Our Staff

At Rolesville Veterinary Hospital, we understand that you and your pets share a beautiful friendship. That’s why we’re passionate about caring for animals. Our friendly veterinarians and staff are committed to providing your pets with the absolute best care.

Jennifer Hummel, DVM

Dr. Jennifer Hummel is a Wilson, North Carolina native with over 15 years of experience practicing veterinary medicine. She came to Rolesville Veterinary Hospital in 2008 and is currently rotating between both Rolesville Veterinary Hospital and their sister facility Louisburg Veterinary Clinic. She is also currently involved in the Louisburg Spay and Neuter Clinic. She specializes in care for dogs, cats, and exotic animals.

Dr. Hummel’s passions include advanced soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine and integrative veterinary medicine (acupuncture, herbal & food therapy). Her variety in surgical skills has come through both mentorship and advanced surgical courses. She has undergone extensive training in stifle (knee) surgery and has worked closely with Orthomed to be able to provide clients with advanced procedures for cranial cruciate ligament rupture, the MMP (Modified Maquet Procedure) and patella luxation (Ridgestop Procedure). Her goal is to be able to provide advanced surgical procedures and medical treatments for animals and their owners at an affordable price.

She has completed her training in canine and feline acupuncture and plans to continue to receive certification in food therapy and herbal therapy as well. She is currently working on her certification for the Human Animal Bond. She is a USDA accredited veterinarian. Dr. Hummel has also received certification from Vet Stem in stem cell regenerative medicine. She is excited about the opportunities that integrative veterinary medicine can bring to her canine and feline patients.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time chasing her daughter Quinn and being surrounded by her pets – especially her 140 lb bloodhound, Duke. She enjoys being active through training with camp gladiator and running terrain races with friends and family. She also enjoys the quieter side of yoga, reading & outdoor activities.

Shanna Baker, DVM

Dr. Shanna Baker, DVM, was born and raised in Greenville, NC where she developed her love of animals. She had horses, dogs, cats, pocket pets and fish starting at a very early age. She always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She worked for Greenville Veterinary Hospital from the time she was fifteen through college. She obtained a BS degree in Biology from East Carolina University and proceeded to Veterinary School here in Raleigh at North Carolina State University graduating in the class of 1997.

After veterinary school, Dr. Baker moved to Mississippi to do a three year combined Internship/Residency program at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine specializing in Equine medicine and surgery. Although academics were fascinating and teaching students was rewarding she desired to be in private practice where she could form long lasting relationships with clients. She worked for Deer Creek Veterinary Service in Powhatan, VA for six years before returning to the triangle area. She worked for 3H Veterinary Hospital for nine years before finding her home here at Rolesville Veterinary Hospital beginning October of 2014.

Dr. Baker lives in Willow Spring and has a small farm where she has a few horses, a few goats, a mini pig, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 ferrets and various reptiles. She loves gardening and spending time at the river and the beach in her spare time. She also enjoys horseback riding and camping.

Colleen Sawyer, DVM

Dr. Sawyer earned her DVM degree with honors from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She was granted membership to Phi Zeta, the Veterinary Honors Society, for academic achievement. After veterinary school, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. She has been in private practice ever since. Dr. Sawyer’s veterinary interests include feline medicine, dentistry, ultrasound, and nutrition.

Dr. Sawyer graduated cum laude from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Military Science in 1997. She then served in the United States Army Medical Service Corps, where she achieved the rank of Captain. While in the 82nd Airborne Division, she became a Jumpmaster, earned her Senior Parachutist badge, and served overseas in Afghanistan. Outside of work, she enjoys cycling, running, and swimming. She and her husband Robert have two cats (Scruffy Cat and Abby) and one dog (a yellow lab named Summer).

Allyson Wilson, DVM

Dr. Wilson is an NCSU graduate, earning her BS in 2016 and DVM in 2020. Her family moved from Indiana to North Carolina in 1999, and she has lived in the area ever since. When she was 17, she started working at a local veterinary hospital, where she learned she wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Wilson’s interests include ophthalmology and cardiology.

In her free time, Dr. Wilson enjoys playing guitar, hiking, and archery. She has a corgi named Daisy and two guinea pigs, Maple and Willow.

Nicholas Sterlacci, DVM

Dr. Sterlacci graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. He has practiced in upstate New York and Northern New Jersey before joining Rolesville Vet Hosp in 2020. Previous to veterinary school, he graduated from Wagner College in Staten Island, NY.

Dr. Sterlacci has lived in NYC, Pennsylvania, Grenada (Caribbean Island), and Upstate New York, before relocating to Raleigh in 2020. Outside of work, he plays hockey as a goalie, rides his motorcycle, gardens, and tries to hike when he can.
He shares his passion for veterinary medicine with his wife Jackie (also a vet), his dogs (Grayson and Drake) and cats (Harvey and Slade).

Shawna Varichak, DVM

Dr. Varichak’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is seeing the joy that pets can bring to people’s lives. She is a firm believer that all people should have access to the benefits of pet ownership regardless of socioeconomic status and is passionate about building trusting and non-judgmental relationships with her clients.

Born and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota on a hobby farm, Dr. Varichak developed her love for animals. She began her career in human medicine as an intensive care registered nurse, but after a few years realized she wanted to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated from North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine (Go Pack!), where she fell in love with the Raleigh area. As a collegiate volleyball player, she still loves to play in her spare time.

Being actively involved with volunteering within the profession is also important to Dr. Varichak. She has a relationship with an NGO veterinary clinic in Nicaragua where she has traveled to donate her veterinary skills to help the local animal population. She is also a co-founder and board member of Triangle Barkitecture, a local pet architecture and design competition that raises money for local animal rescue organizations.

MelissaMelissa, Practice Manager

Melissa has been working in veterinary medicine for more than 20 years. She and her husband Chris have a very spoiled beagle named Mabel. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and always looks forward to college basketball. (GO DUKE!!!) She also enjoys making cakes. Melissa feels blessed to have a job that she has so much passion for.

BrookeBrooke, Veterinary Technician

“Only a person who loves a challenge would take on patients who can’t tell them where it hurts.”

Brooke became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2006 after graduating from North Virginia Community College. After moving to North Carolina and spending a few (too many) years as a stay-at-home mom, she decided to return to veterinary medicine. Brooke became a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been with RVH since April 2015. Her favorite parts of the job are anesthesia, surgery and helping coworkers learn new things. She lives in Rolesville with her amazing husband, Jared, and crazy kids, Austin & Eliza. They have one dog, Shelby. Brooke loves to read, drink coffee, watch college football (Hokies & Fighting Irish), travel as much as possible, and take naps.

CloeCloe, Veterinary Assistant

Cloe is a native of North Carolina.  She has worked with animals for over 20 years.  She is married and has one four-legged daughter.

GabbyGabby, Veterinary Assistant

Gabby has always loved animals since she was a little girl. She has been in the veterinary field for over six years. Helping people and taking care of their animals has always been her passion.  Gabby is a North Carolina native and recently moved back from Canada with her dog, Magic. She is happy to be a part of the Rolesville Veterinary Hospital family.

KristineKristine, Veterinary Assistant

Kristine is a native to NC and received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science degree from NC State in 2013. She is married to her best friend, Johnny, and together they have a perfect son, Carter, who was born in December 2018. She has been working at Rolesville Veterinary Hospital since July 2014 and is currently working on her degree to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Lauren, Veterinary Assistant

Lauren is currently a senior at NC State earning her Bachelor’s in Animal Science with a minor in Forensic Science. She hopes to attend NC State College of Veterinary Medicine next fall. She is currently Captain of NC State’s Club Quidditch Team and holds a 4.0 GPA. In her free time she enjoys painting and spending time with her loved ones.

Natalie, Veterinary Assistant

Natalie is from Louisburg, NC. Since she was little, her mom gave her the nickname Fido because she would run up to any dog she saw just to say hello. Natalie has been working in the veterinary field for over 5 years now. She is currently in school working on her Associate’s Degree, and she has two dogs, Mac and Sadie, whom she loves very much.

Gabrielle, Veterinary Assistant

Gabrielle is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She went to North Carolina State University for a period of time and then decided to pursue her passion for animals at RVH. She has a cat named Stretch who she loves very much. In her free time you will see her riding horses, hanging out with friends and family.

TraceyTracey, Receptionist

Moving to Wake Forest from Florida in 2015 with her husband and three Schnauzers, Tracey has had a long history of working with animals. As the President of the largest no-kill shelter/sanctuary in SW Florida, she was responsible for all aspects of the fundraising, medical care, rescue and adoption of over 500 cats and dogs per year. Tracey has been part of the Rolesville Veterinary Hospital since 2016.

CarryCarry, Receptionist

Carry is from Middlesex, NC and is a graduate from Appalachian State University with a BS in Theatre Education and a BA in Creative Writing. She’s owned various different animals in her life and was always “that kid” who came home with something she found in the woods asking, “Mom, can I keep it??”
Besides working at Rolesville Vet, she is also the Lead House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh where she also does free-lance Stage Management and Directing work.

Maddie, Receptionist

Maddie was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Although she may be from the Midwest, the South is where she belongs. Her passion for animals, big and small, continues to grow every day. Her miniature cow, Goose and Chocolate Lab, Maverick make the perfect flight crew for life. They guide her through the turbulence of school, work, and fun times.

Kaitlin, Receptionist

Kaitlin grew up in Kittrell, North Carolina alongside her family and Cane Corso Roman. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach and representing her state with candle making. She has always had a passion for helping animals. For the last five years, working in the veterinary field was and is the perfect way to fulfill her passion.

Hannah, Receptionist

Hannah has always had a love for the veterinary field because of her mom, Dr. Childress. She went to culinary school to experience new things but came back to the veterinary world in 2018 to follow her passion. She is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in animal science, in hopes to carry on at Vet School, to follow in her mom’s footsteps. In her free time, Hannah enjoys boxing and running with her spoiled pup, Basil.

Tanya, Receptionist

Tanya grew up on a farm right here in Wake Forest, North Carolina. She has always had a passion for animals, and it shows in her experience! She has worked as an animal control officer, veterinary assistant, and now as a receptionist. She enjoys spending her free time with her miniature dachshund, Rusty, her miniature Aussie, Ruger, and going to the mountains with friends and family.

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, we are now requiring all staff and clients to wear masks while in the building, regardless of vaccination status. The safety of both our staff and clients is of the utmost importance to Rolesville Veterinary Hospital. Thank you for your continued support.