IN LOVING MEMORY: LOUIE V
CEO & Local Ambassador
With great heartbreak and sadness, on July 15, 2020, our Mt. Pleasant Animal Hospital staff said goodbye to the greatest mascot and most awesome cat who blessed us, blessed our clients, walked our hallways with satisfaction, with the sense of belonging, and with the sense of knowing that this hospital and us all, were his. Louie first came to us by walking in through an opened door. For weeks, staff kept putting him back outside, only to have him walk back in. So, officially on May 10, 2012, they gave up and let him become a permanent resident of Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital. Louie would often sit at the dog door and greet clients and their dogs, often confusing them of why he would do this. Louie often would jump up and lay down in a client's lap while they were sitting on the couch in our lobby, stroking his back. RIP: May 10, 2012-July 15, 2020. IN OUR HEARTS May 10, 2012-FOREVER. We LOVE you, LOUIE, YOU ARE the GREATEST!
DR. DENNIS ORR
Dr. Orr received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 1986. He also received a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky and is an avid Wildcats fan. Dr. Orr enjoys being in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family members including wife Paula, his son, Josh, who helps us out at the animal hospital, and his son Dustin and his wife, Laura and their son, Diego, who are both veterinarians in Puerto Rico.
Registered Veterinary Technician
You may meet Barb when you call to discuss dentals or surgeries as Barb, our registered technician, assists during these procedures. Barb began working for our hospital in 2011, and we greatly appreciate her and her easy to get along with attitude. She grew up outside of Buffalo, NY, and is happy to be living in North Carolina with her family Mack, her adorable terrier/Chihuahua mix, River, a Golden Retriever, and her cat, Jr. Barb has worked in 7 states and 2 countries, and her hobbies include kayaking and camping.
You may meet Michelle at our front desk as she has been the face of Mt. Pleasant Animal Hospital to our clients for many, many years and knows most of them and their pets by name. Michelle grew up in New Symere Beach, FL and Concord, NC. She graduated from High School and then attended CPCC for 2 years. She began working with Dr. Orr in 1988. Michelle enjoys reading and painting. Family life includes her two sisters, two nieces, one nephew, and a multitude of great nieces and nephews. And of course pets including boston terriers, dachshunds, tortoises, a cat and multiple birds.
You may not always see McKenzie because she is often in the back in her boots and apron often wet, taking care of our boarders and grooms whom she personally gets to know and cares about. McKenzie grew up in Kannapolis, NC and graduated from A.L. Brown High School. She attended Montreat College for 1 year and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College for 2 years. Kenzie began working for us in 2015. Her two-legged family consists of her husband, CJ. Her four-legged family consists of her dogs, Jack & Boomer. McKenzie enjoys going fishing, raising chickens, growing plants, & playing with animals.
Nita is a familiar face to the community of Mt. Pleasant/Concord. She graduated from Concord High School in 1986 and received her Early Childhood college degree at Pfeiffer University after which she taught at Irvin Elementary School. Nita worked with Dr. Orr 30 years ago before teaching, and now that she is retired from teaching, she came back in 2018 to work part-time for him! She brings an enthusiastic and compassionate spirit with her to work. Her family includes her husband Jeff, adult children Myers, Sam & Helen, & many pets. She loves photography & training dogs.
Robin approached us in October of 2020 seeking a part-time receptionist position, and we gladly accepted her in due to her 27 years of experience in veterinary management. Robin was born in Lexington, KY, home of the Kentucky Wildcats who have the most victories in NCAA Division I men's college basketball. Robin's family then moved, and she grew up in West Virginia, a beautiful place. In 1993, she moved to Greensboro, NC. Robin is currently enjoying part-time retirement life with her husband and adult children. Most of their time is spent at their farm, the lake and the beach where they love to fish. Robin has an Australian Shepherd named Layla, 1 horse, 1 donkey, 2 cats, chickens and a few rabbits.
Paula is the business manager/payroll & tax person/web designer/ landscaper, etc. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received her B.S. in Economics and Finance from the University of Kentucky where she also found Dr. Orr. They both are extreme "Big Blue" fans. Paula and Dr. Orr have two sons, Dustin and Joshua, daughter-in-law Laura, a wonderful grandson Diego & many pets. Paula enjoys playing piano and organ at First Baptist Church, Rockwell, graphic arts, flowers, tiramisu, & playing with animals.
Sam began working at Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital in December of 2016. She came to us with an excellent set of skills in both medicine and emergency essential needs. Sam grew up in Endy, NC, and graduated from West Stanly High School in 2007. She also attended Stanly Community College. Sam is married to Jake, has 3 beautiful children, 3 dogs-Willow, Ivy Lou & Fenway Park and 2 cats - Kelso and Peaches. Sam used to enjoy the outdoors and traveling, but now with 3 kids, has no hobbies anymore except spending time with her friends and family!
Brianna, or Bri, as the staff, who all love her, affectionately call her, grew up right here in Mount Pleasant. She graduated from Mount Pleasant High School. Bri came to work for us in August of 2017. In October of 2017, she married her husband Jason. Bri has 3 horses - Eli, Chopper and Annie - who keep her quite busy. She also has a black lab named Jace. Her hobbies include camping, horseback riding, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
Mattie united with Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital in April of 2019, and has been a great addition to our team with the ability to quickly take on responsibility. Mattie grew up in Concord, was home-schooled and graduated in 2012. She has 2 horses, Sammy and Rooster, a donkey named Frannie and 2 dogs, Piper and Uggie. Mattie enjoys spending time with family and friends, enjoys spending time on her farm in Rockwell, and enjoys trips to the mountains and beach.
Morgan joined our team in January 2020 and has been a hard worker since then. She was born in southern Illinois and moved to NC in 2014. She graduated from high school in 2020 and is studying at Penn Foster College to become a registered veterinary technician. In her spare time, Morgan enjoys reading, spending time outside, walking with her dogs and traveling. She has 3 dogs, 7 rabbits and 7 chickens.
Meredith, who wants to pursue a career as a veterinarian, began working part-time for us in August 2020 to gain knowledge and experience in the field. She grew up in New London and graduated from North Stanly High School in 2019. She is currently an undergraduate student at NC State University with a double major in Poultry and Animal Science. Meredith has 3 dogs and 2 cats. She comes from a family of healthcare professionals which led her to choose a healthcare field....just on the animal side!
Josh began working part-time at Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital in 2016. He graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 2012 and from Liberty University in 2017. Josh is always willing to help out where needed, whether it be helping with borders or assisting when we are short-staffed, or helping maintain our outside areas as well as helping with assembly of new equipment or furniture. Josh enjoys hiking and riding four-wheelers, and is an advocate for PANS/PANDAS.
Front Desk Manager
Mackgyver, affectionately referred to as Mack, was found by a client in 2012. He was hiding in a ditch. He was thin, covered with fleas and had a very large bullet hole in his stomach. Although his injury was huge, he was still in good spirits and had a strong will to live. He caught the heart of Barb as well as the rest of the staff, and with 2 surgeries, his wound was repaired using a piece of common screen door screen. The screen was sewn into his stomach to hold his intestines in place. Mack had to endure bandaging the area twice daily for 6 weeks. He pulled through his awful ordeal and has been living the good life ever since with Barb.
Entertainment Hostess/Cat Carrier Inspector
Louna was born in Mount Pleasant in the summer of 2020, but at a very young age, decided to set out on her own. She came as far as our hospital and asked us to put her up for the night as it was a cold November evening. After a month, as the weather continued to be chilly and she forgot where her house was, she asked us for a job. So we agreed, and she became our entertainment hostess and inspector of cat carriers. Best of all, she works for treats. She is also an expert hunter of lizards. Louna enjoys (loves) water, sinks, faucets and fountains.