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 is the Practice Manager at Forestbrook and began her career with Totalbond in March of 2000. She is also a skilled Veterinary Technician who enjoys the times when she can put aside her management responsibilities and use her skills to work with emergency and critical care patients. Megan’s family consists of three children ages 10, 12 and 14, a retired Totalbond blood donor dog named Pixie, and four cats, Festus, Wilbur, Turtle and That Cat. She and her family are very active in their church and love spending time at the beach.
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.
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 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 is an animal caregiver who started with Totalbond in August of 2016. She is a very passionate person when it comes to animals, and loves all of them whether they be one of our furry friends, or an exotic animal. She has an Argentinian Mastiff named Zeus, a Pitbull mix named Brodi, a Boxer named Adrian, and 3 Dwarf Hamsters named Alvin, Simon, and Theodore. When clients come into our practice, Amy treats every pet like they are her own and will do everything she can to make them feel safe and loved. Outside of work, Amy enjoys relaxing days kayaking, spending time with family and friends, or enjoying a good book. She also enjoys making Native American necklaces and bracelets.
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 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 is one of our newest Animal Caregivers. She started working for Forestbrook in September, after graduating from high school. She is now trying to further her career by taking classes to become a registered Veterinary Technician. She has one dog named Cielo, a Jack Russell Terrier mix, that she adopted in June.
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.
Kris is our newest CSR who started with TotalBond in early 2018. Kris's background is in early-childhood education, so she has lots of experience taking care of others babies. She and her high-school sweetheart husband moved to NC from Minnesota in 2009. Together they have 2 adult children and 2 four-legged kids Allie and Nuggett. In her spare time she loves crafting, bargain hunting and hanging out with family on the farm.