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.
    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.

  • Dr.
    Matthew McIntyre
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. McIntyre grew up on a small farm in southeastern North Carolina and obtained his undergraduate degree at Campbell University. Dr. McIntyre graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Although he enjoys all aspects of general practice, his special interests include soft tissue surgery, nutrition and feline medicine. Dr. McIntyre lives with his wife Ivonne, who is also a veterinarian, their dog Big Boy, and cats Mr. Meowgi and Amy. In his free time he enjoys beekeeping, golf and ballroom dancing.

  • 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 for 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.

  • 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 four rescued fur-children: Archer, Kamryn, Addison and Ande.

  • Allison Baker
    Veterinary Nurse

    Allison grew up in Asheville, NC. She always had a love for animals and knew she wanted to work with them. Allison went to Haywood Community College to study wildlife management and worked to rehab orphaned and injured wildlife with Piedmont Wildlife when she moved to Raleigh. It was there that Allison first learned how to work with neonates. After that Allison worked at the SPCA of Wake County for almost 13 years, specializing in medical care for cats and kittens. Her hobby is fostering neonates and kittens, as well as taking on more challenging medical cases in the rescue world. Allison and her husband have six chickens, a dog named Berkley, and two special needs cats, Manny and Dreamcatcher, all of whom keep their lives filled with furry and feathery love.

  • Taylor Schreier
    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, Maggie and Dutchess, and her not-so-mini miniature pig, Peaches. Taylor enjoys being outdoors and taking her dogs on adventures to the lake. 

  • Lindsay Stone
    Veterinary Nurse

    Lindsay was born and raised in Laurinburg, NC and moved to Raleigh to attend North Carolina State University. She is currently pursuing a degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Veterinary Bioscience and hopes to attend veterinary school in the future. Her path to veterinary school has lead her to a variety of experiences, including working with endangered species in South Africa. In her free time, Lindsay loves to read, ride horses and run at Lake Johnson. 

  • Tesla Anderson
    Veterinary Nurse

    Bio coming soon!

  • Anjealiq Diaz
    Veterinary Nurse

    Anjealiq was born in Fayetteville, NC but moved around growing up (living in Korea, California and South Carolina) because she was a military brat. She has received her Bachelors of Science in Zoology, minor in Pre-Professional Studies and hopes to attend veterinary school in the future. In Anjealiq's free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends and dancing to Spanish music, all night if given the opportunity. Anjealiq lives in Raleigh with her sweet pup Milo.

  • Melissa Deionno
    Veterinary Nurse

    Melissa grew up in Lexington, NC. She graduated from NC State University with a degree in Pre-Law. She grew up on a farm, so her love of animals started early. She has more than 30 years of experience in veterinary medicine in all types of disiplines. She lives in Clayton with her fiance, John, and her two daughters, Savannah and Kyleigh. They complete their family with three dogs, Deliah, Tink, and Cookie.

  • Abigail Hiley
    Veterinary Nurse

    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.

  • Eileen Tan
    Veterinary Nurse

    Bio coming soon!

  • Tara Higgins
    Client Care 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.

  • Bridgette Just
    Client Care Ambassador

    Bridgette grew up in Raleigh and started pursuing her passion for animals by fostering cats a decade ago. In her spare time Bridgette hikes and enjoys discovering new books. She lives in Raleigh with her beagle, Heidi, three cats, Chip, Bailey, and Penelope, and whatever foster cats she has at the time.

  • Breanna Kassmann
    Client Care Ambassador

    Breanna was adopted from South Korea and grew up in upstate New York working in stables. She moved to North Carolina in 2001 with her family. Breanna lives in Morrisville with her husband, Paul, and her dogs, Kali and Lena, and cat, Ophelia.

  • Jenna Bradley
    Client Care Ambassador + Daycare/Boarding Attendant

    Jenna was born in Illinois and raised in the mountains of North Carolina. She has a zeal for animal welfare and care and graduated from NC State University with a Bachelors degree in Animal Science. Jenna spent four weeks in the summer of 2019 volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center in South Africa, and continues to spread the conservation awareness she learned there. 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 two rats, Biscuit and Waffle.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Jesica Brumbley
    Daycare/Boarding Attendant

    Bio coming soon!

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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)