Dr. Henri Bianucci earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he graduated as the Salutatorian of his class. He completed his internship at the University of Missouri, earning the honor of Intern of the Year. He completed his surgical residency at Virginia –Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech) and in 1999 achieved Board certification with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). As a resident at Virginia Tech College of Veterinary Medicine, he received the Bente Flatland Award for Compassionate Care as well as the Phi Zeta Award for Research Excellence. Upon completion of his surgical residency in 1998 he began practicing in Charleston and in the spring of 2000 he founded Veterinary Surgical Care.
Dr. Bianucci is actively involved in community service, which includes membership on the Board for Pet Helpers and active participation in fundraising campaigns for The Foundation for Tomorrow (TFFT), an institution dedicated to providing educations toTanzanian orphans. Dr. Bianucci was presented with the Special Volunteer Award by the Myrtle Beach Humane Society, for his care of an intentionally and severely burned puppy. He is also committed to serving for NGO Rescue and Humane Organizations by providing special arrangements for discounted medical and surgical.
Outside his work hours, Dr. Bianucci enjoys his Wadmalaw Island home with his family. He enjoys gardening and all the outdoor opportunities that life on the sea islands affords and time with his many pets, including his cat, Fence; 10 dogs, Trixie, Pepe, Po, Lotus, Punkin, Corkie, Nigel, Pie, Little, and Katie; horses, Ginny, Chief and Smurf; and chickens, Alfred III and Gloria III.
When asked about his work, Dr. Bianucci explains, “God has given me the gift of being able to make a living doing what I love. It’s a gift I appreciate more and more as time goes by. I take very seriously that people whom I have never met trust me to care for their pets and often put their pet’s life in my hands. I consider it my responsibility to fulfill that trust by giving them the best I can offer every time.”
Lori Ludwig received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After veterinary school, she completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center, a multi specialty non profit veterinary teaching hospital in New York City. She completed a surgery residency and Master's degree at the Ohio State University and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. After her residency, she spent a year in a private practice in Akron, Ohio and then returned to the Animal Medical Center, where she served as the head of a surgery service for 7 years. During her time there, she instructed veterinary interns and residents in surgery and developed a minimally invasive surgery program (thoracoscopy and laparoscopy). She also started a kidney transplant program for cats. She moved to Charleston in 2004 and has been working with VSC since 2005 performing soft tissue, orthopedic and neurosurgery. Dr. Ludwig has been an invited national and international speaker in several areas in soft tissue and emergency surgery. She has authored several publications in both veterinary journals and textbooks and is currently serving as section editor for a new soft tissue surgery textbook. Outside her time at work, she enjoys playing tennis, running and cooking. Her pets include Annie, a 10 year old mixed breed dog her husband rescued after she had been shot by her previous owner, Sylvio and Tito, kittens rescued by VEC and Phineas, a 5 year old domestic shorthair cat she adopted from the Charleston Animal Society.
Dr. Mike Schlicksup received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University in 2007. Following graduation he completed 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. His interests include wound therapy, minimally invasive surgery and fracture repair. Dr. Schlicksup’s research was recently recognized at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons symposium in 2011 and he has published numerous journal articles and lectured nationally.
Dr. Schlicksup recently moved to Charleston with his wife Tracy, who is also a veterinarian, and their new daughter Madelyn to be closer to his extended family. His pets include a dog named Taylor and two cats, Max and Kitt. He enjoys spending his free time on the water, sailing and fishing. Dr. Schlicksup’s goal is to make every decision for his patients as if they were his own pet, providing the highest level of care for your family member.
Originally from South Carolina, Dr. Freeman is excited to return home and join Veterinary Specialty Care. Dr. Freeman completed her veterinary and neurology training at the University of Georgia, where she spent 9 years. She obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine 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. Dr. Freeman successfully passed her neurology certifying examination and joined the small community of board certified veterinary neurologists in 2012.
After her residency, Dr. Freeman spent one year in private practice in Florida before moving to the UK to work as a senior neurologist at the Animal Health Trust, where she has been for almost two years. She was recognized by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Specialist in Veterinary Neurology in 2013. Dr. Freeman enjoys clinical research and has evaluated intervertebral disc enhancement on MRI, Syringomyelia and Chiari-like malformation in the Brussels Griffon dogs, and novel treatments for intracranial gliomas in dogs. She has lectured at local and national veterinary meetings and has published articles and book chapters about intervertebral disc disease, head trauma, and brain tumors, among other topics. Dr. Freeman enjoys all aspects of veterinary neurology, but has a particular interest in neurosurgery and neuro-oncology.
Outside of work, Dr. Freeman's five pets keep her busy. She has 3 cats (Mike, Abby, and Bigsby) and two active dogs (a standard wirehaired dachshund named Whidbey and a German wirehaired pointer named Hazel).
Dr. Sharon Startup has the distinction of belonging to an elite group of specialists worldwide who has successfully completed the rigorous training and testing required to become a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), the highest diploma in her field. Dr. Startup is the only board-certified veterinary dental specialist in east Tennessee and one of only seven boarded veterinary dentists in the southeast, excluding Florida. In addition, she is a member of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and the American Veterinary Dental Society.
Dr. Startup began performing dental procedures and oral surgery in 1997. Her passion for her field has led her to publish articles and book chapters and to teach senior veterinary students, veterinary interns, as well as private practitioners from around the globe.
Dr. Perry Jameson earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University in 1991. He then completed an internship at Colorado State University followed by a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Georgia. Dr. Jameson is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Beyond his work at Veterinary Specialty Care, he serves on the board for the Charleston Animal Society. In his leisure time, he enjoys hiking, camping, competing in triathlons, running, and biking. Besides his daughters and son, his favorite companions include his dog, Flipper, and his four cats: Polly, Ollie, Winky, and Inky. When asked about his profession, Dr. Jameson explains, "Pets are important members of our families and need to be treated as such. I probably have one of the best jobs in the world."
Dr. Andrea Nicastro obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Ohio State University. She continued her education with a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of Rochester in New York and a two-year residency in small animal internal medicine at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA. During her two-year residency, Dr. Nicastro studied all medical diseases of dogs and cats with specialized training in cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, hematology, infectious diseases, oncology, and neurology.
After obtaining board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Nicastro worked as a clinical instructor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and as an assistant professor at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada for three years. With advanced training and experience in the diagnosis and management of medical diseases of the dog and cat, Dr. Nicastro will provide the most current treatment options for your pet. Her primary concern is your pet’s health and happiness. Dr. Nicastro’s favorite leisure activities are traveling, kayaking, surfing, reading and studying foreign languages. She has one 10-year old cat named Weenie, a former blood donor from our clinic, who saved many of our patients' lives during her blood-donating days.
Dr. Holly Mims received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 2003. She completed a 1 year small animal medicine and surgery internship at The Virginia- Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia followed by a 3 year internal medicine residency at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. After her residency, she worked in Cary, North Carolina and then Loveland, Colorado as a veterinary internist. Dr. Mims joined our team in August of 2010. Her primary medical interests include gastroenterology, infectious diseases, and interventional radiology. Dr. Mims is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and local Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Mims owns a black lab named Ariel and a manx cat named Goldberg. Her favorite leisure activities include running, biking, swimming, reading, and playing the guitar. When asked about her work, she explains that she enjoys meeting people and experiencing the bond that develops from working closely with pet owners, to provide them with key information so that they can make the best decisions for their furry family members. Dr. Mims has participated in puppy training for the guide dog program several years ago and continues to be active in community events, including fundraisers to support the Humane Society.
Dr. Michelle Wall obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. She then completed a small animal internship at Kansas State University, which was followed by a three year residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Georgia. After obtaining board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine she realized that her primary interest was working with pets with cancer and their dedicated caregivers. Therefore she remained at the University of Georgia for an additional residency in oncology. After several years of working as a veterinary specialist in the upstate of South Carolina, Dr. Wall and her family decided to relocate to the coast and join our team.
Dr. Wall is dedicated to partnering with the families of pets with cancer and providing state of the art treatment options, but most importantly, providing a great quality of life for her patients. “Even though a diagnosis of cancer is challenging for the entire family, there are numerous treatment options available, and our furry family members can continue to enjoy a great quality life throughout their treatment process. My main priority is to aid my clients in making the best decisions for them and their furry family member.”
In her free time, Dr. Wall enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, especially at the beach! Their constant companion is a bouncing dog named "Oreo". When time allows she enjoys running, hiking, biking and reading.
Dr. Kathryn Taylor obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2002 from Auburn University. After completing a one-year rotating internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Dr. Taylor returned to Auburn Univeristy to complete a three-year residency and Master’s degree in Oncology. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine--Oncology Specialty (DACVIM-Oncology). Dr. Taylor joined the VSC team in 2006. She is committed to offering the highest quality of care for your pet.
Describing her philosophy for caring for her patients, Dr. Taylor explains, “I understand that our pets are our family. Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis, but the treatment should not be a burden to our pets. Each pet and family is unique, and I strive to help all of my clients make the best decisions possible during difficult circumstances.”When she is not working with patients, Dr. Taylor enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and they all enjoy enjoy spending time with the furry members of the Taylor family: their goldendoodle, Charlie, and their dachshund, Wyatt.
We are excited to announce the arrival of Dr. Kathy Sennello. Dr. Sennello obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She spent 3 years in private general practice outside of Chicago before returning to the University of Illinois for an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Following her internship she moved on to a three-year residency and masters degree in small animal internal medicine at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sennello has been in private specialty practice for the last 6 years and has special interests in gastro-intestinal diseases and endocrinology.
Out side of work she is very interested in enjoying nature, being active,yoga and travel. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, John and their two mix breed dogs Oscar and Truman.
Dr. Beth Johnson obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University. After a year rehabilitating wildlife in Sanibel Island, FL, Dr. Johnson continued her education with a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT followed by a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.
After obtaining board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Johnson remained at the University of TN as an assistant professor of internal medicine for 5 years before moving to Charleston.
Dr. Johnson understands that animals can’t communicate or comprehend hospitals and medical procedures in the same way we do. She therefore prioritizes maximizing comfort and reducing stress during exams and procedures. Her goal is best medicine with an emphasis on quality of life.
Outside of work, Dr. Johnson can be found with her partner, Gretchen, and their own four-legged family, Wilbur, Winston, Maggie, Una-Shrimp and Sophie, running, boating, reading a good book or still exploring all of the adventure Charleston has to offer.
Dr. Jake Jacobson was born and raised in Charleston, SC. Growing up in a family full of animal lovers and a house full of pets, he knew from an early age that he wanted to become a veterinarian. After attending Clemson University for his undergraduate degree, he moved to Athens to obtain his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. He then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University followed by a cardiology internship in Tampa at Florida Veterinary Specialists. His education continued with a three-year cardiology residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Before Dr. Jacobson began his residency he published his first article in the peer-reviewed Journal of Veterinary Cardiology. During his residency he was the chief investigator in the largest clinical trial to date in assessing safety and efficacy of diuretic therapy in canine congestive heart failure. Additionally, while in NYC, he was an official veterinarian of the Westminster Kennel Club for two consecutive years. Upon completion of his residency in 2015, he was awarded the Connie Liefer Award for Excellence in Research by the Caspary Research Institute. Dr. Jacobson is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Cardiology Specialty (DACVIM – Cardiology). He has a special interest in advanced techniques in echocardiography, treatment for congestive heart failure and minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures.
His main goal is to care for your pet as he would his own, treat you as he would his family, and work with your veterinarian as his partner. Outside of work Dr. Jacobson likes to take advantage of the ever-growing cultural and recreational activities the Lowcountry has to offer. Having seen Charleston grow over the past 30 years, he’s proud to be a part of this great community.
Dr. Mikell Adair obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Ohio State University. She was born and raised in Fairmont, West Virginia. Prior to attending OSU, Dr. Adair graduated from Fairmont State University and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. She then obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Science from West Virginia University. She joined Veterinary Emergency Care in North Charleston in February of 2008. She has spent time volunteering at the spay and neuter clinic at the Charleston Animal Society. She is passionate about providing the best possible care to our clients and their furry family members.
Dr. Adair enjoys spending time with her husband and their golden retriever, Jaxson. She also enjoys staying active in athletics, photography, movies, reading and relaxing on the beach.
Dr. Jeremy Libby obtained his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. After graduation, he practiced at the Animal Medical Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina for five years, gaining experience in internal medicine, surgery and emergency and critical care medicine.
Dr. Libby has been practicing emergency and critical care medicine in the Charleston area since 2003 and became the hospital director of Veterinary Emergency Care—North Charleston in 2005. Dr. Libby and the other staff members at Veterinary Emergency Care are committed to providing the most compassionate and practical patient care. He understands how difficult and challenging unexpected pet emergencies can be and will strive to work closely with you and your local veterinarian to achieve the best possible treatment for your pet.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Libby enjoys spending time & traveling with his wife, fishing, surfing and hanging out with his geriatric Husky named Elijah.
Dr. Kelsey Harris obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. She was born and raised in Rehoboth Beach , Delaware and received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from Clemson University. She is excited to join the team at Veterinary Emergency Care North Charleston as an emergency clinician. She is passionate about serving people through their pets and providing exceptional patient care. In addition to emergency and critical care, her other special interests include oncology and endocrine diseases.
Dr. Harris enjoys spending her free time horseback riding, going to the beach, and staying active. She shares her home with her two poodle mixes Rowen and Oliver Twist.
Dr. Mark McKenzie obtained his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2002 from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, Dr. McKenzie moved to Richmond, VA where he was an associate veterinarian in an equine ambulatory practice. Following a year and a half of practicing equine medicine he began practicing small animal medicine, emergency care, and surgery in a small animal practice in rural southeast PA.
In 2006 Dr. McKenzie began practicing small animal emergency and critical care medicine at Veterinary Emergency Care, and continues on this path with VEC today. Like all of the veterinarians at Veterinary Emergency Care, Dr. McKenzie is committed to provide quality emergency and critical care with compassion for your pet.
Dr. Christopher Powers received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 1999. Following graduation, he worked at a small animal practice here in Charleston, SC for six years. His passion has always been emergency and critical care medicine. Therefore, he decided to take a position at Veterinary Emergency Care and has been with us since 2005.
Dr. Powers was born in India and was raised in an orphanage since two days after being born. He was adopted when he was 3-1/2 years old and grew up in Maryland. Dr. Powers has been blessed with a beautiful wife and two amazing sons. During his days off he enjoys playing soccer, exercising, going to the beach, reading the bible, wrestling with his great dane, and being a dad.
She grew up in Montpelier, VT and after high school moved to Charleston, SC to go to College of Charleston. She graduated with a BS in Psychology. Dr. Klein then spent the next few years working as a veterinary technician at a couple of clinics in the area. After some time she decided that she really wanted to pursue a career as a veterinarian. She went to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitt's. She spent 3 years on the island and loved it. When she wasn't studying she did a lot of hiking, snorkeling, and enjoying the fantastic weather! Her final year of vet school was completed at Auburn University in Alabama. As soon as she finished vet school (August 2010) she moved back to Charleston where she was lucky enough to get a job with Veterinary Emergency Care.
Besides working as a veterinarian Dr. Klein enjoys going to the beach, reading, and hiking. She has two mixed breed dogs that both came from the island and two cats.
Dr. Lorraine Pennea
Dr. Pennea earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 1997. She continued her education with a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood Florida. She worked in general practice in FL for 2 yrs before moving to Charlotte NC.
For the past 13 yrs. Dr. Pennea has been working at Animal Medical Hospital, a 24 hr care facility and although she had a few job titles there, her heart was always in the ER and ICU. She was the Medical Director, the Internship Director as well as a full time practitioner.
Dr. Pennea grew up on the beaches of FL and has chosen to return to the coast. She is dedicated to providing your pets the highest quality care and is passionate about providing the loving care needed should an emergency arise.
Dr. Ashley Williams was born in New Jersey but growing up, both of her parents were in the military and she spent time living in various states on the east and west coast, and Europe. She graduated with BS from Rutgers University and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of California, Davis. Following graduation, she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine at VCA Newark Animal Hospital in Newark Delaware. In addition to emergency and critical care, her interests include soft tissue surgery and endocrinology. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, yoga, and running. She shares her home with her cat, Gus, and her Labrador Retriever puppy, Savannah.
The first time the words came out of my mouth "I want to be a veterinarian" I was 8 years old and my family NEVER let me forget it! I received a BS in Biology from SUNY Geneseo in 1993 and my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 1996. I went in thinking I wanted to specialize in Equine Sports Medicine and Orthopedics but was quickly snatched up by the Small Animal Surgery Team at Oklahoma State University where I completed clinics. I went on to complete a rotational internship in 1999 at VCA Newark Animal Hospital in Newark, DE. During this time I picked up a love for critical care as well. Years of different experiences ranging from ER clinician to general practice to relief work to medical director have afforded me many opportunities to expand my knowledge and talent base. I truly enjoy being in the ER. I love the complex cases and the nursing care. I love that it never gets boring and I am constantly learning! My goal is always to provide the same quality of care to my patients as I would provide my own pets.
I was born and raised in New York City but am thrilled to finally be living in a place I truly love. In years past I had sung at Spoletto Festival with Carolina Voices and told my Mom that one day I would be back. I moved here Thanksgiving of 2013 to marry the love of my life and I couldn’t be happier! In my spare time I enjoy physical training, running, bike riding, adventure racing, music, cooking, reading, going to the beach. Tops on my list, though are spending time with my love, Brian, and our little furry family: Jilly, (my old girl beagle mix who adopted me 12 years ago and has been my half marathon training partner who is an Evan’s Syndrome survivor..she is my sunshine!) ,Sniffles (our old man Cairn Terrier I adopted from a former client who could no longer keep him..and I love this little fuzzy meatloaf to pieces) and Tommy the Cat (Aka Don Thomasino).
Donna has over 20 years’ experience in the field of veterinary medicine in such roles as technician, client service specialist, CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager) in both general practice and ER/Specialty settings. Donna currently holds the position of Hospital Administrator for Veterinary Specialty Care where she is involved with all specialties, their employees as well as hospital operations at both the North Charleston and Mount Pleasant locations. Donna is a member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers’ Association (VHMA) & Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS).
Donna is a Davenport University graduate, with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. She is honored to have achieved her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) certification. Donna regularly contributes articles to Firstline, VHMA, VSIPP and Veterinary Economics & was one of the consultants working with Idexx and Veterinary Economics Management Overhaul contest.
Donna has lectured on a variety of practice management & client service topics at veterinary conferences including CVC, Wild West Veterinary conference, Michigan Veterinary Conference, South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, VHMA manager’s retreat and the APVC in in Halifax, Nova Scotia along with presenting webinars for the Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association. Donna was born and raised in Chicago and spent several years in Saugatuck, Michigan before fulfilling her lifelong dream of palm trees, ocean walks and no snow. She now calls Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina home. Luckily South Carolina has no professional sports teams so no harm in staying true to her home town Chicago sports teams.
Donna is a devoted mom to 5 amazing children who are truly the light of her life and now to 2 more children as she has added a son-in-law and daughter-in-law to her group! Rounding off her amazing family is her wonderful grandson, Myles. Of course she shares her home with 4-legged children as well including 2 Miniature Dachshunds, Carmine and Wrigley and her newest addition a Chihuahua named Pelé.
Stephanie M. Trimble grew up in Kentucky, where her family bred and showed St. Bernards and Great Pyrenees. She spent more time in a dog kennel than a child’s crib. After receiving her degree in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University, she moved to Sarasota, FL to work at Mote Marine Laboratory. While at Mote Marine she learned that she missed being around the furry ones she grew up with and obtained a job at a veterinary hospital as a veterinary assistant. While at this hospital, she gained several years of valuable experience, as a technician and a manager. After 6 years, she had worked her way up from a veterinary assistant to head technician, managing over 10 employees. In 2005, she moved back to the Carolina’s and started working for Veterinary Medical Care, LLC
Stephanie enjoys reading, gardening, going to the beach and spending time with her family. They share their home on John’s Island with Curtis, a 1 year Golden Retriever/English Setter mix, Thurman, a 6 month old Lab/Hound Mix and Chloe a 14 year old Calico Domestic Short Hair.