Over the next several months there will be a slight change with our veterinarians and appointment schedule. Two of our beloved veterinarians will be taking leaves of absence. We are happy to announce that Dr. Lauren Streifel will be joining us as a relief veterinarian to help maintain appointment availability for our clients during this time.
Dr. Kasandra Garner has taken leave to help her mom and spend quality time with her father who has recently gone into hospice care. During this time our thoughts, hearts, and prayers are with her and her family. We ask that our clients please respect her privacy during this difficult time.
From Dr. Wootten:
To my wonderful clients at AHNA,
I will be on extended medical leave starting Tuesday, November 26th for a surgical procedure on my elbow. I have exhausted every medical effort to make this injury better, but unfortunately, it has not improved over the last 2 years. I want you all to know that I am grateful for your loyalty and support. I know all of you will be taken care of by the other doctors and staff at the hospital. Please know that I will return, but it likely will not be until after the first of the year.
I wish you all happy holidays and look forward to working with you again soon in the New Year!
-Dr. Susan Wootten
Meet Dr. Lauren Streifel
Dr. Lauren Streifel started her veterinary education at the University of Florida's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences where she graduated Cum Laude in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Zoology. After receiving a doctorate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, she continued to work in Gainesville, Florida. Trading the sunshine of Florida for the mountains of North Carolina, Dr. Streifel moved to Western North Carolina in 2016.
Dr. Streifel has a passion for helping animals and their families. During her time in Gainesville, Florida, Dr. Streifel was a volunteer with community cat programs “Operation Catnip” and “Sheltering Hands”. Dr. Streifel's passion is also in preventative veterinary medicine which includes nurturing the human-animal bond. She strives to reduce fear and stress in patients with low stress handling to increase their wellbeing in the veterinary setting, as well as at home. Dr. Streifel also has a strong interest in surgery which includes soft tissue and orthopedic.
The welfare of animals is not the only passion Dr. Streifel has. She is an avid outdoors adventurer with her canine companion, DeeDee. She loves the challenge of mountain biking and rock climbing.
Dr. Streifel looks forward to being able to provide a high level of care with compassion to our patients and their families.