Scott Helms, DVM, DABVP - Internal Medicine
Dr. Helms graduated from North Carolina State with a BS in Zoology. In 1987, he graduated from North Carolina State’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he is a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. He is board-certified in Canine and Feline practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He was a member of the executive board of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association for seven years and president of the association from 2007 to 2008. He is the author of several publications, and his research interests include feline hyperthyroidism, feline hypertension, and transdermal therapy. He resides in Morganton with his wife, two children, and a collection of pets.
Sharon Finster, DVM, DACVECC - Critical Care
Dr. Finster completed her DVM at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She went on to do a rotating medicine/surgery internship at Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Canada. While in Canada, she had many adventures including volunteering to help with the veterinary care on the 350 mile Canadian Challenge sled dog race. Dr. Finster came back to North Carolina State to complete her residency in emergency and critical care. She comes to us from San Francisco, California. Her special interests include high risk anesthesia, fluid resuscitation and emergency stabilization, and traumatic brain injury. In her off-clinic time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and bike riding.
Joseph Sawdy, DVM, MS - Emergency
Dr. Joseph Sawdy completed all of his training at the Ohio State University. He holds a BS in Animal Sciences, an MS in Agriculture (Muscle Biology and Protein Chemistry), and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sawdy has a diverse background in the veterinary field, including private practice, public health, and education. He has been employed in small animal practice, has served as a Public Health Veterinarian with the US Department of Agriculture, and has taught in a registered veterinary technician program at a local community college. Dr. Sawdy lives in Morganton and is married with two children. He currently also has two cats, a bearded dragon, and several chickens. His personal hobbies include hiking, biking, camping, outdoor pursuits, gardening, and home improvement.
Michelle Aldridge, DVM - Emergency
Dr. Michelle Aldridge is from the greater Seattle area. Fresh out of high school, she worked as a kennel assistant and fell in love with the veterinary profession and helping people and animals. She went to veterinary technician school in 2009 and earned a two-year degree in veterinary technology. She worked for several years before going back to school to earn a bachelor of science in Microbiology at the University of Washington. From there, she went to Washington State University for a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She worked as a licensed technician in emergency medicine for five years and now will join the CASE team as an Emergency Veterinarian. When she’s not at work, she enjoys gardening, being outdoors, and spending time with her toy fox terrier, Priya.