Dr. Mark E. Epstein DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Canine and Feline), CVPP Dr. Epstein is originally from Atlanta, GA, graduated with honors in microbiology from N.C. State University in 1981, and received his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1985. He came to Gastonia that year to work at Forestbook, and has called it home ever since. He continued his training and became Board-certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP, specialist in Canine and Feline Practice, still the only veterinarian so credentialed in Gaston County) in 1993, and re-certified in 2003 and 2013.
Dr. Epstein is one of Total Bond Veterinary Hospital’s two senior partners and its Medical Director. He counts several interests in veterinary medicine and in addition to the sheer joy of working with pets, their owners, and his team every day, chief among them would be the field of pain management in animals. This has been a focus of continued learning, so much so that he has been additionally Certified by one human and one veterinary organization (American Academy of Pain Management, and as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, CVPP, by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, respectively). 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, is a widely sought-after national and international speaker on the recognition, prevention, and treatment of pain in dogs and cats. He has participated in national and international veterinary professional leadership roles, including serving as 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 Forces.
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 in 1996. He has contributed pet-related articles appearing in local publications such as the Gaston Gazette, Gaston Lifestyle Magazine, and others. Other community leaderships include past-president of the Gastonia Jaycees, United Arts Council, Temple Emanuel, and Gaston Dance Theatre. He has served additionally 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. He is also currently a proud member of Gastonia East Rotary.
His biggest blessing of all is to be married to Janet, and have children Chris, Jamie, Hannah, and Torrie; a stable of animals over the years fills out the family (dogs, cats, 1 horse, 2 turtles, some fish). Hobbies include soccer, hiking, making this corner of the world a little better through interfaith dialogue, and geneology (including co-authoring a book of family history The Epsteins: Our Illustrated 300-Year Journey from Lithuania to Pennsylvania and Beyond). Dr. Kim Patrick Dr. Kim Patrick graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. She worked for TotalBond Veterinary Hospitals for 11 years prior to moving to Florida with her family. Her family moved back to the area when her husband was called to pastor the Boyce Memorial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Kings Mountain. Dr. Patrick is now happy to back working with TotalBond, after a short 12 year hiatus! She has a special interest in soft tissue surgery. She has 4 children, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and chickens. Megan Practice manager Megan is the Practice Manager at Forestbrook and began her career with Totalbond in March of 2000. She is also a skilled Veterinary Technician and enjoys the times when she can put aside her management responsibilities and use her skills to work with emergency and critical care patients. Megan and her husband Blake have five children and a retired Totalbond blood donor dog name Pixie. Megan Allie Lead Veterinary Technician Allie is a lead veterinary technician and she started her journey at Totalbond Veterinary Hospital @ Forestbrook in May 1997. She is married and has 2 children and a 16 yr. old Australian Cattle Dog mix named Lucky. Allie enjoys reading, attending her children's ballgames and being involved with her church. Her passion includes patient and client care and enjoys experiencing the human/animal bond on a daily basis. Landyn Veterinary Technician Assistant Landyn is the newest member of our Forestbrook technical team. She has been with Totalbond since 2016, originally starting in the kennel at PawCreek and is now working hard to master her technical skills to become a Veterinary Technician. She has a plethora of pets including 3 dogs, 1 cat and 3 horses! She is actively involved in the NBHA and CBC barrel racing circuit. She enjoys handing out at the lake and spending time with her horses as well as family and friends. Bailey Carnes Veterinary Technician Bailey is a Veterinary Technician Assistant at Totalbond. She started working for the company in 2013 as an animal caregiver in the kennel. She recently graduated from Francis Marion University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, and is now trying to further her career by taking classes to become a certified Veterinary Technician. This field has many various aspects and she loves every part of it. Amy Veterinary Technician Amy is one of our Veterinary Technicians and joined our team in 2019. She has 4 years experience as a Tech and is currently in school to become an RVT. Amy is married with two teenage children. She loves to ride horses when she has the chance. She has a fresh water aquarium and has three little dogs named Loki, Maggie and Roman. Rhonda Anderson Lead Client Service Representative Rhonda is the Lead Client Service Representative at our Forestbrook location. She started working for TotalBond in 2014. Rhonda has been married for 20 years and has two teenage sons. She also has two pets who keep her very busy; Punkin, a pug mix and Nova, a pit bull. Rhonda and her family love to travel, but especially enjoy taking small day trips with the dogs. Her pet, Nova, loves to ride in the car....no matter where they go! Rhonda is passionate about customer care and making sure that each client's needs are taken care of and their concerns are met with understanding. She enjoys getting to know our clients and their pets so that she can call them by name each time they walk through the door. Jessica Jessica is a Registered Veterinary Technician who graduated Gaston College Veterinary Technician program and started working for Totalbond all in May 2014. She is a wife and mother of a beautiful baby girl. She has two dogs (Gus and Annabelle) and two cats (Daisy and Bo). Along with her passion for animals, she enjoys doing photography, organizational projects, fishing, and spending time with her family. Kendra Veterinary Technician Assistant Kendra is one of our Veterinary Technician Assistants and has been with us since September of 2017. She is working to further her career by attending school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Kendra has a dog named Cielo, she’s a jack russell terrier mix. Kendra’s hobbies include listening to music, playing video games sometimes, eating, going to the gym, and going out with her friends and younger brother. What she likes best about her job is how much she learns every time she comes in and enjoys meeting all the clients and pets. Zac Kennel Attendant Zac is a Kennel Attendant and started with the Totalbond team in 2019. He is currently in high school and active in the local Civil Air Patrol Squadron. He enjoys taking care of all the fur-babies at Forestbrook and is especially fond of senior dogs. Kelly Veterinary Technician Kelly is new to North Carolina as well as Totalbond. She joined our team in July 2019 but has over 14 years of experience as a Veterinary Technician. She and her husband have 2 children and 4 dogs! When she's not being a rockstar here at Forestbrook, she enjoys playing and coaching softball as well as spending time at the beach. Dr. Sam Sroczyk Veterinarian Dr. Sam Sroczyk hails from the great state of Montana. She attended Montana State University where she received a bachelor's degree in Animal Science. During her time at MSU she was very active in the College of Agriculture and was a member of the Montana State cheerleading squad. After receiving her bachelors she took her dog (Otter) and her cat (Fezzik) and moved to Pullman, Washington where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University (Go Cougs!). As a military brat she grew up loving to travel and experience new places, so when the opportunity presented itself to experience North Carolina she jumped at the chance, and has been loving every minute of it!
Outside of the world of veterinary medicine Dr. Sroczyk loves to travel, eat, golf, dance and stay active. You can find her participating in any outdoor activity from fishing to skiing and she's always excited to try something new! Jaclyn Whitt Veterinary Technician Jaclyn joined the TotalBond team in 2017 originally working at our Bethel location, but recently transferred to Forestbrook. She is a bird loving, reptile wrangling Clemson grad who is super excited to be a part of the Forestbrook family. She competes in stunt waterskiing competitions in the summer and enjoys hiking, weightlifting and yoga-ing all times of the year. Her feather baby Zoie is her dearest love along with her snake Santiago and horse Maggie-Moo. Jennifer Jennifer is one of our Veterinary Technician Assistants and started with Totalbond in 2019. She has been in the veterinary field for five years and truly loves working with four-legged babies. She is KLaser certified and is also our clinic Safety Officer. Jennifer loves spending time with family and friends. She is fur-mom to Sugar the cat, Zeke the dog and a horse named Angel. Veterinary Technician Assistant Robert Kennel Attendant Robert is one of our newest Kennel Attendants. He started working for TotalBond in August 2019, after graduating from Hunter Huss High school where he played basketball, ran cross country, and played on the Drum-line and earned an extreme amount of 1st place trophies. Robert’s hobbies are playing basketball, playing Xbox, going to the gym, being with his puppy, and having fun. He is working to get more of an experience of doing multiple task in a certain amount of time to prepare him in as he enters the air force in 2021. He has a puppy that goes by Draco (Dre-Coe) that is a pit bull and boxer mix. Terry Terry joined the Totalbond family in 2019 and came to us with 18 years of experience as both a Veterinary Assistant and a Receptionist. She enjoys taking care of our clients and their furry families. She has been married to her husband for 38 years, has 3 children, 8 fabulous grandchildren 2 dogs, 2 cats and a betta fish with an attitude. Terry is involved in her church and likes outdoor activities and sports. Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist Jordan Kennel Attendant Jordan is very excited to be joining the TotalBond team as a Kennel Attendant! She is currently attending Gaston College where she plans on pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. On the side, Jordan enjoys volunteering at her church and at the local animal shelter. Her favorite hobbies include playing piano, guitar, and Xbox. She can also be found relaxing in the outdoors and participating in activities such as hiking and fishing. What she enjoys best about her job is learning and meeting new people and pets! Jordan has a spunky, pet chicken named Butterscotch!