The Animal Medical Center of Mount Pleasant Puts Our Furry Family Members at Ease

The Animal Medical Center of Mount Pleasant Puts Our Furry Family Members at Ease

The Animal Medical Center of Mount Pleasant
The Animal Medical Center of Mount Pleasant and Best Friends Boarding have been serving Charleston since 1995. They currently have seven veterinarians on staff and employ over 30 highly-skilled pet care providers. They pride themselves on providing extraordinary medical care and superior customer service. Their dedicated service has elevated veterinary care in the area and given pet owners access to the best care for their beloved pets.

Dr. Steven Epstein was born and raised in Mount Pleasant. He was a teenager when he accepted his first position at the Animal Medical Center, which he now owns. Dr. Epstein started as a veterinary technician’s assistant, worked his way up to kennel technician, became a certified veterinary technician, then a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and is now the proud owner of the practice where he got his start. “This hospital is home for me and is my pride and joy,” he beamed.

Their newest vet, Dr. Tess Lawhon, grew up on the Isle of Palms and also started at the Animal Medical Center as a technician’s assistant. Like Dr. Epstein, Dr. Lawhon went on to become a certified veterinary technician and is now a veterinarian at the practice. The opportunity to work together with Dr. Epstein once again is the culmination of grueling studies, hard work and unwavering dedication to the veterinary field.

The Animal Medical Center offers personalized care and the most innovative diagnostic and treatment tools available, including CT, digital radiology, ultrasound, echocardiograms, radioactive iodine therapy, laser therapy, laser surgery and in-house lab work for same-day results. They also maintain relationships with internal medicine, orthopedic and radiology specialists to provide the most complete medical care available.

Recognizing that despite their extraordinary care, standards pets don’t always enjoy visiting the veterinarian, the Animal Medical Care Center is a Fear Free® veterinary practice. To achieve Fear Free accreditation, members of the team undergo rigorous training and testing. They develop a wide range of skills that reduce the stress levels of dogs and cats during veterinary visits. They practice positive-based handling techniques, learn ways to alleviate fear and anxiety during examinations and treatments and master techniques that create an overall more pleasant experience for pets, no matter their age, health, or comfort level. Because fear and anxiety can jeopardize patient care, Fear Free practices see improved outcomes for their patients and their veterinary team alike, which creates an atmosphere of compassion and collaboration that even pet parents can feel.

Voted 2022 Best Veterinarian in Mount Pleasant, the Animal Medical Center believes that companion animals are family. They strive to provide a quality of medicine that is second to none. By staying on top of the latest in veterinary medicine, they ensure the best possible result during every visit. They understand that pets enrich their family’s lives and are dedicated to enriching the lives of pets by offering them the most advanced, exceptional, and dedicated care.

To learn more, visit or call 843-881-5858.

By Isabel Alvarez Arata

The Charleston Cat Groomer named in 2022 Best of Mount Pleasant

The Charleston Cat Groomer named in 2022 Best of Mount Pleasant

The Charleston Cat Groomer was named in 2022 Best of Mount PleasantThe Charleston Cat Groomer
Best Cat Groomer
Nominating Category:
Best Local Pet Website
Whitney Bullock, Owner

What is it like working with the Mount Pleasant community?
Working in the Mount Pleasant community is great. I’ve gotten to know so many people and their cats over the years. I can always find a connection with someone, whether it’s that our kids go to school together or we like the same coffee shop. The shopping center where we are located is a wonderful, tight-knit community, and we all help each other out.

How did your business get started?
I started as a receptionist at a cat-specific veterinarian in Mount Pleasant and moved up from there, eventually helping with surgeries, vet appointments, grooming and more. I learned so much, but the most important thing was how to handle cats. If you don’t know how to read a cat, it can be pretty impossible to groom them.

What is the most rewarding part of your business?
The most rewarding part of my business is educating people. So many people think that cats groom themselves, and the cats suffer. Solving problems like matting, shedding, dandruff, poopy butts, ingrown nails and hairballs makes life easier for you and your cat.

What are some challenges that you’ve overcome?
There’s one major challenge that I overcome pretty much every day, and that is — yes, your cat does need a bath. People have been conditioned to believe that cats hate water, and it simply isn’t true. All you have to do is scroll my Instagram or TikTok feed, and you’ll see happily wet cats!

To learn more, visit, or call 843-926-5281.

Crescent Care Veterinary Clinic: Named in Best of Mount Pleasant 2022

Crescent Care Veterinary Clinic: Named in Best of Mount Pleasant 2022

Crescent Care Veterinary Clinic named in Best of Mount Pleasant 2022Crescent Care Veterinary Clinic
Nominating Category:
Best Veterinarian
Dr. Jeffrey Leeman, DVM, Owner

What is it like working with the Mount Pleasant community?
I have found the community surrounding Crescent Care Veterinary Clinic to be a wonderful and caring group of people. Every year at Christmas, we have a giving tree to sponsor a local shelter — and we always have an outpouring of giving to assist the community shelters. Our community of clients and neighbors are always very generous.

How did your business get started?
I have always dreamed of owning my own clinic. I worked in a corporate veterinary hospital for the first part of my career, and that was the absolute driving factor to start Crescent Care Veterinary Clinic. I wanted to treat patients collaboratively with their owners by tailoring their treatment plans instead of following corporate guidelines.

What is your most popular service?
Our most popular services are things relating to preventive medicine. We do a lot of routine veterinary care such as annual assessments, spays, neuters and dentals. Routine preventive medicine is a key part to any pet’s health.

What is the most rewarding part of your business?
I find the bond that I witness between our clients and their beloved pets so satisfying and rewarding. I have personally experienced the incredible relationship and companionship that animals can add to your life. Being able to treat and care for clients’ pets is very fulfilling.

To learn more, visit or call 843-277-9043.

Animal Planet’s Travis Brorsen Headlines Charleston Animal Society’s Celebrity Paws in the Park on March 19th

Animal Planet’s Travis Brorsen Headlines Charleston Animal Society’s Celebrity Paws in the Park on March 19th

Charleston Animal Society, Crews Subaru Announced Presenting Sponsor, Animal Planet's Travis Brorsen for Celebrity Paws in the Park to be held on March 19th, 2022.

Crews Subaru Announced as Presenting Sponsor Celebrating Animals and the People Who Love Them

Come join thousands of people and their “best friends” at Riverfront Park (1061 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405) on Saturday, March 19, 2022 for Celebrity Paws in the Park presented by Crews Subaru! People can participate in a competitive 5K race or a leisurely fun run and walk with their dog. Then, families are invited to sit, stay and play all day in six activity zones throughout the park, including dog adoptions, Dock Dogs® diving competitions and health and wellness services for pets. Participants can sign-up now at

The brand-new Celebrity Paws in the Park presented by Crews Subaru will be the most important education and fundraising event of the season for Charleston Animal Society.


Celebrity Paws in the Park is hosting the world famous “Dock Dogs®” dog diving competitions in the event’s Canine Sports Arena. Even non-professional canine athletes will be able to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience!

There will also be special stage shows with “Travis & Friends” that will teach kids how to be their best selves around dogs. Animal Planet star, celebrity dog trainer and winner of the hit reality show “Greatest American Dog,” Travis Brorsen, will be live on stage for these fun-filled educational segments.

“When Charleston Animal Society asked me to be a part of its inaugural Celebrity Paws in the Park, I could not resist,” said Brorsen. Travis built his career on sharing what he has learned about creating a positive learning environment for dogs and building relationships between them and their families based on friendship, kindness, and compassion. “We’re taking expertise from my show ‘My Big Fat Pet Makeover’ to create an exciting Couch to 5K Training Program where people working with their dogs can get fit together with the goal of participating in the 5K fun run or walk on March 19th,” Brorsen said.

In addition, there will be a Pet Adoption Zone, Health & Wellness Zone, and the Canine Sports Arena. Celebrity Paws in the Park will feature a full day of family-friendly programming that includes live obedience and working dog demonstrations.


Charleston Animal Society is thrilled to welcome Crews Subaru as the Presenting Sponsor for Celebrity Paws in the Park in its inaugural year. “For the last 12 years, Crews Subaru has partnered with Charleston Animal Society to support our lifesaving mission,” said Charleston Animal Society President and CEO, Joe Elmore, CFRE, CAWA. “When we created Celebrity Paws in the Park as our spring signature event – an event that I know the community will fall in love with – we only approached Crews Subaru to partner with us as the Presenting Sponsor because we know of their commitment to this community and their support of organizations that help both people and pets.”

“As an integral part of our Subaru Love Promise to our community, we believe that people and pets are better together,” said Ken French, Marketing Guy for Crews Subaru. “As the 2021 Subaru Retailer of the Year, Crews supports many programs that benefit children, and Celebrity Paws in the Park brings our passions together. We are honored to be the Presenting Sponsor, not only in the inaugural year but for the next three years as Subaru Loves Pets!!”


Anyone who wants to participate in the competitive 5K or the fun run or walk can sign up at Friends of Charleston Animal Society are encouraged to create a fundraising team or fundraise as an individual. Competitors in both the 5K race and the fun run will win prizes based on their times and organized team themes. Fundraising teams and individuals will earn prizes based on the amount of funds raised. All money raised will go to lifesaving care to thousands of animals each year at Charleston Animal Society.

There are opportunities for additional businesses to become involved in Celebrity Paws in the Park. You can find information about becoming a sponsor at or by contacting Erin Nosker, Director of Business Partnerships and Events by email at [email protected] or by phone at (843) 329-1541.


About Charleston Animal Society

Since 1874, the mission of Charleston Animal Society has always been the prevention of cruelty to animals. Over 15,000 animals will turn to Charleston Animal Society for caring, compassion and hope this year alone. In addition to caring for homeless animals, adopting them into new homes, and reuniting lost pets with their families, the organization responds to animals in crisis as a result of both man-made and natural disasters. The comprehensive shelter medicine program not only provides direct services for as many as 1,200 animals in our system of care at one time, the shelter veterinarians also spay or neuter upwards of 10,000 dogs and cats each year and they provide emergency medical services to critically ill and injured animals arriving at the shelter daily. For more information, visit

Michael’s Barkery Pet Spa and Boutique Named in 2022 Best of Mount Pleasant

Michael’s Barkery Pet Spa and Boutique Named in 2022 Best of Mount Pleasant

Michael’s Barkery Pet Spa and Boutique, 2022 Best of Mount PleasantMichael’s Barkery Pet Spa and Boutique
Best Pet Website
Nominating Category:
Best Pet-Friendly Business
Karen Patrohay, Owner

How did your business get started?
Michael’s Barkery was inspired and started because of our son, Michael, who has a cognitive disability. In high school, all seniors were expected to do a job internship program, and Michael was no exception. Because of his love for his dog, Sunshine, a plan was put together for Michael to make and sell dog treats. Everyone loved them, and Michael loved making all the dogs and owners happy. There were not many options for Michael or others like him after high school, so we decided to start a unique dog spa and boutique where we provide employment opportunities to adults with cognitive disabilities while supporting animal lovers.

What is your most popular product?
Whether you are looking to pamper your pup with a spa grooming day, the perfect pet accessory or homemade specialty treats and cakes, we are your one-stop shop for you and your four-legged family members.

What are some challenges that you’ve overcome?
We have been open now for two years. We have 20 employees, of which 10 are teammates with cognitive disabilities. We opened our doors in November 2019, just a few months before COVID-19 hit. To say the least, that was not great timing. We were fortunate that grooming and pet food and supplies were essential, so we were able to remain open. We put into place curbside drop-off and pick-up, as well as several cleaning and safety protocols. As we had hoped, the community stayed with us and helped us to grow despite this difficult time.

Describe the atmosphere and services at Michael’s Barkery. What do you want customers to take away from your business?
We strive to have the friendliest and most knowledgeable staff. We look for people who share our values and mission. Our groomers are second to none. They are passionate about animals’ health and well-being. They are very experienced and really care about each dog that passes through our doors.

We also strive to make everyone’s shopping experience in our retail area special. The look and feel of our store is very welcoming, with friendly staff members who love to get to know our customers and are always happy to provide help. We carry grooming supplies, collars, leashes, pet apparel, bowls, toys and pet-themed gifts.

In our state-of-the-art kitchen, we make a variety of pet treats and cakes with high quality, nutrient rich ingredients. One of our most popular items is our pup-cakes. We love to create custom one-of-a-kind treats and cakes for businesses and events to make every occasion truly unique. We have our treats in hotels, boutiques and doggy day care facilities. We have also made gender reveal cakes and engagement announcement packages. We do several fun events in our store, as well as providing yappy hour fun at apartment complexes.

To learn more, visit, or call 843-471-1199.