Charley Aldridge, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM) is a Board-certified Veterinary Internist at MedVet Asheville where he joined the team in 2021. Dr. Aldridge earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, GA. He then completed a rotating medicine and surgery internship at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, LA and an Internal Medicine Residency at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, AL. Dr. Aldridge has a special interest in ultrasonography, endoscopic and interventional procedures, respiratory and infectious diseases.

Mollie Mesman Aldridge, 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. Aldridge 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. Since 2018, she has been with the Southeast Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Clinic in Greenville.

Rick Alleman DVM, PhD, DABVP, DACVP, received his DVM from Louisiana State University and practiced companion animal medicine and surgery for 9 years in private small animal practice in New Orleans.  During that time, he was board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners with a specialty in companion animal practice. Dr. Alleman then completed a clinical pathology residency at the University of Florida and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists with a specialty in clinical pathology and completed his PhD degree in molecular biology of vector-borne diseases. He is currently CEO of Lighthouse Veterinary Consultants.

Mark Alley, DVM, MBA, is the managing veterinarian at Zoetis. Before that he was the Clinical Associate Professor at North Carolina State University - College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Alley attained his doctorate in veterinary medicine at Mississippi State University in 1996, and his MBA at University of Guelph.


Ashley Barton, DVM, CVA, DACVAA, is at BluePearl Pet Hospital in Columbia, SC, where she specializes in Anesthesiology & Pain Management, Acupuncture. She attended the University of Maryland for her Bachelor of Science – 2001-2005; Kansas State University for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – 2005-2009; Mid-Atlantic Equine Medicine Center for Internship in Equine Medicine & Surgery – 2009-2010;  Cornell University for Residency in Anesthesiology & Analgesia – 2010-2013; Private Practice (MA) – 2013-2016; Chi Institute for Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture – 2013.

Phyllis Beasley, CPDT-KA, has over 20 years’ experience training dogs. She earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed from the Council for the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) in 2011 and is a certified Fear-Free trainer. She has been a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers since the early 2000's. She is a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild, an association dedicated to promoting force-free training. She is also a Supporting Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a Pet Partners therapy animal evaluator.

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 Specialist 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.

Cynthia Bauer Darby, DVM, MS, DACVD, is with Southeast Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Clinic, in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Dr. Darby attended Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated with honors and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2005. After completing a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida, she was accepted into a four-year dermatology residency and master’s program at the University of Georgia. She completed her residency in July 2010, also earning a Master of Science specializing in Veterinary Dermatopathology. She is board-certified in veterinary dermatology and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.

Heather Duncan, DVM, DAVDC, received her doctorate from Purdue University. She completed a veterinary dentistry and oral surgery residency at the Animal Dental Center of Baltimore. She achieved her Diplomate status from the College of Veterinary Dentistry and practices at Upstate Veterinary Specialists in Greenville.



Sean Eastman, DVM, is a 1997 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His career path has taken him all over the country, from NC to Montana, New Mexico, Virginia and SC. He has experience in production medicine, involving large herds of both swine and beef cattle. He has also practiced in Equine exclusive practices. In 2007, he and his wife, Sarah, settled in Landrum, SC where they purchased a mixed animal practice. In 2018, Dr. Eastman was hired by Clemson LPH as Director of Field Services.

Kelly Edge, BS - Biology,  is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region at CARR, the nation’s leading provider of commercial real estate services for healthcare tenants and buyers. Every year, thousands of healthcare practices trust CARR to help them achieve the most favorable terms on their lease and purchase negotiations. Kelly joined Carr in 2016 as a real estate broker followed by time overseeing agents as a managing broker in Georgia and the Carolinas, His current role has him heavily engaged in the training and speaking platforms for CARR reaching healthcare providers including students and residents as well as providers currently in practice. Kelly employs a personable and informative approach to education with the goal that each person leaves with actionable items and information that will position them for success in their future real estate endeavors.

Bibi Freer, DVM earned her doctorate from North Carolina State University in 1988. She did her internship at Apex Equine Hospital, a full-service facility outside Raleigh, with an emphasis on lameness and reproduction. In 1990 Bibi moved to Columbus, NC, and founded Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital, drawing on her Scottish heritage for a name meaning "beautiful hillside." Over the years Bonnie Brae took on partners, added a small-animal side, and expanded its equine practice to a premier regional medical and surgical referral facility. Bibi left Bonnie Brae in 2005 to create a simpler, more personal business that allows her more time for her family: Freer Equine. After 13 years back in solo practice, Bibi decided to partner with Dr. Grace Buchanan in creating Hunt Country Equine. Bibi is passionate about improving the practice of veterinary medicine and sharing her knowledge.

Chuck Gallagher, Currently COO of a national company and former Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing for a public company, Chuck may have found a sales niche early on in life selling potholders door to door, or convincing folks to fund a record album of his musical performance at age 16 (and yes those were the days when an album was made of vinyl), but it was the school of hard knocks that provided a fertile training ground for Chuck’s lessons in success. Ethics in the workplace is a serious matter but talking about it doesn’t have to be “business as usual.” Chuck Gallagher learned a lesson about ethics, choices, and consequences the hard way—but now he shares his experience so that others don’t have to. Chuck shares with his audiences his life journey, the consequences of his unethical choices, and how life gives you second chances when you make the right choices.

Steven D. Garnett, DVM, DACVS-SA, is a Staff Surgeon at the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. He grew up in northeast Ohio and attended The Ohio State University for his undergraduate degree. He then attended veterinary school at Ross University. After obtaining his veterinary degree, he completed a rotating internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in NYC and a surgical residency at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron, Ohio. He then moved to the Washington DC area and worked as the primary surgeon at Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral. In 2019 he made the move to Charleston and joined the team at CVRC. Dr. Garnett enjoys all aspects of surgery and he has a particular interest in surgical oncology, trauma, and fracture management

Ron Genovese, VMD, is a 1964 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he served two years in the U.S. Army’s Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver, CO, doing physiological and pathological research. In 1966, Dr. Genovese joined the founder of the Randall Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Joseph Solomon, who was his practice mentor and close friend. Dr. Genovese’s expertise has been in equine sports medicine and surgery, with more than 40 years spent dealing with equine lameness. Dr. Genovese is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). He is a member of the AAEP On Call Program and has served on various committees and as a member of the Board of Directors.

William Robert Gignilliat, JD, BA, is a partner in the Greenville, SC office of Jackson Lewis, a national labor and employment law firm. He provides preventative advice to businesses on employment law issues and also defends them in lawsuits brought by employees. The scope of his practice includes wage-and-hour, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, medical leave and accommodations, employment contracts, non-competes, and other employment law issues. Rob’s wife is a veterinarian who is currently doing relief work in the upstate. They have a one-year old son, two hound dogs, and an orange tabby cat.

Towana Guinyard, DVM, is the Assistant Area Veterinarian in Charge (AAVIC) with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) in South Carolina. She received her DVM from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, where her focus was pathology. She is a foreign animal disease diagnostician (FADD) and first responder for emergency animal health events. She has served in various roles, responding to several emergency animal disease events, including highly pathogenic avian influenza and screwworm.  


Erin Hatcher, DVM, BA in Animal and Veterinary Science is the Senior Professional Services Veterinarian at Merck Animal Health. Dr. Hatcher earned her doctorate at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, and the BA at Clemson University.


Kimberly Keeney, Pharm.D, B.S. Chemistry, is the Pharmacy Manager at Pets First Choice. She is an experienced Clinical Pharmacist with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. She is skilled in Healthcare Information Technology (HIT), Pharmacy Automation, Pharmacy, Compounding, and Prescription. She is also a strong healthcare services professional with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) focused in Pharm D from South University School of Pharmacy.

Elise Littleton, LVT, VTS (ECC) BIO, graduated from Tri-County Technical College in 2007 and started working in Emergency medicine right away. In addition to her licensure as a technician, she achieved a Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency and Critical Care in 2013 while working at The University of TN Veterinary Medical Center in the Small Animal Critical Care department. Her next step was a move to Colorado to help start a Small Animal ICU department in a specialty hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.Elise relocated to Greenville, SC in 2016 while working remotely for an online veterinary education company called VetBloom. Her passion for the field drove her into consulting with Integrity Animal Health Group and eventually turned into a full-time management position. She is also a RECOVER CPR Certified Trainer for Canine and Feline Basic and Advanced Life Support.

Michael Neault, DVM, BS Biology is the State Veterinarian and Director of the Livestock Poultry Health Department at Clemson University. Prior to that, he was at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Veterinary Division as the Director of Livestock Animal Health Programs. Dr. Neault got his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, and his BS Biology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn 1991.

Shirin Modaresi, DVM, MS, is the Hill's Professional Consulting Veterinarian for the Carolinas. She received her BS in Biology from USC Honor's College, with a minor in Spanish, before getting a MS in Biology from Winthrop University. Shirin attended veterinary school at the University of Georgia and graduated cum laude in 2010.  Afterwards, she practiced small animal medicine for four years in Georgia before moving to Charlotte, NC for her position with Hill’s Pet Nutrition. She also practices part-time in Rock Hill, SC as a relief veterinarian.  Her special interests in veterinary medicine are nutrition, feline medicine, clinical pathology, and behavior.  

Matt Ozment, JD, BA, is an employment lawyer in Greenville, South Carolina, representing individuals in labor and employment law disputes. Matt represents both veterinary clinics and veterinarians in employment matters, including non-competition agreement, employment contracts, and severance agreements. Matt also advises small businesses and start-ups on contract and human resource issues. Matt has tried dozens of jury trials across South Carolina and extensively litigated in state and federal courts. Prior to founding Grove Ozment, Matt was a litigator in the Greenville office of Jackson Lewis P.C., an Am Law 100 law firm. Matt’s practice focused exclusively on employment law representing clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to local businesses. In 2021 and 2022, Matt was included in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for outstanding professional excellence in private practice. Earlier in his career, Matt served as an assistant solicitor and prosecuted cases across South Carolina for over three years. Matt has been featured on Snapped on the Oxygen network. In addition to his experience in as a trial attorney, Matt served as a judicial clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Mary Gordon Baker in the District of South Carolina and for Judge William H. Seals, Jr. in the South Carolina Circuit Court.

Cassidy Parker has worked full time as training manager at Dog Trainers Workshop for two years in Fountain Inn, SC. She became interested in training through working with Service Dog for Veterans. She has experience working with obedience, scent work, agility, and task-oriented service dogs. She has a passion for wanting to help owners understand and handle their dogs effectively and has learned a tremendous amount from the many dog trainers that she has had the opportunity of working with.

Charles Rosenkrans, Jr. Ph.D. Animal Science/Reproductive Physiology, M.S. Animal Science/Swine Management, B.S. Animal Science. Dr. Rosenkrans is the chair at the Clemson University Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department.  He is a Missouri native that trained at University of Missouri, Kansas State University, and University of Wisconsin. He started his academic career at University of Arkansas in 1991 before moving to Clemson in August 2019. His research interests target the discovery of scientific, fact-based understanding of animal growth and development from gamete formation to animal expiration.

Corey Saba DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), is an Associate Professor of Oncology, in the Department of Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, at University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, LA, in 2002, and in 2006, her Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Specialty of Oncology). She also studied for a BA in Biology at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN. 

Sarah Scott, DVM, is the owner of Scott Mobile Veterinary Services, LLC, a mobile mixed animal veterinary service. She grew up on a small hobby farm in Gaston, SC and went to Clemson University for her Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences with a Pre-Veterinary emphasis in 2013.  She then attended Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Besides being on call to attend to animals for most of their veterinary care needs, in their respective locations, as a mixed animal relief veterinarian, she fills in at a few clinics around the midlands when other doctors need to be out for various reasons.

Emilie Setlakwe DVM, DACVIM (LAIM), is a board-certified internist who is with the Tryon Equine Hospital, which she joined since completing her residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. Before that, Setlakwe earned a master’s degree from the University of Montreal in Clinical Sciences.


Tracy Sheffield, BS, LVT, CVPM is a Managing Partner at T & L Veterinary Business Consulting in Wimberley, Texas. The company offers real world solutions for the business issues encountered in veterinary medicine. Tracy studied at Oregon State university.



Michelle Waschak, DVM, MS DACVS, received her D.V.M. from the University of Georgia. After internships at the University of Tennessee and at a private surgical referral practice in Cincinnati, she completed a surgical residency and a master’s in veterinary science degree at the University of Missouri. Board certified in surgery in 1997, Dr. Waschak moved to Columbia South Carolina in 1998 to join the original surgical referral center in the area after having been an associate Professor at Mississippi State University’s clinical teaching program. As a member of the VCA Animal Specialty Center of SC, she is the internship director and specializes in soft tissue surgical procedures. Her interests include oncological surgery, reconstructive and dermatologic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, thoracic surgery, and minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Lisa Williamson, DVM, MS, DACVIM (LAIM), is a semi-retired associate professor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1978, her DVM in 1981, and her Masters degree in Physiology in 1990, from the University of Georgia. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1991. Dr. Williamson worked in large animal private practice in Virginia and New York, and as a clinical instructor at the University of Wisconsin before joining the faculty at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. She currently teaches a small ruminant and camelid clinical rotation to third and fourth year veterinary students in the spring.  Dr. Williamson participated actively with the American Association for Small Ruminant Parasite Control, The American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, and the Alpaca Research Foundation for many years. She currently spends a lot of free time riding, and cleaning up after horses.