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Veterinarians

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.

Dr. Jay Goldsmith

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. Jay Goldsmith

Dr. Kristen Lester

Medical Director

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.

Dr. Jay Goldsmith

Dr. Sheradan Pate

Veterinarian

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

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

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

Dr. Carl Schmidt

Dr. Carl Schmidt

Veterinarian

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

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

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

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

Dr. Patrick Jones

Dr. Patrick Jones

Veterinarian

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.

Rebeca Lawrence

Dr. Rebeca Lawrence

Veterinarian

Born and raised on the island of Nantucket, coastal living is all too familiar to me. I grew up as a competitive swimmer and summer lifeguard, and spent a great deal of my free time enjoying the beach. In addition to all things ocean-related, animals have always held a special place in my heart. My parents tolerated a wide variety of pets including fish, turtles, hamsters, rabbits, a parakeet, and a dog. I remember playing veterinarian as a child, bandaging my stuffed animal's legs. I've always had a desire to learn as much as possible about animals, including how to best take care of them. This has led me directly to a career of veterinary medicine.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science at the University of Vermont, then completed veterinary school at Tufts University and graduated in 2009. Following graduation, I decided to pursue additional training in emergency and internal medicine with a one-year internship located in Virginia Beach. I then relocated back to Massachusetts to be closer to family, where I worked as a small animal general practitioner for seven years.

A longing for warmer weather and beautiful beaches has brought me to the Charleston area. I've been blessed with two beautiful children named Mason and Ella. We look forward to exploring Charleston together and sharing the coastal lifestyle that I experienced as a child. Aside from a love of the beach, my other passions include do-it-yourself projects, discovering unique flea market finds, and fitness training. In addition to Mason and Ella, our family also includes a hound mix named Cisco and an orange tabby cat named Socks.

I'm truly honored and blessed to be joining the Park West Veterinary Associates team. My special interests are in soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and ultrasound, but I have 10 years of experience in all aspects of small animal general practice. I look forward to meeting everyone and partnering with you in taking the best possible care of your furry family members!

Leadership Team

Dr. Jay Goldsmith

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.

Dr. Jay Goldsmith

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.

Dr. Jay Goldsmith

Libby Christensen

Director of Marketing and
Community Outreach

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

Kaylee Bleecker

Kaylee Hall

Director of Client Service

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: A golden retriever named Charlie.

Tessa South

Tessa South

Stay! Boarding & Daycare Manager

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

Client Care Coordinators

Tessa South

Alex Santman

Lead Client Care Coordinator

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.

Tessa South

Grace Brower

Client Care Coordinator

Joined: March 2019
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Previous Studies: B.A. in Historic Preservation & Community Planning with a minor in Art History from the College of Charleston
Special Interests: Architecture, history, adaptive reuse, historic preservation.
Pets at Home: A goldendoodle named Beezer and a cat named Dottie.

Tessa South

Heather Suhr

Client Care Coordinator

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.

Tessa South

Katrina Zicot

Client Care Coordinator

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 & two cats named Maggie and Scout.

Tessa South

Jamie Tucker

Client Care Coordinator

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.

Technician Team

Dr. Jay Goldsmith

Julie Dayton, LVT

Lead 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.

Jane Miller, LVT

Jane Miller, LVT

Lead Veterinary Technician

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

Dr. Jay Goldsmith

Steph Gotschall

Lead Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: December 2016
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Previous Studies: Marine Biology and History of Social Sciences at Virginia Wesleyan College
Special Interests: Care of all hospitalized patients, assisting in the training of new employees, educating on compassion fatigue and burnout.
Pets at Home: A Pitbull mix named Noodle, and a Persian cat named Pawz.

Jessica Cotton

Jessica Cotton

Inventory Manager

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).

Anna Bair

Rachel Meeks

Pharmacy Technician

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: A calico kitty named Adaline.

Anna Bair

Anna Bair

Veterinary Technician

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

Ann Branham, LVT

Ann Branham, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: December 2006
Hometown: Ridgeland, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Associates degree in Health Science, Veterinary Technology.
Special Interests: Anesthesia & Analgesia, Dentistry, and Canine & Feline Behavior.
Pets at Home: A yellow labrador retriever named Quimby.

Vanessa Soto

Vanessa Soto

Veterinary Technician

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

Chelsie Juskiewicz

Chelsie Juszkiewicz

Veterinary Technician

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.

Sierra Roberts

Sierra Roberts

Veterinary Technician

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.

Sierra Roberts

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.

Sierra Roberts

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.

Sierra Roberts

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.

Allie Hall

Allie Hall

Veterinary Technician

Joined PWVA: AugustĀ  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

Sierra Roberts

Audrey Fox

Technician Assistant

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.

Sierra Roberts

Annie Gentry

Technician Assistant

Joined PWVA: May 2019
Hometown: Saint George, SC
Previous Studies: BS in Biology and a BA in Spanish at Wofford College
Special Interests: Wildlife conservation, marine mammal medicine.
Pets at Home: Terrier mix named Leopold, Brindle mix named Wrenigan,Ice and Killian the parakeets, 9 chickens, and black cat Raven.

Sierra Roberts

Kristen Scoggins

Technician Assistant

Joined PWVA: August 2019
Hometown: Rome, Georgia
Previous Studies: B.A. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Young Harris College
Special Interests: Research in biology, rescuing animals, fostering kittens/volunteering at PAWS located in my hometown, hiking, traveling, and yoga.
Pets at Home: A cat named Howl (or "Howie").

Sierra Roberts

Renee Eddins

Technician Assistant

Joined PWVA: August 2019
Hometown: Coral Springs, Fl but have spent every break in Charleston, so this is my second (and current) home!
Previous Studies: B.S. in Environmental Science
Special Interests: Animal rescue and fostering, fitness, and painting.
Pets at Home: A Maine Coon named Lila, and Border Collie named Macy

STAY! Team

Sierra Roberts

Ashton Sweatman

Kennel Technician

Joined PWVA: April 2019
Hometown: Bamberg, South Carolina
Previous Studies: B.A. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Young Harris College
Pets at Home: A chihuahua named Casper.
I love working at STAY because: I love caring for animals and getting to know all of their individual personalities.

Sierra Roberts

Brook Fennell

Kennel Technician

Joined PWVA: April 2019
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
Pets at Home: A pit bull named Tessa and two chihuahuas: Mercedes and Roxy.
I love working at STAY because: I get to make connections with every animal, bringing comfort to both owner and pet.

Sierra Roberts

Hayden Boselowitz

Kennel Technician

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.

Sierra Roberts

Taylor Anthony

Kennel Technician

Joined PWVA: June 2019
Hometown: Hartsville, South Carolina
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.

Sierra Roberts

Evelyn Eichberger

Kennel Technician

Joined PWVA: June 2019
Hometown: Aiken, SC
I love working at STAY because: it gives me the opportunity to be around animals and be able to work with some awesome people!

Sierra Roberts

Zach Kitchens

Kennel Technician

Joined PWVA: July 2019
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Pets at home: A Plott hound mix puppy named Lady and a cat named Midnight
I love working at STAY because: Working with animals has always been a passion of mine.

Laurana King

Laurana King

Kennel Technician

Joined PWVA: July 2019
Hometown: Ashland, Kentucky
Pets at home: A cat named Blue
I love working at STAY because: I love getting furry kisses from all the different cats and dogs our clients bring to Stay.

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