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 Franklin.

“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).

Beth Hampton, RVT

RVT & Veterinary Technician Manager

Stefeni Brown

Veterinary Technician

Alixandra Parisi

Veterinary assistant

Tiana Smith

Veterinary Technician

Annabelle Beaman, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Cassidy Holcombe

Veterinary and Reception Assistant

Sherry Hoke

Reception Manager

Kathy Justice

Reception Professional

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.