In 2007 Sophia Varela started as a part-time kennel employee, but quickly moved up to full time kennel manager. Her enthusiasm and attention to detail to the pets under her care were evident from the very beginning.
Sophia quickly learned as much as she could while working full time as a Veterinary Assistant at the Small Animal Emergency Hospital in Vass and part time at Yadkin Park Animal Hospital. We are lucky to now have Sophia as a full time Veterinary assistant at Yadkin Park Animal Hospital for the last nine years.
Sophia has 2 cats she adopted from Yadkin Park Animal Hospital, named Conan and Ms. Z, and a dog named Lincoln whom she adopted locally. She is happily married and has 2 sons Kaleb and Donovan. When not working or attending soccer games, Sophia enjoys outside activities with her husband and sons.
Kathy has been with Yadkin Park Animal Hospital since 2007. She has a degree in Veterinary Technology/ Animal Science and 23 years experience in the veterinary field.
Kathy and her husband, who retired from the military in 2010, have 2 children and happily call Moore County their home now.
She and her family reside in Pinehurst with their 3 horses (M&M, Gunny, and Bet), 2 dogs (Ruby and Twizz), and 2 cats (Sassy and Xena).
Dr. Tony Ioppolo obtained his undergraduate degree in Animal Science with a minor in Chemistry from Louisiana Tech University in 2004. He then went back home to Baton Rouge Louisiana where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University in 2008.
After graduating from Veterinary School he worked with multiple large practices in New Orleans, LA, Columbus GA, and Auburn AL for a few years before settling down in Southern Pines, NC. In July 2011 Dr. Tony joined Yadkin Park Animal Hospital in Southern Pines NC. His clinical interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, ultrasonography, dermatology, and dentistry.
Dr. Tony Ioppolo also strongly believes in the benefit and importance of in home pet euthanasia when that time comes for dogs and cats.
Dr. Tony and his wife share their home with a rescued hound dog(Gabby), an adopted Yorkie(Finn) and a horse(Bayou).
Dr. Tony is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. He enjoys horseback riding (eventing), working out, playing golf, hiking, fishing, biking, the outdoors, and photography in his spare time.
Dr. Powers enjoys the everyday excitement and variety of practicing veterinary medicine and feels that people are the most important part of veterinary medicine. Her interests include internal medicine, dermatology, wound management, and feline medicine. Her professional passions include public health and zoonoses, and the One Health/One Medicine initiatives.
Currently living in the woods of Chatham County with her husband, Dr. Powers has two cats, seven chickens, and dreams of having a herd of goats one day.
Dr. Dan Nordland, the practice owner of Yadkin Park Animal Hospital in Southen Pines, NC., received bachelor degrees in Animal Husbandry and Dairy Husbandry from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture in Doylestown, Pa. in 1979. He then came to North Carolina and worked in the swine industry for N.G. Purvis Farms in northern Moore County for 9 years. During that time he married and had 3 children, Jo Anna, Joshua and Tommy. In 1988 he began his veterinary training at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. He received multiple honors and scholarships during his years in veterinary school including induction into the exclusive honor societies of Phi Zeta and Phi Kappa Phi. He graduated in 1992 with the highest grade point average in the class of 1992 and multiple offers to work as a veterinarian in the swine industry.
Dr. Nordland chose to move back to Moore County after veterinary school and go into small animal medicine due to his love for his own pets, and the satisfaction he derived from giving individualized care to these loving pets. He was hired as an associate veterinarian at Yadkin Park Animal Hospital in July of 1992. In 1994 he purchased 1/3 ownership in the practice. In 1995 he purchased a second 1/3 interest. Then, in 2007 he purchased the final 1/3 interest and became the sole owner.
Dr. Nordland loves what he does in all respects, but his favorite areas of medicine include orthopedic surgery, soft-tissue surgery and cancer chemotherapy. He regularly does hip, knee and elbow surgeries. His chemotherapy areas of expertise include mast cell tumors, lymphosarcoma, skin tumors in general and many more. He also enjoys endoscopy when it is needed. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Nordland lives with his wife, Terry and their 3 dogs, Carly(boxer), Rubie(beagle), and Lilie(walker hound) in West End. He enjoys hunting and fishing, motorcycle riding, blues music, throwing boomerangs, working out at the gym and has just begun playing the guitar.
Bobbie Knight has been in the Veterinary field for 17 years. She worked for another local Veterinarian for 5 years before joining Yadkin Park Animal Hospital in 1998. At Yadkin Park she has worked her way up to head Veterinary technician.
Bobbie is married and has a cute (red) boston terrier named Faith. Bobbie is very passionate about taking care of other people's pets as if they were her own.
Bobbie has been an active member of Grace church since 2002. When the the weather is nice she enjoys outside activities including walking and gardening.
Lou Smith started working at Yadkin Park Animal Hospital in April 1993 initially as a part time receptionist, then as a kennel assistant, a Veterinary assistant, and finally settled into a full time reception position a few years later.
Lou is married and has 3 children, 2 stepchildren, and 6 grandchildren. When she is not working or with family Lou's passion is clogging with the Quicksilver Cloggers group at festivals, rest homes, the state fair as well as free style competition. Lou considers Yadkin Park her "second home and family".
Dr. Jenny B. Powers has been practicing at Yadkin Park Animal Hospital in Southern Pines, NC since 1995 after graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. Dr. Powers received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and graduated magna cum laude from Meredith College in 1988.
A native of Roanoke, Virginia, the daughter of a physician and a medical technologist, and the youngest of 6 children, Dr. Powers grew up caring for animals and spending a lot of time at a goat farm tucked away in the hills of Southwest Virginia. There she worked alongside and was inspired by a mixed animal veterinarian, later volunteering in his clinic and joining him on farm calls. After graduating from college and before attending veterinary school, Dr. Powers worked for three years as a research technician at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the Department of Cell Biology and also worked as a wildlife intern at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
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Haley was born and raised in Pinehurst, NC. She started working at Yadkin Park Animal Hospital in July 2009 as a member of the Kennel Staff. With training she worked her way up to being a Veterinary Assistant and also a Receptionist as needed. Haley and her fiancé Austin are busy planning a wedding. They have a dog named Flash and a cat named Slate, which are both rescues. Along with her love of all animals, Haley enjoys spending time with family, wood-working and anything outdoors.
Pam Scott started at YPAH as a part-time kennel employee. Within a short time Pam became a full time employee and over the years has worked her way up to Veterinary Assistant. She is a hard worker who can be counted on to help whenever and wherever she is needed.
Pam has three daughters, Destiny, Cheyenne, and Amber who keep her very busy with their many activities and school. Pam loves the beach and makes sure to get there at least once during the summer for a family vacation.
Sandi Marts joined YPAH in 1989, running both the front desk and doing the billing. The wonderful mix of pets and people made this the "perfect job". As it became clear that management of a busy veterinary practice needed a full time person, Sandi became the office manager in 1998. She still very much enjoys the client interaction at the front desk whenever a receptionist is out for any reason.
A resident of Moore County since 1962. Sandi lives in Aberdeen with her two cats Precious Baby Doll and BeeCee. Sandi has two adult sons, Billy and Michael. Sandi is an avid reader, loves to garden and play both bridge and word games. Most of all she loves to spend time with her two grandchildren Katelyn and Jackson. (Grandchildren are so much fun we should have them first!)
Dr. Janet Johnston
Dr. Johnston graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 and prior to that, in 2005, received her pre-vet bachelors of science degree with a minor in chemistry from the University of Findlay.
Dr. Johnston moved to North Carolina In 2009 and with the help of several well-established small animal practitioners in Fayetteville transitioned from Equine medicine to Small Animal medicine. Her clinical interests include wound management, lameness evaluation and treatment, and soft tissue surgery.
Dr. Johnston currently lives in the county with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys horseback riding and training ex-racehorses to be hunter/ jumper prospects. She also enjoys tennis, hiking, camping, arts/crafts, and traveling.
Charlene always loved animals, but she didn't realize how much until she started working at Yadkin Park Animal Hospital in 2003.
Originally from Minnesota, she moved to NC in 1982 after briefly living in Idaho and California. She lives in Southern Pines with her cat, Abby. Charlene's daughter, Nicole and her husband, Jordan, also live nearby in Pinehurst. Her son, Ben, attends University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Charlene enjoys traveling, singing in the church choir, listening to music, playing trivia and reading.