Staff

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Dr. Craig W. Henke

Dr. Henke did his undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University earning a bachelor’s degree in Zoology. He later attended Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Upon graduation, he practiced small animal medicine in Western North Carolina. His love for the outdoors and saltwater brought him to South Carolina in 2004 when he joined Palmetto Veterinary Hospital as an associate. He then purchased the practice the following year.

Dr. Henke truly enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with a special interest in CO2 laser surgery. He’s passionate about client education and enjoys building lasting relationships while providing high-quality patient care and preventative medicine.

When he is away from the hospital, Dr. Henke enjoys spending time with his wife, three grown children, and grandson. He is an avid fly fisherman and on his days off will likely be spotted on the many flats located here in the Charleston area. He also frequents many exotic destinations, such as Argentina, Belize, and the Bahamas with fly rod in hand in search of landing different fish species. Dr. Henke lives in Mt. Pleasant with his wife, Tracy, and their two dogs: Simms and Sage.

Dr. McCutcheon

Dr. Gary McCutcheon

Dr. McCutcheon is a native of Fairmont, WV, and he received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University. He graduated from the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and spent the next four years as an associate in two different small animal practices in WV. In March 1988 he opened All Pets Animal Clinic in Nutter Fort, WV. There, he practiced small animal medicine and surgery until he sold the practice to his longtime associate veterinarian in 2018. Dr. McCutcheon also obtained an MA in Theology from Liberty University in 2014 and served on the faculty of Cathedral Academy in North Charleston from 2018-2020.

He married his high school sweetheart Genny in 1980, and they are the parents of three adult children and grandparents to two granddogters (Stella & Lola) and one grand-catter (Hops). The McCutcheons enjoyed traveling to the Charleston area over the past 15 years and made Mount Pleasant their home in 2018. Dr. McCutcheon loves the atmosphere of Palmetto Veterinary Hospital where client education and excellent patient care are of primary importance, and the staff is second to none. When away from the office he enjoys biking, golf, reading, and leading/teaching Bible studies.

Dr. Baxter

Dr. Jim Baxter

Dr Jim Baxter grew up in South Western Pennsylvania and received his B.S. in Biology at The Pennsylvania State University in 1982. He served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps for 6 years, attaining the rank of Captain, and received the Navy Commendation Medal for meritorious service, among other decorations. He was a cold weather/mountain survival instructor in the Marine Corps before returning to graduate school, where he received his M.S. in Veterinary Science at The Pennsylvania State University in 1990. He attended The Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine, where he received his DVM degree, with honors in 1994. He is a member of the Phi Zeta National Veterinary Honor Society and is a published author in the veterinary field. He owned and operated a well-regarded small animal veterinary hospital in New Jersey for 23 years with his wife, Vedrana Gjvoje DVM, before migrating to the beautiful Carolina shore. They have 4 children, the youngest two currently attending Wando high school. His professional interests include LASER surgery, dentistry and dermatology. His hobbies are yoga, golf, fishing, target shooting (he was a Marine after all) pottery, wood working and reading. He is proud to be a new member of the Palmetto Veterinary Hospital and is looking forward to helping your companion animal achieve maximum health and happiness.

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Dr. Marcela Eppelsheimer

Originally from Colombia, South America, Dr. Eppelsheimer moved to the United States in 2001, knowing she would pursue a career working with animals. Throughout high school, all the way through Undergrad at the University of Florida, she worked as a vet tech while completing various internships at Florida Fish and Wildlife. Her passion and love of animals drove her bachelor’s degree in Zoology, and her doctorates degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and her clinical training at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr Eppelsheimer has a genuine, sincere and passionate love of animals which makes her the perfect addition to the Palmetto Vet family. Veterinary medicine and the love of animals is a family trait, as her husband (also known as Dr. Eppelsheimer) is, too, a veterinarian and her 2-year-old daughter, Amelia, is a vet in training.

When not in the hospital, you can find the Eppelsheimer’s, along with their four legged family members Trout and Buoy, at the beach, traveling, and planting in their garden.

Andy Pertuset

Andy Pertuset, CVPM

A South Carolina native, Andy brings 18 years of experience to the Palmetto Vet team. Andy graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Winthrop University in 2012. Andy has worked in general practice, emergency and specialty hospitals. He has held many positions over the years including Animal Care Taker, Veterinary Nurse, Emergency Veterinary Nurse, ICU Veterinary Nurse, Overnight Emergency Surgery Nurse, Veterinary Practice Manager, and Hospital Administrator. In 2015 Andy received the designation of CVMP (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager), which requires practice managers to meet several industry-specific requirements over three years and passing a rigorous exam. There are currently only 534 people in the world designated with the achievement of CVPM. In 2017 Andy was recognized and awarded the North American Practice Manager of the Year and has been a finalist for the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society Practice Manager of the Year twice (2016 and 2017). In his free time, Andy enjoys cheering on his favorite team the Carolina Panthers. He also loves cooking, gardening and spending time with his family. Andy has two rescue dogs named Sadie and Claire.

Hannah E.

Licensed Veterinary Technician

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After Vet Tech school, Hannah knew she would plant her roots in Charleston after attending College of Charleston. As licensed veterinary technician, she landed her position at Palmetto Veterinary Hospital in spring of 2019. Her love of animals and team spirited attitude are a wonderful addition to the staff at PVH. When not at work, you can find her at the beach, hanging out with friends, taking her dog around town and soaking up the Charleston lifestyle.

Nikki O.

Veterinary Technician

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A South Carolina native, cat and dog mom, avid scary movie viewer, and fully dedicated vet tech, Nikki has dedicated her life, and career, to saving, nurturing and caring for the four-legged clients at PVH. Cultivating relationships is her strong point, as she spends most of her free time with her family, boyfriend and pets. You can find Nikki always spending her extra time loving on the animals in the kennel or throwing a ball in the side yard for some extra puppy love!

Fun Fact: she played soccer for over a decade!

Jenny G.

Veterinary Technician

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Jenny has been a Veterinary Technician since 1994. She lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband, John and son, “Buddy”. She has 2 border collies, 2 cats and 2 beloved ducks. She loves Halloween, Disney World, anything vintage and the Dallas Cowboys. Jenny has been part of the Palmetto Vet family for the last 13 years.

Ted D.

Kennel Assistant

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Ted Deas was born and raised in downtown Charleston and attended local schools as well as Oglethorpe University.
Ted has worked at Palmetto Veterinary Hospital since 2008 helping ensure our boarding clients feel safe and loved while their owners are away. Ted’s kind nature and friendly vibes radiate through the practice. His furry friends are always very happy to see him when they are dropped off and he’s known for going above and beyond to ensure their tails are wagging.
Ted is married and has two grown children as well as a Golden Retriever, Marley, and a cat named Fluffy. He enjoys fishing and traveling with his wife, Judy.

Kristin R.

Front Desk Coordinator

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Kristin moved to Mount Pleasant from New York with her husband, Michael and their two children in 2014. She joined our staff as a Client Care Specialist that same year.

Kristin truly enjoys taking the time to learn all about our clients and their pets. She greets clients, new and old, as if they are old friends.

In her spare time, Kristin loves cooking, playing with her children, and taking their Goldendoodle, Rooney, to the dog park.

Morgan K.

Veterinary Technician

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Our newest Palmetto Vet staff member, Morgan recently joined our team as a Vet Tech. Relocating all the way from Albany, New York to New Jersey where she attended the College of Centenary University, she has been a Charleston resident since November 2018. The beach may have drawn her in, but her love of animals (especially Dachshund’s) is what brought her through the doors of PVH. A skilled equestrian, hard worker, and compassionate animal advocate make Morgan a wonderful asset to our team! We are thrilled to have her.

Fun Fact: She was a professional horse rider for over 6 years!

Kimber C.

Veterinary Technician

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Reva S.

Veterinary Technician

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