Riverbend Veterinary PetCare Hospital

Meet Our Team

At Riverbend Veterinary PetCare Hospital, we consider all of our patients and clients part of our family. Every day, our team of veterinarians, technicians, and support staff are ready to provide the best care possible to all of our patients, and the most courteous customer service to our clients.

Our love for animals is what drives us to deliver nothing but amazing compassion towards the animals we see everyday. We know how important the relationship is between human and pet, and we will do our best to ensure that your pets live long, healthy, and happy lives with you. To learn more about our staff, facilities, or amenities, please feel free to give us a call or stop by and say hello!

Wes Spangler

Medical Director & DVM

Dr. Wes Spangler is the Medical Director of Riverbend Veterinary PetCare Hospital, and co-owner and Medical Director of TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Paw Creek and a Fear Free Certified veterinarian. He is originally from a small beef cattle farm in Southern Virginia and says that his time on the farm shaped his lifelong passion for animals. He completed he undergraduate work at Virginia Tech and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University in 2017. Dr. Spangler moved to the Gastonia area following graduation where he spent two years at our Forestbrook location as an associate veterinarian before moving to Paw Creek. His professional interests include cardiology, oncology, and surgery, as well as providing understandable, yet thorough, client education.

Outside of the hospital, Wes spends much of his time outdoors hiking, biking, kayaking, and more with his newly adopted dog, Shadow. He enjoys watching and playing music, exploring the area with friends, and just relaxing with his cat, Rikku, while watching Game of Thrones.

Isabel Plourde

Co-Owner & DVM

Dr. Isabel Plourde is a Veterinarian and Co-Owner at Riverbend Veterinary PetCare Hospital. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Kenyon College and graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She joined the TotalBond team following graduation and spent her first year and a half rotating between the five locations. Now, Dr. Plourde primarily practices at our Lake Wylie, SC location. Her special interests include internal medicine and helping patients who have long-term conditions feel better on a day-to-day basis. She is trained to perform full abdominal ultrasounds, which aids her internal medicine interest. She works hard to keep your pet’s visit as low-stress as possible.

She shares her home in Charlotte with her husband, their new baby girl, and two dogs named Cash and Badu. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling. A fun fact about Dr. Plourde is that one of the experiences that influenced her decision to go into veterinary medicine was a semester spent abroad in Kenya studying wildlife management.

Emily Shotts

Associate DVM

Dr. Emily Shotts is the newest Associate Veterinarian with Riverbend Veterinary PetCare Hospital. Dr. Shotts received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee in 2017, and went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. She has become Fear Free Certified, and has a professional interest in animal behavior, dentistry, and radiology.
Dr. Shotts began her veterinary career in 2011 while still in high school where she worked as a kennel assistant at a veterinary hospital. She was inspired to get into veterinary medicine from the strong bond she had with her childhood dogs, two miniature schnauzers. Dr. Shotts works hard every day to be an advocate for her patients, and ensures she cares for each animal as if they were her own.
Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Dr. Shotts has just recently made the move to Charlotte, North Carolina with her 12 year old calico kitty Penny, and 12 year old mini schnauzer mix Sophie. In her free time outside of work, Dr. Shotts enjoys reading, being outdoors, caring for her house plants, and spending time with friends!

Rhonda A.

Practice Manager

Rhonda is the Practice Manager at our PawCreek hospital. She started as a Customer Service Representative with TotalBond in 2014. Rhonda has two pets who keep her very busy: Punkin, a pug mix and Nova, a pit bull. She and her family love to travel, but especially love taking small day trips with the dogs. Nova loves to ride in the car, no matter where they go! Rhonda is passionate about customer care, making sure that each client’s needs are taken care of and their concerns are met with understanding. Rhonda is also Fear Free Certified, which means she'll help your pets with a fear-free experience!

Hope C.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Hope joined the Riverbend team after relocating from Columbus, Ohio with her family and is a Registered Veterinary Technician in both North Carolina and Ohio. She has worked in veterinary medicine for over 10 years and has been an RVT since 2009. Hope has wanted to work in veterinary medicine since she was 5 years old and is passionate about internal medicine and geriatrics.

She shares her home with her husband, two gray cats, Huckleberry Finn and Fionna, and two orange and white rabbits, Ceviche the Magnificent Lion and Pimento Loaf. She enjoys gardening, baking, traveling, scrapbooking, quilting, and all things Christmas!

Christina A.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Born and raised in New York, Christina moved to Charlotte, NC seven years ago and has been working with the Riverbend family for over a year. Growing up, she always had a great passion for animal care and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2020. She shares her home with a shy and sweet little rescue dog named Cherry and is thrilled to provide the best care for your fur babies!


Veterinary Assistant

Francesca is a native to Charlotte, NC. From a young age, Fran knew she wanted to work and care for animals. She is a recent spring 2021 graduate from North Carolina central university. Fran joined our team January 2022 as a Veterinary Technician Assistant. Her interest is in small and large animal medicine as well as clinical research. Fran has one amazing chiweenie named Bella. On Fran time off she enjoys painting, hiking and swimming.

Katlyn K.

Approved Veterinary Assistant

Katlyn joined the RiverBend Team as a Approved Veterinary Assistant in April 2021. In the spring of 2020 she relocated from New York to sunny Charlotte, NC after 27 years and decided to turn her passion for animals into a career. In her free time she loves cooking, kayaking and photography, especially pet portraits. She shares her home with her fiancé and two wonderful cats, Miss Sassafras and Clara Jane.

Sara R.


Sara joined the TotalBond team in October 2020 as a Receptionist and has over a decade of customer service experience. She grew up in Charlotte but has family in Boston and Cape Cod. In her free time she loves hanging out with friends, walking on the Greenway, or reading fantasy and thriller novels. She loves all things nerdy, especially Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Marvel. She is very creative and loves writing, painting, and making dreamcatchers.

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