Tony Ioppolo, DVM
Veterinarian and Practice Owner
Dr. Tony Ioppolo obtained his undergraduate degree in Animal Science with a minor in Chemistry from Louisiana Tech University in 2004. He then went back home to Baton Rouge Louisiana where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana State University in 2008.
After graduating from Veterinary School Dr Ioppolo worked with multiple large practices in New Orleans, LA, Columbus GA, and Auburn AL for several years before settling down in Southern Pines, NC in July 2011. Dr. Tony practiced in Southern Pines NC until July 2018 when he purchased Pinehurst Animal Hospital after the practice he worked in was sold to a large corporation. He felt it to be extremely important to continue to offer quality, personalized care that cannot be given by an out of state corporation. His clinical interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, ultrasonography, dermatology, and dentistry.
Dr. Tony Ioppolo also strongly believes in the benefit and importance of spaying and neutering to prevent overpopulation and is a current board member of the Companion Animal Clinic Foundation in Southern Pines NC. He is also proud to offer in home pet euthanasia when that time comes for dogs and cats in Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen, Whispering Pines and surrounding areas.
Dr. Tony is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. He enjoys horseback riding (eventing), working out, boating, playing golf, hiking, fishing, biking and the outdoors in his spare time.
Pam Means, DVM
Dr. Pamela Means did her undergrate work as a Biology and Chemistry double major at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. She then attended and graduated vet school at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1996.
After graduation, Dr Pamela Means worked for the first 2 years at a large practice in Normal, IL, and then moved to North Carolina, where she has worked at multiple large and small practices. Dr Pamela Means has been practicing at Pinehurst Animal Hospital since 2008, started as relief work and then joined as an associate in 2012. Her clinical interests include internal medicine, wellness care, and geriatric medicine.
Dr Pamela Means currently lives in West End with her husband and her daughters, Hayley and Melanie. Her fur babies include 3 dogs- Meatball, Doughboy, and Muffet, and 6 cats- Joey, Smitten, Whisper, Red, Midnight, and Elena.
In her spare time, Dr Means enjoys spending time with her family and her pets, doing Zumba, reading, gardening, and beach getaways whenever possible.
Jennifer Behrmann, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Behrmann is a 2011 graduate of the University of Illinois. After graduating, she practiced for two years in southern Illinois, where she grew up. Then, she practiced for three years in Tennessee, three years in Alabama and 2 years in Florida. She joined our team in July 2021. She has super ninja reflexes and some very impressive dance moves.
Dr. Behrman moved with her husband to our area and when not saving lives is busy working on their new farm. They share their farm with a senior cat who rules the house, a newly adopted mutt and 2 horses. She enjoys the outdoors. She likes horseback riding, hiking, and drinks on the beach.
Tracy Wilkinson, DVM
Dr. Wilkinson attended University of Alabama for her undergraduate studies, and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. Her clinical interests include ultrasonography and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Wilkinson is moving here from Virginia and is very excited to be a part of this community! Dr. Wilkinson shares her home with her husband, two dogs, and a corn snake named Scarlett. When she is not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Wilkinson enjoys skiing, hiking, running, and just about everything else outdoors.
Dana Means, DVM
Dr. Dana K. Means graduated from Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Following graduation, Dr. Dana settled down in Texas, where she practiced for almost 30 years, with just a small portion of that time spent practicing in New Jersey. Dr. Dana moved to North Carolina almost a year ago and is eager to meet the pet community of Moore County after recently relocating to Whispering Pines from Cary.
Dr. Dana enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but says client education holds a special place in her heart. Along with teaching people how to care for their beloved pets, she especially enjoys teaching young people about careers in veterinary medicine, in which she says, “The opportunities are endless”.
In her free time, Dr. Dana enjoys reading (especially books about veterinary medicine) and traveling. She has taken a brief hiatus from horses, but says she is an equine enthusiast, and can “talk horses all day long”.
Dr. Dana’s clinical interests include dermatology, cytology, and internal medicine.
Cindy Kuder, DVM
Part Time Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Cindy Kuder attended Ohio State University for undergraduate studies and veterinary school. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1974 and began her intrepid career as a veterinarian by attending Michigan State University for an Equine Surgical Internship and Residency. Although she completed the residency, Dr. Kuder would soon find herself using that knowledge not in an operating room, but in a classroom. She went on to spend 20 years in academia, training the next generation of veterinary technicians at Central Carolina Community College. Dr. Kuder was a key part of the faculty at CCCC, ultimately using her vast knowledge of large animal veterinary medicine to fine tune the curriculum and make it one of its kind in North Carolina. Dr. Kuder began practicing small animal medicine in 2003 and has since worked at several large veterinary hospitals as an associate and relief doctor. Her clinical passion is dentistry, and once a year she even is called upon to clean and polish a monkey’s teeth! Dr. Kuder enjoys all things equine, and in her free time she can be found on her farm working with her mare and homebred gelding.
Jessica joined Pinehurst Animal Hospital in July 2018 after working at several different veterinary hospital in Moore county NC. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years, gaining experience in all areas of a veterinary practice. When Jessica started her career in 2007 as a Certified Veterinary Assistant, she knew she had found her calling. Jessica says her favorite part of veterinary medicine is the fact that she gets to help pets and people. She passionately believes in our mission to provide the highest quality of patient care and exceptional client service. In her free time, Jessica enjoys horseback riding, reading and binge watching shows on Netflix. She lives with her husband, her son, four dogs, two horses (Markus and Cisco) and a miniature horse named Blossum.
Veterinary Technicians and Assistants
Lead Veterinary Assistant
Lora’s passion for veterinary medicine began in Ocean Isle, at an exotic and small
animal hospital near the beach in 2002. After being there for 5 years, Lora moved
to Southern Pines and started a job at Pinehurst Animal Hospital, where she has
been a member of the team now for almost 15 years. Her dedication to the
profession has given Lora the opportunity to embark on a new adventure, and her
vision for Urgent Vets for Pets has played a significant role in its early success.
Throughout the span of her career, Lora has worn many hats, but she says she
enjoys caring for the patients the most. Lora is currently sharing her time between
Urgent Vets for Pets and Pinehurst Animal Hospital, where she serves as the Lead
Lora’s clinical interests include surgical preparation, anesthesia monitoring,
emergency and critical care, and client education. She also believes passionately
about pet population control and volunteers her free time assisting with spays and
neuters for local rescue groups.
On the rare occasion Lora has a day off, she can be found on an outdoor adventure
with her family, her three Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and a Russian Tortoise named
Annie has always been an animal lover, so when a position as a kennel attendant became available, 6 years ago, it was a perfect match. Hard work and attention to detail have earned her the current position of veterinary assistant. Annie can always be counted on to help out whenever needed. She is interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine, but particularly enjoys dentistry and radiology. In her free time she enjoys fishing, camping, cooking on the grill, spending time with family and listening to a wide variety of music. Annie has 2 dogs (Sparkplug and Flipflop) and a mix of farm animals at her home in Vass where she lives with her husband, Mike, and their son Japheth.
Emily is an aspiring future veterinarian. She is a veterinary assistant at Pinehurst Animal Hospital whenever she is not actively pursuing her studies. She is always a joy to work around!
Christian left his home and family in the Bahamas to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian! He graduated from Wingate University last year and is spending this year working with our team to get some hands on experience before applying to veterinary school. Christian says he wants to be a small animal veterinarian, and his favorite part of vet med is client education. Christian enjoys playing rugby, working out, and of course spending time with his family on the beautiful beaches of the Bahamas!
Connor is a Certified Veterinary Assistant and has been with our team for about 2 years! Connor plans on attending veterinary school in the next few years and says he is “just getting warmed up” in regards to his career in vet med! His passion is Pathology and Microbiology, and says he especially enjoys venipuncture (and he’s quite good at it too)! Connor also is a member of the Moore County Philharmonic.
Jada’s lifelong passion for animals and caring for others led her to a career as a veterinary assistant. She joined our team almost a year ago, after working at another local practice, and says her favorite part of veterinary medicine is being able to comfort the animals when they are feeling anxious and afraid. Jada is enthusiastic about learning and in her free time she enjoys reading educational books about veterinary medicine to better herself for the patients. She is an avid gardener and loves all creatures, large and small. Jada is notorious for saving spiders and grasshoppers and tries to make it to the Bug Fest in Raleigh every year! She shares her home with her husband, two beautiful children, two dogs, and all the children of the neighborhood. In her free time, she can be found doing fun things with her children outdoors or relaxing in her garden with a cold drink.
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Caighla is a 2021 graduate of Central Carolina Community College's Veterinary Technology program. Although she recently earned her designation as an RVT, she has been in veterinary medicine since 2015. Caighla fell in love with this industry after her and her husband, David, adopted their two dogs, Maverick and Remi. Her clinical passions are surgical monitoring, anesthesia, and emergency and critical care. Caighla comes to us with experience in both large and small animal medicine, and says she enjoys both fields, but small animal medicine is where her heart is. Caighla is originally from Florida, so any opportunity she gets to go home and visit, she takes! She loves summertime and anything that involves being outside and water sports. Caighla enjoys her free time playing tennis, reading, and hanging out with her husband and friends.
Nicole has been a veterinary assistant for 4 ½ years. She says she loves all aspects of vet med, but truly enjoys the different variety of cases she gets to assist with. Nicole says no day is ever the same in veterinary medicine! Nicole joins us from Rockingham, NC. When she is not at
work, Nicole spends her free time playing softball, fishing, and video gaming.
Ashtan joined our team about 6 months ago after taking a hiatus from veterinary medicine. After her daughter, Piper, was born a year and a half ago, Ashtan could not wait to get back into the field of vet med. Ashtan’s favorite part of the job is the interaction with patients, and her clinical interests include surgical monitoring and venipuncture. Ashtan has a calming demeanor that makes her a wonderful veterinary nurse! In her free time, Ashtan enjoys spending time with
family and friends and playing with her “ponies”.
Meagan just moved here from Connecticut in pursuit of growing her new business as a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist. She has been a small animal Veterinary Assistant for 8 years, and says she loves every part of the job! We were instantly attracted to Meagan’s positive energy and joyful smile. She brings to North Carolina with her, a horse named Colonel , and a Chocolate Lab named Levi . We are very excited to have Meagan on our team, to give the very best care to your babies!
Christina joins us after gaining 12 years of experience in the veterinary world at another local practice. She is an NC State Alumni (Go Pack !!!) and enjoys many different hobbies in her free time, such as anime, manga, archery, reading, and writing. She is an outdoor enthusiast, and on the weekends you can probably find her either out hiking , or cheering on her boyfriend, Andrew, at an equestrian event . Christina has an assortment of four legged friends, including three cats, a dog, two chinchillas, two snakes , and two bearded dragons !!! Now you can see why we instantly feel in love with Christina!
Bring your fur baby by to say hello to this Veterinary Assistant Extraordinaire!
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Kelsye says she always knew she wanted to work with animals. She landed a job with us after deciding that she wanted to be a veterinary technician, and we put her to work right away! Her polite mannerism and excellent communication skills were the perfect fit for our front desk, but she is studying veterinary technology at an online college, so we use her as a veterinary assistant too! Kelsye is thrilled to be learning all the different facets of a veterinary hospital but enjoys working with the patients the most. Kelsye and her husband have three dogs (Autumn, Heath, and Quinn) and a hobby farm that is home to their dairy goats. Kelsye loves to travel to new places, and says she is ready to go, “Anytime, Anywhere”!
Client Outreach Coordinator
Brandi joined our team in August of 2018 as a receptionist and has played a prime role in keeping our front desk running smoothly! She recently became our Client Outreach Coordinator, and her primary job is in the details, ensuring that each client has a stellar experience with us. Brandi proudly wears “Chiari Warrior” on her sleeve, after battling a debilitating malformation in her neck. She had surgery in 2019 and now is a testimony to anyone struggling with the same aliment. Brandi enjoys spending time with her daughter, Nicole, and riding motorcycles with her boyfriend, Matt. Brandi says she loves hanging out with family, and considers her teammates here at work just that…family. She has two Boston Terriers, Diesel and Nala, and a ferret named Bean.
Chris began her career in the veterinary field at 18 years of age and says it was an experience that captured her heart. After having her three beautiful daughters, Chris spent some time as a stay-at-home mom and a Pathology Specimen Processor at the hospital before deciding that veterinary medicine was where she really belonged. She joined our team in December of 2018 and never looked back! She is a fabulous receptionist and is well known amongst clients for her cheerful attitude and willingness to help. Chris is a proud military wife and her and her husband are building a new house on lots of land so they can, you guessed it…get some more animals! She currently shares her home with her family and a multitude of pets, whose numbers are likely to increase in the near future!
Mary moved here from California about 14 years ago and has been a part of the Pinehurst team for 12 years now. Mary has spent a lifetime in veterinary medicine and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our front desk. She is passionate about cats, which has earned her the title of “Crazy Cat Lady” …ask Mary if she minds and she’ll tell you she is quite proud of that name! Mary’s love for the clients and their fur babies is evident in the time she takes to comfort concerned pet owners on the phone. An avid equestrian in previous years, Mary now enjoys volunteering at local horse shows, painting, and gardening. She truly has a “Green Thumb” and keeps our flowers here at the clinic blooming all year long! Mary enjoys her life with her husband (a retired Deputy US Marshall), surrounded by their garden and all their animals.
Lea's career in veterinary medicine was almost expected, being that her mom was a veterinary receptionist and assistant for almost 30 years! Lea has been a receptionist for 9 years now and has also worked at several kennels and boarding facilities. Lea enjoys interacting with clients and says the most satisfying part of her job is helping people when they are concerned or worried about their pets. Lea aspires to be the owner of a boutique boarding facility one day and we are using that to our advantage…she organizes all our boarding reservations to ensure that each pet has a relaxed and enjoyable stay in our kennel! When Lea is not at work, you can be sure that she is with her husband and best friend, Chevas. Lea and her husband enjoy visiting each end of North Carolina (and everything in between) on motorcycle, kayaking, hiking, and playing with their dogs. She shares her home with pets of all kinds, including a rabbit, two dogs, and a cat.
Bio coming soon!