Meet Our Team
Dr. Debra Basden
Practice Owner & DVM
Dr. Debbie Basden grew up in an Air Force family, moving often as a child. At 16, she started college in the TAMS program at the University of Texas in Denton. At 18, she was accepted to Texas A&M University in College Station where she earned her BS in Biomedical Sciences. After graduating in 2002 from Texas A&M as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Basden moved to Raleigh to reconnect with her family’s roots. Her passions include preventive care, cardiology, and furthering the human-animal bond. She’s very proud of her three boys and will talk your ear off if given the chance. Over time her household has included guinea pigs, prairie dogs, a degu, canines ranging from a miniature pinscher to a Great Dane, and a temporary five-foot-long iguana. Her family currently includes two cats (a Bengal and an Oriental Shorthair), two dogs (a Chihuahua and a Chihuahua/Toy Terrier mix), and 2 millipedes.
Dr. Jodi D'Ambrosio
Dr. Jodi D'Ambrosio was born and raised in Apex, NC. She attended NC State for both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees - Go Pack! Dr. D started working at Cleveland School in 2016 after graduating veterinary school and has enjoyed the variety of cases that she sees every day. Her clinical interests include diagnostic cytology, ophthalmology, and internal medicine. However, her favorite part of the job is seeing her patients improve and get back to their normal selves! When not at the clinic, Dr. D enjoys spending time with her husband, toddler, and their menagerie of animals (a dog, cat, and corn snake along with a flock of chickens and many fish).
Dr. Wendy Goodwin
Dr. Wendy Goodwin is originally from St. Paul, VA. She completed her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech with a double major in Animal Science and Biology. In 2002, she graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After, graduation, Dr. Goodwin worked at both Community and Knightdale Animal Hospitals. In May 2009, she began working at Cleveland School Animal Hospital. Her main areas of veterinary interest are surgery, laser surgery, dentistry, and Pugs.
Dr. Shelonda Horton
Dr. Shelonda Horton graduated from Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She has practiced Small Animal Medicine for the past 12 years. Her passions include Dermatology and Internal Medicine. Before starting her career in veterinary medicine, she served in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. She continued her medical career at a Family Practice Clinic in Mandeville, Louisiana. During her college years, she worked at an Animal Emergency Clinic in Covington, Louisiana.
Dr. Horton met her husband and fellow Corpsman in the Navy. Their desire to be veterinarians brought them together and started them on the long path of veterinary medicine. They have 2 very talented young adult children, 5 interactive chickens, a rambunctious turtle, a chilled-out tortoise, 4 fabulous cats, and 2 adorable Pomchi dogs. You never know what the next family member will be!
Dr. Debra Richard
Dr. Deb Richard grew up in upstate NY where she had many pets, including horses. She attended Dartmouth College in NH for her undergraduate degree, where she met her husband, Tad. She graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She returned to NH to practice small animal medicine where both of her daughters were born. Her family moved to NC in 1999. She has been at Cleveland School Animal Hospital since 2012. She has two Papillons named Patch and Cody and and a cat named Samba. When she is not at work, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities like hiking and biking, spending time with her family, and volunteering with refugee families through her church.
Registered Vet Tech
Melissa is a Registered Veterinary Technician who graduated from Central Carolina Community College in 2001 with a degree in veterinary science. She is married with two children and has been with CSAH since January 2008. Melissa enjoys being a committed advocate for animal health.
Susan was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She is married and has three children; a UCF alumni, a current UCF student and a high school student. She has 32 years combined veterinary experience and has been part of the CSAH team for nearly 15 years. She has 2 dogs, a German Shepherd named Lola and a Staffy mix named Merle, and an orange cat named Sam. When she's not caring for patients at CSAH, Susan enjoys spending time with her family, visiting her UCF kids in Orlando, cooking with her son, and working out.
Chad started his career in veterinary medicine here at CSAH in 2019. His passion and knowledge grows everyday working with our clients and patients alongside our amazing veterinary staff.
Stephanie has been a dedicated vet assistant since 2011. She treats every patient with the same compassion and patience as her own pets. She became interested in this field due to her passion for animals; the patients allow her to live out her passion every day.
Kimberly grew up in Vermont with animals always being a part of her life. Growing up she fed the local calves, volunteered at the local kennel and stables, took lessons with the horses and was apart of 4H. She also helped rescue several kittens and stray cats from her local neighborhood that was a drop off point for unwanted pets. She worked with the spay/neuter clinic to help the strays get fixed up with vaccines and spay/neuters. They then would release them to barns looking for mouse hunters or furever homes. She's also spent her time pet sitting and taking various animal related classes such as a veterinary technician introduction course. She spent her past years dog grooming and being a technician in Raleigh before she joined our team January 2021. She's always had a love for animals and loves being apart of the veterinary field. She currently lives in Angier with her husband, Chris and their 3 cats: Milo, Mason and Lola and their 3 dogs: Prince, Daisy and Vanilla.
Registered Vet Tech
After graduating with a Veterinary Technician degree from Central Carolina Community College in 2009, Jen has been working in small animal medicine ever since. When she's not working with "puppies" and "kittens" all day, she loves educating clients, talking with pet parents about their kiddos, and working as a surgical technician in the OR. Jen has 1 four legged doggo and 2 two legged kiddos (one of which is her wonderful husband).
Hannah has been in the veterinary field since she was 18. She has been a veterinary technician at Cleveland School Animal Hospital for 10 years now and is very comfortable working with dogs and cats of all breeds and personalities. She has been nicknamed the "cat whisperer" since she excels with cats (even the angry ones) and always does her best to make them as comfortable and as stress-free as possible. She does volunteer rescue work on the side to help cats in need find forever homes. She has a cute spicy "mutant" cat of her own (a polydactyl cat) named Sasquatch, a chow-lab mix (who is basically the non-official clinic mascot) named Zef, an adorable dwarf hamster named Hamilton who is obsessed with carrots, and a crested gecko with the super original name of Gex (a cute loner boy who you can occasionally find licking his own eyeball). In her free time she enjoys movies, music, art, and playing video games.
Theresa was raised in Pink Hill, a small town in Duplin County. She graduated from James Sprunt Community College with a degree in Medical Office Assisting.
Theresa first started working in the veterinary field in 1996. She started working at CSAH in 2009 as a Technician and eventually changed roles and became a Patient Coordinator. When she is not spending time with her husband of 38 years and her favorite cocker spaniel Spencer, she enjoys quilting, crafting, reading and making dog bandanas for all of the CSAH patients. She loves meeting all of the different fur-babies (especially the cocker spaniels!) and working with such a caring and compassionate team of vets, receptionists and technicians.
Kaylee was born and raised in the scenic Hudson Valley in upstate New York. She moved to the Raleigh area with her family in December 2015 shortly after graduating from SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelor’s degree in business. She began working in the veterinary field in 2016, and joined the CSAH family in November 2018. She has 2 mini poodles named Finn and CiCi, 2 parakeets named Marty and Wendy and is aunt to mini poodle, Benji and trusty steeds, Brix and Ari. At CSAH, she loves meeting pets from all walks of life and enjoys working alongside such a compassionate and dedicated team.
Sharren was born in Stanly County, NC and moved several times before settling in Garner in 1994. She loves being around people and animals and found her calling when she began working at CSAH as a Patient Coordinator in 2001. Over the years, she's enjoyed building lasting relationships with clients and staff and takes pride knowing that patients are always provided with compassionate, high quality care. She feels at home at CSAH and loves that she found a second family in her coworkers. When Sharren is not at work, she enjoys reading, going on mountain getaways, and spending time with her husband Mike and their three dogs Spirit, Dixie Dawg and Tater Bug.
Alexis was born and raised in Clayton, NC. She has worked in customer service for 12 years. She lived in Charlotte, NC for five years and in Nashville, TN for a year in a half before finding her way back home. She has been at Cleveland School Animal Hospital since October 2020. In her free time she enjoys hiking, drawing, the occasional Netflix binge and running. She is a cat mom to Princess Leia and Darth Maul (she's a bit of a Star Wars nerd).
Jordan has been in the vet field in some capacity since 2010. Growing up in Johnston and Harnett County, she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a Vet Tech. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She also enjoys her "zoo" at home of 3 dogs, 2 cats, a Holland lop bunny and 2 ferrets. She typically spends her time off working with children at her church.
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