Lake Pine Animal Hospital

934 US Hwy 64 West
Apex, NC 27523


Lake Pine Animal Hospital - Apex, NC - Our Team

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Lake Pine Animal Hospital! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 919-380-1157 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members at Lake Pine Animal Hospital!

Dr Katz Lake Pine Animal Hospital Apex

Dr. Jody Katz:

I grew up in a small town in central Florida and I had the benefit of having many pets from cats and dogs to bunnies and horses. I feel very fortunate to have a career that I love. It allows me to combine my heartfelt joy for furry friends and my passion for medicine and science. My studies have taken me around the southeast. I first attended Maryville College in East Tennessee for my undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Biology. I was lucky to get a first rate liberal arts education and to meet my future husband! Next I attended the University of Georgia to study Microbiology in Graduate school. I acted as a TA in Biology as well. I attended Veterinary school at the University of Georgia, graduating first in my class in 1992. I was then selected to stay at UGA to complete an Internship in small animal medicine and surgery.

After my internship, I elected to venture into the world of private veterinary practice. My first job was in Georgia, just a bit north of Atlanta. After that we moved back to central Florida to be near family. I was so lucky to be a part of a busy multi-doctor practice in Longwood, FL for 13 years. In 2007, my husband and our two children moved to Apex, NC. From the start, we felt right at home. If I had to pick one reason why we love North Carolina so much, I’d have to say it is the people. Everyone is so friendly and engaging, whether you’re a Tarheel native or a transplant.   For several years after we moved, I worked as a Relief Veterinarian all around the Triangle. In April, 2013 I came to Lake Pine Animal Hospital as a full time associate and on December 31, 2015, I became the proud owner !

My philosophy is to spend time with each client and patient t he way I would want a doctor to spend time with me. I strive to offer the best care I can. I especially enjoy developing relationships with clients and pets and I hope to make people feel comfortable asking questions.   I have two cats, Pumpkin and Gary (sometimes called Fat Gary) and two dogs, Chewy and Hershel.



Veterinary Assistants


Shaina Lake Pine Animal Hospital Apex


Shaina has worked at Lake Pine since 2013 and is originally from Orlando, Florida.  She is currently pursuing a BA in political science with a concentration in Arabic at the honors college at Appalachian state University. This picture of her was taken in Israel in a Bedouin tent this past summer (visiting this country inspired her to learn both Hebrew and Arabic). She loves photography, art, and painting and even took a lot of the pictures hanging in the clinic. Shaina also enjoys playing rugby for Appalachian state.  We are happy to have Shaina as part of our team!


Giz Lake Pine Animal Hospital


Giz has been working in the Veterinary field since 2009, and she loves it. She enjoys every aspect of Veterinary Medicine. She moved here with her husband and their two wonderful boys 4 years ago from Florida.  She has 2 beautiful dogs, Harvey, and Ellie. She also has 3 cats, Poots, Sir Finnigan, and Grover. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors and camping with her family and the dogs go too!


Jonie Lake Pine Animal Hospital Apex


Jonie comes to us from Florida, with her husband and 4 boys! She has been in the veterinary field for 9 over years.  Jonie has a bachelors degree in animal science and microbiology. She was a chemistry teacher for a short while before coming back to the animal side of things. She has quite a houseful, 2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 birds, and 4 horses! She enjoys watching movies with her husband. And spends most weekends as a hockey mom to all 4 boys.  We are thrilled to have Jonie as part of our team at Lake Pine!


Michael Lake Pine Animal Hospital Apex


Michael has been working in the Veterinary field since 2007 and enjoys every minute of it, so much that he is currently working on becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician at Central Carolina.  He started working at Lake Pine Animal Hospital in 2011 as an Assistant, mainly working with surgeries and dental cleanings. He has 2 cats, Persephone, and Asher. In his free time (when he is not studying hard) he enjoys working out and running in races.


Efrem Lake Pine Animal Hospital Apex


Efrem has been with Lake Pine Animal Hospital since 2012. He is a second-year veterinary medical student at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Efrem is interested in pursuing a career in small animal medicine and would like to specialize in cardiology. He is also  volunteering with  a large animal vet and works with alpacas, goats and sheep. Efrem lives in Raleigh with his beloved dog, Ziggi, and cat, Zoom.


Erin Lake Pine Animal Hospital Apex


Erin was born and raised in North Carolina and has always been a lover of animals. She remembers some of her favorite things to play with as a child were a plastic stethoscope and a toy medical kit that she would nurse her stuffed animals with. It is no surprise that she found that her calling as an adult was helping to care for animals too. Erin began her career as a veterinary assistant in 2004, she is excited to have joined Lake Pine Animal Hospital in 2013, Erin lives in Cary with  three cats, Lexus, Ryo Ohki, and Kiba. When she is not in scrubs she enjoys road trips to the beach, yoga, and watching cheesy horror movies.


Melissa Lake Pine Animal Hospital Apex


Melissa is our newest addition to the Lake Pine Team. She is currently a senior at NC State studying animal science and history. She plans on attending Vet School when she is finished with her undergrad courses.  She was raised a Southern Belle and when she answers the phone you will be able to tell. Melissa lives with a gorgeous Maine Coon named Mufasa.


                 Sarah Lake Pine Animal Hospital


Sarah has been with Lake Pine Animal Hospital since 2013. She recently graduated from NC State University with a B.S. degree in Animal Science. She will be attending NC State Veterinary School beginning in Fall 2017 and is very excited to pursue a career in small animal veterinary medicine, hopefully with a concentration on research. When she's not caring for your pets at Lake Pine, Sarah can probably be found cuddling or playing with her own dog, Finley (named after the NCSU football stadium), a boxer-pit mix rescued from the Wake County Animal Center!


Amanda was born and raised in Pennsylvania and has been with us since 2015. She currently is completing an Animal Science and Political Science double major at North Carolina State University and will be attending NCSU veterinary school in the Fall of 2017. Although she loves cats and dogs, Amanda hopes to work with cattle and pigs for the USDA eventually. She currently lives in Raleigh with her three cats, Lt. Dan, Oliver, and Dash and when not in scrubs can be found reading dystopian novels or doing yoga.

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Cat Lake Pine Animal Hospital Apex NC

Squab Kabob:

Little is known about Squab other than she just showed up one day at Lake Pine Animal Hospital. She enjoys eating, playing with leashes, and laying in the sunshine of her windowsill. She has official training in the ninja-feline-arts, so sometimes she’s there, and sometimes she’s not…you never know.

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