Dr. Mike Schlicksup, DACVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr. Mike Schlicksup received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University in 2007 where he graduated salutatorian. Following graduation he completed a one year small animal internship and three year surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon finishing 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 for the next 2 years. For the past 7 years he worked as a staff surgeon at a facility in Charleston, SC.

Dr. Schlicksup’s interests include wound therapy, minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy & laparoscopy) and joint replacement. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on topics that include; brachycephalic airway disease, vascular stenting, adrenal gland surgery, cruciate ligament disease and middle ear disease. In 2011 his research was recognized at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons symposium. Dr. Schlicksup is the co-owner of CVets with Dr. Tracy Schlicksup.  Their goal was to open a speciality hospital in the Columbia area that was focused on the client experience while practicing the highest level of medicine.

Dr. Tracy Schlicksup, DABVP

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Tracy Schlicksup received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University in 2007. Following graduation she completed a six month small animal internship at North Carolina State University. For the next 6 years she worked as an emergency doctor at a 25 doctor specialty hospital in Philadelphia, PA. During this time she received rigorous additional training in emergency medicine and surgery.  She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the South Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She has experience in creation and implementation of technician training programs and educational rounds. She also currently assists in human resources focusing on staff interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, and career development. Dr. Tracy Schlicksup is the director of Emergency and Client Services and co-owner of CVETS.

Dr. Kendra Bohn, DACVIM


Dr. Kendra Bohn received a bachelor’s degree from Hiram College in 2002, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University in 2007. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She then finished an internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in 2009. Dr. Bohn went on to complete a residency in veterinary neurology and neurosurgery from 2009 to 2012. During her residency, she conducted a research project evaluating the utility of magnetic resonance spectroscopy, which is a specific MRI sequence, in non-invasively differentiating brain tumor types. In 2012, Dr. Bohn became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of neurology. She worked for nearly 7 years at PVSEC in Pittsburgh, PA before joining CVETS in July 2019. Her clinical interests include neurosurgery, brain tumors, and inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system. Aside from her love of neurology, Dr. Bohn enjoys horseback riding, Japanese language and culture, hiking, yoga, and reading.

Dr. Wynter Gantt

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Wynter Gantt is an emergency veterinarian at CVETS. Dr. Gantt is a native of South Carolina, originally coming from the Charleston area. She graduated from USC-Aiken with her Bachelors of Science in Biology, with a concentration in Infectious Diseases and Immunology. After completion of two years of research in this field, Dr Gantt attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State where she graduated at the top of her class. Dr. Gantt’s interests include the treatment of emergent conditions include GDV, septic shock and poorly controlled diabetes.

Dr. Becky Haviland, DACVIM

Internal Medicine

Dr. Rebecca Haviland has been board certified in internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine since 2015. Her special interests include all aspects of endocrinology and hematology. She has conducted research in hypoadrenocorticism and thromboembolic diseases and has lectured at local and national events.
Dr. Haviland received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. After completing both a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery and a small animal internal medicine internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey, she returned to the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed her residency in internal medicine. She then moved to Columbia, South Carolina, where she worked in a large specialty private practice for 6 years. She briefly practiced in Pennsylvania once again, prior to deciding to return to Columbia to join CVETS.
Dr. Haviland grew up in Levittown, Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband, their 2 children (Miles and Zoey), 2 dogs (Izzy and Jane), 4 cats (Jack, Sebastian, Eli, and Squishy), and an African grey parrot named Gilligan. Dr. Haviland enjoys running, experimenting with baking, and gardening.

Dr. Heather Joseph

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Heather Joseph is one of the familiar faces of the ER here at CVETS. She grew up in Ohio and Pennsylvania and relocated to Florida for vet school due to her love of the sun and exotic animal medicine. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2013 and then went on to complete a rotating small animal internship at the University of Tennessee, where she trained under several specialists including those who specialized in Emergency, Zoo and Exotic Animal Medicine. She then completed a specialty internship at the University of Saskatchewan expanding her exotics training. Following completion, she continued to practice emergency medicine and train the ER staff (technicians and doctors) on exotic animal emergency medicine in Corpus Christi, TX. Several life changes brought her to SC to be closer to family. She is excited to work to prepare the ER service for 24/7 exotic pet care. She spends her free time hanging out with her family, including her crazy kids (furry and feathered), gardening, and doing yoga.

Dr. Sarah Kraiza, DACVIM (Oncology)

Veterinary Oncologist

Dr. Sarah Kraiza (Payne) received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1999. After graduation Dr. Kraiza completed a 12- month internship at VCA – VRA in Gaithersburg, MD (“the barn”). During her internship she developed an interest in surgery and oncology and she spent a second year at VRA working with radiation, chemotherapy and surgery patients. Dr. Kraiza completed a residency in medical oncology at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts in Grafton, MA. and spent an additional year as a clinical instructor. In 2006 Dr. Kraiza achieved board certification in medical oncology. After leaving university Dr. Kraiza has been in private practice in CT, SC and FL.

Dr. Kraiza finds working private practice setting with multiple specialist and diagnostic tools enables her to tailor the best treatment plan for your pet – with the goal of finding the right balance of treatment and quality of life being a priority. Dr. Kraiza offers novel treatment regimes, including evolving immunotherapy protocols and novel chemotherapeutics. Dr. Kraiza looks forward to working with your pet’s primary veterinarian to diagnose and manage treatment of all types of cancer. Dr. Kraiza (Dr. Sarah) moved to Columbia with her husband, three children, 2 dogs and 2 cats. Making the move to Columbia provided the amazing opportunity to work at CVETS. In her spare time Dr. Kraiza enjoys spending time with her family – two and four legged.

Dr. Diana Phillips

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Phillips is an ER doctor at CVETS. She grew up in Seneca, South Carolina with her parents, brother, and a myriad of pets. She had dreamed of becoming a veterinarian since she was 5 years old when she started caring for animals in her bathtub. After graduating Seneca High School, she attended Clemson University majoring in biology completing her bachelor’s degree. She worked at the University of Georgia’s (UGA) veterinary pharmacy and attended the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2002. Dr. Phillips immediately started practicing emergency medicine after graduation from veterinary school. She quickly developed and still maintains a passion for emergency medicine. She was drawn to the CVETS team because she shares the same passion and goals of this practice. She enjoys practicing veterinary medicine as the field continues to advance with new technology and new treatments. CVETS is the perfect environment for her to continue to develop her skills and provide high-quality care for her patients.

Dr. Rudy Rivas, DACVR

Veterinary Radiologist

CVETS is the only specialty hospital in South Carolina with a staff radiologist. Dr. Rivas was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and grew up in Barinas, a town in the southwestern part of the country. Growing up on a farm in Venezuela, he always knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, majoring in Biology and Psychology. Afterwards, he attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, Dr. Rivas completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and then matched for a Diagnostic Imaging Residency at North Carolina State University. Dr. Rivas reviews all of the x-rays and CT scans completed at CVETS and performs all of the ultrasound examinations. In addition, he reviews x-rays and performs outpatient ultrasounds for the CVETS referral community.