Our Team

Spay Neuter Charlotte has a team of more than 35 veterinary and administrative team 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 the number of homeless dogs and cats being needlessly euthanized in our region and belief that spay neuter was a tangible tool in addressing this problem.  

She dove into the field of animal welfare after an over twenty year career as a development professional focusing specifically on fundraising in the non-profit sector.

Since Spay Neuter Charlotte opened in 2011 she has directed all of her attention and passion to fulfilling the clinic mission to provide services to the pet owners in the community who are in most need. It has been particularly gratifying to see the impact that Spay Neuter Charlotte has had in the community ns the last five years. Having fixed over 50,000 dogs and cats and providing basic medical care to more than 15,000 patients and their owners. 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 two two-legged children, Eli and Zoe and Boxer Great Dane mix Hazel, Terrier, Damatian mix Tillie, and three rescue cats named Leo, Delilah and Mel. 

Cary Bernstein

Medical Director – Dr. Elizabeth Welch, DVM

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 – 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 excited the Lake Norman clinic is open so she can practice medicine closer to home!

Molly Foley

Veterinarian – Dr. Stephanie Izurieta, DVM

Dr. Stephanie Izurieta earned a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Economics from Allegheny College in northwestern Pennsylvania in 2008. While there, she also played Division III basketball for the Lady Gators.

She then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. While in school, she led in the care of the animals on campus, initiated a partnership with the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center's shelter medicine rotation with Purdue University, and completed a field externship with the Humane Society's RAVS program.

Dr. Stephanie's career interests include shelter and field medicine, animal behavior, and pocket pet medicine. She hopes that through her work she can help strengthen the bond between people and their pets. Outside of the clinic, she spends her time with family and enjoys watching and participating in sports.

Stephanie and her husband, Matt, have a daughter, Leighton, and dogs Rocksi, Godric, and Finnick.

Stephanie Izurieta

Veterinarian – Dr. Cat Talley, DVM

Catherine Talley joined Spay Neuter Charlotte after nearly 20 years in private practice in California and North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Missouri and settled in California for twelve years before returning to her home state. When not enjoying her work with Spay Neuter Charlotte, Cat spends time with her family and pets.

Cat Talley

Veterinary Team Manager – Jenn Tapp

Jenn is our lead veterinary assistant and is one of the founding team 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 and BB.

Jenn Tapp

Veterinary Assistants

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    Jacob Alarcon
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    Warren Boyce, Lead Vet Assistant Charlotte Clinic
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    Amanda Boyd
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    Marian Carver
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    Samantha Gellar
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    Wendy Gutierrez
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    Krystal Hunt
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    Autumn Jacobson
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    Sonya Kinickiner
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    Crystal Moore
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    Levi Stares, Lead Vet Assistant Pineville Clinic
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    Avalon Thorp
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    Sara Zadeh, Lead Vet Assistant Lake Norman Clinic

Administrative Team

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    Nora Allendale, Administrative Team Leader

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    Kim Bailey, Patient Services
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    Lia Beresford, Patient Services
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    Laurie Brady
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    Lisa Easton, Rescue Coordinator
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    Meredith Haley, Lake Norman Clinic Manager
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    Nicole Hash, Operations Team Leader
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    Katie James, Patient Services
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    Zoe Kronovet, Marketing Manager
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    Kelly McVay, Data Team Leader
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    Reanna Moss, Patient Services
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    Andy Myers, Wellness Patient Services
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    Lori Root, Patient Services

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    Tammy Seigel, Strategic Initiatives Manager
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    Austin Webb, Patient Services
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    Gaby Zamora, Patient Services