Our Owners & Veterinarians

On this page, we have a small snapshot of each of the owners and doctors who care so deeply for our pets. Learn more about them here, then make an appointment to meet them in person!

Owners

Gale Bowman Owner, DVM, MS

Dr. Gale Bowman is the founding owner of Bowman Animal Hospital and, although no longer practicing, is very involved in the management of the hospital. She received her DVM from Michigan State University in 1976 and then continued on to Auburn University where she obtained a Master’s degree in Small Animal Surgery and Medicine and completed a three-year residency in Veterinary Opthalmology.

She received the President’s Award from the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and in 1995 was named North Carolina Veterinarian of the Year. From 1999-2003, Dr. Bowman served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Dr. Bowman established Bowman Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic in 1985 and not only has the practice grown over time, but she has also become an innovator by building a hospital dedicated to the integration of Eastern and Western veterinary care. As an acupuncturist, she encourages the integration of a variety of modalities along with herbal and homeopathic medicine for both preventative and curative small animal medicine.

Dr. Bowman is originally from Mt. Clemens, MI but currently lives in Raleigh with her husband, Dr. Karl Bowman, her beautiful Maine Coon cats, Baby and Eddie, and her Yorkshire Terrier, Moxie.

Gale Bowman Owner, DVM, MS

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Karl Bowman Owner, DVM, MS

In 2003, Dr. Karl Bowman became a co-owner of Bowman Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic. While no longer a practicing veterinarian, he provides extensive advisory and administrative support to the management team. Dr. Bowman received his BS and DVM degrees from Michigan State University in 1974 and 1976, respectively. From 1976-79, he served as an intern and resident in large animal surgery (primarily soft tissue surgery) and completed his coursework and research project for the MS degree at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University. In 1981, Dr. Bowman completed a second residency in large animal surgery (emphasizing lameness and orthopedic surgery) at the New Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He received the MS degree from Auburn University in 1981. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the clinical specialties of veterinary surgery and equine practice, respectively.

In 1981, he was appointed to the equine surgery faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University (NCSU). Dr. Bowman is the author/co-author of more than 40 scientific publications and book chapters, and he has received four teaching awards. In 1996, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association recognized him as the 1996 NCSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Clinician of the Year. In 2003, he received the NCSU Libraries Faculty Award in recognition of outstanding contributions that support the NCSU Libraries’ mission and role within the university. After 25 years, he retired from NCSU as an Associate Professor (Emeritus), Equine Surgery.

 

Karl Bowman Owner, DVM, MS

Veterinarians in Raleigh: Dr. Karl Bowman

Practicing Veterinarians

Julie Merriman DVM

Dr. Julie Merriman joined the Bowman veterinary team in 2007. Since she was a little girl, the only thing she ever wanted to do was to be a vet. When she was little, she wouldn't take a nap without first finding their neighbor's cat and pushing it in the baby stroller to her house to have him sleep with her. In 2004, she realized her dream by receiving her DVM from Oklahoma State Veterinary School. As a veterinarian, the most rewarding part for Dr. Merriman is forming a bond with her patients and their owners and making them both feel better!

Dr. Merriman lives with her husband, Matthew (also a veterinarian), her two twins, Eli and Paige, and their two pets, Greta, a Chorkie (Yorkie/chihuahua mix) and Stuart, their rescued domestic longhair cat. In her spare time, she loves exercising and going to spin class, traveling, chasing around her twins, and photography.

Julie Merriman DVM

Veterinarians in Raleigh: Dr. Julie Merriman

Katharine White DVM

Dr. White grew up with a lot of dogs who ignited her love for animals. Additionally, she was influenced by her mother who had been a nurse and who supported and worked with her a lot during high school and college, giving her invaluable medical experience. In 2007, she obtained her DVM from North Caroline State University. She also has additional training in dentistry from the Animal Dental Center in Maryland. As a vet, her most rewarding experiences have been those where she has saved very sick animals who then go on to live many more happy years with their owners. One of her favorite parts of her job is getting to meet new clients.

At home, Dr. White has two children as well as two pets: Nugget, a lab terrier mix, named as such because she was meant to be big and wound up being small; and Charlie Girl, a domestic shorthair cat who is black and white with a cute mustache. When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, riding bikes on the greenway, kayaking, and spending time with her wonderful family. Her deepest love, though, is dark chocolate!

Katharine White DVM

Veterinarians in Raleigh: Dr. Katharine White

Amy Butler DVM

Dr. Butler loves animals and taking care of them and their families. Growing up in a farm setting, she has always been surrounded by dogs, cats, cows, and chickens. She spends a lot of time outdoors, too, and loves to watch animals in nature. At one point, she even considered becoming a marine biologist due to her love of snorkeling and scuba diving. Yet, she decided on a veterinary career and received her DVM from North Carolina State University in 1996. As a vet, she very much enjoys solving problems that help pets heal and feel better. The most rewarding part is nourishing the bond between humans and their pets; it's such a pure love.

In her spare time, Dr. Butler loves paddling (kayaks, canoes, paddle boards), camping, and hiking, especially with her kids and her dogs! Despite all her career accomplishments, her kids are what she's most proud of.

Amy Butler DVM

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Kozue Harada DVM, CVA

Dr. Kozue Harada began her professional career over 10 years ago and joined our team in January 2018. She brings a wealth of knowledge and specialization to our staff. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and her Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine from Michigan State University. During her time at Michigan State University, she served as a Japanese translator for three visiting veterinarians and participated in three externships in New York City and Fleming, New Jersey. After graduating, Dr. Harada did an internship for small animals with Michigan Veterinary Specialists. In 2013, she received her Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She joins our team after over 5 years in practice at the prestigious Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Red Bank, New Jersey. We are honored to have Dr. Harada and look forward to the mix of traditional and holistic care she offers.

Kozue Harada DVM, CVA

Veterinarians in Raleigh: Dr. Kozue Harada

Katie Koehler DVM

Dr. Koehler earned her degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2010. She grew up in New Hampshire where her family had a Great Dane. When taking their dog to the vet one day, her mom remembers Dr. Koehler saying, at the age of three, that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Throughout her life, she never changed her mind! As a veterinarian with Bowman, she enjoys getting to know her clients and their pets, and giving them both the very best care.

Dr. Koehler has two children: a daughter name Shaelynn and a son named Christian. She also has a Ragdoll name Mufasa who she rescued during vet school, and her daughter has a bunny named Snowy. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her family! Her future dream is to one day own a small Alpaca farm, but she also enjoys traveling to new places, too!

Kate Koehler DVM

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Dawn Lanza DVM

Dr. Lanza was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She attended the University of Alabama where she competed on the swim team and earned her undergraduate degree. She then went on to graduate with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana State University in 2006. After school, she and her husband decided to move and thought North Carolina was so beautiful! Dr. Lanza started her career in general practice, but then did 13 years in emergency medicine. During veterinary school she also had the opportunity to work with Bald Eagles and a Zebra! What she loves most about her job is seeing beautiful animals every day and getting to know them and their families. Every dog and cat seems cuter than the last!

Dr. Lanza and her husband, David, have two children, Gianna and Julian. Their family also includes two pets: Stoli, who was bottle-raised by a classmate in vet school, and Rocco who she delivered via C-section. In her spare time, Dr. Lanza enjoys going to the beach and exercising (cycling and group classes). Her favorite food is sushi, and she also loves Twizzlers! You can sometimes find her having dinner at her favorite restaurant, Hayashi, here in Raleigh.

Dawn Lanza DVM

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Sara A. Bumgardner Slagel DVM

Dr. Sara A. Bumgardner Slagel is a graduate from North Carolina State University, where she received her BS in Biological Sciences, her PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in the Appalachian Mountains, and as a second generation veterinarian, has long fostered her love of medicine and all animals, from the bear cub that came in through her father’s animal rehabilitation center to the numerous foster kittens and dogs taken in over the years. Her love of science promoted her interest in veterinary medicine but also in research, and prior to completing her DVM/PhD, she worked on projects at both the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, ME, and at The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences in RTP. After graduating veterinary school, she worked at her father’s veterinary practice in Pennsylvania, but then spent 4 years in Athens, GA, as a full-time veterinarian and research affiliate at the University of Georgia. Coming back to Raleigh has been like coming home, and she looks forward to continuing to combine her passions of creative thinking and problem-solving, working with animals, educating clients, and having the gratification of making a positive impact on people’s lives through both the care of their pet and lending an empathetic ear.

Dr. Sara and her husband, Nick, have twins (Rogan and Evalyn) and several furry children: two German Shepherd dogs, Chiara and Oberon, and three mischievous cats, Finnegan, Huck, and Casper. When not at work, she enjoys going on outdoor adventures with her family (dogs and kids included!), including rock climbing, running, biking, backpacking/hiking, kayaking, and, when able, skiing.

Sara A. Bumgardner Slagel DVM

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