Dr. Randy

Veterinarian

Dr. Randy’s veterinary career began at the ripe old age of six, when he was fishing with his grandparents. Stepping out of the boat, he caught a six-inch garter snake, which triggered an insatiable appetite for reptile knowledge. This aspiring Dr. Doolittle continued to learn about all types of animals, and he packed the family home with hundreds of pets while growing up. Working in veterinary medicine since age 16 has given Dr. Randy a wealth of wonderful experiences!

After Dr. Randy graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, he moved to Conway, South Carolina to enter a new phase of his life. He purchased Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center in 1985, and has remained the practice’s sole veterinarian since then. Dr. Randy has enjoyed building relationships with hundreds of patients and their pet parents over the years.

Since Dr. Randy thrives on solving complex problems, he especially enjoys his patients’ internal medicine puzzles, and also likes the always-challenging nature of surgery. He derives a great sense of purpose from keeping his patients healthy, which in turn improves the pets’ and owners’ quality of life.

Dr. Randy and his wife have seven children, each of whom has chosen a distinctive professional path. Although all the kids love animals, Dr. Randy’s daughter Sarah has acquired her own menagerie, and is considering an animal care career for herself. A high-energy German shepherd, chihuahua, and Yorkshire terrier round out this fast-paced household.

In his spare time, Dr. Randy loves to SCUBA dive, and has been an active Boy Scout leader for 14 years. He especially remembers a mountain rappelling experience on one of his troop’s outings. Finally, Dr. Randy’s dogs provide endless entertainment. His German shepherd loves to dance in the toilet, his chihuahua swings from the shepherd’s tail, and the family Yorkie loves to root through cat feces. There’s truly never a dull moment in Dr. Randy’s household, as his creative canines always keep him guessing.

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LaShay Miller

Receptionist

LaShay has owned pets ever since she was a little girl, and still cares for her own animal companions to this day. The true value of our four-legged friends is not lost on her! LaShay has always wanted to give the same care to others’ pets that she would want for her own—here at Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center, she gets to do just that.

LaShay is originally from Loris, South Carolina, and joined the Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center family in the summer of 2017 as a front-desk receptionist. Her favorite part of every shift is getting to greet the wide variety of animal personalities that visit the clinic, and she loves being part of a compassionate, talented care team and working to ultimately better the lives of the community’s families.

At home, LaShay and her husband have three young sons and also share their lives with Remi the Blue Heeler, a cat named Bella, a donkey, and several horses and mules. In her free time, she loves to go horseback riding with her family and stay active by playing her favorite sports.

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Chris Biernesser

Licensed Veterinary Technician

As a young teenager, Chris adored horses and even worked at a large equestrian farm on the weekends. Mucking the stalls, loading hay bales, and feeding and grooming the horses gave her a longstanding respect and compassion for animals, and she always knew that a career in veterinary care would be a great fit. She’s proud to help the area’s pets and animal owners as a Licensed Veterinary Technician!

Chris is originally from Waldorf, Maryland and began her veterinary journey at Lehigh Community College in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, where she obtained her Veterinary Technician’s license. She completed an externship at a nearby veterinary clinic and began her private-practice career immediately afterward. Chris has been a veterinary professional ever since, and was excited to recently join the compassionate and talented team here at Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center. She’s especially fond of parasitology work and getting to examine samples under the microscope.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys traveling, spending as much quality time with her young granddaughter as she possibly can, and spoiling her own pets at home. She lives with a cuddle-loving Fox terrier named Simon, as well as two rescued cats who go by Willow and Isabella.

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Kimberly Page

Veterinary Nurse

Kimberly has been caring for animals for as long as she can remember—as a little girl, she would nurse her family pets back to health whenever they got sick. For her, nothing is more rewarding than being able to make a difference in the life of a pet! Kimberly is one of Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center’s Veterinary Nurses.

Originally from Conway, South Carolina, Kimberly began her veterinary journey when she was in her twenties. She had worked for Dr. Randy previously, but moved to Hawaii after marrying her husband. When Kimberly’s husband retired after 20 years of service in the United States Army, the couple moved back to this area and Kimberly happily joined up with Dr. Randy once more. She’s been here ever since, and has a particular passion for educating pet owners on the best possible care techniques for their animal companions.

At home, Kimberly lives with her husband and their two children, Madison and Mackenzie. The family shares their lives with what Kimberly likes to call her own Discovery Channel in the backyard—they have multiple chickens, a duck named Squishy, and two horses. Kimberly and her family also own a pair of loveable dogs named Trouble and Xena and two cats who go by Lily and Jack.

When she’s not spending quality time with her family or tending to the needs of animals here at the hospital, Kimberly can be found cooking, gardening, riding her horses, and getting muddy on her four-wheeler.

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Helen Schreiber

Client Care Specialist

Although Helen has enjoyed the company of pets ever since she was young, she never imagined she would wind up working in the veterinary industry. When she moved to this area from New Jersey, she decided to try a change of pace—that’s when Helen joined the Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center team! Now, she’s proud to serve the area’s animal companions daily as a Client Care Specialist.

Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Helen served patients in the ophthalmology field for 25 wonderful years before relocating to South Carolina. She couldn’t be happier to spend time around animals while making a true difference in the community—Helen particularly enjoys greeting pet owners and their companions at the front desk, and she’s also fond of getting her hands dirty by helping nurses in the exam rooms.

When she isn’t at work, Helen enjoys knitting and crocheting, remaining active in her church’s musical groups (she even directs the children’s bell choir!), and spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, and pets. She has two loveable and spoiled dogs: Sandy, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and a miniature Doberman named Spike.

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Melissa Harrelson

Receptionist

For as long as she can remember, Melissa has wanted to help others in whatever way she could. She’s also been passionate about animals, and especially the way that pets become members of the family, ever since childhood. What better way for Melissa to make a difference in her community while simultaneously bettering the lives of animals than by working in a veterinarian’s office?

A South Carolina native, Melissa spent many years in the human healthcare field before deciding to delve into the world of veterinary medicine. She and her husband were clients of Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center before Melissa became an employee—when she heard about an open position, she jumped at her chance! She’s been a member of the hospital family since June of 2017 and serves the pet owners of the area as a front-desk receptionist.

Around the clinic, Melissa enjoys problem-solving and passing on her knowledge to pet parents whenever she can. Her favorite part of the job is hearing wonderful success stories about patients, and she loves to develop lasting one-on-one relationships with clients and their furry friends.

Most of Melissa’s free time away from work is spent with her family. She has three wonderful children and also shares her life with two dogs, Roscoe and Scooter, as well as two kittens.

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Joanne Churchill

Kennel Technician

Joanne’s experiences with her own dogs led her to a career in the veterinary world. After attending a series of puppy classes with one of her newly adopted companions, she became interested in training and behavior, which inspired her to pursue things a step further. Joanne enrolled in online training and veterinary assistant courses; it wasn’t long before she decided to look for a job in an animal hospital!

Joanne hails from the New England region originally, and made the decision to pursue animal care upon moving to South Carolina. When she brought one of her own dogs here to Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center to address a dental concern, she wound up submitting an application for employment! Now, Joanne is proud to work with the clinic’s visiting pets in the kennels.

Aside from her interests in the world of animal care, Joanne is an avid photographer—she even worked as a professional pet photographer for a time!—and also enjoys painting. She and her husband have a daughter who lives in Pennsylvania and a son who resides in Rochester, New York. At home, the couple shares their lives with three Shiba Inus: Kona, Kiko, and Kaia.

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Gabrielle Cozart

Kennel Technician, Technician's Assistant

Gabrielle has enjoyed the company of animals ever since she was a little girl, and was almost never found without a dog while growing up. For her, animal care is simply a natural part of life! As a Kennel Technician and Technician’s Assistant here at the clinic, she gets to better pets’ lives every single day.

Gabrielle first joined the Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center family when she was only 14 years old and took a summer positon in the kennel. She was recently asked to rejoin the team, and couldn’t be happier! In addition to her animal-care duties, Gabrielle is currently using her technology expertise to turn the hospital paperless; this will help the clinic to provide the most top-quality, wrinkle-free brand of veterinary medicine possible to the area’s pet owners.

Outside of work, Gabrielle is passionate about computer science and programming, and hopes to one day work for a firm in Silicon Valley. She also enjoys spending time with her own pets at home. Gabrielle shares her life with Bluzs, an incredibly smart German shepherd; a Chihuahua puppy named Jaz; and Ellie the oddball Yorkie.

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Kelly Marrello

Veterinary Assistant

Kelly remembers helping her brother with his dogs and horses while growing up in central New York, even assisting with the delivery of puppies on occasion. Her early experiences caring for animals made a lasting impression—she knew that she would love to tend to pets’ needs as a veterinary professional!

Kelly first worked in an animal hospital in her home state of New York, learning the ropes of the profession and gaining hands-on pet-care experience with the practice for two years. After taking some time off to raise her daughter, she ventured into other career paths for a time and gained crucial customer-service skills. Kelly and her family relocated to South Carolina a number of years ago, and she was happy to join the Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center team in the spring of 2017 as a Veterinary Assistant.

Kelly has a wonderful daughter and son, and shares her home with one pet: Max, a tiny Chihuahua who is the world’s best snuggle-buddy.

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Andrea Belligner

Veterinary Technician

Andrea grew up in upstate New York, where she became a lifelong animal-lover at a young age. She recalls finding injured or sick creatures and begging her local veterinarian to help them—her passion hasn’t wavered since. Andrea has now been a Veterinary Technician for over 12 years, and is proud to help the pets and animal parents of Conway as a member of Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center’s care team!

Andrea was still in high school when she first began interning at a local veterinary clinic. Next, she began training as a Veterinary Technician at an emergency hospital before transitioning into day practice at another facility, where she gained hands-on experience working with exotic patients. Andrea recently moved to Conway and was thrilled to join the Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center family in the summer of 2017; she has particular interests in client education and behavioral counseling.

When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital, Andrea enjoys scuba diving—she became scuba-certified to fight her fear of the deep water!—and spending time with her own animal companions at home. She lives with a 90-pound Boxer, Baxter, who likes to think he’s a lapdog; two cats who go by Xena and Tancat; and a pair of birds named Cayenne and Lucky who love to demand Andrea’s attention at all times.

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