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 five 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. Mike Grafinger graduated from Mississippi State University in 1999. He completed a one year internship at Animal Medical Center in New York City which has an annual case load of 50,000 patients and over 90 veterinarians. He practiced general medicine in New York City for one year before joining a North Carolina emergency and referral practice as an emergency clinician. He completed a surgical residency at NC State Veterinary School and is one of the few board certified surgeons affiliated                                           with an emergency 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 three year residency in small animal surgery at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She then spent three years working in academia at both the Ontario Veterinary College and Auburn University before moving on to referral and specialty practice. Dr. Eward lives on a small farm in north Durham with her husband, three kids and                                             menagerie of pets.


Dr. Marc Hirshenson grew up in Rockville, Maryland.  He received a BS in Animal Science from the University of Maryland and 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. Away from the hospital, Dr.                                             Hirshenson enjoys swimming, spending time outside, traveling or                                                       catching an Orioles or Terrapins game.


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                                                          State University.  She lives in Raleigh and has a small mixed                                                                breed dog named Bruce.

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Dr. Anne Doherty Hinn earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and attended North Carolina State University (NCSU) for veterinary school. She completed two years of small animal private practice and then returned to NCSU to complete a residency in veterinary dermatology. Dr. Doherty Hinn is a Carolina native who proudly calls Raleigh home.