Southern Oaks Animal Hospital
- 5733 Rockfish Road
- Hope Mills, NC 28348
- Phone: (910) 424-3011
- Fax: (910) 426-2098
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- Mon, Tue: 8:00am - 5:30pm
- Wed: 8:00am - 8:00pm
- Thu, Fri: 8:00am - 5:30pm
- Sat, Sun: Closed
Dr. Dean was born and raised in Hope Mills, NC where he still lives with his veterinarian wife, Dr. Julia Hix Dean and their two children, Nicholas and Kentley. He graduated from NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and established his first practice, Southern Oaks Animal Hospital, that same year. He opened a second practice, Cypress Lakes Animal Hospital. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the NCVMA. In 2012 he was appointed by the Governor to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board.
Dr. Dean’s main interests are orthopedics and surgery in small animal medicine. He also practices equine medicine and reproduction. He works in a mixed practice seeing a variety of animals and equine. He breeds and shows Arabian Horses all over the country with his children and they have had multiple national champions over the years. He enjoys spending time with the mares and foals at his barn; as well as his two boxers, Sasha and Karma.
His true love away from practice is boating and salt water fishing. He prefers to spend his spare time with his family and on the water.
Erin Barney grew up in York, PA, and earned her undergraduate degrees from Cabrini College in Biology and Elementary Education. She then went on to study marine mammals and obtained an M.S. in Biology from UNC-Wilmington, where she did her thesis work on bottlenose dolphins. While in graduate school, she found her way to veterinary medicine under the wing of Dr. Dennis Jackson with Port City Animal Hospital in Wilmington.
Dr. Barney earned her DVM license from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and practiced in Florida and then the Outer Banks, NC before making her way to this area. Her special veterinary interests include medicine, geriatrics, and soft tissue surgery.
She has a wonderful husband, C.P. White, a Wildlife Officer for Bladen County, and a beautiful daughter Cecelia. She also has four furry dog children and two cats. She enjoys jogging, hiking, and reading in her spare time.
Laura Bartle was raised in North Carolina and obtained her B.S. in Biology degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation, Dr. Bartle attended North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and pursued her interests in ophthalmology, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Bartle followed her husband to Tennessee after receiving her DVM degree and spent several years at a small animal exclusive practice with wonderful mentors and coworkers. She recently returned to North Carolina for her husband to pursue military medical training at Fort Bragg. Dr. Bartle spends her free time with her wonderful husband and two young sons, on her parentsâ farm and snuggling with her three cats. She also enjoys horseback riding, baking and fellowship with friends.
Kimberly Herron was raised in Melbourne, Florida where most of her family still lives. Dr. Herron earned her B.S. in Animal Science at the University of Florida working mostly with horses and goats. She continued on at the University of Florida to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
In her free time, Dr. Herron loves watching her beloved Gator's football games, reading, and hiking. She also enjoys spending time with her two cats.