Hi everyone, my name is Dr. Russell Sprinkles. My wife, Rosan, and I founded Grace Animal Hospital in 2006. In founding Grace Animal Hospital, we had a strong desire to bring high-quality medicine and surgery to Gaston County in a down-home, relaxed family atmosphere. In fact, our newly constructed facility was built entirely on providing a fear-free, comfortable atmosphere for the pets while remaining state of the art in both equipment and staff. Professionally, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from North Carolina State University and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I graduated at the top of my veterinary school class, including being inducted into The Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. My professional interests include preventative wellness care, endocrine diseases, soft tissue surgery, and pain control. I am a current member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and an accredited veterinarian with the United States Department of Agriculture. I am actively serving as a member of the Gaston County Health and Human Services Advisory Board. My family and I are members of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Lowell, North Carolina. My wife and I are both Gaston County natives as well as high school sweethearts from South Point High School. We have a teenage son named Caden who is very active in theater and music along with Darcy the dog and three cats named Laura, Mia, and Jasper. In my spare time I am an avid mountain biker and actively volunteer with the Piedmont Area Singletrack Alliance, a volunteer organization that builds and maintains mountain bike trails for Gaston County Parks and Recreation. Please feel free to come by our office any time for an introduction and tour of our facilities or just grab a cup of free coffee and relax in the porch swing.


Matthew Woods, DVM

Hello! My name is Dr. Matt Woods and I am excited to be joining the staff of Grace Animal Hospital in April of 2018.  I was born and raised in Gastonia and call this home.  My undergraduate studies were done in Biology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte (Magna Cum Laude). I received my doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 (Summa Cum Laude).    Upon graduating veterinary school, my family and I  moved to Charlotte, NC where I have been practicing for the last 13 years. In 2009,  we relocated back home to Gaston County to be closer to family and love now being able to practice so close to home.  My wife Ashley and I have two sons, Jonathan and Ethan. We love spending time outdoors together, especially camping, hiking, golfing, and traveling any chance we get. We have 2 wonderful rescue pups, Penny and Georgia as well as a cat named Oscar that has been with me for 18 years and is still going strong.


Mark Boccella, VMD

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Hello. My name is Mark Boccella, VMD. I am excited to join the team at Grace Animal Hospital. I am originally from Pennsylvania having lived in Pittsburg for many years before my wife and I moved to Charlotte in 2019. I graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1987. In 1991, I graduated with my doctorate in veterinary medicine from The University of Pennsylvania. Initially practicing on horses for two years, I have concentrated on small animal medicine and surgery over the last almost 27 years. My areas of interest include internal medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, and surgery. I also have extensive experience in emergency medicine and surgery having worked in a large 24-hour general medicine and surgery practice in Pittsburgh for 10 years. I have three children: Maggie, Jonathan, and stepson Ryan all of whom are in college in Pennsylvania and Ohio. My wife and I have two dogs, Raleigh and Tighe, with hopes of adding a cat to our home in the near future. In my spare time, I like to walk, bike, read, and travel. I am looking forward to getting to know not only the clients of Grace Animal Hospital but also their furry family members.