Meet Our Veterinary Nurses

Larisa Livesay, RVT

Originally from New Jersey, Larisa moved to North Carolina in 2006 to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Larisa is a graduate from Asheville – Buncombe Technical Community College and has an associates degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. After falling in love with WNC and meeting her husband, John, she decided to stay in North Carolina and make it her permenant home. She is licensed by the state of North Carolina as a registered veterinary technician. She joined the WCRAH & VEH team in 2010, considering our team, clients and their pets a part of her extended family. She works both day practice and emergency practice. She is the mother of 2 young boys, Tristan and Tanner. She has 3 dogs, 2 chihuahuas, Casy and Topo and a Labrador Retriever, Lexie and 2 cats Jimmine and Charlotte.

Caroline Klapper, RVT

Caroline joined the WCRAH & VEH team in the fall of 2015 after graduating from AB Tech with an associate degree in Veterinary Medical Technology and obtaining her RVT. She is originally from Louisiana but lived in South Carolina and Florida before moving to Western North Carolina. Caroline had been a newspaper reported for 10 years before deciding to go back to school to become a veterinary nurse. She is excited to start her career with WCRAH & VEH and enjoys being able to work in the day practice and emergency. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys reading, hiking, photography, writing and spending time with her favorite people and her dog Oz, cat Slinky, 2 rats Chicken and Waffles.

Tanya Petty, RVT

Tanya, always a Tennessee girl at heart, moved to North Carolina in 2015. In 2011, she graduated from Columbia State Community College with her A.S. Degree in Veterinary Medical Technology and is currently licensed in Tennessee and North Carolina as Registered Veterinary Technician. Tanya grew up on a horse farm and from an early age, developed a passion for anything related to animals. Tanya started out life in Okinawa, Japan then moved to Tennessee when she was 7 years old. She has spent much of her life working as a horseback riding instructor, managing horse farms and was a missionary in Poland for a year. She enjoys all things horses, and of course cats and dogs. Tanya spends most of her time being a mommy to her sweet boy, Hudson. Tanya and her husband, Collin, love the mountains and do lots of hiking and biking together as a family. When she has free time, she also enjoys cooking and baking for others. Tanya loves the veterinary field because she gets to spend time with God’s creatures while caring for them and their families. Most of all, she enjoys client education. Tanya currently resides in Fletcher, NC with her family and two feline fur-babies, Baby Gray and Butters.

Sierra Allen, RVT

Sierra grew up in Kingsport, TN and has recently moved to Hendersonville, NC. She has worked in the Veterinary profession from the age 17.. She is a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University. She was honored with the “Most Outstanding Student” Award in 2014.  She obtained her degree in Veterinary Medical Technology and has devoted her career to animal health and nursing care. Her favorite interests in veterinary medicine include: surgery, anesthesia and emergency medicine. Her hobbies include: hiking, distance running, outdoor activities of all kinds, singing and spending time with her precious dog Kira.

Lindsey Martin

As one of WCRAH’s critical care ICU nurses, Lindsey feels the most rewarding part of her job is helping sick pets get well so they can go home to their loving owners as soon as possible. She started her veterinary nursing career in 2003 and has been with WCRAH since 2011. Although she was born in Miami, Fla., Lindsey grew up in Hendersonville, later leaving to attend Miami-Dade college for music performance. Currently, she is working toward an online veterinary technician degree, and she loves constantly learning new things in the veterinary field. When she’s not at work, Lindsey can often be found sporting a red cape as her cosplay alter-ego “Supergirl” and working a second job at comic cons around the country. In her (limited) spare time, Lindsey loves traveling, hiking, singing and spending time with family, especially her daughter she affectionatly calls, “mini-me.” She also shares her home with two dogs, Daisy and Rose, two cats, Saige and Eva and a sugar glider named Kiwi.

Chelsie Morrison

Chelsie grew up on the eastern plains of Colorado, graduating from Lincoln High School in 2002. In 2004, she moved to Florida, where she began her career working in the veterinary field. Chelsie joined WCRAH & VEH in June of 2012 bringing her experience in both family and emergency veterinary practices. She has a wonderful boyfriend and two amazing girls as well as two dogs, a cat and a fish named Jack. In her free time, Chelsie loves hiking the many trails through Western North Carolina and reads lots of books.

Jennifer Dow, RVT

Jenn is originally from Baltimore but moved to Asheville five years ago when she joined the WCRAH & VEH team as an ICU nurse. She has a B.S. in Animal Science from Virginia Tech and has earned her RVT from Penn Foster. The best part of working with animals for Jenn is the chance to help those who cannot help themselves by nursing them back to health. Jenn also enjoys hiking, camping and traveling in her spare time. Jenn’s furry family includes two dogs, Rocko and Dublin, and a cat named Terrapin.

Katie Ailstock

In addition to acting as back-of-the-house DJ for hospital staff, Katie has been part of WCRAH for 4 years, starting out as an animal caretaker and moving her way up to nurse. A lifelong resident of Asheville, she is currently working on acheiving her RVT certification. When she’s not at work, Katie loves hiking, playing music, going to concerts and taking care of her two dogs and three cats. On the job, she enjoys using her skills to better the lives of pets and their owners. Her favorite part of the job is seeing patients’ tails start wagging when they are returned to their owners.

Cherie Harter

Cherie is from Frankfurt, Germany but has lived in Hendersonville off and on for most of her life. Animals have always been a huge part of her life, and she is continuing to care for them by training as a nurse at WCRAH. Cherie finds excitement in her work and loves helping animals have a better and healthier life. Her family includes her husband, two younger sisters and three cats. Outside of work, Cherie loves spending time with her husband, hiking, camping, reading, writing poetry and just being out in nature.

Emily Wood, RVT

Emily has lived in upstate New York and North Carolina’s Outer Banks before settling in Asheville seven years ago to enjoy the mountains and music scene. She has earned an A.A.S. In Veterinary Technology and is an LVT in New York and an RVT here in North Carolina. Veterinary medicine has always been a passion for Emily, and she has gone from caring for domestic animals and wildlife in the Outer Banks to working with stray animals and elephants in Thailand and participating in spay/neuter clinics at Native American reservations in New Mexico. Emily most enjoys emergency care and dentistry in her job with WCRAH. She shares her home with her partner, Ryan, his daughter, Soleil, two dogs, Otis and Scarlette and an albino leopard gecko named Purple. When she’s not at work, Emily likes hula hooping, yoga, fire spinning, dancing at concerts and camping and hiking.

Jessica Patton

Jessica  is originally from Morehead City, NC, a.k.a. “Fisherman’s Paradise,” but moved to the area 3 years ago when she became a Certified Veterinary Assistant and joined the WCRAH team. Prior to working in the veterinary field, Jessica worked in the marine industry, but decided to follow a career path that would allow her to help animals. Veterinary medicine was the perfect match, and she continues to enjoy caring for pets, learning about the advances in medicine and growing as a technician. The only drawback to a job at a small animal hospital is not getting to work with cows because she loves them dearly. When she isn’t at work, Jessica enjoys road trips, hiking, fishing, shooting and occassionally getting new tattoos.

Jordan Morton, RVT

Born and raised in Asheville, Jordan earned her vet tech degree and license in 2010 and has worked  in the field ever since. Her favorite parts of the job are advocating for patients and working one on one with them in the ICU. Jordan loves spending time with her husband and daughter, her dogs Baby and Anny, and watching sports and shopping.

Brooke Smith

Brooke is a Hendersonville native currently attending A-B Tech as a student in the veterinary technology program. She loves working with animals and helping them to heal as part of the WCRAH & VEH team. When not working, she spends most of her time with her basset hound mix, Lily, and her two older brothers, whom she considers her best friends. Her hobbies include working out/weight lifting, reading and painting and drawing.

Elizabeth Kelly

Liz started out studying for a career in human nursing before realizing her true passion was veterinary medicine, and she’s been working with animals ever since. She is in school and working toward her RVT license while taking care of her daughter and a menagerie of animals, including four horses, two goats, numerous chickens and an undisclosed number of cats and dogs. While at WCRAH, Liz has enjoyed the lifelong friendships she’s built with amazing people she considers family. She loves advocating for the animals in her care and the rush of emergency medicine as well as tending to critical care patients in the hospital’s ICU. When it’s time to relax, Liz loves clearing her mind with horseback riding, hiking, camping in the mountains and spending time with her daughter and friends.

Taylor Sheehan

Taylor grew up in Golden Valley, Rutherford County and still lives in the area today with her Dachshund, Daisy, and an energetic Treeing Walker hound named Anna Bell. She discovered her passion for veterinary medicine while attending the A-B Tech Veterinary Technology program, which she graduated from in 2017. She has always loved helping animals and says the best feeling in the world is nursing a sick or injured animal back to health. During her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her boyfriend and spending time with her family.

Tessa Markopoulos, RVT

Kelsi Cartwright

Carri Robinson

Krystal Hawkins

Megan Jewell

Tee Lee

Brandy Steadman

Sunny Stewart

Born and raised in Hendersonville and currently living in Fletcher, Sunny graduated from North Henderson High in 2008 and is currently attending the Veterinary Medical Technology Program at AB Tech. Sunny is looking forward to becoming a licensed tech and furthering her career helping animals and people. She is married with four children, and her animal family includes three dogs, two cats and 2 pygmy goats. In her free time, she enjoys anything outdoors, including hiking, camping, kayaking and fishing.