Our Staff

Spay Neuter Charlotte has a team of more than 25 veterinary and administrative staff members who are dedicated to providing the high quality, personal care our customers—and their pets—deserve.

Executive Director/Founder - Cary Bernstein

Cary Bernstein founded Spay Neuter Charlotte out of a profound personal concern about how our community treats homeless dogs and cats. There were too many healthy, homeless animals dying in the region because of pet overpopulation and a lack of resources to address this issue.  Knowing that one of the resources that was most needed was affordable and accessible spay neuter led her to open Spay Neuter Charlotte, a 501c(3) non-profit affiliated with the Humane Alliance one of the preeminent spay neuter programs in the country.  

Since opening in 2011 Spay Neuter Charlotte has fixed 46,000 dogs and cats and provided basic medical care to 13,000 patients.  Cary is extremely proud of what the Spay Neuter Charlotte has accomplished and the impact it is making in the never-ending quest to fix as many dogs and cats as possible. She is equally proud to work every day with a team of extraordinary people who are deeply committed to the pet owners who entrust Spay Neuter Charlotte with caring for their beloved family members who happen to be dogs and cats. The Spay Neuter Charlotte team is committed, enthusiastic, patient, loving and devoted to our cause, every day and for every patient.

Cary is married to Alan, mom to boxer mix Hazel, pit bull mix Tillie, and three rescue cats named Leo, Delilah and Mel and two two-legged children, Eli and Zoe. 

Cary Bernstein

Medical Director – Elizabeth Welch

Dr. Elizabeth Welch earned her bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM) at Auburn University. During veterinary school, Elizabeth took a keen interest in emergency and critical care medicine as well as surgery. She also was an active member in the shelter medicine rotation at the school.

While completing her undergraduate studies, Elizabeth was a diver on the Auburn Women’s Swimming and Diving Team and earned a spot on Auburn’s first Women’s NCAA National Championship Swimming and Diving Team. After graduation, she moved to the Charlotte area and began practicing general veterinary medicine and surgery. During this time she was integral in the development and management of a local animal shelter where she adopted out many animals to loving homes. She feels strongly that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the love of a pet.

Elizabeth and her husband J are the proud parents of sons Aidan, Connor, daughter, Anna Cait, dog Carolina and orange tabby Tango.

Elizabeth Welch

Veterinarian — Kim Ackerman, DVM

Dr. Ackerman joined the Spay Neuter Charlotte staff in 2012 and is now the primary spay neuter veterinarian at our North Davidson clinic. Dr. Ackerman also joined our practice after having worked in private veterinary medicine as an emergency room doctor. Dr. Ackerman has completed two rotations of specialized spay neuter training at the Humane Alliance.

Kim Ackerman

Veterinarian — Dr. Molly Foley, DVM

Dr. Foley joined our team as a part time spay neuter veterinarian after taking an early retirement from private practice veterinary medicine when she and her husband settled in Mooresville. Dr. Foley generally works at the clinic two days a week and is anxiously awaiting our 3rd location in the Mooresville area.

Molly Foley

Veterinary Staff Manager  — Jenn Tapp

Jenn is our lead veterinary assistant and is one of the founding staff members of the clinic. (She stayed with us through thick and thin!) A Clemson graduate who found her way into veterinary private practice. After many years in private practice, made her move to SNC to help make a difference in the community and provide affordable pet health care. She is a talented graphic designer and is responsible for the cartoon character brand "Snip Snip Hooray."

She is the proud parent to Macy, Mutts, BB and one lazy cat, Fred.

Jenn Tapp

Veterinary Assistants

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    Warren Boyce
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    Emily Butts
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    Sonya Kinckiner
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    Crystal Moore
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    Levi Stares
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    Sara Zadeh
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    Amanda Boyd
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    Wendy Gutierrez
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    Jacob Alarcon

Administrative Staff

 

 

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    Billie Richardson, Project Manager

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    Nora Allendale, Patient and Rescue Services Manager
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    Nicole Hash, Clinic Manager- Noda
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    Kelly McVay, Clinic Manager- Pineville
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    Lauren Gibliaror- Project Manager
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    Lisa Easton
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    Gaby Zamora
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    Katie James
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    Austin Webb
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    Laurie Brady
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    Reanna Moss
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    Elaine Johnson, Bookkeeper