Our Staff

Dr Mari McLean, DVMMari McLean, DVM

Dr. Mari McLean graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Zoology, and then received her DVM degree from OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She moved to NC and practiced in Durham, NC for 8 years before joining Healing Paws Veterinary Hospital. She has a passionate interest in geriatric animal care, as well as internal medicine, surgery, and behavior medicine.

She also shares her sister’s interest in exotic animal and wildlife care. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family (including her 16- and 18-year-old Jack Russell terriers, 1
surfing Japanese chin, a swimming spinone-mix, and 3 cats). 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 as an artist, most recently canine oil portrait paintings.

Dr Eva Welch, DVMEva Welch, DVM

Born and raised in Tulsa, OK, Dr. Welch attended Hendrix College in Conway AR. After graduating from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, Dr. Eva Welch relocated to North Carolina where she practiced as an associate veterinarian at Triangle Veterinary Hospital in Durham for almost 11 years.

A member of AEMV (Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians), Dr. Welch’s interests include small companion mammals, as well as internal medicine, behavior, and nutrition. When not at Healing Paws Veterinary Hospital, you’ll find Dr. Welch spending time with her family which includes 1 husband, 2 kids, 3 cats, 1 dog, 1 corn snake, and 2 rats. She enjoys yoga, swimming, reading, and training her exuberant boxer mix.

Dr. ScottRobin 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.

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!


Nannette, Lead Veterinary Assistant

Nannette has been working with animals since the beginning of time. She chose to move into small animals and exotics because it is way harder than you think to place a catheter in a T-Rex! Just kidding! Nannette is quite the comedian and has been working with animals since 1993. She has two girls Devan and Kaitlin. She also has three dogs, Nightjump, Moe Jo and Tara Bell, and two cats K.C. and Tiggy. When not working she likes to go hiking, biking and hanging out with the family.

KaitlinKaitlin, Veterinary Technician

Kaitlin is a registered veterinary technician with a passion for general wellness and emergency animal care. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University and Central Carolina Community College. She works in both general practice and emergency veterinary medicine and cannot imagine giving one up for the other. She believes that pets are a part of the family and strives to provide the best care possible to every patient. Outside of work, Kaitlin likes to channel her creativity in art projects and traveling. She practices martial arts and enjoys the outdoors. She has one fur baby – a shepherd mix that is extra fluffy and goofy and loves to go fishing with the family.

ElijahElijah, Veterinary Assistant

Elijah has been working with Vets Pets since 2012.  He grew up in Hillsborough and attended Cedar Ridge High School.  He likes spending time with his family.  Elijah has a soft spot for Pit Bulls and is owned by a 70lb blue pit named Smoke, who thinks he is a Chihuahua.  He also likes fish with a special interest in African Cichlids.

JessJess, Veterinary Assistant

Jess came down from New Jersey and she is an aspiring veterinarian. She’s owned by a German shepherd names Nova-Moose and a Carolina dog named Malibu. She makes her home in Mebane where she can be found horseback riding or watching the Bengals during football season.

ZackZack, Veterinary Assistant

Zack has lived in Hillsborough all his life, though he aspires to retire in the Alps of Switzerland. He is a Libra through and through. He enjoys Krav Maga, reading, writing and gaming in his free time. He is an active member in the LBGT community. Zack enjoys working with animals and also has some of his own.  He also aspires to design and write video games and of course write and publish novels of which he is working on his first one.

Emily, Receptionist

Emily has been in the veterinary field since 2002. She is married and has two lovely children, as well as five fur-babies: Xena, Wrecks, Marshall-the dogs and OJ and Vladimir-her cats. Emily has an AAS Degree in General Education and an AAS degree in Legal Office Systems. She also has her Cosmetology license and finds time to cut and style hair on the side for close friends and family. Emily also enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, and vacationing at the beach.