Brett Wood, DVM, MS, DACVS - Surgery
Dr. Wood earned a Master’s degree from Duke University in Resource Ecology. After 4 years in the US Army stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, he attended North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 2000. Dr. Wood completed both a one-year internship and three-year residency in small animal surgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine from 2001-2004, after which he became a board certified veterinary surgeon by passing the rigorous examination standards of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Wood has worked as a staff surgeon at practices in New Hampshire’s seacoast area, the Hudson Valley of New York, Albuquerque, NM and most recently Asheville, NC. His wife, who is originally from Morganton, NC, and daughter have also enjoyed being back in North Carolina surrounded by friends and family.
Dr. Wood’s training has included a wide range of soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurosurgery techniques. He is certified to perform the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) technique, Tibial Tuberosity Advancement procedure (TTA) and the new “tightrope” procedure for stabilization of cranial cruciate ligament tears. Dr. Wood was one of the first clinicians who introduced arthroscopy to the Northern New England Region region. He has a special interest and proficiency in oncologic (cancer) surgery, minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy) and neurosurgery.
Sharon Finster, DVM, DACVECC - Critical Care
Dr. Finster completed her DVM at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She went on to do a rotating medicine/surgery internship at Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Canada. While in Canada, she had many adventures including volunteering to help with the veterinary care on the 350 mile Canadian Challenge sled dog race. Dr. Finster came back to North Carolina State to complete her residency in emergency and critical care. She comes to us from San Francisco, California. Her special interests include high risk anesthesia, fluid resuscitation and emergency stabilization, and traumatic brain injury. In her off-clinic time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and bike riding.
Emily Rhoades, DVM - Emergency
Dr. Emily Rhoades is originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, and attended Guilford College for her undergraduate degree in Biology and Health Sciences. She attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Veterinary Medicine for her veterinary degree. Dr. Rhoades was Active Duty in the U.S. Army for five years after veterinary school. Dr. Rhoades enjoys multiple aspects of veterinary medicine but her special interests include critical care, internal medicine and soft-tissue surgery. During her time off, Dr. Rhoades enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, daughter and cat. She also enjoys running, cooking, and reading.
Laura Keener, DVM, CVA - Emergency
Dr. Laura Keener spent 4 years in Athens, Georgia, to complete her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She returned home to North Carolina and earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked as a student at VRHOH and had such a great experience that she returned as a doctor. During her first year in practice, she became certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA).
Dr. Keener loves getting to know her clients and their furry patients. She practices compassionate and comprehensive medicine. Her special interests include integrative medicine, critical care, neurology, and improving quality of life in geriatric patients. During her time off, she enjoys walks with her dogs and spending time with her family, including all her nieces and nephews!