Our Team

Meet our talented team!

Trust the surgeons your vet trusts.

With more than 50 years of combined surgical experience, our team of board-certified veterinary surgeons partners with your primary care veterinarian to provide expert, compassionate care for your pet.

Doctors

Matthew Ritter, DVM, DACVS-SA

About Dr. Ritter

Dr. Ritter was born and raised in Iowa, and he attended Iowa State University for his undergraduate degree and veterinary degree. After graduating, he completed a one-year internship at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a three-year surgical residency at Michigan State University. He earned his board-certification in veterinary surgery in January 2007. He then spent eight years at a referral hospital in Greenville, SC, before starting Acacia Mobile Veterinary Surgery (now Bedrock Veterinary Specialists) in 2014.

Dr. Ritter loves performing surgery. He strives to help pet parents understand the issues affecting their pets so that they can make the most educated decisions when advocating for them. Dr. Ritter enjoys performing a range of surgical procedures, including orthopedic procedures like the TPLO and other knee surgeries, fractures, back surgery for disc disease, as well as other challenging soft tissue and oncologic surgeries. Dr. Ritter has performed over 3500 TPLOs. He has written the current chapter of salivary gland disease in the main veterinary surgery textbook. Dr. Ritter believes that a good surgeon evaluates all non-surgical and surgical options when assessing a patient’s problem. In practice, his focus is three-fold: to educate well, to execute precisely, and to minimize complications

Dr. Ritter and his wife, Stacia, have eight children, ten chickens, three dogs, three cats, and three rabbits. In addition to his hobbies of woodworking, camping, hiking, and traveling, he is also passionate about working with Set Free, a nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing children from child slavery in India’s rock quarries. As someone who became a veterinarian to care for patients without a voice, Dr. Ritter sees his partnership with Set Free as an opportunity to be an advocate for those whose voices often go unheard.

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Wes Roach, DVM, DACVS-SA

About Dr. Roach
Dr. Roach is a native of Mooresville, North Carolina, and graduated from Davidson College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He earned his veterinary degree (DVM) from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, graduating summa cum laude. He then completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Tennessee, followed by a one-year surgical internship at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Texas. Dr. Roach returned to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine to complete a three-year residency in small animal surgery. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Dr. Roach enjoys all aspects of veterinary surgery, including orthopedic, soft tissue, oncologic, and neurologic surgeries. He previously worked as a surgeon in Nashville, Tennessee, from 2010-2021. His passion for helping injured, homeless animals lead him to start “Merle’s Angels” in 2011 – a donor-advised fund through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee – to provide specialized surgery for animals that otherwise had no chance. Merle’s Angels was named after Dr. Roach’s dog, Merle.
In 2021, Dr. Roach moved back to Mooresville to be closer to family. He enjoys his life with his wife Laura, their daughters Birdie Mae and Weezie, their sweet dog Ruby and mischievous cat Boone. Riding the tractor, playing guitar, sitting around the campfire, and tending to their chickens and honeybees are some of his favorite things.

Courtney Batchelor, DVM, DACVS-SA

About Dr. Batchelor

Dr. Courtney Batchelor grew up in the Florida panhandle and has volunteered or worked in the veterinary field since 11. She graduated as valedictorian of her high school and was accepted into an early admission program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Batchelor graduated as co-valedictorian from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Following a rotating small animal internship at Colorado State University, she completed a 3-year surgical residency at Cornell University Hospital for Animals in 2010. Dr. Batchelor was welcomed as a diplomate into the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2011. For the past 12 years, Dr. Batchelor has worked as a small animal surgeon in upstate New York, working with owners and their primary care veterinarians as a cohesive team to provide quality surgical care to the patients in her area. Dr. Batchelor has participated in various research projects over the years, focusing on oncology, pain management, and patellar luxation. She has also taken advanced courses in minimally invasive surgery and the treatment of angular limb deformities. She is the current author of a chapter on shoulder luxation in one of the leading veterinary textbooks. While Dr. Batchelor has many years of experience in all aspects of surgery, she particularly enjoys the treatment of knee and elbow issues, minimally invasive procedures, surgical oncology, and hemilaminectomy to treat disc disease.

Dr. Batchelor firmly believes that the best veterinary care requires a team approach between pet parents, primary care veterinarians, and specialists. While her advanced surgical skills and attention to detail help set the stage for successful treatment in the OR, the primary care veterinarian and the pet parent are instrumental in the pre-and post-operative settings. Dr. Batchelor takes the time to describe the disease process and treatment recommendations with pet parents, as well as the risks of the procedure and the aftercare necessary for a complete recovery. Dr. Batchelor works alongside the primary care veterinarians to make a smooth transition of care and welcomes any input or discussion.

Dr. Batchelor and her husband, Charlie, have two energetic young boys, who they are busy molding into respectful, empathetic, and responsible adults. To add to the chaos, they have three dogs collectively weighing almost 300 pounds and one cat that rules the roost. Dr. Batchelor enjoys hiking, camping, and woodworking, when not sitting in the cheering section at her son’s Little League games or facilitating their violin lessons.

Todd Smith DVM

Todd Smith, DVM

About Dr. Smith

Dr. Todd Smith was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and grew up in Gainesville, Florida, and Plainwell, Michigan, before settling in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994 with a degree in Russian history. He then attended North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 1999.

Dr. Smith started his veterinary career as a general practitioner in Concord, North Carolina but quickly realized that his passions lay elsewhere. Dr. Smith started his emergency career in 2000 with a specialty/referral hospital. He has spent the greater part of the past 22 years as an emergency veterinarian practicing in the Charlotte area. During that time, he has served as an Emergency Director, a Medical Director, and a Regional Emergency Director at several locations. Throughout his career, soft tissue surgery has been Dr. Smith’s ardor, and he is looking forward to focusing more on surgery in the future.

Dr. Smith and his family have been residents of Cornelius since 2003. Dr. Smith and his wife, Jenifer, have two children, Ian and Ava, who are both students at Davidson College. They have four dogs and an American Saddlebred horse. His daughter, Ava, has a service dog named Daphne, which she acquired through paws4people. In his downtime, Dr. Smith enjoys playing the bass guitar in local bars and at area events with his band, Toxic Spouse.

Andrea Smith, DVM, DACVS-SA

About Dr. Smith
Andrea Smith was raised in Georgia and attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate and veterinary degrees. She then completed a one-year rotating internship at Purdue University and a one-year surgical internship at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Texas. Dr. Smith then continued her training with a three-year surgical residency at the University of California, Davis, which she completed in 2014. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Smith enjoys all types of veterinary surgery, including orthopedic, soft tissue, and neurologic surgery. She believes in the importance of the human-animal bond and strives to improve the quality of life for patients and their owners. She feels that client education is an important part of medical treatment and the recovery process after surgery.

Dr. Smith has three dogs: Elvira, Cricket, and Pip. In addition to spending time with her dogs, she has various hobbies, including sewing, woodworking, and learning new crafts.

Kristin Shaw, DVM

About Dr. Shaw
Dr. Kristin Shaw was born and raised in Panama then moved to Florida and graduate high school in Tallahasse, FL. Kristin received her DVM, MS and PhD, and completed a 4 year small animal surgical residency at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). In 2009 she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Kristin also pursued extensive training in physical rehabilitation and in 2013 she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Following her surgical residency, Kristin remained at UF as faculty for 2 years. Kristin then spent 12 years in Seattle, WA where she worked as a surgeon in private practice.

Dr. Shaw enjoys orthopedic and general surgery and has a particular interest in osteoarthritis and pain management. She is certified as a Fear Free practitioner and strives to provide a low- stress experience for her patients and clients. Dr. Shaw is also passionate about teaching and client communication, so expect her to draw pictures for you on a white board!

Kristin and her husband Aaron relocated from Seattle to Davidson to be close to their families who live throughout North Carolina and in Florida. They have 2 dogs: Arrow and Eddie. In her spare time Kristin enjoys running, yoga, hiking and travel.

Administrative Team

Michelle

About Michelle

Michelle moved down from Ohio to the Lake Norman area in 2004 with her husband and two sons. Shortly after Oliver, a Goldendoodle, and Spots, a rescue dog, joined their family. After being a stay at home mom for 11 years, Michelle was ready to do something more. Due to her love of animals, it only made sense for her to join the veterinary field. She has ten years of experience working in a veterinary clinic and also worked three years with a mobile end-of-life care veterinarian. Michelle brings a ton of care and compassion with her to Bedrock. She loves spending time with her family, fur babies, and friends on the lake or entertaining at home.

Sonia

About Sonia
From the time Sonia can remember, she has been drawn to animals. She went from sharing her meals with stray dogs growing up in India and sneaking critters she found into her dorm room, to working in wildlife rehabilitation, to rescue work, and establishing nearly a 20-year career in the veterinary field. Sonia has spent the last 13 years at a Veterinary Specialty Hospital focusing on Emergency and Internal Medicine, Sonography, Ophthalmology, and Dentistry. During her journey, she found a true passion for caring for the voiceless and being a patient advocate. She has been able to draw from her education in animal behavior and learning and apply that in the field, especially working with mistreated animals. Sonia considers it a privilege to be entrusted with someone’s extended family members and rewarding to provide the personal care they deserve.

Eldon

About Eldon
Bio coming soon!

Nursing Team

Tara, LVT

About Tara
Tara is a licensed veterinary technician who graduated from Tri-County Tech in 2007 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Her experience is vast and has experience working with some wonderful veterinary specialty practices. She lives in South Carolina, enjoys playing music, hunting and playing with her dogs Chigger and Camo.

Monica, LVT

About Monica

Monica Spence has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2004. She has always loved animals and knew she wanted to help animals from a young age. She currently lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and her animals, a golden named Phoebe and a cat named Willa. She and her family also enjoy camping, visiting her family in Ohio, and spending time at the beach.

Stacy, LVT

About Stacy
Stacy lives in Central, SC. She went to school at Tri-County Technical College and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2005. She is married to her husband, Alan, and they have a son, Jack. She currently has a German Shorthaired Pointer, Coupe, and a cat, Max. She and her family all love goofing off with each other, hanging out, and having a good time together!

Daisy, RVT

About Daisy
Daisy has been in the veterinary industry since 2007. She worked in general practice for 13 years and her focus was always towards surgery. Daisy graduated from Gaston College in 2010 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She joined Dr. Ritter’s Mobile surgery team in the fall of 2018. She lives on a small farm in Rowan county with her husband and new baby girl they welcomed in November 2019. There they have horses, barn cats, a pig and three spoiled dogs that keep them busy at home. She is a country girl through and through who loves taking on new adventures outdoors and enjoying “good” country music!!

Brittany, RVT

About Brittany
Brittany is a Registered Veterinary Technician who graduated from the Gaston College Veterinary Medical Program in 2011 with Honors. She has been working in the veterinary field since she was in high school. She has several years of experience in general practice and emergency medicine but surgery has always been a favorite of hers. Brittany is from a small town in West Virginia where she grew up on a farm raising Herford cattle and riding Saddlebred horses. She moved to NC in 2009 to be closer to Cody, who is now her husband, and to attend school at Gaston. Brittany, Cody, and their son, Jaxon, now reside in Mooresville, NC on a small farm where they raise miniature donkeys, horses, ducks, and chickens. Her passion has always been animals since she was a young girl. She enjoys anything outdoors such as horseback riding, farming, fishing, hiking, and being on the lake. She loves spending time with her family, watching sunsets, her animals, and listening to country music. Brittany has 4 dogs, 3 cats, and several farm animals. Brittany joined the Bedrock team in May 2021.

Abigail

About Abby
Abby was born and raised on a small town farm in Pennsylvania where she graduated from Edinboro University but decided to move south in fall of 2012. She started her career in veterinary medicine in 2013 at a general practice with an emergency department and quickly gravitated towards surgery. After realizing surgery is where her heart is, Abby decided to go to a specialty hospital where she could really focus on expanding her surgical knowledge. In December 2019, Abby started working with Dr. Ritter and Dr. Bonin doing mobile surgery for something new and exciting. She enjoys doing anything outside including horseback riding, fishing, and hiking. Music makes her world go round and animals are her one true love. She has 2 black cats named Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles, and a Palomino Quarterhorse named Ritz.

Nichole

About Nichole
Nichole grew up in a veterinary background with her mother being a Vet Tech at a general practice in Charlotte, NC that she would often go to when she was younger and help her mother with simple tasks. She had always had a passion for animals and began her very own path in the veterinary field in 2013 in El Paso, Texas after receiving her CVA. Since then she has really learned a lot along the way from emergency, specialty, ICU and many other things far and wide and in between. She enjoys spending her free time with nature, anything from hammock camping, hiking, kayaking or even walking her two dogs, Ace & Miki, when the weather calls for it. She also has two cats, Simon and Maggie, who she loves to snuggle with.

Nikki

About Nikki
Nikki is from Long Island, New York and moved to North Carolina in 2014. She started her career in the veterinary field once she moved south and couldn’t imagine working in any other field. Nikki has two pitbulls named Gus and Tuna who love to go on hikes with her. She loves to spend time outside on the lake, riding horses, and relaxing with a good book.

Dewy

About Dewy
Dewy is from Flint, Michigan and moved to Mooresville in 2005. She has been in the veterinary field for the past 5 years and loves to learn new things. She has two cats named Bear and Kudos along with a rabbit named Zazu. Dewy loves to spend time at the beach with her husband and daughter. They also leave to spend lots of time outside.

Leigh

About Leigh
Leigh was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, where she got her first pet, a cat named Chrissy, at the young age of 4 years old. She knew since then she would always have a strong passion for animals and helping those in need. She started her career in Veterinary Medicine in 2005 when she started gaining her experience in emergency medicine and ICU care for hospitalized patients. Leigh has had many types of animals throughout her life, including dogs, cats, iguanas, and snakes! She currently has 5 dogs of various breeds named Maddi, Luci, Lilli, Mari, and Gunner. In her spare time, Leigh likes to spend time outside in the garden and loves baking delicious treats for all of her friends and family.
Emilia

Emilia

About Emilia
Emilia was originally born and adopted from Romania and now has a big family of 2 brothers and 2 sisters. She graduated from Gaston College in 2018 as an RVT and has been working in general practice for 3 years. She decided to make the change over to a surgery specialty when she realized her love for anesthesia. At home, Emilia has 3 cats, Wilbur, Porcha, and Teeny. She calls them the Oreo Crew due to their colors. Outside of work, she enjoys watching movies, being outside, hanging with friends and family, and taking sporadic trips.
Meri-Morgan

Alexis

About Alexis
Alexis is originally from Wadsworth, Ohio. She has been a Certified Surgical Technologist assisting human surgery for three years. Alexis currently resides in Troutman, NC, with her 4 Boston terriers named Bodhi, Bentley, Rudi, and Woodford. She enjoys fishing, hiking, and anything outdoors.
Meri-Morgan

Ella

About Ella

Hi, all you magical humans! My name is Ella. I grew up in Chicago, lived in Colorado through my teens, and moved to the Carolinas in my early 20s. I enjoy weekend trips to the beach or mountains, hiking local trails, learning new skills, baking goodies, rainbows, and anything glittery! My partner and I recently moved to Huntersville and got married. I have worked in vet med since I was 18 and have had the opportunity to grow in the field. I started at a small, large & exotics practice in CO and have since worked in GP, ER, and specialty hospitals. Surgery is my passion and gets me the most excited about this cool thing we all get to call our jobs. I am so excited to join your team and get to know each of you!

Meri-Morgan

Allie

About Allie
Allie has been in the veterinary field for about 4 years now. She is currently in school earning my A.A.S in Veterinary Technology and Agricultural Business while being a mom to her two GSP’s, Fletch and Kidd, and their Rhodesian Ridgeback named Scooby. Allie is a Certified Equine Massage Therapist and owner of Southern Agility Equine, working hard to provide quality service for her clients. She enjoys spending her free time working on the farm, riding her horses, and fishing. Allie has always been an animal lover and has strived to provide quality care to the best of my ability. She looks forward to meeting you and your pet!
Kisha

Kisha

About Kisha
Kisha grew up in Northern California but has lived in North Carolina for 20+ years. She graduated from Veterinary Technician School in 2007 and has since had experience in emergency medicine, critical care, and anesthesia. Kisha enjoys hiking and traveling in her free time as well as spending time with her pets. She has a house full of Chihuahuas named Nigel, Calliope, Simon, and Giuseppe. She also has 2 Siamese cats named Basil and Simba, as well as a Leopard Gecko named Celeste.
Kisha

Ashley

About Ashley
Born and raised in Charlotte, Ashley is a NC native. She grew up swimming year round for MAC, where she went onto swim for Wingate University for a year before deciding to transfer. She graduated from UNC-Charlotte (go Niners) with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. Veterinary medicine has always been a passion of hers. Ashley has experience in general practice as well as ER medicine, but has always had a passion for surgery and anesthesia. After traveling and living in Chapel Hill (go heels), Charlotte is now home again. Ashley resides in Dilworth, with her fiancé Emily and husky Koda. She enjoys hiking and being in the blue ridge mountains whenever possible, weight lifting, cooking, craft beer, good friends and good live music. On weekends you can catch her spending time with her fiancé and husky – porch sitting, brewery hopping or doing anything outside.
Kisha

Katy

About Katy
Katy began her veterinary career in 2004. While pursuing her degree in animal science from Virginia Tech, she also worked at the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, she returned to North Carolina and continued working in general practice. Katy has always been drawn to surgery, in both the large and small animal fields. Katy has two horses, Lady and Grady, that she has enjoyed competing in eventing and show jumping over the years. She has a love for all herding breeds and will always have a German shepherd at home. Her current dogs are a German Shepherd named LeDoux and a miniature Australian Shepherd named Scarlett.
Kisha

Joseph

About Joseph
Joseph is a trained Veterinary Technician who graduated from North Carolina A&T with a degree in animal biology. Joseph also achieved his degree in business leadership while attending Ashford University. Joseph happily joined Bedrock Veterinary Specialists in March of 2024, with the goal of becoming an additional team member that adds value and compassion to their medical services.

After spending almost fifteen years in veterinary medicine, he has gained experience in specialty fields such as veterinary emergency medicine, surgery, internal medicine, dentistry and ophthalmology. He also has extensive work history mentoring new interns introduced to the profession. In addition, Joseph had the privilege of training with Medivet Biolgics and their STEM cell therapy program as well as rehabilitation therapy. A large part of Joseph’s current mission with Bedrock is to support their standard for surgical excellence, and compassionate care.

Joseph is married to Kia his beautiful, amazing wife, and has two intelligent, dynamic sons. Kali, a corgi / chihuahua mix is their furry family member that’s full of energy! We would like to give an honorable mention to Kooley our beloved first pet that passed after seventeen years of love and affection. Joseph enjoys traveling, listening to music, exercising and cooking.

Client Service Representative

Emani

About Emani
Emani was born and raised in Washington D.C., but moved to Charlotte about 12 years ago. She graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in 2016 with a major in Biological Science and a minor in Pre-Med. Emani has 3 brothers and she is the only girl so she may be a little bit spoiled. She started her career in Veterinary Medicine 2 years ago and found a deep love and understanding for the craft. It has always been her passion the help people in any capacity she can and with Vet Med she truly found the fulfillment to do so. In her free time, Emani likes to paint, draw, watch her favorite shows, and make meals for the people she loves. 

Shaina

About Shaina
Shaina was born in Charlotte and raised in Mooresville. She has a daughter who attends Campbell University to study Pharmaceutical Research, which makes her mother very proud. Shaina graduated from NC Dental Assisting Training School, where she earned her DA license in 2005. After practicing for a year or so, she quickly realized it wasn’t for her and began her career in the Veterinary field shortly after. She immediately fell in love and knew that was the career for her. In her free time, Shaina loves spending time with her family, specifically her sister and niece. She and her sister are very close in age, so it’s more like a best friend.

Marina

About Marina
Marina grew up on a farm in Russia where she had all kinds of animals like cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep. She of course also had barn cats and dogs. She was adopted when she was 10 and lived with her parents in Illinois until she was 19, when the family moved to NC. Marina has worked at a few general practices over the years and has truly fallen in love with helping pets and pet owners alike. She loves seeing how happy the pets and owners are to reunite post-operatively and dreams to one day open a cat café where the cats are available for adoption. Marina has a strong love for all animals but she is especially drawn to bobcats and snakes. She has 2 cats of her own named Kitty and Scarlett Mimosa.
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