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.
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.
I am originally from the beautiful state of Louisiana, so 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.
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.
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.
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 alongside my mother at the local animal shelter, which I considered to be my second home. Day in and day out, I would watch her examine, vaccinate, and treat countless animals, nursing them back to health and readying them for adoption. Although there can be much heartache in shelter medicine, especially when pets are rescued from abuse or cruel conditions, 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 (home of The Office) in 2010, I decided to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the beautiful island of St. Kitts for the next 2.5 years. My final year of clinical rotations was completed at Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, where I met my husband, Jerry. We both graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2014. While my focus has always been in the field of small animal medicine, Jerry's specialized career in cattle reproduction took us out to the Midwest.
We spent the last 4 years living in a small town an hour south of Chicago, surrounded by corn and soybean fields. After enduring multiple harsh winters, below zero temperatures, and often relentless wind, we were ready for warmer climates and life closer to family. We moved to Mount Pleasant in May 2019 and finally have a place to truly call home.
In our free time, we like to take our k9 fur babies, Duke and Tucker, to Sullivan's Island to romp around. Enjoying nature and spending time outdoors is our favorite thing to do, whether it's at the beach with the pups, hiking a new trail, lounging by the community pool, or relaxing on the porch. We have loved every minute of life in South Carolina and are thrilled to call Mount Pleasant our home. I am proud to be part of the Park West Veterinary family since December 2019 and promise to provide the absolute best level of care to your pets and the Park West Veterinary extended family!
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 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 join the Park West Vet team! My special interests include 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joined: May 2019
Hometown: Clinton, Missouri
Previous Studies: B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology
Special Interests: Behavioral modification and trauma counseling with service animals.
Pets at Home: Marvin an 8 y/o Jack Russell Terrier, Izzy a 2 y/o Australian Shepard, Nyla a 2 y/o Great Pyranese mix, and Crusoe an 11 y/o Border Collie.
Joined: June 2019
Hometown: Monticello, New York
Previous Studies: B.S. in Biology from Lebanon Valley College
Special Interests: Learning about Mammal Conservation Biology efforts & long runs with my dog.
Pets at Home: A dalmatian named Cow, a GSP named Birdie, and two cats named Maggie & Scout.
Joined: August 2019
Hometown: Louisa, Virginia (I also claim Woodstown, NJ as my second hometown)
Previous Studies: B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Drexel University
Special Interests: Sailing, gardening, volunteering,fantasy football, and spending time at the beach.
Pets at Home: A mini golden doodle mix (that I share with my parents) named Belle.
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.
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.
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.
Joined PWVA: March 2016
Hometown: Joliet, Illinois
Special Interests: Inventory management, canine & feline behavior, maintaining our Feline Friendly Practice certification, preventative health, and emergency & critical care.
Pets at Home: Two orange cats - Charlie (four legged) and Cheeto (three legged).
Joined PWVA: July 2019
Hometown: Dover, Delaware
Previous Studies: Human Services, Delaware Technical Community College
Special Interests: Furthering pharmacy education, spending time with family and hanging out at the beach.
Pets at Home: Two kitties named Adaline and Leo.
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 lab mix named Drayton.
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).
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Previous Studies: B.A. in Business Marketing Management from Buffalo, A.S. in Health Sciences from Trident Tech, and currently in the Veterinary Technology program at Penn Foster.
Special Interests: Dentistry and surgery.
Pets at Home: A Boykin spaniel named Charley.
Joined PWVA: December 2017
Hometown: Charleston, S.C.
Previous Studies: Currently working on my Associates degree in Veterinary Technology
Special Interests: Preventative Medicine, emergency and critical care, and helping to make a difference in animals lives as well as their owners.
Pets at Home: A lab-pit mix named Copper and a Staffordshire terrier named Chance.
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.
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.
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.
Joined PWVA: August 2019
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
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.
Joined PWVA: March 2020
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Previous Studies: B.A in Psychology, currently in school for Vet Tech!!
Special Interests: Animal behavior, nutrition, and dentistry.
Pets at Home: A 3-year-old pit bull named Moose, a 1-year-old pit named Miller, and a 4-month-old mutt named Mudd.
Joined PWVA: June 2019
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, SC
Pets at Home: Nala (Great Dane), Poe (English Mastiff), Thatcher (a cat), Sir Joseph (cat).
I love working at STAY because: It is very rewarding to take care of pets while their owners are away.
Joined PWVA: June 2019
Hometown: Hartsville, South Carolina
Previous Studies: B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Crime, Law & Society from College of Charleston, 2017
Pets at Home: A lab mix named Bruce, a boxer mix named Skye, and a pointer/heeler mix named Avery.
I love working at STAY because: It is a fun job that allows me to provide excellent service to pets and pet owners alike.
Joined PWVA: August 2019
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Pets at Home: German Shorthaired pointer named Capers and a GSP/lab mix named Bella!
I love working at STAY because: I love hanging out with people's fur-babies all day and giving owners the peace of mind that they are taken care of.
Joined PWVA: January 2020
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Current Studies: Respiratory Therapy
Pets at Home: Romeo & Bonnie
I love working at STAY because: I love getting to meet and play with all the furry pals staying with us! I love how devoted our team is, and that I can always be confident that we are able to pull through and provide the best care for our clients in any environment.
Joined PWVA: January 2020
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, SC
I love working at STAY because: I have the comfort of knowing people's pups are well taken care of! Also getting to play with so many different pets!
Joined PWVA: February 2020
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, SC
Previous Studies: Film and RTV, planning to study Veterinary Technology.
Pets at Home: Dogs - Springer Spaniel (Sai); Pit mix (Bailey). Cats - Tabby (Arie); Tabby (Sparrow).
I love working at STAY because: I love working at Stay! because I like learning each dog and cat's personality, and I feel that it is very rewarding to know that the pets are in great hands.