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Dr. Matt Parker travelled from Virginia to Florida, by way of North Carolina, where he developed his love for integrative medicine at Whole Pet Veterinary Hospital Davidson in Davidson, North Carolina. Skilled in both medicine and surgery, he integrates acupuncture, herbal medicine, and spinal manipulation to achieve outstanding results for his patients. While he loves all aspects of medicine, he is most passionate about nutrition and its role in wellness and disease prevention. Whole Pet Melbourne is so proud to have Dr. Parker spreading compassionate integrative medicine to the Space Coast!

VETERINARIANS

Matt Parker

Veterinarian

MANAGERS

Katerina Svigos

Owner/Manager
Katerina's Bio

From a young age, I was obsessed with helping those who couldn’t help themselves. As a kid, I would find injured animals on the side of the road and beg my parents to take them to the nearest hospital – In most cases, they would only do it to stop me from crying. I have always been an extremely compassionate, sometimes overly compassionate (if that’s even possible!) person. I grew up in a VERY Greek family and was taught to help those who cannot help themselves. I think my parents probably meant with people, but I went the animal route! The greatest thing about being in the veterinary field is now I can do both! I am definitely someone who will go above and beyond to help; even if I look crazy along the way, I’ll do it! I know the unconditional love people have for their pets because I have that same love with mine! I am beyond blessed with the opportunities that lay ahead and am excited to grow in the field that I hold closest to my heart.

Patient Care Team

Kara Spangler

Veterinary Assistant
Kara's Bio

Kara has always been a rescuer of birds & bugs & wildlife.

In grade school, like many of us, she was far more interested in watching the birds & bugs than paying attention in class.

But for Kara, it goes deeper than that- she is a true Empath, meaning that she actually feels the pain & emotions of not only the animals around her but also the people and plants!  She is very much in tune with nature and the environment and all of the energy and emotion in the world around her.

Kara truly lives to care for and heal the animals!

She has worked in several different career fields and jobs in her life, but her true calling and talent is loving and healing all living things around her.  She cares for her own aging pets (and grandparents), she cares for hospitalized patients, she nurtures tropical plants in a Virginia winter environment.  She teaches Yoga and is a Licensed Massage Therapist to help people heal.  She shares her experiences with nutrition and a clean living lifestyle to help improve the health & wellness of pets & their people.  She is a true healer in many ways.

Being so in-tune with the Earth (like a tropical plant) Kara does best when living in the warm sunshine at sea level closer to the equator.  Her recent relocation from Virginia to her ideal environment will make her even better!

Katie Boucher

Veterinary Assistant

Katie's Bio
Growing up Katie always wanted to work with animals. She would bring home lost pets to find the owners, strays to find homes, and even found and brought home a horse!

Katie feels lucky enough to have spent her whole adult life helping people help their pets.

She and her family moved to Florida from Connecticut to be closer to family. They enjoy spending time mountain biking and days at the beach. 

We feel so lucky to have found such a caring and skilled technician to help us care for your pets!

Client Care Team

Dawn LoCascio

Client Care Rep

Dawn's Bio
Dawn’s love of animals and her commitment to their wellbeing is what drives her passion to be the best she can for you and your pet. She is an advocate and volunteer for homeless and abandoned dogs, spending most of her free time giving back to those pups in need. Dawn and her husband Paul have been rescue warriors for years, logging long hours driving caravan transports, fundraising for non-profits, volunteering at local shelters here in Florida, back in their hometown of Chicago, and even in Mexico and Belize. She currently sits on the board of directors of Michigan based Great Lakes Boxer Rescue. Dawn is the proud Mama of a white Boxer, Lucy Belle, a Bull Mastiff Mix named Buster who hails from Belize and a Boston Terrier mix named Penny who reportedly makes very silly noises and gives hugs. Dawn enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and travel.

Management Team

Dr. Nicole Sheehan

Operating Veterinarian
Dr. Sheehan's Bio
Special Interests: General medicine and surgery, acupuncture, herbal and alternative medicine, orthopedics, cardiology

Education: The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio

Pets: Cooper and Skippy (dogs), Kaya and Simon (cats)

Dr. Nicole Sheehan has always had a love for and ability to communicate with animals since she was a young girl. After graduating from veterinary school and moving from Ohio to North Carolina, she felt at home in the area but not in her profession. She was blessed with mentors as a new graduate who pushed her to practice detailed and advanced medicine, but she wasn’t happy with her quality of life. As she started a family and also alternative treatments such as acupuncture, she sought different opportunities to improve her medicine and also her life. She found herself frustrated by inefficient systems and poor work cultures. Although her son was only one year old and she was pregnant with her daughter, she decided she had to do it differently. So she set up Whole Pet Veterinary Hospital in 2013 to create a place where she could pay her bills and still love going to work. Little did she know this would create so much more!

What resulted was a place where EVERYONE liked coming to work—where people are free to develop their skills and talents in an environment that is encouraging and supportive. Being free to learn and try new treatments, her clients were pushing her harder and harder to move beyond standard treatments that weren’t working to discover new medications that actually reversed the disease. As animals were healing permanently from chronic diseases, she joked that she was “the worse business owner in the world” because her patients were getting better and only needed to come back for yearly check-ups. She was wrong—her results brought her new clients from all over the state and eventually, phone consults all over the United States, as well as Europe, Australia, and Asia.

In seeing mostly second opinions (or what we lovingly call “sixth opinions”), with a careful history, thorough physical exam, and subtle changes in lab work, she has identified a handful of triggers for common diseases in animals. The mainstay of her practice is “Food First,” where high-level nutrition is used first to improve the health and balance of the body. Any signs of toxins or disease triggers are treated with herbal or pharmaceutical medication. While she identifies herself as a holistic Vvterinarian, she is willing to use whatever treatments give the best results, and so she still does surgery and chemotherapy when necessary. In the hospital, she will often use laser, ozone, PRP, and acupuncture to improve mobility and treatment outcomes.

After years of reversing chronic diseases that typically are considered irreversible, such as skin allergies, autoimmune disease, kidney failure, and paralysis, she has become convinced all diseases are treatable, including cancer. For example, she has successfully and fully treated her own dog’s heartworm disease with homeopathy, her cat’s kidney failure and hepatitis with herbal medicine, and her own autoimmune disease with herbs and meditation. This outlook on healing has greatly impacted the outlook of her clients and coworkers on their own health as well as the health of their animals. A common saying you will hear around here is, “Once you see it, you can never unsee it”.

Advanced Courses and Certifications:

  • Veterinary acupuncture
  • Chinese food therapy
  • Veterinary Chinese herbal medicine
  • Meridian autonomic testing (muscle testing)
  • Detoxification medicine
  • Tick- and vector-borne diseases
  • Abdominal and cardiac ultrasonography

Publications and Appearances:

  • Glycoflex National Commercial
  • VetriScience National Advisory Board
  • Veterinary Practice News
  • VetFolio Podcast
  • Fox News Rising
  • Charlotte Today

She recently has developed a way of sharing her treatment strategies outside of Whole Pet Veterinary Hospital through Nicole the Vet, where she highlights cases, offers classes to vet professionals, and speaks out about problems within the industry. Visit her on Facebook and Instagram at @nicolethevet and see videos on pet care and nutrition on YouTube at @nicolethevet. Be on the lookout in 2020 for her book on healing animals naturally, as well as new holistic veterinary hospitals in the area to serve more animals and people!

Jen Scott

Operations Manager
Jen's Bio
Jen started with the company after a background working with a mix of emergency and specialty hospitals and general practice in many roles from a technician, hospital administrator, and special acquisition teams. His passion was to always help better our industry and pair alongside a company to saw value in doing just that! So she quickly found her way to the Whole Pet family! Besides hospital management, she loves herself a squishy bulldog face and has 2 English Bulldogs (Monkey and Sanford) and 2 French Bulldogs (Oliver and Touki)!

Emily Frammartino

Assistant Manager
Emily's Bio
Emily has been with the Whole Pet family since the beginning! She has a passion for helping our new hospital teams get established and learn our Whole Pet approach. Emily lives in Charlotte, but you will often see her smiling face in our Wilmington location helping out. Besides her passion for veterinary medicine, she has 3 furkids, 2 cats (LoLo, Ollie), and a dog named Archie!