Our Staff


Patricia Pagel


With over 20 years of professional experience in veterinary medicine, Dr. Patricia Pagel offers the patients and clients of Cole Park Veterinary Hospital a dedication to animal wellness.Beginning her career as a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech (1986), Dr. Pagel has invested many years in providing animal health care. She has a special interest in geriatric patients and strives to improve their quality of life as the aging process unfolds. For difficult cases, Dr. Pagel finds that it can be helpful to use an integrative treatment approach including acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, and orthopedic manipulation. She is a certified veterinarian acupuncturist (IVAS 1992). Dr. Pagel is open to the use of essential oils and flower essences, especially for cases that have an emotional component to the illness and she is open to (but does not practice) homeopathy.Dr. Pagel also enjoys working with "pocket pets" such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils and the occasional beloved mouse or rat. (They are really very sweet!) She and her husband, Robert Smith, are the proud parents of 5 dogs, 3 cats and 1 parrot.

Michelle Droke


Dr. Michelle Droke is a 2000 graduate of Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine. She is originally from Texas and has been here in North Carolina since 2002. She lives in Pittsboro with her partner Christian and their son Leif. Her furry family includes 3 cats and a Doberman mix. Dr. Droke is a graduate of the Chi Institute and is a certified small animal Acupuncturist. Her other professional interests include surgery and geriatric small animal medicine. Outside of work her interests include hiking, yoga, reading, mountain biking, rock climbing and traveling.

Megan Harris


Dr. Harris graduated from VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She has been at CPVH since early 2004 after working at a large practice outside the Washington D.C. area. She enjoys all aspects of internal veterinary medicine and has worked with many zoo and wildlife species ranging from dolphins to pandas. Her professional interests also include physical therapy and behavioral problems. Dr. Harris and her husband share their home with 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 boys, and several chickens. She enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, yoga and traveling to new places.

Deborah Stine


Dr. Stine received her DVM degree from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Upon graduation she practiced in a mixed animal clinic in western North Carolina near Asheville. She joined Cole Park Veterinary Hospital in July, 2006. She is thoroughly enjoying the clients, patients, and staff at the hospital. Her animal family includes two dogs, Pippen and Shadow and three cats, sweetness, Rodriguez and Baby Girl. Her interests outside work include Buddhist meditation, Qi gong, swimming, and gardening.

Kelly Meador


Dr. Kelly Meador is a native of North Carolina and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University in 2007. She worked with Cole Park Veterinary hospital prior to attending veterinary school as an assistant, where she says the staff and veterinarians played an important role in shaping her future and her principles as a doctor. When the opportunity arose for her to rejoin the practice in 2015, she jumped at the opportunity. Dr. Meador says knowing she’s helped both her clients and patients drives her, and she feels satisfied in her position when she knows she is helping ease the pain of a pet who is suffering and provide comfort to a patient’s caregiver. Her daily goal is to give her clients and their pets the most up-to-date and best possible medical care. She is the mother to a two-and-a-half year old son, Gavin, and the proud pet-parent of two pigs, a cat, and two spirited dogs. Dr. Meador is overjoyed to have returned to Cole Park Veterinary Hospital in a new capacity and looks forward to meeting her new patients at their next visits!

Management Staff

Arvadia Mason

Practice Manager, BS in Accounting

Arvadia has been with Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since August 1st, 2000. She has a degree in Accounting from Methodist University. She lives with her two children, Connor and Thomas, her pitbull Marcy, and her 4 cats Pumpkin, Cricket, Cloud, and Loki.

Carolyn Beverly

Customer Service Manager

Carolyn has worked at CPVH since it first opened in 1987. It is her second home; the staff, clients and their pets are her second family- she loves it here! Carolyn and her husband Jesse live nearby in Pittsboro and her stepson Jason lives in Durham. They have cats, dogs and birds. They have lots of wildlife visitors in their yard to make their family complete.

Ashlie Whitted

Administrative Assistant, Store Manager, Receptionist

Ashlie has been at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since August of 2009.  She started in the kennel and currently works on the front desk as a receptionist. She is originally from Texas but has lived in North Carolina for the past few years. She loves crafting and reading. She enjoys assisting clients with their needs and interacting with the patients. She has a spoiled brown tabby named Eloise she adopted from the Mug Fund, and a spirited brown tabby named Aurora she adopted from Better Off Fed.

Sara Parker

RVT, Lead Technician

Sara has been with Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since July of 2006. She first started part time in the kennel while she attended Central Carolina Community College. She graduated in 2009 with an associate's degree in applied science for veterinary medical technology. She was a member of the honor society Alpha Theta Tau. She currently works as the Lead Veterinary Technician and Kennel Manager. She loves working in small animal medicine as it has been a lifelong passion. She currently lives in Holly Springs with beautiful Labrador retriever mix Hurley.

Reception Staff

Sina Barney


Sina has been with Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since June of 2004. She has over 18 years experience working with animals, including a private no-kill sanctuary in California. Currently she has two dogs. Sina enjoys helping families in the community provide top notch care for their animals. When not at work, she enjoys mountain biking, camping, traveling, reading, and visiting music festivals. If she could share one message with our community, it would be to stress the importance of spaying and neutering your pets.

Scott Brown

Receptionist, Veterinary Assistant

Scott has been at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since February of 2005. He has held positions in the kennel, as the kennel manager, at the receptionist desk, and as a veterinary assistant. He currently works on the front desk as a receptionist and the store manager where he keeps our shelves stocked with pet food and products. Before working at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital, he lived in Florida and was an employee of Disneyworld for 5 years. He currently lives in Graham with his 6 cats: Cuthbert, Roland, Tuna, Maximus, Einstein, and Autumn. He is the co-founder of the rescue group Better Off Fed.

Donna Taylor


Donna is a native of Eastern North Carolina and graduated Elon College with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration.  She has been with Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since May of 2006.  After 25 years of the corporate life Donna really enjoys the clients and their pets, and being part of the Cole Park family!  She lives just outside Chapel Hill with her husband Mike and their six kitties.

Cory Banbrook


Cory has been with Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since September 2015. Cory currently has a cat, a dog, and tropical fish, though he has been around animals all his life. He also has two young children. When not work, Cory enjoys working with his hands, learning new skills, and building. His favorite part of the job is meeting all the new people who come to our practice. Cory brings an affable personality, welcoming smile, and the desire to help all our clients and their pets.

Kathy Pennell


Kathy Pennell joined our front desk staff in November of 2015 and brings over 30 years of animal experience with her. She loves providing superb customer service and interacting with different people and pets. Her greatest love is her four small breed dogs. When she's not at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital, she enjoys caring for her horses, playing with her dogs, reading, and cooking. Kathy says "it's wonderful to be a part of the caring, professional team at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital."

Stan Lewis


Stan Lewis joined the Cole Park Veterinary Hospital reception team in February 2016. He has been working in the animal medical field for over 17 years, and enjoys building relationships with animals and people. In addition to providing personal attention to each of our clients, he is an accomplished wildlife photographer and country western musician. His message to everyone is to enjoy every moment you have.

Technician Staff

Diane Brady


Diane has been with Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since February of 2012.  She enjoys assisting our doctors in surgical procedures.

Denise McGarry


Lauren Black


Derek Baker

Veterinary Assistant

Derek 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.

Tina Medley

Veterinary Assistant

Tina joined the technical team in May 2016, with 6 years of previous experience. She has a degree in animal behavior, and says she has always had a life-long passion for animals. She has 2 children, 4 dogs, and 3 cats. Family is very important to Tina, and she enjoys spending all the time she can with them. She enjoys client education situations in the hospital, and teaching people the importance of routine animal care.

Brittney Pickering

Veterinary Assistant

Brittney joined the technical team at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital in May 2016. She is a recent transplant from Virginia. She brings a year and a half of previous experience working with animals. When not at work she enjoys reading, hiking, and playing soccer. She has a beagle hound mix and 2 kittens she's been caring for since they were four days old. Brittney says she really enjoys working with animals and knowing that what she does help enrich their lives.

Caitlin Dempsey

Sarah Jones

Veterinary Assistant

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!

Kennel Staff

Connor Mason

Kennel Assistant

Connor has been with Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since October of 2013. She was raised with cats and dogs, and currently has 5 cats in her household. She says her favorite thing about working in the kennel is being around all the wonderful animals that come to stay with us. Outside of work, Connor enjoys gaming and music. She believes in the power of adopting and how it can positively effect the lives of not only the person but also the animal.

Marge Stratton

Kennel Assistant

Marge has been with Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since October of 2013.  She also works as a dental technician, but enjoys spending time with our boarders on the weekends! She is originally from Pennsylvania. When not working, she enjoys fishing, cross-stitching, and being creative. She has two dogs of her own. Marge says she loves being here because it provides her the opportunity to spend time with a variety of animals, meet new people, and she loves working with our great team.

Thomas Mason

Kennel Assistant

Thomas has been with Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since 2014. Thomas was raised in a household full of dogs and cats, so he has a lifetime of experience handling and caring for animals. Though he loves all animals, he has an especially soft spot for cats. He has two cats of his own, 16 year old Pumpkin and 1 year old Simba. When not at work he enjoy playing street hockey, music, and outdoor activities. He holds a special appreciation in his life for all pets, and enjoys being able to spend time with all our boarding animals.

Joanne Doberstein

Kennel Assistant


Carole Henry


Carole has been grooming at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since September of 2003.  She has over 20 years of experience in providing professional grooming services.