Our Doctors

Brett Wood, DVM, MS, DACVS - Surgery

Dr. Wood earned a Master’s degree from Duke University in Resource Ecology. After 4 years in the US Army stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, he attended North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 2000. Dr. Wood completed both a one-year internship and three-year residency in small animal surgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine from 2001-2004, after which he became a board certified veterinary surgeon by passing the rigorous examination standards of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Wood has worked as a staff surgeon at practices in New Hampshire’s seacoast area, the Hudson Valley of New York, Albuquerque, NM and most recently Asheville, NC. His wife, who is originally from Morganton, NC, and daughter have also enjoyed being back in North Carolina surrounded by friends and family.

Dr. Wood’s training has included a wide range of soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurosurgery techniques. He is certified to perform the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) technique, Tibial Tuberosity Advancement procedure (TTA) and the new “tightrope” procedure for stabilization of cranial cruciate ligament tears. Dr. Wood was one of the first clinicians who introduced arthroscopy to the Northern New England Region region. He has a special interest and proficiency in oncologic (cancer) surgery, minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy) and neurosurgery.

Brett Wood DVM, MS, DACVS
Scott Helms DVM DABVP VRHOH Internal Medicine

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.

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

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.

Emily Rhoades, DVM - Emergency

Dr. Emily Rhoades is originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, and attended Guilford College for her undergraduate degree in Biology and Health Sciences. She attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Veterinary Medicine for her veterinary degree. Dr. Rhoades was Active Duty in the U.S. Army for five years after veterinary school. Dr. Rhoades enjoys multiple aspects of veterinary medicine but her special interests include critical care, internal medicine and soft-tissue surgery. During her time off, Dr. Rhoades enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, daughter and cat. She also enjoys running, cooking, and reading.

Emily Rhoades DVM
Joe Sawdy DVM, MS

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.

Laura Keener, DVM, CVA - Emergency

Dr. Laura Keener spent 4 years in Athens, Georgia, to complete her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She returned home to North Carolina and earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked as a student at VRHOH and had such a great experience that she returned as a doctor. During her first year in practice, she became certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA).

Dr. Keener loves getting to know her clients and their furry patients. She practices compassionate and comprehensive medicine. Her special interests include integrative medicine, critical care, neurology, and improving quality of life in geriatric patients. During her time off, she enjoys walks with her dogs and spending time with her family, including all her nieces and nephews!

Laura Keener DVM CVA VRHOH
Heather-Willis-Goulet DVM, DACVD

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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