Dr. Lu Olson
Medical Director, Veterinarian
About Dr. Olson
Throughout her career, Dr. Olson’s expertise and dedication have made a lasting impact on the lives of countless pets and their owners. She has a diverse range of experience, providing compassionate care not only to dogs and cats but also to exotic pets, including birds, reptiles, and small mammals. Her areas of interest encompass soft-tissue surgery, preventative care, exotic pet care, and canine reproductive services, reflecting her unwavering commitment to comprehensive veterinary medicine.
In addition to her clinical prowess, Dr. Olson possesses a deep appreciation for the multifaceted nature of veterinary practice. Recognizing the importance of leadership and well-being in the industry, she assumed the role of Medical Director in 2019. With a keen focus on the challenges faced by veterinary professionals (lack of experience in leadership, mental health issues, prioritizing work-life balance, etc.), she strives to create an environment that fosters growth, support, and overall well-being for her associate veterinarians and colleagues.
Outside of her thriving veterinary career, Dr. Olson finds joy and fulfillment in her family life. She shares a beautiful journey with her loving husband, Matt, whom she has been with since their high school days. Their bond was sealed in 2015 through marriage, and their family expanded with the adoption of their wonderful daughter, whose vibrant spirit brings light and laughter to their home. Together, they embark on exciting adventures and create cherished memories.
Dr. Olson’s zest for life extends beyond the clinic and family, encompassing her love for exploration and knowledge. She embraces travel as a way to experience new cultures and broaden her horizons. As an avid reader, she immerses herself in literature, constantly seeking inspiration and personal growth. Moreover, she indulges in her passion for tortoises, caring for and nurturing four of these fascinating creatures that have found a forever home with her.
Sharing a common love for adventure, Dr. Olson, like her esteemed practice manager, Amanda, proudly identifies as a Jeep girl. Whenever an opportunity arises, she eagerly takes her reliable Wrangler off the beaten path, seeking the thrill of discovery and the joy of outdoor exploration.
With her remarkable veterinary expertise, compassionate care, and commitment to professional development, Dr. Lu Olson stands as a true exemplar of the veterinary profession. Her unwavering dedication to the well-being of her patients, the growth of her team, and the advancement of veterinary medicine make her an invaluable asset to Animal Care of Greenville and a beacon of inspiration to fellow professionals in the field.
Dr. Brianna Whiting (Proietto)
About Dr. Whiting
With nearly six years of experience in the field, donning her white coat, Dr. Whiting has developed a passion for soft tissue surgery. But it’s not just her skills in the operating room that make her stand out. As a lifelong learner, Dr. Whiting is constantly honing her skills, not only in surgery but in internal medicine and diagnostic imaging, with a special focus on the wonders of ultrasound.
What motivates her in her work? Witnessing successful cases, as well as her patients’ improved quality of life, tops the list. But that’s not all – she thrives in the presence of a positive and encouraging team and cherishes the satisfaction of having amazing, happy clients. And let’s not forget her love for pitties and doodles – she just can’t get enough of their charming personalities!
When she’s not busy saving the day at work, you’ll find Dr. Whiting building and creating all sorts of things in her woodworking shop or spending time being active. And did you know she’s a marine biology enthusiast at heart? Outside of her professional interests, Dr. Whiting holds a deep fascination for the ocean and its mesmerizing sea life. In an alternate universe, she would have pursued a career as a marine biologist to explore the secrets hidden beneath the waves.
But that’s not all – family is also an integral part of Dr. Whiting’s life. She is the proud wife of Dr. Shane Proietto (he works at our sister clinic, Winterville Animal Care) and a loving mom to their two beautiful children. Maybe we’ve got two more AMAZING veterinarians in the making? Only time can tell!
If she could have any superpower, it would be the ability to fly, so she could travel the world with ease – but if we’re being honest, she’s already a superhero in our eyes.
As Dr. Whiting’s favorite quote goes, “It’s not about what you look at that matters; it’s about what you see.” And what we see is an incredible vet who’s making a difference in the world, one patient at a time.
Dr. Nick Wells
About Dr. Wells
At the heart of Dr. Wells’ professional fulfillment lies the extraordinary team at Animal Care of Greenville. From visionary leaders to compassionate colleagues, this united force exudes steadfast support, a thirst for knowledge, and a deep commitment to lending a helping hand. Dr. Wells finds profound joy in aiding animals on their healing journey, easing their ailments, and imparting knowledge through engaging educational experiences. Fueling his daily motivation is an insatiable desire to expand his expertise, assist more animals, impart valuable teachings, and inject a sense of fun into every endeavor.
Driven by an unwavering curiosity, Dr. Wells delves into a diverse range of veterinary interests, including soft-tissue surgery, dentistry, internal medicine, cardiology, and the captivating world of diagnostic imaging—specifically ultrasound technology. With each case, he strives for excellence, ensuring optimal care and unparalleled dedication to his patients.
Beyond the clinic walls, you’ll find Dr. Wells immersing himself in a symphony of hobbies. Whether skillfully maneuvering his 40-acre farm/equestrian center atop a trusty mower, crafting works of art through woodworking, perfecting his golf swing, or reveling in the precious moments shared with his loving wife and three spirited boys, Dr. Wells embraces life with a zestful spirit.
When it comes to culinary delights, Dr. Wells finds sheer delight in the irresistible combination of pizzas and tacos. A culinary explorer, he welcomes any addition but is particularly won over by the fiery touch of extra jalapenos, igniting his taste buds with fiery delight.
Dr. Nick Wells is an extraordinary veterinarian, teacher, andfamily mann. His favorite quote may be “extraordinarily mediocre,” but he is anything but. With his boundless passion, unwavering dedication, and infectious enthusiasm, he has become an invaluable asset to Animal Care of Greenville. Prepare to be amazed by his exceptional skills, genuine care for animals, and indomitable spirit that continues to inspire all who have the privilege of working alongside him. Schedule your appointment today and prepare to be wowed by his amazing skills and contagious enthusiasm!
Dr. Inken Van Cura
About Dr. Van Cura
Dr. Van Cura’s dedication to her job extends beyond the clinic walls. She finds immense joy in educating clients and empowering them to actively contribute to their pets’ well-being. By sharing her knowledge and expertise, she helps pet owners understand the importance of their role in fostering healthier lives for their beloved companions. Dr. Van Cura is particularly fond of the cheerful demeanor of the “happy babies” that visit the clinic, and she strives to create a lifelong positive experience for each patient during their veterinary visits.
With a special interest in soft-tissue surgery, wound management, and preventative medicine, Dr. Van Cura demonstrates her commitment to providing comprehensive care to her patients. Her problem-solving skills shine as she tackles medical cases, consistently motivated to find effective solutions and improve the lives of the animals she treats.
Outside of her veterinary pursuits, Dr. Van Cura finds solace and inspiration in various hobbies. She is an avid reader who appreciates the power of a good book to transport her to different worlds. Gardening allows her to connect with nature and witness the beauty of life unfolding. Exploring the woods alongside her loyal companion, Piper, brings her tranquility and a sense of adventure. As a connoisseur of French cuisine, she delights in savoring the flavors and artistry of this culinary tradition.
Beyond her professional and personal achievements, Dr. Van Cura possesses a unique and worldly background. She holds an art degree and proudly embraces her three citizenships. Having embarked on a remarkable journey that took her around the globe for two and a half months, she cherishes the experiences and perspectives gained from different cultures and landscapes.
Dr. Van Cura’s favorite quote, “This too shall pass,” reflects her unwavering optimism and resilience in the face of challenges. Her unwavering dedication, vast knowledge, and compassionate approach make her an invaluable asset to Animal Care of Greenville. If you seek a veterinarian who prioritizes exceptional care, comprehensive education, and a lifelong positive impact on your pet’s well-being, look no further than Dr. Inken Van Cura.
At the core of Amanda’s work lies her unwavering commitment to the client experience. She finds immense joy in every aspect of her role at Animal Care of Greenville, from the incredible patients and clients to the dynamic and unpredictable nature of each day. However, it is the team and the remarkable culture they have built that truly sets this hospital apart. Recognizing the prevailing mental health challenges in the veterinary industry, Amanda is wholeheartedly devoted to fostering the best workplace culture possible for her team. She firmly believes that a happy, healthy, and thriving hospital leads to exceptional patient care and client experiences.
The ever-changing nature of veterinary work brings Amanda immense joy. While she cherishes every encounter with dogs and cats, her enthusiasm reaches new heights when caring for exotics. At home, Amanda shares her life with a lively menagerie, including ball pythons, a crested gecko, and a beloved feline companion. Her thirst for knowledge in veterinary medicine and leadership is insatiable, and she continually seeks to expand her expertise.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Amanda finds solace and joy in spending quality time with her beloved family. She and her husband, Tay, have been inseparable since high school, and their love story continues to blossom after a decade of marriage. Together, they raise two amazing children—a teenage daughter who keeps Amanda on her toes and a sweet 10-year-old boy who fills their lives with joy.
As an ocean enthusiast with cultural roots spreading to the tiny islands of Micronesia, the beach holds a special place in Amanda’s heart, and she relishes the opportunity to combine her love for the shore with her skillful fishing abilities. Cruising along sandy shores in her Jeep Wrangler is a cherished pastime, and she eagerly looks for opportunities to embark on thrilling joyrides alongside Dr. Olson, adding an extra touch of adventure. She also has a love for dance that runs deep within her soul, and she often envisions herself opening her own dance studio if her path had taken a different turn. She’s a self-proclaimed Disney movie aficionado, can almost completely follow a receipt, and is always ready for a game night with family and friends.
Amanda’s infectious energy, unwavering dedication, and commitment to creating a thriving work environment make her a truly exceptional practice manager. With her magnetic personality and zest for life, she inspires both her team and clients alike. Get ready to witness Amanda’s magic as she continues to make a profound impact in the veterinary world.
Associate Practice Manager
But Mara isn’t just a master of medicine – she’s also an animal mom, world traveler, roller skating pro, and avid reader. Whether she’s exploring exotic destinations, gliding around on her skates, or losing herself in a captivating book, Mara is always on the move, eager to soak up everything life has to offer.
Despite her busy schedule, Mara always makes time to connect with her patients, clients, and co-workers, cherishing the unique interactions that make every day in the vet clinic a new and exciting experience. And as she continues to learn and grow in her role, she’s constantly striving to be the best she can be in order to better serve the pets and people she cares for.
When she’s not saving the world one paw at a time, Mara can often be found enjoying her favorite food – sushi! And if she could have any superpower, she’d choose the ability to fly, so she could travel even more easily and continue to explore the world.
At the end of the day, Mara’s true superpower is her kind and compassionate heart. As she lives by the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald – “To be kind is more important than to be right” – she continues to inspire and uplift everyone around her, making the world a better place with every step she takes.
Registered Veterinary Technician & Lead
Karen has a keen eye for detail and enjoys the daily challenge of encountering different situations, making her an invaluable asset to the veterinary team. She takes pride in working alongside her medical director, Dr. Olson, and enjoys learning about the nuances of animal medicine every day.
Aside from her love of veterinary medicine, Karen enjoys spending time with her family and pursuing her hobbies. She is an avid reader, movie buff, and skilled hunter. Her favorite restaurant is Logan’s, where she can enjoy a delicious meal after a long day at work. If she could have any superpower, it would be transported to ensure she is always punctual and ready to tackle the day’s challenges.
With her positive attitude, strong work ethic, and wealth of knowledge in the veterinary field, Karen is an integral part of Animal Care of Greenville, and we are reminded every day of how lucky we are to have her!
Registered Veterinary Technician & Lead
Meet Melinda, a dedicated and experienced Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) with a passion for animals that spans over two decades. She has been a valuable member of the Animal Care of Greenville team since September 2021, where she provides exceptional inpatient nursing care and loves nothing more than snuggling with adorable puppies and kittens.
Melinda has a special connection with cats, her favorite animal to work with. She has honed her skills in handling these sharp-edged, liquid-like creatures and feels an immense sense of accomplishment when she wins their trust and affection.
As someone who truly loves every aspect of her job, Melinda is always motivated to give her best and continually improve herself. She is currently working towards obtaining her VTS in behavior, a testament to her commitment to excellence in the field. In addition to her clinical work, Melinda is also an excellent trainer and assists in training veterinary assistants. Her colleagues admire her patience and communication skills, and she is known for her ability to convey complex concepts in an easy-to-understand manner.
When not at work, Melinda spends her time with her husband, Jerry, and their pets. She loves baking (gluten-free, please!) and has an insatiable thirst for knowledge – you can always catch her reading or studying up on something veterinary-related. Did we mention she’s a wiz with an Excel spreadsheet?!
She lives by the philosophy, “If you can do no good, at least do no harm,” a testament to her ethical and compassionate approach to animal care. With her dedication, experience, and expertise, Melinda is a valuable asset to the Animal Care of Greenville team and a true inspiration to her colleagues.
As a veterinary assistant, Ashly has been involved in a wide range of procedures, from administering vaccines to assisting with dental procedures and even drawing blood. She loves learning new things and is always eager to take on new challenges.
What motivates Ashly in her work? The animals need her help, of course, but also her practice manager, Amanda, and medical director, Dr. Olson, who gave her the opportunity to work in this amazing field. And let’s not forget about her co-workers, who are always there to lend a helping hand and share their knowledge.
Outside of work, Ashly enjoys painting, scrapbooking, and reading. She’s a lover of Indian food and is always on the lookout for new recipes to try. If she had a superpower, she’d want to read minds so she could better understand what people are thinking and feeling.
One of Ashly’s favorite quotes is, “If you think you can or can’t, you are probably right,” and it’s clear that she approaches her work with a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn and grow. She looks up to the RVTs and other veterinary assistants on the team and is excited to continue learning from them.
Overall, Ashly is a valued member of the Animal Care of Greenville team and a true asset to the veterinary industry. Her passion for helping animals, dedication to learning, and positive attitude make her an amazing veterinary assistant and colleague.
She is motivated by her love for animals, and it shows in her interactions with patients and clients alike. She takes pride in running appointments, educating clients about their pets’ health, and assisting in the care of all animals that come through the practice’s doors.
Alex’s passion for animal behavior and medicine is evident in her drive to continually learn and improve. She is always seeking to expand her knowledge and skills to provide the best possible care for her patients.
When not at work, Alex enjoys spending time with her family and is a self-proclaimed Pokémon nerd. She shares a birthday with Robert Smith and loves sushi. Her favorite quote is, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
Overall, Alex is a compassionate and skilled veterinary assistant, committed to providing exceptional care to all animals in her car,e and we are lucky to have her on our team!
But Roxanne’s dedication to her work doesn’t stop with just the animals. She is equally committed to educating clients about their pets’ health and wellness, ensuring they have all the information they need to give their pets the best possible care.
When Roxanne isn’t caring for animals, you can find her exploring the world and soaking up history at museums. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch her riding horses like a true equestrian!
But don’t be fooled by her love for all things furry and cultural – Roxanne has a secret superpower. She’s a lottery-predicting genius! Maybe one day, she’ll share her secrets with us, but until then, we’ll just have to rely on her expertise in all things pets.
As someone who believes in looking for the good in people, Roxanne is an invaluable asset to the Animal Care of Greenville team. We’re lucky to have her!
As one of our dedicated veterinary assistants, he enjoys being part of a team that genuinely cares about their furry, feathered, and scaly patients. Whether working with cats, huskies, ferrets, or reptiles, he loves the opportunity to learn and expand his skillset. From taking x-rays to using the therapy laser, he is always eager to learn something new.
But his interests don’t stop at animal care. He also loves spending time outdoors, exploring nature trails, drawing, singing, and dancing (sometimes solo!). When it comes to food, nothing beats a trip to Taco Bell. And if he could have any superpower, he would choose invulnerability and immortality so he could experience everything life has to offer.
With a passion for recycling and a childhood dream of becoming Steve Irwin, Tarbh brings a unique perspective to the Animal Care of Greenville team. But what really sets Tarbh apart is his strong work ethic and dedication to kindness. He believes in treating everyone with respect and empathy, whether they’re having their best or worst day. As he likes to say, “If you can be anything, be kind.”
Veterinary Assistant & Groomer
From cuddly kittens to playful puppies, Ashley works with all types of animals – except for snakes and birds, which she admits are not her favorites. But even when she’s dealing with the most challenging cases, Ashley always rises to the occasion and finds a way to help.
Compliments and praise may not be her favorite, but they undoubtedly serve as Ashley’s ultimate motivation at work. Being acknowledged for her exceptional skills and dedication fuels her passion and inspires her to go above and beyond for the animals she cares for.
When she’s not busy with furry friends, Ashley enjoys being a mom and having fun with her hair. She’s never afraid to switch up her look with a bold new color, and she loves trying out different styles.
And if Ashley could have any superpower, it would be invisibility – just imagine all the animal shenanigans she could witness!
In the words of Ricky Bobby, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” And Ashley always strives to be the best, both in her career and in her personal life. With her passion for animals and her never-ending curiosity, Ashley is truly one-of-a-kind.
Veterinary Assistant & Customer Service Representative
With a passion for helping and advocating for animals, Teresa brings her warm and caring personality to every interaction she has with our patients and clients. She loves working with all types of animals, except for snakes, which give her the creeps – don’t worry, we’re trying to win her over.
One of Teresa’s favorite things about her job is the amazing team she works with. She enjoys collaborating with her colleagues to provide the best care possible for our furry, scaled, and feathered friends.
As a lifelong learner, Teresa is highly motivated by the opportunity to acquire more knowledge. She approaches every day as a chance to expand her skills and understanding of animal care.
When she’s not at work, you can find Teresa reading a good book or exploring the great outdoors with her sweet puppy, Maya. And did we mention that she’s bilingual? Teresa speaks Spanish fluently and is always happy to assist our Spanish-speaking clients.
If Teresa could have any superpower, she would choose the ability to control things with her mind. With her caring spirit and love for animals, we think she already has superpowers. Thank you, Teresa, for all that you do for Animal Care of Greenville!
Veterinary Assistant & Customer Service Representative
Kelly’s skills are vast, ranging from drawing blood to lab work and placing IV catheters. She is always eager to learn and take on new challenges. Her positive attitude and ability to keep busy are a true asset to the clinic. Kelly finds motivation in knowing that she has made a positive impact on the clinic’s daily operations.
Outside of work, Kelly enjoys spending time with her tortoises (just a few critters from her menagerie), honing her photography skills, and indulging in her passion for cooking. She aspires to be a professional chef one day and has her sights set on appearing on the Food Network.
She’s a sucker for seafood and sushi, but her love for them is only surpassed by her love for her favorite restaurants, Shogun and Japan Inn (Don’t let her fool you…they both serve seafood and sushi!). If she could have any superpower, she would want to be able to talk to animals and see what they are thinking.
Kelly’s favorite quote, “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard,” by Winnie the Pooh, speaks to her kind and empathetic nature. Her dedication to the veterinary industry and the animals she cares for is truly remarkable, and she is a valuable asset to the Animal Care of Greenville team.
Veterinary Assistant & Customer Service Representative
Anna has a deep love and appreciation for all creatures, great and small, but her favorite animals to work with are dogs and lizards. Her enthusiasm for her work is evident in her ability to connect with clients and educate them about their pets’ health and well-being.
Anna’s dedication to her patient’s health and happiness is a constant source of motivation for her. She takes great pride in seeing her patients leave the hospital healthy and happy, and she is always eager to learn new things from her colleagues and veterinarians.
One of the many interesting facts Anna has learned in her time in the veterinary field is that giraffes are the only mammals born with their horns. She is always eager to share her knowledge with others and to learn from those around her.
Outside of work, Anna enjoys spending time outdoors, whether it’s camping, gardening, hiking, or hitting the gym. She is a sushi enthusiast and dreams of one day having a pet Tegu. Anna lives by the motto, “Your current situation is not your final destination.”
One thing that Anna says would make her job even more rewarding would be the ability to communicate with animals. She believes that being able to talk to her patients would make it so much easier to provide them with the care and attention they need. Her unwavering dedication to her patients, her love of learning, and her enthusiasm for life are sure to take her far in her career and in all aspects of her life. We are so thankful that she is a part of our ACG team.
Lead Customer Service Representative
As a CSR, Kellen takes pride in educating our clients on their pet’s health and ensuring their visits are stress-free. She has a soft spot for nervous animals and strives to make their experience as fear-free as possible. Her dedication to our patients and clients is unparalleled.
Kellen’s teammates are her motivators at work, and she is grateful for their uplifting spirit and support. Positive interactions with clients are also a significant source of motivation for her.
Outside of work, Kellen is a travel enthusiast who finds small day trips and historical places therapeutic. She also loves learning new things and attending concerts. Her favorite food is pasta, and she enjoys restaurants like Mi Cabana, Olive Garden, Chick Fil A, and Zaxby’s.
Aside from her passion for animals, Kellen is also a weather nerd, a twin, and a collector of shark teeth, shells, small oil lamps, and old postcards.
With her passion, dedication, and positive attitude, Kellen is an asset to the Animal Care of Greenville team, and we are grateful to have her onboard.
Customer Service Representative
Gini’s favorite part of her job is her morning routine, where she arrives early to decompress and greet her coworkers as they arrive. Her colleagues are her biggest motivator and provide the support she needs to tackle each day with enthusiasm and positivity.
When she’s not at Animal Care of Greenville, Gini can be found running her own small business, which she has worked hard to build and grow. Her passion for animals extends beyond her work, as she would love to have the superpower to talk to animals like Dr. Doolittle.
Gini’s work ethic is rooted in her favorite quote from Proverbs 31:13, which states that she works willingly with her hands. Her dedication, experience, and passion for animals make her an invaluable member of the Animal Care of Greenville team, and she is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of every animal she encounters.
Customer Service Representative
Recently, Adrianne has begun training as a Customer Service Representative (CSR), eager to expand her knowledge and skills. Her love for all animals, from the most common to the most exotic, makes her the perfect fit for the veterinary field. She has a unique ability to connect with every patient, recognizing that no two animals are the same.
Adrianne’s desire to help every animal she comes across is evident, and her ultimate goal is to become a veterinarian. She finds motivation in the work she does every day, knowing that she is making a difference in the lives of the patients she cares for while also working towards that goal.
Outside of work (and school), Adrianne cherishes spending time with her family, cuddling with her dog, kayaking, fishing, and enjoying Mexican food, particularly fajitas.
Although she may seem quiet when you first meet her, her teammates at Animal Care of Greenville appreciate her loving and caring nature. Adrianne’s favorite quote, “It’s never too late to be what you might’ve bee,n” by George Eliot, is a testament to her determination and dedication to her work. With her passion, hard work, and positive attitude, Adrianne is sure to make a lasting impact in the veterinary field.
Chief Morale Officer
Franklin is a true foodie and is always motivated by treats. He’s currently working towards his Canine Good Citizen certificate, showcasing his eagerness to learn and be the best doggo he can be. He doesn’t mind the presence of other animals and is always ready for playtime or just a leisurely nap in the sun.
As our official, unofficial mascot, Franklin is practically a member of our team. He gets paid in belly rubs and treats, and he’s always there to provide a comforting presence to our staff and clients alike. With his endearing personality and unwavering affection, Franklin is the absolute goodest boy, and we’re incredibly grateful to have him as part of our clinic family. Come visit us at Animal Care of Greenville and say hello to our beloved Franklin! Woof! 🐾😊