Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Since 1985, Dutch Fork Animal Hospital has been the destination for trusted veterinary care in Irmo, SC. The team of professionals at our veterinary office will provide you with highest level of care, and we promise to treat every animal as if they are our own. Our team will provide you with the resources and treatment options to help your pets live happy, healthy, and long lives. For more information about our practice, services, or adoption opportunities, please contact us today or give us a call at 803-781-7483.

Our Doctors

Dr. Emily Johnson, DVM

Dr. Emily Johnson grew up in on campus at the Citadel in Charleston, SC and graduated from Bishop England High School before earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Wofford College. Together, Dr. Johnson and her husband, Chris, moved to Raleigh, NC where she graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She brought her experience to Dutch Fork in 2008. She and her husband have a son named Coleman, and they share their home with Iggy, the lovable mixed breed; Bart, the feisty furball; and four cats, Ice, Felix, Nana Polly, and Laz. She enjoys time in the mountains, kayaking, spending time with family and friends, and experimenting with plant-based cooking.

Dr. Elizabeth Niciu, DVM

Dr. Elizabeth Niciu earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 2000. Originally from East Setauket, NY, she earned her Bachelors of Science from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA in 1992 and her Masters of Zoology from the University of Florida in 1995. For 9 1/2 years she practiced small animal medicine in Loganville, GA and in November of 2009, she joined our DFAH team. She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine with a particular interest in aging kitties. She shares her home with her husband, Rob; her 17 year-old daughter, Jessica; her cats, Butterbean, Pixie and Gracie; and Forrest, the big sweet German Shepherd. Dr. Niciu spends her free time enjoying Lake Murray and being actively involved in Jessica‘s activities which include swim and playing cello.

Dr. Elizabeth Hood, DVM

Dr. Elizabeth Hood has been a member of the DFAH family since 2017. Dr. Hood is originally from Gainesville, Georgia. She completed her undergraduate degree from Clemson University in Animal Science. She attended Mississippi State University for Veterinary School. Her favorite part of Veterinary medicine is surgery! Dr. Hood enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeremy. Together they have 3 dogs , 3 cats, and 3 chickens! Dr. Hood’s hobbies include spending time with friends and family, traveling, cooking, cross stitching, and observing the wild life in her backyard!

Dr. Tiffany Boyette, DVM

Dr. Boyette graduated from The Ohio State University in 1996. She joined the team at Dutch Fork Animal Hospital in May 1998. She and her husband, Heyward (also a veterinarian), have 2 daughters. They also share their home with 3 cats and a goofy dog. In her free time, Dr. Boyette likes to take ballet and tap classes. She and her family are actively involved in Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet. She helps make props, alter costumes, works backstage, and even performs in the Nutcracker every year! During her down time, she enjoys reading, cross stitch, and computer games. She has recently earned her certification as an advanced scuba diver!

Dr. Greg Conner, DVM

Dr. Greg Conner earned a BS and from the University of New Hampshire. Shortly after, in 1990, he earned a Masters Degree in Animal Science that was later followed by his Veterinary Degree in 1994 from Mississippi State University. He and his wife, Ruthie, have a daughter, Olivia, and a dog named Reagan. He loves to travel and spend time on the lake with his family.

Dr. Brannon Rickman, DVM

Dr. Rickman was born and raised near Columbus, MS where he decided to become a veterinarian at the very young age of 7. He moved to Huntsville, AL for high school, acquired his BS at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN before getting his MS and DVM from Auburn University in 2015. After meeting his beautiful wife, Desireé, at vet school, they moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains in north Georgia. There, he practiced at a mixed animal practice in Chatsworth and developed his joy of surgery, especially orthopedics. After over 5 years in Georgia, Dr. Rickman and his wife along with Emma, the border collie, Bones, their rescued Pitt, and Cheese, the chunky orange tabby, decided to move to Lexington to be closer to her father and to start a family. Dr. Rickman enjoys college football, hiking, fishing, camping, and racquetball.

Dr. Crystie Peeler, DVM

Dr. Crystie Peeler grew up in Irmo and attended Irmo High School. She did her undergraduate work at Western Carolina University and graduated from NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She has over 20 years of experience working in veterinary medicine in the Midlands. Dr. Peeler, her husband, and children share their home with three dogs, four cats, and a miniature donkey. She is currently working a part-time schedule filling in where needed in order to focus on homeschooling her daughter, Amber, in her final year of high school and supporting her son, Bradley, at Cross Country meets.

Dr. Annie Kate Herlong, DVM

Dr. Herlong grew up in Lugoff, SC. She received her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University. She attended Mississippi State University for Veterinary School. Dr. Herlong enjoys puzzles, crocheting and spending time with her pup, Ellie, in her free time.

Our Leadership Team

Holly Crowe, Hospital Manager

Holly, our Hospital Manager, has been with Dutch Fork since 2012. Along with working as a Receptionist, Vet Assistant, and Kennel Manager, Holly has a combined total of ten years experience in business management. She resides in the Irmo/Ballentine area with her human family and one cat, Candy aka Pennywise.

Bethany Hobbs, Reception Team Leader

Bethany is one of our Reception Team Leaders. Born and raised in Chapin, South Carolina, she joined the DFAH team in April 2012. Bethany live in Chapin with her husband, Steve, and daughter, Amelia. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and one of her favorite pastimes is watching USC football with her friends — GO GAMECOCKS! She has always loved animals; she and her husband share their home with two cats, Angus and Phin, and three dogs, Tate, Lucy, and Roxy.

Susan Sansbury, Reception Team Leader

Susan is passionate about advocating for animals which serves her well as one of our Reception Team Leaders. She joined our DFAH team in March 2013 and has been sharing her pleasure for making work as much fun as possible ever since. She and her husband moved back to South Carolina from Michigan with their two children and currently live in Lexington. She has 11 years of experience working in a 24Hr emergency clinic as well as with an all feline facility and housecall practice as a technician. She has been an advocate for animal rescue and fostered many over the years. Her family has shared their home with lots of pets in the past, but currently cuddle up with their three cats, Jinx, Muppins, and Chilly, and three dogs, Dozer, Kirby, and Dixie. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, riding her Harley, and spending time at the beach.

Patricia Kenney, Surgery Team Leader

Patricia, or Trish, is our Surgery Team Leader and started working at DFAH in February 2015. She has more than 20 years experience in veterinary medicine and a vast amount of knowledge in surgery from working at our local Surgical Referral Center. She enjoys motorcycles and dovates her spare time to helping charity organizations for local veterans and children in need.

Shelby Smith, Veterinary Assistant Team Leader

Baron Harwell, Kennel Team Leader

Baron is our Kennel Manager and joined the DFAH family in early 2017. He can be seen helping with kennel duties as well as performing as a Veterinary Assistant. He attended Brookland Cayce High School in Cayce, SC and is currently working towards gaining licensing as a veterinary technician. Baron is the proud owner of a gray tabby cat named Janga and his energetic Austrailian Shepard, Nova.

Our Full Time Team Members


Willow came to DFAH in March 2009 through the Project Pet adoption drive. She’s a hard worker providing invaluable assistance to the reception staff by napping and begging for snacks. She craves positive attention and is willing to chat with new clients whom she hopes to provide her treats. Be sure to say hello when you bring in your pets!

Amber Al-Hasan, LVT

Terri Daniels, Veterinary Assistant

Terri is a full time Veterinary Assitant who joined DFAH in Feburary of 2015. She was born and raised in Columbia, SC where she graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from USC. After 29 years in sporting goods, she switched gears and is now focusing on her passion for animals. She has been married to her husband and best friend, Tim, since 1985, and they live with a large pack of small dogs and a small flock of birds in West Columbia. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, writing and playing with her pack. Loving on the animals, learning, educating and comforting owners, and working with co-workers who love animals are her favorite things about working in the veterinary field.

Kyle Willimson, Veterinary Assistant

Kyle is a full time Veterinary Assistant who joined the DFAH team in July of 2016. He hails from the Irmo area and has been in the Veterinary field for over 15 years bringing with him a wealth of variety and knowledge. Kyle and his wife, Alexis, are having a wonderful time raising their son, Benjamin, and daughter, Margo. Kyle really enjoys music and playing guitar and shares his home with two fur children Zoe and Brandy!

Allen Findley, Veterinary Assistant

Allan Arce-Millard, Veterinary Assitant

Emily Spikes, Kennel Assistant

Renea Holdorf, Receptionist

Eva Garcia, Veterinary Assistant

Caitlyn Jeffcoat, Veterinary Assistant

Tagan Daly, Receptionist

Shy Woods, Veterinary Assistant

Shy is a full time Veterinary Assistant from Florence, SC. Shy has worked at Dutch Fork in the past and came back on board in October of 2019. She enjoys pamper days, boot camp, yoga, and playing with her two dogs, Leo and Raven. She loves that her job allows her to see all different breeds of fur babies big and small and cares for each of her patients like they were her own. Helping sick patients get better and stronger fuels her love of veterinary medicine.

Lili Rund, Veterinary Assitant

Emily Gass, Receptionist

Jeanine Burroughs, Receptionist

Leslie Andrews, Receptionist