Care First | Our Team | Veterinary Services & Boarding

Care First: Professional Veterinarians in the Raleigh Community

What makes Care First Animal Hospital a wonderful place to bring your pet when they are in need of care? We are convinced that it’s our dedicated team of staff and veterinarians. Passionate about exceptional customer service, trusted client education and clinical excellence, our award-winning veterinarians in Raleigh, NC are respected throughout the Triangle. Get to know our vets by reading their bios listed below, and schedule an appointment to meet us in person.

Years of Practice: 27
Education:
North Carolina State University

Joseph Gordon, DVM

Founder, Veternarian

A founder of Care First Animal Hospital, Dr. Joseph Gordon has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 23 years. A graduate of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gordon opened Oberlin Animal Hospital in 1988. Dr. Gordon served on the North Carolina Veterinary Board for 10 years, 2 of those as President. He has also served on the SPCA board of directors, the NCSU Alumni Board, the CVM Board and others! When he is not at the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Debbie, their children, Wade and Meredith, and their pets (Carnegie [Great Dane], Midnight & Fury [Tennessee Walkers], Peacocks, Swans, Ducks).

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Michelle Ford
Years of Practice: 10
Education:
North Carolina State University

Page Wages, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Page Wages began working at Oberlin as a technician when she was a veterinary student in 2002. She enjoyed the practice so much that after graduating from NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 she became one of our team! Dr. Wages is active with the veterinary students at NCSU and participates with Christian Veterinary Mission Short Term missions (annually travels with a group of students to the Navajo Reservation to work on large and small animals). She is also a regular volunteer for the Second Chance Spay Day, held monthly at the Oberlin facility, where as many as 75 pets are spayed or neutered in a single day. When not working hard or volunteering, Dr. Wages is taking care of her “mini farm” of chickens, a duck, a cat, rabbits, dogs and any other animal that needs a place to rest!

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Dr Lisa Mendise at Oberlin
Years of Practice: 8
Education:
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Lisa Mendise

Knowing who we are and what we stand for, one of our licensed veterinary technicians, Rebecca introduced us to Dr. Lisa Mendise, and we were immediately smitten. Although we were not interviewing, she was such a perfect fit, we had to make room for her, and we sure are glad we did! Among her many amazing characteristics, Dr. Lisa is intelligent, compassionate, dedicated and best of all, joyful with which to practice veterinary medicine.

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Education:
NC State University/Tuskegee University

Davriel Morrow

Davriel Morrow started her career with animals when she was young. She always loved animals and owned a variety of animals throughout her young life (gerbils, Guinea pigs, toads, cats, dogs). When she went to college, she continued that love of animals by getting a zoology degree at NC State. She then went on to vet school at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

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Education:
NCSU, Ross University

Una Stone

Veterinarian

Dr. Una Stone got her undergraduate degree at NCSU in Chemical Engineering. She then started working for Care First Animal Hospital as an animal care technician in 2006 and later became a CST, which was when she realized that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Una Stone went to Ross University and graduated in 2014. She enjoys soft tissue surgery, anesthesia, and cardiology.

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Sarah McConnell at Tryon
Years of Practice: 5
Education:
North Carolina State University

Sarah McConnell

Veterinarian

Dr. Sarah joined us as the lead veterinarian at Care First Animal Hospital on Tryon. Her passion for dentistry inspired us to up-fit the practice with a state-of-the-art dentistry area as well as offer digital X-rays. As a veterinarian with a special interest in nutrition, Dr. Sarah served on our Nutrition Advisory Committee, and has been instrumental in keeping our veterinarians current on the best options for pet nutrition. Dr. Sarah also has a fondness for animal behavior, and we look forward to offering Family Pet Dog Training at the Tryon location in the future. In the meantime, that need can be met at our other Care First Animal Hospital facilities. Care First Animal Hospital on Tryon offers Doggie Daycamp that serves our patients well for socialization as well as exercise.

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Years of Practice: 22
Education:
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Ashley Peterson

Dr. Ashley Peterson graduated from Duke University with her undergraduate degree and North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She has a passion for internal medicine and geriatric patient care.  Dr. Peterson and her husband, Doug, have four kids: Rebekah, Ben, Jonathan and Kathryn, and three pets:  Fancy (long haired Chihuahua), Daisy and Tucker (cats).  Outside of work she enjoys scrapbooking, hiking, and attending her children’s sporting events.  Dr. Peterson describes how she came to the veterinary field: “I always loved animals and thought I wanted to be a veterinarian. I had a variety of pets growing up, including 2 lambs my great uncle let me raise when their mother rejected them. My eighth grade class laughed when I won the spelling bee on the word veterinarian. My father suggested that I work for a veterinarian the summer before I started college to see if I actually liked the medical part or just loved animals. I spent that summer and every other one from college through veterinary school with Dr. Tom Buckley who would also mentor me through my first 6 years of practice”.

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Education:
NSCU, NCSU-CVM

Barbara Butler

Dr. Barbara Butler is a Raleigh native who attended Broughton High School. Dr. Butler knew she wanted to be a vet from the time she was 6 years old. After high school, she went to NSCU and graduated with a BS in animal science and biology. Dr. Butler also attended NCSU-CVM for veterinary school. She was certified in acupuncture through the Chi Institute in 2006, and certified in canine rehabilitation through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.

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Dr Bethany Riego at Glenwood

Bethany Riego

Dr. Bethany Riego first joined our practice as a veterinary technician while attending North Carolina State University for undergraduate school. The eternal optimist both on the court and off the court of veterinary medicine, Dr. Bethany embodies a sweet heart and kind spirit. Both are evident in her ever youthful appearance.

Dr. Bethany’s achievements and meaningful experience landed her a spot at the prestigious North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and she immediately joined our practice upon graduation. Her veterinary medicine passions include: soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and ophthalmology.

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Dr Michelle Ford at Glenwood

Michelle Ford

Known as the Veterinarian Encyclopedia of our veterinarian family, Dr. Michelle Ford effortlessly recalls volumes of information that usually has to be looked up. Immensely intelligent, we often wonder if she has a photographic memory or something.

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Dr Allison Mhoon at Oberlin

Allison Mhoon

Dr. Allison attended undergraduate school at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and Veterinary school at the University of Florida, Gainesville. As one devoted to compassionate service, it is not surprising her veterinary medicine passions include: Geriatric Medicine, Small Animal Acupuncture, Dermatology and Christian Veterinary Mission.

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