Our Veterinarians

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Andrews

Veterinarian/Medical Director

Since the young age of 5 years old, Dr. Mary Andrews knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Growing up on a small farm in Anderson, SC with cows and goats, she realized her goal in life was to care for animals. When she wasn’t on the farm or at school, she could be found at the barn riding horses. She graduated from the College of Charleston and went on to Mississippi State University (Go Bulldogs!) for veterinary school. Dr. Andrews called San Antonio, TX home for a year while completing a rotating internship with a strong interest in Critical Care. She also spent time working the the Emergency and Critical Care department at Louisiana State University. Dr. Andrews married her husband in the summer and they moved back to the Charleston area.

Dr. Andrews finds joy in creating lasting relationships with her clients and their pets. She is so excited to meet you and care for your fur-babies! She even has a few four-legged friends of her own,  labradoodles (Finn and Cleo), 3 dachshunds (Vivian, Buzz, and Bella), and 2 cats (Bonnie and Finn).

In her free time, you can find Dr. Andrews on Folly Beach, running the Ravenel bridge, walking her dogs, skiing in Colorado, reading a good book, spending time with her friends and family, or on a weekend trip with her husband, Ryan and Twins,  Zoey and Cooper.

Dr. Jordan Helgesen

Veterinarian

I was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. My dream of becoming a veterinarian dates back to when I was very little. I’ve never wanted to be anything else. I convinced my parents to let me own just about every animal I came across, from dogs and rabbits, to snakes, birds, and horses. My love for animals, desire to help others, and passion for science/medicine led me on my journey of becoming a veterinarian. I worked as a veterinary assistant through undergraduate and veterinary school. I graduated from University of California-Davis with my Bachelor’s in Animal Science while also competing for the NCAA gymnastics team. I attended veterinary school at Washington State University. I was a part of many clubs, including radiology, dentistry, business, shelter medicine, and Christian veterinary fellowship.
I have graduated this year with the exciting adventure of getting to begin my career here in Charleston, South Carolina! I am really looking forward to getting to know the clients and care for the patients at Animal Medical Clinic of Goose Creek. Building strong relationships is important to me. I have special interests in emergency medicine, dermatology, dentistry, and imaging.
I have one dog (so far). He is a goofy yellow Lab named Dodger, who drove across the country with me. My hobbies outside of work include hiking, camping, fishing, running, working out, and trying new foods. I can’t wait to make Charleston my home

Dr. Ryan Andrews

Veterinarian

Dr. Ryan has been working with the AMC team as a relief veterinarian since 2020.  He received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. He has specific interests in feline medicine and dentistry.

When he is not at work, Dr. Ryan loves working on restoring his ’87 Chevy truck, fishing, and listening to country music, and spending time with his wife, Mary and twins, Zoey and Cooper. The Andrews family also has a few four-legged friends at home,  labradoodles (Finn and Cleo), 3 dachshunds (Vivian, Buzz, and Bella), and 2 cats (Bonnie and Finn).

 

Dr. Sean Hanley

Veterinarian

Dr. Sean P. Hanley has joined the team at AMC- Goose Creek as a relief veterinarian. Dr. Hanley received his BS in Animal Science from North Carolina State University in 2007 and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. After veterinary school, Dr. Hanley pursued his dream of living in Alaska and spent his first few years practicing veterinary medicine in the cities of Fairbanks and North Pole. He relocated to the Lowcountry in 2016 and has provided veterinary services to multiple practices in the area – from Summerville to Mt. Pleasant. His professional interests include companion animal preventive medicine, internal medicine, and dermatology.  In his free time, Dr. Hanley enjoys working on his small farm in Summerville with his family.

Management Team

Kaki Lankau

Partner/Hospital Director

After attending a few years of college in North Carolina, Kaki chose to go on sabbatical for two years in the U.S.Virgin Islands. She discovered how living the life of leisure might have been wonderful, but it wasn’t quite enough. After returing to the U.S. she completed her college education, became a Licensed Veterinary Technician and began her veterinary career in California. For two years she worked in general and emergency medicine practices in California before moving to Maryland to work in a specialty practice with oncology patients. She made her move to South Carolina in 1996 and immediately joined The Animal Medical Clinic of Goose Creek and partners with Dr. Kerwin to manage our facility. In her spare time she is an avid reader and enjoys cooking. Kaki lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband Paul, daughter Lindsay and their dogs: Shamus and precocious pug, Wallis.

Rebecca Infinger, LVT

Hospital Manager

Rebecca joined our team in October 2002. She is a 2003 graduate of TTC’s Veterinary Technology Program. Rebecca really enjoys working with our toy breed patients and behavior cases. In her spare time she spends her time enjoying the fantastic weather here in the lowcountry – hiking, camping, and fishing. She lives in Cross and spends her free time bass fishing with her husband, Kurt. Rebecca and Kurt have 4 super fantastic kids: Lane, Alyssa, Jennifer, and Tony. They also have three very spoiled grandkids, Roman, Liam, and Aysun. She has a cat named Puma, 2 bearded dragons, Bug and Toast, and 2 dogs: Freckle the Chihuahua and Bean, a rescue from Boston Terrier Rescue of SC. They also have 7 chickens: Penguin, Nugget, Noodle, Biscuit, Cheese, Curry, and Hei Hei.

Elizabeth Chastain, LVT

Lead Technician/ Licensed Veterinary Technician

Elizabeth has been with AMC off and on for 15 years now!  She has been the lead licensed veterinary technician since December 2020.  She resides in Summerville with her spouse Josh, and their 2 children, Allie (19yrs) and Blake (8yrs).  Elizabeth has 7 animals: 4 cats (Maximus, Felina, Figaro, and Sebastian), 1 dog (Eve). Elizabeth is particularly fond of our feline patients.  In her spare time Elizabeth likes to read, color or paint, and relax by the pool and go to the beach.

Cassie Wassenaar, LVT

Boarding Director

Cassie joined the AMC team in 2017. She is a 2008 graduate of Pima Medical Institute. Cassie worked at our adjoining hospital as a part of the nursing team for a couple years before moving over to manage our boarding kennel. Along with managing our team, Cassie’s medical experience allows her to offer additional care and monitoring to pets staying with us.

Cassie lives in Goose Creek with her husband, Larry and their 2 dogs and 7 cats. In her time away from work, Cassie enjoys video games and gardening.

Our Nursing Team

Mayra Castaneda

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Mayra joined our team in September of 2017. She is a graduate of Cedar Valley College for Veterinary Technology. Mayra lives in North Charleston with her spouse Tiny and their dogs Junior Nathaniel, a German Shepherd, Sounder, a black Labrador Retriever, and Riley, a dachshund. In her free time she enjoys reading, crochet, and playing video games.

Victoria Alexander

Veterinary Assistant

Victoria joined our team in 2020. She is joins us after several years of working in the veterinary field locally. She has a small child, a small dog, and 2 cats. She specifically likes working with senior and large breed patients.  She spends her free time crocheting and sells her creations. She always walks with a purpose. Animals are her passion and she loves working with them.

 

Devyn Robeson

Veterinary Assistant

Devyn joined the AMC team in June of 2021. She moved here from Illinois in May of 2021. She is a Rockford Career College 2020 graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Animal Sciences. She has enjoyed working with small animals and exotics. In her free time she loves spending time with her dogs, Kobe and Jordan.

Calissa Breland

Veterinary Assistant

Calissa joined the AMC team in 2021. She is a native of the lowcountry and has worked in veterinary medicine for more than 15 years.  She loves working with nervous dogs and making them more comfortable and assisting our surgical team.

She has two dogs, Batman and Robin. When she is not at work she enjoys kayaking and spending time on her mom’s farm.

Jessica Sanders

Veterinary Assistant

Jessica joined our team in 2021 and is a new resident to South Carolina. She is from New Orleans, Louisiana and lives in Moncks Corner with her husband, son, and two beagles. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and visiting the local breweries in her time away from work, as well as pursuing a career in Nursing at Trident Tech. 

Desiree Garcia

Veterinary Assistant

Desiree joined the AMC team in 2020. She has been working in the veterinary world for the past 8 years in one form or another and has done everything from reception and nursing to grooming, training, and boarding. She currently shares her time between our hospital and boarding teams. Desiree is in school part time working on a degree in business. When she is not at work she is usually spending time with her family or drawing on her Ipad. She lives in Goose Creek with her husband, Allen and children, Christopher, Aiden, and Aneliese.

Connie Collins

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Connie joined the AMC team in 2021 after doing some relief work for us in 2020. She is a 2017 graduate of Heritage College in Oklahoma. She has worked primarily in critical care and emergency since 2014 and is enjoying the move to general practice. When she is not at work you can find her hiking with her partner, Maddie and their 3 dogs: Madryd, Mozzarella, and Star.

Our Client Services Team

Anabell Campangna

Office Assistant

Anabell is my name and supplies inventory is my game, I also submit insurance claims and a slew of other office tasks. Originally from Connecticut, Anabell had always worked in human medicine from phlebotomy to radiology; moving to SC in 2016 she wanted to pursue a profession change. Anabell speaks Portuguese and Spanish and enjoys learning about other cultures and cuisines.  City girl turned farm girl, Anabell has always had a love of animals; her and her husband care for their 2 dogs (Micky & Mallory), 2 sulcata tortoises (Stanly & Kevin), 3 mini donkeys (Jim, Dwight, Pam), 1 mini horse (Angela Buttons), and a small army of chickens. Anabell hopes that one day, after enjoying her farm life she can retire and move to Algarve, Portugal.

Charlene Sheets

Client Care Coordinator

Charlene has been with Animal Medical Clinic of Goose Creek since 2004. Before joining our team she spent the beginning of her career in Virginia and Philadelphia area. Any opportunity given for additional education, she is eager to continue her knowledge.

In addition to her husband, Jesus, she has 2 cats: Kimbo and Zeke,  2 dogs: Zippy and Rubia, 1 bunny: Coconut Milk, and many chickens

Charlene and Zippy are currently registered as a pet therapy team with Alliance of Therapy dogs and The American Kennel Club. Charlene and Zippy visit local nursing home facilities to allow Zippy to interact with the residents, Zippy is sure to create smiles and when she does her “tricks” and gives out her hugs. She is a true hit and loved by many. Charlene and Zippy look forward to many years of volunteering at the facilities in the Goose Creek community.

In her spare time she enjoys boating, reading and gardening.

Zippy

Therapy dog/Team cheerleader

My name is Miss Zippy. I am a registered therapy dog, canine good citizen and I think I’m kind of a big deal! My mom and I worked very hard to become a registered therapy team and we continue to work on my training everyday and while we visit. You should see the faces of all the wonderful people when I visit White Oak Manor every Friday. I shower them with kisses, hugs, and affection and receive plenty in return. Often I will find a soft blanket to rest on while my mommy chats with the residents. I have completed over 500 visits and have earned the AKC’s highest therapy dog title!!

If you and your human are interested in becoming a therapy team(or you just need some Chihuahua love), please come and visit me and my mom, Charlene, at AMC on Friday afternoons between 3-5 pm. The reward for becoming a therapy team is priceless!

Celeste Farley

Receptionist

Celeste joined the AMC team in January 2017, but it felt like she’d been part of the team forever! She is a native of the Goose Creek area and still lives here with her daughter, Josie. They also are the proud pet parents of Lincoln the dog.
Celeste spends her free time hanging out with her family and adoring Charli. Her favorite animal is a spider monkey.

Charli Fields

Receptionist

Charli joined our team in 2019. She loves helping pet owners find the right resources in our practice to help their pet. She likes football, nachos, and, chatting with Celeste. She has 2 dogs, 3 cats, and several reptiles. She lives in Moncks Corner with her family.