your dogs and cats are family


Darren Holman


  • Prior to veterinary school worked with and trained horses. Graduated from Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. Has practiced in Ohio, New Jersey and now in the Cary/Raleigh area for more than 15 years.
  • Special interest in internal medicine, soft-tissue surgery, and fiber optic endoscopy.
  • Resides in Cary with Brussels Griffon, Jitterbug; Teacup Chihuahua, Addi; Chiweenie, Frankie; and cat, Tommy.
  • Enjoys running, scuba diving, technology, and is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan.


Diona Krahn


  • Graduated from Meredith College and North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Has been a practicing veterinarian in the Cary area since 1998.
  • Special interest in feline and canine dentistry, Internal medicine, surgery, endocrine disease, and ultrasound.
  • Resides in Cary with her husband, Kilo; children, Xander and Cael; Whippet, Cooper; and cats Mystery and Yuki.
  • Enjoys yoga, cycling, running, hiking and outdoor activities.


Kate Mallo


  • Worked overseas in pharmaceutical market research prior to a career in veterinary medicine. Graduated from North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.
  • Special interests in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery, flexible endoscopy, soft-tissue surgery and internal medicine.
  • Resides in Apex with her husband, Dave, young children, Owen and Maggie, and dog Muller. Her oldest daughter, Sara, is a nurse and resides in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Enjoys tennis, biking, reading and hiking.


Jennifer Bailey


  • Graduated from North Carolina State University in 2004 and from North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008
  • Special interest in canine and feline dentistry, oncology, and behavior
  • Resides in Raleigh with her husband, David; daughters, Catie and Clara ; terrier mix, Wanda; Labrador mix, Jones; and cats Fletcher and Truman.
  • Enjoys Crossfit, running, cooking, and cheering on the Wolfpack!


Bradley Waffa


  • Studied Biology at Sewanee and earned his MPH from Tulane in 2010. Graduated from North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Practiced for almost 3 years in Virginia, but is excited to return home to NC.
  • Special interest in anesthesia/pain management, preventive care/public health, geriatric care, and reptile medicine and surgery.
  • Resides in Cary with his significant other, Shal; their two dogs, Bennett and Mimi; black cat, Pickles; and a menagerie of reptiles.
  • Enjoys randonneuring (long distance cycling), rock climbing, macro photography, entomology, and playing music.


Julie Papp

Practice Manager

  • Graduated from Western Michigan University in 1996.
  • Relocated from Michigan to the Raleigh area in 1997 and has been the practice manager at Gentle Care Animal Hospital since opening in 1998.
  • Resides in Fuquay-Varina with her Pit Bull Mix, Rue; Pit Bull, Wayne; and cats, Woobie, and Dill..
  • Enjoys crossfit, outdoor activities, concerts, grilling with friends, supporting the Raleigh Women's Rugby Team and is a fan of both the Detroit Lions and Detroit Red Wings.
Thank you for allowing us to care for your pets!

Our Philosophy

Our primary focus is preventative care, which helps increase the quality and longevity of your pet’s life.
Yep, Mom was right — an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.