Gene Bailey, DVM, DABVP
Dr. Gene Bailey is the senior partner at Animal Hospital of Peak Plaza. After growing up in northeastern Maryland, he started his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland and graduated with both his bachelors and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. After a year in mixed animal practice in Vermont, Dr. Bailey moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1984 to concentrate on practicing small animal medicine and surgery. Shortly thereafter, he opened Rock Creek Animal Hospital in Cooper City, Florida. His hospital developed a reputation for high-quality personal service and care.
Upon moving to the Triangle in 1996, Dr. Bailey joined Timberlyne Animal Clinic in Chapel Hill, where he did much of the surgery and handled many of the complicated internal medicine and oncology cases. In 1998 he began working in emergency and critical care at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas. However, Dr. Bailey’s desire to foster close long-term relationships and re-enter general practice led him to open of Animal Hospital of Peak Plaza in 2000.
Dr. Bailey is board certified in canine and feline practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). He is one of 15 veterinarians in North Carolina and one of only 5 in Wake County with this designation. An award of Diplomate status to a veterinarian recognizes that a veterinarian has demonstrated that they can fill a unique and special role in the delivery of “state of the art” veterinary care.
Dr. Bailey lives on his Siler City farm with his wife, Maureen, and enjoys tending to his herd of beef cattle, helping care for their four horses, and working his hay fields. In his free time, he enjoys time in his gardens and mountain biking.
Lindsay Warner, DVM
Dr. Lindsay Warner is a partner and veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Peak Plaza. She grew up in the Triangle, earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University, and graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University in 2010. From an early age, Dr. Warner’s understanding of and respect for animals was apparent as she spent time on her relatives’ dairy farms, worked on horse farms, and took care of her family’s and friends’ pets. Upon graduation from veterinary school, she worked for two years as a small animal practitioner in Mebane, NC.
Dr. Warner has known Dr. Bailey since he was her family’s veterinarian in Chapel Hill and worked part time for him throughout high school, college and veterinary school. Given their shared belief in high quality and compassionate medicine and surgery, she was eager to join the Animal Hospital of Peak Plaza as a veterinarian in 2012 and became a partner in the practice in 2014. Dr. Warner’s special interests include general medicine, geriatric medicine, and pain management/anesthesia.
Outside of work, Dr. Warner enjoys spending time with her dog, cat, chickens, and bees (she is a certified beekeeper), as well as gardening and watching ACC sports.
Brian Grossi, DVM
Dr. Brian Grossi is a veterinarian and partner at Animal Hospital of Peak Plaza. After studying anthropology at the University of Miami, Dr. Grossi began his first career in primatology at the Duke University Primate Center as a lemur caretaker. He later returned to Florida to become the first curator of the Lemur Conservation Foundation-Myakka Reserve (LCF) and it was through his experience at the LCF that he made his decision to become a veterinarian. While completing his pre-requisite coursework for veterinary school he gained valuable experience working at a local emergency animal hospital and a cat only hospital.
Following graduation from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012, he worked as an associate veterinarian at a companion animal hospital in Durham before joining Animal Hospital of Peak Plaza in 2015. Along with treating cats and dogs, Dr. Grossi also enjoys treating pocket pets and other small mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, and hamsters.
Dr. Grossi has a special interest in veterinary dentistry, pain management, and exotic animal medicine. He shares his Durham home with a rescue greyhound named Seymour, a herd of cats, and a collection of aquariums. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, concerts, and the company of great friends.
Mette Tomkins, DVM
Dr. Mette Tomkins is an associate veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Peak Plaza. She has been in North Carolina since 1983 and was one of the early graduates from North Carolina State University’s then-new School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation in 1989, she joined Timberlyne Animal Clinic in Chapel Hill where she later met Dr. Bailey. She spent the next decade as the senior associate at Timberlyne Animal Clinic and in 2000 became the lead investigator in a clinical trial for new feline pain medication.
Her interest in feline medicine then sent her to Charlottesville Cat Clinic in Virginia. Due to personal life-changing events, Dr. Tomkins returned to Chapel Hill in 2002 and rejoined Timbelyne Animal clinic as the lead veterinarian at their Legion Road Animal Clinic office where she continued her passion of practicing personalized high-quality medicine with a special interest in feline medicine and geriatric care. In 2014, she retired from Legion Road Animal clinic after a 25-year tenure. Shortly thereafter, upon a chance conversation with Dr. Bailey, Dr. Tomkins came out of retirement to continue part-time practice with Animal Hospital of Peak Plaza.
When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Tomkins divides her time between her home in Fearrington Village and the NC coast, where she enjoys gardening, boating, hiking, and kayaking, and spending time with her two cats.
Sara Virgil, DVM
Dr. Sara Virgil is originally from Upstate New York. After graduating from Cornell University, she worked at a small animal hospital in her hometown, which reinforced her decision to attend veterinary school. She moved to Raleigh to attend North Carolina State University, where she received her degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2014. After practicing in the Raleigh-Durham area for several years, she worked in Knoxville, TN, until returning to what she considers her permanent home in the Triangle.
Dr. Virgil enjoys interacting with pets and their families and the daily learning opportunities afforded and necessary as a veterinarian. She strives to take care of every pet the way she would want her own pets treated. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include dermatology, internal medicine, pain management, and geriatric medicine.
She lives in Cary with her husband Jordan, young son Jack, and a menagerie of pets, including two mixed-breed dogs, a cat, and a bearded dragon. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing recreational soccer on several local teams, hiking, and wildlife observation.
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