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. Claude Schumpert, DVM

Dr. Claude Schumpert received his undergraduate degree, a BS in Agricultural Sciences, from Clemson University in May 1986. He went on to earn his Veterinary Degree from the University of Georgia in May 1990. Dr. Schumpert grew up locally in Newberry SC, and he and his wife, Missy, have two daughters, Ashton and Logan. They share their home with one cat, two Golden Retrievers, and one small mixed breed that is doing a good job of training the rest of the family. Dr. Schumpert and his family are members of Chapin Baptist Church, and he is very active in community organizations such as the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise. He enjoys following sports, golf, and spending time in the mountains.

Dr. Emily Johnson, DVM

Dr. Emily Johnson grew up 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 20. She and her husband have a son named Coleman, and they enjoy spending time in the mountains, kayaking, and paddleboarding. They share their home with Iggy, the lovable mixed breed; Bart, the feisty furball; and two cats, Ice and Felix.

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. She enjoys all aspects about a new medicine and brought her experience to our DFAH team on November 17, 2009. She shares her home with her husband, Rob; her 15 year-old daughter, Jessica; her 4 cats, Jack, Daisy, Butterbean, and Pixie; and Forrest, the German Shepherd. Dr. Niciu spends her free time enjoying Lake Murray and being actively involved in Jessica‘s activities which include Cross Country, Track, and playing cello.

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. Elizabeth Hood, DVM

Dr. Hood grew up on a farm in Gainesville, Georgia where she attended Gainesville High school. She later attended Clemson University where she received her bachelor’s of science in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Dr. Hood graduated from Mississippi State University with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She recently moved to Chapin, S.C. in May of this year and currently shares her home with her lab mix, Molly, and her black cat, Toby. Along with our small animals, Dr. Hood also shares a passion for dairy cattle! She is very excited to start her new life in South Carolina and is looking forward to meeting you and your pets!

Dr. Breanna Marshall, DVM

Dr. Breanna Marshall grew up in Chapin and graduated from Chapin High School. She joined the Dutch Fork team and worked as a veterinary assistant while attending the University of South Carolina Aiken, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Shortly after, she went on to the University of Georgia and graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys reading, volleyball, and playing with her Border collie mix, Athena. Dr. Marshall is so excited to return to the Dutch Fork Family as a veterinarian and can’t wait to meet you and your furry loved ones!

Dr. Crystie Peeler, DVM

Dutch Fork Animal Hospital is excited to welcome back Dr. Peeler! She graduted from NC State and has over 10 years of experience working in veterinary medicine in the Midlands. She and her husband share their home with two wonderful children and many four-legged children: three dogs, four cats, two miniature donkeys, and a Guinea Pig named Kevin.

Dr. Louise Burpee, DVM

Dr. Louise Burpee completed her undergraduate studies at Middlebury College in Vermont in 1980. She graduated from The University Of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She came here to Dutch Fork Animal Hospital following graduation when we were still in “the little yellow house”. She and her husband, Dr. Randy Basinger (who is a veterinary surgeon here in Columbia) have two children, Will and Carly, and share their home with two dogs, three cats, two birds, and one rat. Dr. Burpee enjoys watersports, tennis, traveling, and reading. She is a member of many professional and community organizations. She retired in June 2012, but will continue to do relief work in our hospital as she begins this new chapter of her life.

Our Staff

DeeDee Ashley

DeeDee Ashley joined us in October of 2002. Dee Dee has always had a passion for animals. She currently owns Belle, a Labrador Retriever. She has two daughters: Erica is in the USGC and Makenzie graduated from USC and is working in the Charleston area. Dee Dee and her husband live in Chapin and are members of Chapin Baptist Church. After nineteen years in banking, DeeDee is thoroughly enjoying her new career. She also enjoys photography, traveling, dancing, going to the beach, and spending time with her friends and family.

Carrie Popa

Carrie is the head of our reception department and has been with the hospital since July of 2005. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2003 with a degree in Zoology and a specialization in Animal Behavior and Neuroscience. Carrie and her husband, Chris, have two sons, Bennett and Banks. They have a dachshund mix, Penny; a Jack Russel, Piper; and toe cats, Olive and Callahan. Carrie enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.


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!

Bethany Hobbs

Bethany joined the DFAH team in April 2012. Born and raised in South Carolina, she grew up in Chapin and currenly lives in Irmo with her husband, Steve. 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, Ace and Angus, and two dogs, Dutchess and Lucy. Bethany and her husband have one daughter, Amelia.

Holly Crowe

Holly is our wonderful Kennel Manager. She and her son live in Irmo, and they share their home with 2 very lucky cats. She is a “jack of all trades,” and you may find her smiling face greeting you in reception if she is not busy keeping our kennel top notch!

Susan Sansbury

Susan joined in March 2013. 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 two cats: Jinx and Cheeto. A lover of all sports and NASCAR, she is a die-hard Wolverine, Red Wings, and Tigers fan! In her spare time, she enjoys photography and boating.

Chelsea Jones

Chelsea joined the DFAH team mid 2017. She hails from Cayce, SC and attended Brookland Cayce High School. She can be seen helping in reception with phone calls, check-in and check-out. Chelsea shares her home with her lab mix, Blue and her “vicious” chihuahua mix, Sid. She enjoys reading, socializing, and catching up on the latest trash T.V, and looks forward to helping as best she can.

Erika Stanley

Erika is originally from Irmo but enjoys living in Chapin. She is a certified Veterinary Assistant and is currently taking online classes to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has been in the veterinary field for a little over two years and has always wanted to work with animals since she was a little girl. She used to foster kittens for Pawmetto Lifeline and occasionally pet-sit for friends and family.  She has recently become more interested in canine obedience training. At home, she is owned by my her tabby, Camo, and my two miniature Dachshunds, Jewel and Keiser (Jewel’s son), and they are her world. She looks forward to meeting you and your fur babies!

Kayla Hogg, LVT

Kayla is our Head Veterinary Technician. She joined the DFAH family in November 2007 after working at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. She earned an A.S. in Science from Midlands Technical College and an A.S. in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. She has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since August 2014. She plans on returning to University and continuing on to Vet School. When she’s not working, Kayla enjoys baking, reading, DIY projects, and relaxing with her boyfriend. She shares her home in Lexington with two German Shepherds, Axel and Reiner, two cats, and three ferrets.

Patricia Kenney

Patricia, or Trish, started working at DFAH in February 2015. She has a vast amount of experience in surgery from working at South Carolina Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center. She has been in the veterinary field for many years and hopes to continue her journey here at DFAH! You can see her working appointments, so be sure to say hello! She can’t wait to meet you and your four-legged friends!

Melissa Danielsen, LVT

Melissia lives in Newberry, SC and graduated from Piedmont Technical College in May of 2015 with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology. She completed two internships at DFAH while in the program and fell in love with everyone here. She became a Liscensed Veterinary Technician In July 2015. She enjoys reading, being out on the water, and spending time with my family, boyfriend, and friends. She has five pets: a mixed breed dog named Tober and four cats named Copper, Ms. Belle, Clegg, and Lilly. She is excited to get to know all of our clients and their fur babies!

Lisa Perryman, LVT

Lisa joined the DFAH family in September 2014. She is currently a student at Piedmont Technical College in the Vet Tech Program and is excited about her future. She loves animals and wants nothing more than to help them. She has three dogs, Jaden (Pit-mix, Bruttus (Pit Bull, and Dixie (Pit Bull). In August 2016, Lisa passed her boards and became a Liscensed Veterinary Technician!

Tara Davis

Tara has always had a love for all animals big and small! She was raised in Charleston, SC where she grew up riding horses and in 2012 she started working as a Veterinary Assistant at Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. Despite her love for Veterinary Emergency, she moved to Columbia, SC and began working at a small general practice animal clinic. Now life as brought her to Dutch Fork and she is very excited to take care of your furry family members while she studies to become a licensed Veterinary Technician. She has a beautiful German Shepherd Dog, Sassy, a sweet little mixed-breed named Pollock, and a spoiled kitten named Pip Squeak (“Pipa” for short). In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, singing, and she loves to draw.

Terri Daniels

Terri joined DFAH in Feburary 2015. Her life long passion for dogs finally led her away from working 29 years in the retail customer service field. She is a graduate of USC where she earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She has been married to her husband, and best friend, Tim for the past 23 years. They live in West Columbia with seven small dogs (Enzo, Reeses, Boston, Dargo, Roo, Sweet Pea, and Tucker) and three birds (P.J., Moses, and Chance). She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and playing with her dogs during her downtime.

Gena Bush

Gena joined the DFAH team in the summer of 2015. She and her husband of 20 years have two children and two furry kids. They are a military and law enforcement family that have lived in the upstate of South Carolina for the majority of their lives. They have recently moved to this area. While she is new to Dutch Fork, she has been working with animals for 16 years! She has a special interest in senior pets and their care as they age as well as orthopedics. In what little free time she has, she enjoys reading, playing on the lake with the family and drawing. She enjoys learning new things about this profession every day and is excited about where veterinary medicine is headed.

Tiffany Holiday

Tiffany became part of the DFAH team in May 2016 shortly after completing her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Charleston Southern University. She says that her “passion in life is helping or speaking for the creatures that cannot do it for themselves.” In the future, Tiffany plans to become a Veterinarian or Wildlife Biologist so she can continue to work in the field she feels she was born to be in! Tiffany always has a smile on her face and is looking forward to continuing to work with all of us at Dutch Fork Animal Hospital. In her mind, laugher is the best medicine so be sure to have some fun when you meet her!

Kyle Willimson

Kyle joined the DFAH team in Fall 2016 and hails from the Irmo area. He’s been a Veterianary Technician for over 9 years and brings with him a wealth of variety and knowledge. Kyle and his wife, Alexis, are having a wonderful time raising their son Benjamin and two fur children Zoe and Brandy! Kyle is always up for a good laugh and looks forward to meeting you here and helping you with any of your pet’s needs!

Grayson Johnson

Grayson is a newer addition to the DFAH family and can be seen helping in kennel and with Tech appointments. Originally from Jackson, TN, he now lives in Chapin, SC and attends Newberry college where he is working on his nursing major. Grayson enjoys football, hiking, and keeping up with the best of Netflix. He is the proud owner of one little rascal of a fur puppy!

Madison Clarkson

Madison joined the DFAH family in March 2016. She is a senior at Spring Hill High School and a student in the Veterinary Science program at the Center. You can see her smiling face helping in kennel and assisting with Tech Appointments. Madison loves to dance, participate inpadgeants, and pet sit in her free time. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and 9 pets (4 cats and 3 dogs): Whiskers, Lucky, Buddy, Bird the Cat, Sunny, Maggie, Sassy, Roxy, and Moose!

Baron Harwell

Baron joined the DFAH family in early 2017 and can be seen helping with kennel duties and in Tech appointments. He attended Brookland Cayce High School in Cayce, SC and has since found his way to Irmo, SC. Baron is the proud owner of a gray tabby cat named Janga and his energetic Austrailian Shepard, Nova. Baron been a wonderful addition to our team and looks forward to helping your pets have the best experiences they can.