Meet our caring and compassionate veterinary care team committed to providing exceptional veterinary care for you and your family.
Dr. Blackburn hails from the Pacific Northwest, prior to settling in the Carolinas. She loves the mixture of mountains and coastline that this area offers and is excited to raise her family and practice in such beautiful surroundings. Dr. Blackburn loves the challenges posed by veterinary medicine and truly enjoys working with families to diagnose and treat their beloved pet's illnesses and maintain optimum health in their furry family members. Her special interests include general wellness care, ultrasound, internal medicine, nutrition, surgery, and oncology. Dr. Blackburn serves as the Medical Director for Rivers Edge Animal Hospital.
Dr. Blackburn attended the University of South Florida for her undergraduate degree in microbiology and received her veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 2007. She also completed an internship with Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Florida. Dr. Blackburn has continued to pursue knowledge in ultrasound, endoscopy and advanced medicine through numerous continuing education opportunities through the years. She is also a member of the AVMA, NCVMA, SCVMA, World Vets and in a network of Emergency preparedness vets for disasters in South and North Carolina.
When not working, Dr. Blackburn enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, as well as her beloved dog Kaya and her equally loved cat Stache. She can also be found hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and practicing yoga and pursuing artistic endeavors such as painting and lapidary arts/metalwork.
Dr. Olson was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but she has been happy to call the Carolinas home for the past six years. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Although she enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Olson is particularly interested in dentistry, ultrasonography, and dermatology.
Away from work, Dr. Olson enjoys spending time with her husband and their three young children. They share their home with Jack, their sweet, gentle yellow Lab who has been blind since puppyhood. Dr. Olson loves being active, spending time outdoors, reading, and cheering on the Irish every football season. She’s excited to be a part of River's Edge Animal Hospital and looks forward to meeting you and your furry family members!
Dr. Pantone grew up in Connecticut and eventually moved to Seoul, S. Korea with her family where she graduated high school. She met her husband, who was stationed in Seoul with the US Army, a few years later. He was reassigned to Ft. Hood Texas and it was during this assignment Dr. Pantone decided to apply for veterinary school. She graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2009 and shortly afterwards, moved to North Carolina. Dr. Pantone has worked at various clinics in the Charlotte region and has advanced training in veterinary dentistry, her area of interest. Dr. Pantone and her husband just "graduated" their two Olde English Bulldogges Petyr and Jolene into adulthood (16 months) and are now raising their 8-week Rottweiler Dwayne.