Meet Our Veterinary Team in Winterville, NC

The team at Animal Care East is a group of professionals dedicated to the health of your pet and ensuring their continued well-being. Find out more about our incredible, compassionate team, and be sure to make an appointment soon to meet them all in person!


Dr. Christian Proietto Medical Director

Dr. Christian Proietto, a Connecticut native, received his undergraduate degree in animal science at the University of Connecticut.  Dr. Proietto has been with Animal Care since graduating from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine with his DVM in 2012. He enjoys all aspects of canine and feline medicine, with special interests in diagnostic ultrasound and soft tissue surgery.  He values forming meaningful relationships with his patients, clients, and the community he serves.

Dr. Proietto is one of six veterinarians in his family! In his free time, he loves to enjoy life with his wife, two children, and his dog and cat (Bear and Joon).  He is an avid musician and enjoys exercise, nature, and all things science.

Dr. Shane Proietto Associate Veterinarian

Hailing from New England, Dr. Shane completed his undergraduate studies at University of Connecticut where he worked as a laboratory animal technician through the Office of Animal Research Services. Following graduation, he worked as a veterinary assistant while applying to veterinary schools. Dr. Shane acquired his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been a team member of Animal Care East ever since.  Dr. Shane's professional interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, anesthesiology, and clinical pathology. He is motivated to provide quality individualized care and serve the Winterville/Greenville community and patients of Animal Care East.

While not at the clinic, Dr. Shane enjoys weight-lifting, music, and spending time with his growing family.

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Chris Taylor

Chris started her third career with us in March 2006. After ten years in the Army and a seven-year stint at a defense law firm, she decided to turn her energy toward her dream of working with animals. She is married and has a daughter, who also works with Animal Care, as well as a son. In the Taylor household, there is a wide array of fur babies who have all found their way to them. In her free time, Chris likes to garden.

Favorite Quote: “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” - Albert Einstein

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Hannah Wheeler Receptionist

Hannah is a receptionist at Animal Care East and has been in the veterinary field for four years. She’s loved every second of it! Hannah has always loved animals and she can’t wait to welcome you and your pets into our family at East!

Heather Adams

Heather has had the pleasure of working with this amazing group of individuals for over 20 years. She considers us a family here at Animal Care East. What a remarkable feeling it is to get up every morning and head to a job you love with a passion.

Heather has two children; they are her life. She also loves hounds and pit bulls and she has way too many animals, so it sometimes feels like a zoo in her house! Yet, they never fail to brighten her day and make her smile.

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Suzanne Cin Patient Care, Bather

Suzanne has been with Animal Care East since 2007. Before moving to North Carolina, Suzanne held positions at Holiday Barn Pet Resort and Bath and Biscuit in her hometown of Midlothian, VA. Suzanne has been surrounded by animals her entire life and they are a huge passion of hers. Your pet, whether they are here for a bath, surgery, or just visiting, will be cared for and loved just as if they were her own. Suzanne can’t wait to pamper your fur baby and treat them with the best of care.

In addition to caring for your pets, Suzanne loves spending time with her husband, Phil, their two boys, and their dog, Rowdy. Together they enjoy camping, fishing, trips to the beach, relaxing at home, and just having fun.

Favorite quote: “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

Tina Mitchell Professional Groomer

Tina Mitchell has been our professional groomer for over 12 years. She is here to make your dog, cat, and sometimes rabbit, look, smell, and feel their best. Growing up in the desert of southern California, Tina can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a pet to love. As an avid 4-H and FFA member, she learned how to raise and take care of many animals. From the family dog and goats to her show and trail horses, animals have always been an important part of Tina’s life.

Now, in addition to grooming, Tina loves to spend her time hanging out with friends and family, hiking, cooking, playing video games (yes, she is just a big kid), and long walks with her best friend--her Beagle, Ponyo.

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Christiana Veterinary Technician

Christiana has been a veterinary technician assistant with Animal Care East since 2019. She has previously worked as a stable hand at an equine facility. Christiana is currently attending the veterinary technician program at San Juan College, and hopes to specialize in rehabilitation. At home Christiana has a blue merle pomeranian named Robbie, and a rescue kitten called Remi. Her love for all things pomeranian spills over into her work, so rest assured your poms are getting all the extra love and treats while under Christana’s wing!


Faith has been a part of the Animal Care East team since 2017. She is passionate about working alongside veterinarians and pet parents to keep their fur babies happy and healthy. Faith treats each patient with compassion and kindness. She is often seen carrying tiny patients around in her scrub pockets! Outside of the clinic, Faith enjoys cooking, road trips, and beach days with her dogs, Bruin and Lola.

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Andra has been with us since 2019 and is our resident “Doodle enthusiast”. She has two golden doodles in her crew, Izzy and Opie. Any doodles that come into the clinic are sure to receive extra cuddles and treats from Andra! Andra is a skilled technician assistant and plans to attend San Juan College to complete her RVT degree. In her free time Andra enjoys thrift shopping, tending to her plants, and listening to her many vinyl records.

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Originally from Connecticut, Ralph Proietto is our clinic cat. He provides vital emotional support and cuddles to staff. A few things Ralph enjoys are typing on keyboards, keeping charts warm, batting empty syringes, and most of all, DINNER.