Heather Garland, DVM
Dr. Heather Garland joined us in August of 2016. She is a second career veterinarian, having spent a nearly a decade working as a cave conservation biologist for The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee. This career took her all over Tennessee and the southeast working to protect cave systems and their unique creatures, including endangered bats. Along the way she was able to participate in several biological inventory studies that yielded a number of cave species new to science as well as coordinate protection efforts for many of the most critical cave habitats in Tennessee. Eventually, however, the call of veterinary medicine became too strong and the native Tennessean headed to Knoxville and entered veterinary school. Heather is a graduate of the University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2011.
While enjoying all aspects of veterinary medicine, Heather has a particular interest in preventative and internal medicine, clinical pathology, and ultrasonography. She is passionate about nurturing the human-animal bond, which includes low stress handling of every patient in an effort reduce fear and increase comfort while in the veterinary office.
On her days off Dr. Garland can be found wandering through the woods or floating down a river with her best friend and companion, “Frankie” the “Tennessee Bob-tailed Labra-terrier”. Unless, of course, the UT Volunteers are playing football! Heather is thrilled to have found her way to Transylvania County, which seems a natural fit for a former cave and bat biologist, and looks forward to serving her new community.
Dr. Lucia Fleischmann recently joined our team of doctors in August 2019. She was raised in South Florida and went to Florida Atlantic University to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Biology. She was accepted to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her doctorate degree in veterinary medicine in 2018. She also completed a 1-year rotating internship focusing on surgery and internal medicine at BluePearl in Tampa, Florida. While enjoying practicing all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Fleischmann has special interests in internal medicine, preventive medicine, and diagnostic imaging.
Dr. Fleischmann first visited Brevard (and Asheville) a couple years ago and fell in love with the landscapes, hiking and with the weather here in North Carolina. She has family that lives in a beautiful community called Connestee Falls, right here in Brevard! She lives in a house in Asheville now and commutes to Brevard daily to take care of our patients.
Dr. Fleischmann has been an animal lover her entire life and currently has one goofy golden retriever, named Sadie, and one chatty Calico cat, named Pinti.