Meet Our Doctors

Veterinary Dental Services was established in 1999 and is led by a four-doctor team. Our veterinary dental specialists have decades of combined experience in veterinary dentistry. They are supported by a team of certified veterinary technicians who share their goal of helping pets have healthier teeth and gums.

Dr. Bonnie H. Shope

Dr. Bonnie H. Shope is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College, and is past Chair of the College’s Examination Committee, and the Training Support Committee. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1991. She completed a residency program in dentistry and oral surgery in 2008.

Dr. Shope frequently lectures to veterinary professionals and the public on subjects related to dentistry in animals. In her early career, she practiced small animal medicine and surgery, then joined Veterinary Dental Services in 2000. From 2002-2007 she also worked as a clinical assistant professor of dentistry at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She is a member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and contributes on the board of reviewers for the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry. She recently recognized an inherited form of enamel dysplasia in the Samoyed dog, and worked with genetic researchers to confirm this and develop a genetic test. She enjoys teaching, and in an effort to broaden awareness about veterinary dentistry, welcomes veterinary students, technicians and veterinarians to job-shadow in the practice.

Dr. Shope is passionate about veterinary dentistry and is guided by her goal to make all of her patient’s mouth’s “free of infection, free of pain, and one that can be maintained.” When not working she enjoys spending time with her kids, husband, and Portuguese water dog, Annie. She especially enjoys the outdoors, skiing, and road and mountain biking.

Dr. Paul Mitchell 

Dr. Paul Mitchell is a Diplomate and Past President of the American Veterinary Dental College. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mitchell worked for five years in equine and small animal practices and developed an interest in veterinary dentistry. He completed a dental residency at the Dallas Dental Service Animal Clinic with Dr. Robert Wiggs, and has served on the American Veterinary Dental College Exam Committee and Board of Directors. He worked for Veterinary Centers of America from 1999 to 2006 as a dental specialist and as their national dental educator. Dr. Mitchell received the “Peter Emily Service Award” in 2012 from the American Veterinary Dental College. He joined Veterinary Dental Services in 2009. Dr. Mitchell enjoys spending his free time with his family, which includes two French Bulldogs named Ruffles and Hershey.

Dr. Diane Carle

After 8 years of learning and growing at VDS, I’m moving to Seattle to start a new dental service at a multi-speciality practice. I am eternally grateful to Dr Bonnie Shope and Dr Paul Mitchell for the years of mentorship and for launching me in this rewarding field. I am also deeply thankful for the staff of VDS who have been patient, kind, supportive and always fun to work with throughout the years. I have learned so much from all of you!

I will truly miss all the furry patients and the caring, devoted owners I’ve met during my time at VDS. I wish all of you the best and will think of you often.

Thank you so much everyone!

Diane Carle, DVM, DAVDC

Dr. Kristina Feigin

Dr. Kristina Feigin, DVM joined the Veterinary Dental Services team in 2016. She has worked as a small animal veterinarian for over ten years, prior to becoming an associate at Veterinary Dental Services.  She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Cyril and Methodius (Skopje, Macedonia) in 2001. Her educational background also includes a post graduate clinical program, followed by a small animal internship at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Feigin was a Visiting Veterinarian at Angell Memorial Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She is currently performing research analyzing the vitality of intrinsically stained teeth in dogs.