Dr. Patricia Pagel
Meet Dr. Pat Pagel
It has been twenty years, a name change, two renovations and a new building since Dr. Pat Pagel purchased the practice that became Cole Park Veterinary Hospital. And for twenty years, she and her staff have been working with pet owners to ensure that their pets attain and maintain good health through progressive preventative medicine, alternative therapies and up-to-date client education.
“The goal is for there to be a partnership between the doctor and client based on knowledge and trust,” Pagel said. Veterinarian and owner work together to develop a plan to keep the pet healthy or, in the case of illness, to devise and pursue a treatment plan.
Such a plan might involve a variety of methods. “We have an integrative practice that values and offers both traditional and alternative treatments,” Pagel went on to say. “We have over 30 years combined experience in acupuncture. We also offer warm laser therapy and some Chinese herbology.”
According to Pagel, all the folks at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital value compassionate care of patients. “We have a well-trained staff that includes registered veterinary technicians. We are a practice that believes in pain management.”
They also share a concern for the care and treatment of older dogs: “Older pets slow down for specific reasons—not just because they are old. We can help, in many instances, to regain their health. Growing old does not destine them to being on a chronic state of aging with pain,” she said.
If you are seeking information on the health of your pet, Dr. Pagel advises: “Go to official veterinary school websites designed to give accurate information in an understandable format. Avoid like the plague chat rooms—they are filled with inaccuracies and are generally fueled by fear.”
And when professional help is needed, Cole Park Veterinary Hospital can provide advice and care in an atmosphere of respect for both the pet owner and the pet.
Dr. Michelle Droke
Meet Dr. Michelle Droke
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Droke has been a part of Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since 2002.
She pursued undergraduate studies at Texas A&M, and then attended A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also a Certified Acupuncturist.
Her interest in Chinese medicine drew her to our practice; she is also interested in geriatric medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Her concern for her patients is her priority: “We are here as advocates for animals and to help owners make decisions in the best interest of their pets.”
She cherishes the bond she develops with her patients and their families. “The relationship I have with the families that belong to the pets I care for. Now that I have been at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital for over 10 years, I have seen many families go full cycle by raising companions, grieving companions and then welcoming new ones.”
She has lived this cycle herself as a pet owner. Her current menagerie includes three cats – JoeBob, Bosley and Fee, and a doberman mix – Margie Faye. Dr. Droke spends her spare time with her child and her pets, and doing the things she loves: volunteering, traveling and outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing, yoga and mountain biking.
Dr. Megan Harris
Meet Dr. Megan Harris
Dr. Harris earned both her degrees – a bachelor’s in biology and a DVM from Virginia Tech University and joined Cole Park Veterinary Hospital in 2004.
She says she was drawn to the practice because of the high standard of medicine practiced there – and because genuinely cares about animals and trying to do what is best for them.
While she can profile all aspects of veterinary care, Dr. Harris especially enjoys managing internal medicine cases, helping people handle feline behavior problems, and working to improve geriatric patients quality of life and comfort.
She also loves forming a bond with people and their pets over years, and being able to help with preventative care and issues that arise throughout their lives.
In her own time, Dr. Harris likes to run, mountain bike, hike, do yoga, garden, travel, paint, cook (and eat), and spend time with her family and pets. Her own menagerie includes two dogs, two cats and 6 chickens.
Her message to clients: Thank you for being such great clients! We really are lucky!
Dr. Deborah Stine
Meet Dr. Deborah Stine
Meet Dr. Deborah Stine! Dr. Stine joined the team of doctors at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital in July 2006. She was born and raised on a dairy farm in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and received her B.A. in Religion at the College of Wooster, her B.S. in Biochemistry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and her DVM at North Carolina State University-CVM.
As one of four qualified veterinarians at CPVH, Dr. Stine enjoys Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Behavior medicine. Of her patients. she says “I enjoy figuring out what is wrong and making them feel better.” Her message to pet owners? “Pets are like children. They have emotions. And dogs can learn several hundred words!”
When not working, Dr. Stine enjoys time with her three cats—Sweetness, age 10, Peaches, age 5, and Bernice, age 1—all rescue cats from Cole Park Veterinary Hospital. She also enjoys swimming, walking, Buddhist meditation, reading, time in the mountains and Duke University Women’s Basketball.
Dr. Kelly Meador
Meet Dr. Kelly Meador
Dr. Meador joined Cole Park Veterinary Hospital as a doctor in 2015. Prior to that she worked as a veterinary assistant at the practice (way back in the day when the practice was located in Cole Park Plaza)! Her history with Cole Park Vet is part of her commitment to the practice. “The staff and veterinarians at CPVH played an important part in shaping me as a Doctor.”
Dr. Meador is a North Carolina native who began her post high school education at East Carolina University and then transferred to NCSU for an undergraduate degree. She was accepted into the NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2007.
Our newest doctor, Meador has special interest in geriatric care, preventative care and education, soft tissue surgery and pain management. She loves caring for the animals, and says “the satisfaction of knowing that I have helped my clients and my patients is what drives me. I am driven by helping to ease the suffering of a hurting pet and also providing comfort to the patient’s caregiver.”
The owner of five pets (two spirited dogs, a fat cat, and two crazy pigs) and the mother of a two and half year old son leave Meador little time for outside recreation, but she is thrilled to be a part of the Cole Park family. Says Meador, “I am overjoyed to return to Cole Park. Next time you are in I would love to meet you!”
Practice Manager, BS in Accounting
Arvadia Mason, Practice Manager, has been a part of the Cole Park team since 2000, starting as a kennel assistant, then veterinary assistant, next store manager, front office manager, and ultimately practice manager. After graduation from Methodist College in Fayetteville with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration, Arvadia continued on to receive her American Animal Hospital Association Level 1 and Level 2 Certification for veterinary management. In addition to enjoying working with numbers, she enjoys both the people and the management of the practice. When she is not working, she enjoys movies, hanging out with friends, spending time with her children Connor and Thomas, playing with her five kittens, and going on cruises (her current favorite, the 5-day “Walking Dead” cruise from New Orleans to Cozumel!).
Customer Service Manager
Carolyn Beverly, customer service and reception, has been welcoming and assisting Cole Park’s customers for over 24 years. She discovered Cole Park when she came to the practice with her crabby, beautiful kitten named “Susie Derkins.” She likes to say that Cole Park adopted her! Before her tenure with us, she attended Chapel Hill High School, UNC Chapel Hill, and worked at Animal Control for Town of Chapel Hill. Carolyn loves both animals and people, and in her free time she enjoys gardening and watching the wildlife in her yard.
RVT, Lead Technician
Sara Parker, Lead Registered Veterinary Technician, started working at Cole Park over 11 years ago in the kennel, and now today has her Associates in Applied Science in Veterinary Medical Technology, in addition to being a Healing Touch Level 1 practitioner and Fear Free Certified Technician. Sara enjoys geriatric medicine, bonding with pets and clients, and teaching vet assistants and techs nursing skills. She is currently working on increasing her level of certification and becoming a specialist. While at home with her family, you might find her having game night—she loves board games!
Sina Barney, Receptionist, joined Cole Park over 15 years ago and has been greeting our customers ever since. With so many wonderful people and their animals to befriend, Sina says her job is ‘never boring.’ Prior to working at Cole Park she graduated from Cornell University and worked at a ‘no-kill’ animal sanctuary in California. We’re glad she’s with us in North Carolina now, where in her spare time she enjoys live music, camping, bicycling and traveling the country. Recently Sina adopted her first cat, a 16 year old feline!
Donna Taylor, Receptionist, has been a Cole Park fixture for eleven years. After receiving an Accounting and a Business Administration degree at Elon University (at the time, Elon College), Donna joined Cole Park’s front desk staff and has been interacting with clients ever since. She enjoys reading and playing with her “kitties”, and shares a special love for choral music.
Front Desk Reception and Store Manager
Cory Banbrook, front desk reception and Store Manager, has been with Cole Park for more than two years. He brings 15+ years of customer service experience to his position. Cory enjoys engaging with both people AND pets. In his spare time you might find Corey camping, fishing, hiking or beaching it with his family.
Kathy Pennell, administrative assistant for the practice, joined the Cole Park team over two years ago as a receptionist. With more than 30 years of experience in animal husbandry and a BS in Business Administration, Kathy brings her great customer service skills to assist with working with both staff and clients. Outside of the office, she enjoys caring for her ‘little dogs’ and her horse. When there’s time, she likes to read—but she’s also the Nana to four wonderful grandchildren!
Front Desk Reception
Stan Lewis, front desk reception, joined Cole Park in 2016. A UNC-Chapel Hill graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures, Stan enjoys music, photography and golf when he is not working. When he is working, he enjoys working with his talented co-workers. Stan is pretty talented too—he was the vice-president and engineer of a recording and rehearsal studio for over 15 years!
Joanne Doberstein, Receptionist, is a former Kennel Technician at the hospital. Her love of animals was nurtured from the beginning by exposure to nature and learning to respect and love the creatures that live there. Pair her childhood love with time spent on a dairy farm acting as a caretaker form miniature horses and goats and one will understand where her interest in animals began. At Cole Park, Joanne enjoys being a part of a service team where relationships develop between owners, pets, staff and patients. Her connection and compassion for animals is ongoing. Outside of work, she enjoys working on art projects, community service, listening to different types of music and catching a movie.
Andrea Tebolt, Registered Veterinary Technician, joined Cole Park in early 2017 after her receipt of an Associates of Applied Science from Community College of Denver in Denver, CO. She is certified nationally and in the state of North Carolina along with a Fear Free certification. Her favorite thing about her job is “knowing that I’m making a difference in animal’s lives.” Andrea also enjoys hiking, reading, traveling and spending time with family.
Diane Brady, Registered Veterinary Technician, joined the hospital staff in 2012. She earned an Associates Degree of Applied Science at Central Carolina Community College, and enjoys putting her surgical skills to work. Not only is she a dog and cat lover—Diane loves tending to her chicken coop which also holds duck and turkey, and she is learning to become a bee keeper.
Lauren Black, Registered Veterinary Technician, joined Cole Park’s team in 2016. She’s a graduate of Central Carolina Community College Veterinary Medical Technology Program. She is also a volunteer/intern at Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary/Wildlife Rehabilitation. If you are the owner of a new puppy or kitten, Lauren will gladly help educate you on how to make the best start of building a relationship with your pet. Outside of work, she enjoys keeping her chickens, dancing to live music, playing board games and snuggling with her dogs. She even traveled for four months across country with one her her co-pilots, “Dixie the Wonderdog.”
Derek Baker, Vet Assistant, has been with Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since May of 2011. He was raised in a household full of animals, and currently has a cat and dog. During his high-school years he was involved in pet-sitting and volunteered at the ASPCA. Outside of work, Derek enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and working with his hands. He enjoys all the hands-on interaction with pets during his shifts, and says that animals are people too which helps him strive to provide the best possible care.
Brittney Pickering, Veterinary Assistant, helps out with both kennel and reception duties. Before joining Cole Park in 2016, she gained experience working at a local shelter and also working with Search and Rescue dogs. When she’s not helping out with the animals, you will find Brittney hiking, watching movies, traveling to exciting new places. And she also enjoys TOUGH MUDDERS!
Sarah has been with Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since July of 2013. She graduated from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Master's degree in Public Health in Nutrition. She has 5 years' experience as a licensed dietitian in a hospital. She will be applying to North Carolina State University's animal medicine college this fall and will focus on animal nutrition. She lives with her two cats and two dogs!
Caroline Autrey, Kennel Technician, began working at Cole Park in May of 2017 after receiving an Associates in Art degree at Wake Tech in Raleigh NC. In addition to her academic training, she has volunteered at the Wake County Animal Shelter for over five years, and grew up surrounded by pets in her home. Caroline thrives on caring for animals, and says that making dogs and cats happy always makes her happy. Outside of the office she enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, cooking, painting, watching movies…and of course, playing with her dog and cat.
Connor Mason, Kennel Assistant, joined Cole Park in 2013 and has been enjoying happy pets & people ever since! Connor has been around animals her entire life, hanging around Cole Park and its staff since she was eight years old. When Connor isn’t at Cole Park, she’s listening to music and playing with her cats.
Thomas Mason, Kennel Assistant, has been a part of the Cole Park team since 2014. His favorite thing about Cole Park is the kindness of the people he works with. He has a special connection with Cole Park—in fact, Thomas was born the very same day the hospital opened its doors! When he’s not working with the Cole Park animals, he’s fishing and watching hockey.
Carole Henry, Groomer, has been grooming at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since September of 2003. She has over 20 years of experience in providing professional grooming services.