Meet Our Staff

dockathi

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

Head of Medical Staff

Dr. CJ Dabiero, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Jessica MacGregor, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Liane Hendry, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

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, a golden retriever, Suma, a miniature yorkie, Mondu, and Berne-doodle, Fynn-lee and one cat, Max. 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. CJ Dabiero, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Dabiero grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated from Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and finished his clinical studies at Auburn University.  He spent three years in a general practice before moving back home to North Carolina. Dr. Dabiero and his wife, Rebecca who is veterinarian oncologist at Upstate Specialty Hospital, have a young son and two labs. 

Dr. Dabiero is an avid outdoorsman whose passions include, hiking, fishing, camping and wood working. In his professional life, Dr. CJ’s interests include ultrasonography and surgery. 

lindsey

Lindsay Seeger - Veterinary Assistant

Lindsay was born and raised in Chico, CA where she started showing dogs and volunteering with animal shelters and horse barns at a young age. She has been working with animals professionally since 2007. Lindsay moved from Paradise, CA to Hendersonville, NC in 2019 with her twin boys, daughter and husband. She has worked with all types of animals from pocket pets to dogs, cats, exotics and large animals. She has a passion for dog and cat behavior and used to work as a trainer and behaviorist for an animal shelter in CA. She also serves on the Board of Directors for her best friend’s equine rescue and helps them with marketing. She enjoys spending time outside at her home in Hendersonville with her family and dog, Bowser. Her family’s favorite outdoor activity is camping. She is also an avid baker and home cook. 

Jessica MacGregor , RVT - Registered Veterinary Technician

Jessica grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. She lived in Murfreesboro, TN for 15 years and moved to NC 8 years ago. She graduated from Penn Foster, an online distant learning program 5 years ago, but has been in practice with the veterinary industry for over 20 years.

She enjoys relaxing by the campfire on cool evenings with her husband and 2 kids. She also enjoys Hiking, kayaking, and gardening on the weekends. She has 7 beautiful chickens, 3 cats, and a handsome, mix breed dog named Hitch.

Cheyenne Orr, Veterinary Assistant

 

Cheyenne grew up in Western North Carolina and resides in the Arden/Mills River area. She has always enjoyed being around animals since a very young age taking care of ducks, chickens, cats, dogs, and bunnies.  Even today she continues to try to improve the lives of animals and make a difference. She graduated from AB Tech in the Veterinary Program in 2021. When Cheyenne isn’t working, she enjoys spending a lot of her time outdoors and with her husband and their son, Finan. She has 3 cats, Kitty, Eli, and Buddy..

Liane Hendry, RVT - Registered Veterinary Technician

Liane entered the veterinary field after high school, enrolling in a Horse Management program in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She also attended Bel-Rae Institute of Animal Technology, receiving her Applied Science degree in Veterinary Sciences in 1993. She then moved to North Carolina where she married her best friend, David Hendry, a career Army Special Operations Green Beret. Liane received her NC RVT certification in 1998 working with both VSRP Specialty Animal Hospital in Cary, NC and Clayton Animal Hospital in Clayton as the lead Surgical/Anesthesia Technician. 


In 2008, she and her family moved to Maryland and Liane took a break from veterinary work for 12 years.  In 2020, Liane and her family relocated to Hendersonville and rejuvenated her veterinary career with Vista Falls in 2022. 
Outside of work, Liane enjoys traveling, hiking, biking and camping with her husband and her two boxers. She also enjoys the relaxation of gardening and doing her many crafts.

zuri bio pic

Zuri Guillen Hernandez – Veterinary Assistant

 

Zuri grew up in North Carolina most of her life. She now lives in Candler, Nc with her own little family. She has always had a big place in her heart for animals and that is what made her seek a place like Vista Falls Vet Hospital. Zuri has a little girl named Mia Jeanette, who also loves animals. She has 2 dogs, named Bizco and Kilo. Outside of this career Zuri enjoys drawing, hiking, and most importantly spending time with her Family. Zuri started working here 3 months ago, keeping the facility clean and sanitized. Now she is currently learning more task and helping assist the Technicians and Doctors as needed. Zuri is hoping to have a chance going to school in the future to study Phlebotomy.  

michelle

Michelle Mueckenhoff - Receptionist

Originally from Illinois, Michelle moved to the Asheville area due to her husband’s job and couldn’t have been happier!  She and her family have always vacationed in the area and can now say they call it home.  Michelle’s past life included working as a Registered Dietitian.  After completing a masters degree, she went on to work as a food scientist for 12 years for two major food companies.  Due to a company buyout, Michelle left and relocated to Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two small children.  She became a stay at home mom for several years.  After the kids were grown, she wanted to do something she always dreamed of and that was to work in the veterinary field.  She worked in a supervisory position for VCA Woodstock Veterinary Clinic in IL for eight years before moving to NC.  After moving to NC in 2020, she was able to work for another veterinarian in the area before finding her way to Vista Falls.  She enjoys being in customer service and finds it rewarding, especially when it comes to meeting new people and helping them with whatever questions or concerns they may have regarding their “furry” family members.

 

In her spare time, Michelle likes gardening, hiking, birding, crafting and spending time with her husband Steve and rescue dog Hooper, a Great Pyrenees mix.  She and her husband try to get back to IL as often as possible to visit their grown children.  She’s working hard to convince them to move here!

Littlehomie

Hailey Brock - Veterinary Assistant

Hailey was born in Melbourne, Florida and moved to WNC when she was four years old. She is currently in the veterinary technician program at AB Tech community college, but has been in the field as a veterinary assistant for almost two years. She has two dogs named Waylen and Harley, two cats named Tip and Stink, as well as a leopard gecko named Beth and fish that she adores. In her free time, she like to spend time with her girlfriend cleaning and organizing their home.  

Stacy was born in Detroit, Michigan. She left at 21 years old and became a photographer in the United States Navy. She lived in Norfolk, Virginia, as well as Sardinia, Italy, before landing in Connecticut for 18 years where she worked as a Property Manager and hair/makeup artist. Stacy moved to Asheville in 2017 and worked as a barista/bartender/server for 5 years before coming to Vista Falls. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, working out, and cooking healthy delicious, plant based food.

Stacy Brophy - Veterinary Assistant

X