We're proud to say that the Mountain View Animal Hospital's Team is one of the best around! We are dedicated to providing the best quality of care for your pets! Here at Mountain View Animal Hospital we understand that your four-legged friends are more than just pets; they are family!
Dr. Derek Lindstrom
Dr. Derek Lindstrom grew up in Greenville, SC and has always had a natural connection with and a love for animals. He graduated with a degree in biology from the University of South Carolina, then went on to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine to obtain his veterinary degree. He completed his clinical year here in North Carolina at NC State. Dr. Lindstrom started his veterinary career at Ark Animal Clinic in West Virginia, where he cultivated his love for surgery and medicine. He then moved here to Hickory, NC, where he and his wife, Melanie, are proud to call home. Dr. Lindstrom loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, but particularly enjoys soft tissue surgery and dentistry. In his free time, Dr. Lindstrom enjoys spending time with his wife and their 2 dogs, Jovie and Mina, as well as their 3 cats, Tuck, Eponine, and Arya. He enjoys traveling, fishing, and watching sports--especially the Atlanta Braves, Carolina Panthers, and South Carolina Gamecocks.
Dr. Michaelene Gates
Dr. Michaelene Gates received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University, completing her clinical studies at Louisiana State University. Dr. Gates was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and recently moved to Hickory, NC with her husband and their three horses. As a child, she became interested in veterinary medicine through her parents' appreciation and knowledge of animals and by helping take her family dogs to the vet. Dr. Gates grew up with Shelties; however, her menagerie quickly included tortoises, fish, aquatic frogs, 10+ hermit crabs and 40 dwarf hamsters. Yes, you read that correctly: 40 hamsters ... AT ONCE! (She named them all and has stories about each of them!) Leisurely, Dr. Gates enjoys spending time outdoors, snorkeling/scuba, flowers and cheering on the Steelers and Penguins.
Phyllis Setzer - Receptionist
Phyllis Setzer is married with 3 children: 2 sons and 1 daughter. Her granddaughter, who is the light of her life, lives with Phyllis full time. She is a retired teacher with 33 years of teaching experience. Working at MVAH is a perfect fit for Phyllis, as it provides her with two of her favorite things: interacting with the clients and interacting with their pets. Phyllis has four dogs and one cat that really enhances her life. They are very spoiled and loved. Phyllis spends her free time reading and is at the beach whenever possible.
Jennifer Cloninger - Receptionist
Jennifer has 2 cats that are her world. She would love to adopt a dog, but one of her cats will not allow that. Her hobbies include going to concerts, hanging out with her cats, and going to the beach. She loves working at MVAH because she enjoys seeing all the animals that come through the doors. Having previously worked in the human medical field, she has quickly realized that the veterinary field is where she is meant to be.
Kristina Leonhardt - Receptionist
Kristina is the mother of 3 little girls. She is the "fur mom" of a 2 year old Chihuahua that she loves very much. She has worked in the healthcare field for 10+ years. She loves the veterinary field and the friendly staff and clients here at MVAH. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, going to church, and reading.
Tiffany Rudisill - Veterinary Assistant
Tiffany graduated from Gaston College in 2014 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. She has been working at MVAH for 4 years. She has 4 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 horse, which takes up most of her free time. Her hobbies include horseback riding and relaxing around the house with her family.
Jill Bridges - Veterinary Assistant
Jill has been working in the veterinary field for 20 years. She loves taking care of our patients! She has 2 daughters and 4 beautiful granddaughters (with 2 more due this summer!) ... so they keep her very busy. She spends her free time with her husband, 2 dogs and 1 cat. She enjoys reading and cross stitching.
Tawny Roach - Veterinary Assistant
Tawny has 5 dogs, 1 cat, 1 prairie dog, and 1 bird. She has raced dirt bikes since she could walk. She absolutely loves working with animals.
Morgan McDonald - Veterinary Assistant
Morgan graduated in May 2018 from Appalachian State University with a bachelors degree in cell/molecular biology, and a double major in chemistry and psychology. She is an aspiring veterinary medical student. She currently owns a German Shepherd and 3 Quarter Horses.
Kathy Helton - Kennel Technician
Kathy grew up on Greedy Hwy on a farm that raised buffalo. She was lucky enough to have a mother that was a wildlife rehabilitator, so her life has always been filled with the awe and wonder of animals. Kathy has 1 son and a beautiful 1 year old granddaughter, Grayson. Kathy also has 4 dogs, Brady, Otis, Crash, and Charlie.
Kim Moore - Groomer
Kim has been grooming a little over 5 years, with 10+ years of experience in the veterinary field. She has 3 "fur babies:" Q-Tip, Gus Gus, and Monkey. If napping was an actual hobby, it would be Kim's. She believes that animals are God's greatest gift to this world.
Our address is: 3346 HWY 127 S. Hickory, NC 28602
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