Meet the friendly staff at Ladson Veterinary Hospital!
After graduating from Clemson and the University of Georgia Veterinary School, Dr. Brown studied a variety of species including exotics and fishes. She participated in several externships that included working at the exotic division at UC Davis and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. After working in a private practice for several years, she purchased the Goose Creek Veterinary Clinic in 1997. Over 20 years later, Ladson VH was born and raised by Dr. Brown as well. She is proficient in surgery, internal medicine & dentistry. Dr. Brown has also taken advanced training in ultrasound & different types of surgeries some general medicine veterinarians don't do. She is a longstanding member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and Cat Friendly Certified. Outside of work, Dr. Brown enjoys crocheting, furthering her knowledge in veterinary medicine, and traveling the world.
Dr. Stacey Strong graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Animal Science and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn. She has been practicing small animal medicine in the Lowcountry for about 15 years. Her interests are internal medicine, dermatology, preventative medicine, and providing fear free experiences for each patient. Dr. Strong is passionate about feline medicine and feline behavior. She has taken extensive training in feline & canine medicine and will continue as we progress within the practice. She is a member of American Association of Feline Practioners (AAFP) and has earned her Fear Free Certification. She has 3 amazing cats - one being a fun, loving, comical Bengal named Finley, a Tabby named Oliver, and an old lady Tortie named Zoe. She also has 2 sugar gliders named Mario & Luigi. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, gardening, and bird-watching.
Dr. Leeven joined our team early 2022 with an extensive background in animal healthcare. She received her BS from the University of South Carolina and her Doctorate from the University of Georgia. When not at work, Dr. Leeven enjoys traveling and tending to her furry companions.
Karima is our Assistant Office Manager/Head Client Service Representative that started with the Goose Creek Vet team, but is now here at Ladson since the opening in 2019 with a long background in veterinary care. She started off as an office manager for a large and small animal hospital in West Texas where she is from, and made her way to the nurse side shortly after. She moved to the Lowcountry in 2015 and joined our team in 2016. She's a lover of all creatures large and small, and has 5 fur-babies of her own: Atlas - an Alaskan Husky, Cinna - an Australian Shepherd Mix, a Black short-haired cat named Hela, a Grey Tabby named Zephyr, and a Black and white shorthair named Berlioz. Together they are sweet, fluffy couch potatoes that enjoy long cuddle sessions, eating loads of snacks, taking naps, and watching Twilight or Harry Potter. Karima recently obtained the title of a Cat Friendly Veterinary Advocate from the American Association of Feline Practitioners and hopes to continue her education on better understanding the complexity of our friendly felines.
Megan joined our team mid 2021 with a long history of customer service background. She has a passion for caring for people and animals, and was a dog bather and groomer for over 6 years. She moved to the lowcountry from Michigan and enjoys art, nature, poetry, and writing. She recently furthered her knowledge of cats by becoming a Certified Cat Friendly Advocate from The American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Nichole has been with our team since 2021 and has been in veterinary healthcare for over 8 years due to her passion for animals. Her bubbly personality makes her great at communicating effectively within her team and with pet parents. She feels that here, she can grow within her selected field and learn from her teammates that have become family. She has a very energetic boxer named Maybel and in her free time enjoys spending quality time with her children. She also recently obtained her certification as a Cat Friendly Professional from the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Sam started with our team in 2021 with over 6 years of experience in the field. Her kind smile and gentle approach with pet companions make her a great addition to our team. In her free time she enjoys camping and hiking, and when not outdoors she enjoys playing video games, arts and crafts, and reading. She also recently obtained her certification as a Cat Friendly Professional from the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Kristen started with our team in 2021 with about 6 years in the field. She began as an after school assistant when she was 15 and worked her way to the technician side shortly after. Her childhood dreams of working with animals came true, well, besides wanting to be a princess! She cares for all of her pet patients as if they were family and is always happy to see new ones - big and small. When she isn't working, she enjoys painting, hiking, camping, collecting shells on the beach, spending time with her 3 cats, or playing Minecraft and Animal Crossing. She recently obtained her title of Cat Friendly Professional from the American Association of Feline Practitioners at the beginning of 2022.
Alivia started with our team mid 2022 with over 5 years of experience under her belt, and has been a great asset to LVH. In her free time, Alivia enjoys being at one with nature, hiking, painting, and traveling. She has 3 cats - Shadow, Willow, and Kiki whom she loves very much. She grew up in Kentucky and moved to the Lowcountry a few years ago and hopes to learn and meet as many of our patients as she can!