Randy Basinger DVM, DACVS, , is board-certified in veterinary surgery. Dr. Basinger received his DVM degree from the Ohio State University in 1983, then completed a rotating internship in Boston before going to the University of Georgia for a three year surgery residency and coursework for a Master’s degree in physiology. In 1987 he received the American College of Veterinary Surgeon’s award for the best research publication by a resident and started a specialty referral practice in Columbia. He has served in all the offices in his local and state association, was honored as SC Veterinarian of the Year in 2005 and is currently the chairman of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Board of Trustees. Randy’s wife Louise and their son Will are both veterinarians in South Carolina.
Victoria Bender, DVM, BS in Biology is a 2016 graduate of University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her BS in Biology from Duke University in 2011. Following veterinary school, she completed an internship in exotic animal medicine with Dan Johnson (DABVP-ECM) at Avian and Exotic Animal Care in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Bender now works as an associate veterinarian at this practice where her caseload is made up entirely of exotic mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and wildlife. She also works as a professional actor and improviser.
David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS graduated from UF in 1987. He has practiced for over 25 years in Mixed, SA, Equine, and Exotics with a special interest in surgery. Dr Bradley began using Lasers in private practice in 1999. Shortly thereafter, he began training and education in Laser physics and tissue interaction. He is currently a member with Fellow status in the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Bradley has lectured nationally and internationally on veterinary laser use. He is a consultant in general medical Laser and the Veterinary Medical Director for KlaserUSA.
Benjamin Brainard, VMD, DACVAA, DACVECC received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, followed by a 1-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia. Following his internship, Dr. Brainard completed dual residencies in Veterinary Anesthesiology and Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brainard is board certified in both veterinary anesthesiology and emergency/critical care. He serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and is the Director of Clinical Research of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.
Joshua Broadwater, DVM, DACVO was born and raised in the small coal mining town of Lonaconing, Maryland. He attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he studied biology and graduated with highest honors. Dr. Broadwater then attended veterinary medical school at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Broadwater completed a one- year rotating medicine/surgery internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa, FL. He then completed his 3-year ophthalmology residency at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinics of South Florida. Broadwater is an ophthalmologist at the Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency, where he has a special interest in cornea disease and surgery, cataract surgery and glaucoma surgery.
Carl Cease, BBA, Finance,is a 1984 graduate of The College of Charleston with a degree in Business Administration and Finance. He has earned his Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) designation and is currently pursuing the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation. Carl is the president of The Covenant Group Inc, a commercial insurance brokerage located in Columbia, S.C. The Covenant Group specializes in insuring the risks of those in the animal care and veterinary industry. Carl is the former state president of the South Carolina Association of Health Underwriters. He has previously served as State Legislative Chair, Federal Legislative Chair and was twice Chairman of the State Symposium. Carl attends First Presbyterian church where he serves as Deacon and teacher of the Special Friends Sunday School class.
Mark E. Epstein, DVM, DABVP Canine, DABVP Feline, CVPP, DAAPM from IVAPM (International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management), and is a past president of both those organizations. He co-chaired the 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines Task Force, and is Medical Director of TotalBond Veterinary Hospitals, a group of 5 AAHA-Accredited, AAFP Cat Friendly Certified practices in Charlotte, Gastonia NC areas.
Courtenay Freeman, DVM, MRCVS, DACVIM, completed her veterinary and neurology training at the University of Georgia, where she spent 9 years. She obtained her DVM in 2003 graduating Magna Cum Laude and remained at UGA for an additional five years of training, completing a one year medical/surgical rotating internship, a one-year neurology/neurosurgery specialty internship, and a three-year neurology/neurosurgery residency. In 2012, she joined the small community of board-certified veterinary neurologists. Dr. Freeman is currently with the Veterinary Specialty Care in Charleston, SC.
Corinne Goldman, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) earned her BS degree and DVM from Virginia Tech and remains an avid fan. She completed an internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists, followed by an internal medicine residency and master’s in veterinary science at Purdue University. During her residency, Dr. Goldman developed an interest in nephrology and minimally invasive urology and provides non-surgical alternatives for management of lower urinary tract disorders here in Columbia, SC. Dr. Goldman works at the South Carolina Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care as part of the Internal Medicine team.
Randy Hall has worked with organizations of all sizes, from Fortune 25 businesses to small and midsize organizations, to help them effectively execute change, develop leaders, engage employees, and reach more of their potential. Randy serves as a consultant, coach, and facilitator to help veterinary practices and companies create a culture that engages employees, dramatically improves results, and sustains growth. He leverages his animal health, sales, sales management, and executive level experience to ensure that real-world results happen for his clients. Randy spent 14 years of his career in the animal health industry. Since founding his own consulting business in 2009, he has worked with thousands of veterinary hospital leaders and staff members to help them capture the full potential of their own veterinary practices. He is the CEO and a co-founder of Aspire, which provides online leadership and management courses for veterinary professionals.
Towana Pittman Guinyard, DVM earned a B.S. degree in Laboratory Animal Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in May 2005, and later a DVM from N.C. State University in May 2010. Dr. Guinyard has taken several training courses in emergency preparedness and response and is a first responder for emergency management issues; she became qualified as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician (FADD) in February 2012, which allows her to investigate foreign animal diseases. Currently, Dr. Guinyard is a Veterinary Medical Officer for the USDA, APHIS, VS in South Carolina.
Randy Lynn, DVM, MS, DACVCP completed graduate training in Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Ohio State University in 1983. He is currently the Manager of Professional Services at Merck Animal Health. In addition, he often lectures at local and national veterinary meetings regarding veterinary pharmacology, parasitology and internal medicine.
Annika Lynn McKillop, DVM, MSPVM, DACPV, earned her DVM, Poultry and Food Animal Focus from Western University of Health Sciences, CA in 2010; BSc Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University in 2011. She has a master’s degree in Specialized Veterinary Medicine, completed a residency in poultry medicine at North Carolina State University in 2012, and is a boarded Diplomat of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. Dr. McKillop is the founder and owner of McKillop Poultry Medicine, LLC in Maryland.
Michele Neal, LVT, is an experienced Territory Manager at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, where she has worked since 2012. She has a demonstrated history of working in the animal health industry. She is skilled in Medical Devices, Sales, Sales Process, Sales Presentations, and Cold Calling. Michele earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Veterinary Technology at Newberry College, 2005 – 2007.
Mollie Mesman, DVM, DACVD, earned both her bachelor’s degree and DVM from Louisiana State University in 2007 and 2012, respectively. After graduating, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mesman then went on to complete her dermatology residency with the Animal Dermatology Clinic in Marina del Rey, CA from 2013-2016. She obtained Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) in November 2016.
Zenithson Ng, DVM, MS, DABVP is a clinical assistant professor of the Community Practice Service at the University of Tennessee. He received his DVM from Cornell University; then completed an internship at the ASPCA, and an ABVP residency combined with a Master’s in human-animal bond studies at Virginia Tech. His interests span all aspects of the human-animal bond including the effect of human-animal interaction on both humans and animals, the veterinary-client relationship, animal welfare, and stress reduction in veterinary settings as well as animal-assisted interventions.
Stuart J. Oberman, Esq is the founder and President of Oberman Law Firm. Mr. Oberman graduated from Urbana University, and received his law degree from John Marshall Law School. Mr. Oberman has been practicing law for over 25 years, and currently practices law in a wide variety of areas including: corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, healthcare law, cyber security, structuring medical management companies, OSHA compliance, HIPAA compliance, telemedicine, estate planning, trademarks, private equity, transactions, real estate, and intellectual property. Mr. Oberman also lectures nationally on legal matters involving the medical profession.
Mark Olcott, DVM, MBA a native of upstate NY, obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He then earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 1995 and, in 2013, his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Mark was a partner for several years in a multi-doctor small animal practice before leaving to start his own mobile ultrasonography business. More recently, Mark worked as an Emergency Veterinarian at a major regional referral hospital, where he was named by his peers as one of the Top Veterinarians in Virginia. Mark holds multiple patents, is a published author, and is the co-founder and CEO of a software company called VitusVet, a rapidly growing company with one simple goal: to improve the connection between veterinary practices and pet owners.
Danielle Provost, CVT, VTS (ECC) is a Certified Veterinary Technician with twenty years of experience in multiple areas of veterinary medicine, including General Practice, Specialty and Referral Hospitals, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine and Academic Teaching Hospitals. She graduated from Mount Ida College in 1998 and her love for Emergency medicine drove her to seek specialty certification in Emergency and Critical Care in 2013. Danielle is a Nursing Supervisor for the Emergency department at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas in Cary, NC.
Katherine Queck, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC opened The Carolinas Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic in 1993. A graduate of Iowa State University, she has performed advanced dental procedures on pets since 1986. In 1993, she became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry of which there are less than 100 members worldwide. Dr. Queck opened The Hospital for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery in 2016, which is the only dentistry referral hospital in the Charlotte area. She is a boarded veterinary dental specialist and a member of the American Veterinary Dental College.
Rudy Rivas, DVM, DACVR is a staff radiologist at CVETS. Dr. Rivas was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and grew up in Barinas, a town in the southwestern part of the country. Growing up on a farm in Venezuela, he always knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, majoring in Biology and Psychology. Afterwards, he attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, Dr. Rivas completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and then matched for a Diagnostic Imaging Residency at North Carolina State University. Dr. Rivas is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology.
Patty Scharko, DVM, MPH, DACVPM earned her DVM with UGA in 1983, master’s in public health- epidemiology in 1989 at the UNC- Chapel Hill and a BSA General Agriculture in 1980 at UGA. She is the SC Designated Scrapie Epidemiologist and BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) state coordinator. Major areas of activities include Beef Quality Assurance, Scrapie eradication, biosecurity and FAMACHA/parasite control training in small ruminants.
Michael Schlicksup, DVM, DACVS-SA received his doctorate from Ross University in 2007. Following graduation, he did a one-year small animal internship and three-year surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon completion of the residency program, Dr. Schlicksup became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He remained on staff at the University of Pennsylvania helping train students, interns and surgical residents for two years. Dr. Schlicksup is the Owner and Director of Specialty Services at CVETS, Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma & Specialty. The 10,000 square foot facility includes a dedicated ICU, multiple operating rooms, a radiology suite, dedicated facilities for endoscopy, chemotherapy administration and special procedures, ultrasound, a 16 slice CT scan, and on-site MRI. It is staffed by specialists in Radiology, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, and Dentistry. Dr. Schlicksup’s interests include wound therapy, total joint replacement and minimally invasive surgery- including arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy.
Tracy Schlicksup, DVM, DABVP received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University in 2007. Following graduation, she completed a six-month small animal internship at North Carolina State University. For the next 6 years, she worked as an emergency doctor at a 25-doctor specialty hospital in Philadelphia, PA. During this time, she received rigorous additional training in emergency medicine and surgery. In 2018 Dr. Schlicksup became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She has experience in the creation and implementation of technician training programs and educational rounds. She also currently assists in human resources focusing on staff interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, and career development. Dr. Tracy Schlicksup is the Co-Owner and Director of Emergency and Client Services at CVETS, Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma & Specialty.
Katie Sheats, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, is an Assistant Professor of Equine Primary Care at NC State. Her research focus is on neutrophil mediated diseases that affect horses and humans, including asthma. Dr. Sheats is a native North Carolinian and grew up riding and showing hunter jumpers in the Triad region. She now lives in New Hill, NC with her husband, 2 boys, 10 chickens and 2 retired pleasure horses.
Carly Watson Tobler, BBA, earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson University. She is involved in all aspects of the Simmons Southeast practice appraisal and selling process. She is on the front end of each listing, working with sellers and prospective owners to help each achieve their next career goal, while simultaneously overseeing the day to day processes of the Simmons Southeast team. Clients compliment her patience, friendliness, sincere honesty, and innate ability to mediate a prudent solution for both parties. Upon first contact with Carly, you will see that she is business-oriented, attentive to detail, and genuinely interested in meeting your needs. Carly enjoys activities that involve soaking in the sun and salty air with her husband and son, Paul and George, and 2 small dogs, Bubba and Mikey.
Tristan Weinkle DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), completed his undergraduate and veterinary degrees at Cornell University. He interned at Boston’s Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and returned to Cornell for his internal medicine residency. He joined SCVSEC in 2003, becoming a partner in 2005. He has spoken on regional, national, and international levels and is published in veterinary medicine, virology, and wildlife medicine. His primary interests include liver and gastrointestinal diseases, and immunohematology.
Link Welborn, DVM, DABVP is certified in Canine and Feline Practice, the owner of five AAHA Accredited hospitals in Tampa, Florida and an AAHA past president. He has been a member of the AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines Task Force since its inception in 2002 and has served as chair since 2010. In addition to his clinical focus, he has a strong interest in practice management and the economics of the veterinary profession. He is President of Veterinary Study Groups, the umbrella organization for the 45 Veterinary Management Groups (VMG), a member and past chair of the AVMA Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee and serves as chair of the AVMA Practice Finance Research Group.