Meet Our Surgeons
Dr. Robert Brady
Dr. Brady received his BS and MS in kinesiology and biomechanics, from Eastern Carolina University before completing his veterinary medical degree from St. George’s University. His interests in veterinary medicine include thoracic, neurologic, and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Brady has also focused on vascular ring anomalies, thoracic tumor removal, cervical and lower back herniation surgery, and fracture repair.
Like many Veterinarians, Dr. Brady developed a love for animals as a child. He worked his way from kennel tech to a vet tech and finally into vet school.
Fun fact about Dr. Brady, he was the state champion and current record holder in the discus in his high school. In his spare time, Dr. Brady enjoys disc golf, fishing, and hobby farming.
Dr. Sonja Szymeczek
Dr. Sonja Szymeczek is a native North Carolinian. She hails from Kannapolis, a small town near Charlotte. She attended North Carolina State University for Animal Science, graduating in 1989. From 1990-1992, Dr. Sonja served in the United States Peace Corps working with goat farmers in Jamaica. She started veterinary school in 1992 at NCSU-College of Veterinary Medicine. After Dr. Sonja received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, she continued her training with a rotating small animal internship at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. She then taught surgery at NCSU-CVM for many years while also in a small animal surgery residency program. Upon completion of her surgery residency, she completed the surgery application process established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, which included the publication of research results and passing an intensive 3 day exam to become a board certified member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004. Her main interests lie in wound management, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Sonja is also certified in PennHIP radiographs.
Dr. Sonja worked as a Veterinary Surgeon with the Veterinary Centers of America (VCA) for 9 years. Following that she helped a local veterinary hospital launch a branch clinic. In April 2015, she joined The Vets Pets and began work to open the Points East Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Wilson and the Points East Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Greenville.
Dr. Sonja is married to a native North Carolinian, John, from Washington, NC. They have 3 daughters, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 3 fish.
Dr. Elizabeth Taylor
Boarded-certified in both large and small animal surgery, Dr. Taylor brings broad surgical perspective to Points East. Dr. Taylor, originally from California, obtained her veterinary degree from UC Davis. Following an internship in Florida, Dr. Taylor attended Kansas State University CVM for her large animal surgical residency.
After working several years as an equine surgeon, Dr. Taylor obtained her small animal surgery board certification in NC. Dr. Taylor joined Points East in 2020 and has helped grow the surgical service to five days a week.
Dr. Taylor loves to play soccer almost as much as she loves her French Bulldog, Boris. Dr. Taylor and her fiancé spend their free time together (with Boris) at the beach.
Meet Our Criticalist
Dr. Mike Nystrom
Dr. Nystrom received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University before completing his veterinary medical degree from the University of Tennessee. He is a Board Certified Veterinary Criticalist with interests in electrolyte derangements and vasopressor therapy.
Dr. Nystrom has always loved animals and followed in his mother’s footsteps when he chose veterinary medicine. His favorite part of being a veterinarian is seeing animals close to death being discharged from the hospital and back home with their owners.
He was born and raised in Cary, NC, and considers himself a true local. In his spare time, Dr. Nystrom enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his wife and three children (2 daughters- 7, 8 yrs old; 1 son- 3 yrs old).
Meet Our Emergency Doctors
Dr. Kimberly Barth
Dr. Barth received her BA and MS in animal bioscience and toxicology, respectively, from Penn State University and Duquesne University before completing her veterinary medical degree from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Barth has a strong interest in soft tissue surgery and geriatric medicine.
Dr. Barth’s love of veterinary medicine came from her fascination with healing and how she could use her hands and other tools to give pets a chance to feel better and make families happy as their pets recover.
In her spare time, Dr. Barth enjoys yoga, boating, gardening, and baking. She learned baking from her mother, who taught her how to make many German deserts, including apple strudel and Dobos torte.
Dr. Abigail Brady
Dr. Brady received her BS from Becker College before completing her veterinary medical degree from St. Georges University. She has strong interests in emergency medicine and endoscopy. Dr. Brady completed her internship at Animal Medical Hospital in Charlotte before coming to Points East.
Originally from Southeast Massachusetts, Dr. Brady has seven biological and adopted siblings. In her spare time, Dr. Brady enjoys hobby farming with her husband and 1-year-old son.
Dr. Paige Harrington
With strong family ties to the Wilson area, Dr. Harrington came to NC, after growing up in New York, to attend NCSU for both her Zoology BS and Veterinary Medicine degrees. After an internship in Charleston, SC, Dr. Harrington joined a growing ER-Specialty practice in Wilmington working there for seven years.
Dr. Harrington moved to Greenville when her husband started graduate school at ECU joining the Pet Emergency Clinic in 2012. Dr. Harrington has worked with Vets Pets as the Medical Director of Emergency & Referral Services since 2016. She works with the teams of Animal Urgent Care in Fayetteville, Pet Emergency Clinic in Greenville, and Points East VSH in Wilson. Dr. Harrington enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time at the beach with her husband and two children.
Dr. Stephanie Pferdeort
Dr. Pferdeort received her undergraduate degree in biology with a chemistry minor before completing her veterinary medical degree from Ross University in 2009. Her interests include polytrauma management, soft tissue surgery, reiki, acupuncture, toxicology, transfusion medicine/component therapy, and cardiology soft tissue surgery. Originally from Baltimore, Dr. Pferdeort has a breadth of experience and was the Chief of Emergency Services in her previous hospital.
In her spare time, Dr. Pferdeort enjoys kayaking, fishing, cooking and bbq, crochet, board games (Scrabble!) and recycled art. She also loves to play with her 3-legged Maine coon Pfoster and pitbull Pfergus.
Dr. Katherine Rouillard
Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Rouillard has called NC home since attending NCSU for both her Zoology and Veterinary Medicine degrees. Dr. Rouillard completed a rotating small animal internship with Vets Pets where she confirmed her love for emergency medicine. She then joined Points East full-time in 2019.
Dr. Rouillard loves every aspect of medicine, particularly soft tissue surgery and critical care case management. Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is sending an animal home after it has been successfully treated. Dr. Rouillard is certified in equine acupuncture and spends much of her free time at the barn with her horse, Phoebe.
Dr. Joy Trendelman
Dr. Trendelman, originally from Indiana, obtained her undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s College before completing her veterinary degree from Purdue University. She has strong interests in internal medicine including endocrine diseases, ultrasound and soft tissue surgery.
An avid dog lover, Dr. Trendelman grew up working in kennels, grooming and small animal veterinary hospitals developing a passion for taking care of animals.
Dr. Trendelman played indoor college volleyball at St. Joseph’s and continues to compete in beach volleyball tournaments in North Carolina. Fun act, she is an outstanding juggler, ambidextrous, and can perform surgeries with both hands.
Dr. Ashley Wagner
Dr. Wagner attended North Carolina State University for her undergraduate studies and veterinary medical degree, graduating in 2016. She has a strong interest in feline medicine, companion exotics and ultrasound. During veterinary school, Dr. Wagner spent significant time treating exotic and wildlife species, including a summer rehabilitating penguins and other seabirds!
Dr. Wagner enjoys the diversity of veterinary cases and the ability to problem-solve. In addition, she loves working with puppies and kittens! She enjoys circus arts (aerial silks, hoop and yoga), trail running, and cooking in her spare time.