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. 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. 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. 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 General Practice Medical Director.
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. Lauren Goode
Dr. Lauren Goode was born in Greensboro, NC, but grew up in Florida. She attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL where she completed her undergraduate degree. She then moved to Gainesville, FL where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). Dr. Goode completed a year-long general practice internship after veterinary school. Dr. Goode serves as the Emergency and Advanced Care Medical Director.
Dr. Goode’s special interests within the veterinary field include emergency and critical care as well as feline medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA).
Dr. Goode and her husband relocated to Charlotte, NC for her husband to open a business. They live here with their two cats, Kaufman and Paulie, and their three dogs, Bogey, Willie, and Cassie. In her free time Dr. Goode enjoys spending time with her husband and their pets, cooking, practicing yoga, and exploring the cuisine and craft beer of Charlotte.
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 general practice 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. 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. 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 general practice 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. 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. Dr. Gray serves as the Internship Director at AMH. 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. 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. 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. 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. Heather Brown
Dr. Heather Brown grew up in Hickory, NC. She has always known she wanted to be a veterinarian and never even considered an alternative career. She attended North Carolina State University for both her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
Dr. Brown’s current family zoo includes her Great Pyrenees, Remington, her angora rabbit Clementine, her dutch dwarf rabbit Charlie, and her sugar glider Winchester. In her free time she enjoys walking her dog, spending time with family and friends, crocheting, crafting and DIY projects, and binge watching shows. She also enjoys craft beer and wine and is excited to explore the Charlotte breweries.
Dr. Candace Chmielewski
Dr. Candace Chmielewski was born and raised in the Princeton, NJ area. Her love for animals began at a young child. Each summer she would care for all the cool creatures her science teacher mom would bring home from her classroom. Her passion for helping needy animals continued as she somehow convinced her father to adopt several of the neighborhood's feral cats.
After high school, Dr. Chmielewski moved to Baltimore to earn her Bachelors of Science in Dance and Biology at Goucher College. She then went on to complete her Doctorate degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine graduating with high honors. She completed her clinical year of veterinary school at North Carolina State University. As part of her training, Dr. Chmielewski travelled to South Africa to expand her knowledge in wildlife medicine and assist in the fight for conservation. She also helped monitor the nesting sea turtle populations of St. Kitts, including leatherbacks, and assisted with tagging and research.
In her free time, Dr. Chmielewski enjoys dancing, travelling, scrap booking, scuba diving, and rooting on the Dallas Cowboys! In the future, she hopes to continue on to a residency in Zoological Medicine
Dr. Jillian Richter
Dr. Jillian Richter is originally from Connecticut but made the move down south when she attended Clemson University (Go Tigers!) to receive her undergraduate degree. Dr. Richter then went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris degree.
Dr. Richter grew up with beagles who helped shape her passion for veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond. When she is not working, she loves to cook, try new restaurants, travel, and spend time with her friends and family. She currently lives with her former foster dog, Sissy, and is also dog mom to a Pointer mix named Finley who still resides in Philadelphia.
Dr. Laura Schoenig
Dr. Laura Schoenig was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. She grew up on a farm that housed a variety of animals throughout the years, including dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, chickens, and most recently, llamas. This fostered her love of animals throughout her entire childhood, but she did not make the decision to actually pursue veterinary medicine until she was in college. After graduating high school, Dr. Schoenig went on to The University of South Carolina and graduated with a degree in psychology. She went on to complete veterinary school at The University of Georgia in Athens.
When not at work, Dr. Schoenig spends time at home with her dog Lucky, a golden retriever mix, who has been her cheerleader throughout college and vet school (and is more than ready to pass on the duty of being examined off to Dr. Schoenig’s patients!) Dr. Schoenig also enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring the breweries and activities that Charlotte has to offer. In the fall, you can find her cheering on the Gamecocks every Saturday and the Redskins every Sunday. When time allows, she travels to Virginia to spend time with her family, which includes a niece and nephew that she absolutely adores.
Dr. Amanda Slusky
Dr. Amanda Slusky is originally from Woodbridge, Connecticut. Her passion for animals began at a young age with a love of marine animals. She attended the University of Connecticut for her undergraduate studies, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, and decided she to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Dr. Slusky then moved to Raleigh, NC for veterinary school and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. She was inducted into Phi Zeta, the national veterinary honor society.
Dr. Slusky’s professional interests include companion animal nutrition. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA). When not working, Dr. Slusky enjoys fitness, cooking, spending time with her husband, and reading.
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.
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