David Walker, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. David Walker fulfilled pre-veterinary medical requirements at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, and received a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He continues to increase his knowledge of veterinary internal medicine and surgery through reading, seminars and labs.
Dr. Walker grew up in Harrison, Ohio, near Cincinnati. He enjoys spending time with friends and family including his wife, Michele Walker, daughter, Madison, and their Silky Terrier, Ally. In his free time he also enjoys running, biking, scuba diving, swimming, golfing, reading, and traveling.
Trivia: Dr. Walker has been scuba diving with 28 (and counting) bull sharks in Belize and has dived as deep as 115 feet.
Susan Novak, DVM
Dr. Susan Novak received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She has a special interest in veterinary dermatology, oncology and pathology.
Dr. Novak grew up in Hendersonville, NC. She lives with her husband Ron and daughters, Elsa and Camille. Their furry family includes two cats, a Boston terrier named Dodger, and a warthog-looking dog named McKenzie. They also have four fish that have never pooped on the floor! Her personal interests include ACC football and basketball (go Tarheels!).
Clare Bonifant, DVM
Dr. Clare Bonifant grew up in West Newton, Massachusetts. She received a BA degree from Harvard, an MBA degree from Dartmouth and a DVM degree from NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Bonifant's family includes husband Ben, two daughters, Ellie and Daisy Grace, three dogs, Gideon, Sadie, and Pepper. When not at work, Dr. Bonifant enjoys outdoor activities with her family, puttering in the garden, minor home improvement projects, and teaching herself to knit. She is a golf and tennis enthusiast and recently donned the mantle of "Soccer Mom" to become the manager of her daughter's soccer team.
Jennifer Sawyer, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Sawyer is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Findlay and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has also completed a year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery from Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey. Her professional interests are in veterinary neurology and opthalmology.
Dr. Sawyer enjoys spending time with her furry family—two cats, Matia and Mirabelle.
Michelle Diener, DVM
Dr. Michelle Diener was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She later received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Diener enjoys traveling, fishing, camping, and going to UNC football and basketball games with her husband Steve and daughter Addison. She has a Golden Retriever named Brie, a West Highland White Terrier named Zoey, and an Amazon Parrot named Merlin.