Pinnacle Animal Hospital

200 Julian Lane, Suite 240
Arden, NC 28704


Katie, Head RVT:

Katie is our Head RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician).  She obtained her degree through A-B Tech, and became registered in September 2013.  We were fortunate to have her do her externship that summer and she’s been an official part of our team since August 2013. As our Head Tech, she works to ensure your pet benefits from the most current skills and knowledge available to provide him/her the best experience possible.

She was born and raised in Asheville.  She has one dog, June Carter, a beagle mix.  Her heart belongs to animal rescue and has a special place for Pit bulls. Her free time is spent with her husband, Cody, daughter Hazel (born in the summer of 2019) and their dog. They enjoy taking long walks at the Biltmore Estate and when they get home Carter gets to enjoy peanut butter bones or stuffed kongs.  Carter is a rescue and runs her life – she wouldn’t want it any other way.



 Stephanie, Office Manager:

Stephanie, moved from California in 2011 with her handsome orange tabby, Reese.  Since her move, they’ve found home in beautiful Asheville. She also adopted a second orange tabby, Aidan and in April of 2013 her gorgeous, happy boy, Declan was born. For Declan's fifth birthday, they adopted 2 Border Collie Mix puppies: Isla and Thor.  Stephanie has a degree in sound arts and worked in the financial industry for six years. Recognizing her personal need to make a difference, she changed careers to join Pinnacle when we first opened.  She is our office manager, and strives to learn more each day about caring for your pets.

When not working, Stephanie spends time reading, baking, kayaking on the lake and spending time with Declan and their fur babies.  When she’s at work, her goal is to ensure that your pet receives superior care, and that your experience at Pinnacle is the best it can be.



Heather, Assistant and RVT in training:

Heather moved to Asheville from Charleston, SC in early 2014 and has been with Pinnacle since late that year.  She has worked with animals since 2006 as a groomer, kennel technician and veterinary assistant.  In 2016 she began taking courses to obtain her RVT license.  She enjoys working and caring for all types of animals. 

Her free time is spent with her fiance, Matt, their dog, Cheyenne & Ducky, their one-eyed kitty.  They also have Reggie the barn cat, Piggie Smalls, goats, chickens, rabbits, snakes, rats, a bearded dragon, and a tortoise.  She enjoys hiking and being outdoors.


Sam smiling wearing blue shirt with brindle greyhound next to her

Sam, Animal Care Attendant:

A Florida native, Sam moved to Asheville in 2016, and joined us at Pinnacle Animal Hospital in June, 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Having seen firsthand the care and compassion that is provided to our clients & patients when she brought her gecko in, she is ecstatic to be able to provide that same great care to each of our clients.

Sam organizes monthly playgroups for 'Greyhounds of Asheville, NC' and attends with her retired racing Greyhound, Toulouse. Sam is also a founding administrator of 'South East Silken Hangs' which was inspired by the acquisition of a Silken Windhound named Versailles.

When not working, Sam enjoys exploring flea markets, going to live performances of all kinds, as well as spending weekends at lure coursing events & other sports with her dogs.

Aubrey, holding her dog Marlin & Josh

Aubrey, RVT:

Aubrey joined our team unofficially in May, 2017 and officially in August, 2017.  She attended AB Tech to obtain her RVT credentials, and we were fortunate to have her do her externship with us.

Aubrey is native to WNC, having been born and raised in the Asheville area.  She and her husband Josh have a chihuahua mix named Marlin, a orange tabby named Oliver, a leopard gecko Treecko and multiple adorable rats.

When Aubrey isn't working she enjoys running, hiking, horseback riding, singing and walking with Marlin.

Katie D, Assistant:

Katie started working for Pinnacle Animal Hospital in Oct 2017. She moved from Austin, TX to Asheville,NC  in 2014 looking for a change and seeking cooler weather. Katie went to school at Concordia University Texas studying environmental science and music. She also did a semester at Lees McRae college in Banner Elk studying wildlife rehabilitation. She has been an animal lover ever since she can remember and has owned about every pocket pet out there. For the past two years Katie has been a vet assistant at another animal hospital in Asheville, where she began her career. Prior to that she worked in multiple different pet stores. Katie loves animals of all kinds but wildlife, rodents, and reptiles have her heart. 

At home Katie has one tropical fish aquarium, a bearded dragon, Huxley, a gecko, Pete and two cats: Andy & Carl (our now retired hospital cat).

In her spare time Katie loves singing, hanging out with friends, trying all the local coffee shops, watching every horror movie,  pet sitting, and hanging out downtown. She is ecstatic to be a member of the Pinnacle Animal Hospital team! Providing quality, loving care for your pets is her daily goal along with stealing a few free cuddles and slobbery kisses. 

Amy, RVT:

Amy moved to Asheville from New York state in 2011 while seeking personal growth and new experiences, and has found the mountains of NC to be a very healing part of her journey. Soon after, she met her tabby cat Layla, and they have been best friends ever since.

Amy joined the Pinnacle Animal Hospital team after graduating Veterinary Technician School in Spring of 2016 from AB Tech. After doing a summer externship at the hospital, she became an official member of our team, and became a registered technician in January 2017. Amy combines her joy of connecting with animals and people to make our clients and their pets' feelings heard, and supported. She especially enjoys taking care of geriatric patients, and giving them the extra gentle care they need.

In Amy's spare time she likes going to flea markets looking for old treasures, spending time outside, taking care of her house plants, spending time with little kids, being silly, doing arts and crafts, eating delicious food, and curling up at home with a book.

Taylor, Receptionist

Taylor joined the Pinnacle Animal Hospital team in January 2022, following her move to the Asheville area from upstate New York. She moved down with her husband, TJ, and their 3 cats- Marley, Rory and Luna. The betta fish, Ziggy, also made the trip! She is right at home here in the mountains, having come from the Adirondacks, but appreciates the much milder winters! 

Taylor was able to bring her horse Dream down from New York in spring of 2022, and they’ve since added Merry Legs, a rescue pony, to the family. Following their wedding in July, Taylor gifted TJ with Ash, a German Shorthaired Pointer.

Taylor looks forward to building long-lasting relationships built on trust and compassion with our clients and their pets. It’s her goal to ensure both the people and pets that seek our care feel valued and listened to. 

When not at work, Taylor enjoys any and all outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and horseback riding. She also loves traveling, reading and spending time with her family. 

Jemmy holding a skinny pig

Jemmy, Assistant:

Jemmy joined the Pinnacle family in May 2021. They started working with animals at the age of 18 working at a wildlife rescue. During college, they cared for animals at the college they attended, they've also working in domestic animal rescue & other animal hospitals. They have two degrees: Environmental Science and Graphic Design. In 2019 they moved to Asheville and has worked in animal health since.

They have many exotic pets: 2 snails named Gravy & Sunnyside, 2 betta fish named Mystique & Pastel Goth and an aquarium full of ispods.

When they're at work, their goal is to provide care and compassion to all of our patients, and their humans.

Outside of work they enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, spending time in the wood where they have a special affinity for moss, and they enjoy building terrariums.