Michelle is a South Carolina native from the small town of Lugoff. Knowing she always wanted to be a veterinarian and help animals since she was a little girl. She pursued her undergraduate degree from The College of Charleston. She received her B.S. in Biology in 2006 and went on to graduate from the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine (Gooo Dawgs!!) with her DVM degree in 2011. She has since moved to the Rock Hill area to pursue her love of helping animals and has been practicing locally prior to joining Catawba Animal Clinic in 2016. Michelle enjoys feline medicine, dermatology, and forming close relationships with her patients and pet parents. At home she has a Pomeranian named Kuma, a shelter rescue named Thai and a cat named Van Morrison. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Jimmy; spending time with family and being outside as much as possible.
Melissa Privette, DVM
Melissa is a Rock Hill native graduating from Northwestern High School in 1997. She attended Clemson University for her undergraduate studies (Go Tigers!) and graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After earning her degree, she pursued her post doctoral education as an Intern in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, FL. She joined the Catawba Animal Clinic team in 2011 and her professional interests include surgery (specialty and routine) geriatric medicine, ophthalmology, and pain management.
A fun fact regarding Melissa is that she started working at Catawba Animal Clinic in 1995 as a part of the kennel team. She continued as part of the team throughout her time at Clemson and acquired experience as a technician and receptionist, as well as a kennel counselor prior to her entering veterinary school in 2001.
At home, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband William and their three children- Hazel (2012), Dixon (2015) and Wyatt (2017). She is learning how to operate the tractor on their farm and takes every opportunity to visit family on the coast of SC.
Heidi H. Buckley, DVM
Growing up in Connecticut, Heidi decided very early to become a Veterinarian. After graduating Cornell University, she moved south to attend the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She returned to Connecticut for a short time after a post graduate internship at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, but quickly decided that she no longer enjoyed winter in New England. Heidi joined Catawba Animal Clinic in 1997 and her professional special interests are feline medicine, geriatrics, and infectious disease. She is a member of the AVMA and SCAV and is certified in the PennHIP X-ray Technique. Heidi’s free time is spent with her husband Tim, their children Sam and Kate, and their cat Finnegan and Tibetan Spaniel Mushu. They enjoy hiking and travel. Heidi also enjoys helping with Kate’s Girl Scout and Sam’s Boy Scout Troops.
Christine White, DVM
Christine is a Rock Hill native, though she had a start as an Army brat in Germany. She actually attended elementary school right across the street at Ebinport Elementary School! Her parents report that she claimed to want to become a veterinarian as soon as she could talk. With tolerant parents, she was able to have many pets as a child from the goldfish from the school fair to the stray kitten to a barn full of horses!
Her education began at Converse College with studies in biology, chemistry and politics. Christine graduated from North Carolina State Univerity College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She began practicing equine medicine and canine rehabilitative medicine in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2006, she returned to Rock Hill and joined the team at Catawba Animal Clinic.
With a long-time interest in canine athletes and physical medicine, Christine has done extensive coursework in physical rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee. She completed the coursework for a CCRP certification in 2013, and she now offers physical rehabilitation as a service at Catawba Animal Clinic.
John J. Mazur, DVM
John received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Masters of Medical Microbiology from the University of Georgia May 1997. He moved to the Rock Hill area and joined Catawba Animal Clinic. John is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the South Carolina Veterinary Association (SCAV). He had the privilege of serving as the SCAV public relations chairperson from 1999-2001. In addition to practicing veterinary medicine and surgery, John enjoys spending time with his wife Christie, their two sons Will (2001) and Jack (2007), and their dachshund Izzy.
Dr. Kandace N. Koukoutsis
Dr. Kandace N. Koukoutsis joined our practice in September 2018. She is originally from Cincinnati, OH and received her B.A. in Microbiology from Miami University in 2001. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She went on to complete a general Internship and Emergency Clerkship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists in Southfield, MI. She completed a Cardiology Internship at MedVet Columbus, OH and then went onto small animal general practice. She became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2013. She was with VCA Sawmill Animal Hospital for 9 years before relocation to Charlotte, NC. She worked at Atrium Animal Hospital in the south Charlotte area for 1 ½ years prior to relocating to South Carolina. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, being outside and spending time with her husband and two children.