Meet Our Doctors
Mari McLean, DVM
Dr. Mari McLean graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Zoology in 2002, and then received her DVM degree from OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She moved to North Carolina and practiced in Durham for 8 years before opening Healing Paws Veterinary Hospital with her sister, Dr. Eva Welch, and Vets Pets. She has a passionate interest in geriatric animal care, internal medicine, and integrative medicine. She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through the Chi Institute and continued her studies to complete the Advanced Acupuncture course in 2020. She often incorporates acupuncture, low level laser therapy, and herbal therapy as adjunct treatments for many of her patients (including small mammals and reptiles).
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family including her two dogs 14-year-old Italian spinone-mix and a 13-year-old Japanese chin-mix, three cats, and a leopard gecko. You will often find her and her children swimming at the Sportsplex or wandering the trails at the Eno River and Battle Park in Chapel Hill. Dr. McLean also nurtures her life practicing yoga and as an artist, most recently canine oil portrait paintings.
Caroline Brewer, DVM
Thea Carter, DVM
After graduating with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Carter received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 from Oklahoma State University, where she met Drs. Welch and McLean. She has been in private practice over the last 13 years and joined the Healing Paws team in 2018.As a child on her parents’ farm located in Reidsville, NC, she always volunteered to care for and feed their animals. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 5 years old, as it was a career that combined her love of animals with her interest in science.
The opportunity to combine healing companion animals with educating clients on a daily basis is the reason Dr. Carter enjoys being a veterinarian. She is a member of the AVMA, NCVMA, AEMV (Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians), and ARAV (Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians). Dr. Carter’s professional interests include working with all types of pets, internal medicine, and animal behavior.
Dr. Carter lives in Hurdle MIlls on a mini-farm with her husband, her step-daughter, and a wide variety of animals (including goats, chickens, geese, emus, a turkey, a potbelly pig, 6 dogs, 7 cats, and a collection of reptiles – lizards, snakes, and tortoises).
In her free time, Dr. Carter enjoys hiking with her dogs, reading, vending at reptile and exotic animal shows with her family, and caring for her menagerie of animals.
She never has a dull moment at her house, as one of her critters is always doing something memorable!
Tyler Hodinka, VMD
Dr. Hodinka grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wofford College in South Carolina. He completed his veterinary education at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he graduated with honors and moved to North Carolina shortly after graduation in 2014. His professional interests include small animal internal medicine, dentistry, surgery and exotic companion animal medicine.
Outside of work, Dr. Hodinka enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife, Katharine and hiking with their two dogs, Oscar and Luna. He also enjoys woodworking and gardening in his spare time. He is excited to join Healing Paws as a full-time member of the team.
Robin Scott, DVM
Growing up on a defunct Vermont dairy farm gave Dr. Scott lots of time to explore the land and animals around her. Those years helped mold her into who she is today, a lover of both nature and animals. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island, and then moved to North Carolina to pursue her Master’s Degree in Reproductive Physiology. After 8 years in the pharmaceutical industry, with a desire to be more hands-on in medicine, she returned to NC State to pursue her DVM degree.
As a small animal practitioner, she worked as an associate veterinarian for 2 years before becoming an owner of a small animal practice in Durham. She was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2005, which has been a great addition to her interest in veterinary medicine and surgery. In 2014 she sold her shares of her practice and has worked for The Vets Pets in various medical capacities since. Outside of work she enjoys golf, cycling, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends. She has 2 cats, Nemo and Sprocket and a corgi named Ellie.
Katie Sizer, DVM
Dr. Sizer was raised as an army kid and traveled the world throughout her childhood, but she’s been a North Carolinian since 1995. She attended college in Fayetteville, NC at Methodist University and then went on to veterinary school at NC State, graduating in 2013. Dr. Sizer and her husband live in Pittsboro with their two beautiful children and three beautiful dogs.
Dr. Sizer’s professional interests include pain management, dentistry, internal medicine, and low-stress animal handling. She has been Fear Free certified since 2019. Dr. Sizer also has her AAFP Cat Friendly Veterinarian Certification. Her personal interests include hiking, canoeing, gardening, watching movies, traveling, and of course spending time with her human and canine family!
Eva Welch, DVM
Eva Welch, one of the founding “sisters” of Healing Paws Veterinary Hospital, was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. Following undergraduate studies at Hendrix College in Conway, AR, she graduated from Oklahoma State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She and her husband, Brandon, were excited to make their way to North Carolina and currently live in Hillsborough with their 2 children (Logan and Raimi), 2 dogs (Astrid and Ralph), 2 cats (Boy and Willow), and 2 small critters (Hazel the hedgehog and Popcorn the Syrian hamster).
Dr. Welch’s veterinary interests include internal medicine, exotic animals, and incorporating integrative modalities (such as low level laser therapy and targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy) to patient treatment. She enjoys swimming, yoga, reading, and hiking in addition to spending time with her family.