbull, which focuses on education and legislation on animal welfare, primarily for pitbulls. Phen formerly served as vice president of a non-profit animal rescue and on the board of directors for Johnston County Youth Services; in addition to serving as a county and district leader for the Humane Society of the United States and the North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare. Phen is a published author and speaks regularly on the topics of animal welfare, mental health, and the love of God.

  • Samantha Jonas
    Lead Veterinary Nurse

    Samantha was born and raised on the Outer Banks of North Carolina until she moved to the Raleigh area in the fall of 2008, specifically to have the opportunity to work with animals. She worked as a wildlife rehabilitator with Wildlife Welfare, Inc. helping to hand-raise squirrels. Samantha lives in Cary with her husband, Mark, and their two daughters, Saviya and Mayla. Their current fur family consists of two cats she hand-raised. Samantha is pictured with the late love-of-her-life, her American PItbull Terrier, Zola. 

  • Jennifer Klima
    Lead Veterinary Nurse

    Jennifer was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in social work.  In 2014 Jen moved to Raleigh and decided to pursue a career that followed her passion for animals, beginning by managing a local dog daycare/boarding facility and now with us in the veterinary field. Jen currently lives in Clayton with her husband, Brandon, and their three rescued fur-children: Archer, Kamryn and Addison.

  • Antoniette Gubitosi
    Daycare/Boarding Attendant

    Antoniette was born and raised in New Jersey, moving to NC with her 6 sisters in 2010. Antoniette graduated from Medical Arts School in 2012, yet having had a strong passion for animals since an early age opted to pursue a career involving pets. In addition to this strong passion for animals, Antoniette has kept a personal promise of not harming one by being a vegetarian for the past 17 years. Antoniette lives in Clayton, NC with her husband, Brant; and their four pups and one cat: Booger, Bear, Boone, Veda, and Brooklyn.

  • Kevin Mikrut
    Daycare/Boarding Attendant

    Kevin was born and raised in Elmhurst, Illinois and moved to North Carolina in 2016. Kevin has extensive experience in animal care, having worked as an assistant kennel manager at a daycare/boarding facility in Illinois for 2 1/2 years. Kevin has a vast love for rescued animals, with four foster-failures of his own: Reese, Zoey, Summer and Robyn.

  • Jenna Bradley
    Client Care Ambassador + Daycare/Boarding Attendant

    Jenna was born in Illinois and raised in the mountains of North Carolina. Jenna has a zeal for animal welfare and care and is currently pursuing that passion at NC State University. She is an avid reader and enjoys any opportunity in the kitchen to try new recipes. Jenna lives in Cary with her boyfriend, Andrew, two dogs, Harley and Bootsy, and three rats, Sage, Biscuit, and Waffle.

  • Cassandra Gubitosi
    Daycare/Boarding Attendant

    Cassandra grew up in New Jersey, moving to North Carolina with her six sisters in 2010. She worked as a server before deciding to join her sister in her work with our daycare. Cassandra lives in Clayton with her two rescued loves: Benny, a 2 year old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix; and Blu Rose, a 4 year old Alaskan Husky. 

  • Taylor Schreirer
    Veterinary Nurse

    Taylor was born in Wisconsin and is a big Packers fan and Cheesehead. She has lived in NC for 18 years and began pursuing her passion for animals that stems from growing up on her family's dairy farm. She currently lives in Wake Forest with her two Lab/Pit mixes, Dutchess and Maggie, and her not-so-mini miniature pig, Peaches. Taylor enjoys being outdoors and taking her dogs on adventures to the lake. 

  • Tara Higgins
    Client Services Ambassador

    Tara grew up in Anderson, Missouri and moved to North Carolina for a change of scenery in 2015. She worked at another veterinary hospital until joining our team. Tara has a passion for reading and tutors college students in psychology in her free time.

  • Abigail Hiley
    Veterinary Assistant

    Abigail was born in Matthews, NC and moved to Raleigh when she began attending NC State University. She is currently pursuing a degree animal science with hopes of going to veterinary school in the near future. Her journey towards vet school has led to many unique experiences including working at a horse training barn, milking dairy cattle, and rehabilitating nestling songbirds. She has a rescued Yorkie mix named Bella who always wants to play.

  • Roseann Bluler
    Keeper of the Books

    Roseann moved to Raleigh almost 20 years ago, bringing her passion for perfection and love of animals from upstate New York. Roseann has been involved with animals her whole life in a wide variety of ways: from training and showing horses, raising guiding eye puppies, and being a part of a therapy dog program at Wake Med Children's Hospital, Roseann's gentle ways and dedication have shown through. As our financial manager, Roseann is an integral part of our team. When not at the hospital, Roseann can be found enjoying herself at Lake Gaston.

  • Allison Baker
    Veterinary Assistant

    Bio coming soon!

  • Bridgette Just
    Client Care Ambassador

    Bio coming soon!

  • Breanna Kassmann
    Client Care Ambassador

    Bio coming soon!

  • Anna Brunner
    Daycare/Boarding Attendant

    Bio coming soon!

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Raleigh Office

Monday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

4:30pm - 5:00pm (Boarding pickups only)