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William West, DVM

Dr. William West, moncks corner veterinarianDr. West was born in Moncks Corner, home now for five generations of the West family. Dr. West attended the College of Charleston, graduating summa cum laude, and received his DVM degree from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. West has been a member of the AVMA, SCVMA, and Trident Veterinary Association since 1981. He served as chairman of The Greater Charleston Veterinary Emergency Clinic. He is currently a board member of St. John's Christian Academy and past chairman of St. John's Christian Education Foundation.

Dr. West started Lakeside Animal Hospital at the present location in 1983. With special interests in orthopedic surgery and general medicine, Dr. West feels his greatest privilege is the opportunity serve his friends, family, and local community in the care of their beloved pets.

Dr. West and his wife Debra have been married for twenty-nine years. They have two children, Erin and Russell, and one granddaughter.

Stephen Jones, DVM

Dr. Kristen Lester, moncks corner veterinarianDr. Stephen L. Jones is a General Practitioner as well as a practice partner at Lakeside Animal Hospital. He has been with us since 1985.

Dr. Jones grew up in Summerville, South Carolina and attended Clemson University where he graduated with a BS in Animal Science in 1981. He then entered the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. He is a member of the Trident Veterinary Medical Association, South Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Heartworm Society and the Veterinary Political Action Committee.

Asked what he likes best about his work, Dr. Jones says, "I have always loved animals and have been interested in life sciences such as biology, anatomy and physiology. Veterinary medicine allows me to utilize those sciences in treating animals for many diseases, from parasites to fractures to cancer."

Dr. Jones is married to Dawn Jones, a nurse, and they have two children. Stephen is 8 years old and enjoys playing basketball, soccer and golf, as does his sister Katherine who is 6 years old. The family also has a Boykin Spaniel named Wilson.

When not working, Dr. Jones enjoys golf, photography and woodworking.

Kristen Lester, DVM

Dr. Kristen Lester, moncks corner veterinarianDr. Kristen M. Lester is an associate veterinarian who has been with Lakeside Animal Hospital since January, 2010.

Native to Alexandria, Louisiana, Dr. Lester attended Louisiana Tech University where she graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Animal Science in 2003. While at Louisiana Tech, she also was the Pre-Veterinary Club President. She then entered Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinary school, she was named a Merck-Merial Research Scholar and awarded a Hill's Pet Nutrition Service Scholarship. Dr. Lester graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2006.

A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the South Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and the Trident Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Lester's particular areas of interest include dermatology and internal medicine.

Dr. Lester says that during her early school years her favorite topic was science. "I have always wanted to become a veterinarian," she says. "My grandfather is a veterinarian so at an early age I was exposed to the joys and fulfillment this career provides. My favorite part of practicing veterinary medicine is being challenged to seek out the right answers and provide support to clients through the good and hard times with their pet."

At home, Dr. Lester has a Pomeranian named Jeffrey, a German Shepherd mix named O.D., and a domestic shorthair cat named Tucker. She is married to Chris Noland, a transfer admissions coordinator for the College of Charleston. She says they recently moved to this area from Louisiana and are looking forward to the great food and culture that South Carolina offers.

When not working, Dr. Lester enjoys all water activities, including water skiing, rafting and tubing. She also enjoys jogging and movies.

Stacey Carter Strong, DVM

Dr. Stacey Strong, moncks corner veterinarianDr. Stacey Carter Strong is an associate veterinarian who has been practicing at Lakeside Animal Hospital since February, 2010. She grew up in Goose Creek, South Carolina, and attended Clemson University where she was in the flag line of the Clemson University Band and a member of the Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority. She graduated from Clemson (magna cum laude) with a BS in Animal Industries in 1998.

Dr. Strong soon entered Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine where she was awarded the Summer Fellowship Award for wound management. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Summa Cum Laude, in 2002. She is also certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has taken continuing education courses in ultrasound.

A member of the South Carolina Veterinary Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Strong's areas of professional interest include feline medicine, dermatology and general surgery.

Asked why she became a veterinarian, Dr. Strong said, "Growing up I enjoyed working with and helping animals. I also wanted a job that would be challenging on a daily basis, but enjoyable. Being a veterinarian provides daily challenges, new experiences, continual learning and great patients."

Dr. Strong resides in the Goose Creek area with her husband Robert. At home, the Strongs keep company with four cats–Zoe, Little Joe, Charlie and Tony–and a Golden Retriever named Kaylee. During her leisure time, Dr. Strong enjoys gardening, reading and going to the beach.