Meet Our Staff


Dr. Ben Dixon Phillips, DVM

Ben Dixon Phillips

Education: Vanderbilt University BA, Middle Tennessee State University, MST, Auburn University, DVM
Dr. Phillips grew up in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Caring for family pets and ponies was a passion from a very early age. On the farm, he learned a work ethic that embraced “sun-up to sun-down” hours and total dedication. That work ethic served him well as a student: at Auburn, he was honored with membership in Phi Zeta, the National Veterinary Medical Honor Society, and it has served him well as a veterinarian.

Recently, Dr. Phillips was honored at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians as “South Carolina’s Veterinarian of the Year.” He was recognized by his peers for “being quietly focused and steadfast in his loyalty to the things that are important to him: his family and Veterinary Medicine. He works tirelessly to bring integrity, professionalism, responsibility, and respectability to the practice of Veterinary Medicine. He is also a compassionate employer who genuinely cares for his staff and their welfare.” He was recognized for his work as a volunteer in numerous positions in the community.

Dr. Phillips loves interacting daily with long-standing Cleveland Park clients and friends and welcoming new clients into the Cleveland Park family. He enjoys surgery, photography, gardening, and he excels at spoiling grandchildren.

Dr. Karl Derek Wessinger, DVM

Karl Derek Wessinger

Dr. Derek Wessinger grew up in Clinton, South Carolina.  He received his B.S. degree form Presbyterian College.  While a student there he played football for the Blue Hose, and has been a lifelong supporter of his alma mater.  Dr. Wessinger came to Cleveland Park after his graduation from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia.  For the past 36 years Dr. Wessinger has traveled thousands of miles caring for large animals all over Greenville County. His dedication to Large Animal Medicine has earned him the esteem of clients near and far.  Now Dr. Wessinger's focus has changed to small animals.  He welcomes the opportunity to daily visit with clients and friends who now drive to bring their small animals to see him.  


Dr. Wessinger is an avid outdoorsrman who loves living the quiet life on the shores of Stoddard Mill Lake with  his wife, Jean. He shares a passion for horses with his daughters who love to ride, and he loves long walks in the woods accompanied by his own much loved dogs.  He and his wife are actively involved in the life of their church.  His favorite pastime is spending time with his four daughters and his grandchildren.

Dr. Meighan Hammett, DVM

Meighan Hammett

Dr. Hammett grew up near Columbia, South Carolina, but she fell in love with Greenville while she was a student at Furman University. After receiving an B.A. degree in Biology, she went on to attend the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her degree in 2013. Her curriculum emphasized both Large and Small Animal Medicine. She was very excited to return to the upstate and join the Cleveland Park team following her graduation. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and cuddling new puppies.


Since she became a member of our staff, she has met and  married the love of her life, Jake.They both enjoy renovating and DYI projects and have spent many happy hours creating a beautiful home together.  They love to hike and enjoy running as time allows.  In March of 2017 we celebrated the arrival of  their first son, Asher.  They have since moved to the country where there is more room for pets and children to play. 


Dr. Hammett is studious, serious, and very focused. She is  an excellent diagnostician and surgeon.  She is very thorough and committed to providing the best care possible for pets.  Cleveland Park  clients know they can depend on her. 

Dr. Heather Miller, DVM

Heather Miller, DVM

While a student at Ohio State University, Dr. Miller completed externships at the Columbia Zoo and Aquarium, at the University of Georgia in the exotic animal speciality ward, and at Disney's Animal Kingdom.  She returned home to South Carolina and became part of the Cleveland Park family in 2006 when she became a member of the staff at Cleveland Park East in Simpsonville.  In 2010 she accepted a job at the Greenville Zoo as the Deputy Administrator for Animal Health.  She enjoyed the challenge of caring for exotic species for just over 5 years. In 2015 we happily welcomed her back to work in our Greenville hospital three days a week.  Her new schedule gives her more time to focus on her growing family and to train for the occasional marathon.  She and her husband are a great team and  very generous to open their home to foster children.  With three children of their own, dogs, cats, birds and bunnies, theirs is a busy, lively, and happy household! Dr. Miller is an extremely kind, compassionate, and caring person.  She loves pets and people and we know that we are very fortunate to have her on our staff.  

Dr. Andrew W. Roark, DVM

Andrew W. Roark

When Dr. Andy Roark walked through our doors for the first time in 2012, he brought with him a warm smile, a contagious laugh, and about a million ideas for how to make things better.  It has been a pleasure to work with him and to watch his career as an inspirational speaker and author soar.  He is an award-winning columnist for DVM360 and has been a regular contributor on  Dr. Roark's Facebook page has grown to more than 250,000 followers. He reaches out to those seeking happiness, humor, and wisdom in the practice of veterinary medicine.  Thousands more follow him on Instagram and Twitter. His humorous and educational videos on YouTube have been viewed more than half a million times. He has made great strides in creating community within the veterinary profession. He  brings veterinary professionals together for support, encouragement, education, and an exchange of ideas.  


His efforts have not gone unnoticed. Dr. Roark received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine.  In 2015, 2016, and 2017, he was named Practice Management Speaker of the Year in Orlando, Florida at the North American Veterinary Conference, one of the world's largest veterinary conferences. In 2013 he was noted as a rising star in the profession when Veterinary Practice News named him " One of the Top 25 Veterinarians to Watch in 2013."  In 2017 he founded  Uncharted Veterinary Conference, " a revolutionary marketing and communication conference for those foraging their own path and building their own community." The conference has brought hundreds of veterinary professionals from all over the country to Greenville.  Another successful venue is  He also has a veterinary consulting company, Tall Oaks Enterprises.  


Dr. Roark's wife,  Dr. Alison Roark, is  a highly respected animal physiologist who is a member of the faculty at Furman University.  They have two beautiful daughters and successfully juggle very busy schedules. Dr. Andy Roark is involved in all three of our hospitals. Staff members look forward to the days he spends working with them.  We feel very fortunate to have him as our own "Dr. Andy."

Dr. Ashlee Brown, DVM

Dr. Ashlee  Brown, DVM

Ashlee Brown is a graduate of Clemson University, where she studied Animal Science and Spanish and was part of the Women's NCAA Rowing Program. She then went to University of Georgia where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She then completed an internship at Equine Medical Center of Ocala before moving into mixed animal private practice. 

Although her practice is predominantly western medicine and surgery, Dr. Brown is also certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She has a special interest in geriatric patient care, musculoskeletal disorders and degenerative disease. Along with Western Medicine, TCVM,  nutritional consultation, environmental care, and herbal therapy, she hopes to bring comfort and relief to patients who are otherwise experiencing pain and suffering. 

Dr. Brown lives in Simpsonville, SC with her dog, Basil, and her cat, Decaf. She enjoys hiking, running, road biking and swimming. She loves Yoga and Orange Theory as well! Dr Brown loves to travel and incorporate Veterinary medicine into her adventures. Her parents, Mark and Cindy Brown, live in Greenville, SC. She has an older brother, Matthew, and two younger sisters, Rebecca and Kristina. 

Practice Manager

Lori Mixon

Lori Mixon

Lori grew up in Colorado but fell in love with Greenville, South Carolina when she and her husband, Mark, first came here twenty years ago. Along with their three children, they moved, opened a new business, and put down roots. The business, Rhino Linings of Greenville, has flourished.

Mark and Lori love long walks in downtown Greenville, the local entertainment, parks, and great restaurants. Lori is a multi-talented manager who will tackle any job. She has even been known to fix the plumbing!!



Brittney Whitten

Brittney Whitten

Brittney Whiten joined our staff in 2005. Her warm smile and quiet and courteous demeanor endear her to clients as soon as they walk through the door. She communicates well with clients and is respected by all the members of the staff.

Her favorite pastime is spending time with her husband, Ben, and their son, Dylan along with their 2 dogs and 2 cats. Brittney and Ben enjoy following Clemson sports, working on their home, and spending time with family.


Hayley Bennett

Hayley Bennett

Haley is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. She joined the staff of Cleveland Park in September 2012. 

Hayley is very patient and kind, she loves ballet, tap dancing, and reading.She enjoys being a receptionist at Cleveland Park Animal Hospital because she loves greeting our fantastic clients and our furry, and sometimes scaly patients!  

  She is happiest when she is spending time with her husband and two sons, Chandler and Carson. On the weekend they enjoy traveling and experiencing new and exciting things! 

Lauren Wong

Lauren Wong

Lauren Wong was born in New York and raised in Florida.  She moved to Greenville in 1997. 

She has loved calling Greenville home ever since.  She attended Greenville Technical College and became a Certified Veterinary Assistant.  She became a member of the Cleveland Park family in 2012...and we have loved her ever since!  Lauren contributes so much to our hospital in numerous ways.  Besides being a knowledgeable, warm, and welcoming receptionist, she is the staff's go-to person for resolving problems and getting things done.  


Lauren is a talented self-taught bass and cello player.  She and her husband, Will, played with their successful band, Mountain Homes, for several years.  But that was before twin daughters arrived!  Now, Lauren and Will enjoy spending time with their beautiful little girls, Edith and Esme.  Their household includes three dogs: Booger, Oliver, and Emmylou.  They enjoy playing and listening to music, hiking and camping.  

Nancy Newbigging

Nancy Newbigging

Nancy was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and moved to Greenville in 2006. Nancy started at our Greenville location in late August of 2018, but she's no stranger to our Cleveland Park Family. Nancy was originally with our Travelers Rest location on and off for about 11 years. 

Nancy and her husband, Mark, enjoy watching sports, going to the shooting range, visiting with their grandchildren in New York, and long walks with their two Collies, Malory and Angie.

Amy Cochran

Bio coming soon!

Melisa Arredondo

Melisa  Arredondo

Melisa is a native of Colombia, South America.  She became a member of our staff in 2011.  She brings beauty and charm, and a smile that can light up a room everywhere she goes. She loves her own pets:  Princess Maddie (the Shih Tzu) and Penelope (the Yorkshire Terrier).  She is very particular about her own animals, so she cares for all pets as though they were her own. Melisa is very proud of the fact that for four consecutive years Cleveland Park boarding has been voted "Best of the Upstate."  She is one of the reasons why!  Melisa is very athletic and active in fitness programs.  She is in the gym every morning before she comes to work. In fact, she goes to the gym twice a day.  She loves to try new foods, travel, and participate in outdoor activities with friends and family. 

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Nicki Caldwell

Nicki Caldwell

Nicki began work with Cleveland Park Animal Hospital as an intern with Tri-County Technical College’s Veterinary Technician program in May 2005 and was hired full time in May 2006. 

In the past few years, she has added to the Cleveland Park family two beautiful daughters, Avery and Raegan, and a handsome son, James. She and her family enjoy their spare time caring for the many animals on their farm and traveling to new and exciting places! 

Kayla F. Collins

Kayla F.  Collins

Kayla grew up in Cross Anchor, South Carolina. She graduated from Tri-County Technical College in May 2013 in the Veterinary Technology program.

She joined the Cleveland Park family in January 2012.

At home, Kayla enjoys spending time with her husband, Nathan, and their pugs, Cortana, Zoey, and Bugsy!  She also loves play video games, eats sushi, and watch movies!

Morgan Schaefer

Morgan  Schaefer

Morgan joined our team in May of 2017. She went to Tri-County Technical College and graduated in 2012.  She enjoys working at Cleveland Park Animal Hospital mostly because we are AAHA accredited and practice the highest quality of good medicine. She also enjoys learning and helping treat our exotic patients. 

Morgan and her husband, Jared, enjoy being outdoors, playing video games, and listening to music.

They share their home with 4 cats: Rikku, Tank, TJ, Lily. 1 dog named Roxy, and 2 rats; Winkey and Stinkey.

Samantha Strauss

Samantha  Strauss

Samantha was born in Delaware, lived in Chicago, and moved to Greenville in 1998. She completed the Veterinary Technology Degree Program at Tri-County Technical College in May 2018 and has been a part of the Cleveland Park Family since August of 2017. 

Samantha enjoys playing with her Bernedoodle, Matilda, reading thriller novels, long walks in Target, and trying out new restaurants in Greenville. 

Megan Marsh

Megan Marsh

Megan joined our team in October 2017. She graduated from Tri-County Technical College in 2013 from the Veterinary Technology program.

Megan enjoys playing video games and playing with her cat, Billy, and two dogs, Gi and Commanche. 

Jazmyne James

Jazmyne James

Jazmyne moved to the Greenville area in March of 2018 and recently joined the Cleveland Park team! She has attended Auburn University and Harcum College. 

Jazmyne and her boyfriend enjoy spending time together and traveling with friends and family. Jazmyne enjoys watching nature documentaries while she works out and loves dinosaurs! 

Jazmyne and her boyfriend share their home with their two cats, Biggie Smalls and Tupac, and their dog, Frogger!

Madison Santos

Madison joined our team in May of 2019. She currently attends Tri-County Technical College and plans to graduate in 2020 with a Bachelors in Animal Sciences.  

Madison and her boyfriend, Jason, recently bought a farm where they are learning to care for large animals. Madison enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her Bulldog, Vinny.  



Stephanie Bryant

Bio coming soon! 

Veterinary Assistants

Amanda Kirby
Veterinary Assistant

Amanda Kirby

Amanda began as a grooming assistant at Cleveland Park Animal Hospital in February 2002. Her conscientious work ethic and compassion for patients earned her a promotion to veterinary assistant in January 2004. 

Amanda enjoys exercise and spending time with her husband, Todd, and daughter, Courtney.

Hannah Blackston
Veterinary Assistant

Hannah was born and raised in Simpsonville. She joined our Cleveland Park family in June of 2018.

She is currently attending TriCounty to become a licensed Veterinary Technician and plans to graduate in June of 2019! 

Hannah enjoys hiking and riding motorcycles. She is also a youth leader at her church. She shares her home with her 3 dogs; Nora, Rex, and Luna. 3 cats; Pearl, Kiwi, and Nugget, her snake, Hiccup, her turtle, Larry, and her gecko named Carl.


Christy Clark
Veterinary Assistant

Christy Clark

Christy was born and raised in Clemson. She joined our Cleveland Park family in July of 2018.

Christy attended Clemson University and majored in BioScience with a minor in Forensics. About 2 years into her schooling she decided that she wanted to work with animals and enrolled in the Veterinary Technician Program at Tri-County Technical College where she graduated in May of 2017!

Christy enjoys spending time with her family and cat Jerry, hiking, Clemson Football, traveling to new and exciting places.

Technician Assitants

Natalie Stokes
Technician Assistant

Natalie  Stokes

Natalie is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. She joined our team in March 2016.

Natalie enjoys attending her son's baseball games and spending time with her friends and family. She is happiest when she is with her 2 sons and husband, Landon.  

The Stokes family share their home their dog Jenson Boo Bear and Layla Bear.

Madison Kern
Technician Assistant

Madison Kern

Madison and her family are originally from Indiana but have traveled to a few of the eastern states as her father was in the Military, 82nd Airborne. They came to Greenville in September of 2007. Madison became a Certified Veterinary Assistant in December of 2017 and is currently entering into the Veterinary Technician Program and plans to graduate in August of 2020. Madison joined the Cleveland Park Family in July of 2018.

Madison enjoys reading fantasy novels, movies of all genres, spending time with her family, learning about Anatomy, Science, and picking up a few languages. She shares her home with her Shih Tzu, Daisy. 

Brittany Miles
Technician Assistant

Brittany joined our Cleveland Park family in December of 2018. She was born and raised in Simpsonville.

Brittany is planning to attend Greenville Tech in the fall of 2019 for the 1st phase of the Veterinary Technician Program. She has a passion for surgery and would like to specialize in surgical procedures. 

Brittany enjoys rescuing and fostering pets, hunting, fishing, and camping. She currently shares her home with her 6 dogs; Mila, Rudy, Harper, Dexter, Max, and Luna and her 3 cats; Ellie Mae, Remington, and Joey!   

Caitlyn Hensley
Technician Assistant

Caitlyn was born in Tennessee and moved to Greenville in 2004. She has been with the Cleveland Park Family off and on since 2011. 

Caitlyn enjoys going to concerts, traveling to fun and exciting places, going out with friends, and kayaking with her girlfriend, Ashley.  Caitlyn plays an active role in the US Army Reservce as a Combat Medic. 


Pet Groomer

Donna Kirby

Donna  Kirby

Donna Kirby has been a pet groomer since she moved from Burlington, Vermont in 1991. She became a part of our team in 1997. For 21 years she has provided excellent grooming care for countless Cleveland Park pets.  Her grooming skills have earned her honors. For three consecutive years she and the Cleveland Park team have  won the "Best of the Upstate" award for pet grooming.  Clients often express their appreciation for her.  The fact that so many people have brought their much loved pets to her on a regular basis for many years speaks volumes! 


Pet grooming is a valuable service, and it is hard work.  We continue to appreciate her skills and work ethic. Donna has two children: Crista, who joined our staff in 2011 as Donna's assistant, and a son, Todd. She is also very proud of three beautiful granddaughters. 

Crista Kirby

Crista Kirby

Crista Kirby joined our team in 2011 as her mother's grooming assistant.  She loves working with animals and has been taught how to groom by the very best!  Crista and Donna have been part of the team that has won "Best of the Upstate" honors for three consecutive years! Crista inherited her mother's work ethic and devotion to family.  She is a wonderful mother to two beautiful little girls who love playing outdoors and going to the beach with Mom and Dad!  Caring for her own family pets is also part of her daily routine.  We are so happy that she is part of our team!

Kennel Staff

Donna Greene
Kennel Supervisor

Donna Greene

Donna Greene is a Greenville native who has been an important part of our team since 1995.  Donna is our own resident "cat expert" as she has numerous cats of her own.  She loves cats and they love her!  She is also especially attached to her little Yorkies;  they get lots of love and attention from her.  Donna loves arts and crafts when she has time, and she loves photography.  She is always the person behind the lens documenting every party and special occasion in our hospital. 


Her warm and compassionate heart make her an invaluable member of our team.  She is an encourager, giver of hugs, and a caring person who treats her co-workers like family.  Clients love her, as well, for all the same reasons.


Kiley James
Kennel Staff

Kiley joined the Cleveland Park family and received her Veterinary Assistant Certification in May of 2019.

She enjoys going to the lake with her friends and spending time with her Rottie mix, Harley! 

Katherine Hamby
Kennel Staff

Bio Coming Soon! 

Angelina Meyer
Kennel Staff

Bio Coming Soon! 

Elizabeth Cruz-Juarez
Kennel Staff

Bio Coming Soon! 

Kaylee Frye
Kennel Staff

Bio Coming Soon! 

“ Clients for 40 years and feel our pets and livestock are always in the best hands possible when CPAH has them. ”

“ I really like checking out in the exam room. It makes checking out much easier. ”

“ Love taking care of the bill while still in the exam rooms! Great idea! ”

“ Your office is, of all the vets I have ever been to, the nicest looking and best kept. It creates an atmosphere that makes me feel at ease having my pets cared for in your facility. ”

“ The care that my pets have received has been exemplary. I have never left with a question unanswered or a concern not addressed. Follow-up care, when needed, has also been phenomenal. ”

“ I couldn’t be happier with how I and my pets have been treated. I recommend this practice to anyone I know who has pets. ”

“ Always awesome visits. The staff is really great. They call you by name when you walk in the door and that’s excellent customer service. Love all the vets too! ”

“ We appreciated that the staff asked permission before taking lab work, very thoughtful! ”

“ This was our first visit and we were so appreciative of the open office hours on Saturday. I have had various animals at different vets around the upstate and this was by far the most pleasant experience. ”

“ The receptionist was fabulous! She made us (and our pet) feel very much at home! ”

“ This was the best experience I’ve ever had with a vet office; I’m recommending this office to friends and family. We’ll be returning with all of our animals from now on! ”

“ I would rather take my dogs to you than my family members to their doctors. You care. It is important for me to know my dogs are in the best place. Thank you. ”

“ I found the practice decor very warm and inviting. There was no “vet” smell and no strong air freshener that is sometimes offensive at other offices I’ve visited. ”

“ You are all so amazing! I’ve been very impressed with the friendliness of everyone on staff. My dog loves coming to the vet because of all the attention she gets while we’re there. Keep up the good work! ”

“ I love Cleveland Park Animal Hospital. Everyone is so friendly to both me and my pet. Most wonderful vet experience I’ve ever had. ”

“ All your staff has always been thorough and professional. My experience has been comforting since the staff all appear to be genuine in being animal lovers. ”

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