beachdog blackcat wetdog grasscat vestdog kidcat building

Meet Capeside Animal Hospital's Staff

click name to see profile
Sheila Hanby, DVM, Owner
Shelby Hanby

Wilmington native, received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington in 1992. Pursuing her life long goal, she then attended North Carolina State University and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 1996. Following graduation, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Florida. She practiced in Florida and in Charlotte before moving back to Wilmington in 1999. She worked as an associate veterinarian for 5 years and then decided to fulfill her dream of opening her own animal hospital. She established Capeside Animal Hospital on March 8, 2005.

*Owner - Team Member since March 2005*

Christine Carmine, DVM, Medical Director

Dr. Carmine

Dr. Christine Carmine completed her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science in 2000 from the University of New Hampshire, and her DVM degree in 2005 from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. After graduating, she moved to North Carolina to flee from the cold and be closer to family. From an early age, Dr. Carmine knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She attended "vet camp" during high school, and worked as a veterinary assistant during her undergraduate and graduate studies. Dr. Carmine is proud to be Fear Free Certified, and is passionate about providing high quality care for her patients and pet parents. She and her husband, Jay, share their home with their wonderful fuzzy faced kids. In her free time she enjoys yoga, crossfit and triathlons, reading, writing and traveling. Dr. Carmine spent her younger years moving frequently, including a number of years spent living in Switzerland. She is fluent in German and Swiss-German. 

*Team member since October 2013*

Nicolle Rubendall, DVM
Dr. Rubendall

An Iowa native, Dr Rubendall attended Iowa State University and obtained her DVM in 2002. She moved to Chicago where she practiced veterinary medicine for 10 years. It was during this time she became interested in alternative veterinary medicine and studied Chinese herbal medicine. She became certified in 2011 in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She then studied chiropractic services at the Healing Oasis in Wisconsin and became certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy in January 2012. She decided to get away from the cold winters and moved to Wilmington in the Spring of 2012. She did relief work in the area and enjoyed working with the staff at Capeside Animal Hospital and was happy to accept a part time position. Dr Rubendall lives near Carolina Beach with her husband Eric and their Boston /French Bulldog mix named Hula and their two cats.

*Team Member since June 2012*

Hayley Bush, BVSc
Dr. Bush

Dr. Hayley Bush has returned to eastern North Carolina to start her career as a veterinarian. After graduating from UNCW in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Biology and Spanish, Dr. Bush went south-way-south-to New Zealand to pursue her dreams of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Bush spent 5 years in New Zealand studying, traveling, and working with a wide arrange of animals, most memorably spending summer vacations working at a large sheep station as a junior shepherd. Despite incredible experiences abroad, the NC native was ready to venture back home to be closer to family, friends and her pups- Bear, Otis, and Dot. Dr. Bush is very excited to join the Capeside team and establish herself in the community! 

*Team Member since June 2014 *

Cay D. Wallis, DVM
Dr. Wallis

A Florida transplant, Dr. Cay D Wallis is from a small, Gulf Coast beach town although she spent many youthful summers adventuring in the N.C. mountains with family. Dr. Wallis graduated from Florida State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. In 2011 she moved to the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Kitts to pursue her dreams at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. As luck would have it, Dr. Wallis got her clinical placement wish. She relocated to Raleigh in 2013 to finish her 4th year clinical studies at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. She made her way to Wilmington in November 2014 to start her Veterinary career and is now very excited to join the team at Capeside Animal Hospital! Self-professed beach bum with a mountain problem; enjoys sports, outdoor activities, live music, and traveling. 

*Team Member since November 2016 *

Sami Winter, DVM

Dr. Winter

Dr. Winter is a true Wilmingtonian, having grown up in the area. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as a Morehead-Cain Scholor with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biology. She then headed across the Triangle and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. Having practiced veterinary medicine for 24 years in the Wilmington area, Dr. Winter is a professed "puppy and chihuahua lover" and enjoys the client education aspect of veterinary medicine. Besides pediatrics, her interests lie in dermatology, toy breed concerns and physical rehabilitation for soft tissue and orthopaedic issues. Dr. Winter combines that love with her own love of training and coaching and is a 17 time Ironman finisher. She enjoys swimming, cycling, running and more and is an active member of the Wilmington endurance community. She shares her Wrightsville Beach home with Charlie, and 6 of the cutest dogs; Moose, Tommie, Danni, Holly, Baby Daisy, and Fiona.

*Team Member since August 2017 *

Morgan Farrell, DVM

Dr. Morgan Farrell was born in Columbia, SC and also lived in New Jersey and Rhode Island while growing up. He returned south for college and earned his undergraduate degree from Davidson College followed by his DVM from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Over the past ten years, Dr. Farrell has dedicated the focus of his medical career to helping maintain patient quality of life and treating clients' pets as if they are one of his own. Dr. Farrell enjoys getting to know clients and their pets during visits so that he can custom tailor a medical plan for them. Dr. Farrell is interested in internal medicine and loves feline medicine in particular. When not at work, Dr. Farrell spends his time with his wife, Christine and his young son, Kai. Dr. Farrell is also an avid triathlete, open water swimmer, surfer and loves to travel.

*Team Member since November 2017 *

Terry Grillo - Manager
Terry Grillo, Hospital Manager

I moved to North Carolina from New York in 1975 and attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I earned a B.S. in Business Administration. We vacationed here several times a year and decided to live here year round in 2006. My love for all animals began when I was a young child. At one time, I actually had a pet snake that I brought to school for a visit during second grade. What an uproar that caused! Since then, all my pets have had fur instead of scales and we now have a big furry cat, Charlie, and a cute orange tabby named Linus. Both cats were rescued through Furever Friends. My husband and I along with our cats, enjoy living in Winding River. Our hobbies include being outdoors, watching sports, especially football (Go Panthers!), and spending time at the beach with family and friends. I appreciate the opportunity to be a member of the Capeside Animal Hospital Team where we look out for the well being of your pet. I look forward to seeing you and your pet soon!

*Team Member since March 2010*

Jeannie - Hospital Manager

I'm Jeannie. I have lived in Wilmington, NC since 1997 with my fabulous husband and our two grown children, and three grandchildren. I have several four legged, furry friends that still reside at home. My passion for animal welfare started as a child and has developed into a career that has finally landed me at this wonderful animal hospital with veterinarians that TRULY care about our clients.

*Team Member since October 2010*

Holley - Hospital Manager

I was born and raised in the small town of Edenton, North Carolina, and cannot remember a time in my life that I did not have pets. I volunteered at the local animal shelter throughout high school, and landed my first job at our town's only animal hospital as a kennel technician where I knew that helping animals was exactly what I wanted to do. I currently reside in Leland with my wonderful family and have one human child - Adison and our other kids, "Kiwi" the parakeet, "Monty" the python, "Kuechly" the kitty,  and two rescue dogs, "Roscoe" and "Peyton"!  I am looking forward to many more years with our awesome staff, clients, and patients.

*Team Member since August 2009*

Bobbie -Supervisor

I grew up in this area, but moved to Greensboro about 20 years ago. In my own pet family I have Mimi and Lilah, who are pictured with me, and two spoiled cats, Vanna and Lottie. I am proud to say all of my kids are rescues! In fact, both Lilah and Vanna I adopted through Furever Friends Animal Rescue here locally. When I play at some of my favorite pastimes such as fishing and camping I bring my furry little puppy shadows along. I have a passion for Veterinary Dentistry and am a Certified Veterinary Dental Technician, through the American Association of Veterinary Dentistry. Recently I received my CVA II certification as well as attended the Chi Institute in Florida for study in assisting our Doctors in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. On my return home I'm proud to have joined the Capeside Team and look forward to meeting all of you and your pet families!

*Team Member since August 2010*

Sierra, RVT, Supervisor

My name is Sierra Lee and I am a Registered Veterinary Technician. I graduated from Gaston College where I earned my A.A.S. Veterinary Technology Degree and aquired my Veterinary Technician Registration from NCVMA shortly after. I have been working with animals since 2013 and can not imagine doing anything else. My hobbies outside of work consist of spending time with my stubborn German Shepherd, exercising and relaxing at the beach. I also enjoy seeing and learning new things. I hope to further my education whether it be in animal medicine or other areas and I intend to travel as much as possible someday. 

*Team Member since October 2017*

Heather H. -Supervisor

Hello, my name is Heather, I was born and partially raised in Leland. I was raised by my grandparents, who were truck drivers, on the road and even though I spent much of my childhood on the road, animals were never far from my heart. I have had all sorts of animals! Currently, my household consists of two Jack Russell mixes, "Tia" and "Leo", a Chinese Crested named "Toshi", and a feline named "Prissie". I also have two freshwater aquariums and two ball pythons! I look forward to meeting all of your wonderful pets and treating them with the same admiration and fascination as all of the pets I have had the pleasure of meeting!

*Team Member since December 2011*

Tasha - Groomer

My name is Tasha and I moved to Wilmington in 2004. My love for animals started when I was a child. I strive to make the grooming experience as stress-free as possible. I believe it is a must to have a great deal of patience and trust, as well as the ability to read a dog or cats body language. I understand that your pet is a member of your family and will treat each and every one of them with a tender, caring hand. Working with animals and making them beautiful for their owners is extremely rewarding!! I look forward to meeting you and your furry family member!

*Team Member since April 2009*

Patient Services Team

Bobbie - Supervisor, team member since August 2010
Sierra - Supervisor, team member since October 2017
Terry A. - SR Patient Services, team member since September 2008
Zach - team member since June 2011
Michele - Safety Administrator, team member since May 2014
Rebecca - team member since July 2014
Lu - team member since February 2016
Amanda F. - team member since  July 2017
Sarah - team member since October 2017
                                                               Danielle - team member since December 2017
                                                               Erica - team member since November 2018
                                                               Amanda D. - team member since January 2019
Customer Service Team

Bree - Pharmacy Coordinator, team member since April 2013
Kathy - SR Customer Services, team member since October 2013
Alicia - team member since 2014
Miranda - team member since August 2015 
Laurie - team member since September 2015

Taylor H. - team member since April 2016
Heather F.- team member since June 2016
Kaelyn - team member since July 2017
Sherri - team member since October 2017
                                                              Susan - team member since July 2018

Animal Care Team

Heather H.-  Supervisor and team member since December 2011
Taylor W. - team member since May 2018
Heather F.- team member since June 2016
Rashawna- team member since May 2018
Kristin - team member since July 2018
Kayla - team member since August 2018
Staci - team  member since August 2018
Buni - team member since December 2018