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. Tracy Schlicksup

Director of Patient Care

I have been a part of the Park West Vet family since November 2012. I was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, but now call Charleston home. I currently live in West Ashley with my husband Michael, our daughter Madelyn, son Ford, our cats Kit and Gizmo, and our yellow lab Gus. We enjoy playing outside whenever we can, whether it is going to the beach, kayaking, or for my kids just playing in the dirt!

I graduated from Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. I have practiced in both small practice and emergency and critical care hospitals in St. Kitts, Philadelphia, and North Carolina. Veterinary medicine has been a wonderful part of my life and I enjoy every opportunity to get to know the pets I treat as well as their owners.

When I first decided to be a veterinarian as a fourth grader it was about all the cuddly pets I liked to play with, but as I have aged, gone through school and practiced, I have come to find that my role in veterinary medicine is as much for you as it is for your pets. Thank you for letting me be a part of the human animal bond that we all treasure so dearly.


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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!


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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


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Emily Zeller

Director of Client Care

Joined PWVA: November 2015
Hometown: Dacula, Georgia
Previous Studies: B.A. in Latin and Communications
from Mercer University
Special Interests: Heartworm & flea prevention education, staff training, client experience and relationships
Pets at Home: A pit-mix named Salina, a miniature schnauzer named Scout, and a morkie named Harper


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Chelsea Littleton

Client Care Coordinator

Joined PWVA: November 2015
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Previous Studies: Psychology with a minor in Spanish
at the University of South Carolina, Columbia
Special Interests: Specialty and prescription diets for animals
Pets at Home: Brio, a boxer mix


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Kelly Garber

Client Care Coordinator

Joined PWVA: July 2016
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Special and Elementary
Education from Liberty University
Special Interests: Client relations, event planning, kids camps
Pets at Home: My sweet and sour (sometimes sweet, sometimes sour) Calico cat Annie


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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: I really enjoy managing anesthesia and surgical procedures. Especially being involved in our dental care program at PWVA.
Pets at Home: Three dogs, Lucky, Diesel, and Savannah


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Rebecca Gonzales, LVT

Inventory Manager

Joined PWVA: April 2013
Hometown: Orange County, California
Previous Studies: B.S. in Animal Health Science
from California State University of Pomona
Special Interests:Inventory & management, surgery, anesthesia & dentistry
Pets at Home: A sheltie named Joey, a chihuahua mix named Pixie & a chihuahua named Lulu


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Creighton Smith, LVT

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: January 2005
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Liberal Arts & Veterinary
Technology from Trident Technical College
Special Interests:Radiology and Orthopedics
Pets at Home: Flat coated retriever named Emma


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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


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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)


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Taylor Sebring

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: January 2016
Hometown: Athens, GA
Previous Studies: Sports, Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations
Special Interests: Keeping pets happy and healthy:) also animal education
Pets at Home: two cats, Harley and Jack


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Helen Mindas

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: January 2016
Hometown: Born in New Jersey, but I've lived most my life in Charleston, SC
Previous Studies: Associates in Applied Science: Veterinary Technology
Special Interests: Radiology, Pathology, and Neurology.
Pets at Home: 2 dogs: Dixie and Chance, 1 cat: Moon Pie


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Jessica Cotton

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: March 2016
Hometown: Joliet, IL but I also lived in VA so I claim that as my second home state!
Special Interests: Cats, fitness, cooking, traveling.
Pets at Home: Two sweet cats! Minnie (black and white) and Charlie (orange).


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Lauren Whetzel

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: May 2016
Hometown: Dublin, Virginia
Previous Studies: Associates in Veterinary Technology, Associates in Science
Special Interests: Animal behavior studies, puppy/kitten training
Pets at Home: yellow lab mix Nala, black lab mix Remi, black and tan hound mix Lieutenant, calico Hokie


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Julie Dayton, LVT

Veterinary 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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Patricia Roberts

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: September 2016
Hometown: Moncks Corner, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Working on my Associates
Special Interests: Fear Free Certified
Pets at Home: Stella, Rudy, & Buster


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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: Pit bull mix named Bobo and a Persian cat named Pawz


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