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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.