Doctors and Staff



DeWana Anderson, DVM co-owner

Dr. Anderson completed both her BS in Animal Science and DVM from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1994. She started her professional career in Las Vegas but moved back to the south in 1997 and practiced at Apex Veterinary Hospital until 2003 when she joined The Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian. Dr. Anderson and Dr. Dorsch became co-owners of The Animal Hospital in 2009.

Dr. Anderson resides in Carrboro with her dogs, Rocket (mixed breed lab and border collie) and Tag (German Shorthair Pointer adopted from SEGSP rescue), cat Sugar Cat Sunshine and a goldfish.

Dr. Anderson’s veterinary interests lie in preventative health care, geriatrics, and community health for pets. She strongly believes that with good information and access to appropriate health care and training all domestic animals in Orange County can have the opportunity to have a loving home and a long healthy life. She served as the veterinarian for the Orange County Board of Heath from 2005- 2010. She was an active member of the Orange County Animal Services Board from 2005-2010 and recently rejoined the OCAS board to serve another term. Dr. Anderson was also an involved board member of Paws4ever (formerly Animal Protection Society of Orange County) from 2004-2011.

You will most likely find Dr. Anderson walking or jogging with her dogs on Bolin Creek trails. She also enjoys gardening, a good book, and spending time with family and friends.


Erik Dorsch, DVM co-owner

Dr. Dorsch was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He was a marine biology major at Texas A&M at Galveston and graduated from Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After graduation he fled the heat and humidity for Nashville, Tennessee. After 2 years in Nashville he found his way to North Carolina.

Dr. Dorsch enjoys watching sports, keeping aquariums, and anything car related. He keeps his energy up with 1-2 vegan chocolate chip cookies per day (they are healthy because they are vegan!)

His specific veterinary interests are chronic pain management, geriatric care, and laser surgery. He is a a member of the AVMA and NCVMA.

Dr. Dorsch has an old cat named Stella (aka Fatty Bo Batty, aka Fatty Fat Fatkins), a beautiful lab/hound mix named Petunia (aka Tooner-Bee, aka Ms. Petunia B. Girlpants), and a spastic young lab mix named Fiona (aka the Bippety Boppet, aka Baby Fi, aka My Little Baby).He is also fortunate to be married to his beautiful wife Caroline (aka his better half).

Practice Manager


Taylor Kennedy, RVT


Taylor is a Registered Veterinary Technician who began working at The Animal Hospital in 2010. Originally from Texas, she moved to North Carolina and in 2010 graduated from CCCC's Veterinary Medical Technology program in Sanford, NC.

She has a passion for beagles, good reads, great food, arts & crafts and the Carrboro area. She shares her tiny home with a sensitive ex-research beagle (Gabe), a mischievous herd of cats (Saffron, Patchouli, Opie and Chief) and one very accommodating boyfriend.





Lindsey Stanko Reavis, RVT

Lindsey is a Registered Veterinary Technician and the Operations manager at The Animal Hospital.

She lives in Durham with her husband, two cats and a border collie mix (which she adopted from CCCC where she graduated from). Some of her favorite past times are baking, reading, fishing and spending time in the NC mountains.





Katie Tolbert, RVT

Katie, originally from Pennsylvania, moved to Carrboro in 2009. She has a BA in biology from Arcadia University and after a couple years in the working world decided to go back to school to become a veterinary technician.

She graduated from Central Carolina Community College in 2013 with a degree in veterinary medical technology. She and her fiancé, Ryan, have a cat named Odin.

In her free time Katie likes to knit, play disc golf, travel, cook (and eat), and play laser pointer with Odin.




Jeff Gaines

Jeff Gaines was born and raised in Clinton, SC, and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Packaging Science.

He worked for a couple of years in the plastics industry, but found it less than rewarding, so he moved to the Triangle, and found a better fit at an animal hospital in Raleigh. After 3 years of commuting to Raleigh, he began working at The Animal Hospital of Carrboro in 2008.

He lives in Chapel Hill with his fiancée Laura, their cat, Mulligan, their rabbit, Chunk, and their two backyard chickens. He enjoys Grand-Am sports car and Formula 1 racing, photography, and working on his Mazda Miata.




Kayleigh Dzeiwik

Kayleigh grew up outside the Kingsbay Submarine Base in Georgia. She had a large family that included 4 cats, 2 dogs and 3 sugar gliders. In 2009, she graduated from Berry College with a bachelor in animal science.

Kayleigh has been working at the animal hospital as a vet assistant and Radcat technician since fall 2009. She volunteers with the animal department at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham when her schedule allows. Each year she goes camping in different North Carolina state parks. Her goal is to visit them all.

She shares her home with a cat named Hazel and Silas, the whistling ball python. Hazel is a spry 10 year old who goes nuts for a good feather toy.




Lillian Strickland

Lillian was born and raised in North Carolina. She graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in 2009. Then, she left N.C. and headed to Texas to attend Baylor University. She graduated from Baylor in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Medical Humanities. Immediately after graduation, Lillian came back to her native North Carolina and settled in Raleigh.  
Lillian aspires to become a veterinary surgeon, and loves the hands-on experience that she is gaining at The Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant. During her off-time, she enjoys knitting, cooking, and reading. She lives with her boyfriend and their two cats, Franklin and Teddy.





Jackie Meyer

Jacquelyn came to work at The Animal Hospital in 2012 after moving to Chapel Hill from San Diego.

She graduated from San Diego State with a degree in Business Management, completed her "Ducktorate" in the Disney College Program and is now at UNC studying Disaster Management.

She looks forward to eventually joining Local Disaster Response Teams and later, FEMA. She has always had a passion for animals and is kept busy by her two dogs, Duchess and Ajax.


Delaney Ward


Courtney Firestine

Courtney Firestine is from Bow, New Hampshire and graduated from The University of New Hampshire with a degree in Business Administration with an option in Entrepreneurial Studies. She has a very large mastiff named Bella who is very spoiled and plans to adopt another dog in the near future. Courtney loves to travel and has been to over 17 countries. Her hobbies include traveling, reading and going to concerts.




Delaney Ward


Jennifer Holt

Jenni graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Communications, and let her love of four legged friends lead her straight to TAH.  


She is the food bringer and general referee to a very sweet little dog named Jackson and an independent kitty named Tipitina.  When she isn't busy naming her animals after song titles, Jenni can be found dancing around with a hula hoop to anything with a beat.  




Margaret Edwards

Maggie is a UNC student double majoring in psychology and sociology. She has just adopted her first two pets from the shelter and couldn't be happier! Her German Shepherd-Lab mix seems to be afraid of her shadow, and her Torti feline companion rules the apartment. With a little TLC Maggie hopes to give them long happy lives. She brings her love for animals with her to work every day and shows every animal the care she does to her own. Aside from loving her four legged companions, Maggie enjoys reading, napping, and crocheting.