“Our greatest pleasure comes from caring for your pet as our own.”
As a family, the Shulers have a long history of supporting their community by providing quality veterinary care. In 1953 Dr. Lanier Shuler, an Auburn graduate, started it all by opening his clinic in St. George, SC to provide services for small and large animals. His son, Glenn Shuler, joined him in practice in 1984 after graduating from Georgia.
The late Dr. J.O. Shuler opened Mt. Pleasant Animal Hospital in 1959 after graduating from Georgia. His was the first full time veterinary hospital in the town of Mt. Pleasant! J.O. had the first X-Ray machine “East of the Cooper” and it was used in emergencies for both people and pets! In 1968 Kenneth (K.C.) Shuler joined his uncle J.O. in practice. K.C. Shuler, a Georgia graduate, expanded the business by building Shuler Veterinary Clinic, also in Mt. Pleasant, in 1992. It was a good thing he did too, because his two sons, Kenneth Jr. and Kevin and their wives all became veterinarians. Kenneth and Heather Shuler, both Georgia graduates, own a practice in Santee, SC. Kevin and Laura Shuler and Dr. Marian Shuler Holladay practice here in Mt. Pleasant at our two locations.
After Dr. K.C. Shuler retired in 2005, Drs. Kevin and Laura, both Tuskegee University graduates, took over both Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital and Shuler Veterinary Clinic. In the spring of 2005 cousin Dr. Marian Shuler Holladay, a Georgia graduate, came in to run Shuler Veterinary Clinic. We have continued expanding the businesses and in 2006 the new Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital opened near the original building. The Shulers are indeed a unique family. All of the Doctors here are proud of their heritage in both the veterinary profession and in the community in which they live and work. As always, we pledge to continue the long family tradition of providing the best quality care in a caring and professional manner.
Dr. Andrew Eppelsheimer, also known as “Dr. Epp”, is a Charleston native. He was raised on Isle of Palms until the age of 10 when his family made the transition to Mount Pleasant. Dr. Epp and his family have always had a passion for animals. Growing up, his family had everything from dogs and cats to birds. He attended Wando High School where he received a Division I athletic scholarship to attend and play soccer for Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.
After receiving a bachelor degree in biology from Wofford College Dr. Epp knew veterinary school was in his future. He completed his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Ross University and spent his clinical year at the University of Florida. Dr. Epp started his career practicing emergency medicine in Saint Augustine, FL. It has always been a dream of Dr. Epp’s to return to his native Charleston. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has strong interest in soft tissue surgery as well as client education. While in veterinary school he met his wife, Marcela, also a veterinarian. They share their home with their two dogs, Bouy, a 5 yr old German Shorthaired Pointer, and a 3 yr old rescue dog, Milo. We are very excited to have him join the Shuler team.
Leslie is the Practice Manager for Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital and Shuler Veterinary Clinic. Leslie was born and raised in southern Indiana, across from Louisville, Kentucky. She started in the veterinary field in Atlanta, Georgia in 1984 as a kennel technician, walking dogs and cleaning cages. She came to Charleston in 1986, and was hired by Dr. K.C. Shuler as a technician at Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital. Because of her husband Mark’s job, she moved away for a few years, always wanting to return to the Charleston area.
Returning a few years later she was rehired at by Dr. KC. So you might say she definitely enjoyed working with Shuler clan! She was blessed to have adopted her first four legged baby in March of 1999. His full given name is Buffett T Dog. She calls him ”Buffett” when he is a good dog and “T dog” when he is a bad dog. T dog stands for “the dog”.
Tim was born in New Jersey. As far back as he can remember, he has always had a passion for animals. Growing up, his family had everything from dogs to reptiles, all the weird and exotics. Tim graduated college with a degree in marine biology and a minor in animal science. He has been in the veterinary field since 1986 and worked in all areas from front desk to surgery.
His passion lies in the treatment area, with surgery, dental cleanings and hospitalized animals. After moving from Jersey to Florida in 2001 he came to Charleston to be closer to his family in Greenville. Every place he has called home has been near the Atlantic. Since moving to Charleston, Tim has become the proud parent of 2 darling Chihuahua mixes, Darcie and Daisy.
Katie was born in Huntington, NY, a suburb of New York City. Katie comes from a big family of animal lovers, but she took her love one step further. In 2000, Katie graduated with a degree in Veterinary Sciences and became a licensed Veterinary Technician. Katie took a break from the animal world for a few years to start a family. After moving to Mount Pleasant in the summer of 2012, and both children in school it was time to follow her heart once again. In July of 2013 she joined the Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital family.
From taking in a stray cat, adopting a dog she nursed back to health after being hit by a car, or just helping a horseshoe crab get back into the ocean, her heart has always been with animals. Her true passion is teaching her children to love and respect animals and nature.
Julie just moved to West Ashley from Columbia in October 2012 with her husband, Tony. He accepted a job here and forced the move. She hated to leave her job in Columbia which she loved so much, but now feels lucky she did move.
Julie has been an animal lover all her life, but did not pursue a career in the veterinary field until about 2007. It makes her very happy to know she is helping those who cannot speak.
Julie and Tony have a small mixed breed dog named Leroy. He is a professional ballplayer and Julie’s sidekick. They definitely plan on getting Leroy a little brother or sister very soon. Julie loves exploring Charleston and doing activities outdoors with her husband and Leroy.
Karen was born in a small town in South Carolina called Bennettsville and moved to the Charleston area at the young age of 5. She attended college and received her Associates Degree in Secretarial Science from Trident Technical College and has been in customer service for over 35 years. Karen has always has a love for animals since a young age and decided to move into the veterinary field 2 1/2 years ago.
Karen has a son and daughter and 2 granddaughters. She loves taking them to water parks, the beach, and shopping! She also owns a 95-pound lab, Doc, who loves to go swimming and take mom for long walks.
Kit grew up in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Since she was a little girl she loved all animals. She had just about every kind of pet you could imagine: dogs, cats, turtles, a duck, a rat, and even a ferret. But her main love was horses.
She attended Clemson University where she graduated with a BS in Graphic Communications and minor in business administration. While at Clemson she rode on the equestrian team.
After college she moved to Atlanta where she started her career in the Advertising/Marketing industry. Her job eventually brought her back to the Charleston area. After over 10 years in the corporate world, Kit decided she wanted to spend more time with her favorite furry creatures. She joined the MPAH/SVC team in 2014 as a Veterinary Technician and loves being hands on with animals on a daily basis.
When she’s not at the clinic she enjoys teaching horseback riding lessons and spending time with her husband, Joe, daughter, Merritt, and their 2 dogs, Derby and Porter, and 3 horses, Paris, Juliet and Cede.
Maddy recently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The College of Charleston, along with a minor in Studio Art. The Charlotte, North Carolina native is happily a full-time vet tech here at Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital now!
Other than applying to Veterinary School, Maddy spends her spare time with her best-friend Beamer (a pointer mix) chasing squirrels or attempting to wrangle her rambunctious calico cat (named Biscuit). Maddy also enjoys getting outside as much as possible. She’s an avid climber, swimmer, and mountain-biker.