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Our Owner

Since the establishment of Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital our owner, Dr. Mitchell Spindel, has provided a vision of going above and beyond to keep the furred, feathered and scaled loved ones of our community happy and healthy. 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.

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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 known as Sci-Works) and Chairman of the Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation board. He 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.  Dr. Spindel’s free time is spent planning his next construction project, mountain biking, practicing yoga and spending time with his wife, four children and a plethora of pets.

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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 as well as a comprehensive surgical facility.
We provide microchipping, advanced dentistry, laser therapy and most recently became certified to provide Stem Cell and Monoclonal antibody therapy. We also offer boarding for our feline friends and exotic pets.

Doctors

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Beth Eubanks, DVM, CCRP

Dr. Eubanks is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. She attended NC State University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Most of her veterinary career has been spent practicing in both Forsyth and Davie County. Recently, she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner and works in the “tugboat” building next door at Clemmons Animal Rehab and Therapy. Dr. Eubanks currently resides here in Clemmons with her husband, two sons, two dogs, and one cat. She also enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.

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Joshua Warden, DVM

Dr. Warden was born in Omaha, Nebraska. After moving around the Oklahoma City area and the Chicago area, he’s been a resident of Clemmons, NC since 2001! His Bachelor of Science is in Animal Science, and he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from NC State. Dr. Warden has 6 snakes, 2 leopard geckos, 2 milk frogs, a box turtle, a cat named Owen, and a dog named Ash. In his free time, he does a fair amount of photography and hiking and just enjoys being outdoors whenever possible. Dr. Warden occasionally volunteers with the Wildlife Resources Commission doing wildlife surveys, and we are so glad to have him aboard the Ark as our new exotic pet doctor!

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Sarah Sawayanagi, DVM, CVSMT

Dr. Sawayanagi (or Dr. Saw for short) grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts taking care of her two dogs, cats, homing pigeons and guinea pigs and learning to ride and care for horses at a neighborhood stable.  Dr. Sawayanagi owes much of her experience to her loving and accepting parents since they always supported her bringing home a menagerie of injured animals to save.  Dr. Sawayanagi worked in a small animal hospital while studying Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  She also competed on the Intercollegiate Dressage Team and volunteered in Wildlife Rehabilitation.  After undergrad, Dr. Sawayanagi discovered her love of surgery and alternative medicine at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.  In November 2023 Dr. Saw finished her intensive training in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center and is so excited to offer an alternative way to heal patients!  When not at work you can find her at the CrossFit gym, hiking, fire spinning, drawing or hanging out with her two cats, Kenny and Butters, and her dog Malcolm.  Dr. Saw is so excited to be part of the Animal Ark Family and share her knowledge and experience to better the lives of all animals!

Management

Regis Burkhardt III, DVM

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Lisa
Chief Operating Officer
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Marsha
Chief Financial Officer
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Rebecca
Technician Manager
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Sheila
CSR Manager
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Goodie
Inventory Manager
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Lyndsie
Training Manager

Nursing Staff

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Bobbi
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Chelsea
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Christina
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Eva
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Hunter
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Jamie
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Kat
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Kayla
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Kashara
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Kimberly
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Megan
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Montana
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Mya
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Naomi
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Niyah
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Sandra
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Tania
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Tori
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Tyler

Integrative Medicine 

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Amy
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Courtney
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Emily, RVT
VSMT Lead
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Laura
Rehab Coordinator
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Marieta
Integrative Medicine
Coordinator

CSR

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Beth
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Debi
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Jonathan
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Kim
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Kristin
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Leah
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Linda
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Lyndsay
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Natalie
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Renee
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Sarah
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Susan
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Wendy
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