At Blue Ridge Animal Hospital, a Greer veterinarian, we believe that exceptional animal health care is made up of all of these things and so much more. Most importantly, we feel blessed and truly honored to be in a position to make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who love them. The chance to help – the chance to heal – the chance to save a life….and, of course, all the puppy and kitten cuddles we can handle. That’s why we do what we do, and that’s why so many loving pet parents trust us with the care of their most cherished companions.
Kristina Koch, DVM – Medical Director
Dr. Koch is a California native. She received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1998. From there, she went on to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2002. She went on to get additional training by completing an internship at the Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists in Florida with a concentration in surgery and emergency medicine. Since that time, she has practiced for years in both emergency and general settings. She has moved to South Carolina with her better half, her four feisty kitties, and her trusty pup JoJo in search of cooler weather. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, exploring nature, and “flitting about the planet” to see more of the world.
Dr. Joanna Morel, DVM
Dr. Morel grew up in a South Jersey suburb of Philadelphia. She attended Rutgers University where she received her Bachelors in Science in both Ecology and Evolution before moving north where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at Tufts University. After veterinary school, she completed a one-year general internship, followed by a one-year internal medicine internship at Pieper Memorial Hospital in Connecticut.
Dr. Morel comes to Greenville after four years in a fast-paced, 24/7 general and emergency medicine practice in Atlanta. Her professional interests include internal medicine, (particularly chronic kidney, liver, and GI disease as well as geriatric medicine), but she also enjoys snuggling with puppies and kittens.
Dr. Morel shares her home with her dog, Ellie Mae (aka Ellie Smelly Belly), and her cat, Nugget (aka Nuggie Pie). In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, pottery, and reading. She is looking forward to exploring the trails and restaurants the Upstate has to offer.
Carol Springs, DVM
Dr. Springs was inspired to work in the veterinary field by her father, who served as a veterinarian in the United States Air Force for 28 years. She’s honored to follow in his footsteps and even attended the same veterinary school as he did!
As an Air Force brat, Carol grew up in several states across the U.S. even spending four years of her early childhood in Germany. After the family settled in South Carolina, Carol attended Furman University in Greenville for her undergraduate studies. After that, she was accepted to the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her father graduated from the same school in 1958. After graduating from vet school in 1992, she worked six years at a clinic in Spartanburg. Dr. Springs joined Blue Ridge Animal Hospital in October 1998.
Client education is of the utmost importance to Dr. Springs. She says it’s difficult these days to compete with “Dr. Google,” but she’s determined to give patients more accurate information and resources. She’s also passionate about dermatology, in part due to the pet skin problems in the Southeast. Dr. Springs also served a term on the South Carolina Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Carol lives with her husband, Jay, a writer. They’ve been married since 1995 and have one son named Isaac. The family shares their home with three pets: two cats and a dog. All of the four footed children are rescues.
When time permits, Dr. Springs enjoys reading – She says it’s inevitable that she married a man who also loves words and books! She also enjoys spending time with family and exploring historical sites.
Madelynn Garrelts, DVM
Dr. Garrelts joined Blue Ridge Animal Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian in the beginning of June 2017. She received her veterinary education from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Georgia in May 2016. Her undergraduate degree was completed at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, where she studied Animal Science and worked with dairy cattle. She decided to attend these schools to become a veterinarian after realizing this job would be the perfect combo of her interest in a career in the medical field and love for working with animals.
Between finishing school and moving to Blue Ridge, she worked as an emergency veterinarian in Georgia providing care for dogs and cats. She received the UGA CVM award for Proficiency in Emergency and Critical Care. While she still very much loves emergency cases, Dr. Garrelts also has an interest in soft tissue surgery and working with geriatric animals.
Dr. Garrelts has relocated to the Greenville area and looks forward to the close doctor-client relationship that a general practice offers, as well as working with the team at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital. She has two dogs: an awkward but sweet collie named Nabb and a pushy but friendly chocolate lab named Lucy. Her hobbies include walking (and hopefully more running!) with her dogs after work, attending spinning classes, trying new restaurants around the area, and trying to figure out what more of her hobbies are left after surviving veterinary school.
Blue Ridge Animal Hospital
224 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greer, South Carolina 29650
Hours of Operation
Monday & Wednesday
Wednesday only closed 1-3PM
Tuesday & Friday
In the event of an emergency during our normal office hours please call ahead if possible and proceed directly to our practice. For after-hour emergencies, we advise that you contact the pet emergency center shown below:
Animal Emergency Clinic
Monday-Friday: 6pm - 8am
Saturday: 12 noon - Monday: 8am
Holidays: 12am - 12pm
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