Meet Our Team
Randy Wetzel, DVM
Medical Director & Emergency Veterinarian
Since 2000, I have dedicated my professional attention to emergency medicine and practice management here at REACH Veterinary Specialists. It has been thrilling to see and be a part of the medical advancements and improved nursing care at our hospital over the years.
Jeff Johansson, DVM
In my spare time, I enjoy writing and playing music, reading, traveling, and being outdoors with my wife, Kristin and daughter, Tess. I have recorded five “albums” of original music and have been a part of the live music scene in Asheville since moving here. We are proud to be raising our daughter in a beautiful area with such wonderful community.
Emergency medicine is many things – it can be fast-paced or slow on any given night, some cases can challenge every bit of knowledge gained over the years and still end in frustration, others can be more straightforward and ‘by the book,’ but no two animals are ever the same, and every day is a different set of challenges. I never tire of the ability to serve animals and owners in a time of need, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with so many talented and compassionate people.
Judi Krauskopf, DVM
I love the Appalachian mountain trails, the climate of Western North Carolina, and the many friends I have found here.
Jennifer Hanes, DVM
Bio coming soon.
Rachel Horne, DVM
Amelia Taber, DVM
Originally from California, I moved to the east coast for college and lived there for many years before moving back to California for my veterinary education. I graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 and recently completed a small animal rotating internship in Portland, Oregon. My veterinary interests include Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, and Radiology, among others.
In my free time I enjoy seeing live music, attending the theatre, and exploring the outdoors with my tiny yellow lab, Maple.
Ersin Ulke, VMD
My wife, a native of Asheville, introduced me to the area a few years ago. We both love the city and the beautiful countryside. We made it our goal to relocate to Asheville once we both completed our training in Philadelphia. I’m very excited to be joining the team at REACH and look forward to experiencing everything that Asheville has to offer.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and our two dogs – an Anatolian Shepherd and a Cockapoo. My interests include cycling, hiking, camping, reading, and cooking.
Joshua Bentley, DVM
Melissa Hawkins, DVM
My husband, Nate, and I enjoy mountain biking, canoeing, hiking, and camping. We have been frequent visitors to Western North Carolina for many years, and are very excited to be moving to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains! We share our home with two cats – Spooky (the Princess) and Stitch (Crazy Tornado Muffin Kitten Stomach), as well as our East Texas hound mix, Tex.
Stephanie C. Bell, DVM, DACVO
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
My clinical interests include immune-mediated ocular disease, corneal disease, microsurgery (corneal and cataract surgery), blepharoplasty and other adnexal surgery, ocular manifestations of systemic disease, and equine ophthalmology. My primary research focuses on novel therapeutics for Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU). As an ophthalmologist, I believe it is my duty to restore and/or maintain quality vision when possible, and comfort always. Providing therapies for visual, pain-free, cosmetic eyes to our patients is essential. I enjoy working closely with my clients and referring veterinarians to provide the absolute best care to my patients.
I am an avid music fan; my most influential musical inspiration is Waylon Jennings. I enjoy horseback riding, running, live music, songwriting, and spending time with my family, friends, and beloved animals. I have been known to perform duets with my Dad. I share my heart with my Golden Retriever mix June Carter, lab/pit/heeler/street dog mix Beaucephus Williams, long-haired dachshund Stoney Earle, and cat Lucinda Williams. I am often seen trying to stay atop my handsome off the track thoroughbred horse who goes by Wyatt P. Colton.
Gregory D. Herndon, DVM, DACVS
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Noelle S. Bergman, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
My love for animals and medicine began on my family’s dairy farm when I was just a baby. As soon as I was old enough I was helping out in every way that I could. I was involved in all aspects of the dairy business and gained a vast knowledge of animal management. I attended NC State University where I graduated with a BS in Animal Science and a minor in Nutrition in 2000. My family and I now reside in Leicester on our farm where we enjoy spending time with our dogs, cats, chickens, donkeys, goats, and beef cattle. We also enjoy spending time at church, being involved with 4-H, playing sports, and being outdoors.
I am originally from Northeast, Ohio. I began my career working in different areas of management in human medicine. In 2009, I branched into the veterinary field and fell in love. I worked in a very busy referral/emergency hospital very similar to REACH. I enjoyed working within a hospital that was able to provide a multitude of services under one roof. I pride myself in creating and maintaining a positive and professional environment for both staff and clients.
My husband and I, along with our two children and boxer Gwen, moved from Ohio to North Carolina in 2017. My husband grew up visiting family in WNC and once I’d seen it for myself, there was no looking back. I was thrilled when a position opened at REACH and I could get back into the veterinary field doing what I love the most