Our Doctors

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.

Scott Helms DVM DABVP VRHOH Internal Medicine
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Christian Latimer, DVM, CCRP, DACVS-SA - Surgery

Christian Latimer grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and received his DVM from Western University of Health Sciences. He then went on to complete a small animal rotating internship and surgery residency at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Latimer has authored publications in Veterinary Surgery, JAVMA, and Clinician’s Brief.

Glenn Bradshaw Jr., DVM, CCRP - Surgery

Dr. Bradshaw graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in animal science in 1994. He received his doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1994 from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been in the surgery department of Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory for the past 12 years. He was certified in Canine rehabilitation in 2009 at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. He lives in Union Mills with his wife and son.

Glenn Bradshaw Jr. DVM, CCRP
Sharon Finster DVM, DACVECC

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.

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Kamberlyn Hooper, DVM - Emergency

Dr. Kamberlyn Hooper is a recent graduate from Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is rom the small-town of Murphy, NC which is the western most point of the state. Dr. Hooper has always had a love for companion animal medicine and looks forward to joining the team at VRHOH.

Dr. Hooper is moving to Hickory with her dog, Rory, that she adopted through her school's shelter program at the end of her first year of veterinary school (and Rory has been a handful ever since)!

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

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