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We love our patients like members of our own families.
About Us
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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. Kaitlyn Schei-Childs

DVM
Dr. Kaitlyn Schei-Childs grew up in sunny southern California. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Conservation Biology at UC Davis and earned her veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Kitts. She completed her clinical year at NC State. Dr. Kaitlyn is passionate about providing positive Fear Free veterinary visits, especially for high anxiety dogs and cats.
She lives with her loving boyfriend and their two dogs, Woody and Sky, a cat named Lucifer, and a bearded dragon named Khal Drogo. Outside of work, she can be found enjoying time outside with Woody, especially at lakes or the beach, enjoying live theater, bird watching, and volunteering with wildlife rehabilitation.
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Dr. Samantha Sangster

DVM
Dr. Sangster grew up in Louisville, KY, where she studied biology and chemistry at Georgetown College in the heart of horse country outside of Lexington, KY. She attended Tufts University for veterinary school in Grafton, MA. After graduating, Dr. Sangster participated in a large animal ambulatory medicine internship at Cornell University. She enjoys working with both large and small animal patients. Her clinical interests include internal medicine, parasitology, and dermatology. She moved to NC and joined the practice in 2021. When not in the clinic, Dr. Sangster enjoys spending time with her husband and their menagerie of animals.
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Dr. Dana Means

DVM
Dr. Dana Means grew up in Connecticut and attended Oklahoma State University for her undergraduate and veterinary degrees. She has worked as a small animal veterinarian for 30 years. She recently moved from McKinney, Texas, where she had a large clientele after working at the multi-doctor practice for 10 years. During this time, she devoted her interest to internal medicine with a passion for dermatology, geriatric medicine, and behavior.
She joined the Walnut Street Animal Hospital in December 2021. As an experienced veterinarian, she works hard to strengthen the human-animal bond while providing comprehensive wellness planning for all stages of your pet’s life, as well as diagnosis and treatment when illness may occur.

Dr. Means has four wonderful kids (two sons and two daughters) and two grandchildren. Two of her children live in Durham and work in human medicine. Another son is in his third year of OU medical school. Her youngest daughter is finishing her third year at the University of Alabama (ROLL TIDE). In her time off, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, working out, and making jewelry.
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Dr. Stacy Amelio

DVM
Dr. Amelio, originally from Chicago, moved to North Carolina to pursue her passion for working with animals. She attended NCSU for both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees - Go Wolfpack! Dr. Amelio has a passion for surgery and enjoys working with exotics. When not at work, she enjoys horseback riding, competing/training with her dogs, and photography.
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Dr. Phani Madhuri Mummareddi

DVM
Dr. Mummareddy has been practicing as a veterinarian in the USA since 2021. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from one of the reputed universities in India. Then, she worked as a large animal veterinarian for three years at animal husbandry in India. To pursue a higher degree and follow her passion for career advancement, she moved to the United States. She obtained her Master’s degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry from Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX.

After graduating from her Master’s program, she started volunteering at a few local hospitals in Houston while completing her clinical experience program. She earned her DVM in 2012. She then worked for three years as an emergency veterinarian in Pennsylvania. There, she gained extensive experience in emergency and critical care while working in a 24-hour clinic. Dr. Mummareddy moved to North Carolina in 2015 and has since worked as a general practitioner. Her professional interests include internal medicine, soft-tissue surgery, and preventative medicine, and she has a growing interest in ultrasound. Dr. Mummareddy is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the North Carolina Veterinary Medicine Association.

Dr. Mummareddy loves her job and strives to deliver high-quality medical care to enable happy and healthy patients to continually bring joy to their owners. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
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Dr. Patrick Brennan

DVM
BIO Coming Soon.
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Kayla Robinson

Chief Operations Manager
Kayla has been an integral part of our team since she graduated from Anderson University in 2018. She has gained experience with us in just about every role other than veterinarian and is happy to apply that knowledge to her current administrative position. As an aspiring veterinarian, she has always carried a passion for animal health and welfare, and that is evident in her compassionate care towards our patients and their humans alike. When she is not doing vet-related work, you can find her traveling, curled up with a new book, or exploring nature with her camera in hand.
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Sarah Clingenpeel

Administrative Director
Sarah is an NC State graduate with double majors in Animal Science and Applied Nutrition. She has lived with animals her entire life and has always had a special place in her heart for them. She has been with the company since 2019, and she loves her job. Not only does she have the opportunity to meet new people and pets on a daily basis, but she also gets to help those fur babies stay happy and healthy with their families. Her favorite things to do outside of work include spending time with her furry kiddos; two dogs named Ochi and Denali, and two cats named Juniper and George. When she’s not at work, you can find her hiking with her dog, or taking part in any other activities in which she can include them.
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Melani Tucci

Regional Manager
Delivering outstanding customer service has always been an essential part of a day’s work for Melani. Acting as Walnut Street Animal Hospital's Practice Manager, she uses her organizational skills to maintain smooth operations in a very busy work environment. Whether that involves helping answer phones as a receptionist, filling in as an assistant, or supervising client communications, she is always ready for what the day has to throw at her. Melani is a North Carolina native and has been with the company since 2019 and loved every minute of it. She is happily married to her husband, Stephen, and they share their home with two adorable kiddos: a very spoiled German Shepherd named Piper and an almost-just-as-spoiled toddler named Grayson. Melani is currently working toward two degrees and plans to continue her career at Walnut Street Animal Hospital for as long as they’ll have her. When she’s not at work taking care of you and your fur babies, you can find Melani with a paintbrush or a book in her hands, watching FRIENDS reruns, handling her photography business, or spending time with her family.
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Lucy Dombrowski

Surgery Technician
Lucy graduated from SUNY Farmingdale in 1982 as a New York State Licensed Veterinary Technician and has been in the veterinary industry for more than 35 years! She moved to North Carolina in 2008 and worked at Banfield for some years before joining the Walnut Street Animal Hospital family when it opened in the summer of 2016. She has been happily married since August of 1995 and has three dogs and three cats with her husband, Eric. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, needlecrafts, and gardening. She has even made some of the decor we have here in the clinic!
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Josie Whichard

Lead Assistant
Josie (pronouns: she/her) joined our team in March of 2021 while she was finishing up her Associate’s Degree at Wake Technical Community College. Since then, she has finished said degree and is taking a gap year before furthering it. She is an NC Native, and she currently lives with her life partner and their newly adopted fur child, Forest, who is hopefully only the first of many. She enjoys being outside, reading books, and crocheting, as well as learning about dinosaurs, red pandas, and true crime.
Jenna Hackett

Jenna Hackett

Lead Assistant
Jenna joined our team in 2021 and is an undergraduate student at NCSU. She is an animal science major with a pre-vet focus. She plans to attend veterinary school and spend her life working with animals. Jenna has two rescue dogs named Olaf and Marbles. She spends her free time painting and playing the piano, and her favorite animal is the sea cucumber.
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Brittney Hylton

Veterinary Assistant
Brittney is a recent graduate from North Carolina State University with a major in Animal Science and dual minors in Zoology and Nutrition. She has always loved animals and hopes to continue her education in Veterinary Medicine. She has experience in small animal emergency medicine and livestock management. When she isn't working, you can find Brittney spending time out in the water, hiking, or hanging out with her pups, Roxy, Duke, and Sadie.
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Ron Milano

Veterinary Assistant
BIO Coming Soon.
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Brittany Thompson

Assistant
Brittany has been working with animals since 2017, right after she graduated from high school. She worked as a kennel technician at a doggy daycare for years before joining our family at Walnut Street at the beginning of 2021. She loves every part of her job and earns a great deal of joy from working with our clients and their wonderful fur babies. She has three of her own fur babies at home: Payton Millie, Sylvester James Pussycat, and Willow Grace. Payton is a sweet, spoiled little pomeranian who definitely runs the house. She’s the queen of everyone and everything! Sylvester was adopted in 2021 and very quickly stole Brittany’s heart. He may only have one eye, but that doesn’t stop him from being adventurous and just as happy as a kitty could possibly be. Lastly, Miss Willow is another sweet pomeranian who just has to have things her way. If she doesn’t get what she wants, she’ll make sure it happens one way or another. She’s really the boss, that silly girl.
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Madelin Arbo

Assistant
Madelin is a veterinary graduate from the National University of Asunción in her home country of Paraguay. She is currently going through the educational equivalency certification program to practice veterinary medicine in the United States and is simultaneously working as a veterinary assistant. She especially enjoys soft tissue surgeries and likes understanding all of the puzzle pieces in a clinical case. Her favorite dog breed is a dachshund. She has two back home in Paraguay that live with her sister. Their names are Petunia and Mulan, and she misses them so much!
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Maddie Kuwada

Assistant
Maddie joined our team in 2021 and is currently a student at NC State University. She will graduate in May 2022 with two degrees in Animal Science and Poultry Science. In the Fall of 2022, she will be attending NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her goal is to work as a rural mixed animal veterinarian where she will be able to practice on both small and large animals. She has extensive experience working as a veterinary assistant in a variety of clinics in places such as Canada, Kansas, Nebraska, and Cary, NC. While she does have a particular interest in livestock (mainly cattle), she has been working in small animal clinics since high school. She has absolutely loved gaining new small animal experience here at Walnut Street Animal Hospital. In her free time, she shows beef cattle, milks dairy cows, and takes care of her spicy kitty: Tonks.
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Renee Sessoms

Assistant
Renee is a senior in Animal Science at NC State University and has been with us here at Walnut Street since 2021. She’s grown up with pets her whole life and has always had a passion for working with animals. She has worked as an assistant for the past five years, throughout high school and college, at previous animal hospitals. She feels honored to have been given the opportunity to do what she loves and take care of your precious fur babies.
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Brenda Lovic

Assistant
Brenda has been with our company since June of 2020 and can be found bouncing between a few of our sister locations. She studied nursing and political science at UNC-Wilmington and has worked most of her career as a registered nurse. In 2018, she began with PAWS of Hertford County and fell in love with nursing sick animals. Since then, she’s become more and more passionate about her job. She is currently studying to become an RVT and has a strong interest in veterinary sonography. She is an avid volunteer for political campaigns, Operation Catnip of Raleigh, and even a social services agency. Her own fur babies are pictured with her here: Xena (L) and Snickers (R) and she loves them more than anything!
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Kimmie Crow

Assistant
Kimmie joined our team in 2021 and is currently a senior at North Carolina State University. She is majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in Veterinary Bio-Science and a minor in Zoology. Since the age of 5, she has been very passionate about animals and wanted to work with them. During her free time, she likes to take her two dogs, Mojo and Auggie, on hikes at the park. She also enjoys traveling and exploring new places and cultures.
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Jada Davenport

Assistant
Jada has been a member of our team since 2021 and is currently a student at NC State. She has a plethora of different animals, and her home is nicknamed “The Zoo”. She is owned by a dog, cat, snake, frogs, bearded dragon, cockatiel, fish, and a rabbit. She loves her job and the amazing work that she gets to do! Her favorite activities outside of work include equestrian activities, weightlifting, and spending time with her family and her fur/scaly babies.
Kameron Turlington

Kameron Turlington

Assistant
Kameron is from Clinton, North Carolina. He has always had a genuine love for animals, which sparked his interest to further his studies in Animal Science at Sampson Community College. This provided an opportunity to earn several years of experience at a local veterinary clinic. After obtaining experience in all aspects of pet health and care, he decided to pursue a career in an animal hospital, which brought him to Walnut Street Animal Hospital in 2021. He strives to provide the most efficient and professional care while providing his patients’ families with the knowledge needed to maintain a happy and healthy pet. Kameron lives with his family in Clinton, NC. The household also includes his mother’s dog and sister's three cats, but most of all, his beloved miniature dachshund, Daisy. He enjoys spending time with friends, bonding with family, and enjoying the outdoors with Daisy.
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Brittani Rainess

Assistant
Brittani has been a member of our team since 2020 and is currently a veterinary student at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in the Lake Norman area, and she loves spending time in the water. She’s lived in Raleigh for seven years now and graduated in 2015 from NC State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science - minoring in nutrition.

She has a soft spot for dachshunds and currently owns two named Dobby and Draco. She loves working with animals and holds a special interest in emergency medicine. She can’t wait to help your fur babies during their next visit!
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Brooke Bramante

Assistant
Brooke graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with a concentration in Animation/Interactive Design) and a minor in Natural Science. She is now a student at NC State University taking the necessary prerequisites to apply to vet school. She has an Australian Shepherd at home named Oakley and a cat named Nimbus, and she enjoys camping and hiking with both of her pets in her free time.
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Joseph Bonin

Assistant
BIO Coming Soon.
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Jimmie Smith

Lead Receptionist
Growing up on a farm with horses, chickens, goats, cats, and dogs, Jimmie developed a deep passion for caring for all types of animals. She is currently working on her Veterinary Technician degree in hopes of one day becoming a Practice Manager. Jimmie lives with her boyfriend, Nick, and they own a dog named Gibbs and a kitty named Cricket. Cricket is a little obsessed with Gibbs, and they are the cutest together! Jimmie joined the team in 2020 and hopes to continue to make great connections with clients and patients for years to come.
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Danietta Gayton

Receptionist
Dani grew up in the heart of the Black Hills in South Dakota, right at the base of Mt. Rushmore in Rapid City. She moved to Cary in the summer of 2021 and started looking to follow her passion for animal care. She joined the Walnut Street Animal Hospital team in November of 2021 and has been incredibly grateful for the opportunity to learn about and care for the multitude of patients that they serve.

Dani lives in Cary with her husband, Logan, her two Miniature Australian Shepherds, Nyx and Calypso, her cat, Oliver, and is welcoming her first child in the Spring of 2022. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and fur babies and is an avid reader.
Kellie Panek

Kellie Panek

Receptionist
Kellie has been a receptionist at Walnut Street Animal Hospital since 2021. She is originally from New York and she loves animals, softball, and fishing. She has two loving and playful cats named Jojo and Archie. “Pets may not be with us forever, but we are their forever”.
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Taylor Mallory

Receptionist
Taylor has lived in NC for about five years, and her love for fur babies has only grown bigger and bigger each day. She loves to foster animals until they find their forever homes! Taylor joined the team in 2022, and she is so excited to connect with our wonderful clients and their furry kiddos.
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Lindsay Collins

Receptionist
Lindsay joined our team in 2021 and has always had a passion for animals. She has two dogs of her own; a pit bull named Harley Davidson and a Newfoundland mix named Chief. She hopes to go back to school in the near future to become a licensed veterinary technician. When she’s not at work, you can find her volunteering with her church or spending time with her fur babies.
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Rebecca Adamik

Receptionist
BIO Cooming Soon.
Choosing us as your pet’s

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.
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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.
Hospital Hours
Mon-Sun: 8:00am - 7:00 pm