Vet Techs and Assistants
Kristi Hood: Practice Manager
Kristi joined Holly Tree Animal Hospital in 2004, where she originally started as a vet tech. She currently plays the role of Practice Manager. She has two children, Jillian (nine) and Justin (eight), and a Great Dane (Daisy), a red-front macaw (Dori) and a kitty (Ivey). Kristi is a certified judge with the SCBA and enjoys traveling around South Carolina to judge the state's best BBQ. She also enjoys making various homemade soaps, scrubs and lotions.
Lauren Stephens: Licensed Veterinary Technician
Lauren joined Holly Tree Animal Hospital in May 2011. Lauren graduated in 2014 from Tri-County Technical College’s AVMA accredited Veterinary Technician Program. Lauren received her licensure in August 2016. In her spare time she enjoys pet sitting and spending time with her boyfriend and friends. She is a mother to three fur babies: A boxer mix (Braxton) and two cats Domino and Toro.
Valerie Patton: Licensed Veterinary Technician
Valerie Patton joined the Holly Tree team in March 2015. She grew up in Michigan where she joined the military. After serving for over 10 years she decided to make a life change and follow her heart which led her to veterinary medicine. Valerie is a graduate of the veterinary technology program at Brown Mackie College - South Bend. She is married with four children: three boys and a little baby girl. She also has a Vizsla mix (Buttercup) and many tropical fish. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and spending time with her family.
Jason Autrey: Veterinary Technician
Jason Autrey joined Holly Tree Animal Hospital in October 2013. Jason comes with over 18 years of experience in the veterinary field. In his spare time, Jason enjoys his pets at home. Giorgio, a 12 year old Golden Retriever, is the center of his household, while Dusty, the Toy Poodle, mentally holds first reign in the house, as any respectable Poodle would. They are followed by two Chinese Cresteds, one named Qi and the other Chanel. They are inseparable and very energetic. Jason has worked in very many aspects of Veterinary medicine, and we are happy that he is a part of our team!
Katie Laurens: Veterinary Technician
Katie joined Holly Tree Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant in November 2007. She keeps busy at home with her 4 rescue kitties, Merlin, Romeo, Luna, and Lorenzo. Katie loves to find special ways to help our boarders and hospitalized patients feel comfortable and at home in our clinic. Outside the office, Katie enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.