Our Staff

Get to know the technicians and client service representatives at Main Street Veterinary Hospital

Kathleen Bisson

Originally from King George, VA, Kathleen moved down to the North Carolina area in 2014 with her long-time boyfriend. She has since gotten married to her husband Joseph and they both own a 2 year old, sweet Labrador mix named Riley. She attended Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania where she received her bachelor’s in Psychology while she swam competitively for the Division I team all 4 years. She recently graduated from veterinary technician school at Northern Virginia Community College where she participated in the online distance program. She is expected to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam this summer to become a registered veterinary technician. She enjoys coming into work every day and seeing the bond owners have with their animals as well as learning more about animal behaviors and their influence on people. In her free time she enjoys exploring the outdoors by biking, kayaking, swimming and more.

Brianna Cataldo

Brianna Cataldo is 22 years old and from New York. She has 5 years of kennel experience and has worked for Pet Paradise and The Meadows Bed n Biscuit. She plans to go to school to become a Veterinary Technician. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking and singing. She had a Black lab named Lincoln, two guinea pigs (Bentley and Wilson), a bird (AJ) and a turtle (Stinky).

Chelsea Boyd

Chelsea grew up in southwestern Virginia. She had the unique experience of tagging along with her grandfather on the farm where she was able to learn and explore. At a young age, she began taking in stray animals to nurse back to health. From those childhood experiences, her interest and dedication to animal health developed into her career. Chelsea graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in 2003 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She is experienced in small animal medicine, exotics and emergency medicine. Her special interests include surgery and dentistry.

Although she loves all creatures, Chelsea's favorite breed of dog is the dachshund. She has two of her own named Honey (a dachshund/poodle mix) and Olsen. She also has a sweet kitty named Snoop. When she is not working, Chelsea enjoys traveling, hiking, Panthers football, and spending time with her husband and two sons.

Chelsea has been with Main Street Veterinary Hospital since 2018 and is passionate about creating bonds with the clients and patients.

Linda Engelmann

Linda has always had a passion for animals and earned her registered technician degree from Gaston College in 1999. She gets her love of nature from her grandfather.

Known as the “cat whisperer,” she does everything possible to make sure our feline patients are comfortable. She is an experienced dental and surgical technician but also enjoys helping our furry patients in the exam room.

Linda lives in Iron Station with her husband whom she met while volunteering at the Carolina Raptor Center. They share their home with six cats. On their days off they enjoy hiking, photography, gardening and canoeing. She currently volunteers for Meals on Wheels.

Haley Hardwick

Haley joined our Vet Tech Staff in August 2015. Haley comes to us with over 8 years of veterinary experience. She was born and raised in Mooresville, but fell in love with Davidson. Recently she purchased a home in the area because she loved it so much! She has her own three legged yellow lab mix named Phoebe and two cats, Marley and Pumpkin. In her free time she enjoys house work (crazy right?), cooking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and of course Phoebe. Her favorite aspect of the veterinary field is building long lasting relationships with our clients and their pets. She even pet sits for quite a few of our clients and loves the bond it forms between her and the pets. Prior to working in the veterinary field, she fostered for the Lake Norman Humane Society. She is currently our kennel manager and one of our veterinary technicians. She feels that she is right at home in this field and can’t imagine doing anything else.

Colleen Heincelman

Now 14 years into a career as a customer support specialist, including 8 years in veterinary medicine and animal services, Colleen Heincelman’s first job involving service and animals was of a very different nature. Prior to her life in Lake Norman, Colleen served the community in Florida as a law enforcement officer and was a certified Mounted Police Officer. Colleen still loves horses and, when she not enjoying time with her family, she is out riding the trails. Colleen lives in Huntersville with her husband of 20 years, Mike. They have two children and two boxers.

Kristan Honeycutt

Kristan Honeycutt is 21 years old and is from Marietta, GA. She has been working in the animal industry for over 4 years and has been a Veterinary Technician for almost 2 years now. She has 3 dogs named Bella, Bueller and Cody. She enjoys hanging out with her family and boyfriend, watching Netflix and going to the movies. She is currently working on her undergraduate in Animal Science with a goal of someday going to vet school to become a Veterinarian!

Dena Ianniello

Born and raised in Boca Raton Florida, Dena grew up with many animals and immediately became an animal lover at a very young age. Dena always knew she wanted a career involving animals and animal care. In 2005 Dena moved to North Carolina and has worked in multiple daycare and boarding facilities. Dena proudly rescued her first dog, a pit mix named Kane. In 2016 Dena earned a degree in veterinary assisting through Ashworth Colleges online program. She is currently working on earning her veterinary technician degree. While Dena is not working she enjoys spending time with friends and family, going on hikes/walks with Kane and traveling.

Karen Kaufman

Karen has loved animals small and large all of her life. She grew up in Connecticut, graduated with an environmental science degree from UNC-CH, and has traveled along the East Coast working with horses. She teaches horseback riding lessons and rides as time permits. Last year Karen and her husband Robby welcomed their first baby, Michael. He joins their two rescue pups Jack and Tucker, several horses, and most recently, six Rhode Island Reds. Everyone enjoys spending time together outside, camping and going to the beach especially.

Sara Mears

Before living in Charlotte, Sara was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. Sara graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. She moved to the Charlotte area in August 2015. Growing up, the only pets Sara ever had were fish & a rabbits. When she moved to the area is when she soon found her love for dogs when she adopted a little Black Lab named Opal who soon stole her heart and became her best friend. For Opal’s birthday in May 2016, she received the present of a sister – an Australian Shepherd/German Shepherd mix named Luna. When Sara’s not working, she’s spending time with her boyfriend, Tony Tapia, going to the movies, exploring new parts of Charlotte, or going on walks with their pups and going to dog parks.

Heather Melin

Heather was born in New York, and shortly after, her family moved to Mooresville, NC where she has lived for the last 28 years. She graduated from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in 2012 with an Associate of Science Degree in Surgical Technology. She has always loved animals both big and small. Heather and her boyfriend adopted their fur-baby, Rockie, in 2015. Rockie is a Catahoula Leopard Dog that has lots of energy and is loved very much. In her free time, Heather enjoys hiking, supporting her boyfriend riding at the motocross track, swimming at the lake, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

She has been supporting the Main Street team as a customer service representative since Summer of 2019 and is looking forward to building connections with the clients and patients.

Ashley Patterson

Ashley is 27 years old and local to Charlotte. Ashley’s love for animals started at a young age. Ashley’s mother worked at an animal hospital and as a young girl she would beg her mother to take her to work so she could pet the animals.

Ashley attendee Gaston College in the Veterinary Technician program. Ashley and her boyfriend, Mark have six dogs together which are all rescues.  (Rex, Milo, Gunner, Maybelle, Layla, and Hope). At times they have been called the “Brady Bunch.”  She also has a rabbit named Zoey along with three leopard geckos. Ashley loves seeing the bonds between owners and their beloved pets as well as getting to know them and building relationships. When free time comes along she enjoys spending it with friends and family outdoors, attempting some sort of DIY project and spending time with all of the dogs and Mark doing nothing

Tessa Peerbolte

Along with being a proud member of the Main Street Vet team for the last 2 years, Tessa Peerbolte enjoys working with both domestic and wild animals. She is a consistent volunteer at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital, North Carolina Raptor Center and Animal Rehabilitation of the Carolinas. She has also rescued 2 Havanese dogs, (Jax & Cricket) and a Degu named Loki-Boots. Tessa is currently an early college student with plans to continue her collegiate education to become a Veterinarian..

Brooke Pless

Brooke was born and raised in Concord, North Carolina. She grew up having dogs and loves all animals big and small! In 2017, she moved to Cornelius with her boyfriend. She worked as an educator in the childcare field for almost 7 years and decided to trade the human babies for fur babies.Brooke joined Main Street Veterinary Hospital in Spring of 2019. She has three fur-kids that she absolutely adores: Ellie, a Pitbull/Labrador mix dog, Arnie, a Yorkshire Terrier mix dog, and Ollie, an Egyptian Mau cat. In Brooke's time away from work, she loves to be outside soaking in the sunshine, taking naps with her fur-kids, working out, or visiting the Lucky Dog Bark & Brew with her boyfriend and fur kids.  Brooke aspires to go further in veterinary medicine and is looking forward to building relationships with the clients andtheir fur babies.

Natalie Powell

Born in North Carolina, Natalie joined our team as a receptionist and kennel assistant in May 2018. She graduated from Western Piedmont Community College with her Associate of Arts Degree and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Business at UNC Charlotte. She comes to us from One Lucky Pup Inc. where she was a handler and office assistant. Natalie has always had a passion for animals, no matter how big or small! She has 2 dogs, a rescue Border Collie mix named Porsche and a German Shepherd named Audi. In her free time, she likes to go on the lake, read, spend time with friends and family, and loves to travel any chance she gets!

Alyssa Shepherd

Alyssa Shepherd has been working in veterinary medicine since moving to the Charlotte area in 2003. A lover of both cats and dogs, Alyssa’s favorite element of working in animal medicine is forming bonds with clients and understanding the personal relationship they have with their pets.In her free time, Alyssa enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and watching football (Detroit Lions and Ohio State) with her husband and high school sweetheart, Jake. Alyssa and Jake’s fury family includes two dogs (a terrier mix and a pit bull), a three and a half legged indoor cat, and two outdoor cats that appear to have adopted them, rather than the other way around.

Toni Stoltz

Toni brings her passion for the human-canine relationship to Main St. Veterinary Hospital with over 35 years of dedicated customer service experience.  She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and an American Kennel Club Certified Canine Good Citizenship Evaluator.  Toni has recently also become Fear Free Certified  to better help the patients and their families to have a kinder and happier experience while they visit us at the hospital.

Native to Pennsylvania, Toni now calls  Mooresville, NC her home.  During her free time, she enjoys going on long walks, swimming, exploring new locations in North Carolina, sewing, reading as much as she can about Dog Training and hanging out with her family which includes 3 grown children, 5 grandchildren and her sweet dog, Enzo.

Cassandra Walsingham

Growing up, Cassandra’s family always had pets in the home which spurred on her love for cats and especially dogs. She moved to North Carolina from Tampa, Florida in December of 2010 and absolutely loved the area; she and her husband Erik, decided to buy a home and invest themselves into the community. Some friends even call them “Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius”! Cassandra graduated with a B.S in Business Administration from Western Governors University and enjoys using her education to assist Main Street Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist. When Cassandra isn’t at work, she enjoys trying local restaurants, going to art & cultural events, traveling and paddle boarding on Lake Norman. Her fur-babies, Kade and Charlie, are the best addition to the family she could have asked for. She is looking forward to connecting with Main Street Veterinary Hospital’s clients and growing relationships within the community.

And Last, but not least our loveable, huggable mascot: MUGSY!