Dr. Jody Katz
Jody came to Lake Pine Animal Hospital in 2013 and on December 31, 2015 she became the proud owner!
Dr. Jody Katz
I grew up in a small town in central Florida and I had the benefit of having many pets from cats and dogs to bunnies and horses. I feel very fortunate to have a career that I love. It allows me to combine my heartfelt joy for furry friends and my passion for medicine and science. My studies have taken me around the southeast. I first attended Maryville College in East Tennessee for my undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Biology. I was lucky to get a first rate liberal arts education and to meet my future husband! Next I attended the University of Georgia to study Microbiology in Graduate school. I acted as a TA in Biology as well. I attended Veterinary school at the University of Georgia, graduating first in my class in 1992. I was then selected to stay at UGA to complete an Internship in small animal medicine and surgery.
After my internship, I elected to venture into the world of private veterinary practice. My first job was in Georgia, just a bit north of Atlanta. After that we moved back to central Florida to be near family. I was so lucky to be a part of a busy multi-doctor practice in Longwood, FL for 13 years. In 2007, my husband and our two children moved to Apex, NC. From the start, we felt right at home. If I had to pick one reason why we love North Carolina so much, I’d have to say it is the people. Everyone is so friendly and engaging, whether you’re a Tarheel native or a transplant. For several years after we moved, I worked as a Relief Veterinarian all around the Triangle. In April, 2013 I came to Lake Pine Animal Hospital as a full time associate and on December 31, 2015, I became the proud owner !
My philosophy is to spend time with each client and patient t he way I would want a doctor to spend time with me. I strive to offer the best care I can. I especially enjoy developing relationships with clients and pets and I hope to make people feel comfortable asking questions. I have four cats, Walter, Baby, Floki and Pumpkin, and a dog named Hershel.
Dr. Bridgitte Araba
Bridgitte joined Dr. Katz’s team as an associate veterinarian after having enjoyed providing services…
Dr. Bridgitte Araba
My mother likes to tell people that when I was 3 days old I “rode” my first horse. I am pretty sure I was just a little bundled up blob sitting on the back of her horse, but I do not doubt that my love of horses came to be on that day. Dogs and cats were also always a part of my life as a child.
I was born in Augusta, GA, but became an “Army Brat” at the age of eight which afforded me the opportunity to live in California and Germany while I was growing up. In addition to learning another Ianguage and experiencing many different cultures, I was also able to continue to pursue my equestrian endeavors while living overseas as a member of a German riding club.
After high school I returned to the States to attend college at The Colorado College, where I earned my BA in Biology. After graduation I moved back to my home state of Georgia to attend graduate school at the University of Georgia where I earned my M.S. in Zoology in 1990, and my DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. I met my husband, Miloud, while we were both attending graduate school at UGA.
Immediately following my graduation from veterinary school, my husband’s job relocated us to Urbandale, IA, and I began my veterinary career working as an associate veterinarian at a mixed animal practice in Winterset, IA (Home of The Bridges of Madison County- and where the filming of the movie was underway during the first several months of my tenure there). When my twin daughters, Maysa and Kenza, were born in 1997, I decided to take a year long hiatus from my career to concentrate on raising my girls. Starting in 1998, I resumed my career as a relief veterinarian in small animal medicine. Our youngest daughter, Miah, was born in 1999. We moved to Prior Lake, MN in 2003 where I worked as a part-time associate veterinarian until we relocated to Chapel Hill, NC in 2005, where I continued my career as a small animal relief veterinarian serving practices in the Chapel Hill-Durham area.
Now that my husband and and I are officially “empty-nesters”, I have more time to devote to my career and am pleased to join Dr. Katz’s team as an associate veterinarian after having enjoyed providing my services as a relief veterinarian at her practice. I am very much looking forward to really getting to know the clients and their pets at Lake Pine Animal Hospital. I find client education one of the most rewarding aspects of veterinary medicine, because it affords me the opportunity to help clients feel confident and empowered as their pet’s caregiver, knowing that they are meeting all of their pet’s healthcare needs to the best of their ability.
We have two cats, Tigger and Doodle, and one dog Bibi at home, and three horses that are currently enjoying leisure time in a pasture not far from our home in Chapel Hill.
Dr. Courtney Hemeyer
Dr. Hemeyer is a new resident of the Apex community, originally from Little Rock, AK. She first attended…
Dr. Courtney Hemeyer
Dr. Hemeyer is originally from Little Rock, AK. She first attended Ouachita Bpatist University for her undergraduate studies in Biology. She then completed veterinary school at Louisiana State University. Dr. Hemeyer recently moved to the Apex area from Houston, TX. At home, she has a cat, Remy and an Aussie Shepard mix named Hayley.
Jonie comes to us from Florida, with her husband and 4 boys! She has been in the veterinary field for 9 over years…
Jonie comes to us from Florida, with her husband and 4 boys! She has been in the veterinary field for 9 over years. Jonie has a bachelors degree in animal science and microbiology. She was a chemistry teacher for a short while before coming back to the animal side of things. She has quite a houseful, 2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 birds, and 4 horses! She enjoys watching movies with her husband. And spends most weekends as a hockey mom to all 4 boys. We are thrilled to have Jonie as part of our team at Lake Pine!
Michael has been working in the Veterinary field since 2007 and enjoys every minute of it…
Michael has been working in the Veterinary field since 2007 and enjoys every minute of it. He is a Registered Veterinary Tech and one of our go-to guys here at Lake Pine. He started working at Lake Pine Animal Hospital in 2011 as an Assistant, mainly working with surgeries and dental cleanings. He has 2 cats, Persephone, and Asher. In his free time he enjoys working out and running in races.
Erin began her career as a veterinary assistant in 2004 and joined Lake Pine Animal Hospital in 2013…
Erin was born and raised in North Carolina and has always been a lover of animals. She remembers some of her favorite things to play with as a child were a plastic stethoscope and a toy medical kit that she would nurse her stuffed animals with. It is no surprise that she found that her calling as an adult was helping to care for animals too. Erin began her career as a veterinary assistant in 2004, she is excited to have joined Lake Pine Animal Hospital in 2013, Erin lives in Cary with three cats, Lexus, Ryo Ohki, and Kiba. When she is not in scrubs she enjoys road trips to the beach, yoga, and watching cheesy horror movies.
Melissa graduated with an animal science degree in 2018. Now that she is finished with her undergrad, she…
Melissa graduated with an animal science degree in 2018. Now that she is finished with her undergrad, she plans on attending Vet School.You will normally find Melissa in our surgery room assisting Dr. Katz during surgery days or greeting you and your pet in an exam room as your tech. She was raised a Southern Belle and when she answers the phone you will be able to tell. Melissa lives with a gorgeous Maine Coon named Mufasa and the newest member of her family, a rescue kitten from Paw Prints Animal Rescue named Rhodes.
Dan’s background includes a B.S. in Biological Sciences from NC State University, and extensive…
Dan is originally from Kentucky, where his parents allegedly found him living with bears out in the woods, and they promptly took him in in an attempt to civilize him. He never forgot his wild roots though, and has devoted his life to working with animals. His background includes a B.S. in Biological Sciences from NC State University, and extensive hands-on experience working with animals from various taxa including large cats, marsupials, birds, primates, reptiles, and many more. At home, Dan is a proud member of a family of rescues including his lab mix, Jax.
Katie is currently in school to become a Registered Veterinary Tech at Central Carolina Community College. She is…
Katie moved to the Carolina’s in 2016. She is originally an Indiana girl and still roots for her Hoosiers. She is currently in school to become a Registered Veterinary Tech at Central Carolina Community College. She is also taking grooming classes at Wake Tech and hopes to be taking over the grooming here at Lake Pine Animal Hospital soon. Katie enjoys spending her days off outdoors with her rescue dog Blake!
Mary-Alice loves interacting with all the clients and patients that walk through the door, and is also a professional…
Olivia is a student at NC State University majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology…
Olivia is a newbie with the Lake Pine Animal Hospital family as well and we love having her as a part of the team! She has lots of experience working with small animals as she is also a foster for Paw Prints Animal Rescue and is apart of a lot of rescue events with them. Olivia is also a student at NC State University majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. On her days off, when she is not at an adoption event, you will find her at Chick-fil-a or outdoors with her Sheperd mix, Derek.
Jessica is currently a student at North Carolina State University studying Animal Science…
Jessica was born and raised in Apex, North Carolina. She has been a Wolfpack fan ever since she was little, so it was no surprise that she is currently a student at North Carolina State University studying Animal Science. She is excited to be part of the Lake Pine team because of her passion for science and animals. In her free time, Jessica likes to spend time with her energetic German Shepherd, Skokie.
Cailin is studying Animal Science and Business Entrepreneurship at NC State University…
Cailin has been apart of the Lake Pine Animal Hospital team since March 2017. She was raised in North Carolina and have been a Wolfpack fan since moving to the area. Cailin is studying at NC State University majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Business Entrepreneurship. After graduating, she plans on going into pharmaceutical and equipment sales. When she is not working she is either at the beach or playing and cuddling with her lab mix, Luke and goldendoodle, Whiskey!
Clementine is the clinic cat here at Lake Pine Animal Hospital. She is very photogenic and quite…