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Waynesville Veteranarian Dr. Paul Kern, Balsam Animal Hospital

Dr. Kern, Veterinarian

Over 20 years experience as veterinarian. Doctor Kern is an experience veterinarian with advanced training. Our promise is to fulfill our mission to provide compassionate care that improves quality of life for our patients and for those who love them.

Waynesville Veteranarian Dr. Paul Kern, Balsam Animal Hospital

Dr. Daniel Moore, Veterinarian

Daniel Moore was born in Winston-Salem and was raised in Hendersonville, NC. Growing up in the mountains, he developed a love for outdoor activities, especially fishing and camping. After high school, he earned his US Coast Guard Captain’s license and moved to Alaska to become a fishing guide. Eventually, family, friends and fiancé brought him back to western North Carolina where he enrolled at UNC Asheville with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. He graduated from UNCA with high honors in Chemistry and completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Moore enjoys the challenges and gratification that comes from caring for pets and the problems they encounter. He and his wife, Lelah, have two rescue dogs, Mason and Charlie, who have become members of their family.

Waynesville Veteranarian Dr. Paul Kern, Balsam Animal Hospital

Veterinarian Assistant, Natalie Kern

I’ve been working at Balsam Animal Hospital for 5 years and I always enjoy seeing both the long time patients and the new. I have a few pets of my own including my German wire-hair pointer, Ella and three rowdy cats: Rocky, Salazar, and Xena. Most of them I picked up by accident but I would never part with any one now! I also live with my fiancé Ryan who tries to restrain my “accidental adoptions” but he can’t resist a sweet animal either. Following our wedding I intend to enroll in school to become a licensed funeral director.

Waynesville Veteranarian Dr. Paul Kern, Balsam Animal Hospital

Registered Tech, Caroline Stiles

My name is Caroline stiles, I’m 23 years old and native to Haywood County. I graduated from AB Tech with an AAS in veterinary technology, in 2013. I’m now a registered veterinary technician. I have worked at Balsam Animal Hospital since 2012, and worked here while I was finishing up my degree. I’m considering getting my bachelor’s degree studying veterinary technology and possibly going on to get my doctorate in veterinary medicine. I have 3 dogs, and the biggest one is a white boxer named Lily, and she is pretty much my child.

Waynesville Veteranarian Dr. Paul Kern, Balsam Animal Hospital

Laura Howell, Assistant and Receptionist

My name is Laura Howell & I am a vet assistant & receptionist. As a member of Western Carolina Reptile Society, I take a special interest in reptiles. I also enjoy wildlife rehabilitation. At home, I have dogs, cats, reptiles, & birds. I have worked as a vet assistant since 2012.