Veterinarians

Laurie Parish, DVM

Dr. Parish was born in Nashville, TN but her family moved to Wilmington when she was just 6 weeks old, so she considers herself a native. After graduating from New Hanover High, she moved to California to pursue her dream in photography. UNCW brought her back to Wilmington for a year before she transferred to UNC where she graduated with a BA in Art History.

While working at an art gallery in Chicago, she had an epiphany. She realized that she loves animals and she wanted to dedicate her life to helping animals - there is an interesting story about a horse associated with this life changing decision, you should ask her about it. She quit working at the gallery and started working in the kennel at an animal hospital in Chicago. A short time later, she started taking pre-veterinary courses. She transferred to NC State and applied to Vet school. Dr. Parish graduated from NC State in 2006 and has been working at Atlantic Animal Hospital ever since.

Michele Rohrer, DVM

Dr. Rohrer spent most of her life in North Carolina (Cherry Point and New Bern), except for the three years that her family was stationed in Tom's River, NJ. Michele's compassion and love for animals started very early. She was raised in a family with big hearts for animals. She cut her first tooth on the "rescue" dog Whiskers. She was biting his tail and he growled. She smiled and her tooth was finally showing!

When Michele was five, Santa brought a Play School Pet Hospital. She doctored all the neighborhood dogs and told everyone she was going to be Vet when she grew up. When her family took their pets to the Vet, she listened to every word they said and always had millions of questions. When her family went out on their boat, she insisted the dogs wear life jackets. During high school, she worked as a kennel technician and did a lot of pet sitting. She graduated from NC State in 1999 and moved to Wilmington. Prior to joining the Atlantic Animal Hospital team in June 2004, she had several years experience in both private practice and emergency medicine.

Karessa Schaffer, DVM

Dr. Schaffer and her family moved to Southeastern North Carolina in June of 2006, after she had graduated from Iowa State CVM in May of that year. Karessa hails from Madrid, a small town in Iowa. In high school, she started working in the kennel of a veterinary clinic and continued to work there for 9 1/2 years in a variety of positions, eventually becoming a veterinary technician. She had always had a love for animals, ever since Santa put black-n-white spaniel mix puppy in her first Christmas stocking.

Karessa is proud of her work, because she is responsible for strengthening the human-animal bond by helping sick animals feel better and helping healthy animals stay that way as long as possible. She enjoys working at Atlantic because every day is filled with new challenges for her and she enjoys the happiness and companionship that pets bring to their families.

Kara Duffy, DVM

Kara was born in Abington, PA and raised in Southern New Jersey. She grew up around animals and volunteered at small animal hospitals as well as a handicapped horseback riding facility.

She had the opportunity to visit the Wilmington area several times while she studied Veterinary Medicine at NC State. After finishing vet school, she went into private practice in California, but longed for the east coast and to be closer to friends and family. When Atlantic was looking for another vet, she jumped at the chance to live in this community. Kara's experience with her own pets as well as fostering many needy animals helps her to understand how owners feel about their animals. She loves helping people take care of their pets!

Chad Joplin, DVM

Dr. Joplin graduated from Ross University in 2014 and has spent the last few years as an associate veterinarian in Palm City, FL. In addition to his experience in general veterinary medicine, he has special interest in Osteoarthritis and orthopedics to include prevention, surgical intervention and rehabilitation. Dr. Joplin is currently pursuing his certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.

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