D About Us

Our Story

The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek got its start in June of 2003 when Dr. Ryan Hammonds purchased an existing small animal practice. Through the years we have added innovative and important diagnostic and therapeutic options that enable us to offer the highest level of care. Our commitment to providing the best available veterinary medicine is, and will continue to be, our guiding principle. We look forward to continuing to learn, improve, and innovate in the field of veterinary medicine.

“Owning and working at The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek, I have learned and experienced many things. I take immense pride in the quality of care that we provide every day to our patients."

Dr. Ryan Hammonds

Veterinarian & Owner

Dr. Ryan Hammonds was born and raised in Asheboro, NC and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with honors in 1991. He went on to receive his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (Cum Laude) at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Hammonds practiced as an associate veterinarian in Asheville for seven years prior to becoming the owner of The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek in 2003.

“I decided to come to Asheville for the excellent climate and range of outdoor activities. My family and I enjoy spending time on the rivers (boating, tubing), hiking our beautiful mountain trails, backpacking, and fishing. We also love to travel and try to give our children new and varied experiences.” Dr. Hammonds’ family includes his wife and two children and his beloved dog Hobbes.

“I am very proud of the team of professionals that I have assembled. Our associate doctors are experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate. Our management, reception, and veterinary technical staff are also highly educated and incredibly dedicated to providing exceptional service and veterinary care. All of this consistency of staff allows us to bond with our clients and become friends as well as caregivers.

”Dr. Hammonds says that the best part about being a veterinarian is fulfilling a key role in the community. “Our practice focuses on pet owners who value their pets as an integral part of their family. Having a reliable, knowledgeable, and trustworthy veterinarian is of the utmost importance to these pet owners – and I love being a part of their special relationship to their pets. Most people think that being a veterinarian is mostly about caring for the animals, but it is equally about interacting with and caring for the owners. Almost no animal comes to me without a person attached!”

Dr. Randy Nehlig


Dr. Randy Nehlig was born and raised in Chalmette, LA - a small town outside of New Orleans. He performed undergraduate work at Louisiana State University before attending the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in June of 2006.

After working as a small animal practitioner in Wake Forest, NC for three years he moved to Asheville to continue his career. Dr. Nehlig practiced in Asheville at other small animal hospitals for eight years before joining the professional staff at The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek in April of 2018, bringing with him a wealth of experience in both medicine and surgery for companion animals. His interests outside of the hospital include gardening, landscaping, outdoor activities, cooking, and playing piano. Dr. Nehlig’s current household includes a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Wong Dei (The King).

Dr. Danielle Cain, DVM


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 in several California practices.  She then relocated to Charleston in 2005 where she worked for 13 years before deciding to try the mountains in lieu of the beach. She is owned by a geriatric mini black panther named Bagheera.

Beth Hampton

RVT & Veterinary Technician Manager

Stefeni Brown

Veterinary Technician

Molly Malyszko

Registered Veterinary Technician

Heather Carney

Veterinary Technician

Shasta Cole

Registered Veterinary Technician

Chelsey Havekes

Veterinary Technician

Meredith Adler

Reception Manager

Sherry Hoke

Assistant Reception Manager

Our people are the heart of our practice.

We can make the diagnosis; we can recommend treatments; we can prescribe medications and perform surgeries.  But if we do not listen, communicate, understand, and connect with our clients, then we have not achieved our practice goals.  Our caring, experienced and compassionate staff members are here to care for the animals AND the humans that love them.