Staff

Doctors:

Jose Biascoechea, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr Biascoechea
Jose Biascoechea, DVM, DABVP earned his BS and DVM from Kansas State University. He is board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Avian Practice. He founded Exotic Vet Care in 2000 and has been practicing exclusively exotic animal medicine and surgery since. He is the staff veterinarian for The Center for Birds of Prey and provides consulting and relief services for the South Carolina Aquarium and The Turtle Survival Center. He lectures frequently at local, state and national conferences.

Katie Rainwater, MA, DVM

Dr Rainwater

Dr. Rainwater joined our team in November of 2008 after a year-long small-animal internship with Georgia Veterinary Specialists. A graduate of the zoological track at UC Davis and a California native, she has a colorful history of globetrotting animal experience, including leading research groups studying black howler monkeys in Belize, working with ringtailed lemurs in Madagascar, and studying elephants in Namibia.  She is a Category II USDA-APHIS accredited veterinarian.  She attends continuing education seminars several times a year to keep up with the latest developments in avian and exotic medicine. She and her husband welcomed their son into the world in August 2013 and they couldn’t be more proud. When not in the clinic she enjoys stand-up paddleboarding and napping on the porch with her cat Fireplace.

Abby Duvall, DVM, ABVP (Avian) Board Eligible

Dr. Duvall
Dr. Duvall obtained her BS and DVM from Cornell University, then moved south to warmer weather and did a small animal internship at Louisiana State University. After completing her residency in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine at the University of Tennessee, she joined Exotic Vet Care. She has extensive experience in breeding and rearing exotic birds and is passionate about travel and falconry. Dr. Duvall enjoys attending and speaking at national and international conferences on exotic animal medicine. She shares her home with a dachshund, a blue-and-gold macaw, a tortoise and a gyr x peregrine falcon.

Stephanie Munyon, DVM

Dr Munyon
Dr. Munyon obtained her BS in Animal Science at University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana and her DVM at Iowa State University. While there she was involved in the leadership of the ZEW, Avian, and Herpetology clubs and member of numerous others. After graduation she did a rotating small animal internship at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Massachusetts then an avian and exotic animal internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. She practiced small and exotic animal medicine at a private practice in Houston, TX for 2 years prior to joining Exotic Vet Care. She has worked with exotic animals in many settings including university, zoological institutions, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, private practice, and at home. Dr. Munyon enjoys continuing education (conferences, lectures, presentations, and on her own time) as well as cooking international cuisine, crocheting, video games, outdoor activities, and general nerdy pursuits. She shares her home with her domestic short hair cat, lop mix rabbit, Bahamian anole, ball python, half moon male betta fish, and several ghost shrimp.

Support Team:

Kerry Bateman: Practice Manager

Kerry has been managing Exotic Vet Care since 2003. When she is not working to keep the clinic running smoothly and all of our clients and patients happy, she enjoys singing, playing guitar poorly, crafts, and being mommy to Essie and Finn, two former street kitties who are living the good life.

Claudia: Client Services Coordinator

Claudia brings years of customer service experience to our front desk, making clients and patients feel at home with her warm personality and friendly demeanor. When she’s not working here, she provides foster support for the Charleston Animal Society, raising litters of kittens until they are ready to adopt out. She also enjoys playing board and video games with her husband and friends, and wrangling their 3 cats, 2 dogs, and ball python Monty.

Tina: Client Services Representative

A veterinarian from Norway, Tina decided to change gears and take on the front end where her sparkling personality and helpful attitude pair with her in-depth knowledge of veterinary medicine to provide the highest caliber of customer service to our clients. In her off hours, she babies her dog Allie and cat Moo, and enjoys skiing, surfing, and swimming.

Elissa: Client Services Representative

Elissa, a native New Yorker, brings a bubbly personality and enthusiastic energy to our front office along with years of client care experience. Her attention to detail and excellent memory help create a smooth and pleasant client experience from first call to checkout, and beyond. She is an avid reader who also enjoys art and soccer, and is owned by three chinchillas (Mama, Bebe, and Magic) and two conures (Baby and Peaches).

Anna: Licensed Veterinary Technician

Our resident artist Anna brings her curious mind and creative touch to everything she does. Her positive attitude and willingness to jump in headfirst and learn new skills makes her a pivotal member of our team, and her open, friendly nature makes clients and patients feel at ease. Her spare time is spent reading and relaxing with her boyfriend and her 2 rats and cat (separately, of course!).

Carly: Veterinary Technician

Carly is a skilled baker in addition to being an experienced veterinary technician, and her personality is as sweet as her treats. Her soothing presence and focus helps keep things moving along efficiently, and her organized approach keeps things on track. She is a huge hockey fan, attending games with her boyfriend and family here and back home as often as possible.

Taylor: Licensed Veterinary Technician, Fear-Free Certified

With a background in emergency and zoo medicine as well as dog, cat, and exotic animal care, Taylor’s calm, welcoming demeanor sets those around her (both human and animal) immediately at ease, and her attention to detail ensures all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed for every appointment. When she’s not here providing top-notch care to our clients and patients, she loves the beach, scuba diving, and traveling.

Dennis: Veterinary Technician, ACVECC Certified in Basic and Advanced Life Support

Dennis is an experienced veterinary technician with a special affinity for penguins and wildlife. His thorough and conscientious nature helps ensure nothing is overlooked and all client concerns are addressed completely. He also serves our country in the National Guard. In his free time, he enjoys collecting cars and is a Jeep fan. He shares his life with his wife, also a veterinary technician, and their 2 cats, Jiji and Tora.

Haley: Boarding Coordinator

With years of volunteer and personal experience caring for many various species of animals, Haley brings an energetic, can-do attitude to our practice. Her love for and respect of the pets we care for is boundless, and she ensures every pet is catered to as if it were her own. She is working toward her Veterinary Technician certification and in her remaining free time she enjoys tabletop games with friends, scuba diving, and writing. She mothers her 2 cats, Beauregard and Tiberius and a German Shepard Dog named Zee.

Johanna: Boarding Technician/Technician Assistant

Johanna exudes joy and enthusiasm in her role providing all of the care and comforts of home to our boarders, as well as assisting our technicians in their treatments. She’s always up for a challenge and loves learning new skills. Her gentle personality and caring demeanor helps our boarders relax and settle in quickly. She plays volleyball for her school and loves hanging out at the beach.