Dr. Charles Miller
Dr. Charles Miller has always had others’ interests at heart—before becoming a veterinarian, he worked as a registered respiratory care practitioner for 13 years, specializing in neonatal and pediatric critical care. When he began contemplating a career change, it only made sense to combine his love of medicine with his lifelong adoration of animals. Veterinary medicine was the perfect choice! Now, Dr. Miller has been serving the pets and animal owners of the area for nearly 28 years.
Dr. Miller grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia before moving to Durham with his mother and two sisters. He first joined the Triangle Veterinary Hospital team as an undergraduate student in the late 1980s, using the real-world experience he gained here to prepare himself for veterinary school. Next, Dr. Miller attended North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to earn his Doctorate. Shortly after graduating in 1992, he joined the Triangle Veterinary Hospital family as a licensed veterinarian and became the practice owner four short years later.
Medically, Dr. Miller is interested in orthopedic, soft-tissue, and laparoscopic surgeries, internal medicine, oncology, and endoscopy. He also likes staying current on the constant advancements in veterinary healthcare and passing this knowledge on to his clients. Most of all, Dr. Miller enjoys interacting directly with his patients and their owners on a daily basis.
Dr. Miller is an avid runner, cyclist, gardener, and car and motorcycle aficionado. He enjoys decorating his new home and spending time with his puppy Magic and a new kitten named Kobe.
Dr. Jessie Watson
Dr. Jessie Watson is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine that joined Triangle Veterinary Hospital in 2019.
Dr. Watson grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and moved to North Carolina as a child. Upon graduating high school in Greensboro, NC, she pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Hawaii at Hilo where she studied agriculture and animal science. While living on the Big Island of Hawaii she gained a passion for economically sound, minimalist living and spent 3 years living off-the-grid. Her favorite homes included a treehouse in a 100-year-old mango tree, living on a cattle ranch and residing in a 144 square foot home. In her free time, she enjoyed sailing, surfing, gardening, and raising free-range chickens and show rabbits.
Dr. Watson moved back to North Carolina in 2012 to be closer to family and pursue her veterinary education. She completed her doctorate in veterinary medicine from NC State University. Her clinical interests include feline medicine, dentistry and pain management.
While not at work, Dr. Watson continues to enjoy outdoor activities with friends and family, traveling and cooking. She shares her home with her beloved ragdoll cat named Lana. She is planning on expanding her pet family soon and hopes to have a small farm in the future.
Dr. Chelsea Tabor
Dr. Tabor knew from a young age that her life would involve animals.
Growing up in New Jersey there was always a dog and cat in the house. She and her family moved to North Carolina and one of her first jobs as a teenager was at Triangle Veterinary Hospital as kennel staff. After high school, she attended UNC-Greensboro where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. It was during this time that her interest in exotic animals and big cats began and she spent time volunteering at CLAWS and the Conservative Center.
Life then took her across the Atlantic Ocean to Namibia where she volunteered at Harnas Wildlife Foundation, a farm whose mission is to care for, rehabilitate and return injured, orphaned or abandoned animals to where they belong in the wild. While there she was introduced to Erindi Private Game Reserve and became their first female American safari guide. After vigorous education and training on flora and fauna of the Reserve, her days were filled with hosting visitors on guided game drives. She is not sure she would have returned to the States if her work visa had been extended.
After returning back to North Carolina, Dr. Tabor decided to take required courses to prepare to apply to veterinary school. She attended Ross School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts and completed her clinical year of studies at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. During breaks, she completed externships with Wildlife Vets in South Africa and Elephants World in Thailand.
Her clinical interests are surgery, pain management and practicing Fear Free™ techniques and she is delighted to come full circle and return to Triangle Veterinary Hospital.
Each day Dr. Tabor returns home to her two island cats, Reid & Ryann. She enjoys traveling, yoga and visits to the Outer Banks.
Dr. Avery Gottwalt
Dr. Avery Gottwalt grew up in High Point, North Carolina with a love of animals instilled in her from an early age. With her mother and father both being veterinarians, there was never a shortage of puppies to play with and wildlife to help. From possums and flying squirrels to ducklings and turtles, she inherited her parents’ compassion and curiosity for all creatures.
Her love of animals evolved into a passion for veterinary medicine in high school, as she worked more closely with her parents on cases. She then pursued her undergraduate degree at Clemson University in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. It was here that her love for cattle grew, and she showed Brown Swiss heifers for the 3 years that she was there. Her days there were filled with swimming in the lake, cuddling with cows, and of course, Clemson Football. She continued to spend her summers working with her parents, both widening her knowledge base and growing her passion for small animal medicine.
She then attended NC State College of Veterinary Medicine where she completed her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2020. Her clinical interests include soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, and geriatric care, which she is thrilled to continue as a member of Triangle Veterinary Hospital.
When not at work, Dr. Gottwalt enjoys running, backpacking, travelling, and spending time with her husband, Brian, and cat, Liesel
Originally from Europe, Lorena first came to the United States 35 years ago to help her husband manage an American Paint Horse ranch in northern Durham. Through plenty of hard work and dedication, Lorena came to adore the devotion and love that she received from the animals she cared for. She’s known that pet care was her true calling ever since!
Lorena was born in Padova, Italy and also spent time in Germany as a child after her parents moved there. In addition to English and Italian, she also speaks German and even a bit of French!
Lorena first joined the Triangle Veterinary Hospital team in 2004 after being referred here by a friend and client. She serves as the Hospital Manager, and her favorite part of the work is getting to see happy, healthy pets be returned to their loving and appreciative owners.
Lorena and her husband, Charles, live in Haw River. They have two grown sons, Franco and Marco.
Team Lead – Veterinary Technicians, Kennel Staff
For Reggie, caring for animals isn’t just a hobby, or even a career. It’s something that brings joy to his heart on a daily basis—he simply can’t imagine doing anything else! Reggie has been caring for the area’s pets here at Triangle Veterinary Hospital for 18 years.
A Durham native, Reggie first entered the human healthcare field after high school, serving as a nursing assistant in various retirement homes. It didn’t take him long, though, to realize that something was missing. That something was animals! Reggie joined the Triangle Veterinary Hospital family in the fall of 1998, and has been here ever since.
Reggie has been married to his wife, Monica, for over 20 years. The couple has four sons, two of whom have followed in their father’s footsteps and entered the veterinary field themselves. Reggie and his family share their home with a dog named Dakota.