Meet Our Team


Dr. Jay Goldsmith

Dr. Jay Goldsmith

Practice Owner

As a seventeen year old boy I exited Auburn University's College of Agriculture perplexed and confused. I had just informed the Dean, with excitement in my voice, that I wanted to be a farmer! He responded with two questions. "Is your dad a farmer?" No, I said. "Do you plan to marry a woman whose dad is a farmer?" I don't know, I said slowly. "Well then you aren't going to be a farmer."

It is strange how someone you have just met can crush you with only a few simple words. God had a different plan for me and the Dean at Auburn knew it. I remember walking down the endless concrete steps that led out of his office and saying to myself, "Now what?"

Growing up in the suburbs of Augusta, GA, I found my way to the country every time I could. I occasionally spent time with Dr. Justin Butler on his father's dairy farm in Saluda, SC. This outdoor life spent with animals was inspiring and adventurous. So as a teenager I found my way into training horses. It was those days out in the field on the back of a strong and often wild beast we call horse, that confirmed my desire to be outside and with animals.

After returning to Augusta from my visit with the Dean, I spent some time with an equine veterinarian, Dr. Haden, in the race town of Aiken. It was incredible what this vet was able to do with these athletes. Dr. Haden could watch a lame horse trot and identify what leg and joint was painful. Then he could pass a tube up a horse's nose and draw fluid out of its stomach. It was just incredible! I wanted to do it too!

This experience led to working with Dr. Dick Gayle in a small animal practice. I was blown away by his ability to evaluate a dog that had been vomiting and find a sock in the intestine. Then he would perform surgery, remove the sock, and the dog was like new again. I knew I could do this too!

It was clear, I wanted to be a vet.

In 1998, I was accepted to Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine. I was certain that four years later I would be in Kentucky working on famous race horses.Once again I was wrong.

Clinical rotations started my third year and it was dogs and cats of which I couldn't get enough. From emergencies to surgery to oncology and ophthalmology, I loved every minute of it. There was something amazing about seeing the joy that people got from their furry family members. I now had the ability to heal that family member and it was exhilarating!

So here I am, waking up each day excited about going to work. Excited about healing pets. Excited about seeing the joy that these pets bring their owners. I have a wonderful wife, Carey, and four kids, Grant, Henry, Will and Milly. In my free time, I enjoy training my Labrador retriever, grits, coaching my kids sport's teams, and traveling as much as I can.


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Dr. Justin Butler

Practice Owner

Growing up on a dairy farm in Saluda, South Carolina gave me a love and respect for animals at an early age. Our dairy herd was one of the teaching herds for the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, so as a kid I spent a lot of my free time with senior veterinary students each month when they came to work on our cows. Seeing their passion and expertise planted a seed in me that helped lead me to choose the same profession years later.

I attended Lander University for my undergraduate degree and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and then graduated from University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After graduation, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona for almost 8 years and practiced both small and large animal medicine. While living in Phoenix I met my wife, Rachael.

In 2011 we returned to Charleston and with much excitement, I joined the Park West Vet team. Today we have 2 boys, Jack and Drew, who are true blessings in our lives. I love spending time with my family and our Labradoodle, Abby. In my spare time, Rachael and I love to run and we have competed in several marathons and half marathons all around the Lowcountry and have competed in a few triathlons as well. We love Charleston and we are so proud to call it home.


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Dr. Kristen Lester

I am originally from the beautiful state of Louisiana, my craving for warm weather, delicious food, and friendly people runs deep. I truly believe that every meal tastes better with the addition of cheesy grits.

I have always wanted to become a veterinarian. My grandfather practiced veterinary medicine for over 50 years, so at an early age I was exposed to the joys and fulfillment this career provides. My favorite part of practicing veterinary medicine is being challenged to seek out the right answers and provide support to clients through both the good and hard times with their pet.

I earned my undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Louisiana Tech University in 2003. From there I was accepted to Louisiana State University where I graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2006. Geaux Tigers!

After marrying my husband, Chris, in 2008, we wanted a new adventure. We decided to move to South Carolina on a whim. After discovering all of the wonderful benefits of the Carolinas, we have decided to make this area our home. We have lived in Mount Pleasant since 2010 and could not be happier here. When not working, we both enjoy being out in the great outdoors. Whether it is hiking, beaching, or whitewater kayaking, our happiest moments are spent enjoying nature.

Chris and I share our home with three dogs that we call the "fur balls of fury." We are the proud guardians of OD, Jeffrey, and Pebbles. They keep us busy and fill our home with lots of love, funny stories, and dog hair. I look forward to meeting and caring for all of your pets and hearing about all of their funny stories. I promise to always do my best to keep your pets happy, healthy, and to look after their best interest.

Just like most general practice veterinarians, I consider myself to have a well rounded knowledge base. However, my special interests include oncology, internal medicine, clinical pathology, and ultrasonography.


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Dr. Sheradan Pate

My name is Sheradan Pate and I am so honored to be a part of Park West Veterinary Associates. I went to the University of South Carolina for my undergraduate degree in Biology, and then graduated from University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Immediately after graduation I decided to move to Hawaii for 3-6 months and enjoy the island lifestyle while getting started in my veterinary career. Well that 3 months turned into 14 years! In February 2016, my family and I moved back to beautiful South Carolina to be closer to family and enjoy all that the Lowcountry has to offer. My husband, Chris, and I have been blessed with 2 children, 2 dogs, and 3 cats! We had to give up our chickens when we left Hawaii!

I am passionate about bringing the best possible care to my patients and their parents, and I take an integrative approach. In 2006, I completed my certification in Veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute. In 2013, I completed my certification in Canine Rehabilitation therapy from CRI. By furthering my education I have been able to improve my patients' quality of life, and strengthen the human/animal bond.

I look forward to serving the Mount Pleasant community each and every day and getting to know my clients and their fur babies!


Dr. Heather Tucker

Dr. Heather Tucker

Growing up in an area with only 3 roads and one gas station gives you the immediate feeling of community, as you must rely on your neighbors and family in a pinch. I spent my afternoons after school running around a beef farm and taking care of every injured soul in my path whether it be a bird, salamander, upside down beetle, dogs or cats. I knew each one of my neighbors and walked to many of their houses, especially if they had rats and horses, which were the only two animals I was not allowed to own as a kid!

It's amazing that even with that sort of childhood, the idea of veterinary medicine as a career path did not come to me until later in college. I grew up taking care of any sick or injured animal in my path, but I initially pursued a career as a physician so that I could gear that care and compassion towards people. It wasn't until my senior year of college, despite having a multitude of volunteer and work related to human medicine, that I decided to become a veterinarian.

Now looking back, I think my initial training to becoming a physician only prepared me to become a better veterinarian. With every pet comes a human, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love developing a bond to both people and animals, and being your family veterinarian. I'm so thankful every day that I get to do my passion for work, it's incredible.

I'm so excited to integrate into the community of Charleston and meet the family of Park West Veterinary Associates. I'm a Georgia Bulldog through and through, attending both undergraduate studies and veterinary school at the University of Georgia. When I'm not at work, you can find me doing any and every activity in the sunshine from walking my fur kids (Jack, Molly, and Ralph), to biking, gardening, and kayaking.

My special veterinary interests include small animal surgery, behavioral medicine, and exotic animal care.


Dr. Carl Schmidt

Dr. Carl Schmidt

I grew up in the northeastern part of Illinois near the border of Wisconsin. My family has a little hobby farm and we've had all types of animals throughout the years. Caring for dogs, cats, sheep, goats, alpacas, a herd of Belted Galloway and more helped shape my childhood and educational career.

I attended the University of Illinois for my undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences and then stayed there to complete my veterinary degree. After 8 years surrounded by corn fields, I graduated veterinary school in 2009, got married a week later, and moved to the western suburbs of Chicago to begin practicing veterinary medicine. A love of travel took my wife, Aubrey, and me all around the country. Eventually we decided we wanted warmer weather and the ocean in our life. We arrived here in Charleston on January 1st, 2018. The palm trees and ocean are not disappointing, and life by the beach feels like a vacation.

Outside of veterinary medicine, exploring Charleston and the lowcountry is a top priority. I play volleyball, both indoor and sand, and am looking forward to getting out on the court. My pet count is currently at four. I have two cats who are quite spoiled and two snakes. Everybody traveled well on the 16 hour drive down here.

As a small animal veterinarian I am experienced in all aspects of pet care. I enjoy helping pets and their people and am excited to get to know the PWVA clients! My special interests are soft tissue and dental surgery.


Dr. Patrick Jones

Dr. Patrick Jones

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and you could say I was born into the veterinary world. My father and grandfather are both veterinarians and I spent my childhood around my father's small animal practice in Cahaba Heights, Alabama. I loved watching surgeries, reading x-ray films, and taking care of every animal I could find from a young age and knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps.

I stayed on the path to becoming a veterinarian until my senior year of high school where I detoured to pursue a career in music education at The University of Alabama. During my time there, I discovered I love playing and teaching music, but I still wanted to be a veterinarian. Even though I am an Auburn football fan, my experience at Alabama gave me three wonderful things: life-long friends, a passion for teaching, and my wife, Jacquelyn, who is also a veterinarian.

Jacquelyn and I graduated from Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine and traveled to Charleston as often as possible during vet school. Of course, we fell in love with the city and made the easy decision to move here to begin our careers. When I am not working, I enjoy exploring the Charleston area and spending time outdoors, particularly with our three dogs, Buddy, Bear, and Kamu. My other hobbies include playing the euphonium and working out at a Crossfit gym.

I am excited to get involved in the Mount Pleasant community and look forward to meeting all of PWVA's wonderful clients! While I enjoy all aspects of small animal medicine, my special interests are surgery, diagnostic imaging, and client education.


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Marian Rowland, CVPM

Practice Manager

Joined PWVA: October 2008
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Previous Studies: BS in Business Management from Clemson
University, CVPM certification from Veterinary Hospital
Manager's Association
Special Interests: Human resources, training, hospital policies and practice culture.
Pets at Home: A tortoise shell cat named Tilly.


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Libby Christensen

Director of Marketing and Community Outreach

Joined PWVA: August 2013
Hometown: Royal Oak, Michigan
Previous Studies: B.A. in Art History & Graphic
Design from Michigan State University
Special Interests: Graphic design, marketing, social media, event planning, and community relations.
Pets at Home: A goldendoodle named Henry and a yellow lab named Gus.


Kaylee Bleecker

Kaylee Bleecker

Office Manager

Joined PWVA: June 2017
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Previous Studies: BS in Kinesiology from Michigan State University
Special Interests: Animal rescue, travel, and fitness.
Pets at Home: A golden retriever named Charlie.


Tessa South

Tessa South

Boarding & Daycare Manager

Joined PWVA: June 2017
Hometown: Griswold, Connecticut
Previous Studies: B.A. in Political Science with a
minor in Psychology
Special Interests: Rescuing/fostering animals, traveling with my dogs, and volunteering at my hometown soup kitchen during the holidays.
Pets at Home: Three rescue dogs named Bentley, Shelby, & Nina, and a domestic shorthair cat named Bama.


Stephanie Mazzella

Stephanie Mazzella

Client Care Coordinator

Joined PWVA: December 2017
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Previous Studies: B.A. in International Studies and
Political Science Minor from the College of Charleston
Special Interests: Long walks on Folly Beach.
Pets at Home: Two rescues Bentley and Tilly!


Jennifer-Ann Bailey

Jennifer-Ann Bailey

Client Care Coordinator

Joined PWVA: February 2017
Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Studied Business Technology at Tri-County Technical
Special Interests: Dogs, Interior Design, Making Jewelry & Crafting ProjectsCollege.


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Bonnie Harrell

Hospital Team Director

Joined PWVA: September 2005
Hometown: McClellanville, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Currently working to
complete my degree in Veterinary Science
Special Interests: Managing anesthesia, veterinary dentistry, human resources and practice culture.
Pets at Home: Two rescue dogs, Lucky and Savannah.


Anna Bair

Anna Bair

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: Originally in 2004-2008 happily rejoined the team in October 2013
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Trident Technical College Veterinary Technology
Special Interests:Animal behavior especially canine behavior, training and rehabilitation, helping teach our nurses new to the field of veterinary nursing what I have learned and still learning from the best here at PWVA making a positive difference in the animals lives as well as their owners.
Pets at Home: A senior feline torti named Ugs.


Vanessa Soto

Vanessa Soto

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: March 2014
Hometown: Long Island, New York
Previous Studies: Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Trident Technical College
Special Interests:Rehabilitation therapy.
Pets at Home: My lovely girl Leia (hound mix) and my cuddle monkey Noel (dachshund mix).


Jessica Cotton

Jessica Cotton

Inventory Manager

Joined PWVA: March 2016
Hometown: Joliet, IIllinois but I also lived in Virginia so I claim that as my second home state!
Special Interests: Canine & feline behavior, maintaining our Feline Friendly Practice certification, emergency & critical care, preventative health, and inventory management.
Pets at Home: Two orange cats, Charlie & Cheeto.


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Julie Dayton, LVT

Lead Technician

Joined PWVA: July 2016
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Previous Studies: Associates in Veterinary Technology from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, CO
Special Interests: Dentistry and Anesthesia.
Pets at Home: My Rat Terrier, Bella and Golden Retriever, Avett.


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Tricia Roberts

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: September 2016
Hometown: Moncks Corner, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Associates in Veterinary Technology
Special Interests: Fear Free Certified.
Pets at Home: Mellow, Labrador Retriever & Rudy, Chihuahua.


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Steph Gotschall

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: December 2016
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Previous Studies: Marine Biology and History of Social Sciences at Virginia Wesleyan College
Special Interests: Volunteering at shelters, participating in ESA (emotional support animal) programs and trainings.
Pets at Home: A Pitbull mix named Noodle, and a Persian cat named Pawz.


Ann Branham, LVT

Ann Branham, LVT

Lead Technician

Joined PWVA: December 2006
Hometown: Ridgeland, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Associates degree in Health Science, Veterinary Technology.
Special Interests: Anesthesia & Analgesia, Dentistry, and Canine & Feline Behavior.


Jane Miller, LVT

Jane Miller, LVT

Lead Technician

Joined PWVA: August 2017
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Previous Studies: In 2013, I graduated with a B.S. degree in Biology from James Madison University (Go Dukes!). In 2015, I got my A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology from Northern Virginia Community College.
Special Interests: Dentistry and anesthesia.
Pets at Home: Two cats named Pippa and Bleu.


Chelsie Juskiewicz

Chelsie Juskiewicz

Technician Assistant

Joined PWVA: January 2018
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Previous Studies: B.A. in Business Marketing Managment
from Buffalo, and A.S. in Health Sciences from Trident
Special Interests: Dentistry and surgery.
Pets at Home: A Boykin spaniel named Charley.


Sierra Roberts

Sierra Roberts

Technician Assistant

Joined PWVA: December 2017
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Currently working on my Associates
Degree in Veterinary Technology
Special Interests: Monitoring vitals and assisting with surgical procedures, studying and learning about oncology, emergency and critical care, and many other areas of veterinary medicine. I love helping animals and I hope to make a difference in their lives as well as their owners.
Pets at Home: A pit bull mix named Copper, a black lab named Gator Bait, and a Catahoula Cur named Luke.


Alex Esclavon, CPhT

Alex Esclavon, CPhT

Pharmacy Technician

Joined PWVA: January 2018
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Associates in Pharmacy Technology; National Certification
Special Interests: Applying what I've learned about human medicine to the animal world to better care for your pet.
Pets at Home: my best friend Farah, a lab mix.


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