Meet the Team

Dr. Mark Cagle, Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Mark Cagle, Veterinarian

Before opening Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Cagle practiced veterinary medicine for 10 years in Durham. Dr. Cagle’s love of animals began as a child on a small farm in rural Tennessee, where he hand-reared everything from farmyard chicks to woodland snakes. His passion for helping these animals sparked the path toward becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Cagle received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2003 from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine after completing his B.S. in biological sciences with a concentration in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology. Dr. Cagle’s professional interests include internal medicine, surgery, oncology and exotic animal medicine, especially reptile medicine. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and numerous pets, hiking, photographing wildlife, and exploring historic sites.
Melissa D'Annibale, Veterinarian, Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital

Melissa D’Annibale, Veterinarian

Dr. D’Annibale is a 2016 graduate of the North Carolina State University – College of Veterinary Medicine, where she focused her studies in small animal medicine. Her particular interests include preventive medicine, surgery, and feline medicine. Prior to attending veterinary school, she received a BS degree in Biology in 2003 from Penn State Erie – The Behrend College in Erie, Pennsylvania, and then went on to complete a MS degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2005 from the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. She moved to North Carolina in 2008 and still misses the snowy Pennsylvania winters. When not at work, Dr. D’Annibale enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with her husband and their cat named Miles.
Stacy McMannen, Office Manager, Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital

Stacy McMannen, Office Manager

Stacy has been in the veterinary field for 20+ years and has loved every minute of it. She has four dogs: Rascal, Chance, Bandit and Jimmy. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ronnie, and two daughters, Kelsie and Natalie. She also enjoys cooking and watching movies.
Abby Crownshaw, Veterinary Technician, Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital

Abby Crownshaw, Veterinary Technician

Even though her scrubs are Duke Blue, Abby is a UNC alum and fan. She has worked in the veterinary field for four years in both private practice and shelter medicine. She is currently in veterinary school at NC State University. She lives in Oxford with her husband, Carlos, two dogs, Jasper and Matilda, and two cats, Nala and Little Man. In her free time she volunteers with numerous rescue groups and fosters dogs with medical issues.
Carlos Pineda, Veterinary Technician, Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital

Carlos Pineda, Veterinary Technician

Carlos grew up and went to veterinary school in Guadalajara, Mexico. He moved to NC in 2012 to marry his wife. He lives in Oxford with his dogs and cats. His hobbies include playing video games, drawing, painting and anything involving Star Wars. He has been in the veterinary field in private practice, shelter medicine and emergency medicine for 10 years.
Michelle Shaffer

Michelle Shaffer, Veterinary Technician

Michelle joined the veterinary field in the beginning of 2014. She is currently enrolled in Penn Foster Career School to receive her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She currently has four rescue pets at home; two Labrador Retriever mixes, Riley and Tucker, and two cats, Melvin and Layla. Michelle loves spending her free time doing all things outdoors with her dogs, snuggling with her kitty, Layla, and forcing snuggles on her other kitty, Melvin. When not spending time with animals at work or home, Michelle enjoys cheering on her Durham Bulls.
Josette Roach

Josette Roach, Veterinary Technician Assistant

Josette grew up in Ohio but NC is where her heart is. She has 3 rescue dogs, Spike, BeBe and Happy, 3 rescue cats and a spunky bunny. She has been a Veterinary Tech Assistant for 2 years and loves every second of it. In her spare time, she likes hanging out with her older brother.
Alyssa Ryan

Alyssa Ryan, Veterinary Technician Assistant

Alyssa has lived in the Raleigh-Durham area for over 10 years. She has worked in the veterinary field for over three years. She lives with her fiance, daughter and three pets. In her free time, she loves trying out new recipes, reading and playing sports.
Allison Gentry, Receptionist, Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital

Allison Gentry, Receptionist

Allison has been with us since January 2015. She has loved animals all her life. She lives in Durham with her husband David and daughter Kaylee. She has two dogs, Presley and Remy and two cats, Lily and Freddy. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and being outdoors.