Dr. Christen Ragle
When Dr. Ragle is not saving the lives of animals or hanging with her pets, she makes fancy decorated cakes as a hobby. She also enjoys traveling and kayaking when the weather is nice.
Dr. Ragle has known veterinary medicine was her calling for quite some time—she’s been working in vet hospitals since 2006 and earned her DVM from St. George’s University in 2015. She has a special interest in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and puppy training.
After living in the Caribbean for three years, Dr. Ragle scuba dives and loves and travel. When she’s not seeing patients, she enjoys spending time with her three rescue dogs—a beagle, a Plott hound and a Newfoundland.
Dr. Heather Beveridge
Originally from coastal North Carolina, animal care became a passion for Dr. Beveridge early on: she grew up with horses and her first job was as an assistant at a local veterinary hospital. She went on to earn both her undergraduate degree and DVM from North Carolina State University and worked five years in large and small animal practice before coming to West Hills Veterinary Centre.
Dr. Beveridge has a special interest in orthopedics, veterinary sports medicine, geriatric mobility and pain management—which means she’s definitely a fan of senior pets and loves helping them achieve mobility and freedom from pain. She also enjoys the fact that at West Hills, clients are like family and patients are more than just pets.
When she’s not caring for your animal companions at the hospital, Dr. Beveridge enjoys horseback riding, herding with her border collies Happy and Dory, painting and cuddling with her cat Donnie.
Dr. Timothy Jordan
Dr. Timothy Jordan has been a practicing veterinarian for over 35 years and has worked with both large and small veterinary practices. He also currently owns and has previously owned several veterinary practices, modernizing their care and service to meet the needs of the communities they serve.
Dr. Jordan has a passion for veterinary surgery and has completed advanced training and certification to further his surgical skills and techniques. He has now performed over 3,000 different orthopedic procedures and can offer colleagues and pet owners alike an insight into the possible options and outcomes of many orthopedic and soft tissue problems encountered in a veterinary practice.
Dr. Karina Ballester
Dr. Karina Ballester joined our team in May of 2019. She grew up surrounded by beloved family dogs and cats in Puerto Rico, which sparked her interest in small animal veterinary medicine. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and has advanced degrees from the University of Minnesota and from North Carolina State University.
She brings to our team many years’ experience in small animal medicine and over 7 years’ experience as a team leader. Dr. Ballester really enjoys surgery, being able to help new generations of veterinarians develop additional skills and build confidence in their practice, but mostly loves being able to build trusting, caring life-long relationships with pets and their families.
Dr. Ballester lives in Raleigh with her husband Walter. They have 3 pets: India (a lovable senior female Basset hound mix), Carmen (a young, energetic female pit bull terrier who is full of wiggles and kisses) and Pito Pío (whose official name is Che–but he has had many nicknames throughout the years and this is his family’s current favorite) an extremely clingy and loving male grey tabby cat.
During their free time, Dr. Ballester and her husband enjoy traveling, especially exploring new cultures and cuisines–they have been known to travel just to try exotic foods. They also enjoy working out together and she loves to paint. Dr. Ballester is very excited to be part of our hospital and is looking forward to meeting you and helping you keep your pets healthy!
Dr. Spencer Ellis, DVM
Dr. Ellis has had a passion for helping animals for as long as he can remember. In high school and college, he worked as a veterinary technician, and in 2014 graduated from NC State College of Veterinary Medicine.
Keeping true to his passion for helping animals, Dr. Ellis has served on multiple mission trips to underserved areas of the country. He has also pursued his interest in internal medicine, radiology, soft tissue surgery and orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Ellis lives with his wife Catherine in Statesville. They have two dogs, Calie and Dixie, and a cat, Jasmine. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with his family.