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.
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.
Colleen Ritter, DVM
Dr. Colleen Ritter graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in the beautiful Caribbean Island of St. Kitts in 2010, with her clinical rotation being completed at Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ritter has practiced both large and small animal veterinary medicine, with her
current focus primarily on dogs and cats. She has a special interest in internal medicine and says that her favorite part of being a veterinarian is solving or managing health problems in patients, so that they can live their absolute best lives.
Dr. Ritter and her husband, Matt, live in Parkton with their dogs Archie, Mila, Ivy, Sadie, Mikko (who she found in Oklahoma), and Nyssa. Dr. Ritter makes sure that she goes camping at least once a month, and says it’s always a good day to go kayaking!
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
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.
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.
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!
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