Our Assistants

Our veterinary assistants greet our patients and clients, and prepare you to see the doctor. They obtain laboratory samples, fill prescriptions, restrain pets, and perform an array of other duties throughout the day. They are very knowledgeable and able to answer many of your questions. 


McKel moved to Asheville with friends three years ago. She is currently enrolled in AB Tech's Veterinary Medical Technology program, from which she will graduate in August. When she isn't working or in school, McKel enjoys dancing, reading, hiking, and spending time with her wonderful friends and amazing partner. She is very excited to be starting her career in the veterinary field, and is happy to be part of the team at Charlotte Street! She and her partner, Ken, have two perfect cats, Waldo and Margot.


Jessi was born and raised in Asheville, where she started caring for stray cats and kittens at a young age. She went on to foster and work for local animal rescues, including Brother Wolf and Asheville Humane Society. She's fostered dozens of pets, but her specialty is orphaned neonatal kittens. She continues to study pet behavior and aspires to be a behaviorist. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games and spending time with her family. She loves spoiling her kitty Oliver, dog Dexter and Myrtle the turtle.



Shana was born and raised in Leicester, North Carolina. She has two boxers, Blayze and Little Dude, who are "her world". When she’s not at work Shana enjoys riding four-wheelers, shooting, and being with her friends and family, especially her niece Eve. Shana hopes to become either a behavioral specialist or a certified service dog trainer. She is also starting to train as an MMA fighter. 


Janie was born in Florida but grew up here in Asheville NC. She has two dogs, Lea and Piper, as well as several goats and two horses, Hope and Maggie. Janie is passionate about working with animals and has been with CSAH since December of 2017. When not at work Janie enjoys spending time riding her horses, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family. She hopes to one day run a therapeutic horsemanship program working with horses and children. 


Our Head Assistant, Brittany, started working at Charlotte Street Animal Hospital in March of 2012, although she has been working with animals since 2004. Brittany’s best friend is a Collie Shepherd mix whom she rescued in 2007. Brittany shares her home with her beloved dog, Stu, her cat, The Joker, and her two ducks, (or "feathered dogs"!), Lulu and Benny. She recently became certified in Low Stress Handling and works hard to make sure that the patients here at CSAH are comfortable and experience the least amount of stress as possible. Brittany loves Asheville and loves working at CSAH! 


CSAH is delighted to introduce our veterinary assistant Cammy to our clients and patients! Cammy moved to Asheville after graduating from Christopher Newport University in 2012 and completing an internship at the Smithsonian National Zoo in DC.  Cammy also has spent time volunteering at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, the Virginia Living Museum, and the Western North Carolina Nature Center.  Although her experience thus far has focused more on wildlife and exotic animals, Cammy is very excited to be working with the patients and people at Charlotte Street Animal Hospital.  Outside of work Cammy enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and playing with her young niece Finnley.  She has a 3 year old shepherd/lab mix named Remy who loves cuddles and going along on hikes!  Cammy also holds a special soft spot for dachshunds, and misses her own two mini doxies who live in her family home in Virginia.

Valerie W.

A native of Asheville, Valerie has nurtured a love for animals her entire life. She graduated from UNC Asheville in 2011 with a BA in Photography and a minor in Art History. After working in an art museum and apprenticing with a local wedding photographer, Valerie embraced an amazing opportunity to work with and take care of sixteen horses and a donkey at the Biltmore Estate Equestrian Center. In so doing, she knew caring for animals was something she wanted to keep pursuing. After spending a year at Biltmore, she joined the team at Charlotte Street Animal Hospital! Valerie is very eager to learn and so excited to be with us here. During her free time she loves hanging with her family, including a Chihuahua named Alfie, and a cat named Finnegan. Valerie also enjoys traveling, being with friends and keeping up with her photography.


Sidney, a native of Asheville,  has always loved and been interested in animals. This compassionate lady with a gorgeous smile is currently attending Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, and will soon graduate from the veterinary medical technology program. Sidney has a Basset Hound named Maggie Lee whom she adores. In her free time she enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.  One day she hopes to travel the world and experience new cultures.



Graham was raised in a dog-loving family and now shares a home with two rabbits. When not lovingly assisting our patients and clients, Graham roasts coffee in a family-owned coffee company and keeps busy writing lyrics and exploring hip-hop. Also in his free time he loves swimming, hiking, driving, basketball, and good fragrances. 


Marie was born and raised in Asheville, but has travelled the states with her four pups. She obtained her Certificate for Veterinary Assistance from Pima Medical Institute in Colorado. She has always had a passion for animals and plans to further her education by becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician and specializing in Physical Rehabilitation for animals. We are so happy this thoughtful, gentle young woman has joined our team!


Bio Coming Soon!


Holly was born and raised on a farm here in Leicester. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Chandler and his son Joseph, and working on their farm. She also shares her life with two horses, Colt and Buckshot, two pigs, Skunk and Lula, two dogs, Faith  a hound mix and Jake  a bloodhound, and a cat named Salem. Outside of work Holly is also studying to be a nurse. In her free time she loves to fish, hunt, camp, horseback ride, and spend time with her family.


Savannah was born and raised here in Asheville NC. She graduated from Western Carolina University in 2017 with her Bachelors of Social Work. Her love and compassion for both humans and animals, inspires her to pair the two together and work with animal assisted therapy. Outside of work, Savannah loves spending most of her time with family, especially her nephew Weston, and friends. She also adores her Australian Shepard/Rottweiler mix fur child named Koba. Savannah has been with CSAH since May of 2017 and loves to continuously learn new information to help better the world for animals!