Meet our contributing bloggers. Bios coming soon!
Allison Allen, training
Kristie Allen, training
Dr. Danielle Cain is originally from Long Island, NY where she grew up riding horses, rehabilitating wild animals with her family, and fostering stray dogs and cats. She completed a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Delaware with a focus in genetics and the aim of researching reproduction in endangered animals. While working as a veterinary technician she fell in love with the profession and decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine at North Carolina State University. Dr. Cain has worked extensively with turtles, has experience with reptiles and other exotics, and has a passion for wildlife rehabilitation. After veterinary school, she completed a rotating medicine and surgery internship in San Diego, and worked as a relief vet for several California practices. She then relocated to Charleston, where she lives with her two rescued cats, Una and Bagheera, and her goldfish BigFish.
David Steele, DVM, health and wellness
Martha McTavish, DVM, health and wellness
Dr. Martha McTavish has a B.A. from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She spent the next two and a half years in the Kingdom of Tonga as a Peace Corps volunteer. In 1995, after graduating from Iowa State University with her D.V.M., she moved (along with her dog that she brought home from Tonga) to Los Angeles and completed an internship year in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in 1996. She then worked as an associate at a 7-doctor practice in Los Angeles treating the pets of Marlon Brando, George Clooney, The Playboy Mansion and many non-celebrities.
She has been in South Carolina since 1998 and has performed over 15,000 spay/neuter surgeries working part-time for the last six years for the Grand Strand Humane Society in Myrtle Beach. She owned a housecall practice in Myrtle Beach before relocating to Mt. Pleasant in 2002. She has continued to work simultaneously either full-time or part-time in multi-doctor small animal practices. Her exposure in animal shelters has instilled strong feelings about the need for all dogs and cats to be spayed and neutered to aid in the reduction of the pet overpopulation problem.
Dr. McTavish enjoys sailing, gardening, biking and movies in her spare time. She has three pets, all rescued from abandonment at animal hospitals where she has worked.
Ruth Roberts, DVM, health and wellness
Leah England, general