Dr. Cheri Hooper, DVM
Dr. Hooper found a home here at College Park Road Veterinary Clinic over 11 years ago. Besides enjoying certain aspects of veterinary medicine, like soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, Dr. Hooper most values the close, long-term relationships she has developed with her clients, patients, and staff. She says she is one of the luckiest people because she wakes up every day excited to go to work. In her off time, she enjoys camping and spending time with her husband and two children, Finley and Piper. Her dog Brigels comes to work with her every day to “manage” the doctor’s office, while Cheese and Hannibal, her two cats, watch over the homestead.
Dr. Jon Caughey, DVM
Dr. Caughey is originally from Pittsburgh but has lived all over the country and the world. He and his wife decided to settle in the Charleston area after attending a wedding on Folly Beach. They both love the water and the warmth.
A graduate of Ross University Veterinary School on St. Kitt’s, Dr. Caughey is thrilled that he gets to work with animals every day. Growing up, he was never allowed to have pets because of his brother’s allergies. Now he has a silly and fun-loving Lab/Rotty mix named Brisket, who his son absolutely adores.
In his free time, Dr. Caughey enjoys playing video games and spending time with his family, watching his son play soccer, and traveling. He also scuba dives every chance he gets.
Dr. Joan Sylvester, DVM
Dr. Sylvester received her DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and practice in North East Pennsylvania and Georgia before joining College Park Road Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Sylvester’s favorite mentor was a proponent of, “treating both ends of the leash” knowing that communication is essential to good medicine.
Dr. Sylvester mover here with her faithful Brittany pup known as, “The Noodle” and is happy to have a change of scenery and to be a part of the progressive veterinary environment of South Carolina. Since South Carolina is the perfect location for outdoor activities, Dr. Sylvester is excited to explore the area and get to know the residents of her new home.
Dr. Courtney Asbaty, DVM
Dr. Asbaty is originally from South Carolina and grew up on Pawley's Island. After graduating from the University of South Carolina for her undergrad, Dr, Asbaty attended St. George's University in Grenada for her Veterinary degree. Even as a child, she had her sights set on becoming a Veterinarian, and in the 5th grade, she began shadowing at a local vet clinic. Dr. Asbaty continued to shadow at that same hospital throughout her teen years and never lost her passion for helping animals.
Dr. Asbaty has a furry duo at home, including 3-year-old Storm (the "fastest dog alive"), and 2-year-old Rocket the schnauzer. Rocket's favorite pastime is hoarding toys out of reach from Storm!
The doctor loves to travel, cook, paint, and read when she isn't at work. When the weather is especially nice, she enjoys pool time with her husband or relaxing on her back porch with the dogs.
A native of Summerville, Deana got her start here at College Park in 2008 when, still a student at Stratford High School, she worked in our boarding kennel. She moved to the veterinary side shortly after.
She’s had a passion for animals since she was a young child and is the proud caretaker to three dogs – a Maltese named Roxy, a Doberman named Baloo (in tribute to the bear in Jungle Book), and a Shepherd mix named Folly – and Barney, a cat she rescued from our clinic.
In her spare time, Deana enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as fishing, hunting, and riding four-wheelers.
Mara, BS, LVT, CVT (Ultrasound)
Veterinary Technical Staff
Mara is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and the head technician at our clinic. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she received her bachelor’s in veterinary technology. She moved to Charleston in 2008 and joined our team five years later.
Mara has a passion for small animal surgery, dentistry, and ultrasound and recently completed a rigorous, year-long training course to become certified in the performance of ultrasounds.
Mara’s human family consists of her son, Giovanni, and her daughters, Cora and Naomi. Her furry family includes a mixed breed named Boris, a Terrier mix named Luna, a German Shepherd named Diego, and four cats – Helen Keller, Goya Beatriz, Lya Mercedes, and Ellie the Hunter.
In her free time, Mara loves spending time outdoors with all of the kids and her husband, Caleb.
Veterinary Technical Staff
Ashley moved to Charleston from Michigan in 2017 to escape the cold. She graduated with her Veterinary Technician degree from Stautzenberger College in Ohio in 2007. She has two dogs, Cash and Rome, and two cats, Gin (aka Fatty) and Tonic (aka Skinny). She enjoys paddle-boarding with Cash and Rome, yoga, hiking, and basically anything outdoors. She loves hanging out with her husband, Bobby, and most of their free time is spent doing home renovations for their newly purchased house.
Veterinary Technical Staff
A native of Monck’s Corner, Christine earned her Licensed Vet Technician degree from Trident Tech.
She’d always known she wanted to work with animals, and she has a large furry family at home. Chevy is a herding farm boy, Lily is Christine’s beloved service dog who helps her with chronic migraines, P-Nut came to her when he was hit by a car, and Blue Sue is a reformed hunting dog now living in the lap of luxury.
When she’s not working in our clinic, you can find Christine in the outdoors, horseback riding, camping, and gardening.
Veterinary Technical Staff
Nicole was born in New York on Long Island and moved to Charleston in 2010. She then attended Trident Technical College, where she received her degree as a Veterinary Technician; she also has her degree in small business entrepreneurship. She has a vibrant social life and in her free time she goes to the gym, as well as hangs out with her 4 cats: Boston, Nala, Charleston (aka Charlie), and her sphynx cat Jameson (aka Naked).
A native of Philadelphia, Shannon moved to South Carolina when she was 12. After a period of moving back and forth, she settled here about 11 years ago. She’s known from a very young age that she wanted to work with animals and is the proud pet parent to a goofy and hardy Pit/Boxer mix named Calypso and two Chihuahuas – Penelope (the leader of the pack) and Cassius Clay, the lover of the group.
When she’s not working, Shannon loves spending time with her daughter, Mykaylah, going to the pool, cooking, creating new meals, and anything to do with family.
Rosey joined CPRVC in August 2019. She was born and raised in the Summerville/Moncks Corner area. When she’s not working, Rosey enjoys spending time with her husband, making jewelry, working on crafts and fishing with the family. They have four dogs, Cool Breeze, Zoey, Remington, and Beauregard.
Tina Smith moved to the Charleston area from Arizona in 2017. She was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, and was married to her husband for over 28 years before his passing. She has raised two sons and has three grandsons. She loves to travel and shop for antiques. She also enjoys hiking with her three fur babies Peaches, Dixie, and Hammy the handsome hound.
Her strong love for animals, especially dogs, led her to a grooming career after raising her two boys. She graduated from a grooming academy in 2008 after completing over 200 grooms before receiving her degree as a Professional Pet stylist. She also has a certification in safe handling and grooming.
It is her goal to provide a safe, fear-free, calm environment for your pet during its grooming session. She specializes with senior pets who have sore joints and difficulty standing, and with puppies who are new to the grooming experience. Her motto is, "humanity over vanity and no force grooming allowed". She feels that the pet's safety takes priority over the pet's appearance. Tina promises to treat your pets as if they are her own and to show them lots of love and respect. Grooming is like art - your pet will be the canvas - and as the artist, she will make them beautiful with her gentle touch and talent.
A born and bred South Carolinian, Crystal got her start in the veterinary field seven years ago as a kennel tech and went on to work in an emergency clinic. Getting her vet tech license was a dream come true for both her and her mother, who’d also hoped to work with animals.
Her furry family includes Romeo, a Golden Retriever who is very sweet and loving, and Klay, a Pitbull who is also incredibly affectionate. She has a cat, too, named Palmer whom she adopted after he and his siblings were dropped off at the local dump.
In her spare time, Crystal enjoys going to the gym and relaxing with her friends and pets.
Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, Erin followed her then college sweetheart – and now handsome husband – to the low country for his job. She has a bachelor’s in science with a minor in biology from Centenary University.
She’s known since the tender age of five that she wanted to work with animals and pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Her professional passions include rehabilitation and pain management.
Erin lives on a farm where she has five dogs – Tank, Mara Jade, Jyn, Yoshi, and Rose – four cats (Aria, Leo, Callie, and Cincode Meo), two rabbits (Lucas and Magnolia), two horses (Perseus and Solace), two donkeys (Marshmallow and Graham Cracker), and 35 mixed breed chickens.
In her free time, she likes to garden, tend to her farm, ride her horses, and play volleyball.
Allison grew up a Navy kid, so she lived everywhere, mostly in Texas and Michigan. She’s currently working toward being a court reporter but loves working with animals in the meantime.
Allison has four pets – Gojira, Liberty Belle, Chalupa Batman, and Sheba. Chalupa hates everything and Sheba was rescued from Carolina Poodle Rescue.
When she’s not taking care of patients at our clinic, Allison loves going to concerts, hiking, and participating in Friday night trivia with her friends.
Caitlyn came to us from Northern Virginia, having moved to South Carolina to be closer to family. She heard good things about College Park from others and wanted to see what it was like for herself!
A student of Penn Foster Career School, where she first received her vet tech’s license and is currently working toward a degree in wildlife conservation, Caitlyn has always had love and empathy for all animals. Her own mother was a vet tech and she grew up volunteering for various rescue groups in her hometown.
At home, she has an Aussie named Mowgli and a Calico named Juno. When she’s not working, Caitlyn enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending quality time with friends and family.