About Us

Since the establishment of our practice, 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.

Dr. Spindel first began practicing in Syracuse, New York before he and his wife, Kim, relocated to North Carolina. Two years later Dr. Spindel opened his own practice – Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Spindel instills 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.

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 will even care for injured birds of prey, wallaby’s, kinkajous and an occasional Coati mundi. Dr. Spindel is the veterinarian for Sci-Works in Winston-Salem, and he is active with numerous animal organizations including the Forsyth Humane Society, Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation, and Humane Solutions. Dr. Spindel was instrumental in helping to build the Dog Park at Tanglewood. His current efforts are focused on a new building for the Forsyth Humane Society. Any free time is spent planning his next construction project, as well as mountain biking 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 degree. Most of her Veterinary career has been spent practicing in both Forsyth and Davie Counties. Dr. Eubanks currently resides here in Clemmons with her husband, two teenage sons, and their three dogs and one cat. When she is not working, she can usually be found watching her boys participate in whatever sport is in season. 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, in 2002, earned her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University. Dr. Weaver’s 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 contributes to the Autism Society and Research as well as donating time for county rabies clinics and local veterinary organizations.

Paul Listrani, DVM

Dr. Listrani is originally from Washington D.C. where, in a previous life, he owned an Italian restaurant before receiving his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Tech. Upon completion of his degree, Dr. Listrani started working for Wake Forest University in animal research. Since then, he has joined the team here at Animal Ark. Outside of work, he shares his home with two cats and a dog, or as he jokes, “he just pays the rent!” Needless to say, loving animals and his passion to care for them has always been a huge part of his life. In his spare time, you can usually find him outdoors, zipping down mountains on his bike or blazing past the crowd while trail running.

Tonya Sparks, DVM

Dr. Tonya Sparks moved to Winston-Salem after graduating from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sparks, originally from upstate New York, earned her BS at the University of Dubuque in Iowa, and her Masters in Microbiology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Dr. Sparks has 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, actively volunteering 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.

Lacey Rush, DVM

Dr. Lacey Rush is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She also earned a Bachelor’s in Zoology and a Master’s in Molecular Biology from Auburn University. Go Vols and War Eagles! As a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, Lacey is a feline medicine enthusiast. Other areas of special interest include: anesthesia and pain management, emergency medicine, endocrinology, and surgery. Her love for the human/animal bond ultimately inspired Lacey to pursue a career in private practice. She moved to Winston Salem in 2012 to live with her husband Tyler (also a veterinarian). In her (limited) free time, she enjoys chasing after their two children and competing recreationally in triathlons.

Our Staff

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Sheila Helton

Receptionist
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Jessica Reyes

Veterinary Assistant
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Kimberly Hall

Veterinary Assistant
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Brandi Brown

Receptionist
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Paola Sarmiento

Veterinary Assistant
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Allyssa Lehrer

Veterinary Assistant
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Devin Spindel

Veterinary Assistant
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Ashley Goode

Pharmacy Technician
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Monica Hall

Veterinary Assistant
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Marsha Speer

Practice Manager
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Ashley Teague

Hospital Manager
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Sandy Wells

Administrative Assistant
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Teri Williams

Receptionist
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Renee Bovender

Receptionist
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Linda Harbison

Receptionist
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Dawn Lynch

Accounts Manager
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Emily Steelman

Social Media & Marketing Manager, RVT
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Jennifer Green

Receptionist
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Kristin Bowden

Receptionist
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Mandi Thornsbury

Registered Veterinary Technician
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Amy Grubbs

Veterinary Assistant
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Olivia Lipe

Veterinary Assistant
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Tracy Fairbairn

Registered Veterinary Technician
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Michelle Schaeffer

Veterinary Assistant
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Arielle Smith

Veterinary Assistant
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Brooke Tate

Veterinary Assistant