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 and conviction that he too would be excited for me, 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. I enjoy training my labrador retriever, Grits, coaching my kids sport's teams, and traveling.
I grew up on a dairy farm in Saluda, SC which 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 time with senior veterinary students each month when they came to work on our cows. Seeing their passion planted a seed in me that helped lead me to choose the same profession years later. After graduating from Lander University and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, I practiced in Phoenix, Arizona for almost 8 years. While living there I met my wife, Rachael. Now we have 2 boys who are true blessings in our lives. I love spending time with my family and my yellow lab, Kate. In my spare time, Rachael and I love to run and we have competed in several marathons and half marathons. I have also run a few triathlons as well. We love Charleston and are proud to call it home.
I have been a part of Park West Vet since November 2012. I was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, but now live in West Ashley with my daughter Madelyn, son Ford, and husband Michael, our cats Kit and Gizmo, and our dogs Taylor and Gus. We enjoy playing outside whether it is going to the beach, kayaking, or for my kids just playing in the dirt! 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 veterinary medicine is as much for you as for your pets. Thank you for letting me be apart of the human animal bond that we all treasure so dearly.
I am the newest addition to the Park West Vet Family, but am excited about my journey here. 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.
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.
Chris and I share our home with four dogs that we call the “fur balls of fury.” We are the proud guardians of Sue, 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.
My name is Sheradan Pate and I am so honored to become a part of Park West Veterinary Associates I went to University of South Carolina for my degree in Biology, and graduated from University of Georgia veterinary school 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! And now I am moving back to beautiful South Carolina to be closer to family and enjoy all that the lowcountry has to offer.
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.
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 looking forward serving the Mount Pleasant community and getting to know my clients and their fur babies!
I have been blessed to be a member of the Park West Vet family since October of 2008. After graduating from Clemson University in May of 2008, my native city, Charleston, was calling me home. As I searched for career opportunities to utilize my bachelor's degree in Business Management, I found myself strangely excited about a Veterinary Receptionist job opening in Mt. Pleasant. Feeling reluctant to apply due to my lack of experience, I took a leap of faith and sent in my resume. My love for the industry began immediately during the interview process. I wanted this job. I NEEDED this job. My dreams were answered when Dr. Jay offered me the position during my second interview. My job and purpose at Park West Veterinary quickly turned into so much more and I have loved every second of it. I am very proud to say that I AM using my bachelor's degree and in an industry that couldn't be more for me!
I met my husband, Kevin, two days after moving home from Clemson and we were married three years later. We have a one year old daughter, Madison, who is the apple of our eyes and two sweet kitties named Tubby and Tilly. In our spare time, we enjoy hanging out with our family and friends, taking advantage of the wonderful low country we live in and watching Clemson football! Go tigers!
I was lucky enough to join the Park West Vet family in 2013! I grew up in the great state of Michigan with my mom, our dogs Murphy and Lucy, and our cat Michael Scott. I am very passionate about three things in life; food, art, and animals! After graduating from Michigan State University in 2012 with a degree in Art History and Graphic Design, I moved to Charleston for a new adventure.
I am thrilled to be working at Park West Vet because I truly love animals and I learn so much from my team members each and every day. I've never met a group of people more passionate about creating lasting relationships with their clients and giving world class care to their patients! Seeing the joy we bring to our clients by helping their pets is very rewarding for me.
I spend most of my free time with my fur-baby goldendoodle Henry! On the weekends you might find us exploring new areas, eating brunch, or kayaking on Shem Creek. I love Charleston and I try to enjoy all the wonderful experiences that this city has to offer!
I am so grateful to have found my home with the Park West Vet family late in 2015! After graduating from Mercer University in 2014, I moved back to my hometown just north of Atlanta and spent a year teaching Latin (no, it isn't a dead language!) at a Quaker middle school. I visited Charleston for the first time during our spring break and fell in love. I came home from that trip and told my family that I would live in Charleston one day, and here I am! I continued to visit the low country on the weekends and began looking for job opportunities.
After a few discouraging months of searching and not being able to find anything that felt “right,” I stumbled upon a job opening for a receptionist position at Park West Vet. I took a shot in the dark and contacted Marian even though I didn't have any receptionist or veterinary experience. After coming in for my first interview, I knew that Park West Veterinary was a special place, and I knew it was where I was supposed to be. Thankfully, Marian and Dr. Jay thought so too!
Being a part of the Park West Veterinary family has been such a wonderful experience. Our entire staff is dedicated and personally invested in the care of our clients and patients, and I am so proud to be a part of what we are doing here. And of course I love meeting all of you and your four-legged babies!
In my free time, I enjoy exploring Charleston, trying all of the delicious food we have here, and catching live music. You can also find me playing at the park with my sweet four year old pit mix, Salina, or watching baseball. Go Braves! I am so happy to be here and can't wait to see what life in Charleston will bring my way! .
My name is Chelsea Littleton. I joined Park West Vet at the end of 2015. I grew up in Cincinnati, OH with my parents, brother, and our adorable dachshund, Frank. I attended the University of South Carolina, and after graduation I was seeking a little adventure so I decided to travel for a while before joining the working world.
I now live in the beautiful city of Charleston and loving every minute of it. I am fortunate enough to be working at this amazing clinic, where everyone works towards making our clients and patients happy and healthy. The team here is zealous about making personal relationships with the clients as well as their beloved pets.
During my free time, I like to be outside exploring everything this city has to offer. From kayaking, hiking, boating/fishing and even trying out the great food, I like to be active and finding out something new about the city every chance I get.
My name is Bonnie Harrell, and I have been a part of the Park West Veterinary family since September of 2005. I was born in Mount Pleasant South Carolina, and raised most of my life in McClellanville SC where I attended and graduated from Archibald Rutledge Academy. While attending Trident Technical College in Charleston, I began looking for a job, not just a job but something I could see myself doing, and loving while I did it and my first thought was to check into the Veterinary field. Dr. Jay had treated one of my dogs when it was very sick while I was in high school, so my first thought was to come here. After I saw the compassion and care showed by the whole team here, I decided I wanted to be a part of that team. I am one of five kids, and have three step siblings who are very much to me my own brother and sisters. I have two nieces and two nephews that I love to pieces, and spoil every chance I get. My husband Robert and I live in Huger, where we let our three babies run free. Their names are Diesel, Lucky and Savannah, and yes they are all of the canine descent! All three are Staffordshire Terrier mixes and are the best dogs anyone could ask for. Of course, I have to say that because they are mine! I enjoy reading books, seeing movies, days outdoors, and days on the water. I like spending quality time with my husband and family every chance I get. I've recently gotten into doing anything crafty, which I get honestly from my mother, who can make anything if she puts her mind to it. Hobby Lobby and Michaels practically know me by name! I look forward to the chance to take care of your fur babies, and creating lasting relationships!
My first experience with animals came when I was 4 years old and my parents gave me a cat as a birthday present. She was the most wonderful thing; I named her Glenda after the good Witch of the North. We took her to the vet only to find out that we needed to change her to Glen. Changing of the name did not bother me I just wanted Glen to have kittens. I did not quite understand how the world worked at 4 years of age. Even though he never had kittens, he turned out to be a great cat and lived to be 16 years old. When I am not working I love to travel and have been lucky enough to go to places like Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland and Australia. I enjoy reading, movies and watching Carolina Gamecocks Athletics and going to concerts. I am a proud aunt of a 3 year old nephew and a 17 month of niece. I can not imagine being in any other field than Veterinary Medicine except I could probably be a roadie for Dave Matthews Band or Pearl Jam. I have been a part of the Park West Vet Family as a Licensed Technician since 2005. I graduated from TTC with a Liberal Arts degree as well as an Allied Health specializing in Veterinary Technology. I have a wonderful Flat Coated Retriever named Emma who I adore. My name is Creighton and I am a Vet Tech.
My name is Ann Branham and I have been a part of the Park West Veterinary family since 2007. I started my career here at Park West as a Veterinary Assistant. Quickly, I realized that I wanted to do so much more and advanced into the Veterinary Technician position. With the decision made that I wanted to be a technician, school naturally followed. I left Park West in 2008 and moved to Clemson to attend Tri-County Technical College. Upon my graduation in 2011 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician, I began to wonder where my career was going to take me when it popped into my head…I wanted to return to Park West Veterinary and again be a part of this amazing team of doctors and technicians. So, I made the nerve wracking phone call to Dr. Jay to discuss rejoining the team. By the end of that 2011 conversation I was once again a member of the Park West Team and couldn't be happier. My passion and love for animals began when I was a little girl and I always knew that I was meant to help change the lives of our beloved four-legged babies. Being a Vet Tech is not just about loving animals, for me it's about being able to treat the unknown, watching puppies and kittens grow to be adults, and having the interaction with our beloved fur babies' parents.
I was raised in Ridgeland, South Carolina, and then moved to Mt. Pleasant with my family when I was in middle school. I reside in the heart of the low country with my husband, Mark and our beautiful daughter Kennedy. We have the most amazing, wonderful Labrador Retriever named Molly. She is truly the light of our lives and I can't picture a day without her. In my free time, our family enjoys the outdoors and spending time with our families.
My name is Becky Gonzales. I was born and raised in Southern California my whole life with my parents and older brother. I went to Cal Poly Pomona and received my bachelor's in Animal Health Science. I will be sitting for the Veterinary Technician National Exam in a few months to become licensed. I moved here after I graduated in March 2012 because I wanted to venture out on my own and start my life and career in the south. I have worked in the veterinary field for 10 years now. I take pride in providing great medical care to all my patients and want to make visiting the vet hospital a quick, painless and enjoyable experience. I live with my husband Chato, who is in the Air Force and our three dogs, Joey, a sheltie, Pixie and Lulu, who are chihuahuas. Joey is my energetic young man and Pixie is my spunky little old lady who know quite a few circus tricks she learned in California. Lulu is our most recent rescue and she weighs a whole 3 pounds! When I'm not working I enjoy cooking, exploring Charleston, traveling and spending time with my husband and our dogs. Park West Vet has become my family here in South Carolina. I really enjoy working with the staff and doctors and seeing all our clients and their pets.
My love for animals began at a very young age . We always had them growing up and everyone always told me I had a special gift with animals. I just always knew I wanted to do something in the veterinary field. In 2003 I was honored to become part of the Park West team and learn from and work with Dr. Jay who has made me the vet tech I am today.
I was born and raised here in the low country and reside in Mount Pleasant where I grew up and now raising my four year old son Jacob. In my free time I'm a southern girl so I love anything outdoors from four wheeling, being on the water, riding horses etc. Of course spending time with family and friends is big to me but most of all I enjoy spending time and experiencing new things with my son. My special fur babies are two chocolate labs named Buddy and Jane as well as a tortie cat named Ugs.
I'm grateful to be a part of a team like ours here at Park West Veterinary because we really are a family it's not just a job to us and we go the extra mile just because that's who we are and want the very best for our patients and there owners . It makes me feel good at the end of the day knowing I helped treat, prevent, cure and comfort our patients as well as welcoming and helping the clients really feel like part of our family here.
My name is Lauren Whetzel and I am so happy to say that I joined the Park West Veterinary family at the end of April 2016. I am originally from Virginia, right outside of Blacksburg (Go Hokies) and I moved to Charleston in 2005. I met my Virginia born husband Andrew in 2007, here in Charleston and we had a Charleston wedding in 2010. After we bought our home in Park Circle in 2012, we got our first rescue dog, Nala, a yellow Lab/Pit Bull/Carolina Dog mix. A year after Nalas rescue, we were able to give her a brother by rescuing Remi, our black/brown Lab/Hound mix. My fur-babies are my number one and I can say they amplified my love for animals and were my muses for my career change.
For as far back as I can remember, we always had animals in our home. I have always been an animal lover and advocate, so when I found myself working in an unfulfilling job, Andrew and I decided I was going to follow my deep-rooted passion for animals and I registered at Trident Technical College in their Veterinary Technician program. I started classes Fall of 2015 and have never looked back. I will graduate in May 2017 and plan on taking my State and National boards soon after to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. I am especially passionate about behavioral training and therapy and would love to pursue that avenue of the Veterinary world.
I met Dr. Jay and his staff when I was scheduled for a Preceptorship through Trident in February 2016. I was meant to go in and be an observer, to see how a clinic runs and their technicians day-to-day duties. I immediately felt at ease with the staff and stayed 3 hours after my scheduled Preceptorship appointment so that I could watch the staff work and learn from them! The first night I went home and told my husband, “if I could work in a clinic that is half of what that one was, I’d be in good shape”. The stars were aligned because at the end of my second Preceptorship day, Marian pulled me aside and said she and Dr. Jay wanted to have me in for an interview! I was and still am, so honored and grateful for the opportunity and belief they have in me.
In my spare time, I love spending time with my wonderful niece, volunteering around Charleston with various animals organizations and spending time with Nala and Remi, whether it be swimming, long walks or rainy day cuddles.
I’ve been so fortunate to find such an amazing clinic and team to work with and am so excited for my future with Park West Vet. I’m so grateful for all of the support they’ve given me through my schooling and am looking forward to working with the amazing client base that Park West Vet has. I am so excited about my chosen career and I can’t wait to share that excitement and passion with you and your fur-babies.
My name is Jessica and I have been with Park West Vet for over 10 years! I am a Charleston native, and enjoy so many of the warm and inviting things that Charleston has to offer. I was quite the adventurous child and had a fear of nothing. This has lead me to the many wonderful activities I enjoy now such as being an avid horseback rider and competing with my current show horse, Gator, all around the State. I also love boating, being outdoors (when it's warm) and a little hunting. I have been married to my high school sweetheart since 2009 and we currently live on a farm in Huger with our adventurous daughter Avery and of course our animal children, Boone, a yellow lab, Jax, a golden retriever, and our cat Sadler, along with our horse Leo, mini horse Moe, a bunch of chickens, and a duck! Can you tell we are animal people?
My name is Vanessa Soto. I am originally from NY and moved to SC in 2011 to attend Trident Technical College. While in the vet tech program, I had the pleasure of going to Park West Vet and working with Dr. Jay and the technicians and felt very welcomed. In my last semester at Trident Tech I had to choose a clinic for my externship and right away thought of Park West Vet. It was one of the best decisions I've made and was very happy to become part of the Park West Vet family a few months later.
My twin and I are the youngest of six siblings, three boys and three girls, and I am a proud aunt of two, Ciara and Justin. Everyone, including my mom and dad, have been very supportive in my journey to follow my dreams.
In my free time, I love spending time with my dogs, Noel and Leia, reading books and spending time with friends and family.
Hey there! I'm Taylor Sebring and I am brand new to the Park West Vet team.
I am originally from South Carolina, but have lived all over the south east, out west, and went to school up north. In December of 2014, I graduated college with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. Last fall I moved to the Charleston area! I love going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.
I've had a passion for animals my whole life! Ever since I was a little girl I knew I always loved animals and wanted to help them. I've grown up with cats my whole life, and will be getting my first dog soon. I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity and can't wait to see what the future holds for me here at Park West Vet! Just knowing that every day I can help and love the animals brings me the greatest joy!
My name is Helen Mindas and I'm a new member to the Park West Vet team. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to join such a wonderful team. I grew up in a military family moving from city to city, and even Iceland, until my dad decided to retire in the beautiful state of South Carolina. Growing up, we never really had pets, except for one, but ever since I was about ten years old, I knew I wanted to be a veterinary technician.
As time went by and I graduated high school my mind slowly changed to wanting a degree in criminal justice. I took a long break before heading back into college at Trident Tech, where my original major was forensics. After one semester and some long thinking, I changed my major to what my passion has always been, veterinary technician. As I experienced my journey through school, I worked full time at Publix as well, so studying was pretty much what I did in my free time. When I joined the program I had no pets until I fell in love with this wonderful lab mix whose name is Dixie. A year later into the program we got a puppy in that tested positive for parvo virus. I was so emotional about the thought of this dog getting put to sleep, that I took on full responsibility at my house to nurse him back to health.
Two years later, Chance is as spunky and healthy as can be. He was my motivation, to continue with the program, even when I wanted to quit. I also adopted a cat. She would constantly give me kisses while I was trying to focus on lectures. I had to adopt her after all the love she gave me. These are my fur babies and my life. I am very proud to say that I recently graduated the veterinary technician program in December 2015 and can't wait to see where my journey will take me. I'm looking forward to learning all that I can and being the best veterinary technician that I can be.
Hudson is one of our veterinary technicians that you may see in our office from time to time. When Hudson was 15 years old, Dr. Jay hired him on at Park West Vet as a technician assistant. He worked with us all through his high school career at Wando and spent his afternoons and weekends assisting us around the clinic, learning from our doctors and technicians, and loving all of our patients who walked in the door.
Now he is off at Mississippi State University in their pre-vet program, with hopes of attending vet school after he graduates! We are so lucky that Hudson still volunteers his holiday breaks and summers to come back to Park West Vet and help us care for your fur-babies! We are so proud of Hudson and are so glad to have him as part of our team!
My name is Jessica and I am so fortunate to have joined the Park West Vet team in March of 2016. I was working in the retail and the banking world prior to coming here but it wasn't fulfilling for me. I saw that Park West Vet was hiring and after reading all of the wonderful reviews and bios on my now fellow coworkers, I didn't think twice before applying. After having several interviews, I was thrilled that Marian and Dr. Jay offered me the opportunity to come on board.
I was born and raised in Illinois until I ventured out to Virginia where I lived for about 5 years before coming down to South Carolina. I live here with my boyfriend Alex and our two cats, Minnie and Charlie! I've had both of my cats since they were just baby kittens - Minnie is now 12 years old and Charlie is just under 2 years old. I definitely have a soft spot for cats (maybe borderline crazy cat lady) but I do love dogs as well! In my spare time, I enjoying going to the gym, relaxing with my kitties, hanging out with my boyfriend, and traveling to the different states where our families live.
I have always had a love for animals and it's in my nature to help others around me. Working at Park West has been rewarding in so many ways - everyone here, both the staff and clients, have such a genuine love for the pets that they care for. I have honestly never met a group of people so passionate and dedicated to what they do. We all come in with a positive attitude, a smile on our faces, and it really does contribute to the unity of the team which promotes the best experience possible for our clients and pets.
I am grateful for the opportunity to provide the best care for your pets. Everyone here at Park West has supported my knowledge and personal development and I couldn't be more proud representing such a great veterinary clinic. I look forward to meeting all of you and your fur babies!