Dr. Jay Hreiz

Dr. Hreiz has been practicing at Ebenezer Animal Hospital since 2008.  In 2013, Dr. Hreiz and April Splawn (hospital administrator) became the new owners of EAH.  In the spring of 2019 Dr. Hreiz opened Queen City Animal Hospital, a sister clinic to EAH in the Belmont neighborhood near uptown Charlotte.  Dr. Hreiz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and received his BS in Animal Bioscience from Penn State University in 2004.  He bleeds blue and white and enjoys traveling back to his alma mater in Happy Valley!  Dr. Hreiz is licensed in both North and South Carolina to practice veterinary medicine and is a certified Fear Free veterinary professional.  He is a native of Pennsylvania and moved to North Carolina in 2008 after veterinary school.  Dr. Hreiz became interested in veterinary medicine when he was a young boy and had a large number of exotic pets including reptiles, amphibians, birds, rodents, and rabbits.  He recognized as a kid that there were few veterinarians interested in seeing these unique pets.  His interests as a veterinarian include exotic animal medicine (rabbits, rodents, reptiles, and birds), soft tissue surgery, and pet wellness and prevention.  He became a licensed judge under the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 2002 and has judged shows across the United States and several foreign countries including Japan.  In his spare time he enjoys traveling the world, running, exploring the world of wine, and spending time with friends and family.  His home is occupied by two retired racing Greyhounds, Ella and Ollie, and a domestic shorthair cat, Dax.

Why do you like working at EAH?: “My staff is superb. They bring energy to the practice and can maintain a sense of humor even on the most stressful days. My clients are fantastic. They are attentive, dedicated, and loyal to their beloved pets. My patients are the reason I practice veterinary medicine. Their well being is my top priority.”

Dr. April Stephens

Dr. Stephens joined the Ebenezer family in 2011.  Prior to that, she received her DVM degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (at Virginia Tech) in 2010 and her B.S. in Small Animal Science from Delaware Valley College in 2003. She has traveled to India and Mexico to donate her time toward animal health for those less fortunate.
Prior to Veterinary school, Dr. Stephens trained a service dog for Canine Companions for Independence and worked as a veterinary technician in Bucks County, PA. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and most other activities that are in the great outdoors. She has loved animals all her life and gets special enjoyment out of adventuring with her rock-climbing dogs  “Colby” and “Eclipse”.

Dr. Lauren Cline

Dr. Cline joined the Ebenezer family in 2016, following her graduation from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to that, she received her B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science from Clemson University in 2011. Go Tigers! Dr. Cline was born and raised in Columbia, SC and is excited to be back home in the Carolinas with her husband Charlie. Dr. Cline enjoys traveling and has donated her time in Central America volunteering for veterinary non-profit organizations in both Costa Rica and Nicaragua. In her free time, she enjoys exploring her creative arts side with both photography and painting and spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, and relaxing on the lake. Her professional interests include dermatology, ophthalmology, and emergency and critical care. Dr. Cline also holds a special place in her heart for wildlife rehabilitation. She and her husband share their home with two rescue dogs named “Remy” and “River”, and their 2 cats, “Bella” and “Gizmo”.

“I’m excited to be a part of the wonderful team here at EAH. I look forward to building lasting relationships with all of our clients and their beloved pets.”

Dr. Scarlett Springate

Dr. Springate joined the EAH family full time in 2017, after having spent the summer of 2016 working as a relief veterinarian at our hospital. She was born and raised outside of Lexington, Kentucky and ultimately earned her bachelors degree from University of Kentucky. She then moved to New York where she attended Cornell University and graduated with her DVM in 2013. Dr. Springate practiced veterinary medicine in New York for two years before moving to South Carolina in 2015 with her husband, David. She then worked as a animal shelter veterinarian for a year, and then thankfully found her way to EAH! Her professional interests include all things related to internal medicine – the more perplexing the case, the more interesting she finds it!

In her spare time, Dr. Springate is a Disney enthusiast! She also loves riding horses, reading, and traveling to non-traditional travel destinations (Antarctica is her favorite so far!). She and her husband share their home with three rescued pooches – “Georgio”, “Malcolm”, and “Tycho”.

Dr. Maria Belu

Dr. Belu is the most recent addition to the Ebenezer family, joining the hospital in March 2019. She earned a BS at Cleveland State University and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 with a DVM. After graduating from OSU, Dr. Belu pursued a public health residency, received an MPH and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine in 2018. She spent her residency working primarily in Ethiopia training veterinarians on humane dog handling and conducting dog rabies mass vaccination campaigns in order to protect both the dogs and the surrounding community from this deadly disease. Originally from Romania, she has lived in both Canada and America, and her extensive traveling made her passionate about the welfare of animals around the world. Maria enjoys hiking, reading, painting, and traveling around the world. She has an interest in exotics, welfare, behavior, and international veterinary medicine. She currently has two guinea pigs, named Tina and Louise, and hopes to adopt a greyhound in the near future.

“I have really enjoyed my time at Ebenezer Animal Hospital thus far. The staff have made me feel so welcome and the clients have all been very warm. It’s been a pleasure seeing both domestic and exotic pets and I feel extremely privileged that every day I not only get to share my knowledge but get to learn something new from both the people I work with and the clients that walk through the door.”