Park West Veterinary Associates
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Meet Our Team

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Veterinarians

Dr. Jay Goldsmith

Dr. Jay Goldsmith

Practice Founder

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 racehorses. 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, Cowboy, hanging out with our cat Jav, coaching my kids sport's teams, and traveling as much as I can.

Dr. Justin Butler

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.

Dr. Carl Schmidt

Dr. Carl Schmidt

Veterinarian

I grew up in the northeastern part of Illinois near the border of Wisconsin. My family has a 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 on warmer weather and the ocean in our life. We arrived here in Charleston on January 1st, 2018. Life by the beach still feels like a vacation.

Outside of veterinary medicine, exploring and enjoying Charleston and the Lowcountry is my top priority. Volleyball, kayaking, and fishing are some of my favorite activities. My pet count is currently at five. I have two cats that are very spoiled and two snakes. We rescued a dachshund in early 2020 and she was a great pandemic addition to the family.

As a small animal veterinarian, I am experienced in all aspects of pet care. I enjoy helping pets and chatting with their people! My special interests are soft tissue surgery, dental surgery, and endoscopy.

Dr. Dominique Matthews

Dr. Dominique Matthews, cVMA

Veterinarian & Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist

I was raised in a secluded northern New Jersey town surrounded by lakes, mountains, and pristine open spaces with abundant wildlife. Growing up, I spent a significant amount of time volunteering at the local animal shelter. Although there can be much heartache in shelter medicine, the emotional rewards and many success stories intensified my passion for helping animals.

After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Scranton, I decided to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the beautiful island of St. Kitts for the next 2.5 years Ė one of the best decisions I have ever made. My final year of clinical rotations was completed at Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. After living in the Midwest for 4 years post-graduation, I moved to Mount Pleasant in 2019, joined the Park West Vet team, and completed certification in veterinary acupuncture. While the warmer climates and living in close proximity to family are definitely added bonuses, I am so very proud to call this wonderful town and PWVA my home.

When I am not at PWVA, I can be found spending time with my husband, three children, and two dogs Ė they keep me pretty busy! In our free time, we take pleasure in enjoying nature & spending time engaging in outdoor activities. For quiet time, I also enjoy reading, puzzling, and baking.

I am honored to be part of the Park West team and look forward to meeting you and treating your beloved pets as if they were my own. My special interests are in rehabilitation therapy, acupuncture, regenerative medicine, and geriatric patient care. My ultimate goals are to improve the quality of life of companion animals by maintaining & improving mobility and managing pain as they age.

Dr. Tara Harasim

Dr. Tara Harasim

Veterinarian

I grew up in a small town in Michigan. I have always loved animals since childhood, but my passion to help them started, quite frankly, due to one special dog. I was fortunate to have grown up with an amazingly sweet black Labrador Retriever named Molly. She was my best friend, but she, unfortunately, had some challenging medical issues during her life. As I grew up my strong desire to protect her, and all animals, intensified and led me to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

I completed my undergraduate studies at Michigan State University in 2012. I later earned my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine located in St. Kitts. The warmer climate and beautiful beaches offered in St. Kitts provided a welcome break from the harsh Michigan winters and greatly enhanced my overall veterinary school experience. I left St. Kitts to complete my clinical training at Colorado State University. After graduation, I completed additional training at a specialty practice in California and then subsequently relocated to Illinois where I worked for a busy small animal practice for several years.

Some of my family members relocated to Charleston in 2019, and I shortly followed thereafter! It was an easy decision given I could be closer to my family and live in such a beautiful area with so much history (not to mention the fabulous weather and beaches which are reminiscent of the Caribbean!).

Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, drawing, tennis, traveling, and scuba diving. Most of my free time is spent with my dog, Evie, whom I adore! Somehow, I have been blessed with two sweet Black Labradors in my lifetime! Both remain my constant sources of inspiration to provide excellent care to all pets like them!

I am very excited to be a part of team Park West Vet! My special interests include surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and internal medicine, but I enjoy all aspects of patient care, and take great pride in treating each case with thoughtful, gold-standard medicine. I look forward to meeting our PWVA clients and assisting them in the care of their wonderful pets!

Dr. Elise Mauer

Dr. Elise Mauer

Veterinarian

I grew up in a small college town in Indiana surrounded by corn fields. I had a passion for animals from a young age and spent most of my time riding horses, exploring the outdoors, or spending time with the family pets. My love of veterinary medicine blossomed in high school when I worked for my local veterinarian. Being able to help the animals I loved so much was such a fulfilling experience and I wanted to make that my career.

I went to Purdue University for both undergraduate and veterinary school. I then went on to work at a busy multi-doctor small animal clinic outside of Indianapolis, Indiana for 3 years. After years of cold winters, zero degree temperatures, and ice storms, I decided to look for warmer weather. I visited Charleston, South Carolina and fell in love.

In my free time, I love to ride my horse Rumor, walk my dogs Koda and Chat, kayak, walk on the beach or just explore Charleston and everything the lowcountry has to offer. I also have two long haired cats that are great couch companions.

I truly love being a veterinarian and I particularly enjoy soft tissue surgery, wound management, and strengthening the human animal bond.

Dr. Jen Brogie

Dr. Jen Brogie

Veterinarian

I grew up in a suburb of Boston. It was not unusual to find me playing with our family dog, Huck, on an obstacle course set up out of lawn furniture or snuggling up with our cat, Pepper, binge-watching a TV series. I vividly remember the day that I told my parents I wanted to become a veterinarian. At a young age, I witnessed the compassion and expertise of the local equine veterinarian with a colicking horse. From that point on, every school essay, school project, and summer job centered around helping animals and advocating for their needs.

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky where I worked as a surgical technician at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. I attended Colorado State University where I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. As a recipient of the Health Professions Scholarship Program, I had the privilege of serving in the United States Army as a veterinarian taking care of Military Working Dogs, service memberís pets, food safety, and public health missions. It is an honor to work with the most elite canine athletes!

Upon graduation, I was commissioned a Captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. My first year I traveled to Texas and Washington, completing basic officer training and additional veterinary training before the luck of the draw brought me to South Carolina. I worked for three years as the Officer in Charge of the Joint Base Charleston Veterinary section. I will continue to challenge myself and develop my leadership skills in the Army Reserve.

After traveling around the country, I could not be more excited to call Charleston home! Me and my travel buddy, Roscoe, together we have visited 35 states. He is most happy prancing around the sand dunes of Sullivan's Island! Outside of veterinary medicine, I love spending time on the water, playing kickball, and occasionally embracing the horse girl I am at heart.

There is no better way to spend my day than doing something I love with people who all feel the same way! I am very excited to be a part of the Park West Veterinary team. I am humbled by the trust placed in me, not only by my patients but also by the people who love them. I treasure the long-term relationships that I develop with my clients as we work together to ensure that the pets they love receive the best care possible and are always treated with kindness, compassion, and respect. My special interests include sports medicine, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine.

Dr. Anna Decker

Dr. Anna Decker

Veterinarian

Having grown up in Summerville, it's exciting to be living back in the LowCountry. 7 years ago, I would not have believed that I'd find myself as a veterinarian much less a small animal practitioner.

While horses were my passion that took me through my undergraduate degree at Clemson, my three years working in the Thoroughbred industry in Lexington, Kentucky, and my pursuit of vet school at Auburn University, I've found my place within the small animal practice. It was my time working at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute with a field veterinarian that changed the game for me. He introduced me to the impact and voice a veterinarian truly has. It was my second year working alongside Dr. Pumphrey when he said to me as we drove off one of our regular farm calls, "You know, you'd make a good vet." Having the utmost respect for him and knowing those words didn't come without genuine intent, I began considering vet school.

I left Lexington thinking I'd return to continue my pursuit in the equine industry but during the last six months of clinical rotations, I found myself deciding to pursue small animal medicine following graduation.

My first two years of practice took place in Northern California where I began life with my now husband who was in a position with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes after finishing his baseball career at Stanford University. During our first year of marriage, we began thinking about our next move and it led us to Charleston where both of us could pursue our passions - veterinary medicine and law school!

My husband and I have a handsome Golden Retriever, Luke, who keeps us living in the moment and enjoying our walks through downtown Charleston. The area I hope to grow in, as I'm currently completing a certification, is Acupuncture and Eastern medicine techniques (herbal medicine, food therapy, medical massage). I'm excited to be a part of the Park West Vet team and thankful to be home!

Leadership Team

Marian Rowland

Marian Rowland, CVPM

Hospital Administrator

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.

Bonnie Harrell

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.

Libby MacBride

Libby MacBride

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 Hall

Practice Manager

Joined PWVA: June 2017
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Previous Studies: B.A. in Kinesiology from Michigan State University
Special Interests: I love health and fitness, am a Groupon world traveler, and have a passion for improving the client experience at PWVA.
Pets at Home: Two golden retrievers named Charlie and Opie.

Tessa South

Tessa South

Director of Stay! at Park West Vet

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

Alex Santman

Alex Santman

Office Manager

Joined: October 2018
Hometown: Keene, New Hampshire
Previous Studies: B.S. in Athletic Training from the University of New Hampshire
Special Interests: Canine and Feline Nutrition, Customer Service Training, and kayaking!
Pets at Home: A cute little mixed breed named Lola.

Heather Suhr

Heather Suhr

Client Service Team Director

Joined: May 2019
Hometown: Clinton, Missouri
Previous Studies: B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology
Special Interests: Compassion fatigue in veterinary medicine.
Pets at Home: Marvin a Jack Russell Terrier, Izzy an Australian Shepard, Nyla a Great Pyrenees mix, and Crusoe a Border Collie.

Client Care Coordinators

Ashlyn Muldrow

Ashlyn Muldrow

Client Care Coordinator

Joined: October 2019
Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Associates Degree in Psychology from Fulton Montgomery Community College
Special Interests: Customer service, taking trips to Disney with my family, and being a youth leader at my church.
Pets at Home: A Yorkshire terrier named Ryleigh.

Rachel McIntyre

Rachel McIntyre

Client Care Coordinator

Joined PWVA: August 2019
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Special Interests: Client Care, spending time with family.
Pets at Home: A German Short Haired Pointer named Capers and a GSP/Lab mix named Bella.

Mary Mullins

Mary Mullins

Client Care Coordinator

Joined PWVA: September 2021
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Previous Studies: B.A. in Spanish with a Minor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Special Interests: Competitive Dance, Rugby, Specialty Scuba Diving, & Animal Conservation
Pets at Home: A Rednose American Pitbull named Xena, a Bluenose Pitbull named Circe, an Orange Tabby mix named Monroe, and a Bearded Dragon named Ronan!

Technician Team

Jane Miller, LVT

Jane Miller, LVT

Lead Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: July 2017
Hometown: Warrenton, VA
Previous Studies: B.S. degree in Biology from JMU (Go Dukes!) and Licensed Veterinary Technician degree from Northern Virginia Community College.
Special Interests: Performing echocardiograms, working as a surgery technician and overseeing anesthetic procedures, and assisting with chemotherapy.
Pets at Home: A golden retriever named Camper ("Happy Camper") and two cats named Pippa and Bleu.

Vanessa New

Vanessa Soto New

Lead Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: March 2014
Hometown: Brentwood, New York
Previous Studies: Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Trident Technical College
Special Interests: Rehabilitation Therapy
Pets at Home: A dachshund mixed named Noel, a hound Mix named Leia, and a chocolate lab name Abby.

Allie Causey

Allie Causey, LVT

Lead Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: August 2019
Hometown: Norfolk,VA
Special Interests: Veterinary Nutrition and Dentistry.
Pets at Home: Bloodhounds; Bailey & Hailey, Cats; Penny & Lenny, Goats; Mike & Ike, 70 y/o Salcutta Tortoise; Tank, Chickens

Creighton Smith, LVT

Creighton Smith, LVT

Pharmacy Technician

Joined: September 2021
Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Liberal Arts Degree, Veterinary Technology
Special Interests: Photography and music.
Pets at Home: A terrier mixed named Ollie.

Julie Dayton, LVT

Julie Dayton, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: July 2016
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Previous Studies: Associates in Veterinary Technology from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, CO
Special Interests: Veterinary technician and assistant training, employee goals and recognition, dentistry and anesthesia.
Pets at Home: My Rat Terrier, Bella and Golden Retriever, Avett.

Sierra Roberts

Sierra Roberts

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: December 2017
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Special Interests: Educating pet owners about canine behavior and training, creating positive, Fear Free experiences for pets who donít like going to the vet, and being a fear-free & bully breed advocate.
Pets at Home: My easy-going Pitbull-lab mix named Copper, and my naughty troublemaker pitbull-staffie mix named Chance.

Sydney Prescott

Sydney Prescott

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: October 2018
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Previous Studies: Studying Veterinary Technology through Penn Foster
Special Interests: Animal care, and making a difference in their lives.
Pets at Home: Harley Bean, a boxer mix, and Cash a pointer.

Kelly Rosenthal

Kelly Rosenthal

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: February 2019
Hometown: Nisswa, Minnesota
Previous Studies: Marketing and Spanish, Illinois State University. Currently working on Associates in Veterinary Technology
Special Interests: Animal Rescue and Animal Behavior.
Pets at Home: Two Brindle Pit Bulls, Bowser and Rosie.

Morgan Bauerlin

Morgan Bauerlin, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: June 2019
Hometown: Aiken, SC
Previous Studies: A.A.S in Veterinary Technology from Tri-County Technical College
Special Interests: Dentistry, Oncology, and caring for hospitalized patients.
Pets at Home: A large mixed breed dog named Sadie.

Audrey Fox

Audrey Fox

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: March 2019
Hometown: Palm Harbor, Florida
Previous Studies: Criminal Justice at TTC
Special Interests: Monitoring surgery and hospitalized patients, fear free training.
Pets at Home: A 10 year retriever chow mix named Apollo, a shepherd mix named Knox, and cats named Charlie, Lilly and Luna.

Nick Hepburn

Nick Hepburn

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: February 2020
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, SC
Previous Studies: Film and RTV at Trident Tech, Current studies in Veterinary Technology at Penn Foster
Special Interests: Animal Rescue, Animal Behavior and Preventative Medicine
Pets at Home: Dogs - Springer Spaniel (Sai); Pit mix (Bailey). Cats - Tabby (Arie); Tabby (Sparrow).

Hayden Boselowitz

Hayden Boselowitz

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: June 2019
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Previous Studies: Bachelor's Degree in Biology from College of Charleston.
Pets at Home: A great dane named Nala, and a cat named Thatcher.

Alice Parker, CVT

Alice Parker, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: December 2021
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Associates in animal technology from Bel-area.
Special Interests: Hiking, paddle boarding, reading.
Pets at Home: Two French bulldogs, Ames Beans and Riften, two cats Butters and Raja, and a gecko named Toast.

Makenna Baldwin

Makenna Baldwin

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: May 2021
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Previous Studies: B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science from Clemson University and currently enrolled in Veterinarian Technician school at Penn Foster.
Special Interests: Animal behavior and care, avian conservation, swimming, and spending time with friends and family!
Pets at Home: I have a rescue mixed breed named Sparky.

Britton Lee

Britton Lee

Technician Assistant

Joined PWVA: March 2021
Hometown: North Augusta, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Bachelor's in Wildlife Biology from Charleston Southern University
Special Interests: Volunteer at Animal Forest in Charles Town Landing weekly, bird watching and painting.
Pets at Home: Cat named Medli, Guinea Pig named Gwenevere "Gwennipig", Betta fish named Mikau, and House Gecko named Valoo.

Legacee Wharton

Legacee Wharton

Technician Assistant

Joined PWVA: July 2021
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Previous Studies: Assistant program at Blue Ridge Community College.
Special Interests: Swimming, arts and crafts, reading, and outdoor adventure planning.
Pets at Home: 3 cats, two females and one male - all a year apart!

Shannon Watson

Shannon Watson

Technician Assistant

Joined PWVA: January 2020
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Current Studies: Respiratory Therapy
Special Interests: Photography and Graphic Design
Pets at Home: A sweet pittie named Romeo!

Sean Barton

Sean Barton

Technician Assistant

Joined PWVA: September 2021
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Special Interests: I am a film enthusiast and never get tired of watching and critiquing new movies, I'm definitely a nerd, I enjoy video games and sci-fi books and anything 80's.
Pets at Home: A long-haired black kitty named Grizzabella, and a leopard gecko named Josh Washington, after our nation's first president.

Lia Haigler

Lia Haigler

Technician Assistant

Joined PWVA: October 2021
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Special Interests: Reading, going on the boat, and going to the lake.
Pets at Home: A Goldendoodle named Kono and a Bernedoodle named Maui.

STAY! Team

Taylor Anthony

Taylor Anthony

Assistant Manager

Joined PWVA: June 2019
Hometown: Waveland, Mississippi
Previous Studies: B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Crime, Law & Society from College of Charleston.
Special Interests: Streetwear, Anime, Eastern Asian Studies, and Interior Decorating.
Pets at Home: Three dogs, Avery, Bruce, and Skye, and two frisky felines named Betelgeuse and Tutti!

Mitchell Brown

Mitchell Brown

Kennel Technician

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