Our Doctors

We have a friendly staff and great veterinarians to meet the needs of all your furry family members. Providing them with the best health care is our mission, and doing so with compassion and the highest level of expertise is our goal each and every day.

George Ghneim, DVM, PhD

Dr. George Ghneim graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Throughout the four years of veterinary school he became interested in infectious disease and went on to complete a Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology (MPVM) and a PhD in Ecology with an emphasis on the environment and infectious disease. His dissertation work was on determining environmental risk factors for infection with leptospirosis.

Throughout his PhD, Dr. Ghneim worked as an emergency/critical care clinician at a 24 hour referral hospital in Sacramento, California. After completing his dissertation he moved to Raleigh, NC to manage the state health department’s infectious disease surveillance system. He then went to RTI International to work on more primary infectious disease research. He continued to work part time in emergency hospitals on the weekends and in 2008 elected to go back to clinical practice full time. Dr. Ghneim became a partner with Care First Animal Hospitals and was with them until 2017. He then joined Wake Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care as the managing veterinarian and has since become a partner here.

Dr. Ghneim is married to Carrie Ghneim with whom he has two children, Isadora and Simon, and two Rhodesian ridgeback named Hex and Finneas. His other interests in life are food, wine, hiking, and Kendo (Japanese swordsmanship). Dr. Ghneim is also passionate about preventive health in veterinary medicine and the use of advanced technologies, such as ultrasound and laparoscopy, to aid in the treatment of our beloved companions.

Dr. SpodnickDr. Gary Spodnick, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Gary Spodnick graduated from the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985 and went on to complete a surgical residency at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. He then came to NC and was an assistant professor at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine from 1991-1996. In 1996 Dr. Spodnick became one of the three founding veterinarians of the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas and was part of the surgical team there for over 20 years. In late 2019 Dr. Spodnick joined Wake Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care as the chief of surgery where he continues to perform all surgeries and mentor several staff veterinarians.

His surgical interests include oncologic, reconstructive, and plastic surgery, oral surgery, and fracture repair. Outside of work, Dr. Spodnick enjoys woodworking and boat building/restoration (kayaks and old canoes). As a one-time forestry major in college, Dr. Spodnick, with his wife, Julie, continue to be interested in the environment and trees – they have planted and are managing a longleaf pine forest stand of about 4,000 trees, the tree for which North Carolina takes its moniker as the “Tarheel” state.

Dr. ConflittiDr. Alyson Conflitti, DVM

Dr. Alyson Conflitti grew up in Michigan and graduated from the Class of 2018 Kansas State University CVM. Her veterinary career started on the island of Saint Kitts and Nevis at Ross University, where she spent two years involved in emergency medicine and rescue programs prior to transferring to Kansas State University. After graduation she completed a one-year small animal rotating internship specialized in internal medicine at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. After her internship, she accepted a position at Wake Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care where she adores her clients and patients.

Dr. Conflitti has a special interest in emergency medicine, internal medicine, feline medicine, dermatology, and special procedures such as endoscopy and ultrasound. She is also passionate about rescuing and fostering small animals. She is engaged to Tyler Grimes, who has traveled the world with her and adopted many animals along their journey. They have six fur children, Reginald, Jessie, Gryffindor, Goose, Miss Mavie, Kora, and whoever they happen to be fostering at the time. The love of Dr. Conflitti’s life is a Blue Point Siamese named Goose. Her other passions include hiking, traveling, and spending time with family.

Dr. FordDr. Michelle Ford, DVM, MPH

Dr. Michelle Ford graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science before completing her veterinary medical degree there in 1996. She completed a small animal internship at Auburn University after graduation and moved to Seattle briefly. While Seattle was a beautiful and exciting adventure, she realized that she was an East Coast girl at heart and moved to Raleigh in late 1999. She recently came to WVH from Care First Animal Hospital at Glenwood, where she practiced for 20 years. She also completed a Master of Public Health in 2017 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her interests are abdominal ultrasound, ophthalmology, behavioral medicine, zoonotic diseases, and critical care. She has 3 children – Brandon, Aiden, and Keira – and a very energetic Standard Poodle named Bayou. In her spare time she listens to audiobooks and trains Bayou, who is working on a Tricks Dog title and will hopefully start agility training soon.

Dr. GardnerDr. Karin Gardner, DVM

Dr. Karin Gardner was born in Sweden and moved to Fort Myers, FL when she was 9. Always knowing she wanted to be a veterinarian, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Micro/Molecular Biology from Florida Gulf Coast University. In 2011 Dr. Gardner graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation she worked in small animal general practice until moving to Raleigh to pursue emergency medicine, laparoscopy, and endoscopy.

Dr. Gardner enjoys boating (as well as many other water activities), traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She is passionate about both animal and human philanthropy and spends a lot of free time volunteering. Dr. Gardner and her husband Jake very much enjoy living in Raleigh with their four dogs.

Dr. HartmanDr. Gregory Hartman, DVM

Dr. Gregory Hartman graduated from NC State University in 2015 with a concentration in Animal Science, leading to his veterinary school career at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts. He has a special interest in marine life and coral reef conservation, where he spent three years researching coral bleaching and pathological disease in the major reef building species in the Caribbean. In his spare time in St. Kitts he also volunteered with the sea turtle monitoring network cataloging the health of local sea turtles. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine after completing his clinical training at Purdue university. From there he worked as an emergency and ICU doctor in Tallahassee, Florida before eventually moving back home to Raleigh, NC.

Dr. Hartman has special interest in exotics and owns several including poison dart frogs and many species of coral and exotic fish. He also has a soft spot for giant breed dogs and owns two Great Danes, Skye and Bravo. Aside from veterinary work Dr. Hartman enjoys hiking and backpacking, and in general any outdoor activity. He was very active in the Boy Scouts of America before college and regularly volunteers in his spare time.

Dr. Holly Hinson, DVM

Dr. Hinson was born and raised in western North Carolina. She attended North Carolina State University for her undergraduate and veterinary degrees – GO PACK! She has a passion for preventive care and a strong interest in surgery and dentistry. She currently lives in Clayton, NC with her husband, 3 young daughters, and 2 fur-kids (a tri-pod German Shepherd and a Spaniel/Retriever mix). Her favorite breed is RESCUED! In her free time, Dr. Hinson enjoys spending time with her family and running mud/obstacle races.

Dr. MorrowDr. Davriel Morrow, DVM

Dr. Morrow was born and raised in Reston Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in 2007 and her DVM from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She has a strong interest in surgery, preventive care, internal medicine, emergency and critical care, and geriatrics.

In her free time Dr. Morrow likes to travel, garden, bird watch, sports (mainly Rugby!), experience craft breweries/wineries, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends esp. with her new wife and their 3 fur babies: Scrummie (14 year old diabetic cat), Dakota (11 year old Husky) and Hawke (9 year old hound mix).

Dr. MullenDr. Marianne Mullen, DVM

Dr. Marianne Mullen grew up in windy west Texas and graduated from the Texas A&M university, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. After graduation, she completed a one-year rotating internship specializing in equine medicine and surgery at Rood and Riddle in upstate New York. After her internship life brought her down to Clayton, North Carolina where she accepted a second internship in small animal emergency medicine for Wake Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care’s parent company Vets Pets. Shortly after starting for Vets Pets, Dr. Mullen knew Wake Vet was the place for her. After spending a few months learning from her new mentors at Wake Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care Dr. Mullen began working overnight emergency.

Dr. Mullen feels extremely fortunate to be a part of the team at Wake Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care and looks forward to the practice continuing to grow. Marianne is very close with her family back in Texas and in her spare time she enjoys traveling with her boyfriend and their two dogs. Marianne’s first love is her dog Chaparral, a German shepherd cross, who you can find under her desk most nights. She likes to practice yoga and ride her Peloton. Ask her about Texas sometime, but make sure you’re ready for an ear full.

Dr. O'ConnellDr. Jananne O’Connell, DVM, MVPH

Dr. O’Connell graduated in 2007 from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2008 she was also awarded a Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health from NCSU. Since graduation she has combined a love of small animal medicine, dentistry, and surgery with service in various public health sectors including the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and most recently, the Wake County Health and Human Services Board. She is also a member of the North Carolina Herpetological Society, an organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of native reptiles and amphibians. She was selected to the 2017-2018 American Veterinary Medical Association’s Future Leaders working group, where she and her 9 colleagues developed a toolkit for treating and preventing obesity in pets.

When not at work Dr. O’Connell may be found leading group fitness classes at local Jazzercise studios or inventing new recipes with varying degrees of success. She and her husband, David Cooper, live in Cary where they are owned and supervised by five fabulous felines – Milli Vanilli, Ms. Adelaide Twinklepig, Melissa Bandersnatch, Velcro Louise, and Ser Stormdrain.

Dr. Kristin RaboinDr. Kristin Raboin, DVM

Dr. Kristin Raboin grew up knowing that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She has both a Bachelors and Masters in Animal Science from the University of Florida. In 2008, she graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Raboin then worked as an emergency veterinarian in a referral hospital for several years. Since moving to Raleigh, she has practiced small animal general practice and emergency medicine. She has a strong interest in emergency medicine, dentistry, and management of geriatrics and of brachycephalic breeds.

She enjoys Gator football, going to the beach, and hanging out with her family and friends.  Dr. Kristin and Dr. Shannon have 2 young girls, Reese and Katie, and two dogs, Bella and Frank.

Dr. Shannon RaboinDr. Shannon Raboin, DVM

Dr. Shannon Raboin is one of our Emergency Veterinarians. Dr. Raboin is originally from Connecticut but moved to Florida as a boy. Originally planning to be a lawyer, his bachelor’s degree is in Criminology and Law from the University of Florida. A tragic accident involving his beloved Dachshund lead him to switch career paths and meet his wife, Dr. Kristin Raboin. Dr. Shannon Raboin completed post-graduate classes and worked as a research assistant at Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine and then graduated from TUSVM as salutatorian in 2011. His internship in small animal internal and emergency medicine lead him to the Triangle. His professional focus is emergency and critical care medicine, but he also has a strong interest in wound management, cardiology, and endocrine and infectious diseases. He is a huge fan of the UFC and enjoys gardening and spending time with his girls.

Dr. Carol WatkinsDr. Carol Watkins, DVM

Originally born and raised in the UK where she lived until the age of 21, Dr Watkins is from an air force family and moved back and forth from the UK to the USA as a child. She finally settled in OK where she worked with a local veterinarian who became her mentor and encouraged her to work toward a career in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Watkins graduated from Oklahoma State University with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and then moved to Missouri to work in a mixed animal practice until 1996. Dr. Watkins moved to NC in 1996 to be near family. This is where she started to practice emergency veterinary medicine and she has continued this line of interest for the last 24 years finally joining the Vets Pets family in 2018.