Meet Our Staff
Hans Bernhard, DVM
Dr. Bernhard is a Raleigh native. He has been a member of the Holly Springs Veterinary Hospital team since completing veterinary school at North Carolina State University in 2005. In 2018, he joined forces with NC based Vets Pets veterinary management group to become a managing partner at Holly Springs Veterinary Hospital. He has a deep passion for client, employee, and patient care.
Away from the office, “Dr. B” loves spending time with his husband Mitch and their two children, Eva and Landon – often taking trips to the beach or traveling to the nearest baseball park to watch a game. During the winter, he enjoys traveling to the most majestic mountain he can find to go downhill skiing. His personal pets include dogs, Molly & Belle and cats, Myrtle & Stormy.
Aaron Tolhurst, DVM
Dr. Tolhurst is a 2012 graduate of the North Carolina State University – College of Veterinary Medicine, where he focused his studies in small animal medicine. His particular interests include preventive medicine and surgery. Prior to attending veterinary school, he received a BS degree in Biology in 2003 from Penn State Erie – The Behrend College in Erie, Pennsylvania. He moved to North Carolina in 2008 and still misses the snowy Pennsylvania winters.
When not at work, Dr. Tolhurst enjoys home improvement projects, relaxing outdoors, and spending time with his wife and their cat named Miles.
Garrett Bredar, DVM
Dr. Bredar graduated from Morehead State University with a bachelor’s degree before completing his veterinary medical degree at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bredar has a strong interest in surgery, wound management, and dermatology. He enjoys the challenge of helping patients that can’t talk to you and loves developing a connection with clients by helping their pets.
In his spare time, he enjoys hiking with his wife Alex and their dog Chewbacca. When not at work or on the trail, you will find Dr. Bredar cooking or out playing sports.
Sandi Foley, Practice Manager
Sandi was born and raised in the Midwest. Sandi just joined our team in November of 2020. Her previous veterinary positions allowed her to transition into the hospital and team with ease.
Growing up Sandi had horses, dogs, and farm cats. She learned how to care for, respect, and appreciate animals at a young age. Her passion for animals continued to grow and she eventually became a horse trainer and instructor which allowed her a flexible schedule while raising a family.
Her goal at HSVH is to ensure that our clients’ as well as their pets’ needs are met. Sometimes situations are difficult and stressful, but she does her best to make each client feel welcome and comfortable. When not at work, she’s an outdoorsy girl at heart. You can find her on the water (skiing, tubing, or just relaxing) or in the mountains (hiking, camping, or snow skiing). You can always find her two Aussies tagging along as well, Mr. Snix and Sapphire. She feels blessed that the HSVH team has opened their arms to her and allowed her to share her love of animals and experience with them.
Anaiz, RVT, Lead Surgery Technician
Anaiz was born in Queens, NY. She moved to NC back in 2007 and has loved it ever since. She has two pups that love to go on hikes and travel with her. Gryffin is five years old, and Lily is seven. Anaiz is a graduate of the VMT program at CCCC and fully plans to further her career by passing the VTNE and becoming an RVT. In the meantime, she loves her place at Holly Springs Veterinary Hospital.
Ivy was born and raised in Chapel Hill. She graduated from UNCG with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She then went to Penn Foster to obtain her Veterinary Technician degree. She obtained her RVT licensure in May of this year. She has been working in veterinary medicine for 10 years and has always enjoyed working with animals. She just started here at Holly Springs Veterinary Hospital in July and loves it here. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 dogs and 2 cats. She also enjoys reading and going to concerts.
Lexi, Lead Veterinary Assistant
Lexi has been a part of the HSVH team since October of 2016. She graduated from North Carolina State University in May of 2019 with a BS degree in Animal Science and a nutrition minor. She has spent the last few years gaining more experience in the veterinary field and hopes to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State soon. Lexi loves to spend time with family and friends, and especially loves dog-sitting her parents’ mini labradoodle Rylie!
Avery, Veterinary Assistant
Avery was raised in Southport, NC. She has always had a passion for working with all types of animals from cats and dogs to horses and exotics. Avery has two small dogs, Sasha and Rascal, two cats and two reptiles. Avery is currently attending the Veterinary Technician program at Penn Foster College and plans to become an RVT upon graduating. Outside of work Avery enjoys spending time with her animals, reading, and doing arts and crafts.
Elena, Veterinary Assistant
Elena is a Maryland native who just moved to the area this year. She is a graduate of Towson University with a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Biological Research. In her free time she enjoys cooking, working out, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Elena is also fluent in Italian and American Sign Language. She doesn’t have any animals at the moment, but she is impartial to collies and shelties. She loves working in the veterinary field and hopes to attend veterinary school in the future.
Karina, Veterinary Assistant
Karina was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved recently to the area from Miami, Florida. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry from Florida State University. She is also fluent in Spanish. In her free time, she likes to bake, travel, and go to concerts. This is her first job in veterinary medicine and hopes to continue learning and growing in the field for a long time.
Perry, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Perry is a student at NC State University majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Zoology. She is currently working as both a receptionist and veterinary assistant. She aspires to become a veterinarian in the future! At home, Perry has two cats named Nahla and Bowie that keep her hands full!
Harley is our new veterinary receptionist. She’s been in the field for over two years and has an associate degree. She enjoys reading, completing puzzles, and hanging out with her three cats: Bubble Bear, Miss Tubby, and Madame Mabel. Harley wants to one day work in cat rescue but her main goal in life is to be the best cat mom she can be.
Deborah was born in Oxford, UK and has been in the U.S. since 1981, living in several states. Deborah has four children: Heather, Jeremy, Olivia and Miles, and five dogs: Jasper, Lucie, Oreo, Lola and Eazel. Deborah has always loved animals and has been a foster mom for dogs and horses. She enjoys walking, camping, swimming, gardening (flowers) and horse riding.