Meet The Team

David Eddins, DVM


I discovered my vocation in veterinary medicine after careers in music education and marine science. I have always loved music and took trumpet lessons from early childhood through college where I earned a degree in Music Education. After earning my degree from Marshall University I spent several years as a high school music teacher and assistant band director in rural West Virginia. Our band program was very successful and received statewide recognition. Despite our success, music education gradually became a less important part of the curriculum and I began investigating a career change.

I decided on a career in marine science because of my long held fascination with the ocean. I earned a Marine Science degree from the University of South Carolina and began working as resident biologist at Pritchard’s Island, a pristine barrier island along the South Carolina coast that is accessible only by boat. On the Island I coordinated an ongoing loggerhead sea turtle conservation project and a variety of public outreach programs. It did not take me long to discover that I enjoyed working with the turtles as well as educating the public about the animal's life histories, preservation and habitat. At that point I began to investigate careers in veterinary medicine. Fortunately, a veterinarian brought an Explorer Scouts group (Veterinary Medicine) to the Island. After many conversations with her and several visits to her clinic, I was convinced that I wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

I earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia. I have been practicing veterinary medicine for over a decade now, and have enjoyed growing and gaining valuable experience while meeting many wonderful clients and their pets. As a pet owner myself, I am committed to providing the best quality care and personal attention that your pets deserve. I look forward to meeting you and your pet.

Sebrina Vinson

Client Service Representative

Sebrina has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years, Her and her husband moved to the Shelby area back in 2014 from Wilmington NC. when he was transferred with his job. They call Kings Mountain their home now, When she is not working at cottonwood she is enjoy her new adventure running her own Dog grooming Business, But her passion for animals keeps her enjoying both. She has two dogs ( LOKI & BAILEY )  and has lost and fostered a few along the way.

Terri Price

Client Service Representative

My name is Terri Price and I am so excited and blessed to be here at Cottonwood, The love's of my life are my family and my pets-Molly, Riley and Oliver. I love the beach and love to read. I can't wait to meet new friends and see old friends here at Cottonwood.

Mary Ledford

Client Service Representative

Hello! My name is Mary. I have worked off and on in the veterinary field for about 28 years. I started volunteering when I was 13 at a local office and from there I was hooked. I am married to my husband Jamie, whom I met when I worked at Cottonwood in the early 2000's. Thankfully, he is almost as dog and cat crazy as I am. We have 8 personal dogs and 5 cats. We also foster puppies and medical foster dogs for a local rescue, so we always have a full house. We live in Lawndale. I love seeing all your babies when you come in! I look forward to meeting all of you

Whitney Hinson

Veterinary Assistant


Hi! My name is Whitney, I have been working in the vet field for a little over a year now. I have always dreamed of being in the vet field since I was a little girl, I am in the process of going to school for RVT. In my free time I spend time with my three daughters and my three dogs Roxie, Damon and princess I am so happy with my job and never feel like I’m working here. We’re all very proud and honored to take care of your fur babies.

Alex Cherry

Veterinary Assistant

Hi! I’m Alex, I’ve worked in Animal Welfare for 6 years and have almost 2 years of experience being a vet assistant. In my free time, I tend to the farm and spend time with my daughter. I have 4 dogs, Nelli, Delta, Turbo, and Bo, along with cows, ducks, chickens, pigs, bunnies and turkeys. My passion has always been animals and I’m super excited to be a part of the team here at Cottonwood!

Ireyona Demary

Veterinary Assistant

Hey guys! My name is Ireyona and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to work with all of your fur babies. I have two dogs of my own and I love them so dearly. My passion is to work alongside animals for as long as I am able while providing the proper care for them. Thank you for choosing Cottonwood!

Karson Dean

Veterinary Assistant

 Hey ya’ll! My name is Karson, I am a senior biology student at Gardner - Webb University. I have shadowed and worked at vet clinics since high school. Working in veterinary medicine, in some capacity, has always been my calling. I’ve own multiple dogs and cats over the years, but currently own one Australian Shepherd, named Toby. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with Toby, watching movies, serving at church, horseback riding, painting, and drawing. 

Katelyn Day

Social Media and Kennel Attendent

My name is Katelyn Day I have been in the veterinary field for two years now. When I am out of the office I am spending my time with my two small children either camping, hiking or at the park! Animals have always been my passion and I look forward to serving you and your fur babies!

Jeff Moore

Kennel Attendant

I am a native Texan, with the proverbial brown hair (when I had hair) and brown eyes. I am a proud veteran of the US Air Force, having served tours in Germany, back when it was West Germany, and Maryland. The AF must have been mad at me, as they always assigned me to Army posts. While in Maryland, my wife, Tracy, wanted a cat. I didn’t want a cat, so we compromised and got a cat. We have been pet owners ever since, owning both dogs and cats. Our lives have certainly been enriched by the diverse personalities in our home.
  The scriptures tell us that “a righteous man regardeth the life of his beast” (Proverbs 12:10), and taking care of your animals is rewarding and fulfilling. I work with a great group of people, and when they treat me like a dog, they have paid me the highest of compliments! Because here, dogs are royalty. Okay, cats too!

Jordan Arrowood

Kennel Assistant

My name is Jordan Arrowood and I was born and raised here in Shelby, North Carolina. All my life, I have had pets from hamsters, hermit crabs, and fish, to snakes, cats, and dogs. Currently I have cats and dogs in my home and I rescue when I can.

I work back in the kennel, so I'm one of the main ones taking care of your fur babies while you're away. I have a passion for animals and I always have. Animals have no voice, so we are the ones who must speak for them. When I am not at work, I spend my time indulging in my creative hobbies, spending time with my family and friends, and snuggling with my fur babies.

 Here at Cottonwood, we love all animals and we do our best to make them happy while they're here. I look forward to working with your sweet angels!  

Rosie (RIP)

Client Service Representative/ Greeter

Rosie was rescued from a busy intersection in November 2012.  I love living at Cottonwood.  I work hard greeting clients and keeping my coworkers in line.  My favorite things are stuffed animals, walks, attention and cuddles. Come by and see me.  I love meeting new people and their critters.

Bandy (RIP)

Electronic Interface Executive Information Officer (EIEIO)

Here is Bandy's life story:

I am the pride and joy of Cottonwood! I work like a dog all day, and bark at Rosie whenever she tries to sneak outside without me. The staff relies heavily on me, trusting me with their most personal secrets. Besides counseling and listening services, I also regale everyone with stories of my younger, more boisterous days. Without trying to brag, my reputation has spread far and wide. To this day, whenever I go outside the birds fly away. No squirrel or rabbit dares to wander inside the fence when I am around. I might have chased a rabbit or squirrel in my youth, today I no longer have to. Good Thing! Today all I can chase is memories.