Meet Our Staff
Vista Falls is no ordinary Veterinary Hospital
Our extra special group of caring professionals are what sets us apart!
Having a modern facility with state of the art equipment is a huge plus for any Veterinary Hospital competing in today’s marketplace, but it’s not the primary characteristic that sets them apart from their competitors. The single most distinguishing feature that separates the ordinary from the extraordinary Veterinary Hospital is the people who treat and care for the patients.
The staff members of Vista Falls Veterinary Hospital are a special group of people that truly care about your pet. Perhaps more importantly, they have the training, skills and experience that are required to provide your pet with the correct diagnosis and treatment in order to restore their health and give you peace of mind.
Dr. Tim Emery, DVM - Veterinarian
I received my BS degree from Tulsa University and then my DVM degree from Oklahoma State in 1989. Upon graduation, I joined a partnership in Tulsa, Oklahoma where I began a satellite practice, Woodland Animal Hospital South. After several years, I sold my partnership and moved to Gastonia, NC to perform surgery for four hospitals with Veterinary Healthcare Associates. I then moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina and after two years opened Etowah Valley Veterinary Hospital. My family and I were led to sell this practice in 2005 to enter the mission field where we lived and served as missionaries in Debre’ Zeit, Ethiopia for two years. This was followed by time in Milot, Haiti, Zambia and Uganda. We most recently completed a three year mission stent in Mafikeng, South Africa with Christian Veterinary Mission, teaching degree and diploma students in Animal Health Studies and sharing the Gospel through a new church plant in the local village of Lokaleng. We moved back to the States in November 2015.
In April, 2017, I founded Vista Falls Veterinary Hospital, in scenic Mills River, North Carolina, where I plan to practice for many years to come.
My beautiful bride, Cathi, and I have been blessed with nine wonderful children, two golden retrievers, Suma and Bruce and two cats, Max and Catnis. In practice, surgery is my special interest but enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine. “Furry Pediatrics” is my specialty. I enjoy sharing the Gospel, hiking, camping and building projects with my family.
Dr. Lauren Streifel, DVM - Veterinarian
Dr. Lauren Strifel Is originally from sunny South Florida. She relocated to WNC after graduation from veterinary school and is enjoying all aspects of of veterinary medicine. Dr. Strifel has a particular interest in preventative medicine and surgery (soft tissue and orthopedic). She is passionate about nurturing the human-animal bond, which includes low stress handling of every patient, in an effort to reduce fear and increase patient comfort while in the veterinary office.
Dr. Strifel’s passion for helping animals is rivaled only by her passion for outdoor adventure. On her days off, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors with her dog Deedee. Mountain biking and rock climbing are her sports of greatest interest and challenge.
Dr. Strifel looks forward to getting to know and working with pets and their humans.
Arlene Ballard - Office Manager
Arlene is married with 2 “furry babies” named Izzy and Lucy. She is no stranger to managing offices and she does a great job of keeping things organized at VFVH. She is very much a people person and says, ” I look forward to getting to know everyone who visits our office throughout the upcoming year.”
You will be warmly greeted by Arlene the next time you visit, while she sits in her favorite spot, behind the computer monitor in the waiting area.
Augie Green - Veterinary Technician
I have lived in North Carolina my entire life and I love the mountains! I have a two dogs, Dixie and Jazzy, nine chickens and two ducks. I love being outdoors as well as spending time with my family and boyfriend.