Emergency Service


Dr. Stephanie Pferdeort (Chief of Emergency Services), originally from Baltimore, Maryland, is a graduate of Ross University’s veterinary school. After graduation, she completed a rotating medicine and surgical internship at Monroe Veterinary Specialists in Rochester, NY. Since then, Dr. Pferdeort has practiced emergency medicine in different settings and has completed specialized training in emergency ultrasound, companion laser therapy, and reiki. Prior to joining the TVRH team, she worked for 5 years as an associate at Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester in New Hampshire.

In her spare time, Dr. Pferdeort loves to fish, kayak, barbecue and smoke meat, plus roll sushi. She is also into recycled art, volleyball, crochet, and board games, especially Scrabble!

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Dr. Lee Blankenship earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. Following veterinary school, he completed a one-year internship at BluePearl in Spring, Texas. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, twin children and pets.



Dr. Hieuhanh Cox is a graduate of the veterinary school at Ross University. After graduation, she went into general practice. There, she discovered her love of emergency medicine, thus bringing her to Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospitals. Dr. Cox says emergency medicine is near and dear to her because every day is different and there is always something new to learn and experience.

 In her free time, she enjoys playing sports, watching movies, plus spending time with her pet and husband.

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Dr. Pratibha Kapoor earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in India. After graduation, she completed one clinical year in the school of veterinary medicine at Oregon State University. Dr. Kapoor has experience in both general practice as well as emergency.





Surgery Service

TVRH holly Springs Dr. Mike Grafinger

Dr. Mike Grafinger graduated from Mississippi State University in 1999. Hecompleted a one year internship at Animal Medical Center in New YorkCity which has an annual case load of 50,000 patients and over 90veterinarians. He practiced general medicine in NYC for one year before joining a North Carolina emergency and referral practice as an emergencyclinician. He completed a surgical residency at NC State VeterinarySchool and is one of the few board certified surgeons affiliated with anemergency clinic in the Durham area. He lives in Raleigh with his wife and three sons.


Dr. Cindy Eward was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1996.  Following graduation, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the college and a 3 year residency in small animal surgery at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She then spent 3 years working in academia at both the Ontario Veterinary College and Auburn University before moving on to referral and specialty practice.  Dr. Eward's research interests include oncologic surgery and she in often involved in projects with her husband, Will Eward, an orthopedic oncologist and veterinarian at Duke University Medical Center.  Her clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, oncologic surgery, stent placement as well as the welcome diversity of soft tissue, orthopedic and neurologic surgery.  Dr. Eward lives on a small farm in north Durham with her husband, 3 kids and menagerie of pets.


Dr. Marc Hirshenson grew up in Rockville, Maryland.  He received a BS in Animal Science from the University of Marylandand his DVM from Tufts University. After graduation, Dr. Hirshenson completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency and critical care and a three-year residency in small animal surgery at Cornell University.  He then returned to Maryland where he worked as a staff surgeon at a large specialty referral practice. For the last two and a half years he has served as the Chief of Surgery for a specialty hospital on Long Island.

Although he enjoys all aspects of veterinary surgery, Dr. Hirshenson is particularly interested in surgical oncology, canine stifle disease and repair, elbow disease, and wound reconstruction.  He is proficient in minimally invasive surgical procedures including arthroscopy, cystoscopy, laparoscopy, rhinoscopy and thoracoscopy.

Away from the hospital, Dr. Hirshenson enjoys swimming, spending time outside, traveling or catching an Orioles or Terrapins game.


Cardiology Service

TVRH Jennifer Myers

Dr. Jennifer Myers graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 2008. She then completed a one year small animal rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists and a one year cardiology internship at Animal Surgical and Emergency Center.  In 2010 she began a combined cardiology residency and masters degree at Colorado StateUniversity.  She lives in Raleigh and has a small mixed breed dog named Bruce.