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Erica Duchesne, RVT- Practice Manager

Erica DuchesneErica was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Cary, NC. She graduated from CCCC in 2004 with an Associate of Science degree and is a Registered Veterinary Technician licensed by the state. She joined our team in November 2016, but previously worked with Dr. Gibbs at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital from 2005 to 2011. For the past five years she has been managing a veterinary hospital in Cary. Erica lives with her husband Lucas and their 2 children, Olivia and Nora. They have 2 dogs (Berry & Gaston) and 1 cat (Garfield). In her spare time, she enjoy's riding horses with her husband, who is a professional horse trainer.


Sarah Partin, RN

Veterinary assistant Sarah has been with us since October of 2009 and has worked professionally with animals since 2002. 

 She has a bachelor of science in animal science from North Carolina State University. She obtained her RN degree from Duke University and currently works at Duke University Medical Center. She continues to work at Hilltop in a part time capacity.

"I enjoy working at HillTop Animal Hospital because I love the staff and doctors. We form a cohesive and skilled team. We offer a wide range of services to our clients and patients and I like working in a fast-paced environment because that means we are able to care for so many pets," she said.

Sarah has two dogs, Cheyenne and Cassie. She spends most of her free time in the great outdoors, taking her dogs to area parks and hiking local trails. "I ride horses with friends any chance I get, and on weekends off I travel to either the beach or mountains with friends and family."


Kareema Purmul

Kareema joined our team in March, 2015 as a Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist.  She attended Miller-Motte College where she graduated to be a Veterinary Technician in 2014, at this time she also completed an externship in large animal medicine. She plans on taking her VTNE this year to become a Registered Technician in North Carolina. She enjoys working at Hilltop Animal Hospital with her peers and feels the skill and experiences obtained has enabled her to provide better care for pets including her own. In her free time she competes in local barrel races with her horse ‘Bully’, which they both enjoy together.


Brittany Saad

Brittany has been a veterinary assistant at Hilltop Animal Hospital since 2005 and has been working professionally with animals for the past 15 years. She has an undergraduate degree in animal science from North Carolina State University and completed an internship in equine sciences. Brittany is an advocate for matters pertaining to equine welfare.  She started her own equine welfare nonprofit, Love of Lacey Equine Rescue, where she cares for abused and abandoned horses. 

"I love working at HillTop Animal Hospital because the staff really is like a family. Dr. Gibbs has shown us how to provide excellent medical care to all our patients. The level of care has increased so much since he brought the practice, it is a privilege to work among such professionals," she said.

Brittany has a great dane named Riley; an American Straffordshire terrier named Lola; an Eclectus parrot named Echo; and three horses, Landen, Eden and Misty. She relaxes by riding and showing her horses, as well as fishing, taking her dogs to the beach and hanging out with her friends and family.


Tonya Tenters, RVT

Tonya has recently joined the team at Hilltop Animal Hospital May of 2015. She has been a Registered Veterinary Technician for 4 years and has spent the last 4 years working in a surgical specialty practice in Cary.
Tonya had an extensive background in retail management, but had always wanted to work in veterinary medicine. In 2004 she got her foot in the door as a receptionist in a busy day/emergency practice in North Raleigh. She worked her way from reception into the back where she acted as a veterinary assistant in pharmacy and surgery. She left for a brief period of time when she had her son and daughter. She then attended school at Central Carolina Community College and earned her Associates degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. She is a current member on the North Carolina Association for Veterinary Technicians Executive Board. 
Tonya enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Lilli and cat Calvin.


Neili Vassey, RVT

Neili is a Registered Veterinary Technician in North Carolina as well as California.  She recently moved from California and has worked at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine prior to coming to HillTop Animal Hospital in 2015.  
Neili holds a Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Science from Clemson University and an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Foothill College in California.  She has worked in the veterinary department at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and as an animal keeper at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.  While in California, Neili gained experience in veterinary ophthalmology, surgery, and anesthesia.
When not at work, Neili enjoys time with her family and her own pets, including two dogs, Rusty, a golden retriever, Scarlett, a beagle mix, and Cletus the cat.


Vicky Wages

Having recently joined our team as a receptionist, Vicky brings years of experience as a veterinary receptionist in both small animal and practices. She enjoys the interaction with pet owners and strives to make the experience at Hilltop pleasant for both the client and patient. She enjoys spending time with her two and four legged family members.