Our Careteam

Brittney
Kennel Technician
Growing up in the small town of West Pelzer, Brittney developed an affinity with animals early on in life. Ever since she was a little girl, she’s known that a career working with pets was her true calling! Now, she’s able to improve the lives of the area’s pets daily as a Kennel Technician with the Paw Prints Animal Hospital team.

Brittney joined the hospital family in April of 2015. Her favorite part of the workday is seeing a loving pet owner come to pick up their animal companion—the look on a client’s face when they see that their pet has been well-cared for is priceless!

Brittney and her family share their lives with four Chihuahuas—Zoey, Bristol, Bella, and Peanut—as well as a Shar Pei named Reggie. They also keep a pair of goats and several chickens; Brittney loves spending her free time tending to their needs around her family’s home.
Candace
Veterinary Technician
Candace grew up in Greenwood, South Carolina, where a love of pet care was instilled in her early on in life. She started volunteering with her hometown veterinary practice at the ripe age of 11! For Candace, animal care has always been—and continues to be—a lifelong journey. She’s thrilled to serve the pets and animal owners of the area as a member of the Paw Prints Animal Hospital team!

After studying veterinary medicine in college, Candace became a wildlife biologist and taught students for most of her career. She retired early, then began pursuing her childhood passion: small-animal care. Candace started working at the local county animal shelter, where she would remain for several years before joining the Paw Prints Animal Hospital family in 2014. Her favorite part of the job is meeting other pet lovers just like herself on a daily basis!

At home, Candace and her two college-aged children live with multiple cats of their own. The family also shares their lives with a rotating cast of rescue cats; Candace started her own cat rescue and helps foster medically challenged or at-risk felines with the help of Paw Prints Animal Hospital.
Dee Dee
Receptionist
Elizabeth
Veterinary Technician
Elizabeth’s veterinary journey was largely inspired by her childhood black Lab, Jake, who quite literally saved her life. One day, young Elizabeth mistakenly pedaled her bicycle into the road; Jake pulled her back onto the sidewalk as an oncoming car screeched to a halt directly on top of her bike! Elizabeth never forgot the courage and compassion that her animal companion demonstrated that day—she’s always wanted to give something back as a veterinary professional!

Originally from Pennsylvania, Elizabeth’s career started when she began volunteering at an animal clinic in Clemson, South Carolina at the age of 14. As soon as she was 15, she was hired on as an employee! Over time, Elizabeth worked her way up into a Technician position.

After hearing about an opening here at Paw Prints Animal Hospital from the clinic’s very own Valerie, Elizabeth joined the hospital family in the summer of 2014. As a Tech, she has particular interests in radiology and surgery work. Most of all, she enjoys seeing firsthand the interactions between animal owners and their beloved pets.

Elizabeth and her husband share their lives with three rescued dogs: Skynard, a black Lab; Jasper the German shepherd; and a boxer named Mushu. When she isn’t hiking with Jasper or tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital, Elizabeth enjoys drawing and making wood-burnings. She especially likes to share her work with family and friends!
Erin
Veterinary Technician
Josh
Kennel Technician
Although there were plenty of pets around while Josh was growing up in his family’s Travelers Rest, South Carolina home, he never suspected that he would work in the veterinary field one day. He started here at Paw Prints Animal Hospital part-time, but ended up loving the work so much that he stuck around and made it his full-time career! Josh now gets to care for the area’s pets and animal owners daily as one of the clinic’s Kennel Technicians.

Josh’s favorite part of his job is working to create a bond with the animals who visit the clinic, especially those that are nervous or frightened. If he can make a pet’s appointment as stress-free as possible, he knows he’s done his job! Josh also enjoys the variety that his work brings; no two days are ever quite the same.

Away from work, Josh enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, whether he’s running, playing basketball, or swimming at the lake. He has one pet of his own: Max, a fun-loving three-legged cat who constantly entertains Josh’s children.
Melanie
Receptionist
Sami
Veterinary Technician
Tonya
Groomer
Valerie
Groomer
Kari
Veterinary Technician
Kari has adored animals since she was a little girl—her family always kept at least one dog or cat around the house, and she constantly attempted to bring home any stray creature she could find. After Kari grew older, had children, and served as a stay-at-home mother for a number of years, she decided it was time to return to the workforce. A career in animal care was the ideal choice!

Kari is an Easley native and joined the Paw Prints Animal Hospital family in 2008. She works as a Veterinary Technician and has special passions for surgical work and puppy and kitten visits.

Kari’s passion for animal care doesn’t stop at the office—she lives on a small hobby farm with her husband of 17 years, two children, and a menagerie of pets. The family has dogs, cats, horses, chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, pigs, a pet rat, a bearded dragon, a lovebird, fish, and even several Madagascar hissing cockroaches! Kari has also recently started beekeeping and currently manages three bee hives.

When she has a moment between her duties here at the clinic, her work on the farm, and family life, Kari enjoys horseback riding, gardening, and reading non-fiction.
Sarah
Kennel Technician
When she lost her beloved cat, Simba, Sarah made a choice—she wanted to become a person who could make a difference in the lives of others’ pets. Sarah decided to switch careers and follow her passion by pursuing a career in veterinary medicine!

Sarah is a native of upstate South Carolina. She attended Greenville Technical College’s Small Animal Care and Veterinary Assistant program, graduating with honors in May of 2007, and began her career here at Paw Prints Animal Hospital in the fall of that year. As a Kennel Technician, Sarah particularly enjoys the challenge of socializing timid newcomers; she strives to do everything in her power to make sure that every pet who visits the clinic has a pleasant experience.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys staying active with her church, writing (she’s even had two poems published in poetry books!), and spending time with her own pets at home. She lives with four cats—Sister, Pumpkin, Rusty, and Salem—as well as a black Lab named Shiloh and two German shepherds named Alex and Anneliese.
Savannah
Veterinary Technician, Receptionist
Savannah wasn’t always aware that she wanted to work with animals, but that changed when she volunteered with the local Humane Society during high school. Before long, Savannah knew in her heart that the field of veterinary medicine was her true calling!

A South Carolina native, Savannah attended Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, where she earned her Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. She graduated in May of 2015 and joined the Paw Prints Animal Hospital family shortly afterward as a Licensed Veterinary Technician and receptionist.

Outside of her interests in the veterinary world, Savannah enjoys reading, playing the cello, hiking in the great outdoors, and spending time with her extended family’s many pets.
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    • Patricia KoontzPatricia Koontz

      I Love Paw Prints! The staff is awesome, and give me complete security in their concern and care of my little Chipin pup "Frisky". The follow-up calls to check in on him and ask how he is doing and addressing any of my concerns with how everything is affecting my 2.2 lb. Pup makes such a statement as to where their hearts lie. So glad I brought my baby to them. They are the best! ���

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    • Melissa DeAnn ChastainMelissa DeAnn Chastain

      Paw Prints Animal Hospital is the best! Dr Cousins is amazing. And the staff is very caring. Can't say enough good things about them.

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    • Wesley J Siau LmtWesley J Siau Lmt

      I like this place. Dr. Bear is great. We will continue to go there.

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    • Rosie VanDorn MeindlRosie VanDorn Meindl

      Paw Prints is amazing. I know they truly care about my fur babies. Before coming to Paw Prints, my husband and I took our animals to another vet who would make you feel like you were a terrible person for your pet to be sick or in pain. The final straw was when my youngest cat became very ill and required hospitalization and a blood transfusion. During one of his followups, the vet didn't even come in the room to see if I had questions or concerns. Rather, the tech had to keep running back and forth to get the answers for my questions. This has never happened at Paw Prints. They have reassured me that there are some things that some animals are predisposed to and have offered some suggestions to help with any issues. When blood work had to be done on my older cat, the doctor personally called with the results. Paw Prints is a great place to take your fur babies.

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    • Jackie LemondeJackie Lemonde

      The most caring people in the world. They love our little dachshunds and have helped us make the hard decision when we had too. Given us so many more years with our dogs than we ever thought we would have. Love the whole office!

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    • Jennifer EganJennifer Egan

      When my Yorkie was extremely ill and needed emergency surgery a few months ago, Paw Prints came to the rescue and saved her life. Eternally grateful for the Drs and staff who cared and watched over my baby like one of their own. Because of them I still have her to have and love for many more years!!! �. Thank you Paw Prints for everything that you do.

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    • Hali StephensHali Stephens

      Had our youngest Yorkie in for pain that he was having in one of his knees yesterday. Dr. Elledge did a whiz bang job of examining him from head to toe and everything in between. It was determined that he has luxating knees...the left kneecap is worse than the right one. An anti-inflammatory is helping! LOVE that Dr. Elledge did not make me feel like we were being rushed in any way (and they were really really busy yesterday). "Erin", who assisted her, is just the best at what she does, and is right where she needs to be. THANKS for getting us in on such short notice "ladies at the front desk"...YOU ROCK! As always, our experience at Paw Prints Animal Hospital was positive in every way...

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