Our Caring Veterinarians

Dr. Mark Ledyard

Dr. Mark Ledyard is our Medical Director. He founded Charlotte Street Animal Hospital in 1998 after graduating from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. A specialized interest and work in orthopedic surgery led to his pursuing a C.C.R.P. (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner) degree which enables us to provide the animal version of Physical Therapy and perform Stem Cell Therapy as ways to improve quality of life for our patients. Dr. Ledyard is involved with many animal-related organizations and neighborhood associations, volunteering and serving on their boards.

Outside the office, Mark frequently participates in local and national races while actively pursuing his favorite hobby of running.

Dr. Jennifer Knepshield

Dr. Jennifer Knepshield graduated from Louisiana State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 and joined CSAH in 2002. She brings to our hospital a special interest and skill in emergency medicine, critical care, and surgery.

Formerly known as Dr. Logan, she was recently married and enjoys spending time with her husband and wonderful daughters. Their dogs, Limo and Gilbert, complete the family and accompany their frequent hiking and camping trips.

Dr. Jaclyn Amber

Dr. Jaclyn Amber graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech) in 2009. Originally from southern Maryland, Dr. Amber enjoys exploring and experiencing beautiful Asheville with her boyfriend and “furkids.” Her Lab mix, Lexi, loves hiking the mountains. Ella, her hypothyroid beagle mix, enjoys smelling all of the good food all around town and doesn’t understand why Mom won’t let her eat every last morsel of it. Chief Argus (pitt/plot) spends his days jumping through leaves and hanging out with his dad in the wood shop while his brother King Kevin (shepherd mix) goes to work with mom. They are currently down to 3 indoor cats – One-eyed Willy (one eyed tabby cat), a polydactyl named Mack, and Sprocket, an orange tabby who had a head trauma as a kitten. You may see Sprocket around the clinic since she has to come to work with mom for medications and therapy (including underwater treadmill, chiropractic, acupuncture, and laser therapy).

Dr. Amber emphasizes a holistic approach to veterinary medicine as defined by the American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association: “In treating an animal, a holistic veterinarian will determine the best combination of both conventional and alternative (or complementary) therapies for a given individual. This mixture of healing arts and skills is as natural as life itself. Therein lies the very essence of the word “(w)holistic.” It means taking in the whole picture of the patient—the environment, the disease pattern, the relationship of pet with owner—and developing a treatment protocol using a wide range of therapies for healing the patient. The holistic practitioner is interested not only in a medical history, but also genetics, nutrition, environment, family relationships, stress levels, and other factors.” She tries to find a balance of Western and Eastern modalities to help her patients and is particularly interested in geriatrics. On the other end of the spectrum, she adores puppies and for several years led our Puppy Preschool classes. Dr. Amber believes that starting off on the right foot is essential to developing a strong human-animal bond.  Maintaining this bond and good quality of life are essential through all stages of life.

Dr. Amber studied at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) in Florida and is proud to offer her services as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). She plans to continue studying herbal and food therapies but at this time is not yet certified in these areas. As a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and previously being the proud owner of strong-willed (Moxy) and semi-feral (Lily) felines, Dr. Amber promotes the low-stress handling techniques implemented in our hospital and helped Charlotte Street Animal Hospital become a certified Feline Friendly Practice through the AAFP. Dr. Amber looks forward to welcoming your family to CSAH.

Dr. Mary Peters

Dr. Mary Peters graduated from University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. After graduation, she elected to continue her training by performing one-year internship in small animal medicine, surgery and emergency at a 24-hour emergency & referral practice in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Peters is particularly interested in ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery, and ultrasonography. After a visit to Asheville in 2007, she knew that she wanted to be a part of this community.

A hiking enthusiast and music lover, she spends much of her free time seeking new outdoor adventures and traveling with friends to live music events. At home, she enjoys spending quality time with her two cats, Mango and Milton.

Dr. Denise Henry

Dr. Denise Henry graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She brings to the Charlotte Street Animal Hospital team a special interest in internal medicine and oncology. Dr. Henry moved to Asheville in 2012 with her husband, two daughters, and their cat, Sydney. In her free time, she especially enjoys spending time with her family and sampling the wide array of Asheville’s culinary offerings.

Dr. Danielle Kaplan

Dr. Danielle Kaplan graduated from The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Go Gators! Before recently joining the CSAH family, Dr. Kaplan practiced in Charlotte, NC and St. Petersburg, FL. She brings with her special interests in Dermatology, Soft Tissue Surgery, and Dentistry. 
Outside the office, you can find Dr. Kaplan hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the local Asheville scene with her two dogs, cat named Chicken, and husband, Jeffrey.

Dr. Cate Cowan

Dr. Cowan is the newest addition to our team of doctors at Charlotte Street Animal Hospital. No stranger to our practice, you may have already met Dr. Cowan when she worked here as one of our bright and compassionate veterinary assistants. In 2014 she returned to her home state of Virginia to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. She recently graduated from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech) and is thrilled to be returning to CSAH in her new role! Dr. Cowan brings with her a special interest in internal medicine, neurology, and all things feline! When she’s not seeing patients at CSAH, she enjoys live music, hiking, birding, and spending time with her husband, Cliff, and their silly fur-children: a chug (chihuahua-pug) named Petey and a chihuahua mix, Skeeter.