Meet Our Team

Everyday our team of professional and caring veterinarians, technicians and support staff work together to treat your loved ones with compassion, respect, dignity and unsurpassed care. Our doctors and staff are trained and experienced specifically in emergency medical care and specialty veterinary medicine. Throughout your pet’s visit, our compassionate staff will work hard to provide comfort and constant attention to the needs of both you and your loved one.

Veterinarians

Randy Wetzel, DVM

Medical Director & Emergency Veterinarian

From Pittsburgh, PA and a family of six, I graduated from Northland College in Ashland, WI. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry, I went on to study at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and spent my first year in a family practice in Lexington, KY.

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.

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Outside of the hospital I enjoy time with my family (wife, two children, two kitties and one dog), biking and spending time outdoors. I have a strong interest in preserving resources and the natural environment and finding ways to accomplish this in my professional and personal life. My motto is “Work hard, play hard, and never, never, never, never give up.” (Winston Churchill).

Judi Krauskopf, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

I graduated in 1990 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada. I have worked in various locales over the years. I discovered a passion for emergency medicine while working in Boulder, Colorado then Tacoma, Washington. My other passions are the outdoors, exploring, and traveling.

I love the Appalachian mountain trails, the climate of Western North Carolina, and the many friends I have found here.

Jennifer Hanes, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

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Rachel Horne, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami in 2001 and received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 2007. After completing a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center in 2008, I worked as an emergency veterinarian in the San Francisco Bay Area until coming to Asheville in the fall 2012.
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While I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, my special interests include shock resuscitation, trauma surgery, infectious disease, and nursing management of critically ill patients. I enjoy the outdoors with my husband, Noah, two daughters, Heron and Freya, and two dogs, Nari (spotty dog) and Madison (classic yellow lab).

Amelia Taber, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

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.
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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

Emergency Veterinarian

I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA and studied computer science at the University of Pittsburgh. I started my career in Philadelphia as a management consultant in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2006, I turned to the veterinary profession to treat my dog for a severe autoimmune disease. I was so inspired by the veterinarians who cared for my dog that I made the decision to leave the corporate world and join them as a colleague.
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I completed a pre-medical post-baccalaureate program at Temple University in 2008 and earned my veterinary medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. I completed a rotating internship at Pennsylvania Specialty and Emergency Associates in Philadelphia, during which I received training in emergency and critical care, surgery, internal medicine, radiology, cardiology, and dermatology. I developed a strong passion for emergency medicine and made it the focus of my veterinary career. After my internship, I continued working at the same hospital as an associated ER veterinarian.

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

Emergency Veterinarian

Originally from Seymour, Tennessee, I grew up on a farm with my mom, dad and brother. I spent much of my early years working around the veterinary clinic where my mother practiced, or on job sites doing electrical work with my father. I attended the University of Tennessee where I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2005 and later graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.
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After vet school, I moved to Georgia where I worked at a mixed animal practice in the mountains for a year followed by the past six years working at an emergency facility outside of Atlanta. The love of my life, Jenna, and I are excited to have relocated to Asheville, which brings us back in the Appalachian Mountains that we love so much. We are thrilled to get to raise our daughter, Delilah, in such a wonderful place. I am so happy to join the REACH team where I can continue to pursue my passion of emergency medicine while doing so in such a beautiful part of the country. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, and generally anything outdoors with our four-legged companions (Gigi, Hound dog, & Frankenstein).

Melissa Hawkins, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

Originally from southwestern Michigan, I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 at Michigan State University. Go Spartans! I practiced small animal general medicine for 11 1/2 years in Pittsburgh, PA, Nacogdoches, TX, and Indianapolis, IN. My responsibilities included day emergency and overnight on-call services. In October 2016 I moved to practicing emergency medicine exclusively, and love it!
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I have been fortunate to work with excellent surgeons and internal medicine specialists during this time. I have a special interest in small mammals and pocket pets, as well as trauma, renal disease, and infectious disease. I enjoy being a veterinarian. It is truly a pleasure and privilege for me to care for pets and their families.

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.

David Silliman, DVM

Practice Limited to Surgery

David Silliman has been a part of the Surgery team at REACH Veterinary Specialists since 2019. Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Silliman attended North Carolina State University where he earned both a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 2005. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Silliman attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where he earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2010. Following his graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Silliman completed a yearlong small animal rotating internship as well as a surgical internship, followed by a three-year surgical residency at Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Dr. Silliman has worked at specialty hospitals in Chicago, and Pittsburgh since completing his residency.
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Although Dr. Silliman is experienced in all aspects of small animal surgery, he has particular interests in minimally invasive soft tissue procedures, surgical oncology, as well as orthopedic surgeries and advanced surgical techniques. Outside of the operating room, Dr. Silliman is focused on providing comprehensive patient care, with patient quality of life always remaining of the utmost importance. Dr. Silliman believes that a combination of compassion, commitment, communication, and teamwork are the ideal tools for providing the best possible veterinary care to his patients.

When he is not busy caring for animals, Dr. Silliman enjoys hiking, and fishing, as well as spending time with his family and friends. He has a dog and two cats he shares his home with.

Jose Guevara, VMD

Practice Limited to Surgery

Dr. Guevara was born and raised outside of Washington, D.C. in the Maryland suburbs. He completed a degree in political science at Stanford University. Before pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Guevara spent time working as a teacher and a property manager, while gaining a love for animals as he volunteered at a local ASPCA clinic. He then earned his degree as a doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He then completed a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, surgical internships at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center and the Carolina Veterinary Specialists, and an Orthopedic Fellowship as well as a three year residency in small animal surgery at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
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Dr. Guevara’s enjoys all areas of small animal surgery, but his special interests include orthopedics, minimally invasive surgery, wound management, 3D printing surgical models, and physical rehabilitation.

Outside of the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his wife Natalie, her two boys, Brooks and Parker, and their many dogs and cats. He enjoys traveling, mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, yoga, and exploring the many restaurants Asheville has to offer.

Management Team

Christy Reeves

Operations Manager

I began working for REACH in June of 2000 as a veterinary assistant, slowly adding on responsibilities every few months. I am not involved with patient care any longer, which I do miss, but I am very content with my current position. Some of my duties have included inventory management, staff scheduling and quality control, but now as Operations Manager, I mostly deal with bookkeeping, human resources, regulatory compliance, IT maintenance and the day to day operations of a business.
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I have watched REACH change in many ways and I am very proud of our hospital. I look forward to growing with REACH and to serving our community here in Western North Carolina.

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.

Alanna Light

Referral Coordinator

I am an Asheville transplant, having moved from Overland Park, KS in August 2014 with my husband. We wanted to explore the mountains and thought Asheville sounded perfect. I have worked in veterinary medicine on and off for the past ten years, only taking a break to receive a BA in Environmental Education from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA.
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We love exploring the city and the mountains of WNC with our dogs, Franklin, a dachshund mix, and Finn, a French Bulldog. While we are out exploring, our apartment is ruled by an orange bob-tail cat named Marius.

Lona Burbage RVT

Veterinary Technician Manager

Lona graduated from Tri-County Technical College in 2000 with an Associate in Health Science (Veterinary Technology) and became credentialed that same year.  She has been in veterinary medicine for 24 years, 15 of which has been in Emergency and Critical Care.  She has also been in general practice and Neurology/Neurosurgery.
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It has been a dream of Lona’s to live in the beautiful mountains of WNC for several years.  She spends a majority of her time outdoors gardening, camping, hiking, and kayaking. Lona has 2 cats, Huck and Butta Bean, as well as a beta fish, Linny.

Beth Georgiou

Client Services Manager

I waited until I was a million years old to introduce little people into my life, so now I share my house with my Cypriot born husband, Marios and twin boys, Nicholas and Tye.   I also have 2 labrador retrievers who were the original babies of the house.  Maxxine is a yellow lab whom I absolutely adore and would clone if I could.  My 6 year old chocolate lab, Cooper is still as hyper as a 2 year old and I am not sure she will ever slow down.

I love to ride my bike and run, preferably in the woods.  In a perfect world, I would ride or run everyday of my life.

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A few years ago, the Pacific Northwest was calling me so I moved to Washington state and promptly moved back within 9 months.  Moving made me realize how much I appreciate the culture and atmosphere in Asheville.  I love that I get to see the mountains everyday of my life and feel like the woods are my sacred space.  I have been a vegetarian for more than half my life and I love that living in Asheville makes that so simple.  I feel extremely fortunate to live in such a wonderful and diverse place.  

To date, my favorite place to have traveled to is the country of Cyprus.  You can’t go too wrong living in a country that has a gorgeous beach, a 6,000 foot peak (within biking distance of the beach), and it is sunny most of the time.  It is a wonderful place.

Sharon Ammons, RVT

Veterinary Technician Manager

I have been in the veterinary field well over 30 years and love what I do!  Spending time with my family, teaching, volunteering, swimming and gardening are some of my favorite things.  I look forward each year to filling my garden with hundreds of sunflowers (and many vegetables too).  
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I joined REACH as a relief technician at first then later as a full-time technician.  I love the people I work with!  They are so dedicated to the wellbeing of our patients.  I feel very blessed to be part of such a wonderful and caring team.

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