About Our Veterinary Team in Charleston, South Carolina
About Animal Medical West
Animal Medical West provides the very best veterinary care in Charleston, South Carolina and surrounding areas. We want you and your pets to feel comfortable in our office, so we employ a team of highly-trained animal lovers to provide informed and passionate care for your pets. Our hospital staff are enrolled in continuing education to stay informed of the latest procedures for your pet.
Being a pet owner can be challenging or scary if your pet is in distress. Animal Medical West is dedicated to answering all of your questions to provide you peace of mind. We hold each of our services to the highest standard, whether you’re visiting us for veterinary services, boarding, grooming, or emergency services.
Our boarding services consider the needs of your pet, including feeding schedules, playtime, and plenty of fresh water and space. We provide quality nail trims and groom every pet according to your specifications. We even offer emergency surgeries, no matter what time of day. No matter what your pet’s needs, Animal Medical West can help. Call or request an appointment at our West Ashley office online now.
Meet Our Team!
Mindy Campbell, DVM
Veterinarian / Owner
Mindy is a Charleston native. She attended College of Charleston where she majored in Biochemistry, then continued her education at the University of Georgia where she received her Veterinary degree. Mindy enjoys running, the beach and wakeboarding. She has a beautiful daughter and a handsome son. Her furry children include her Golden Mix Maisey, Yellow Labs Jetty and Jasper, and her cat named Kuz.
Thomas Hentges, DVM
Dr. Hentges is a native South Carolinian born in Aiken. He received his Veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee in 1985 and began practicing in Charleston in 1986. Animal Medical West opened in 1989 and has been his constant companion ever since. Dr. Hentges likes to spend his free time fishing and boating. Animals are his favorite people and working with them is his passion. Dr.Hentges works two days a week and spends his down time at the Berkeley County SPCA helping animals in need.
Dr. Carly Trotter
Dr Trotter grew up in Beaufort, SC and knew she wanted to be a Veterinarian since she was 5 years old. As a student, Dr Trotter’s volunteer work gave her a vast amount of experience including 2 summers in Central America helping large and small animals receive medical and surgical care. After graduating from Clemson University, Dr Trotter earned her Doctorate from the University of Georgia and started working at AMW in June of 2020. Dr Trotter enjoys working in all aspects of medicine and is particularly interested in dermatology, allergies, and surgery. As a true animal advocate, Dr Trotter loves be able to represent animals and be their voice. Dr. Trotter has a young Golden Retriever named Emma, and 2 cats named Harbor and Eli. Along with her Veterinarian fiancé, Dr Trotter enjoys boating and fishing in her spare time.
Dana originally grew up in Charleston and moved to Nevada, England, Hawaii, New Mexico and then Colorado. She began her animal-related career early with a wide range of animals including horses and chimpanzees while working at New Mexico State University and Colorado State Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dana returned to Charleston to be closer to her family and began her experience at Animal Medical West in 1996 as a technician. She is now the hospital manager where she currently strives to make Animal Medical West a place where all animals feel welcome, comfortable, and above all receive the best care possible. Dana has three dogs, a Bluetick Coonhound mix named Cindy, a Redbone Coonhound named Fern, and a Redbone Coonhound mix named Emmy Lou. Dana and her husband have one son. They are on the board of the Carolina Coonhound Rescue and often welcome Coonhound fosters into their home until they find their forever family.
Head Veterinary Technician
Joann has been working at Animal Medical West since November 2003. She has wanted to work with animals since childhood. Joann graduated from Trident Tech Veterinary Technician Program in 2002. She married in October 2007 and welcomed a boy in 2011 and a baby girl in 2016. She also has two poodles named Pebbles and Belle and a Redbone coonhound named Rey. Joann is a licensed vet tech with a degree from Trident Technical College and oversees externships with current vet tech students, offering a valuable on-job experience for future veterinary technicians.
Veterinary Technician/Training Supervisor
Elora started working at Animal Medical West in November of 2014 as CSR. She received a letter of recognition in Criminal Justice from the College of Southern Maryland. Raised in the Navy, she was born in Italy and traveled a good deal, before being raised in Lusby, MD. Elora married in August of 2014 and they have six cats named Ganymede, Greyleigh, Callisto, Zephyr, Hyde, and Andromeda. She also has four dogs named Freya, Odin, Marcel, and Enzo. Her favorite holiday is Halloween.
She is Fear Free Certified, Low Stress Handling Certified, And Human-Animal Bond Certified. Elora even founded the rescue Crow Moon Rescue in Charleston!
When not at work, she loves hiking, learning, travel, and working with her rescue group. Her goal is to learn as much as she can to be the best tech she can be. Eventually, she would like to be a practice manager and earn her CVPM.
Xochitl was raised in Hampton County, SC and graduated from Clemson University in May 2017 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and minors in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and Spanish. She has always enjoyed working with and caring for animals.
Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, the beach, and spending time with family.
At home, she has three pets – Molly, Bella, and Bronson
Tricia graduated from Trident Technical College with an Associates in Science. Tricia has lived in Charleston most of her life and has worked in the veterinary field since 2014. She has been with AMW since 2015.
When not at work, she enjoys working in the yard, fishing, bowling, and sleeping. Since working at AMW, she has fallen in love with the coonhound breed and now fosters and volunteers for the Carolina Coonhound Rescue.
She shares her home with Cali and Brady.
Toni attended NCA&T and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in biology. She then migrated to Charleston to pursue a career in the veterinary field. She then enrolled in the Vet Tech Program at Trident Tech while working at a traveling vaccine clinic when she realized she wanted to pursue a career in exotic medicine. She is currently applying to veterinary schools to pursue a career in Zoology with a specialty in exotic medicine.
When not at work, she loves to paint, write, travel, and of course, go to the zoo! At AMW, she can always be counted on to bring a warm smile and passion for animals to the team!
She shares her home with Bella Michelle, her Havanese.
Amie has been grooming pets since 2002 and specializes in cat grooming and hand-stripping. She has dedicated her career to finding the most effective way to groom our feline friends. She lives in Summerville with her husband and three children.
Amie’s goal is to bring continuing education to area groomers and to educate pet owners on proper pet care and maintenance.
At home, Amie shares her home with three cats – Pickle, Tigger, and Roo!
Josh, known as “Juice” by most of the staff, graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the College of Charleston. His passion then turned from computers to animal care, having worked the last few years in both boarding facilities and in veterinary technician assisting. He loves overseeing dogs at play and hugging Great Danes.
He shares his home with his pet, Kat. They love to hang out and go for long walks on the beach together.
Like many of us, Amanda has wanted to work with animals since early childhood. Amanda became a certified Veterinary Assistant in 2015 and has worked in the field ever since. AMW welcomed Amanda in 2020 and she is currently a valued part of the technical team. In her spare time Amanda enjoys spending time with her pets Jax and Leia, reading and being a mom to her son.
Amanda worked as a paralegal for many years before leaving to pursue a grooming apprenticeship at AMW. Amanda enjoys making your pets fresh, clean, and beautiful in the grooming salon as well as helping at the front desk. Amanda is originally from Beaufort and has been married for 14 years. Amanda has an 18-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son, Goliath the cat, Simon a Bengal mix, and Hunter the miniature pincher. In her spare time her family enjoys soccer, traveling, camping, and fostering animals.
Originally from Northern Virginia where she worked at a small animal clinic, Emma moved south to be closer to her parents on Kiawah. Emma works at AMW because she loves to be able to help animals live their best life. Emma has 2 wonderful cats named Tito and Leon and she enjoys reading, video games and going to the beach.
We imported Montana in 2019 from Columbus Ohio where she was working for Banfield. Originally from Fort Wayne Indiana, Montana graduated from Veterinary Technology school in 2016. Montana enjoys working with farm animals and small animals, especially anesthesia. Montana is mom to Karmella the bulldog mix, Talulah the rottweiler, Georgia the german shepherd, and Leela the lab mix. Montana’s hobbies include fishing, boating, hiking, camping, barrel racing and goat wrangling!
Oksana is our newest boarding technician and loves to take care of pets while their owners are away. Oksana was born in Ukraine and adopted at 6 years old to a Charleston family with 4 other adopted children. Oksana is mom to Milo the American Eskimo and Juno the Great Pyrenees. Oksana enjoys art, the great outdoors and traveling in her spare time.
Rachel says the best thing about working at AMW is the animals and she is not wrong! Rachel originally started nursing school and decided to change to Veterinary Technician school because of her immense love of animals. Born and raised in Denver, NC, Rachel moved to Charleston to be closer to her family. Rachel has a leopard gecko named Mushu and she enjoys fishing and helping on her friend’s cattle farm.