Our Team

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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 a few 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 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, playing golf, hiking, fishing, biking and the outdoors in his spare time.

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Pam Means, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

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. 


Jessica McDaniel

Practice Manager

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 in Harnett county with her husband, her son, three dogs, two horses, and a cat.

Veterinary Technicians and Assistants

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Lora Rogers

Lead Veterinary Assistant

Lora's first job as a veterinary assistant began at a small animal practice in Ocean Isle, NC in 2002. She has been a member of the Pinehurst Animal Hospital family for 13 years. Over the years, Lora has worn many hats, but says she enjoys assisting the doctors with patient care the most. Lora is currently the leader of our medical support staff team, and has a special interest in surgery and anesthesia monitoring. She enjoys working out and spending time with family. Lora has a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Red, who makes her smile on a daily basis.

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Alease Jones

Veterinary Technician

After 6.5 years in the Army National Guard, including a tour in Afghanistan, Alease decided to pursue her dream of being a Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Central Carolina Community College in 2016 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Alease specializes in emergency medicine, gaining most of her experience from working at Small Animal Emergency Services, where she still occasionally covers a shift or two. Her clinical interests also include microbiology, hematology, and exotics. She enjoys camping and riding ATV's with her husband and 2 kids. Alease has 2 dogs (Jack and Trevor), and a guinea pig named Penny.

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Annie Hare

Veterinary Assistant

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 Kearney

Emily Kearney

Veterinary Assistant

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!


Julian Akins

Veterinary Assistant

Served Honorably in the United States Army with 3 tours to Iraq and 3 tours to Afghanistan. After retirement I find the most comfort in taking care of animal, which is the best part of working at Pinehurst Animal Hospital along with the great people. When I'm not working I enjoy riding my motorcycle cross country and spending family time. I also enjoy morning walks with my best friend, Apollo the Staffordshire Terrier.


Christian Mcintosh

Veterinary Assistant

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 Berry

Veterinary Assistant

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 Fulkerson

Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

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Jessica Lemons

Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!


Genesis Lutsky

Veterinary Assistant

Genesis started at our practice as a volunteer but is now one of our veterinary assistants! Genesis has proven herself to be a fast learner and an excellent anesthesia recovery nurse (especially for bunnies ). Genesis hopes to attend NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine and be a large animal vet. In her free time she enjoys piano and lacrosse.

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Nicole Spencer

Veterinary Assistant

Nicole joined our team about 1.5 years ago and we instantly fell in love with her positive attitude and joyous laugh! Nicole has been a veterinary technician in Colorado and Idaho, before moving here and joining our team. Her passion is dentistry, but loves all aspects of veterinary medicine. Nicole enjoys running, painting, and watching vet med videos, when she is not busy being a full time mom!


Jayla Skipper

Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

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Billie Styers

Veterinary Assistant

Billie has been with our team for a few years now and has hopes of becoming a veterinarian one day! Billie is working hard to make her dreams come true by working and taking online college courses (which doesn’t leave her much free time)! She says she loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has a special interest in aquatics...she recently participated in a lecture about barium studies in fish! When she’s not working or studying, Billie enjoys spending time with her dog Taco , and her recently adopted blind kitten Beans!


Madeleine Ramirez

Veterinary Assistant

Madeleine is currently enrolled at CCCC’s veterinary technician program. She came to our practice almost a year ago seeking experience in a veterinary setting and has been with us ever since! Maddy is studying hard to earn her credentials, while also working part time as a kennel assistant at our boarding facility. She is fascinated by all things vet related, and has a special touch with the animals. In her free time, Maddy says she enjoys playing with her dogs and spending time with her family. We feel honored to be a part of Madeleine’s journey!


Krista Marlin

Veterinary Technician

Krista is a Registered Veterinary Technician that works part time at our clinic. Her primary job is at Small Animal Emergency Services, where she has gained a wealth of knowledge in emergency medicine and critical care. Krista’s clinical interests include emergency medicine, surgery, and radiology. Krista is an equine enthusiast, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her horses and her Great Dane, Dragon.

Veterinary Receptionists

Brandi Pettit

Brandi Pettit


Christine Lofton

Christine Lofton


Mary Maloney

Mary Maloney


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Michele Lanoue



Kennel Assistants

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Elaine Finch

Kennel Manager

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Gail Monroe

Kennel Assistant

Kennel Assistants at Pinehurst Animal Ho

Conner, Tiffany, Rebekah, Philip

Kennel Staff