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Meet Capeside Animal Hospital's Staff

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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*

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, 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*

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*

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*

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*

Sierra, RVT

*Team Member since October 2017*

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*

Holley -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*

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*

Breann - Pharmacy Coordinator

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*

Michele -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 A. - 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*

Kathy- Senior CSR

I was born and raised in Canada and moved to the United States to marry my best friend in 1980. We raised our 2 beautiful daughters in Charlotte and moved to Wilmington in 2006. My favorite hobby is playing with our grandkids. I have been working in the veterinary field since I was 15 years old (with a few breaks to raise our family through the years). I love all the furry pets we see at Capeside Animal Hospital. Each have such different personalities! I also enjoy working with their owners and strive to help make visits as smooth as possible. I really love working with so many awesome people here at Capeside. Truly it can be said, "I love my job!"

*Team Member since October 2013*

Patient Services Team
Customer Service Team
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Taylor H.
Animal Care Team
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