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(919) 307-8843

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
SATURDAY: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1st & 3rd of each month)

Our Crew

Meet the CityVet Crew

When you visit CityVet, you will clearly see that Dr. Ellyn Sawyer, Dr. Karima Ekblad, Dr. Rebecca Hamilton, and the CityVet crew have a passion for animals. The CityVet crew is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. CityVet’s goal is to provide a fun, integrated experience for both the pet and their person with an emphasis on your pet’s well-being.  Check out some of our tail-wagging testimonials.

Dr. Ellyn Sawyer

Dr. Ellyn Sawyer completed her undergraduate and doctoral degrees at North Carolina State University. After veterinary school, she completed a small animal internship at the University of Georgia. Next, she moved to Los Angeles to work at a busy 24-hour clinic in West Hollywood. After 4 years on the west coast, she and her husband headed back east to Atlanta. There she worked in a great clinic for the past 7 years. It was a hard place to leave, but she finally convinced her husband to move home to North Carolina this spring.

Her husband is also a veterinarian and together they have two young children and a very senior miniature poodle. She enjoys almost every part of veterinary medicine, but the part she values most is building relationships with pets and their families. She is so excited to start this next chapter in such a wonderful part of Raleigh.

Dr. Karima Ekblad

Dr. Karima Ekblad is originally from Dublin, a small suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara before attending the University of California, Davis where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Following graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship program at a large hybrid general practice/specialty/emergency hospital in Loomis, CA. She moved to North Carolina in 2018, practicing in Chapel Hill.  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Her professional interests include internal medicine, urgent care, analgesia, and chronic pain management, and behavior.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Outside of work, Dr. Ekblad enjoys road biking, hiking, canoeing, traveling internationally, and cooking. She lives in the College Park neighborhood of Raleigh with her husband Jonathan and their two Boston terriers, Benny and Scarlet

Dr. Rebecca Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton grew up in central Jersey, where she had countless childhood schemes to have a farm but only ever managed to convince her family to have a dog and two cats. She attended college at Delaware Valley University in Pennsylvania where she majored in Microbiology and minored in nutrition and large animal science. After graduating, she spent a year working at a veterinary hospital in downtown Philadelphia, where she learned she loved the community engagement of urban medicine.

Dr. Hamilton’s favorite part of her job is getting to know her clients. She thinks it is her greatest privilege to guide them in deciding what is best for their four-legged family members. Her interests are in nutrition, preventative medicine, and hospice care.

Dr. Hamilton shares her home with her high school sweetheart and two cats, Juniper and Aspen (named for Philly streets where they were found). In her spare time, you can find her loitering in her favorite Raleigh coffee shops, making her next camping or travel plans, trying a new local restaurant, or testing out a new recipe. And always plotting to get a dog (or five).

Taylor Braverman

Taylor was born and raised in the Raleigh Area. She graduated in 2017 from NC State with a bachelor’s in Animal Science with a Nutrition minor. She started in veterinary medicine in 2012, because she wanted to be a veterinarian. She worked in general practice for 6 years and then in emergency/general practice for 3 years.

She and her husband, Jon, and I have been married for 3 years and have 1 dog (Ace a long-haired German Shepherd) and two twin medium-haired black cats(Maxwell and Oliver). She enjoys painting/crafting and reading and traveling on her time off.

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, we are now requiring all staff and clients to wear masks while in the building, regardless of vaccination status. The safety of both our staff and clients is of the utmost importance to CityVet Hospital. Thank you for your continued support.
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