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. HodinkaTyler 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.

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!

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.

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.

MorganMorgan, Veterinary Assistant

Morgan is a transplant from Westchester, Pennsylvania and has been living in North Carolina for the past 17 years. Mebane is where Morgan calls home with her three fur babies Jaden, Temperance and Maya Lou. Morgan is in her last semester with Penn Foster College where she is studying Animal Science so that she can become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Morgan has 15 years experience in the veterinary field, she started at the Burlington Alamance Animal Shelter and has worked in large and small animal private practices, emergency medicine and with the lions and tigers at CCI, a large cat sanctuary in Mebane. Morgan has recently become certified as a Fear Free Veterinary Professional, which encompasses helping pets, their owners and the veterinary team have a fantastic veterinary visit with as little fear as possible, making our patients comfortable, happy and healthy are Morgan’s first priority! When Morgan is not working or studying for school, she enjoys training her fur baby Temperance in agility, going hiking, kayaking and spending time with her family whenever she can! Morgan’s guilty pleasure is listening to her favorite authors on Audible!

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.

NicoleNicole, Receptionist

Nicole has been working in the veterinary field for 6 years, spending about half that time working hands on in the back and the other half getting to know clients at the front desk, thoroughly enjoying both aspects. In her free time she enjoys watching animal planet and going bowling. She loves walking her two miniature pinschers Mocha and Jaeger, especially up in the mountains on long weekends. Her favorite dessert is ice cream but chocolate lava cake is a close second!