Our veterinary team consists of 13 veterinarians, including an ABVP (American Board of Veterinary Practitioners) specialist who is board certified in canine and feline medicine and 12 generalists. Our veterinarians have a broad range of experience and interests, which allows us to offer a full range of care for our patients. Our team also includes board certified radiologists who consult with our veterinarians.
Dr. Susan Coe
Dr. Susan Coe’s youthful interest in science and math, coupled with her innate love of animals, led to her decision to become a veterinarian. She finds all animal medicine exciting and challenging. Her special interests include dermatology, ultrasound, cardiology, internal medicine/endocrinology, and ophthalmology.
Dr. Susan Coe graduated from Western Kentucky University with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry and animal science. She then attended Auburn University Veterinary School, where she received her degree in veterinary medicine, graduating with honors. Since graduation, Dr. Susan Coe has become a diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners through a three year process.
Dr. Susan Coe is married to Dr. Richard Coe, and together they have two human children, Trey and Katie, and two furry ones, Nelson and Jack two orange cats. Dr. Susan Coe is an active member of many organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, Metrolina Business Council, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the board of Philip’s Academy, and the congregation of Myers Park Presbyterian Church. In her free time, Dr. Susan Coe enjoys traveling, reading historical biographies, and exercising, but her favorite leisure activity is golf.
Dr. Richard Coe
Dr. Richard Coe began his college career at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, with an eye toward earning a degree in business. While there, he adopted a German shepherd and became interested in animal health and wellness, but continued with his plans to enter the business world. After working for the American Oil Company for a few years, Dr. Coe entered Auburn University to study the pre-veterinary curriculum. At Auburn, he earned a degree in animal science, and then continued on to graduate school to earn his DVM.
Along with his wife, Dr. Richard Coe opened Animal Medical Hospital in 1983. After practicing veterinary medicine for many years, Dr. Richard Coe began to focus on the management aspect of running a hospital. Under Dr. Coe’s leadership, Animal Medical Hospital has become one of the largest general veterinary practices in the southeast. Dr. Richard Coe has felt over the years that it is important for Animal Medical Hospital to be innovative and, through that mindset, AMH became one of the first veterinary hospitals to use electronic medical records, to offer an internship program outside of the university setting, has been a leader in continuing education, and was the first 24-hour general veterinary practice in the area.
When not overseeing the day-to-day operations of Animal Medical Hospital, Dr. Coe can be found exercising or watching sports, especially professional and Southeastern Conference football. He enjoys traveling throughout the United States to attend veterinarian meetings and is a member of the Veterinary Management Group I, which shares best practice ideas.
Dr. Kerri Blackburn
Dr. Kerri Blackburn has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was three years old. She loves the challenges posed by veterinary medicine and truly enjoys resolving the physical maladies that befall our companion animals. Her special interests include nutrition, internal medicine, surgery, neurology, oncology and ultrasound. Dr. Blackburn serves as the Internship Director for AMH.
Dr. Blackburn attended the University of South Florida for her undergraduate studies in microbiology and received her veterinary degree for the University of Florida. She also completed an internship with Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Florida. Dr. Blackburn has attended multiple CE events, including AVCIM and WVC. She is currently seeking certification through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.
Dr. Blackburn has participated in research regarding giardia to better treat and diagnose this infection. She is a member of the Sterile Feral team at Animal Medical Hospital – a program dedicated to spaying feral cats in the Charlotte area. Dr. Blackburn is a member of AAHA, NCVMA, AVMA, World Vets and in a network of ER vets for disasters in North Carolina.
Several animals share Dr. Blackburn’s life, including a dog, Roxie and 2 cats, Hamburglar and Stache. When not working, Dr. Blackburn enjoys spending time with her husband and son, painting and pursuing artistic activities. She can also be found hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and practicing yoga.
Dr. Bridget Andersen
Dr. Bridget Andersen is originally from Virginia. She finds all animal medicine exciting and rewarding. She attended Vanderbilt University where she received her undergraduate degree. She then continued her academic pursuit of veterinary medicine at Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school Dr. Andersen completed a year-long emergency internship.
Dr. Andersen is very passionate about improving the lives of her patients through veterinary dentistry. She attends the Veterinary Dental Forum annually and is a member of the American Dental Society. Her goal is to make sure that AMH is able to provide the very best dental care. She is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. One of her passions is Fear-Free Medicine, which implements methods to ease stress on pets and their people while they are in our hospital.
In her free time, Dr. Andersen enjoys spending time with her family and her two furry family members: Crimson, an adorable orange cat adopted during her time working as a veterinary assistant, and Chuckles, a poodle mix adopted during her internship year.
Dr. Erin Thomas
Dr. Erin Thomas is originally from Iowa. Dr. Thomas knew at a young age that veterinary medicine was her true passion. She attended Iowa State University where she received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science. She continued Iowa State University where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Thomas completed a year-long emergency internship after veterinary school.
Her professional interests include emergency/critical care, surgery and neonatal/pediatric medicine. Dr. Thomas especially enjoys urinary and gastrointestinal surgeries. Dr. Thomas can often be found with a foster kitten or two in her care. She has worked to establish a Foster Kitten Program here at Animal Medical Hospital, which has found homes for countless kittens since its introduction. Dr. Thomas has treated lions, Cape buffalo, antelope, rhinoceros, and giraffes in South Africa!
Dr. Thomas current has 2 dogs – Kingsley, a golden retriever, Kylie, a yellow lab and 2 cats – Sammy, & Kody. Her personal hobbies include hiking, camping, and reading.
Dr. Sandy Tisdelle
Dr. Sandy Tisdelle was born and raised in Green Cove Springs, FL. After attending and graduating from Elon University with a degree in Biology, she returned to her hometown to work as a technician in a local veterinary practice. It was this experience that helped her determine to pursue veterinary medicine as her career path, and she attended the University of Florida to obtain her doctorate. Dr. Tisdelle then completed an internship at Louisiana State University focused on emergency medicine and surgery. Dr. Tisdelle’s special interests include dermatology, oncology, cytology, and internal medicine. She is a proud member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Dr. Tisdelle had a Beagle named Maggie as her first pet, and a Golden Retriever, ’The Misses’, that lived to be 16 years old growing up! She now has another Beagle, Magnolia. The most unique animal she has ever treated was in Honduras while on a vet school trip – baby Toucans! Dr. Tisdelle’s dream would be to treat penguins.
In her spare time, Dr. Tisdelle enjoys any activities outdoors – walking Magnolia, hiking, riding her bike. She also enjoys hanging out with her friends, going to concerts, playing with her nephew, and visiting family & friends.
Dr. Ashley Gray
Dr. Gray lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, dog (Louis the Australian Shepherd), and 2 cats (long haired gray cats). Dr. Gray’s special interests within the veterinary field are emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgery, and oncology. She also has a strong passion for integrative medicine and has plans to pursue advanced training in physical therapy and acupuncture as these are important adjunct therapies to bring to her patient’s lives both post-operatively and for palliation. She is a member of the AVMA and NCVMA.
Dr. Gray graduated Cum Laude from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She went to Virginia Tech for her undergraduate studies as well. Following veterinary school, Dr. Gray pursued an internship in order to gain more experience and advanced training within the small animal field. Dr. Gray has enjoyed being a part of the Animal Medical Hospital team and strives to provide her patients with the best care possible.
Dr. Monica Tarantino
Dr. Monica Tarantino grew up the daughter of an army officer and spent most of her childhood traveling across the US living in different army bases with her parents and two brothers. Her parents knew they had a future vet on their hands when as a kindergartner she had memorized every breed of dog imaginable and would later develop an obsession with all classes science in school.
Dr. Tarantino and her family eventually settled in the DC area where she calls home. Her passion for animals and science eventually lead her to Blacksburg, Va where she attended the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. At vet school, she focused on small animal and emergency medicine and acted as vice president of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care club. Dr. Tarantino was also a student ambassador for her school. Dr. Tarantino’s interests go beyond emergency medicine to helping animals in impoverished communities globally. She has worked domestically in underserved areas with Rural Area Veterinary Services as well as internationally through her school on a several month long trip to India. There she spent a memorable summer working alongside Indian veterinarians and their communities and universities.
Dr. Tarantino’s favorite part of working at AMH is the quality medicine, the family atmosphere and the emergency medicine she can combine in her practice. Her personal interests include running, reading and getting oceanside. She lives with her boyfriend and their 3 dogs and 2 cats. Her pack includes a grumpy old westie named Frodo, an attention loving dingho named Twig and a wild blanket eating husky named Jose Jalapeno.
Dr. Lauren Hathaway
As the daughter of a small animal veterinarian, Dr. Lauren Hathaway grew up surrounded by pets in Eastern Tennessee. She decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps after graduating with a degree in French from Furman University, and continued her studies at the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hathaway completed a rotating internship in internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine at a specialty hospital in Louisville, KY, before making the move to Charlotte.
Dr. Hathaway’s special interests within the veterinary field include feline medicine, pain management, and oncology. As a senior veterinary student, Dr. Hathaway was given special recognition with an award for her understanding of and dedication to the human-animal bond. She feels that the most important part of a veterinarian’s job is to preserve the relationship between a pet and his or her family through excellent, lifelong care.
In her free time, Dr. Hathaway enjoys spending time with her husband and their three furry family members: Marlowe and Albert, two adorable cats adopted during her time in veterinary school, and Patrick, a goofy Boxer mix. She enjoys traveling, reading, DIY projects, and exploring local restaurants and neighborhoods.
Dr. Sarah A. Gerard
Dr. Gerard is originally from Miami, Florida. She grew up with four redheaded siblings who lovingly called her the nerd of the family. Her tremendous love of both school and animals was evident at a very young age. As a child, she not only wished to adopt every stray in the neighborhood, but she insisted her mother pull over the car to relocate deceased animals to a more peaceful place of final rest. Her love of school resulted in her being the first in her family to go to college. Dr. Gerard attended the University of Florida where she completed three degrees: Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Gerard is a licensed veterinarian in both Florida and North Carolina. She worked for several years as a General Practitioner at a 10-doctor small animal hospital. She then worked for two years as a General Practitioner at another large small animal hospital that also served as a 24-hour emergency and referral center. She has done relief work in shelter medicine, at the SPCA, the Humane Society, and single doctor practices. She has also assisted with several Trap-Neuter-Release programs. She has traveled to Mexico and Ecuador to provide veterinary care to a variety of different animals living in underserved communities.
Dr. Gerard is a member of the AVMA, NCVMA, and FVMA. Her professional interests include: dentistry, dermatology, pet obesity, cytology, gerontology, and client education. Her personal interests include: Crossfit, running, photography, travel, and anything food related. She is married to Todd Gerard and together they live with their furry daughter, Daisy, a Boxer mix that loves her dad as much as she loves food.
Dr. Abigail Brady
Dr. Abigail Brady is originally from Massachusetts. She attended Becker College in Worcester, MA where she received her Associates and Bachelor’s degrees in Veterinary Science. Dr. Brady then when on to graduate Cum Laude from veterinary school at St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies. Throughout both her undergraduate career and during veterinary school, she worked as a veterinary technician. Dr. Brady completed her clinical year of veterinary school at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Brady has a passion for emergency medicine and keeping up to date on the latest research in the field of veterinary medicine.
When she is not working, Dr. Brady loves to spend time with her family. She enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking and camping. She is married to Dr. Robert Brady, who she met in veterinary school. The other love of her life is her perfect, 6 year old Pomeranian named Lincoln. Dr. Brady also has two cats, Cabot and Rogue and a large saltwater aquarium full of fish. It is rare for her not to have a foster kitten in her home.
Dr. Robert Brady
Dr. Robert Brady is originally from Greenville, NC where he attended East Carolina University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology followed by a Masters in Biomechanics while also working as a Veterinary Technician at an emergency clinic. He then attended St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies for veterinary school. Dr. Brady then performed his clinical year at the University of Tennessee. He was inducted into Phi Zeta, the national veterinary honor society, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Robert Brady’s professional interests include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, anesthesia and pain management with a special interest in prosthetics and orthotics for small animals.
Along with his wife, Dr. Abigail Brady he has a Pomeranian named Lincoln, a calico named Rogue who was a rescue cat from Grenada, and an orange tabby cat rescued from a shelter in Knoxville, TN named Cabot (like the cheese). In his free time he enjoys both freshwater and offshore fishing, playing disc golf, keeping up with his saltwater fish tank, enjoying the great outdoors, and of course cheering on the Carolina Panthers every Sunday possible.
Dr. Mari-Ashli Foy
Dr. Mari-Ashli Foy, originally from Odenton, Maryland knew from a young age that veterinary medicine was her profession of choice. As daughter of 2 veterinarians, she was exposed to numerous opportunities and experiences that continued to foster her love of animals. Dr. Foy attended Tennessee State University where she completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and attended University of Georgia where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Go Dawgs! While at UGA, she represented the College of Veterinary Medicine as a Student Ambassador and was also a part of the Alpha Psi Veterinary Fraternity.
Dr. Foy’s professional interests include ophthalmology, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA). When not working she enjoys dancing, trying new restaurants, and reading suspense novels. Her furry family includes 1 miniature dachshund named Synnamin.
Dr. Sofia Gaviria
Dr. Sofia Gaviria is originally from Florida. She attended The University of Florida in Gainesville, FL where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology. After graduating, she worked as a veterinary technician in a small animal practice in Miami, where she continued to fall in love with the veterinary field. She then attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Florida. Go Gators! She graduated with an aquatic animal medicine certificate. She is currently completing training to become a certified veterinary acupuncturist. She lists dermatology, dentistry, cytology, soft tissue surgery, and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine as her special interests.
She has a variety of hobbies which include but are not limited to yoga, acro yoga, salsa dancing, bachata dancing, cooking, camping, water activities, and travelling. She is always searching for new, exciting hobbies to explore. She has two female mixed breed dogs that live with her family in Miami and one female domestic shorthair cat that lives with her in Charlotte.
Consulting Veterinary Specialists
Dr. Eric Ferrell
Dr. Ferrell completed his veterinary degree and diagnostic imaging residency at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine. He served as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Faculty Radiologist at the University of Florida. His interests include small animal radiography, ultrasound and cross sectional imaging. Dr. Ferrell is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (Dipl. ACVR, 2005). Dr. Ferrell owns and operates Veterinary Radiology Consultants in Florida and provides remote interpretation for all radiographs taken at Animal Medical Hospital.
Dr. Matt Ritter
Dr. Matt Ritter attended Iowa State University where he received his undergraduate degree in Zoology. He then continued on at Iowa State University where he graduated with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ritter completed an internship in medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and a residency in surgery at Michigan State University. Dr. Ritter became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in January 2007 (Dipl. ACVS). Dr. Ritter owns Acacia Mobile Veterinary Surgery and provides assistance to our veterinary team with advanced surgical cases.
His special interests include salivary glands and small animal surgery. When he is not performing surgeries, Dr. Ritter is spending time with his family and taking his children to their soccer games. His pets currently include 1 dog, 3 cats, and 21 chickens.
"Everyone there at Animal Medical is so kind and caring, and you treat my dogs like they are my children. I never have to worry about what doctor I’m going to get, all of the doctors and staff are just wonderful. Thank you so much for your hard work!"