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About Us
We are thrilled to offer a wide range of veterinary services for pets in the greater Charlotte area.

Best Care Animal Hospital

Conveniently located in Matthews, North Carolina, we are thrilled to offer a wide range of veterinary services for dogs and cats in the greater Charlotte area.
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Our Team

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Dr. Sunil Kakarla

DVM, Ph.D., Owner

Dr. Sunil Kakarla, an experienced and compassionate veterinarian in Cary, NC, grew up in India. After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine in India, he practiced as a companion animal veterinarian for five years in a metropolitan city in India. He moved to the United States in 2005 with a passion for practicing high-quality veterinary medicine in an advanced setting. During that process, he pursued his MS and Ph.D. in a renowned lab at Marshall University in West Virginia.

As a graduate student, Dr. Kakarla performed cutting-edge research and had several high impact publications to his credit. While pursuing graduate studies, he simultaneously completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) in 2010. Soon after this accomplishment, he began volunteering at several local animal hospitals. He completed his clinical experience program and obtained his license to practice in the US the same year.

In 2011, after graduating with a doctoral degree, he joined a small animal practice in Durham/RTP where he established a huge clientele and treated about 6000 to 7000 pets per year.

With his continued passion to provide the best quality veterinary care, he joined the state-of-the-art Walnut Street Animal Hospital in June 2016. As a veterinarian in the RTP area of NC, he strongly believes in quality care for pets and in being available to his patients when needed.

Sunil Kakarla is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and has special interests in dermatology and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as emergency medicine. Dr. Kakarla is married and has a son and a daughter. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, including his 1-year-old Golden-Doodle, Brownie, and a 4-year-old Poodle, Milky. He enjoys serving his community by actively helping rescue groups and shelter pets, and in his free time, he plays volleyball.

Madhukar Kolli

DVM, Ms, Ph.D, Chief Veterinarian

Motivated from an early age living up in the farmland by my love of animals and a passion for science, I always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. I graduated from The College of Veterinary Science, Tirupati, India in 2004 with first class.

As a new graduate, I worked in India in a small and large animal practice for two years. With a passion for advancement in my career, I then moved to the United States of America and pursued my Masters and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. I relished the experience of living and working in a different country. After completing my higher education, I worked in a busy small animal practice in Fayetteville, NC, for six years and helped pets and pet owners with preventive care, dental prophylaxis procedures, dental extractions, and soft-tissue surgeries.

My passion to work in a small individual practice became a reality during this time. I made the move to Charlotte in June 2018 to take on the veterinarian role at Best Care Animal Hospital in Matthews. I live in Matthews with my wife, two kids, and a dog - Candy. In my spare time, I like to travel and play volleyball. My next adventure is publishing a research project on breed associated changes with age!

I try to offer the best care to my clients and their pets and have a special interest in surgery, emergency care, and internal medicine. I look forward to meeting all our Best Care Animal Hospital clients and their furry friends!
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Dr. Kiara Martin

DVM

Kayla Robinson

Chief Operations Manager

Kayla has been an integral part of our team since she graduated from Anderson University in 2018. She has gained experience with us in just about every role other than veterinarian and is happy to apply that knowledge to her current administrative position. As an aspiring veterinarian, she has always carried a passion for animal health and welfare, and that is evident in her compassionate care towards our patients and their humans alike. When she is not doing vet-related work, you can find her traveling, curled up with a new book, or exploring nature with her camera in hand.
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Sarah Van Staalduinen

Administrative Director

Sarah is an NC State graduate with double majors in Animal Science and Applied Nutrition. She has lived with animals her entire life and has always had a special place in her heart for them. She has been with the company since 2019, and she loves her job. Not only does she have the opportunity to meet new people and pets on a daily basis, but she also gets to help those fur babies stay happy and healthy with their families. Her favorite things to do outside of work include spending time with her furry kiddos; two dogs named Ochi and Denali, and two cats named Juniper and George. When she’s not at work, you can find her hiking with her dog, or taking part in any other activities in which she can include them.

Hayley Alonso

Lead Assistant

Hi! My name is Hayley Alonso. I am a Lead Assistant here at Best Care Animal Hospital. I have had a passion for animals since I was a kid. I worked with horses from the age of 14 until December of 2020. I came to Best Care Animal Hospital to get a fresh start in the veterinary field and to be able to start my career in animal science. My goal is to become an equine vet with large animals. Starting here at Best Care has already taught me so much I need to know, and I will be able to use that knowledge to help me with equine animals.

I am also a huge car enthusiast and love working on cars. I rescued my cat, Goose, from Best Care Animal Hospital and love her dearly!
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Cristy Gerasimchuk

Assistant

Hi. My name is Cristy Gerasimchuk. I grew up on a farm with many different animals. I’ve loved animals since I was a little kid. I grew up around them and loved their company. Currently, I am still in high school finishing my last year. I want to pursue a career in the medical field, and this job is a perfect way to begin my experience. I have two amazing dogs at home, a Lab and a German Shepherd. Working at Best Care has helped me help my pets in many different ways. I am now aware of different things that will help them in everyday life, and I have gained that knowledge by working here. I love animals very dearly and enjoy my time working at Best Care Animal Hospital.

Alexandria McDaries

Assistant

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Mikayla Alonso

Assistant

Brynn Shelley

Assistant

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Emily Davis

Assistant

Vanessa Girich

Receptionist

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Our Clients

A trusted low-cost veterinarian in Charlotte.

Best Care Animal Hospital provides affordable high-quality services for dogs and cats in Charlotte, Matthews, Indian Trail, Mint Hill, Ballantyne, Pineville, and the surrounding areas.

Accepting new clients!

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Best Care Animal Hospital

Conveniently located in Matthews, North Carolina, we are thrilled to offer a wide range of veterinary services for dogs and cats in the greater Charlotte area. We provide preventative care and a number of other services to keep your pets feeling their best.
Best Care Animal Hospital

based on 170 reviews

1730 Matthews Township Pkwy
a1, Matthews, NC 28105