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Meet Capeside Animal Hospital's Staff

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Sheila Hanby, DVM, Owner

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. 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 and Human-Animal Bond 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*

Hayley Bush, BVSc

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 *

Sami Winter, DVM

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 *

Jeff Phillips, DVM

Dr. Jeff Phillips is originally from the Baltimore area. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology. After graduation, he did 3 years of research at John's Hopkins, investigating new medications to combat organ transplant rejection. He then did a one year stint in Nepal studying the mating habits of mountain yeti and search for clues as to the whereabouts of the abominable snow beast of Tibet. 

On his triumphant return to the US, he decided to return to school  and got his degree in medicine and surgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced his craft for 21 years in southern Maryland. After living in close proximity to Washington, DC, he decided to relocate to the warmth and beaches in Wilmington. He worked for 2 years in Wilmington before joining  the team at Capeside Animal Hospital.

Dr. P has more than 25 years of experience in veterinary practices. His area of interest include feline medicine (member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners for 25 years) and soft tissue surgery.

Away from the hospital, he enjoys fitness activities like weightlifting and yoga. He is an avid fan of baseball (go Nats!) He commits as much time as possible underwater, scuba diving in the Caribbean and Florida Keys. In downtime, he enjoys gardening and reading with his crew of 4 cats and 2 dogs (when they permit it) and honing his dry and strange wit to a razor's edge. 

*Team Member since January 2020 *

Jennifer Deardorff, DVM

Dr. Jennifer Deardorff grew up in Athens, Georgia. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Georgia College and State University in 2016. She then returned to Athens to graduate with her DVM from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. She had always dreamed of one day moving to the coast to start her journey as a veterinarian and is so excited to join the Capeside team! In her down time Dr, Deardorff enjoys spending time with her fiance Garrett and their three dogs.

*Team Member since June 2020*

Jennifer Lantzer, DVM

Dr. Lantzer grew up in Wake Forest, North Carolina and graduated from North Carolina State University. Her veterinary special interests 
include nutrition and behavior. Her passion for all animals and the people that care for them inspired her to pursue her veterinary dream. During free time, Dr. Lantzer enjoys riding horses, baking, playing tennis, and is an avid football fan (Go Tigers!). She is so excited to explore the area and learn more about her new home with her little black cat, Bindi!

*Team Member since May 2021*

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 which includes one human child - Adison and our four-legged kids - "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 here at Capeside!

*Team Member since August 2009*

Michele, Supervisor

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 my life in our great military, 23 years to be exact, and retired in 2010. I moved to Wilmington in 2011 with my 5 animals - 3 dogs and 2 cats. I recieved 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 pet's life and am proud to be a team member here at Capeside. 

Michele is Fear Free Certified and uses special techniques to decrease stress and create a more enjoyable experience for your pets!

*Team Member since August 2014*

Erica, RVT, Supervisor

Hi, I 'm Erica! I was raised in New Mexico but have enjoyed the beaches and mountains of NC since 2006. Our house was always full of animals growing up and that hasn't changed! My daughters and I share our home with dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and a gecko. In the spring of 2019 I earned my Associates in Animal Science through the Veterinary Technician program at Cape Fear Community College. Later that year I passed the State and National exams by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Through Capeside Animal Hospital I hope to continue learning new skills to provide quality medical care to the pets in our community. I look forward to meeting each and every one of your furry friends!

Erica is Fear Free Certified and uses special techniques to decrease stress and create a more enjoyable experience for your pets!

*Team Member since August 2018*

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!

Heather is Fear Free Certified and uses special techniques to decrease stress and create a more enjoyable experience for your pets!

*Team Member since December 2011*

Heather F. -Supervisor

 Hi I'm Heather! I was raised in Boston but have lived in NC for many years now. I graduated from a community college in Boston where I earned my Associates Degree in Animal Care. I am owned by four 4-legged family members: two senior felines (littermates) and two canines, a pitbull mix and a pitbull-boxer mix. For as long as I can remember I have always had a passion for Animal Care. Since moving to NC, I have become a volunteer with a local foster based cat rescue. My favorite and most rewarding part of volunteering is adopting out cats into their forever homes. I look forward to meeting you and your 4-legged family!

Heather is Fear Free Certified and uses special techniques to decrease stress and create a more enjoyable experience for your pets!

*Team Member since December 2016*

Bobbie -Senior Patient Services

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!

Bobbie is Fear Free Certified and uses special techniques to decrease stress and create an enjoyable experience for your pets!

*Team Member since August 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!

Tasha is Fear Free Certified and uses special techniques to decrease stress and create a more enjoyable groom experience for your pets!

*Team Member since April 2009*

Patient Services Team
Bobbie - team member since August 2010
Terry A. - SR Patient Services, team member since September 2008
Zach - team member since June 2011
Heather H. - Customer Service Supervisor - team member since December 2011
Michele -  Patient Services Supervisor - team member since May 2014
Lu - team member since February 2016
Sarah - team member since October 2017
Erica - patient Services Supervisor - team member since November 2018
Courtney - team member since April 2019
Angela - team member since April 2020
Lyric - team member since June 2020
Jess H. - team member since July 2020
Giselle - team member since August 2020
Ana - team member since December 2020
Jessica S. - team member since January 2021

Customer Service Team
Heather H. - Customer Services Supervisor - team member since December 2011
Kathy - Senior CSR, team member since October 2013
Alicia - team member since 2014
Heather F.- team member since June 2016
Sherri - team member since October 2017
Susan - Senior CSR, team member since July 2018 
Staci - team member since August 2018
Madison - team member since January 2021
Brianna - team member since January 2021
Cassandra - team member since February 2021


Animal Care Team
Heather F.- Supervisor, team member since June 2016
Alex - team member since September 2020
Chris - team member since April 2021