Our story is a great one
Dr. Nicole and Dr. Carrie met while in vet school together at The Ohio State University. They immediately connected, which led them both down to North Carolina, where they worked together for nearly seven years. While they felt very fortunate to have great mentorship to develop their veterinary skills, they were each seeking a better quality of life.
Dr. Carrie went on to work in a fast-paced, busy hospital while Dr. Nicole went to work in a holistic practice, where she further developed her acupuncture and herbal skills.
Finally, in 2013, Whole Pet Veterinary Hospital was born. Dr. Nicole opened the first “holistic” hospital in Davidson to provide a different kind of care and a positive work environment to Lake Norman. After only 10 months, she needed Dr. Carrie’s help, and the two have been working together again since. They are proud of what they have built together and feel lucky to be working alongside one another.
Dr. Nicole Sheehan
Dr. Carrie Uehlein
Dr. Tamara Rattray
Dr. Zoe Forward
Dr. Carlen Ledain
Dr. Melissa Kerns
Dr. Ray Khare
Education: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Hometown: Indian Trail, NC
Pets: Penny (dog), Zepi (cat)
Kristin has been in the veterinary field since 2006 and has been a part of the management team at Whole Pet Veterinary Hospital since its opening in 2013. She grew up in Indian Trail, NC, and received her B.A. in psychology from UNC-Charlotte.
She lives in the Lake Norman area with her husband, Eddie, and their children, Lily and Luke. She has one dog, Penny (pit bull), and one cat, Zeppelin. On any given night, you can find her eating Mexican food and drinking margaritas at her favorite restaurant: La Unica. She also loves being outdoors, reading, taking weekend trips to the beach or Charleston, listening to music (she’ll beat you in music trivia!), and spending time with her family.
Kristin is a huge supporter of animal rescue and adoption. She is a pit bull advocate and loves to educate people on this misunderstood breed.
Kristin became Fear Free certified in 2019 and tries to make every visit less stressful for both pet owners and their pets. She is also a member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA).
Education: Glassboro University
Hometown: Mt. Laurel, NJ
Pets: Kevin and Charlie (yellow labs)
Linda grew up in New Jersey but moved to North Carolina in 2005 with her husband.
After spending over 20 years in the clinical research field, the move to North Carolina allowed her to pursue a career that reflected her love of animals: working at a doggie daycare/boarding facility. During those 13 years, she got to experience the joy of seeing cats and dogs every day.
Over the years of caring for her fur children, she was introduced to and excited about the holistic treatments available to treat many different conditions that her pets were experiencing. She is excited to be a part of this practice and to learn about this area of pet care. She is also Fear Free Certified.
In her spare time, she likes to hike, bike, and hang out with friends and family.
Education: Otterbein University and Columbus State University
Hometown: Delaware, OH
Pets: Penelope and Ruger (dogs)
Valerie was born and raised just north of Columbus, OH. She moved down to North Carolina in March 2019 and purchased a home in Denver with her fiancé, Zach.
Valerie has worked as an RVT in private practice, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, for an orthopedic surgeon and is now excited to have taken over inventory management for our hospital. She is also Fear Free Certified.
When she isn’t placing hospital orders, she and her fiancé enjoy roasting on the lake, hiking, woodworking, and adventuring with their dogs–Penelope, a Catahoula leopard, and Ruger, a chocolate lab.
Valerie could not be happier to have moved to NC and joined our team.
Patient Care Team
Education: Gaston College
From: North Carolina
Pets: Ruby and Crabcake (dogs)
Born and raised in North Carolina, Kayleigh has had a love for animals her whole life. Kayleigh comes to us as a registered technician, graduating from Gaston College in 2008. Kayleigh has a passion for exotic animals and supporting animal charities, her favorite being the World Wildlife Fund. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is hands-on nursing care and helping the animals recover after illness, injury, or surgery. Kayleigh loves continuing education courses and gaining more knowledge to bring to her position as a technician. She has two dogs of her own: Ruby, a sweet Chihuahua, and Crabcake, an adorable Chiweenie. In her free time, Kayleigh loves to spend time with friends and family. Her favorite place to vacation is Ocean Isle, and she tries to visit as often as she can. She loves loves loves Christmas and enjoys buying decorations and decorating for the holiday.
Education: Miami Jacobs Career College
Hometown: Sidney, OH
Pets: Jordyn, Carmen, and Stella (dogs)
Megan is from a small town in Ohio. She moved to Huntersville in the summer of 2012 after finishing college to pursue a job as a licensed veterinary technician.
Megan got married in September 2016 and bought a house in Huntersville. She currently has three dogs: Jordyn, Carmen, and Stella.
Megan is obsessed with Corgis and anything to do with Corgis.
In her free time, she loves shopping, going to the pool or lake, country music, finding new trails with the pups, and exploring parts of the Charlotte area she hasn’t been to, and spending time with her husband and fur kids. She also enjoys crafting and sewing when she isn’t out and about.
Education: Johnson & Wales University
Hometown: West Bridgewater, MA
Pets: Floyd, Arya, and Mildred (dogs)
Heather was born and raised in southeast Massachusetts. She relocated to Huntersville with her husband and daughter, Lydia. She has been in the veterinary field since 2012 but has had a love for animals since she was young. She grew up with every animal you can think of. Dogs, cats, goats, ducks, pigs—you name it!
Heather grew up as a horse girl and has been riding for 23 years. In her free time, you can find her at the barn, hiking, or walking her dogs. You can also find her running with her German Shepherd, Mildred.
Heather is excited to be a part of the practice and to learn more about the holistic approach!
Education: Gaston College
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Pets: Nessie (Chinese water dragon) and Mango (Eyelash Crested Gecko)
Aimee joined Whole Pet Veterinary Hospital in 2019 and is Fear Free Certified. She has been working in the field since 2017. Aimee graduated from Gaston College in 2018 with a degree in veterinary medical technology.
She loves reptiles!
Outside of work, you can find Aimee enjoying the outdoors. She also enjoys gardening, playing video games, and creating art.
Education: Kent State University
Hometown: Kent, Ohio
Pets: DD and Ida Mae (dogs), Rascal (cat), Maddie Medusa and Clove (snakes), Jerry and Elizabeth (parakeets), and fish
Animals and their care have always been a huge part of Lynne’s life. She was raised on a small family farm in northeastern Ohio. Growing up, she was very active in both equine and beef 4-H. She was able to gain some experience with exotics managing a pet store while studying at Kent State. Her family then moved to North Carolina, and she went to work for The Institute of Environmental Toxicology at Clemson University working in wildlife research. She then moved back to North Carolina and found her calling as a veterinary assistant and has been blessed to do this job for the past 25 years!
She is very excited to be joining our family and learning how to better help our furry friends by combining traditional and holistic medicine. She is also Fear Free Certified.
In her free time, she enjoys boating and fishing with her husband and son, as well as rehabbing the occasional baby squirrel.
Education: Methodist University
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Pets: Oliver and LoLo (cats)
Emily grew up in the Southeast, has lived off and on in the Charlotte area since 1997, and has been back in the area since 2008. Emily comes to us with more than nine years of experience and loves all aspects of her job. She strives for patient care and client satisfaction every day.
Emily has a four-year bachelor’s degree in communication/mass media from Methodist University. She was also a four-year starter and two-year captain of her collegiate softball team. Emily has been married for eight years to her husband Mike, who works in healthcare. They have three four-legged children and hope to have a couple of two-legged children soon. Emily loves to hike, work out, travel, and try new places to eat. Emily also likes to be involved in the community and fundraising for all causes. She is very excited to be back and servicing the Davidson and Lake Norman community. We are excited to have her great attitude and smiling face!
Hometown: Hickory, NC
Pets: Gunner & Boone (dogs), Grim (cat)
Alex has called North Carolina home for most of her life, with a wonderful year spent in Washington State. Her passion for animals started at an early age, with her own animals as well as strays she befriended and brought home. Alex is fear-free certified and takes a special interest in pocket pets and exotics. She is excited to learn more about integrative medicine here at Whole Pet.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking with her dogs, and listening to live music.
Education: Colorado State University
Pets: Pickles, Carolina, Thatch, and Bauer (dogs), Calypso (cat)
Katie is new to the Lake Norman area and veterinary medicine but has been working in the pet industry since 2007. She has a bachelor’s degree in equine sciences and business from Colorado State University. Katie grew up riding horses and working in barns.
She has 8 years of working in a natural pet store that specialized in holistic nutrition and care.
Outside of work, Katie enjoys gardening, hiking with her dogs, and playing and watching ice hockey. She has also taken 2 of her dogs to national dog agility competitions.
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Pets: Cheeze (golden retriever), Cody (Mixed)
Candace originally grew up in upstate New York, but considers Mooresville her hometown.
She has three sons who keep her busy traveling up and down the east coast wrestling year round.
Candace loves reading, movies, traveling, and of course wrestling.
Candace has been in the veterinary field for 19 years. Work-wise, she loves learning new things and her main focus is always the client and making sure they leave happy.
Education: Elon University
Hometown: Davidson, NC
Pets: Ladybug (dog), Phoenix and Gryphon (cats)
Breanna grew up right here in Davidson, North Carolina. She has always loved animals and knew from a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. In 2016, she interned at Whole Pet Veterinary Hospital to gain experience as a technician. After leaving Davidson to attend Elon University for a biology degree, she moved back in 2018 to work at VHOD again. She applied to veterinary schools back in 2019 and plans to start studying this year. She is also Fear Free Certified. She loves music and traveling; if she could spend all her money on concerts and plane tickets, she would! While at home, she enjoys sitting on the couch with her family’s dog, Ladybug, and two cats, Gryphon and Phoenix.
Education: Gaston College
Hometown: Fort Lawn, SC
Pets: Wednesday (cat), Karm (sugar glider), and Gabby (dog)
Kendel was born in Fort Lawn, SC, and her soft spot for animals started at a young age, spending most of her time outdoors growing up alongside exotics, horses, dogs, cats, and all sorts of critters. Kendel moved to Charlotte when she was seven, and her love for animals continued growing. She has worked at animal shelters and in stables prior to landing a job at a veterinary practice. While there, she gained over four years of experience handling animals as well as exotics, which hold a special place in her heart. While working, she also obtained an associate degree in arts from Gaston College.
In her free time, Kendel enjoys hiking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, painting, and chilling with her rescues: Wednesday (cat), Karm (sugar glider), and Gabby (standard poodle), who have finally adopted her roommates as part of the family instead of terrorizing them.
Kendel is excited to be a part of our team and learn more about our holistic approach to provide the best care for your pet! She is also Fear Free Certified.
Education: Ashworth College
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Pets: Freydo, Oreo, Pringle, Drake, and Gizmo (cats); Jax (Rottweiler)
Julie is originally from Long Island, NY but moved to North Carolina when she was 10 years old.
She has been working in veterinary medicine since high school. In 2015, she earned certification in veterinary assisting from Ashworth College.
Her interests include supporting her local sports teams…Go Panthers! Go Hornets! She also enjoys going to concerts and watching horror movies.
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Pets: Eshgh (cat), Aziz and Nazanin (dogs)
Sara was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved to North Carolina post-Hurricane Katrina.
Sara belongs to her cat, Eshgh (love), and her dogs, Aziz (dearest) and Nazanin (sweetheart).
With over a decade in the field, her bleeding heart shows through her work, and she is passionate to advance her knowledge in holistic veterinary medicine and fear free practices.
Pets: Sprout and Henrik – dogs, Mats and Newt – cats
Alyssa was born in California and moved to North Carolina when she was 11. She knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals and has been doing so for the last 10 years. Alyssa is excited to continue to learn and grow with us at Whole Pet. She is also fear free certified.
Alyssa enjoys being in the mountains, watching New York Rangers hockey, and reading.
Client Care Team
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Pets: Miss Kitty and Fiona (cats)
Shaina was born in Charlotte and moved to Mooresville in 1995. She has a daughter who will be joining the pharmaceutical research program at Campbell University this year. Go Camels!
In her spare time, she enjoys running and cooking. She also loves to take trips to Asheville to visit her sister. She enjoys hiking and doing hot yoga when she’s there. When she’s not in the mountains, she spends a lot of time in North Myrtle Beach at her family’s house.
Her favorite food is pickles, and she loves making them fresh from her garden each summer.
We are very excited to have Shaina join our team. Her many years of veterinary experience will definitely benefit our clients and patients.
Kelly was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and moved to Charlotte in 1988. She’s called Huntersville home since 1992. She enjoys the Lake Norman area and resides with her husband, Todd, and two sons, Cameron and Dawson.
In her spare time, she likes to watch movies, shop, and enjoy family time at the beach.
Education: Wofford College
Hometown: Indian Trail/Monroe NC
Pets: Baxter and Pookie (dogs)
Olivia loves to help people and pets and found the perfect position as a client care rep in the veterinary medical field. She has worked as a veterinary receptionist for over 10 years and really enjoys building relationships with clients and their fur babies! She is also Fear Free Certified.
Olivia was born and raised in the Charlotte area. When she isn’t here answering your calls, she is probably spending time with friends and family, enjoying the lake on her paddle board, hiking, or traveling anywhere she gets the chance! No matter what she is doing, you can be sure she has a smile on her face!
Education: Eastern Michigan University/Pensacola Christian
Hometown: Lake Orion, MI
Pets: Keyla Elizabeth, Bentley Chase, and Raina Lynn (dogs); Tigger Thomas and Cotton Socks (cats)
Tracy grew up in Michigan and lived in Colorado Springs for 15 years before marrying the love of her life and moving back to Michigan. They have three daughters together: Ashley, Leah, and Claire.
Tracy comes to us with more than seven years of experience as a veterinary receptionist/pharmacy tech.
In her spare time, she loves to travel, shop, and spend time with friends and family. Her greatest joy is loving on her precious granddaughter, who just turned one. She also LOVES Christmas.
Tracy is excited about working with an amazing group of ladies and getting to know our clients and their pets.