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 and improved our services and treatment options in all areas of medicine, surgery, and dentistry. 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 and full-body 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. Our associate doctors are experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate. Our management, reception, and veterinary technical staff are also highly educated and incredibly dedicated to providing exceptional service and veterinary care. 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. Nehlig


Dr. Randy Nehlig was born and raised in Chalmette, LA - a small town outside of New Orleans. He performed undergraduate work at Louisiana State University before attending the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in June of 2006. After working as a small animal practitioner in Wake Forest, NC for three years he moved to Asheville to continue his career. Dr. Nehlig practiced in Asheville at other small animal hospitals for eight years before joining the professional staff at The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek in April of 2018, bringing with him a wealth of experience in both medicine and surgery for companion animals. His interests outside of the hospital include gardening, landscaping, outdoor activities, cooking, and playing piano. Dr. Nehlig’s current household includes a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Wong Dei (The King).

Dr. Anne Bayer


Dr. Anne Bayer is a native of Kansas and attended Kansas State University, earning a B.S. degree in Animal Science in 1998 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She then worked in a private small animal practice for seven years before joining the Humane Alliance Spay and Neuter clinic. Dr. Bayer spent almost eight years with the Humane Alliance, working as Medical Director, teaching spay and neuter surgery, and traveling the country extensively to provide consultations to other sterilization clinics. As an advocate particularly for anxious and fearful animals, she helped to develop protocols for gentle handling and housing of patients in high-volume situations. Dr. Bayer joined The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek staff in April 2018 as a part-time associate and brought with her an interest in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery. When not at the office, she spends time with her own little animals (two senior cats and one little dog) and loves outdoor recreation, especially mountain biking.

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.

Beth Hampton

RVT & Veterinary Technician Manager

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.

Nan Duffey


Jessica Sanders

Veterinary Technician

Mandy Davis

Veterinary Technician

Karith Barclay

Veterinary Technician

Gillian Vargas

Veterinary Assistant

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.

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