Our Team

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The staff at Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & Boarding Animal Hospital
Carol of Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & Boarding

Carol Brewington, RVT and Hospital Manager

Carol has been with the Hidden Valley Animal Hospital for more than 20 years. She brings a background in applied science, in which she earned a degree from in Veterinary Medical Technology from the Central Carolina Technical Institute. Having grown up in upstate New York until the age of 12, Carol now calls Apex home along with her cat Skitty.

Having worked a Registered Veterinary Technician for many years, and now as the Hospital Manager, Carol has had the opportunity to develop long term relationships with clients and their animals. She enjoys being part an organization that promotes students becoming young professionals. Students employed at Hidden Valley while in high school have gone on to attended technical college and have returned as licensed veterinary technicians. Many of the student employees have gone on to become veterinarians and have graduated from prestigious schools such as NCSU, Auburn, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, St. Kitts and Tennessee with degrees in veterinary medicine. One of these impressive graduates is currently employed as an associate DVM at Hidden Valley.

When not working, Carol enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren as well as traveling, shopping for antiques and working in the yard. A unique fact about Carol is that she grew up on a dairy farm with five siblings and was also very active in 4-H fitting and showing dairy cattle as well as a member of the county dairy judging team. She was selected to be a member of the state dairy judging team representing North Carolina and participated in the National Dairy Judging Contest in Madison, WI.

Client Care Specialists

Sarah Richards

Sarah of Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & BoardingSarah joined the Hidden Valley Animal Hospital family in 2009, having received her Bachelor’s in Biology from NCSU. Growing up with a dad in the army, she has lived in many interesting places including Maryland, Wisconsin, Washington State, North Carolina and even Germany! Her favorite part of working at Hidden Valley is getting to interact with animals and their owners and being a part of great team that honestly cares about their patients. When she’s not at work, Sarah enjoys watching random TV shows with her boyfriend, drinking coffee and chatting with friends.  She is also a huge fan of the Rocky movies—Rocky IV is her favorite!

Sarah Parks

Sarah of Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & Boarding

Sarah Parks first joined the Hidden Valley Animal Hospital staff during the summer of 2015 as a client care specialist. While she grew up mostly in the Raleigh area, she has lived all over the US, moving a total of 12 times! Sarah currently lives in the area with her husband, Ned, and two fur-babies, Rocket, a 10 year old mixed Shepherd dog, and Benedict Cabbage Patch, a 3 year old Holland Lop bunny! Sarah loves working in the veterinary field because every case is different and she gets to play with adorable pets.

Joy Cook

Joy at Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & Boarding

Joy grew up in Durham, North Carolina and joined the Hidden Valley Animal Hospital team in 2007. She enjoys being able to help pets live long and healthy lives through preventive care. She owns three pets including: Blue, a lab mix; Wallie, a domestic short-haired cat; and Sterling, a domestic short-haired cat. When not at work, you can find Joy either shopping or working in her yard.

Sylva Dover

Sylva at Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & Boarding

Sylva has been with Hidden Valley Animal Hospital since 2004. She enjoys learning from actual cases and information that the doctors share with the team about our client’s diagnosis. Each doctor has a different way of explaining and is very generous in doing so. In her free time, Sylva enjoys visiting her grandchildren as well as drawing and sketching.

Lindsay Orozco

Lindsay at Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & Boarding

Lindsay has been with Hidden Valley Animal Hospital since September 2007 and brought with her a background in Biology with minors in Animal Science and Genetics from NCSU. Her favorite aspect of working in Veterinary Medicine is the knowledge, quality time with pets and support system of veterinarians and co-workers that she has developed since joining our team. She owns four pets including: Addie, a Great Dane; Tohr, a Great Dane; Cooper, a domestic short-haired cat; Ayda, a domestic short haired cat and foster dogs galore! She also owns her own business, Great Dame’s Pet Care.

Bettie Wiggins

Bettie at Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & BoardingBettie joined Hidden Valley Animal Hospital in January 2008 and believes that caring about our clients and their pets is more than a job, it’s a passion. She earned a B.A. in Phycology and a minor in Cognitive Science from UNC as well as a B.S. in Biological Sciences from NCSU. She and her husband have six furry children including: Gracie, a hound mix; Chippy, a Pomeranian; Turtle; Shadow; Pickle; and Buster. When not working, she enjoys baking, singing, reading and completing Pinterest projects. She also performs in an a capella group and bakes and decorates cakes on the side.

Ruth Ann Eller Belote

Ruth at Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & BoardingRuth Ann Eller Belote joined the Hidden Valley Animal hospital as a client care specialist in October, 2016, but has been a client since 2011! Her educational background is an Associate degree in Applied Science Veterinary Technology. Growing up, her father was a veterinarian, so it has always been a big part of her life. Currently, Ruth Ann lives with her husband, three children, two dogs: Noodle and Pippy, and a small clowder of older kitties. She also has 7 bonus children around the country, so there is no shortage of family and love!

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Stacy Cheek

Alisa at Raleigh Animal Clinic

Stacy has been with our hospital since 1999, when she worked in the kennel during high school. She attended NCSU for one year for pre-vet and then enrolled in Veterinary Medical Technology at CCCC, where she graduated in 2005. She and her husband, Garrett, have twin sons Bryan and Troy, both three years old. They also own three four-legged family members; Cyrus, a Boxer/Bulldog; Memphis, a Pit-bull; and Shelby, a Pit-bull/German Shepard. When not working, she enjoys cooking, fishing and hiking.

Ellen Hayes

Ellen at Raleigh Animal Clinic

Ellen Hayes started at Hidden Valley Animal Hospital in 2016, joining the team as a Veterinary Technician. Ellen grew up in Raleigh, NC and earned her Associates degree from Central Carolina Community College. Her favorite part about working in the veterinary industry is getting to help animals, and also learning everything she can about the biological aspect of veterinary medicine. When not at work, Ellen can be found playing with her black lab mix, Casey, practicing her musical talents, studying, or caring for her younger brother, Joshua.

Linda Moore

Linda of Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & BoardingLinda grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY and graduated from Dutchess Community College and obtained an Associate of Applied Science in Criminology. She then attended Central Carolina Community College and earned an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Veterinary Technology in 2007. With a passion for working with animals and helping during surgeries, Linda has three pets of her own; one Labrador named Lucy and two cats named Simon and Jake. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, playing tennis and traveling. Something unique that clients and co-workers may not know about Linda is that she won first place in the Mid-Hudson Valley 5 mile Turkey Trot in 1987.

Sarah Zuber

Sarah Zuber of Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & BoardingSarah started working at Hidden Valley in January of 2017 as an extern with Central Carolina Community College and officially joined the team in May of 2017. She received a Bachelors degree in Biology at UNC Chapel Hill and an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology at Central Carolina. Sarah was born and raised in Cary, North Carolina.

What draws Sarah to working with animals is getting to meet every patient and when they give the big sad eyes that are begging for treats she cannot say no to them! When Sarah is not at work, you can find her playing computer games, most recently Final Fantasy 14, and she enjoys reading all things Harry Potter and Star Wars.

Veterinary Assistants

Vanessa Bennett

Vanessa at Raleigh Animal Clinic

Following her passion for helping pets and their owners, Vanessa came to Hidden Valley in May 2013. Having grown up in Goldsboro, North Carolina, she attended NCSU where she earned her Bachelor’s in Zoology with a minor in Psychology. Vanessa is also applying to veterinary school! She has two doggy children—a golden retriever named Osito and a cattle dog mix named Tripp. When she’s not at work, Vanessa enjoys being outdoors. Her favorite activities include backpacking and hiking with Tripp and her boyfriend, Michael, identifying wildlife skulls and bones she finds on hikes, taking her dogs to the lake and training for half marathons. In her spare time, she also loves helping people train their dogs—she was a dog trainer before joining the Hidden Valley family. Fun fact: Vanessa has been a vegetarian for over 9 years!

Alexxis Castrati

Alexxis of Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & Boarding

Alexxis grew up in Goldsboro and Pikeville, North Carolina and earned a B.S. in Biology from Mount Olive College, then moved to Raleigh to take a semester at NCSU to study animal anatomy and nutrition. Alexxis joined our team in 2008 and enjoys being surrounded by animals on a daily basis as well as being able to treat and prevent illness in the pet population. She has a Lab/Pitbull mix named Apollo, three cats named Pandora, Penelope and Midge, a chinchilla named Yoshimoto and a crested gecko named Kakarot. When not working, she and her husband, Anthony, enjoy going to amusement/theme parks. Alexxis also owns her own pet care business, Capital City Pet Care.

Madeline Hardison

Madeline at Raleigh Animal Clinic

Madeline joined the Hidden Valley team in 2013. She graduated from NC State University with a degree in Zoology for which she received a Bachelor’s in Science. She is also currently enrolled in Veterinary technician school through Penn Foster. Madeline is a native of Raleigh and resides with her husband Isaac and her puppy Gizmo, an adorable pug!

Madeline enjoys working in the veterinary medicine field because she gets to be a part of all the interesting cases that come through the door. She also likes helping people gain a better understanding of their pets and how they communicate. When Madeline is not at work you can find her reading, playing with her puppy, cooking or baking.


Missy Balmer

Missy of Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & BoardingMissy joined the Hidden Valley family as a groomer in 2014. Originally from Bronx, New York, Missy has been grooming since 1996. An experienced groomer, Missy has worked in various settings from veterinary hospitals to PetsMart and small privately owned grooming shops. Her favorite part of her job is working with people that care about the pets and their clients as much as she does.  Missy is married to her husband, Steve. Together they own two Chihuahuas, Peanut and Lilly, and are owned by three cats—Mittens and Mongoose and Krispy Kreme. In her free time, Missy enjoys reading and going to the beach with her furry children.

Animal Care Specialist

Lauren Branch

Lauren of Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & BoardingLauren grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and has been with Hidden Valley Animal Hospital since 2005. She enjoys helping co-workers as well as being with the animals. She owns three pets: Maxwell, a Tuxedo Domestic Short-haired cat; Scooter, a yellow Labrador; and Jelly Bean, a Siamese mix. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends and work on Sudoku puzzles.

Anna Ogburn

Anna of Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & BoardingAnna graduated from Fletcher Academy in 2005 and went on to attend Wake Technical Community College. She began her role as Animal Care Specialist at Hidden Valley Animal Hospital in 2010. Her favorite part about working in Veterinary Medicine is interacting with all of the animals and her co-workers. When not at work, Anna enjoys going to football games, playing with animals, spending time with family and surfing Facebook.

Kennel Attendant

Caitlin Anthony

Caitlin of Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & BoardingCaitlin Anthony joined the Hidden Valley Animal Hospital in October of 2016 as a kennel attendant. She grew up in High Point, NC and is currently studying at NCSU as a Biological Sciences (Pet-Vet) major. Caitlin has two Cocker Spaniels, Ollie and Bella, and a Lhasa Apso/Maltese mix named Huey, with whom she greatly enjoys spending time with outside of work, as well as hanging out with family and friends and reading. Her favorite part of working in veterinary medicine is helping to keep pets happy and healthy!

Taylor Barry

Taylor of Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & BoardingTaylor joined the Hidden Valley team in the summer of 2018. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Veterinary Bioscience. She has two adopted stray cats named Franky and Franny. As a kennel attendant at Hidden Valley, she enjoys caring for the animals, having new experiences everyday with something to learn, and spending time with people who have the same passion in the animal industry.
When she is not at work, Taylor can be found spending time with her cats, hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, reading books, and traveling to her home town of Moyock, NC. A fun fact about Taylor is that she grew up with not only dogs and cats but farm animals and back home she has a pet pig named Pickles!

Lynn Hall

Lynn of Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & BoardingLynn has been a part of the Hidden Valley team since the summer of 2015. Prior to working the Animal Healthcare industry, she had ten years of experience in Early Childhood Development. She is a native of North Carolina where she currently resides with her Husband Gray and her two pets, Lucy and Natalie. Lucy is a Boxer mix who loves to cuddle and Natalie is a Domestic Shorthair cat that loves no one except for her husband.
Lynn has a passion for nurturing animals and enjoys the unconditional love and loyalty of those animals she takes care of as a kennel attendant. She also really enjoys getting cold nose kisses from puppies anytime she wants! When she is not working at Hidden Valley, Lynn is spending time with her husband and family, reading, and spending time at the beach!

Lizzie Weeden

Lizzie of Hidden Valley Animal Hospital & BoardingLizzie became a Kennel Attendant at Hidden Valley in 2018. She grew up in Ann Arbor Michigan and she is half Australian! She is going to be entering into her senior year at NC State with a major in Animal Science with a concentration in Veterinary Bioscience. She also has a minor in French. The reason Lizzie joined Hidden Valley is that she enjoys being around animals every day. She unfortunately does not have any pets at home which is why she devotes her time at Hidden Valley taking care of the animals and loving on them!
When Lizzie is not at work, you can find her on the Latin dance floor as she is the co-director of NC State’s Latin dance team. She also runs in the cross country club at school.