Collin Wolff, DVM, DACVS – Board-Certified Surgeon
Dr. Collin Wolff received both his bachelor’s and veterinary degrees from Cornell University, where he was recognized for academic excellence graduating summa cum laude and with distinction in research honors. Dr. Wolff went on to advance his clinical training by completing two one-year veterinary internships: the first a general small animal internship rotating through medicine, surgery, and other specialty services at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and the second a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. His formal training in small animal surgery culminated in a three-year academic residency at Texas A&M University, following which Dr. Wolff successfully completed all requirements of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and attained diplomate status as a board-certified veterinary surgeon. Dr. Wolff has published numerous articles on basic science research as well as clinical research. During his residency, the ACVS Foundation awarded Dr. Wolff a competitive research grant to investigate the prevalence of methicillin-resistant staphylococci, a multi-drug resistant bacteria increasingly implicated in surgical site infections, in dogs with orthopedic disease.
As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Wolff operates a broad range of soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurosurgical disorders in pets and has specialized training in minimally invasive surgery including arthroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and stent placement for obstructive disorders of the trachea and urethra. Dr. Wolff also treats pets with a variety of orthopedic conditions, including cruciate ligament injury (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO)), patellar luxation, fracture repair, muscle/ligament/tendon injuries, and angular limb deformity correction.
Dr. Wolff’s practice philosophy focuses on providing compassionate care through utilizing state of the art surgical therapies to better the health and quality of life of his patients. To best achieve this goal, he strongly believes in the importance of a communicative team effort between the pet owner and referring veterinarian, both before and after surgery. His greatest professional rewards are developing lasting relationships with pet owners and referring veterinarians in the community and improving the lives of pets and their families.
Scott Helms, DVM, DABVP - Internal Medicine
Dr. Helms graduated from North Carolina State with a BS in Zoology. In 1987, he graduated from North Carolina State’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he is a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. He is board-certified in Canine and Feline practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He was a member of the executive board of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association for seven years and president of the association from 2007 to 2008. He is the author of several publications, and his research interests include feline hyperthyroidism, feline hypertension, and transdermal therapy. He resides in Morganton with his wife, two children, and a collection of pets.
Sharon Finster, DVM, DACVECC - Critical Care
Dr. Finster completed her DVM at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She went on to do a rotating medicine/surgery internship at Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Canada. While in Canada, she had many adventures including volunteering to help with the veterinary care on the 350 mile Canadian Challenge sled dog race. Dr. Finster came back to North Carolina State to complete her residency in emergency and critical care. She comes to us from San Francisco, California. Her special interests include high risk anesthesia, fluid resuscitation and emergency stabilization, and traumatic brain injury. In her off-clinic time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and bike riding.
Joseph Sawdy, DVM, MS - Emergency
Dr. Joseph Sawdy completed all of his training at the Ohio State University. He holds a BS in Animal Sciences, an MS in Agriculture (Muscle Biology and Protein Chemistry), and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sawdy has a diverse background in the veterinary field, including private practice, public health, and education. He has been employed in small animal practice, has served as a Public Health Veterinarian with the US Department of Agriculture, and has taught in a registered veterinary technician program at a local community college. Dr. Sawdy lives in Morganton and is married with two children. He currently also has two cats, a bearded dragon, and several chickens. His personal hobbies include hiking, biking, camping, outdoor pursuits, gardening, and home improvement.
Heather Willis-Goulet, DVM, DACVD - Dermatology
Heather Willis-Goulet, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology is board-certified in veterinary dermatology. Since 2001, she has extensive experience in treating difficult to diagnose skin, ear, and nail conditions of the dog and cat. She received her DVM degree from the University of Florida in 2000. After graduation, she completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She then returned to the University of Florida to complete a two-year dermatology residency. Dr. Willis-Goulet has a special interest in improving quality of life for allergic patients, treatment of resistant ear and skin infections, treatment of hair loss, autoimmune diseases, and in the use of sublingual immunotherapy for management of atopic patients. She has spoken nationally at the North American and Western Veterinary Conferences and has authored several articles on veterinary dermatology.
The following are the types of services Dr. Willis-Goulet can provide in the Hickory location:
- Intradermal allergy testing and management of allergic dermatitis in the dog and cat
- Medical management of otitis externa and media, including video-otoscopy
- Management of resistant infections of the skin and ears
- Diagnosis and management of autoimmune skin diseases
- Diagnosis and medical management of some skin cancers.
To refer a dermatology patient or schedule an appointment after your regular veterinarian has referred your pet, please contact the Southeast Veterinary Dermatology and Ear Clinic at (704) 588-7004. All referrals and appointments for Dr. Willis-Goulet are made through their office