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.
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 2 children, Winston and Annie and three dogs, Mason, Charlie and Hank.
Veterinarian Assistant, Natalie Kern
My name is Natalie Donovan and I work as a veterinary assistant here at Balsam Animal Hospital. I also work part-time as a funeral services assistant in Candler. I’m currently working towards attaining an associate degree in applied sciences, with the goal of becoming a licensed funeral director. At home, my family consists of my husband Ryan, two pugs (Skittles and Evie), and three cats (Salazar, Xena, and Hoggle). I enjoy caring for both animals and people, immersing myself in nature, reading, watching fantasy movies, riding my BMW G 310 R, and spending time with my family and friends.
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.
Veterinarian Assistant, Kalynn Baker
My name is Kalynn and I work as a veterinary assistant (and receptionist) here at Balsam Animal Hospital. I’ve been working as part of Dr. Kern’s team since 2016. I have a background in the natural sciences with a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology and Associates degree in Computer Science. Before I became a VA, I spent a few years as an intern and volunteer with The Western North Carolina Nature Center, working with raptors and large carnivores, such as mountain lions, black bears, wolves, and bobcats- it is here that I became certified in Wildlife Rehabilitation. When I'm not at work helping care for your loved ones, I’m home with my family, caring for my three amazing cats, Nova, Pixel, and Sora.
Veterinarian Assistant, Christopher
My name is Christopher Benavides and I work as both a veterinary assistant, as well as a receptionist here at Balsam Animal Hospital. Since a young age, my ambitions have always dwelled in the field of science. After moving to Jackson County in 2005, my attention turned to the animals that inhabit the Appalachian Mountains. I enjoy finding the various reptile and amphibian species that make up one of the most beautiful ecosystems in the world. In 2018, I graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Biology. I aspire to gain my doctorate in veterinary medicine and continue to service animals in need. In my free time, I enjoy taking hikes with my wife Jade and my dog Andy, playing music, and looking for critters in the woods and water.
My name is Lorrie and I was born and raised in Western NC. I have been involved in animal medicine since 2006 and worked with Balsam Animal Hospital since 2016. My love for animals started at a young age, when I was constantly bringing home injured pets and wildlife. This later led to me getting my license in Wildlife Rehabilitation. The favorite part of my job is meeting and caring for all the different animals that come in to Balsam Animal Hospital for our help.
My name is Amber and I am a receptionist at Balsam Animal Hospital. I have worked in various roles of customer service for the past 20 years and have my Associate's degree in Cyber Crime Technology. I am originally from Augusta, GA but have been fortunate to call the mountains home for the past 9 years. I have 2 teenagers, Hannah and Noah, and 2 chihuahuas, Jax and Piper. In my free time, I enjoy riding motorcycles, camping, cooking for family and friends and taking way too many pictures of my dogs!