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 specialty 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. Collin Wolff, DACVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr. Collin Wolff graduated with both his graduate and veterinary degree from Cornell University. Dr. Wolff advanced his clinical training by completing two one-year veterinary internships: the first a general small animal rotating internship at Animal Medical Center in New York City. His Small Animal Surgical Internship was at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. After his formal training in small animal surgery residency at Texas A&M University, Dr. Wolff successfully completed all requirements of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and attained diplomat status as a board-certified veterinary surgeon. Dr. Wolff treats pets with a variety of orthopedic conditions as well as Soft Tissue surgeries.

Dr. Rachel Pabon, DVM, DACVECC

Veterinary Criticalist

Dr. Rachel Pabon grew up riding horses on a small hobby farm in the Midwest. She obtained her Veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at a large private practice hospital in Atlanta, which she followed by completing a three-year residency in emergency and critical care in southeast Wisconsin by 2018. Dr. Pabon then practiced as a Criticalist in Manchester, England for two years, where she spent her free time sightseeing, hiking, and improving her riding. She is excited to have returned to the United States to help further the Critical Care department at CVETS. Dr. Pabon’s medical interests include: polytrauma, toxicities, transfusion therapy, shock and sepsis, as well as the critical care support of the emergent neurologic patient. She is also passionate about appropriate palliative end of life care for animals.

Dr. Kendra Bohn, DACVIM

Veterinary Neurologist

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. 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.

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. Rebecca Haviland, DACVIM

Veterinary Internist

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. Lidia Pallo, DACVIM

Veterinary Internist

Dr. Lidia Pallo graduated from Cornell University in 1998, then continued on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She completed her internship in small animal medicine and veterinary surgery at VCA Berwyn and Aurora Animal Hospitals from 2004 to 2005. Finally, she completed her residency at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine from 2006 to 2008, and she was board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2009. Dr. Pallo practiced both equine and emergency medicine before completing her Internal Medicine residency.

Dr. Pallo has been published by Compendium: “Fluoroquinolones; Then and Now” and has spoken at various educational seminars for local practitioners, interns, and veterinary students. She enjoys all aspects of Internal Medicine but she has a particular interest in geriatric cats, liver disease, and endocrinology.

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. 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. Lindsay Oksenberg

Emergency Veterinarian

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Lindsay Oksenberg earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George’s University and completed her clinical training at University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2017.  She was the recipient of The Bayer Parasitology Award (2015) and the International Peace Scholarship at St. George’s University (2013). In addition to her veterinary degree, Dr. Oksenberg holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago, a master’s degree in Biomedical Communication from the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center and worked as a medical illustrator for 5 years. She  has had many of her medical illustrations published in books and journals.

Before coming to CVETS, Dr. Oksenberg worked in small animal private practice in Queens, NY. Dr. Oksenberg enjoys many aspects of small animal medicine but has specific interests in soft tissue surgery, emergency surgery, animal welfare and the unique needs of brachycephalic breeds of dogs such as English and French Bulldogs.

Dr. Shannon Stephenson

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Shannon Stephenson is a West Coast native, growing up in San Diego and Northern Arizona. She was raised in agriculture and trained horses for over 15 years. She earned her history degree and graduated with honors from Arizona State. Afterwards, she attended Colorado State earning a degree in equine science before moving to Dublin, Ireland for where she obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an emergency internship in Asheville and worked in emergency medicine for two years in South Carolina before relocating to Nashville, where she continued to work in emergency medicine for three years. Her desire to be closer to her family as well as be closer to the water brought her back to South Carolina. Her interests in ER include feline urethral obstruction, metabolic emergencies, and auto-immune conditions. Outside of work, she is an avid traveler, Crossfitter, and loves to be on the water or in the mountains hiking, kayaking, and camping. She has one cat named Bruce.

Dr. Andy Hardisky

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Hardisky grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Lexington County. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Scranton in 2001, then earned his Veterinary Doctorate at St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, completing his clinical training at North Carolina State University School Of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Hardisky was employed as a veterinary technician allowing him to further his clinical knowledge and skills. His interest in veterinary medicine fostered from growing up on his family’s farm where care and attention to animal health was an upmost priority. His fascination in Biology and Physiology allowed him to understand the importance of medicine and how we can alter or improve animal systems to maintain health through medicine or surgery. He finds great enjoyment in helping people maintain their animal’s health and companionship through strong client communication and education. You can always rely on close personal attention to your concerns and questions about your pets with a smile! Dr. Hardisky’s medical interests include Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care. Personal interests include an exuberant array of outdoor activities from hiking, kayaking, and camping to motorcycle road trips with friends and perfecting the art of grilling cuisine.

Dr. Andrea Powalie

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Andrea Powalie grew up in North Myrtle Beach, SC. She attended Coastal Carolina University to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2013. She then attended The University of Georgia where she obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May of 2018. Dr. Powalie always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She started working in a small animal clinic when she was 15 years old; first as a kennel attendant and eventually worked her way through all of the positions in the hospital until she became a Veterinarian.
Dr. Powalie realized that she had a passion for emergency medicine in her clinical year of Veterinary school. She has been working as an Emergency Veterinarian since graduation. Dr. Powalie is dedicated to serving you and your beloved pets in some of the most difficult and unexpected times with compassion and understanding.

Dr. Powalie has taken a special interest in the One Health initiative- recognizing the importance of the relationship between humans, animals, and our environment in all parts of the world. Other special interests include: emergency stabilization, internal medicine, and surgery. During her free time, she enjoys being out on the water, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family at the beach.

Dr. Amanda Edwards

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Amanda Edwards is a native of the midlands. She grew up in South Congaree, SC. She received her Bachelors of Arts and Science Degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina in 2011. Afterwards, she attended Tuskegee University where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2016 and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She completed a small animal rotating internship and an internal medicine focused mentorship at Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists in Louisville, KY before moving back to SC to be closer to family. Her interests include emergency, critical care, and internal medicine. She especially enjoys treating feline patients. In her free time Dr. Edwards likes to spend time with her 5 fur babies (2 dogs-Tybee the Labrador and Itty the pitbull/heeler mix and 3 cats-Sigma, Hazel, and Sawyer), her daughter, and husband. Her hobbies include kayaking, hiking, going to the beach, traveling, and anything that sparks creativity. She is excited to help the pets and pet parents of the Midlands.

Dr. Marissa Kent

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Kent grew up in the Upstate of South Carolina. She attended Clemson University and graduated in 2009 with a Pre-Vet degree . Following Clemson University, she attended Ross University for Vet school and graduated in 2013. She then completed a rotating internship with Springfield Veterinary Referral Center in Virginia in 2014. From there, she moved to Midland, Texas for three years where she worked in a general practice. She then moved to Augusta, Georgia and worked in emergency medicine for another three years. Most recently, she relocated to Columbia to work as an Emergency Veterinarian at CVETS, and to be closer to her family. She currently lives with her two fur babies Samus and Ridley, and enjoys hiking, running and anything outdoors.

Dr. Marissa Reber

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Reber grew up in the midwest and attended Murray State University for undergrad, and graduated from the University of Illinois veterinary school. She then worked a few years in ER outside of St. Louis before deciding that she could not handle another midwest winter, so she moved to sunny SC in the middle of the pandemic- that’s how much she hates snow! She enjoys the fast pace and varied cases of ER, and is passionate about low-stress handling in cats. She is certified Low Stress and enjoys helping pet parents learn more about what they can do to decrease stress in their pet’s lives. Outside of the hospital she enjoys international travel, cooking, and watching movies with her 3 cats and her husband.

Dr. Tai Li Nelson

Veterinary Intern

Dr. Tai Li Nelson is an east coast native and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. She received her Veterinary degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 where she took special interest in small animal surgery working as an on call OR assistant and managing the college’s wildlife ward. Dr. Nelson is currently completing the first step toward specialty training– a one-year small animal rotating internship here at CVETS. She graduated cum laude from George Mason University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2016. She is interested in pursuing specialty training in small animal orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with her cats, and bird watching.

Dr. Rachel McNeill

Veterinary Intern

Dr. Rachel McNeill is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. She attended North Carolina State University for both her undergraduate and vet school years. In 2015 she graduated with a degree in Zoology including a minor in Biotechnology, and in May of 2020 she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She is currently completing a post-graduate internship year at CVETS rotating through all of the different specialties the hospital has to offer. After her internship she is excited to continue work in emergency medicine, a field in which she has worked since 2012. Dr. McNeill also enjoys spending time with her animals (her horse, Gumby, her cat, Scout, and her dog, Jo), nerding out over The Lord of The Rings, and going Contra dancing (before COVID).