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Robert T. Pernell
Surgeon

Educational Background and Training
Undergraduate: BA, Rollins College 1985
Doctorate: DVM, University of Florida 1988
Internship: Michigan State University 1990
Post Doctorate: MS, Auburn University 1993
Residency: Auburn University 1993
Board Certification: American College of Veterinary Surgeons 1995
Special Interest: Orthopedic and Neurologic Surgery, and Rehabilitation
Member of CCVS Team since: 1993

Personal Facts: Rob enjoys outdoor activities especially golf, skiing and scuba diving. He also enjoys time with his wife and three young children. He favorite dog breed is Golden Retriever.


Whitney Rainero
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

Educational Background and Training
Undergraduate: BS, Furman University
Postgraduate: MSR, PT, Medical University of South Carolina
Specialty Training: CCRT: Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist from
The Canine Rehabilitation Institute. July 2008
JOINED THE TEAM: 2002
HOMETOWN: Bristol, PA
CURRENT HOME: Charleston, SC
PERSONAL FACTS: Whitney has two mixed breed dogs, Maggie and Chili. She devotes countless hours to fostering and adopting out many orphaned cats and dogs. She also enjoys outdoor activities with her husband Ken.


Laurie De Vito
Senior Veterinary Technician and Administrative Assistant

JOINED THE TEAM: 2000
EDUCATION: B.S. Zoology Oklahoma State University
HOME TOWN: Tulsa, OK
CURRENT HOME: Summerville, SC
PERSONAL FACTS: Laurie has a Kooikerhondje mixed breed dog named Bridin and 3 cats, Starsky, Hutch, and Ernie. She stays busy with her 13-year-old son, Wil, 9-year-old daughter, Cassie and husband Chris.


Nikki Driggers
Veterinary Technician

JOINED THE TEAM: 2004
EDUCATION: Associate degree in Veterinary Technology from Trident Technical College.
HOME TOWN: Charleston, SC
CURRENT HOME: Park Circle North Charleston, SC
PERSONAL FACTS: Nikki has a Westie named Oscar and 2 cats Melvin and Stella. She and her husband, Steve have two beautiful daughters, Elliott and Sailor.


Heidi Firetag
Head Veterinary Surgery Technician

JOINED THE TEAM: 1997
EDUCATION: Academic Magnet High School, candidate for BS in Biology at College of Charleston.
HOME TOWN: Charleston, SC
CURRENT HOME: Charleston, SC
PERSONAL FACTS: Heidi has two dachshund mixes named Zach and Mollie. She enjoys bike riding around the Charleston area and spending time with her family.


Mindy Fry
Veterinary Technician

JOINED THE TEAM: May 2012
EDUCATION: Candidate for Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology from Trident Technical College December 2012.
HOME TOWN: Lancaster, PA
CURRENT HOME: Mount Pleasant, SC
PERSONAL FACTS: Mindy is working hard to complete her Vet Tech degree this winter. She has 3 dogs, Sammy, Rudy, and Dixie and a cat, Ginger. She devotes much of her time to her family, her husband Ken, 14 year-old son Kenny, and 12 year-old daughter, Hollis.


Diane Pernell
Veterinary Technician

JOINED THE TEAM: 1993-97 2006-PRESENT
EDUCATION: B.S. Appalachian State, Associates Degree Animal Science/Vet Technology from Bel-Rea Institute, Denver, CO.
HOME TOWN: Charlotte, NC
CURRENT HOME: Mount Pleasant, SC
PERSONAL FACTS: Dr. Pernell and Diane have two dogs, a Golden Retriever, Snitch and a Dachshund named Heidi. They also have 3 cats, Ashes, Sparkles, and Cammo. They live in Mt Pleasant with their 3 children, William, Michael, and Lauren.


Craig Rector
Veterinary Assistant and Rehab Assistant

JOINED THE TEAM: 2003
EDUCATION: College of Newberry Business, Trident Tech and MUSC for Physical Therapy prerequisites.
HOME TOWN: Kaiserslautern, Germany
CURRENT HOME: North Charleston, SC
PERSONAL FACTS: Craig has a Husky named Bandit. He enjoys sports and spending time outdoors.
 

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