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Meet Capeside Animal Hospital's Staff

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Sheila Hanby, DVM
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*

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*

Christine Carmine, DVM

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 get away from the cold and be near 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 passionate about providing high quality medicine and care for her patients and pet parents. She and her husband, Jay, share their home with Blue and Miles, both beautiful terrier mixes, and Isabella their cat. In her free time she enjoys yoga, 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*

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 - Hospital 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 currently live a block away from the beach on Oak Island. We enjoy 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 Administrator

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*

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*

Kathy - Client Service Representative


I have lived in Wilmington since 2006 and absolutely love the people here! My husband and I have two grown children and several granddaughters. Previously I worked in Charlotte in a veterinarian hospital that was open 7 days a week as well. I love that Capeside also offers this. I truly feel that I work with the most caring and sincere people here at Capeside Animal Hospital, I am so proud to be part of this team. It makes my heart soar to see how much everyone loves their pets and are such great advocates for them. My husband has pet allergies so we can no longer have any pets of our own, therefore I tend to give the pets I see extra hugs, pets and sometimes they even give me kisses, which I love! I love working with the Capeside team! I love my job and look forward to seeing you at our great facility to show you first hand that we truly do care!

*Team Member since October 2013*

Alicia- Client Service Representative

After living in the Wilmington area for many years my husband and I recently purchased a house in Leland. We are excited to be on this side of the bridge and I am thrilled to be a member of the Capeside Animal Hospital team. I have worked in the veterinary field for over ten years and animals are my life's passion. I am the proud momma of two German Shepherd dogs, Luna is 12 years old and Smith (pictured with me) is 9 years old. I feel fortunate to be working with such talented, intelligent and truly compassionate people. I look forward to the future as part of the Capeside Animal Hospital family as well as helping to care for your four-legged family members.

*Team member since November 2014*

Laurie- Client Service Representative



Hi, my name is Laurie! I relocated to this area from Erie, PA in July of 2015 to retire in the south with my husband, Leo. I have 6 wonderful children and 12 grandchildren, who are the light of my life! Since I was a child, I have had the greatest love for all animals, small and large. In school, I was known as "The Zookeeper" because I brought home every stray I ran across! At one point, in my adult life, I bred Persian and Himalayan cats. I have recently adopted a resuce kitty named Autumn Angel! I have had the great fortune to attain a position at Capeside Animal Hospital, where I can fulfill my dream of working with both people and animals, my two biggest passions! I have found my true calling! I look forward to meeting you and caring for your "babies"! 

*Team member since September 2015*

Breann - Client Service Representative

Hi, my name is Breeann. I have lived in Wilmington my whole life and I love animals! I have one best friend and his name is Yoshi! He is a lab mix and he is the best canine ever! I shadowed here at Capeside when I was in high school. I wanted to be a part of the Capeside team, so I applied and was hired in April of 2013. I plan to learn as much as I can from Capeside, as I would like to be in the veterinary field, but until then I can not wait to meet your four-legged best friends!

*Team Member since April 2013*

Taylor - Client Service Representative

Hi, my name is Taylor! I was born and raised in a small farming village in Ohio, where I very early on realized I had a passion for helping animals. After graduating college and marrying my husband, we spent the last two years traveling from the Midwest, to the West coast and now to the East coast. Each step along the way I have worked with wildlife or domestic animals in some capacity. I currently have a spunky golden retriever/labrador retriever mix puppy named Willow, and an orange tabby cat named Carrot. Shortly after moving to North Carolina, I found Capeside Animal Hospital and I feel very honored to be a part of the Capeside family. I look forward to meeting you and your furbabies in the near future!

*Team Member since April 2016*

Miranda- Customer Service Representative

Hi, my name is Miranda! Ever since I was little I have had a love and passion for animals. I can always remember having at least one pet in my life! I currently own a border collie mix who is a rescue. His name is Bandit and he is the best! I also have a sweet old tabby cat that I have had for 13 years now. She is a rescue as well and her name is Misty. I am so lucky to be working with the amazing team at Capeside and learning information that I can carry with me forever. I look forward to meeting and caring for your fur babies soon!

*Team Member since August 2015*

Sherri- Customer Service Representative

*Team Member since October 2017*

Megan- Customer Service Representative

Hi, my name is Megan. I moved to NC in July of 2017 from VA. I have 2 teenage children. I was in the nursing field for 12 years before making the switch to become part of Capeside Animal Hospital.  I have always had a love for animals and I am glad to be part of the amazing staff here at Capeside. I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies. 

*Team Member since November 2017*

Holley -Patient Services/Customer Service Supervisor


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 human family, "Kiwi" the parakeet, "Kuechly" the kitty, our border collie mix "Roscoe" and our newest addition, "Peyton", our hound mix!  I am looking forward to many more years with our awesome staff, clients, and patients.

*Team Member since August 2009*

Bobbie - Patient Services 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

*Team Member since October 2017*

Michele - Patient Services/Safety Administrator

Hi, I'm Michele! I am originally from New Jersey. I decided after high school to serve my country and joined the United States Navy. I spent over half of my life in our great military, 23 years to be exact and retired in 2010. I moved to Wilmington in 2011 with my five animals; three dogs and two cats. I received my A.A.S. in Surgical Technology from Miller-Motte. I quickly realized that although I love people, my passion is working with animals. I enjoy being able to help make a difference in a pets life and am proud to be a member here at Capeside!

*Team member since May 2014*

Terry - Patient Services

Hi there! My name is Terry and I have had animals around me all my life. I have lived in the Wilmington area since 1996 but currently live in Shallotte where I foster cats- more than I can count! Having been a nurse for most of my adult life, I now indulge my passion by working here!

*Team Member since September 2008*

Zach -Patient Services

Hello! My name is Zach. I have lived in Leland and have been around animals all my life, both domestic and farm animals. I plan to attend BCC and later obtain a bachelor’s degree in biology with hopes of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. I began with Capeside Animal Hospital through the job shadowing program. During that time of observation I knew the care and compassion the staff exhibited toward animals was a team that I wanted to be a part of. I look forward to meeting you and your pet(s).


Rebecca - Patient Services


Hi, my name is Rebecca! I moved to Wilmington in 1997. I've grown to love this area and I'm now happily raising my own three boys here. Through my years of fostering animals, I adopted two dogs to call my own, Diablo and Sueva and my cat, Leo. I'm glad to be part of the Capeside team and look forward to helping keep all of your furry friends happy and healthy!!

*Team Member since July 2014*

Lu-Patient Services

Hi!, my name is Luellyn but everyone calls me "Lu"! I was raised on a farm and learned at a very early age how to care for animals. I currently share my home with 3 cats and 4 dogs (1 Dashchund, 3 Doberman Pinchers). I started working in the veterinary field when I was 15 years old. I have worked in the field for over 21 years! I am happy to join Dr. Hanby and her team here at Capeside Animal Hospital. I look forward to meeting you and your babies!

*Team Member since March 2016*

Christina- Patient Services


Hello! My name is Christina! I have had the pleasure of growing up in Southport, NC. I now live in Wilmington with my two dogs, Caicos the German Shepherd, and Sully my Blue Heeler mix. I grew up working closely with my father training police dogs which instilled a strong passion for animals in my life very early on. I have been fortunate enough to work in the veterinary field since 2010. Along the way I have trained service dogs, scent detection dogs, and personal dogs. I have cherished these experiences and the knowledge I have gained along the way. I look forward to using that knowledge to ensure your pet has the best care possible. I am so happy to be a part of the Capeside Team and look forward to meeting you soon!

*Team Member since April 2017*

Amanda-Patient Services


Hi, my name is Amanda! I moved to Leland from Morehead City, NC in 2013. I currently have 2 rescued fur-babies of my own, named Izzy and Max. I attended college to be a Pharmacy Technician, at Carteret Community College, but soon realized my passion was to work with animals. I grew up with animals my whole life. I believe I inherited my love for animals from my mother who own's and maintains a 20-acre horse ranch in Kinston, NC, which I spend my spare time helping her with. I enjoy being a team member at Capeside and look forward to meeting you and your wonderful fur-babies!

*Team Member since July 2017*

Sarah-Patient Services

Hi, my name is Sarah! I moved to Wilmington from Atlanta in 2016. I have two pittie pies at home, Archer and Lana. I began volunteering at Paw's Place when I first moved here and knew I wanted to begin a career in veterinary medicine. I absolutely love working with animals and enjoy being a team member at Capeside. I look forward to meeting you and your furbabies!

*Team Member since October 2017*

Heather - Patient Services/Kennel 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*

Heather-Kennel Assistant

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Hello, my name is Heather! I am from a small town outside of Boston and moved to NC a few years ago. I have always had pets growing up and I am currently owned by two male, brother cats who are 10 years old! My first job was in the animal field at a kennel in Boston. During my free time, I volunteer at a local cat rescue, helping socialize cats and adopt them out when they are ready for adoption events! I love working with animals and I am excited to be a part of the Capeside Animal Hospital team. It is not really "work" when you are doing something that you love! 

*Team Member since June 2016 *

Crystal-Kennel Assistant

My name is Crystal and I am an ACT at Capeside! I'm from upper Marlboro, Maryland and just recently moved here last fall. It's been a big change but I love it here! Especially with all of the beaches and good food around! I've been a huge animal lover my whole life. I have a boxer named Max, a cat named Fluffy and a leapoard gecko named Venus at home. I look forward to continuing my journey here at Capeside and gaining as much knoweldge from my fantastic coworkers as I can!

*Team Member since October 2016 *

Kaelyn-Kennel Assistant


Hello, my name is Kaelyn! I've lived in the Leland area my whole life. I've been around animals my whole life and really enjoy working with them. I previously worked at a dog kennel for 6 years and am glad to have another wonderful kennel to work at here at Capeside. I can't wait to get to know your babies!

*Team Member since July 2017*

Danielle-Kennel Assistant

Hello, my name is Danielle Hyatt and all my life I have had a passion for animals. I have owned almost every animal you can think of from a fish to a pig. I currently have two dogs, a Chihuahua Jack Russell mix named Layla, and a hound mix named Brownie. They are like my children. I graduated from East Columbus High school and completed an online Veterinarian Assistant course. I found my way to Capeside Animal Hospital and am a member of the Animal Care Technician team.I look forward to furthering my education here and also to meeting you and your fur babies. See you soon.   

*Team Member since December 2017*