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Courtney R. Smith, DVM

Doctor Smith received her DVM from Tuskegee University in 2015. After spending some time in emergency medicine, she joined our practice in 2019. She is excited to be back in day practice, and has a passion for educating clients about preventative care.  She also really enjoys dermatology and nutrition. When she is not working, Doctor Smith is usually at home with her four dogs and two cats.  She is also big on family and loves traveling to spend time with her nephews in NC. 
Her hobbies include swimming, trail hiking, and the occasional aerial yoga class. We are all very happy to have her on our team here at Elam. 


Fun Facts

Doctor Smith has an affinity for German Shepards, and Chihuahuas.

She really enjoys roofing.


Rachael - Certified Groomer / Kennel Manager

Rachael is truly a wonderwoman, and to describe her as anything less would be an understatement!  She joined the Elam family in 2014, and is a certified groomer with 17 years' experience.  She has a special talent calming nervous clients and has transformed many pets who have previously been excused from other grooming facilities for fear or aggression.  We are so lucky to have her on the team!

Her passions outside of work include being outside and yardwork/landscaping, any and all things Disney, and spending time on the lake with her Labrador Retriever, Pearl.

Fun Facts:

Previously coached USSSA softball and contributed to a three-peat winning streak.

There's not a Disney movie she hasn't seen--which might explain the unique vintage Disney posters that decorate her grooming room.

You can't keep her from working. She is always working!

Ash - Veterinary Technician

Ash has been a Veterinary Technician for almost two years now. She is currently in school to get her degree as a licensed Veterinary Technician. She truly has a soft spot for the smaller breeds. Ashley joined the Elam Family in the Fall of 2017.


We are extremely excited to have her on our team. She is excited to meet our clients and help them get to their best potential.

Fun Facts:

Ash has a soft spot for chihuahuas.

She likes to see live bands.



Kaylee - Client Coordinator

Kaylee moved here to South Carolina from Washington State with her husband Kris (diesel mechanic), Dog Raider, Leopard Gecko Cleo in 2015. She went to Penn Foster Veterinary Assisting School Program and is now currently in for Veterinary Practice Management with Penn Foster as well.


Kaylee started with Elam Animal Hospital back in May 2015 in the kennel. She has 3 dogs Daisie, Rebel "wobble" Rader and a cat named Monroe.

Fun Facts:

Kaylee will drive to snow if there is none in South Carolina. 

Nick- Assistant Kennel Manager

Born and raised in South Carolina. Nick has grown up with multiple dogs and cats. Nick has been working in the animal field for over 5 years. He is a quite hard working individual that gets along with everyone. Nick has one dog of his own a 5 year old shepherd mixed named Noble. He also drive an awesome El Camino.


Nick has a special place in his heart for all animals here at Elam. 

Fun Facts

He was certified in pet CPR.

He has a twin brother. 

In his spare time nick likes to get lost in a good book. 

Bethany Kennel Technician


Bethany Joined the Elam family in the summer of 2019. She was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina. She has been in the animal field since 2017. Bethany rescued her 3 year old lab mix named Ace when he was a puppy. In her free time she likes to be around water. She is a regular at yappy hour at Jakes. She is the only child in her family.

Outside of work she loves to spend time out in the water with ace. 

Fun Facts

If she could eat one meal for the rest of her life it would be chicken Alfredo and Sprite. 

She can hold her breath for a minute under water.

James Kennel Technician

James was born and raised in South Carolina. James grew up with multipule animals. He has been in the animal field since 2016. James has three dogs two Yorkies and a Maltese. In his free time he likes to do 5k rus. He is a regular at Dunkin Donuts. James has goals of becoming a Veterinarian and opening his own animal Hospital. 

Fun Facts

James likes traveling to diffrent countries.

He volunteers at local shelters.

If he could eat one meal for the rest of his life it would be mac & cheese and spagetti.