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Conveniently located in Cary, North Carolina, we provide a wide range of high-quality veterinary care services for dogs and cats throughout the region, including Raleigh, Apex, and Holly Springs.

Mission Statement

At Walnut Street Animal Hospital, we believe in providing high-quality veterinary services for dogs and cats at affordable prices. We love our patients like members of our own families, and their owners love our fair rates.
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Our Team

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Dr. Sunil Kakarla

DVM, Ph.D., Owner
Dr. Sunil Kakarla, an experienced and compassionate veterinarian in Cary, NC, grew up in India. After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine in India, he practiced as a companion animal veterinarian for five years in a metropolitan city in India. He moved to the United States in 2005 with a passion for practicing high-quality veterinary medicine in an advanced setting. During that process, he pursued his MS and Ph.D. in a renowned lab at Marshall University in West Virginia.

As a graduate student, Dr. Kakarla performed cutting-edge research and had several high impact publications to his credit. While pursuing graduate studies, he simultaneously completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) in 2010. Soon after this accomplishment, he began volunteering at several local animal hospitals. He completed his clinical experience program and obtained his license to practice in the US the same year.
In 2011, after graduating with a doctoral degree, he joined a small animal practice in Durham/RTP where he established a huge clientele and treated about 6000 to 7000 pets per year.

With his continued passion to provide the best quality veterinary care, he joined the state-of-the-art Walnut Street Animal Hospital in June 2016. As a veterinarian in the RTP area of NC, he strongly believes in quality care for pets and in being available to his patients when needed.

Sunil Kakarla is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and has special interests in dermatology and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as emergency medicine. Dr. Kakarla is married and has a son and a daughter. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, including his 1-year-old Golden-Doodle, Brownie, and a 4-year-old Poodle, Milky. He enjoys serving his community by actively helping rescue groups and shelter pets, and in his free time, he plays volleyball.
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Dr. Victoria Hopson

DVM
Dr. Hopson is a native of North Carolina and is originally from Chapel Hill. Before pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian, she proudly served her country as a member of the US Army, the US Army Reserves, and the Army National Guard.

She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University, majoring in Biology with minors in both Spanish and General Chemistry. Dr. Hopson is a graduate of NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and has been working as a small animal clinician for the past 12 years. During that time, she developed a very large and loyal client base.
She has a special interest in feline medicine and is ecstatic to be a part of the Walnut Street Animal Hospital team. She and her husband are proud parents to a son, a daughter, and a very opinionated Pit Bull named Diamond.
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Dr. Radhadkrishna Para

DVM
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Kayla Robinsons

Regional Finance Manager
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Caitlin Keane

Vet Tech
Hey there! My name is Caitie and I have been working as a veterinary technician at Walnut Street Animal Hospital since July of 2019. I grew up right here in North Carolina and spent my childhood playing and working on various farms. I have three rescue fur babies: Dutchess, a thirteen-year-old pit bull mix, Indigo, a one-year-old blue heeler, and Apache, a ten-year-old paint horse. I am currently in college, and my lifelong dream is to go to NC State Vet School to become a veterinarian.

When I am not doing school work, I love going on adventures, like hiking and riding with all of my animals. I care about every pet that comes through our hospital just as much as I care about my own, and I look forward to treating, loving, and supporting each and every one’s unique needs.
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Mary Clarke (MC)

Technician
My name is Mary Clarke (MC), and I'm a Raleigh native who has been with Walnut Street Animal Hospital since May of 2019, primarily working with our surgery patients. I graduated from NC State in 2019 with a double major in Animal Science and Spanish, and I am now a student at NC State's vet school (class of 2023). I plan on working as a mixed animal veterinarian when I graduate because I love farm animals (especially cows) in addition to cats and dogs.

Outside of work you can find me playing Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, fostering for Wake County Animal Shelter, and spending time with my friends (and their pets). 
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McKenna Willoughby

Technician
Hi! My name is McKenna, and I have been a veterinary technician at WSAH since August 2018. I graduated from NC State with a B.S. in Animal Science, and I hope to eventually go to veterinary school.

While I love all animals, I am a major cat lover and have two of my own (Juniper and Paprika). Outside of work, I love hiking, rock climbing, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and cuddling with my cats.
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Brittany Bell

Vet Tech
Hey, y’all! My name is Brittany Bell, and I’ve been with the hospital for a little over a month. I am currently going to school to earn my degree and hopefully become an RVT.

My husband, Josh, and I moved here after he got stationed at Fort Bragg, and we live here with our four fur kids: Two dogs (Duke and Koda) and two cats (Copper and Gigi). In our free time, we love going hiking, swimming, and hanging out on the beach. We also enjoy lazy days on the couch watching movies, especially when it’s cold out. Taking care of animals is a huge passion for me, and I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful hospital!
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Sarah Clingenpeel

Lead Technician
Hi there! My name is Sarah, and I am a senior at NC State University with double majors in Animal Science and Applied Nutrition. I’ve lived with animals my entire life and have always had a special place in my heart for them. I love my job, which gives me the opportunity to not only meet new people and pets but also help fur babies stay happy and healthy with their families.

My favorite things to do outside of work include spending time with my pets, hiking with my dogs, and taking part in any other activities that I can include them in.
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Cierra Gould

Technician
Cierra is a proud Chicagoan who relocated to the Triangle area two years ago and joined the amazing Walnut Street team as a technician in January of 2019. She appreciates how earnestly a dog can look you right in the soul, and respects the authority of cats. There's only so much she'd rather be doing than learning about and caring for animals. Her other passions include art, coffee, and singing 80's ballads to her goofy cat, Stevie Nicks, who just so happens to be really into that sort of thing.
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Mackenzie Foster

Technician
I moved to Raleigh to attend NC State University in August 2019, and I began working at Walnut Street Animal Hospital the same month! I have two hound mixes, Sophie and Zelda. Sophie and I’s favorite thing to do is go hiking, while Zelda prefers Netflix and lots of attention! Animals have always held a huge part of my heart and I could not imagine a life without them! Since I started working at the hospital, I have developed a strong passion for caring for animals. I am incredibly grateful to be a part of such a wonderful, compassionate hospital!
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Leticia Gross

Registered Technician
I have been working at WSAH since June 2020. I am a proud Brazilian and I moved to the US in August 2019. Following my passion for animals, I graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2017 in Brazil. After graduation, I completed a residency in Poultry Pathology. After working for 2 years with chickens in Brazil I missed the connection with pet owners and their little ones and so I decided to pursue a position in a small animal hospital. I love client education and helping to provide the best care to their furry loved ones. I am so happy to be part of such an amazing team!  

I am working towards transferring my DVM license to the US, so when I am not studying for that, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our lovely doodle named Bento. My husband and I also love traveling to new places or going to the South of Brazil to visit my family and friends.
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Lucy Dombrowski

Surgery Technician
I have been in the veterinary business for 35+ years. I graduated from SUNY Farmingdale in 1982 as a New York State Licensed Technician and moved to North Carolina in 2008. I worked at Banfield until 2016, then started working with Walnut Street when it opened in the summer of 2016. I am happily married (since Aug. 1995) and we have 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a guinea pig. In my spare time I enjoy reading, needle crafts, and gardening.
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Madison MacDonald

Technician
Hello! My name is Madi and I have been a technician here at Walnut Street Animal Hospital since August of 2020. I am currently a junior at NC State University studying Animal Science, though my dream is to continue on to become a veterinarian! Although I don’t have any fur babies of my own, I am grateful that I have the privilege to give love and help to all of our patients here! Since my family lives in the good ‘ol state of Indiana, this hospital has definitely become my home away from home, and I am so lucky to be a part of this wonderful team!
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Muhammad Haddad

CSR/Technician
Melani has been with our company since August of 2019 and has a very apparent love for the animals we work with. Melani and her fiance have their own baby at home: a two-year-old German Shepherd Mix named Piper Jane. They often enjoy hikes together, playing fetch with a tennis ball or simply working on some of Piper's tricks. In her downtime, Melani enjoys playing music, drawing, painting, or reading a good book. Melani is currently in school to earn her license as a Veterinary Technician and plans to be with us here at Walnut Street for a very long time!
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Brenda

Technician
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Brittani Rainess

Technician
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Abigail Turik

Assistant Technician
I began working at Walnut Street Animal Hospital in September 2020, while working towards earning my B.S degree in Animal Science at NC State. I began my college career at ECU studying biology but followed my passion for animals to NCSU in January 2020. When I’m not assisting our wonderful team of veterinarians, I am spending time with my loved ones, working on various DIY projects, or pet sitting. Back home, my family has a full house of animals, including two Labrador Retrievers, “Paisley” and “Bear”, a German Shepherd mix, “Finn”, and two orange tabby cats, “Caboose” and “Neo”
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Joseph Bonin

Kennel Technician
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Sayee Shruthi

Assistant
I have been in the veterinary business for 35+ years. I graduated from SUNY Farmingdale in 1982 as a New York State Licensed Technician and moved to North Carolina in 2008. I worked at Banfield until 2016, then started working with Walnut Street when it opened in the summer of 2016. I am happily married (since Aug. 1995) and we have 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a guinea pig. In my spare time I enjoy reading, needle crafts, and gardening.
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Joshua Kozuch

Assistant
Hi, my name is Josh and I have been with Walnut Street Animal Hospital since August of 2020. Originally I went to school at Appalachian State University to pursue a degree in Music Industry Studies with a concentration in Music Production and Recording. Through a couple of big life changes, I realized my true calling of working with animals. My family has a 14-year-old Golden Retriever/Husky mix named Katryna and a 6-year-old Peach Pointe Siamese named Peanut. When not at work I love singing, making music and art, thrifting, writing, camping, and hiking, and I am also a drag performer. I hope to one day move to Iceland! 
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Kassandra Uribazo

Assistant
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Brooke Bramante

Assistant
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Kayla Franz

CSR
I am a CSR for Walnut Street Animal Hospital. I own a dog named Ellie and two cats named Miyagi and Jib. I have always loved caring for animals ever since I was little and my mother got me my very first pet, a guinea pig. From there, my love for animals has only blossomed. I am from Maryland, and growing up, I did a lot with horses and would even compete competitively in barrel racing. I am always outdoors with my pup and she always knows how to put a smile on my face. A treat is the easiest way to put a smile on hers!
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Deanna Morgan

CSR
Hello! My name is Deanna and I have worked at Walnut Street Animal Hospital since June 2020. My passion to care and advocate for animals of all kinds started when I was very young. Walnut Street Animal Hospital has given me new inspiration to pursue further education and I plan to go to school to become a licensed veterinary technician. In the meantime, I am working towards becoming a volunteer with the American Humane Society. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, catching up on my favorite Netflix shows, and snuggling with my fur baby Ophelia, an 11-year-old cat my spouse and I adopted from the Wake County Animal Shelter. 
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Holly Bonacci

Lead CSR
Hi, I’m Holly! I am the Lead CSR at Walnut Street Animal Hospital. I have been here for just over a year. I tend to all our clients both furry and furless. I believe that the customer service and communication aspect of our hospital(s) is just as vital as the amazing pet care we provide here. I moved from Pennsylvania three years ago and have loved every minute of it! I am happily married and we are blessed with our daughter. I have two chi chi babies named Luigi and Tiki, I also have an old man kitty cat named Blake. 
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Cecily Wainschel

CSR (Receptionist)
My name is Cecily and I have been working at Walnut Street Animal Hospital as a CSR since August. I graduated from Salem College last year with a degree in Nonprofit Management and my dream is to someday run a senior dog rescue. When I am not at work, I like to do yard work, watch the 49ers win, and take naps. I have two stinky dogs, Hank and Ruca, and one grumpy kitty, Wheezy (not pictured). I love working at WSAH because I know that every animal who walks through the door is getting the best care possible.
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Sarah Latus

CSR
Hello! My name is Sarah and I have been with Walnut Street since July 2020. I'm originally from Rochester, NY. I have an awesome chocolate lab named Scout and during my time outside of work I like to read books, travel, collect crystals and spend time at the beach!    
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Lauryn Bainbridge

CSR 
Hello! My name is Lauryn and I have been a CSR at Walnut Street since August 2020. I am currently a Junior at NCSU with a major in Zoology and a minor in Wildlife Sciences. I hope to one day become a researcher for endangered species. For right now though when I’m not at work you can find me hanging out with my adorable goober of a kitty, Bubba, doing anything outdoors like hiking or kayaking, and cheering on anything a State team is competing in, GO PACK! I love being a CSR at Walnut Street so I can help people get the information and service that they and their furry family members need.
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Sreevansh Mareddy

Assistant
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Melani Scheppele

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Veterinarian in Cary

Walnut Street Animal Hospital provides top-of-the-line veterinary services for dogs and cats in Cary, Raleigh, Apex, Holly Springs, and the surrounding areas.