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.
Megan Mack, DVM
Dr. Megan Mack knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from an early age, so after working as a veterinary assistant during her teenage years, she attended North Carolina State University for both her undergraduate studies and veterinary degree, becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After veterinary school, Dr. Mack returned to her hometown of Rockingham to practice at the same clinic that she had gotten her first experiences with veterinary medicine in. Over the years, Dr. Mack has practiced at several hospitals, and says she has enjoyed working with different veterinarians because she learns something new from each one of her colleagues. She has a passion for surgery and is truly in her element donned in a surgical cap and gown, meticulously using her skills to heal an ailing patient, or preventing overpopulation with spay and neuter. Dr. Mack has three beautiful children, all of whom are currently in college. Her daughter is an aspiring veterinarian and is currently enrolled at NC State…. GO PACK! When not at work, Dr. Mack enjoys spending time with her children and friends and cuddling on the couch with her dog.
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 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!
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.
Jessica, or “Peppers” as she is affectionately known around here, has always been an animal lover, so when an opportunity to help animals became available, it was the perfect fit. Peppers has been a veterinary assistant at our hospital for almost a year now and says she has found pure joy in providing excellent client care and feels extra lucky that she gets to work in veterinary medicine. Peppers has a special interest in client education and uses her passion specifically when designing our puppy and kitten kit materials for new pet owners. Peppers is also a Yogi (a person who enjoys yoga), and even teaches online yoga classes. She spends every chance she gets outdoors in nature, hiking and doing yoga with her son and her dogs. She shares her home with two cats (Brutus and Ocean) and two Siberian Husky’s (Sansa and Arya).
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.
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!
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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 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!
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”.
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.
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”!