Meet Our Staff
Dr. Allen Finley, DVM
Dr. Allen Finley received his B.S. degree at Clemson University in 1975 and his DVM degree from the University of Georgia in 1977. He is originally from Mountville, SC and now resides in Simpsonville, SC. He accepted a position at Cleveland Park Animal Hospital in Greenville in 1979, and moved to the Simpsonville location when it opened in 1982. Dr. Finley has a special interest in surgery, including orthopedic surgery. In addition, he is an active member of Simpsonville First Baptist Church and also enjoys entertaining his grandchildren, cattle farming, and Clemson sports
Dr. Rodger Clark, DVM
Dr. Rodger Clark received his B.S. degree in animal science in 1981 and his DVM degree in 1986 from the University of Florida. Dr. Clark has always had an interest in working with animals, especially large animal medicine and small animal surgery. He and his family raise Angus cattle and compete on cutting horses in both regional and national events. He is a member of The National Cutting Horse Association, SC Cattleman’s Association and The Angus Association.
Dr. Katie DePalma, DVM
Dr. Katie DePalma joined Cleveland Park East Animal Hospital in 2010. She received her B.S. degree in animal and veterinary science from Clemson University in 2006 and her DVM from North Carolina State University in 2010. Prior to joining CPEAH she completed externships at the North Carolina Zoo, Calgary Zoo and the Denver Zoo. Dr. DePalma enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a special interest in exotic and avian medicine. When not working, Dr. DePalma enjoys spending time with her husband, their two sons, and their two dogs.
Dr. Jessica Traber, DVM
Dr. Jessica Traber is the newest member of Cleveland Park East Animal Hospital, joining us in April 2012. She attended undergraduate college at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and her DVM degree from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia in 2011. She originates from a small rural town in Wisconsin and has had the opportunity to travel the world helping many different animal species. She enjoys hiking, horseback riding and community service.
Karen joined the Cleveland Park East family in July of 2001, and is a native of Fountain Inn. Prior to working at CPEAH, she attended Greenville Technical College, and was a co-owner of a video production and communications company. During her employment with CPEAH, she has really enjoyed getting to know the clients that trust us with their pets. They truly have become part of our CPEAH family. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys time with her four daughters, new granddaughter, Skittles (her dachshund), and the queen of her household, Gigi, the cat. In her spare time, Karen enjoys being outdoors, cooking new recipes, and rare quiet moments.
Client Care Specialists
Angie joined CPEAH in February 2014, and has enjoyed every minute of it. She is originally from Easley, but she moved to Simpsonville in 2009. Angie is a people person and has a love for animals of all kind, and she thoroughly enjoys all Cleveland Park has to offer. When not working, Angie enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and 7 pets. Angie’s pets include canine, rodents, and reptiles.
Kim joined CPEAH in March of 2006. She originates from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts and has an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. After 13 years of working in radio, Kim is so grateful to finally have her “dream job” working with animals. Kim has 4 babies (rescue dogs) of her own, and loves spending time with them and her husband.
Jill joined CPEAH in September 2013, and she loves seeing the variety of pets seen by our staff. Also, she enjoys playing with all the puppies prior to their exams. Jill received an Associate’s Degree in Science from North Greenville College. Jill enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, Samson and Lily, and teaching her son new things. Jill believes being a mom is an amazing feeling and experience.
Heath joined CPEAH in November of 2009. He is a graduate of Woodruff High School with honors and life scholarship and he attended Greenville Technical College’s Nursing Program. Heath’s veterinary experience started in 2002. He not only enjoys working with animals but shopping, cooking and spending quality time with family and friends.
Amy joined CPEAH in August of 2004. She is originally from Beaumont, TX and currently resides in Mauldin. She enjoys her position as a receptionist as well as her Schnauzer, Doberman, and two 2 cats. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her husband.
Amanda Lechowicz, LVT
Amanda joined CPEAH in 2015. She is originally from Harrisburg, PA and moved to South Carolina in 2014 after graduating from Wilson College with a B.S. in Veterinary Technology. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hiking, baking, and spending time with her husband and dogs Whiskey and SoCo.
Allison has been with CPEAH since 2005. When Allison started she was a Pet Care Specialist in our kennel facility, and through constant learning and hard work she has been promoted to a Veterinary Assistant. She is one of our large animal technicians and enjoys working with all creatures. Educating clients on the best medicine for their pets is one of her favorite job duties. When not at work, Allison enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, Benjamin and Sadie, her dogs, Oakley and Noodles, and friends. She also enjoys her rescued rabbits and pet chickens.
Taya has been with Cleveland Park East since 2010. She currently resides on a farm with her husband where she enjoys spending time with her rabbits, horses, cows, dogs, cats and chickens.
Casey joined Cleveland Park East in August 2012, and she is currently studying to become a licensed veterinary technician. Casey enjoys spending time with all of the animals who board and groom with us, and getting to know each one of them individually. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and 13 pets.
Vickie joined the Cleveland Park East team in September of 2008. She has an Associate’s Degree from Greenville Technical College in Management/Marketing. Vickie truly enjoys caring for animals, especially senior and special needs pets. Also, Vickie is a surgery technician assistant, which she finds very rewarding. In her spare time, she enjoys working around her house, taking care of her mom, and spending time with her pets (9 cats and 2 dogs).
Pet Care Specialist Manager
Laura spent the majority of her adult life managing restaurants even though her heart and passion has always been animals. She always regretted not following her dream to become a veterinarian. Laura’s life changed when she met Jesus Christ in January of 2008. In her quest to discover God’s purpose for her life, she didn’t have to look very far to know that it was to take care of His precious creatures. Taking a huge leap of faith, Laura left the restaurant industry and completed the Veterinary Assistant Program at Greenville Tech. She came to CPEAH as an intern in January 2009 and was later hired on full time as a Technician Assistant in April. In January 2012, Laura was asked to assume the role of Kennel Manager. Laura gives all the glory to God for leading her to this place in her life. She had always dreamt of being able to spend time with many animals and now she gets to do just that. Laura is a member of New Spring Church. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, volunteering, pet sitting, and of course hanging out with her two favorite “weenies”, Oscar and Lola.
Pet Care Specialists
Rianna joined CPEAH in August of 2015. Rianna loves taking care of the many animals that come to stay here . In her spare time, Rianna takes part in a wide variety of flow arts including fire eating and fire hoops. Rianna also enjoys spending time with lionhead rabbit Lady Hoppington, pitbull/beagle mix Serenity and taking care of her many rats.
“ Outstanding in customer service from the time you walk in the front door! ”
“ We want to thank Dr. Clark and the staff of the Simpsonville office so much. ”
“ They have been there for me and my fur babies for well over 10 years and I wouldn’t trust anybody else. I LOVE the staff and all the heartfelt love they have for the babies they treat. ”
“ I will continue to give whole-hearted recommendations for Cleveland Park to my reptile keeping friends and acquaintances, whether their animals are conventional pets, or, as in my case, not quite so conventional. ”
“ For over 20 years, Dr. Finley was my vet. I cannot begin to tell you what an amazing and caring staff they have. If there was an Animal Hospital Hall of Fame, this place would be enshrined as the top of the class. ”
“ Today, when my pediatrician’s office remained closed due to ice, Dr. Finley made a house call to help end our pet’s suffering. ”
“ They are committed to continuing education and have a well-trained, educated staff that not only knows the “hows” of veterinary medicine, but the “whys” as well. ”