The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek got our start in June of 2003 when Dr. Ryan Hammonds purchased an existing small animal practice. In the years since that time, we have expanded our services and treatment options in all areas of medicine, surgery, and dentistry. Dr. Kathleen Allison joined the practice early on and has been an important part of the practice growth. Dr. Allison brought many years of experience in small animal medicine as well as an interest in the alternative modalities of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. Also, through the years, we have added innovative and important diagnostic and therapeutic options that enable us to offer the highest level of care. Some of these advancements include laser surgery, diagnostic ultrasound, and digital dental radiography. Our commitment to providing the best available veterinary medicine is, and will continue to be, our guiding principle. We look forward to continuing to learn, improve, and innovate in the field of veterinary medicine.


Dr. Ryan Hammonds

Veterinarian & Owner

Dr. Ryan Hammonds was born and raised in Asheboro, NC and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with honors in 1991. He went on to receive his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (Cum Laude) at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Hammonds practiced as an associate veterinarian in Asheville for seven years prior to becoming the owner of The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek in 2003.

“I decided to come to Asheville for the excellent climate and range of outdoor activities. My family and I enjoy spending time on the rivers (boating, tubing), hiking our beautiful mountain trails, backpacking, and fishing. We also love to travel and try to give our children new and varied experiences.” Dr. Hammonds’ family includes his wife and two children, Hobbes the dog, a group of “urban” chickens, and two family fish.

“Owning and working at The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek, I have learned and experienced many things. I take immense pride in the quality of care that we provide every day to our patients. I also am very proud of the team of professionals that I have assembled. Dr. Allison has been with me for many years and has been a wonderful asset to the practice. Our management, reception, and veterinary technical staff have also been stable components of our team over a considerable time period. All of this consistency of staff allows us to bond with our clients and become friends as well as caregivers.”

Dr. Hammonds says that the best part about being a veterinarian is fulfilling a key role in the community. “Our practice focuses on pet owners who value their pets as an integral part of their family. Having a reliable, knowledgeable, and trustworthy veterinarian is of the utmost importance to these pet owners – and I love being a part of their special relationship to their pets. Most people think that being a veterinarian is mostly about caring for the animals, but it is equally about interacting with and caring for the owners. Almost no animal comes to me without a person attached!”


Dr. Kathleen Allison

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Allison has been an integral part of The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek for most of its time in business. Originally from Clearwater, Florida, she practiced for a short time in Santa Rosa, CA, then relocated to western North Carolina to be closer to family.

Dr. Allison is certified in Chinese Acupuncture by the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. She currently enjoys two horses and six dogs. Her interests include horseback riding, hiking, jewelry making, yoga, and not cooking dinner when she gets home.

Dr. Allison loves being part of the wonderful staff at the Animal Hospital at Reems Creek and endeavors to practice great medicine with a small town appeal. She has twenty-six years of experience as a small animal veterinarian.


Meredith Adler

Reception Manager

Meredith has been a key team member at The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek for many years. Although she holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, she believes that animals are the greatest teachers. And even though she is an artist (painter), she believes that the most beautiful thing on earth is the way that our pets bond with us. Finally, although her job is often to answer telephones and schedule appointments, she believes that her real job is to uplift the people who cross her path and to make every day a work of art.


Deb Nelson

Registered Veterinary Technician

Deb is one of the few people ‘born and raised’ in the Asheville/Weaverville area. She graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. Her favorite part of the job is interacting with and educating the clients who bring their pets to us for treatment. Deb loves animals and has a few of her own: Four dogs, two cats, two potbelly pigs, and one Cockatiel. She also enjoys making jewelry, gardening, and attending antique car shows.


Shannon Wickham

Registered Veterinary Technician

Shannon has been with The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek for several years, but her career spans back to when she was sixteen and worked as an assistant/kennel helper in her hometown of Salisbury, NC. Having found her calling, Shannon went on to attend the Veterinary Medical Technology program at Central Carolina Community College (after two years of study at NC State University). She has since worked for several private veterinary hospitals in the state as well as five years of service as a surgery technician at the NC State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

She has five cats, two hound dogs, and a special needs Dachshund. Her husband is a city and volunteer firefighter and they have four children. Her co-workers frankly wonder “How does Shannon do it?” In her spare time, Shannon enjoys science fiction movies, collecting American Girl dolls, and outdoor activities.


Beth Hampton

Registered Veterinary Technician

With Beth at The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek, you can expect nothing but the best for you and your pet. Beth has been working in the Veterinary Technology field for nineteen years, many of those at The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Gerontology at the University of North Carolina Asheville, as well as an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Medical Technology from Central Carolina Community College. She stays active through running (completing dozens of full marathons), as well as through hiking with her two dogs. She thrives on providing quality, compassionate care to animals and to their owners.


Lisa Rossignol

Veterinary Assistant

Lisa grew up on a farm in a small town in northern Maine. Seeking a warmer climate after graduation, she relocated to Florida and continued on her path of working with animals. She worked at various veterinary hospitals and boarding facilities while in Florida. However, Lisa found that she missed the changing of the seasons, and the coolness of the mountains, and journeyed halfway back to start another adventure in Asheville.

Outside of work, you might find Lisa hiking, biking, birding, getting lost exploring, or just spending time with her two canine “children.” She’s always up for an adventure and loves the quirkiness of Asheville.


Karith Barclay

Veterinary Technician


Andrea Blood

Reception Manager


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