About Us

Since the establishment of Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital, our owner, Dr. Mitchell Spindel, has provided a vision of going above and beyond in order to keep the furred, feathered, and scaled loved ones of our community healthy and happy. Through more than 20 years of practice, Dr. Spindel continues to instill his vision, energy, and standard of excellence for veterinary medicine in all of his employees; ensuring your pets are in the best hands from the moment you walk through our doors.
At Animal Ark, we value our community and take every opportunity to contribute to it. Dr. Spindel volunteers with many local rescue organizations and our entire team supports many local, animal events here in Winston Salem. We also serve as a drop-off location for all injured wildlife.
Our hospital is stocked with the latest in veterinary equipment to aid in the treatment of pets. We have full in-house laboratory services, digital X-ray machines, color flow doppler ultrasound, CT scan, as well as a comprehensive surgical facility.
We provide microchipping, advanced dentistry, laser therapy, Acupuncture, and most recently became certified to provide Stem Cell and Monoclonal antibody therapy . We also offer boarding for our furry feline friends and exotic pets.

Our Doctors

Mitchell Spindel, DVM

Dr. Spindel earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University in 1995. He practiced in Syracuse, New York for two years before he and his wife relocated to beautiful North Carolina. Although Dr. Spindel loves treating dogs and cats, he also has a passion for unusual pets like birds, reptiles, and small mammals. He’ll even care for injured birds of prey, wallabies, kinkajous and an occasional Coati mundi.

Active in the Winston-Salem community, Dr. Spindel is the veterinarian for Kaleideum North Museum (formerly knows as Sci-Works) and Chairman of the Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation board. Dr. Spindel was instrumental in helping to build the Dog Park at Tanglewood, as well as heavily involved with animal organizations such as the Forsyth Humane Society and Humane Solutions.  His free time is spent planning his next construction project, mountain biking, drinking tequila, practicing yoga, and spending time with his wife, four children, and a plethora of pets.

Beth Eubanks, DVM

Dr. Eubanks is a native of Winston-Salem. She attended NC State University, where she earned her Undergraduate degree in Animal Science and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Most of her Veterinary career has been spent practicing in both Forsyth and Davie County. Dr. Eubanks currently resides here in Clemmons with her husband, two sons, two dogs, and one cat. She also enjoys reading, movies, and spending time with her family.

Rebecca Weaver, DVM

Dr. Weaver is home-grown right here in North Carolina. She attended NC State University for her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and earned her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2002. Her specialties include regenerative stem cell medicine, ultrasonography, internal medicine, emergency/critical care, exotics, and small animals. Dr. Weaver is a single mom with an exceptional child. She and her son enjoy hiking, camping, bowling, and spending time with her large extended family. Dr. Weaver also contributes to the Autism Society as well as donating time by volunteering for county rabies clinics and local veterinary organizations.

Paul Listrani, DVM

Dr. Listrani was born and raised in Washington D.C. and received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Tech. Go Hokies! Upon completion of his degree, Dr. Listrani worked for Wake Forest University in animal research and began aboard the Ark in January 2016. Outside of work, he shares his home with his significant other, Brooke, his son, MJ, two cats named Igby and Zeke, and a dog named Che. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, watching movies, cooking, and being a father!

Tonya Sparks, DVM

Dr. Tonya Sparks, originally from upstate New York, earned her undergrad degree from the University of Dubuque in Iowa, and her Masters in Microbiology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. After going on to graduate from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sparks moved to Winston-Salem. Before joining the ark, Dr. Sparks worked for several pharmaceutical companies and as a medical editor for peer-reviewed veterinary publications. She is currently a member of the Forsyth Humane Society Board of Directors and has been an active volunteer at the Humane Society for several years. She is also Vice President of the Forsyth Veterinary Medical Association, a certified Fear Free professional (a movement to reduce patient stress associated with veterinary visits), and certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. Dr. Sparks is passionate about providing quality preventative health care for pets and their families.

Shannon Longenecker, DVM

Dr. Shannon Longenecker was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Toledo and graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Go Bucks! After graduation, she worked at SylvaniaVET for 1 year in Sylvania, Ohio. Dr. Longenecker and her husband, Nathan, moved to Winston-Salem together in August 2017. She’s a certified Fear Free practitioner (a movement to reduce patient stress associated with veterinary visits) with other special interests in surgery and dentistry. Her hobbies include outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, running, and enjoys a good Netflix marathon. Becoming a veterinarian was her childhood dream and believes it’s as much of an honor to serve loved pets as it is to serve the people who love them.

Our Staff


Sheila Helton


Allyssa Lehrer

Veterinary Assistant

Ashley Goode

Pharmacy Technician

Marsha Speer

Practice Manager

Ashley Teague

Hospital Manager

Sandy Wells

Administrative Assistant

Renee Bovender


Linda Harbison


Dawn Lynch

Accounts Manager

Amy Grubbs

Veterinary Assistant

Tracy Fairbairn

Registered Veterinary Technician

Arielle Smith

Veterinary Assistant

Brooke Tate

Veterinary Assistant