Doctors at Bethel

Dr. Jennifer Merlo

MerloDr. Merlo developed an interest in animals and veterinary medicine at a young age. Growing up in New Jersey she had the good fortune of being exposed to horses at a young age and grew up riding and showing them in disciplines such as Hunter/Jumper and Dressage. It was her love of horses that spurned her interest in becoming a veterinarian. She obtained her BS in Biology and Animal Sciences at the University of Delaware in 2000. After graduation she attended The Ohio State University where she obtained her DVM in 2004. She completed a 1 year rotating equine internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center (NJ) where she furthered her interest in internal medicine by spending countless hours tending to critical neonatal foals. Following her internship Dr Merlo went on to North Carolina State University where she gained 2 more years of intensive training in Equine Internal Medicine.

Following her residency Dr Merlo relocated to Charlotte NC to be closer to her family and opted to pursue small animal medicine, leaving behind the 24-hour on-call demands of an equine practitioner. She practiced in Charlotte for 4 years in general practice before joining Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2011 as an emergency clinician. She became the director of the Emergency Service at the Matthews location in 2012 and established Carolina Veterinary Specialists as a Level II Trauma Center in 2014. It was after having her daughter Natalie in 2014 that she longed for the regular daily schedule that general practice offers and Dr Merlo happily joined the doctors at Total Bond Vet Hospitals in spring 2015.

Dr Merlo enjoys critical care and emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgery and ultrasound. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as her daughter Natalie, husband Gary and four legged children, which include 2 boxers (Duncan and Madeline) as well as 2 cats (Sammy and Avenue).

Dr. Hadley Harris

Hadley HarrisDr. Harris has been an animal lover since she was a small child. She grew up in Rock Hill, SC where her family household was always full of animals. She attended Clemson University where she majored in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and was very active in the pre-veterinary programs. After graduating from Clemson, she attended Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she performed a small animal rotating internship with a local referral and emergency hospital. In July of 2015, she joined the TotalBond family and has loved every minute of it.

Dr. Harris has followed in her families footsteps and currently has two dogs (Paisley and Charlie) and two cats (Webster and Noodle), all of whom are rescues. In her free time when she is not at work she enjoys, cooking, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

Dr. Jodi Werfal

Dr. Jodi Werfal began her interest in veterinary medicine through a mentor program in high school. She then went on to obtain a degree in Veterinary Technology in 1984. Dr. Werfal graduated from Louisiana State University in 1991. Since that time, she has worked with Veterinary HealthCare Associates, and became the director of Bethel Animal HealthCare Hospital in 1994. Her special area of interest is in all aspects of small animal surgery, including laser surgery.

Dr. Werfal has always been active in community projects. At this time she is very active with Girl Scouting. She serves as the leader for both a Brownie troop and a Junior troop. She is active in her church serving as a leader with the children’s ministry. Her two daughters keep her busy going from one sports activity to another. Her husband Greg, who is also a veterinarian, manages the Gaston county emergency clinic. When away from the office, Dr. Werfal enjoys hiking, gardening, swimming and tending to the family menagerie of pets.

Dr. Caitlin Tipton

TiptonI grew up in Troy, Michigan with my incredible parents, brother, and sister. Growing up I was an avid athlete (cross country, track, and gymnastics) and cellist, and was one of those kids that “always knew I wanted to be a vet.” My mom inspired my interest in medicine and of course I always loved animals; growing up we had many pets and my mom encouraged horseback riding at every opportunity.
I attended Michigan State University for my undergraduate degree in Zoology with a concentration in Animal Behavior. I then attended Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2013 with my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Two months after graduation my husband and I achieved our dream of moving to the beautiful state of North Carolina. I practiced for 8 months in a companion animal general practice. In March 2014 I was honored to join the incredible team at Total Bond Veterinary Hospitals. I am a member of the American Veterinary Medication Association, the NC Veterinary Medical Association, and the SC Veterinary Medication Association.

My husband and I have a German Shepherd Mix named Heidi and a Domestic Short Hair cat named Ninya (“Neen-ya” – Polish for Ninja); they are both rescues who have been a lot of work but who we love dearly. My husband and I love hiking with Heidi, exploring new places, and barbecuing.

Professional statement – I am very passionate about providing your pets with the utmost care so they may spend a long happy healthy life with you. My pets are beloved members of my own family so I want to do everything I can to take care of yours. I truly enjoy continuing education so that I can continue to provide your pets with the most current effective care. I would be honored to meet you and your pet!