A native of Columbia, Bert moved to Rock Hill in 1980 after doing his undergraduate work at Clemson University and receiving his DVM degree from the University of Georgia. His special professional interests include immune system diseases and pediatric and geriatric medicine.
Bert has been active in the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, in the positions of District Representative, Chairman of several committees, and serving as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-President, President-Elect, and also President of the SCAV. He was appointed by the Governor to serve on the South Carolina Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and was Chairman of that licensing agency in 2011. Bert was chosen as South Carolina’s Veterinarian of the Year in 1997.
A Sunday School teacher at Rock Hill’s First Baptist Church, Bert has assisted native tribes with their livestock on veterinary mission trips to Kenya. His wife, Nancy, is a teacher who in the past has served in the Rock Hill School District, Westminster Catawba Christian School and currently works as an 1840’s Schoolmistress in the living history program at Historic Brattonsville. They have three children: Hunter, who lives with his wife Allison and their two children, here in Rock Hill, Rebekah, a Clemson graduate who lives in Ithaca NY with her husband, Xander who is in veterinary school at Cornell University, and David, who also lives in Rock Hill with his wife Ellen.
Bert and Nancy enjoy church activities, outdoor sports, and travel.