Our Careteam

Kristen

Practice Manager, Veterinary Technician

Kristen quite literally grew up in the veterinary industry—Dr. B.J. Parsons is her mother. She’s been working here at the clinic since she was a mere 14 years old! Kristen has always known that a career in animal medicine was her true calling, and she’s proud to now serve as a Registered Veterinary Technician and as Kanuga Animal Clinic’s Practice Manager.

Born in Charlotte, Kristen was raised right here in Hendersonville and grew up with plenty of dogs, cats, and horses. After a semester at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, she began working as a dog handler before attending Western Carolina University to earn her Bachelor’s degree in business management. After graduation, Kristen began working here at the clinic full-time while taking classes through Cedar Valley College to earn her Veterinary Technician’s degree. In the summer of 2012, she passed her state and national board exams to become a Registered Veterinary Technician!

Medically, Kristen is fond of surgery and reproduction cases, and also likes working with responsible breeders to help bring healthy future generations into the world. She’s also passionate about client education, and loves to teach a pet owner about the best possible care for their four-legged friend.

Outside of work, Kristen enjoys spending time outdoors, fly fishing with her husband, and attending American Kennel Club dog shows. She and her husband share their home with six dogs—Ivy, Loofa, Hunka, Tiki, Timber, and Izzie—as well as a pair of cats named Meerkat and Parrot. Like her mother, Kristen actively raises and shows English setters, and even won a first-place award at the 2007 English Setter National Specialty show!

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Mariel

Veterinary Assistant, Receptionist

Mariel first came to Kanuga Animal Clinic as a client; she brought her dog, Luna, here when the pooch fell seriously ill. Dr. Parsons and her crew saved Luna’s life—Mariel was so impressed that she decided to fill out a job application! Now, she’s thrilled to help serve the pets and animal owners of the area as a member of the clinic team.

Mariel grew up in Mexico, where her father’s horse-training work first sparked her passion for animals. She first joined the Kanuga Animal Clinic team in August of 2008, and is currently taking online courses through Cedar Valley College to further her animal-care knowledge.

Mariel lives with her young daughter and three pets: Gargyll the cat, a dog named Mickey, and the aforementioned Luna. When she isn’t caring for pets here at the clinic or spending time with her own animal companions at home, Mariel enjoys staying active by running and playing basketball. She’s also currently learning to play the bass guitar.

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Tatum

Veterinary Assistant

Ever since she was a little girl, Tatum had a certain way with animals of all kinds—she didn’t mind if they had fur, feathers, or scales! She’s always known that she would love to keep the earth’s creatures happy and healthy as a veterinary professional. Tatum gets to do just that as a member of the Kanuga Animal Clinic family.

Tatum was born in Montana and comes from a long line of cattle ranchers. After traveling the country with her family for many years, she settled in North Carolina. A short time later, Dr. Parsons asked her to join the Kanuga Animal Clinic team, and Tatum gladly accepted. She’s been serving the pets and animal owners of the area here at the clinic since 2012, and has a particular fascination with laboratory work. Of course, she never tires of getting to spend time around adorable puppies!

Tatum, her husband, and their son share their lives with several pets at home. They have three Catahoula Leopard dogs, a goat herd, a donkey named Whiskey, and multiple ducks and chickens.

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Tiffany

Receptionist

Tiffany is a pet owner herself, and has never taken for granted the true value of our animal friends. She knows just how much they mean to the families of the community! Tiffany is thrilled to help improve the lives of pets and their owners as a member of the Kanuga Animal Clinic team.

Tiffany is originally from Georgia, and spent some time in Missouri before moving to North Carolina to be with her husband, Spencer. She joined the hospital family in the spring of 2016 and couldn’t be happier! Tiffany is particularly fond of working with her kindhearted fellow staff members, observing surgical procedures, and learning something new nearly every single day.

In her time away from the clinic, Tiffany enjoys gardening, motorcycle camping with her husband, and spending time with her own pets at home. She and Spencer live with Hercules, a black Lab who insists on helping out with everything his owners do; Nick the English setter, whose greeting involves batting his tail around in circles like a helicopter; and young Bond, an English setter who is quite fond of chewing things and getting himself into trouble.

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