OUR STORY IS A GREAT ONE
Whole Pet Veterinary Hospitals started in Davidson, NC in 2013 and has since grown to a multiple vet integrative hospital servicing all pets. Because of the unique care we give to our patients, we have a very large population of clients driving from an hour or more away, many coming from South Charlotte and South Carolina. Whole Pet South Charlotte was created to provide integrative medicine and surgery to the pets on the South side of Charlotte to better serve this community. We are excited to be here!
Dr. Ray Khare
Dr. Laura Lathan
Dr. Nicole Sheehan
Dr. Sheehan's Bio
Certified Veterinary Acupuncture, Certified Veterinary Food Therapy, Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbs, Certified Meridian Autonomic Testing, Fear Free Certified
Special Interests: General medicine and surgery, acupuncture, herbal and alternative medicine, orthopedics, cardiology
Education: The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio
Pets: Cooper and Skippy (dogs), Kaya and Simon (cats)
Dr. Nicole Sheehan has always had a love for and ability to communicate with animals since she was a young girl. After graduating from veterinary school and moving from Ohio to North Carolina, she felt at home in the area but not in her profession. She was blessed with mentors as a new graduate who pushed her to practice detailed and advanced medicine, but she wasn’t happy with her quality of life. As she started a family and alternative treatments such as acupuncture, she sought different opportunities to improve her medicine and life. She found herself frustrated by inefficient systems and poor work cultures. Although her son was only one year old and she was pregnant with her daughter, she decided she had to do it differently. So she set up Whole Pet Veterinary Hospital in 2013 to create a place where she could pay her bills and still love going to work. Little did she know this would create so much more!
What resulted was a place where EVERYONE liked coming to work—where people are free to develop their skills and talents in an encouraging and supportive environment. Being free to learn and try new treatments, her clients pushed her harder and harder to move beyond standard treatments that weren’t working to discover new medications that actually reversed the disease. As animals were healing permanently from chronic diseases, she joked that she was “the worse business owner in the world” because her patients were getting better and only needed to come back for yearly check-ups. She was wrong—her results brought her new clients from all over the state and, eventually, phone consults all over the United States, as well as Europe, Australia, and Asia.
In seeing mostly second opinions (or what we lovingly call “sixth opinions”), with a careful history, thorough physical exam, and subtle changes in lab work, she has identified a handful of triggers for animals’ common diseases. Her practice’s mainstay is “Food First,” where high-level nutrition is used first to improve the health and balance of the body. Any signs of toxins or disease triggers are treated with herbal or pharmaceutical medication. While she identifies herself as a holistic Veterinarian, she is willing to use whatever treatments give the best results, and so she still does surgery and chemotherapy when necessary. In the hospital, she will often use laser, ozone, PRP, and acupuncture to improve mobility and treatment outcomes.
After years of reversing chronic diseases that typically are considered irreversible, such as skin allergies, autoimmune disease, kidney failure, and paralysis, she has become convinced all diseases are treatable, including cancer. For example, she has successfully and fully treated her own dog’s heartworm disease with homeopathy, her cat’s kidney failure and hepatitis with herbal medicine, and her own autoimmune disease with herbs and meditation. This outlook on healing has greatly impacted the outlook of her clients and coworkers on their own health and the health of their animals. A common saying you will hear around here is, “Once you see it, you can never unsee it.”
Advanced Courses and Certifications:
- Veterinary acupuncture
- Chinese food therapy
- Veterinary Chinese herbal medicine
- Meridian autonomic testing (muscle testing)
- Detoxification medicine
- Tick- and vector-borne diseases
- Abdominal and cardiac ultrasonography
Publications and Appearances:
- Glycoflex National Commercial
- VetriScience National Advisory Board
- Veterinary Practice News
- VetFolio Podcast
- Fox News Rising
- Charlotte Today
She recently has developed a way of sharing her treatment strategies outside of Whole Pet Veterinary Hospital through Nicole the Vet, where she highlights cases, offers classes to vet professionals, and speaks out about problems within the industry. Visit her on Facebook and Instagram at @nicolethevet and see videos on pet care and nutrition on YouTube at @nicolethevet. Be on the lookout in 2020 for her book on healing animals naturally, and new holistic veterinary hospitals in the area to serve more animals and people!
Emily opened our very first Whole Pet practice in Davidson and has been a leader in our team since day one. She is responsible for organizing all new hospitals as well as leading and training the medical teams in Davidson, Wilmington, and Mountain Island. She brings her expertise, compassion for the animals, and commitment to excellence to each of our practices.
Jenna is born and raised in Charlotte, NC, and moved to South Carolina with her husband a few years ago. She has been in the veterinary field since 2007 but has had a love for animals since she was young. Jenna has a passion for wildlife and loves to work with exotic pets, and this has driven her to pursue a degree in environmental science so she can help preserve natural land for these native creatures.
Jenna is very excited to join the Whole Pet family to further her career in integrative veterinary medicine. She is also Fear Free Certified.
In her free time, she is usually cuddled up with her dogs or out exploring the city with her husband.
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Gerri has lived in the Lake Norman area for over 30 years. She is married to her best friend and they have one daughter, Sam, and Two miniature Australian Shepherds, Bear and Kodi.
Her love of veterinary medicine started from a very young age when she and her cousin would go around their grandfather’s farm tending to and caring for the animals; their favorite being newborn pups, kittens, and calves. At 7 years old, they called themselves the “rescue rangers” after a movie we had seen and even went as far as attempting once to repair a butterfly’s wing with scotch tape! It was a fruitless effort but will always remain in her memory of how helping animals to heal was ingrained in her soul/nature.
Since 2006 Gerri has owned a pet sitting and grooming business which allowed her to raise her daughter while still caring for animals. While she enjoys that side of the pet care industry, her calling was always to be in the veterinary technician field. She was already a client of Whole Pet Davidson for the past five years and was thrilled to have the opportunity for employment here and to once again work in the vet tech field.
For the past 5 years, she has pursued training in animal massage and electro-nutraceuticals technologies including Alpha-Stim and Avazzia certifications. Gerri is passionate about continued learning in both the fields of conventional and holistic therapies and how proper gut health can impact an animal’s well-being. Gerri believes our animals are absolute gifts to us and by learning to help them heal we actually learn to heal ourselves and the world around us.
When her nose is not in a podcast or book she and her husband enjoy camping, gardening, making fermented foods, and any chance to walk her pups in nature.
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