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Mark E. Epstein, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Canine and Feline)

Dr. Epstein is originally from Atlanta, GA. He graduated with honors in microbiology from N.C. State University, 1981, and obtained his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1985. He continued his training and became certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (specialist in Canine and Feline Practice) in 1993, and re-certified in 2003. Since a daughter was born with a facial defect in 1996, a great passion emerged in the field of pain management in pets, at the time in its infancy.  He was an early innovator in implementing advanced peri-operative pain management protocols in primary care practice, and since that time has devoted a large portion of his continued learning to this rapidly developing field.

He was a charter member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management in 2002. The IVAPM is veterinary medicine’s only organization devoted to the multi-disciplinary treatment of pain in animals; Dr. Epstein was elected to the office of IVAPM President-elect 2007-9, and will serve as President 2009-11.  He chaired the Senior Care Guidelines for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and is also a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), and the American Academy of Pain Management, human medicine’s largest mulit-disciplinary pain organization.  Dr. Epstein is Credential-Eligible in the AAPM (Exam pending).  He is an author and national, regional, and local speaker and lecturer in the area of animal pain management.

Dr. Epstein remains the Medical Director for TotalBond Veterinary Hospitals, and is the Director of its Forestbrook facility in Gastonia, NC where he continues to see his primary care patients and clients.  Some of his other local professional accomplishments include assisting in the development of the Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Gaston County in 1990, and of the Gaston College Veterinary Technology Program in 1995. His honors include the NC Veterinary Medical Association Presidential Award and the University of Georgia Young Achiever Award in 1995, and the Gaston Chamber Small Business Man of the Year in 1996. He serves his community often, having been past-president of the Gastonia Jaycees and the United Arts Council of Gaston County. He has serves on the Board of Trustees of the Gaston County Chamber of Commerce and Gaston Festivals, Inc. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Temple Emanuel and as Chairman of the City of Gastonia Planning Commission.

He is married to Janet, who has blessed him with children Chris, Jamie, Hannah, and Torrie and cats Jupiter and Lennon and a dog Sterling, a red-eared slider named Medium Turtle (used to be Baby Turtle, but, you know, he grew), and  under great pressure from his daughters, now also claims Joey, a gentle Paint horse. His interests include soccer, hiking, camping, genealogy, interfaith relations, horseback riding, and reading. Dr. Epstein has been a regular columnist about pets in the Gaston Gazette.

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