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, 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. 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 or in your exam room as she wears several hats. 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 but enjoying what she does. 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! Her family includes her husband Jeff, adult children Myers, Sam & Helen, & many pets. She loves photography & training dogs.
Paula is the business practice 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, & many pets. Paula enjoys playing piano and organ at First Baptist Church, Rockwell, graphic arts, flowers, tiramisu, & playing with animals.
Sam is a local gal who grew up in Endy, NC (where's that?) and graduated from West Stanly High School (okay - so near Albemarle). Sam also went to SCC to study business. She has extensive experience working as a veterinarian assistant. She joined our team in December, 2016. Sam is married to her husband, Jake, has a beautiful toddler boy and baby girl, and if that doesn't keep her busy enough, she can look to her dogs Fenway Park, Willow and Ivy Lou or her cats, Kelso and Peaches for extracurricular activity.
Brianna is home grown right here in Mt. Pleasant, NC, so many of you already know her! She graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 2010 and married Jason in October 2017, just two months after coming to work for us. Brianna also enjoys the company of her 3 year old lab Jace, her quarter horse, Eli, paint horse, Chopper and her newest equine addition, Denver. Brianna enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends, traveling to new places and riding her horses.
Mattie grew up in Concord, NC. She was home schooled and graduated in 2012. She joined our Mount Pleasant team in 2019. In addition to her German Shepherd, Piper, Mattie has her dog, Bella, and 2 horses, Sammy & Rooster. In addition to spending time with friends and family, she loves horseback riding and anything outdoors.
Josh is a 2012 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School. He grew up playing first baseball and then football. Josh received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Liberty University. He fills in here at Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital when we need extra help. We are very glad to have him as part of our team!
Front Desk Manager
Mack was found by a client, hiding in a ditch, thin, covered with fleas and with 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 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. He endured bandaging the area twice daily for 6 weeks. He pulled through his awful ordeal and has been living the good life ever since!