Meet Dr. Rubendall



Medicine, Surgery, Acupuncture, Herbs, Spinal Manipulation

Special Interests: Preventative Medicine, Spinal Manipulation, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Nutrition

Education: BS from Iowa State University in 1998, DVM from Iowa State University in 2002

Hometown: Newell, Iowa and graduated from Sac City, Iowa

Pets: Hula ( Boston Terrier), Rudy (Pomapoo) and 2 ‘rocker’ cats: Angus (Young) and Joanie (Jett)

My dream was always to become a veterinarian. My family would say I really wanted to be a maid when I was a little girl as I liked to clean their houses. Ha! But, for as long as I can remember, I knew I wanted to be around animals. I am from small-town Iowa and always had coonhounds to play with. As I got older, we had a variety of small breed dogs, and my college roommate brought home our first cat, and I was addicted. I really can’t get through my day without a wet nose close by!

After veterinary school, my husband, Eric, and I moved to the Chicago suburbs. I became a partner at a clinic in Wheaton, IL, and lived in the area for about 10 years. I really enjoyed soft tissue surgery and discussing preventative medicine with my clients. I had suffered from a herniated disc in my neck and found wonderful care from a local chiropractor who also used nutritional supplements for general health. It was then that alternative medicine became an interest of mine. I initially started with Chinese Herbal Medicine through IVAS, and it has snowballed since then. It was through these courses that I became educated about using food as medicine.

My other big dream in life was to live by the ocean. In 2012, we moved here to Wilmington, NC. I still am in awe of how many blue sky days we have here compared to the Midwest. I received my certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation from the Healing Oasis in Wisconsin just before our move and started a mobile business providing holistic care while also working part-time for a traditional clinic. It wasn’t too long before I studied Chinese Acupuncture at Chi University. These modalities have made me a better veterinarian. I LOVE learning new ways to help my patients live their best life. It has brought me to Whole Pet Veterinary Hospital, where I am able to bring alternative knowledge to more clients/patients.

When I’m not working, I love SCUBA diving, taking photographs above and underwater, paddleboarding, kayaking, and playing with my pets. I miss my rock concerts in Chicago, but the beach life makes up for it!

If you are not local to the Charlotte area but would like to consult with Dr. Sheehan regarding your own pet, she is available for phone consultations. Please email her assistant

She is also available for speaking engagements in the following areas of expertise:

  • Veterinary best practices
  • Culture in the workplace
  • Self care and wellness
  • Integrative and herbal medicine

Veterinarians looking for consultation regarding a patient can also contact

Be looking soon for all of this information to be in one place! Coming soon!