Dr. Mark Epstein is a co-owner and Medical Director at TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Forestbrook. Originally from Atlanta, GA, he graduated with honors in microbiology from North Carolina State University in 1981 and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia in 1985. He came to Gastonia to work at Forestbrook that same year and has called it home ever since. Continuing his training, Dr. Epstein became board-certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Canine and Feline Practice in 1993, and continues to be the only veterinarian with those credentials in Gaston County. He was re-certified in both 2003 and 2013.
He enjoys working with pets, their owners, and his team each day, and has a special interest in the field of pain management in animals. Pain management has been a focus of continued learning, so much so that he has been additionally certified by the American Academy of Pain Management as well as the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP). Having developed a high level of expertise in this area, he has been called upon to author book chapters and peer-reviewed veterinary journal articles, and is a widely sought-after national and international speaker on the recognition, prevention, and treatment of pain in dogs in cats. Additionally, he has participated in national and international veterinary professional leadership rolls, including serving as the president of ABVP and IVAPM, and served as a Chairman of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Senior Care Guidelines and Pain Management Guidelines Task Force.
Dr. Epstein's local professional accomplishments include assisting in the development of the Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Gaston County, and of the Gaston College Veterinary Technology Program, for which he received the honors of NC Veterinary Medical Association Presidential Award and the University of Georgia Young Achiever Award in 1995, and the Gaston Chamber Small Business Man of the Year award in 1996. He has contributed to pet-related articles appearing in local publications such as the Gaston Gazette, Gaston Lifestyle Magazine, and others. Other community leadership experience includes being the past president of the Gastonia Jaycees, United Arts Council, Temple Emanuel, and Gaston Dance Theatre. Additionally, he has served in leadership capacities with the local Chamber of Commerce, Gaston Festivals, United Way FEMA Board, the City of Gastonia Planning Commission, and the Gaston Interfaith Trialogue. Currently, he is a proud member of the Gastonia East Rotary.
His biggest blessing of all is to be married to his wife, Janet. They have four children, Chris, Jamie, Hannah, and Torrie, and a stable of animals including dogs, cats, a horse, two turtles, and some fish. His hobbies include soccer, hiking, and making this corner of the world a little better through interfaith dialogue. He has an interest in genealogy and has even co-authored a book about his family history called The Epsteins: Our Illustrated 300-year Journey from Lithuania to Pennsylvania and Beyond.
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Allie joined the TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Forestbrook team in May 1997 and enjoys experiencing the human/animal bond on a daily basis. She is our Lead Veterinary Technician and her passion includes patient and client care. Additionally, she is Fear Free Certified. Allie is married with two children and a 16-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix named Lucky. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys reading, attending her children's ballgames, and being involved with her church.
Amy joined the TotalBond team as a Veterinary Technician in 2019 and is Fear Free Certified. She has over 4 years of experience as a technician and currently working towards becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. Amy is married with two teenaged children and enjoys riding horses when she has the chance. At home, she has a fresh water aquarium and three little dogs named Loki, Maggie, and Roman.
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Kendra joined the Forestbrook team in September 2017 as a Veterinary Technician Assistant and is currently working to further her career by attending school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She truly loves how much she learns every day at her job and enjoys meeting all of our clients and pets. Kendra has a Jack Russell Terrier Mix named Cielo and enjoys listening to music, playing video games, going to the gym, and spending time with her friends and younger brother in her spare time.
Jordan joined the TotalBond team as Kennel Attendant and Veterinary Assistant and loves all that she learns each day at her job as well as meeting new people and pets. She is currently attending Gaston College where she plans on pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. She has a spunky pet chicken named Butterscotch at home, and enjoys volunteering at her church and at the local animal shelter. Her hobbies include playing piano, guitar, and Xbox as well as relaxing outdoors, hiking, and fishing.
Jennifer joined the TotalBond team in 2019 as a Veterinary Technician Assistant. She is Fear Free Certified, KLaser certified, and our clinic Safety Officer. Jennifer has been in the veterinary field for 5 years and truly loves working with four-legged babies. She is a fur-mom to a cat named Sugar, a dog named Zeke, and a horse named Angel, and loves spending time with friends and family outside of work.
Zac joined the TotalBond team in 2019 as a Kennel Attendant and enjoys taking care of all of the fur-babies at Forestbrook, especially the senior dogs. He is currently in high school and active in the local Civil Air Patrol Squadron.
Alex joined the TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Forestbrook team in June 2020. She is an animal lover with experience in the dog grooming, daycare, and boarding fields, and loves that each day at the hospital is different with the opportunity to learn something new. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, taking trips to the beach, and hanging out with her dogs, Bill and Murray.
Katie joined the Forestbrook team in 2020 and is new to the veterinary field. She previously worked in aviation and is loving this new experience and learning as much as possible. At home, Katie is a single mom to a twelve year old boy and together they have two dogs, Hazel Mae and Humphrey, and two parakeets, Apollo and Athena. Outside of the hospital, she and her son enjoy fishing, camping, being in the mountains, and hanging out at the pool. Katie loves to cook anytime she can!
Our animal hospital is located just 26 minutes from downtown Charlotte via I-85 N. We are by Gaston Country Club, easily accessible to the pets of Gaston County and the surrounding areas.