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I am a veterinarian and Hospital Director for the Mountain Island Lake location. I am originally from Iowa; but I have lived in Iowa, Arizona, California, Missouri, and North Carolina. I am licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, and South Carolina. I also am licensed to teach high school science in Iowa!
I have two dogs, Maddie-a black Labrador Retriever and Tebow-a deaf, white Dogo Argentino/Pitbull mix (he was born deaf). Maddie is well-trained, Tebow—not so much!
I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was in grade school and junior high. My original path didn’t take me in that direction—I received a degree in teaching at the high school level, Biology. Rather than actually teaching, I started using my biology degree as a research technician. After several years, multiple moves, and a variety of research positions I went back to college for a Master of Education in Special Education. I taught grades 6-12 at a hospital school in Durham, NC. I moved again and started working at a science center in Iowa. I had an opportunity to listen to an astronaut speak about “Challenging Students to Pursue Their Dreams.” I started thinking about what my dream had been. I gave myself one year to get into one veterinary college. My acceptance letter was dated with my birthday!! I am blessed to be able to work in this field. I love it!
I am married and have an adult son, daughter-in-law and two delightful granddaughters. I enjoy reading and I like to paint. I use watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. I like all types of painting, but I really want to become skilled with watercolors.
Veterinary assistant/Tech assistant
This is Christina. She was born and raised in New York, but moved to Charlotte, North Carolina 4 years ago. She has a very shy, but sweet little rescue dog named Cherry. Christina has been working with the Riverbend family for over a year and is primarily a Technician Assistant. She is currently in Veterinary Technician school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Growing up, Christina has always had a great passion for animal care and she is thrilled to provide the best care for your fur babies!
Hope Cortez, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Hi friends! I am so excited to have joined the Riverbend family! I am brand new to both Riverbend and the city of Charlotte. I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and a recent family relocation has brought me to this beautiful state. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician in the states of North Carolina and Ohio. I have worked in Veterinary Medicine for over 10 years but practicing as an RVT at a hospital in Worthington, Ohio since 2009.
At home, my husband and I have two gray cats, Huckleberry Finn and Fionna, and two orange and white rabbits, Ceviche the magnificent lion and Pimiento Loaf. My favorite things include gardening, baking, travelling, scrapbooks, Christmas and quilting. I have had a passion for animals and wanted to work in Veterinary Medicine since I was 5. Since becoming an RVT my love for Internal Medicine become a passion as well as my love for geriatric patients. I look forward to many years of making new fuzzy friends, young and old.
Jasmine comes to us from Virginia originally and moved to North Carolina for her husband's job. She is very passionate about pets and pet parents and has been involved in the veterinary field for 18 years. She is a great addition to Riverbend family. She, her husband and her daughter live in Charlotte with their 6 dogs, Apollo, Casanova, Gypsy, Neptune, Nyomi, Ruger.