Our Doctors


Scott Helms, DVM, DABVP - Internal Medicine

Dr. Helms graduated from North Carolina State with a Bachelor of Science 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 canine and feline practice board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He was also 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.

Laura Haysom, DVM, DACVIM- Internal Medicine

Dr. Laura Haysom received her veterinary degree from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. She then moved to Queensland for a year-long, rotating internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Haysom practiced as an associate doctor at a general practice before traveling to Auburn University in Alabama for a specialty internship. It was followed by an admirable 3-year residency and a Master’s program. She achieved an ACVIM certification in July 2018 and has since been working in beautiful, sunny California in a private specialty practice.

Her clinical interests include endocrinology diagnosis and treatment of immune-mediated diseases. She believes in the importance of developing strong client-patient relationships and maintaining the quality of life of her patients.

When she's not working, Dr. Haysom loves spending time with her daughter, husband, three dogs, and cat. The family loves traveling and is excited to explore North Carolina and its beautiful surrounds.

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Adam Moore, DVM - Internal Medicine

Dr. Adam Moore received his veterinary degree from the University of Sydney in Australia, followed by a small animal rotating internship in West Palm Beach, FL, and a specialty internship in internal medicine in Cordova, TN.

He completed his residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Boren Veterinary Medical Center at Oklahoma State University, during which he received a research grant to study the effects of snake venom in dogs and horses. Earlier this year, he also passed the SAIM specialty board examination.

Dr. Moore enjoys all aspects of internal medicine but is particularly passionate about infectious and gastrointestinal diseases. When he is not in the clinic, the self-proclaimed outdoorsman enjoys hiking and horseback riding, as well as spending quality time with his spouse and an ever-growing number of pets and farm animals.

Gregory D. Herndon, DVM, DAVCS-SA - Surgery

Dr. Herndon was originally born in New York but grew up mainly in Virginia, until he went to North Carolina State University. Upon graduating from NCSU, he spent a year at the University College Dublin, School of Veterinary Medicine in Ireland before entering the DVM program at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. It was during his second year in veterinary school that he decided to pursue a career in small animal surgery.

After graduation, he successfully completed a small animal rotating internship at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. Upon completion of his internship, he was accepted into the small animal surgical residency program at Colorado State University, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, and completed his last two years of his residency at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine.

After completing his residency, he passed his board-certifying exam in small animal surgery in 2003. He has spent his career performing surgery in a private practice setting and some time in academia as a professor of Small Animal Surgery at the University of Montreal, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He returned to the US in 2018 to be closer to his family.


Danielle Diamond, DVM - Surgery

Dr. Danielle Diamond grew up traveling the world as a Navy brat. After completing her undergraduate degree at University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and then her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (Grafton, MA), she chose to continue “the family tradition” by entering the United States Army Veterinary Corps. Danielle was fortunate enough to serve her country in locations both domestically and abroad, including a combat deployment to Djibouti, Africa. She was selected for a Small Animal Surgery residency at NC State University (Raleigh, NC) and then able to utilize her specialized training in the Veterinary Corps before deciding to hang up her boots after 14 years of active duty and pursue civilian practice at CASE while still serving in the reserves as a Major.

Danielle’s time in the Army has piqued her interest in Military Working Dog medicine, but her passion still resides in helping every animal live its healthiest and best life – whether that be at “Camp Couch” or defending our freedom. She is excited to bring her worldly knowledge to the Hickory area and develop relationships with both her local veterinary colleagues as well as pet owners.

When not gowned up in the OR, Danielle spends most of her downtime doting over her three Labradors, honing her skills as an amateur adult equestrian, whipping up cookies in the kitchen, or wading into one of the many local streams with a fly rod.

Kamberlyn Hooper

Kamberlyn Hooper, DVM - Emergency

Dr. Kamberlyn Hooper completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University. She is originally from Murphy, North Carolina, which is the westernmost part of the state. Dr. Hooper lives in Taylorsville with her dog, Rory, and her cat, Lane. Rory came from LMU’s shelter medicine program during Dr. Hoopers’ second year of veterinary school. Lane was found in Hickory after being hit by a car and was brought in by good samaritans. Dr. Hooper was on the hunt for a grey kitten for Rory, and Lane fits the bill.

In her free time, Dr. Hooper loves to travel (mostly to the beach), binge Netflix shows, and spend time with family back in Murphy. Becoming a veterinarian was Dr. Hoopers’ dream career since age 6. She enjoys the ever-changing, fast-paced feel of emergency medicine, and we are grateful to have her as one of our dedicated veterinarians.

Joseph Sawdy, DVM, MS - Emergency

Dr. Joseph Sawdy completed his training at the Ohio State University. His academic journey is marked by outstanding achievements, including a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences, a Master of Science in Agriculture (Muscle Biology and Protein Chemistry), and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Sawdy has a diverse veterinary background, including private practice, public health, and education. He has previously been employed in small animal practice, served as a Public Health Veterinarian with the US Department of Agriculture, and taught in a registered veterinary technician program at a local community college. Dr. Sawdy lives in Morganton with his wife, two children, dogs, a cat, and several chickens. His personal hobbies include hiking, biking, camping, gardening, and home improvement.

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Steven Gregory

Steven Gregory, DVM - Emergency

Dr. Steven Gregory was born and raised in North Carolina. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University and then graduated from the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, Dr. Gregory received training as a Small Animal Rotating Intern at Iowa State University. Dr. Gregory has a strong interest in emergency medicine and internal medicine. He enjoys being able to help sick animals and see a variety of exciting and interesting cases.

Dr. Gregory currently has one cat that he adopted from the animal shelter during vet school and is looking for a dog to bring into the family. His favorite hobbies include snowboarding, hiking, fishing, and traveling.

Katelyn Molinaro, VMD, FFCP - Emergency

Dr. Molinaro grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, located just outside of Scranton (yes, the city from "The Office"). She received a bachelor of science from Pennsylvania State University before earning her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her degree is a "VMD" instead of a "DVM" because the University of Pennsylvania uses the Latin terminology for its veterinary degrees.

After graduation, Dr. Molinaro moved south to Charlotte to complete a general practice & emergency internship at Animal Medical Hospital. After her internship, she worked in general practice, shelter medicine, high quality/high volume spay & neuter, and emergency medicine. She loves the variety of veterinary medicine and regularly uses skills and knowledge from her diverse work background in the ER. Dr. Molinaro is a Fear Free Certified Professional (FFCP), and uses fear-free techniques to reduce her patients' stress.

Dr. Molinaro currently resides in Charlotte with her partner, a scruffy little underbite mutt, and three chaotic cats. When she's not working, you can find her tending to houseplants, walking her dog, and spending time with family & friends.

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Heather-Willis-Goulet DVM, DACVD

Heather Willis-Goulet, DVM, DACVD - Dermatology

Heather Willis-Goulet, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology is board-certified in veterinary dermatology. Since 2001, she has extensive experience in treating difficult to diagnose skin, ear, and nail conditions of the dog and cat. She received her DVM degree from the University of Florida in 2000. After graduation, she completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She then returned to the University of Florida to complete a two-year dermatology residency. Dr. Willis-Goulet has a special interest in improving quality of life for allergic patients, treatment of resistant ear and skin infections, treatment of hair loss, autoimmune diseases, and in the use of sublingual immunotherapy for management of atopic patients. She has spoken nationally at the North American and Western Veterinary Conferences and has authored several articles on veterinary dermatology.

The following are the types of services Dr. Willis-Goulet can provide in the Hickory location:

  • Intradermal allergy testing and management of allergic dermatitis in the dog and cat
  • Medical management of otitis externa and media, including video-otoscopy
  • Management of resistant infections of the skin and ears
  • Diagnosis and management of autoimmune skin diseases
  • Diagnosis and medical management of some skin cancers.

To refer a dermatology patient or schedule an appointment after your regular veterinarian has referred your pet, please contact the Southeast Veterinary Dermatology and Ear Clinic at (704) 588-7004. All referrals and appointments for Dr. Willis-Goulet are made through their office

Jennifer DeRuyck, DVM - Emergency

Dr. DeRuyck graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 and has been dedicated to emergency medicine ever since, inspired by an exceptional mentor during her first year. Over the past two decades, she has honed her skills in veterinary emergency medicine and surgery, providing compassionate care to animals in need throughout Texas.

This spring, drawn by her love for the mountains, Dr. DeRuyck made the exciting decision to relocate to North Carolina. She is eager to serve the local community with her expertise and passion.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. DeRuyck finds joy in the company of her three adult children and two beloved rescue dogs, who were welcomed into her family after overcoming injuries. An avid outdoor enthusiast, she embraces activities like camping, hiking, and kayaking. Additionally, Dr. DeRuyck enjoys the creative challenge of remodeling projects, along with the relaxation of travel, reading, and unwinding on a porch with a steaming cup of tea.


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