Our Assistants

Our veterinary assistants greet our patients and clients, and prepare you to see the doctor. They obtain laboratory samples, fill prescriptions, restrain pets, and perform an array of other duties throughout the day. They are very knowledgeable and able to answer many of your questions. 


Jessi was born and raised in Asheville, where she started caring for stray cats and kittens at a young age. She went on to foster and work for local animal rescues, including Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Asheville Humane Society. She's fostered dozens of pets, and her specialty is orphaned neonatal kittens. She is currently working towards becoming a veterinary technician to expand her reach of helping animals. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games and spending time with her family. She loves spoiling her kitty Oliver, dog Dexter, and Myrtle the turtle.


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.


Liv has traveled a lot and has lived in 7 different states, but calls Ohio her home state. She and her husband moved to Asheville together in 2018 and they love it. She is registered as a diagnostic medical sonographer and was working as an ultrasound tech for four years before making the career change to focus more on her passion for animals. Since she was a child she has had many critters to brighten her life including dogs, cats, hedgehogs, ferrets, turtles and hermit crabs to name a few. Currently, she is a cat mom of two, Walden and Sunny, and a dog mom of one hyper pup, Minnow who is her soul mate. In her free time she enjoys hiking with Minnow, yoga, camping, traveling and trying new food. She is very excited to be providing care for animals needing rehab at the Animal Rehab Center!



Anina is originally from San, Carlos, CA and grew up on a farm in NC for most of her life. Surrounded by horses, goats, chickens,  rabbits, cats,and dogs, she quickly discovered her love for animal care. She moved to Asheville for school and now happily calls the mountains her home. She graduated form UNC Asheville in 2019 with a Bachelors in Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, studying Anthropology,Sociology, and Health & Wellness. When Anina is not working, she enjoys training her Boxer/Pit mix Leo, hiking, tending to her plants, horseback riding, and singing.


Our Head Assistant, Brittany, started working at Charlotte Street Animal Hospital in March of 2012, although she has been working with animals since 2004. Brittany grew up at the beach and loves living in the mountains of WNC. Brittany shares her home with her rescued German Shephard, Timber, and her cat, The Joker. She became certified in Low Stress Handling in 2016 and works hard to make sure that the patients here at CSAH are comfortable and experience the least amount of stress as possible. She recently became certified to process stem cells! Brittany loves Asheville and loves working at CSAH!

Valerie W.

A native of Asheville, Valerie has nurtured a love for animals her entire life. She graduated from UNC Asheville in 2011 with a BA in Photography and a minor in Art History. After working in an art museum and apprenticing with a local wedding photographer, Valerie embraced an amazing opportunity to work with and take care of sixteen horses and a donkey at the Biltmore Estate Equestrian Center. In doing so, she knew caring for animals was something she wanted to keep pursuing. After spending a year at Biltmore, she joined the team at Charlotte Street Animal Hospital! Valerie is very eager to learn and so excited to be with us here. During her free time she loves hanging with her family, including a Chihuahua named Alfie, and a cat named Finnegan. Valerie also enjoys traveling, being with friends and keeping up with her photography.


Duncan grew up surrounded by animals of all kinds. In addition to cats and dogs, his family pets have included fish, gerbils, ferrets, horses, chickens, and even a Canadian goose. Having moved from the Caribbean to North Carolina at the age of 12, he appreciates a diverse variety of outdoor settings and wildlife. In his free time, Duncan enjoys swimming, hiking, video games, playing the piano, and bonding with his two cats Anna and Elsa. Duncan spent many years pursuing a career in chemistry (another passion of his), but has now decided to refocus his goals on his native passion for animal care.


Savannah was born and raised here in Asheville NC. She graduated from Western Carolina University in 2017 with her BA in Social Work and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Social Work. Her love and compassion for both humans and animals inspires her to pair the two together and one day work in animal-assisted therapy. Outside of work, Savannah loves spending most of her time with family, especially her nephew Weston, and friends. She also adores her Australian Shepard/Rottweiler mix fur-child named Koba. Savannah has been with CSAH since May of 2017 and loves to continuously learn new information to help better the world for animals!