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Carah Petit Wheeler
Day Camp Coordinator & Kennel Manager
Animals have always been Carah’s greatest passion. For her, spending her days making sure pets are living the happiest, healthiest lives they possibly can is a dream come true! She’s been working with pets professionally for more than 15 years, and is proud to now serve as the Kennel Manager and Day-Camp Coordinator here at Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital.
Carah grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to Youngsville, North Carolina with her daughter in 2000. She first joined the world of veterinary care in 2005, and she’s been serving animals and their loving owners ever since! Carah feels fortunate that she’s been able to work in doggie daycares and boarding centers to help countless pets over the years—she couldn’t be happier to continue doing just that here at Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital.
Away from work, Carah enjoys spending time with family, running and working out—she’s been involved in the fitness industry since she was 17 years old!—and giving her time to animal welfare causes. She works with the Southern States Mastiff Rescue group, an organization through which she’s rescued her own two dogs, Raina and Louise.
Tina was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and has lived in the state all her life. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t adore the company of animals—they’ve been a consistent source of joy and amusement from day one. For Tina, helping pets to look and feel their best every single day is simply the ultimate reward! She’s Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital’s resident Pet Groomer.
Tina attended grooming school at the Atlantic Coast Academy of Animal Arts in Cary, North Carolina, graduating with her degree in late 1994. She’s been a certified All-Breed Professional Pet Groomer ever since! Tina has also completed an advanced Veterinary Dermatology Certification course and loves to help pets who need special attention in the skin department. She makes it her mission to stay up-to-date with the latest grooming trends, products, and equipment to help each and every one of her furry clients look their absolute best, and it’s her personal goal to help all animal visitors to the clinic feel comfortable, welcomed, and calm.
When she’s not at work, Tina enjoys cheering on her favorite sports teams—she’s a die-hard fan of the Carolina Hurricanes, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, and the Washington Redskins—and spending quality time with her friends, family, and pets. Along with her husband and three sons, Tina shares her life with a Labrador/Border Collie mix and a Carolina dog mix.
Andrea was involved with pet-sitting and doggy day camps at a young age, and always knew that she would love working hands-on with animals when she got a little older. She simply can’t imagine doing anything else! Andrea is a proud member of the Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital team and looks forward to helping more of the area’s pets stay happy and healthy.
Andrea has worked in veterinary medicine since 2015 and serves as a Veterinary Nurse here at the clinic. She enjoys meeting new pets and their loving owners every day, and she loves that no two shifts here at the hospital are ever quite the same—Andrea’s job always keeps her on her toes, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Away from the office, Andrea likes spending time with friends and family and giving her time to others. She even coaches a special-needs cheerleading squad! Andrea also loves to dote on her own animal companions at home. She has two rescued dogs: Gracie, a Cocker Spaniel, and a Chihuahua named Teagan.
Like many veterinary professionals, Brittany always had a soft spot for pets of all shapes and sizes. When it came time to choose a career path, one option stood out above all the rest: veterinary medicine. For Brittany, nothing beats getting to use her drive and dedication to help the earth’s creatures—and the people who care for them—feel their absolute best. She’s a Veterinary Technician with the Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital family!
Brittany joined the world of veterinary medicine in the summer of 2016 and became a member of the Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital team that September. She never tires of getting to work alongside a passionate team of animal-lovers just like herself, and she loves to see new puppies and kittens on their first visits to the hospital. An added bonus for Brittany is that she gets to bring her own dogs to the clinic’s Day Camp when she comes to work!
When she’s not helping pets and animal parents here at the hospital, Brittany enjoys exploring the great outdoors, relaxing at the beach or the lake, visiting new places, and spending quality time with her family. At home, Brittany shares her life with several pets: Lilly the loving Pit Bull, a Husky mix named Sebastian, an orange tabby cat who goes by Mowgli, and a tuxedo cat named Zoey.
Growing up in a military family, Callee has lived all over the world. It was her time spent in Tennessee, however, that played the biggest role in shaping her future. There, she spent time on a goat farm, where she helped care for the kids whose mothers had abandoned them. This, coupled with the fact that her family always had dogs, inspired Callee to pursue a career that would allow her to care for animals on a full time basis.
After graduating from University of Florida with a BS in Animal Sciences, Callee began looking for a job out of state. Three and a half months into her search, she found an opening at Tuscan Ridge. Following her working interview, she felt comfortable relocating and decided to officially join our team. As one of our veterinary technicians, Callee enjoys building relationships with her coworkers, clients, and patients. She loves seeing patients’ progression throughout continued care.
At home, Callee is fur mom to Stitch, an American Staffordshire terrier. Named after the popular Disney character whose ears also stand up, Stitch is very talkative and loves to say hello each morning. In her spare time, Callee enjoys being outdoors, especially hiking and paddle-boarding. An avid karaoke singer, she once got the opportunity to sing on a large stage in Orlando.
Jessi had a heart for animals from her youngest years growing up in Indiana. During those formative years, the love and affection she had for animals of all kinds grew into a passion for strays, rescues, and abandoned pets. With a drive to do something to help them, she knew she wanted to enter the field of veterinary medicine. In 2017, Jessi graduated as a certified Veterinary Technician from the Vet Tech Institute of Indianapolis.
Upon graduation, Jessi went to work at an Indiana rescue shelter where she spent the first four years of her career pouring herself into caring for abandoned and rescued pets. That experience prompted her to take a position at an SPCA shelter which brought her to North Carolina. While there, she developed the desire to extend herself into the kind of long-lasting client relationships that we hold dear at Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital. Jessi joined our care team in 2022 and quickly became a valued member of our family. She brings experience, training, and above all, heart with her to our team.
On her time away from the clinic, Jessi enjoys outdoor activities and working out at the gym. She loves to try new restaurants and reading. If that weren’t enough to keep her busy, she has four fur babies of her own including a “weiner” dog named Cannoli and three cats named Simon, Rori, and Kyo.
Day Camp Counselor, Kennel Attendant
Emily has always adored pets and is incredibly passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. What better way to do both, she thought, than by working in the world of animal care? That’s why Emily decided to join the veterinary profession. She gets to help animals and their owners on a daily basis as a Day Camp Counselor and Kennel Attendant with the Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital family.
Emily joined the Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital team in December of 2016 and has been keeping the pets under the clinic’s care happy and comfortable ever since. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know the clinic’s four-legged visitors on a personal level—she never gets tired of watching their adorable interactions with other campers!
Outside of work, Emily can be found spending time with friends and family and cheering on the Carolina Hurricanes. She loves to attend games in-person whenever she gets the chance. At home, she has five dogs of her own: Bug the Border Collie mix; a German Shepherd/Husky mix named Comet; a hound mix who goes by Scarlett; Evey the Doberman mix; and Dusty, a Miniature Pinscher mix who is the resident lobby dog here at Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital.
Brandi’s love for animals started as a young child and became an integral facet of her life. From as early as the tender age of three, she began bringing home stray cats and dogs. As she got older, she fell more in love with caring for all kinds of pets as well as the humans that keep them.
A strong believer in loving and rescuing animals, she put that love into action and began a career as a veterinary technician in 2002. As a mother herself, she instills that same love for animals in her family. She knows there’s more to caring for pets than just their immediate needs and she now brings her passion forward when she handles office administration duties for Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital. She is very likely the first face you may see when you bring your beloved pet in for care.
Brandi is always surrounded with animals and keeps several rescued fur babies at all times. Today, you can find her sharing her home with her five cats Delilah, Gemma, Romeo, and Judas, and also her dog Maui. She brings her experience and love with her each day as a valued member of the Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital team. She looks forward to getting to know our amazing clients and their precious pets.
Macon was born for veterinary medicine. In fact, he was actually born right here at Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital. In exchange for room and board, Macon began taking on some of the office duties. He showed great potential and took such pride in his work that a promotion to Office Manager was the logical next step.
One of Macon’s favorite things to do is to sit on the keyboards and beg for treats. If the phone is ringing, he really likes to get in the way. He knows his colleagues really enjoy it when he does that and it gives him a great deal of satisfaction, knowing that he’s making the workplace so much more enjoyable for everyone. He also likes encouraging our canine patients to vocalize their affection for him. One of his favorite hobbies is randomly turning off computers when people are using them.
Macon’s family includes the staff at Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital, as well as his sister, Georgia. He has a pet dragon named Mushinda who loves it when he sleeps on top of her terrarium. He’s hoping they fix the broken screen on top soon. He has no idea how it got broken.