Dr. Mark Ledyard is Charlotte Street Animal Hospital’s founder and Medical Director. When not practicing veterinary medicine, he spends his time overseeing the administration of the hospital, leading daily rounds and doctors meetings, and working to ensure that CSAH maintains the highest possible quality of medical care and client services. Dr. Ledyard opened the doors of the original small hospital in March 1998. Since then, the CSAH family has grown from 2 doctors and 3 support staff to 7 veterinarians and 36 dedicated staff members who all work together in an environment of hard work, compassion, and positivity.
Our Office Manager joined the staff of Charlotte Street Animal Hospital in 2003. Her life-long passion for animals and empathy for the people who love them inspired her to assume a vocation in the field of veterinary medicine. Karina was one of the first class of enthusiastic students to graduate from AB Tech Community College’s Veterinary Technology program, and in 2007 she received certification from the AAHA Veterinary Management Training School.
Outside of work Karina and her family enjoy the abiding friendship of dog Zino Bambino, cats Whiskers and Pearl, guinea pig Fluffy, and their flock of 9 chickens while gardening, reading, practicing gratitude, and finding the humor in life.
Emily Freeman serves as director of our Animal Rehab Center. Emily earned her BS degree in Health and Sport Science from Wake Forest University, and her MS in Physical Therapy from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Emily worked as a pediatric physical therapist for over 20 years before she felt called to move over to the “wild” side and shift her professional skills to the animal world. Emily became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) after completing the program at UT Knoxville’s Veterinary School. Emily has always had a deep connection to animals throughout her life and feels very fortunate to be able to apply her knowledge and skills in this arena. Emily and her husband Mark are both natives of the area and have raised their daughter here. Other beloved family members include Zeva the German Shepherd, and Simba the “tripod” cat.
Casey was raised in Pittsboro, North Carolina, and in 2006 came to Asheville to study Spanish at UNCA. Our beautiful city soon became her home, and she earned her degree in Veterinary Medical Technology from AB Tech in 2012. After honing her skills as a surgery tech at the local spay/neuter clinic, Casey joined the tech team at CSAH in 2015. Her hobbies include running, hiking with her dogs, cheering on the Panthers and Tarheels, crafting, and travelling. Casey currently lives in East Asheville with her husband and two dogs: Pepper, a Shih-Tzu mix, and Jackson, a lab mix.
Erin moved to Asheville after graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in Environmental Science and working with rodents, reptiles, and amphibians in their animal facility. She began working as an assistant at Charlotte Street Animal Hospital in the summer of 2018. She has had pets throughout her entire life including dogs, cats, prairie dogs, parakeets, hamsters, frogs, and fish. She has volunteered off and on with animals at shelters and farms since the age of 10. Currently, Erin shares her home with her goofball Catahoula-mix, Juno.