Sharon Finster, DVM, DACVECC - Critical Care and Internal Medicine
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.
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