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Gwynn Hardee, DVM and his wife, Peggy
Doctor Gwynn Hardee grew up on a small farm in rural Horry County, not too far from where he currently resides. He was always around cattle, pigs, and dogs growing up. In fact, Gwynn considered his dogs his best friends and they went everywhere on the farm with him. While fishing, hunting, and playing, there was always a dog with him. Brownie, one of his dogs, was injured by a car, and his dad was not going to let Gwynn keep him. After Gwynn pleaded not to let Brownie suffer, his dad allowed him to stay in an old barn and after several weeks of nursing care, Brownie returned to his place by Gwynn running and playing on the farm. Although Gwynn loved animals he had never entertained the thought of becoming a veterinarian. He did well in school and gained admission to Clemson University with an interest of becoming a chemist. However, a professor’s interpretation of what chemistry was all about led Gwynn back to his farm roots and a major in Animal Science. Even though he saw students interviewing once each year to get into veterinary school, he still did not think about becoming a veterinarian. He graduated Clemson and moved to Atlanta and he found a job managing the local animal control unit. Horrified by disease, misery and the sheer number of unwanted pets he found there, he sought help from local veterinarians in giving him aid in handling the large population of unwanted pets the facility had to deal with. During the time he had to deal with diseased and hurting animals, and feeling like he had poor knowledge to help them, Gwynn became interested in veterinary medicine. A series of books by James Herriot, DVM, including All Creatures Great and Small, gave him a passion to apply and gain acceptance to the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine in 1975.
Gwynn is married to Peggy and they currently reside on a farm in the Loris and raise Quarter horses. Together, they have 9 Poodles, 1 Chinese Crested, 5 Russian Wolfhounds, 1 Scottish Deerhound, 1 Golden Retriever, 1 Chesapeake Bay Retriever, 1 Scottish Terrier, Tanner the Magnificent in the Loris office, and Boo Kitty the Terrible in the Conway office. He loves being a veterinarian because of the great joy it gives him when he is able to return a pet back to health, so that the owner and their pet can continue the wonderful relationship that we all have with our beloved four-legged children. Nothing is as loyal as our dogs, nothing as mysterious as our cats, and nothing as impressive as our horses.
Dr. Hardee has always had the desire to give to his clients’ peace of mind about the health and wellbeing of their pets. He aspires to help pets to live a longer, happier life which allows us to build relationships with their owners….all the more time to experience the joy of having a pet that loves Meadowlawn.
Ashley Carey, DVM
Dr. Carey grew up on a hay farm in Georgetown, SC. She developed a love for working with animals through having multiple pets and a passion for veterinary medicine through hands on experience at Clemson University. She worked at her hometown vet clinic when not in school.
Dr. Carey attended Clemson University and graduated in 2009 with a bachelors degree in Animal Veterinary Science. She then attended St. Georges University for three years and finished her clinical year at the University of Tennessee. While at the University of Tennessee her special interests were dermatology, internal medicine, and ophthalmology. Dr. Carey’s main focus is preventative care and quality medicine for her patients.
In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking, Clemson football, and spending time with her family: her husband, son and fur babies: 2 black labs, Moonshine and Banjo and 2 cats, Happy and Oswald.
Ronald Martin, DVM
Dr. Martin was born in Fort Valley, Georgia and grew up with animals. His first pet "Popeye" was a sheperd mix that let the chickens ride on his back. He has traveled from California to North Carolina, moving frequently since his father was a civil engineer for the Navy.
Dr. Martin attended NCSU and completed his undergraduate courses in 3 years, including a summer spent at Oxford University,England. Another undergraduate internship was with the Toxicology department of the Center for Disease Control. Dr. Martin then attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1982. His first practice was in Nashville, GA and was a mixed practice. During that time, he also did health inspections at two horse auctions weekly.
Dr. Martin moved to Atlanta to help a classmate with his equine practice noticing that there were dogs and cats at every farm. This led him to start a small animal house call practice with the same client base. The house call practice gave him the opportunity to see many animals that would otherwise not be seen due to being fearful or not traveling well. There were also many exotics that he got to treat including kangaroos, snakes, pigs, and monkeys.
When traffic in Atlanta made the house call practice impossible, he moved to Beaufort, SC and worked at the Animal Hospital of Beaufort. While caring for his parents before their passing, Dr. Martin worked in Hilton Head and Sumter. He has now relocated to Loris and is excited to be a part of Meadowlawn Animal Services.
Dr. Martin's hobbies include gardening, weightlifting, mushroom cultivating, and horseback riding. He loves all animals and and knows that cats are special, dogs are loyal, and horses are family members.
Melissa Dean, DVM
Dr. Dean was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, SC. She graduated from Clemson University with a bachelors degree in Animal Veterinary Science in 2003 and then finished her veterinary degree with Mississippi State University in 2009.
She recently moved from California where she practiced in Los Angeles for the last 6 years. After being away from the area, living in different cities for the past 16 years, she finally decided to move back to southern hospitality. Along with seeing small animal patients, Dr. Dean also has a special interest in exotics, surgery, and ultrasonography.
She has 3 french bulldogs and a boxer that allow her to live in the house with them. In her free time, she loves traveling, Clemson football, front porch sitting, and riding her motorcycle on the track.
Kevin Smith, DVM
Doctor Smith has been a small animal relief veterinarian since the fall of 2009 and has been assisting Meadowlawn since 2010. His experience in the veterinary profession started in 1995 working as a veterinary technician while in school. In 1998, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Clemson University. Dr. Smith graduated from Tuskegee University of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 with honors, and has been practicing small animal medicine since.
Dr. Smith decided to become a veterinarian during his freshman year of college after considering a career on the human side of medicine. After much prayer, he felt he was called to become a veterinarian instead, and couldn’t be happier. The most rewarding aspect of his job is being able to help animals and their owners. His special interest includes surgery, cytology, and veterinary dentistry.
Dr. Smith has 3 dogs, Karma, Winston, and Rigby, 2 cats, Olive and Ziggy, a bearded dragon, Arrow, and a milk snake, Penny Lane. A special pet Chihuahua recently passed and will stay in Dr. Smith's heart forever; lots of love goes out to Jose. He is married to Dr. Meagan Sykes and they have a newborn daughter, Marley. In his free time Dr. Smith enjoys traveling, bass fishing, going to concerts (mostly Phish) and attending Clemson football games.
Mark Richards, DVM
Dr. Mark Richards received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1978. After completing his undergraduate studies, Dr. Richards worked as a district sales manager for a Wisconsin based bovine artificial insemination company. In 1982, he returned to academia where he earned a Master's from Clemson University in 1984 and a PhD in Reproductive Physiology from Oklahoma State in 1987. Dr. Richards then decided to further his education by becoming a veterinarian. He attended Oklahoma State College of Veterinary Medicine and earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991.
After completing veterinary school, Dr. Richards moved to New York to practice in a rural mixed animal veterinary service. In 1992, Dr. Richards returned to New Hampshire where he worked at Statham Veterinary Practice and later Northside Animal Hospital. In the NH Seacoast area, he established an excellent reputation as a diagnostician and laser surgeon. In 1996, after several years of planning, he purchased Greenland Animal Hospital, which he and his wife Sara grew into a well respected small animal veterinary center. Dr. Richards owned and operated GAH until his retirement in 2012.
Dr. Richards is a former collegiate lacrosse player, avid ice hockey player, and golfer. He spends his free time on the links and riding his Indian motorcycle. Sara is a dental hygienist and former licensed Veterinary Technician. They have two grown children, Sarah and Josh, and two now indoor (former barn) cats, Ping and Athena. Dr. Richards' areas of interest are General Medicine, Surgery and Laser Therapy, Complementary Medicine, and Dermatology.