Meet Our Specialists

Brenda Austin

Dr. Brenda Austin brings our region over a decade of small animal surgery expertise. A distinguished Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus, Dr. Austin’s academic and professional journey includes a commendable internship and surgery residency at Auburn University. Dr. Austin has served as an Assistant Professor at Purdue University and continues to work in academia, doing locum work at Louisiana State University.

After years in private practice in Maryland, she is moving to North Carolina to be closer to family. Beyond her professional pursuits, Dr. Austin enjoys spending quality time with her Great Dane and cats, gardening, and embracing diverse cultures through her interest in languages, including Hindi.

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.

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. Kimberley 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. Micah Barron

Originally from the foothills of western North Carolina, Dr. Barron attended Appalachian State University for his undergraduate degree before attending NC State University for his veterinary medical degree. Following graduation, he completed a one-year small animal internship in Cary, NC.

Dr. Barron is passionate about all aspects of emergency medicine with strong interests in complex polytrauma management, toxicology, sepsis, and pain management. Dr. Barron lives in Raleigh with his spouse and two cats.

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. Joy Bronzino

Dr. Bronzino, 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. Bronzino grew up working in kennels, grooming and small animal veterinary hospitals developing a passion for taking care of animals.

Dr. Bronzino 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. 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. Ellie Holtaway

Dr. Ellie Holtaway grew up in the coastal town of Carlsbad, California. She pursued her undergraduate studies in Animal Science at Kansas State University, where she also earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2022. 

Dr. Holtaway has a strong passion for emergency medicine, with a particular interest in surgery, managing wounds, trauma, and toxicology. She thrives in high-pressure situations, finding great satisfaction in stabilizing critically ill patients, treating and managing diseases, and ultimately seeing pets return home to their families.

Outside of work, Dr. Holtaway enjoys a vibrant and active lifestyle. She is the proud owner of three cats—Pancake, Toastie, and Maple—who keep her entertained with their playful antics. Gardening and spending time outdoors are among her favorite pastimes. Additionally, she is a competitive artistic swimmer and enjoys staying active through running, weight lifting, and swimming.

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. Rachel Sassone

Dr. Rachel Sassone was born in Louisiana and grew up in the small town of Vicksburg, Mississippi. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Mississippi State University before completing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University in 2018. Her interests include ultrasound, soft tissue surgery, and acupuncture. Dr. Sassone has always loved animals and she is inspired by the lifelong learning that veterinary medicine requires.

Dr. Sassone and her husband Andrew, executive chef at A Place at the Table, share their home with their 4 dogs (Maya, Lotus, Franck, and Doddle) and Curtis the tortoise. When she is not working you can find Dr. Sassone teaching hot yoga, throwing pottery, and spending time outdoors. Laissez les bon temps rouler! (“Let the good times roll!”).

Dr. Kori Smith

Dr. Smith, originally from Florida, has called North Carolina home for over 10 years. She embarked on her academic journey at NC A&T State University, where she excelled as a Division I bowler, even securing a national championship. Transferring to NC State, she completed her bachelor’s degree in veterinary bioscience, further fostering her interest in veterinary medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

Professionally, Dr. Smith specializes in small animal emergency medicine, her lifelong affinity for animals having guided her to this career path. Her favorite part of her job is being an advocate for voiceless animals and providing invaluable support to their owners.

When she’s not at the practice, Dr. Smith enjoys keeping active, spending time with her large family, and relaxing with her pets Kanga and Odi, and her fiancé.

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.

Contact The Office

PHONE: (252) 991-6560
FAX: (252) 557-3487
EMAIL: [email protected]

Office Location

5702 Grover Lane
Sims, NC 27880


We are open 24 hours a day for Emergency Care.

Tuesday – Friday: 8am – 5pm (By Appointment Only)

Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm (By Appointment Only)