James M. Ray, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Ray is the Chief of Staff at Spartanburg Animal Clinic, joining us in March 2013. He grew up in Itasca, Illinois (west of Chicago) before moving to Naples, Florida when he was 15 years old. Dr. Ray graduated with high honors from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, earning a BS degree in Biology. He then went on to pursue his DVM degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. His medical interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as feline medicine.
Over the course of his veterinary career, Dr. Ray has been chased by buffalo while working on them during an undergraduate internship in Idaho. (He says that "Buffalo are crazy!") For a time, he was a surgeon for large, exotic cats (tigers, lions, servals, etc.) at a sanctuary in Tampa called the Big Cat Rescue. Through Christian Veterinary Missions, he also taught an outdoor class to veterinary healthcare workers in Haiti on how to spay and neuter.
Katherine Elkins, DVM
Dr. Elkins grew up as a self-proclaimed "Army Brat" and has lived in numerous states, Central America, and Europe. She currently lives in Spartanburg, but still calls Alabama home where her parents retired and own a horse farm. She attended Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA for undergraduate studies, receiving a BA in Creative Writing and English Literature. She attended Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, AL for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Before joining Spartanburg Animal Clinic, Dr. Elkins practiced medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada and various locations within the Upstate South Carolina area. Her special interests include geriatric medicine, pain management, internal medicine, dermatology, and animal welfare.
At home Dr. Elkins has a 3-year-old Newfoundland-Retriever mix named Oliver, who she considers her co-pilot and co-adventurer. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, music, horseback riding, yoga, hiking, kayaking, obedience and agility work with Oliver, and just about anything else that involves being outside in the mountains with her dog. Another beloved pet of hers is Scooby, an English Thoroughbred gelding who lives the good life on her parents' farm.
Kevin Garrison, DVM
Dr. Kevin Garrison began working at Spartanburg Animal Clinic in November 2017. He grew up in Downers Grove, Ilinois, a suburb of Chicago; later, his father's job brought him to Spartanburg where he graduated from Spartanburg High School. Dr. Garrison attended the University of South Carolina Upstate before transferring to University of North Carolina Charlotte where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Dr. Garrison worked for many years as Veterinary Technician before attending veterinary school. Earning a DVM degree from North Carolina State University, he practiced in Florida and New Jersey prior to moving back to South Carolina to be closer to family.
His professional interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and oral surgery. Outside of work he enjoys exercising, playing guitar, golfing, and he loves to cook.